Happy New Year!

In thinking about this past year and all the changes I've been through good and bad the one constant has been knitting (crochet not so much, there's a New Years resolution!). If you're reading this I'm sure you'll agree and can understand the power of these handiworks. I can't imagine not having it in my life. I'm lucky in that I have 5 sisters who all knit and crochet and when we're together sharing that bond we can feel our mom's presence and love in the gift she taught us. And then there are all the friends I've made from having this common passion. In that regard it's been an amazing year. Seeing all the support when I was closing my shop to the continued support as I put my designs out there I'm a very lucky person and a thankful one too!

Not sure what Mom is knitting here. Maybe a pair of argyle socks for my Dad. She said knitting them for your beau was all the rage in the 50's. Frankly I'd rather knit my man a sweater and risk not getting the ring than knit a pair of argyle socks! But since I do have the ring I really should try and tackle a pair (New Years resolution #2!)
Was able to get a couple of shots of my black zippered Bubble Sleeve Jacket today. See what I mean, not a lot of detail but you can see the shape. This one is 2" shorter than the one photographed for the pattern. I'm not sure which one I like more. They feel completely different. They are both loose fitting but maybe the shorter zippered version is the more sporty of the two although like I said they both make me feel like I'm dressing up my uniform.

This next sweater is another one I made for the store window. I don't have a single note for this towards a pattern but whenever I wear it I get a lot of compliments so I thought I would throw it out there and see if it's a pattern I should bother with. 

 It's a top down with set in sleeves made using Di.Ve' Autunno a beautiful Italian merino (color #32965). I love this yarn! Check out the color card. I made a sweater for my oldest daughter when she was a newborn (#31208) using this and had to use it again for sweaters when they got a bit older (#'s 25762 & 14627) because it's such a wonderful yarn with amazing colors. It makes a great hat too (#34916)!

 Thanks again to everyone who has supported me in one way or another this year. Whether it was a kind word or a pattern purchase (or putting up with me while photographing my designs!) I appreciate it all!

Happy New Year!!!


  1. Happy New Year Karen! I'm loving the new designs lately. Amazing stuff.

  2. i love the sweater you made for the store window! i'm a big fan of big collar sweaters and you don't see many of them.

    also enjoy the photograph of your mother knitting. i wish i had sisters. and sisters who knit. i'd even settle for a sister-in-law who knits.

  3. Wow...what a sweater! It's lovely, and a tribute to you as a designer. Hugs,

  4. I really like that sweater, and the yarn you chose is lovely!

  5. Oh, yes, please bother! That huge cowl(?) neck is beautiful.

  6. Love it! Love it! Love it! Casual yet elegant, like you, little sister!
    Love the photo of Mom, never saw that one before, she was so beautiful and a great mom, just like you!

  7. Happy New Year! I love your designs and have just completed my second one. My husband bought me the pattern for Christmas...gotta love that man! I hope to do more in the future!

  8. I would love to buy a pattern for this sweater. Love the collar.

  9. I would love to have this pattern!! Was just introduced to your blog today and WILL be looking for the this pattern later on . . I'm hoping! Thank you!

  10. Beautiful design - has such a lovely full collar yet so sleek! Please do consider making this pattern available, but regardless how very lovely!


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