My family and I are in Brooklyn for a couple days, staying with good friends and celebrating the coming new year.
While I'm here, I thought I'd take advantage of their apartment and use it as a location for a photo shoot. A friend's daughter lives here and she is going to model the knits...she's coming later this morning--very exciting!
I've been working for the last several weeks on these new patterns, I'm so looking forward to sharing them with you.

Happy New Year, everyone! Cheers to 2014!



"I do it my own self," says Imogen (several times a day for the past 8 months or so).  I'm so proud of her independence!

Well, now I am doing it my own self, too.  I've been feeling quiet about the decision, but I'm ready to share that I have left my full-time position at Quince as Art Director to stay home and have more time with Imogen. Saying it was not an easy decision is an understatement. But I know that it was the right one. My little goose is only little once.

I'll still be working with Quince freelance; we remain best friends forever! But, I'll now have a little time (a little while Immie is at pre-school) to work on Madder and other various projects. So stay tuned!


Hoping this will be a sweater in less than two weeks. Hmm....

yarn: swans island, merino/alpaca



If anyone missed out on the sale the other day, you can check out A butterfly in my hair. Enter to win a free copy of the pdf by commenting on day 15's post! Plus you'll see lots of other goodies in the advent offering—a cashmere hat by Nicole being one of them. So pretty.


12 for 2013: One-day-only pattern special!

Hello, knitters! Last year I offered a pattern package to celebrate 12/12. Well, this year, I thought I'd do the same. I put together a pdf that includes 12 patterns for $20.13.  Offer expires at the end of the day.

Family mittens
Two lights blanket
Lottie cardigan
Lottie beret
Lottie cowl
Mia cardi
Mae shrug
South Paris
December booties
Shipyard mittens
Bergen cowl
Benedetta (pattern includes instructions for long body and cropped body, long sleeves and 3/4 sleeves)



Taproot tunic pattern and miscellaneous projects in the works.


hats for all

Introducing Hats for All, a project published in the latest issue of Taproot Magazine, Issue 8::Reclaim.

All the hats have the same gauge and were worked in Quince's Lark, a worsted weight yarn. It's one pattern with several variations—a good staple recipe to have on hand, is how I see it.

I'd like thank all my lovely models:
Imogen in the Peacock earflap hat with her friend, Oliver ("Obiber" as Immie says) wearing the Carrie's Yellow basic cap.

Oliver's baby brother, Forrest, in the Snap Pea basic cap.

Imogen's friend, Zineb, in Parsley double-brim.

Senetra in Sorbet basic cap.

Lily, Oliver & Forrest's mama, in Kittywake slouchy cap.

Nyanen also in the slouchy cap.

And last but not least, Ryan, in Sabine deep rib cap.

If you haven't seen this issue of Taproot yet, you'll be so excited when you do. It's my favorite yet—I can't wait to sew the Taproot tunic by 100 Acts of Sewing! And also make some of the yogurt recipes; they look delicious. And...more....

OH...and speaking of knit patterns from Taproot, my Fawn Hoodie pattern is now for sale on Madder and Ravelry.



Shipyard mitten pattern is now in the madder shop!

Mittens were knitted in Quince & Co. Owl / Elf—isn't that alpaca halo pretty? 

Ooh, it was a bitterly cold day when I photographed these mittens! The model (Dana) and I rushed outside to take these quick shots. Unfortunately, myfrozen  brain forgot to photograph the mittens un-bunched, to show their length and fitted shape.

I kept meaning to photograph them again, as still lives, but continued to put that off while continuing to wear them. A big no-no. I soiled them with soot while making a fire in my barn-studio. So now these light gray mitts are speckled with spots of black. Guess I'll just have to knit a pair in a dark shade—perhaps Huckleberry? Barred?

Here's a shot below where you can kind of see the soot on the ribbing of the palm. Boo. They are still warm, though!!