subtle twist

While I continue with my house projects (watching paint dry is my main activity these days – didn’t think you’d be interested in seeing that) and await the return of some knitting inspiration, I thought I’d share with you a project I worked on with my dear friend Cindy.

I had the pleasure of playing a small part in Cindy’s latest design, the Subtle Twist Jacket. I did two things; the photographs of the sample, and the pattern layout. I had a great time with my favorite knitwear model and I think the pictures came out great!

Cindy does a good job with patterns that are both fun to knit and easy to wear. The yarn in this sample is Great Adirondack Merino Bulky and oh, dear is it ever soft and cushy.

Subtle Twist Jacket

I have to say it, Mallory’s shoes were badass. They were her prom shoes and I swear she became a different person when she put them on. Heels can do that to a person. But it’s not about the shoes, it’s about the sweater. Or is it? Just kidding, it’s totally about the sweater. Or maybe the sunglasses?

Subtle Twist Jacket

Gosh, I love the garter stitch sleeves. The subtle twist stitch pattern requires no cable needle, you just knit the stitches out of order. Of course this is all explained in detail in the pattern! Which brings me to the second way I helped with this pattern.

I worked my magic, as Cindy would say. Or in other words, I took Cindy’s file of the pattern, rearranged and organized things, and made it easy on the eyes. I smudged the words on the sample at left. If you want to see it full size, you’ll have to buy it! Or if you have a pattern that needs a kick in the pants, format-wise, get in touch! I’d love to help you with it.

I have a knack for formatting, and I really enjoy this part of the process of pattern writing. Although a pretty pattern can’t excuse a poorly written pattern, I think a little attention to the layout shows a certain level of professionalism.

To learn more about this pattern, or to queue, fave and purchase it, visit the Subtle Twist Jacket page on Ravelry. You can find all of Cindy’s patterns there, too!




Did you know grellow was a color?

Combining the names of colors is a fun way to make two words shorter, yet still get your meaning across. This is important especially for places like twitter, where characters come at a premium. Instead of typing Gray and Yellow, just type Grellow! #thisishowtweepsroll

You might wonder how I know that Grellow is Gray and Yellow, and not Green and Yellow. I really can’t say. These are things you just know. To wit, try a flickr search or a Ravelry project search. While there is the occasional rogue photo of something green and yellow, that is wrong. Grellow stands for the pleasing and sublime combination of Gray and Yellow. (And just so you know, Preen is Purple and Green, Blorange is Blue and Orange, bleen is NOT blue and green and yak is NOT yellow and black. Get with the program.)

So why do I bring it up? Because I am now the proud owner of Grellow mittens!

Mittens from Elinor

The lovely and talented Elinor Brown made them for me, as part of the Stranded Mitten Swap! Aren’t they gorgeous? And they fit, which she was worried about, considering she has smaller than average hands and I have big man hands.  The mittens are perfect, and I love them.

The yarn is Ultra Alpaca in a very graphic allover diamond pattern. There are braids.


And she even sent some scrap yarn, just in case they need mending.


Elinor sent two other surprises in the package. Yarn and cookies. Man did she nail it. The yarn is Briggs and Little Regal, and can best be described as a woolly wool and that is pretty much all you need to know. I love it. And the cookies. Well.

for reals?

At first I thought they had a peanut butter cup in the center, but they’re better than that. According to Elinor, they are Vegan Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies. But not vegan because she used butter. This recipe is going to get printed out and added to my go-to cookie recipe file because they were so good! Notice how I said were. Yeah. Let’s just say we all liked them very much.

Grazie mille, Elinor! You are a knitting and baking rock star!





I finished my potholders for the swap! They are currently flinging themselves up to Massachusetts, and I will patiently (not) wait  for my five unique potholders that will come in return. These were fun to make, but my hands needed frequent brakes because crocheting so tightly with cotton gives me clawhand.

I considered challenging myself with a more interesting pattern, but I feared that would have resulted in unfinished potholders. So I stuck with my own free pattern, Maggie’s Kitchen, and tried to make them very colorful and fun. The yarn is Cotton Classic, and a bunch of the colors came from my Mom’s remnants from this blanket.

before and after, finally!

The other half. All done!

I finished my hallway! What a transformation. All the painting, caulking, and assembling of the Ikea items gave me clawhand for about a month straight. But it’s the best room in the house now. I like to go in there every once in a while just to look around.

We call this space The Hallway. A better description might be Broom Closet, Linen Closet, Pantry, Medicine Cabinet, Homebrewing Headquarters, or Board Game Storage. Anywho. We all love it. There is still a lot of unused storage space, so I think there will be gradual reorganization to get everything in the right spot.

the mittens with no name

And last but not least, I finished my Swap Mittens! (And my swap partner received them, which is why I can show them to you.) These were certainly clawhand-inducing mittens.  I designed a mitten and started knitting it. But the pattern wasn’t exactly how I wanted it. So I tried different yarn. And it still wasn’t right. Then I redesigned the pattern, but the mitten was too big. So I ripped back to the beginning and adjusted the chart. And FINALLY they were right.

I love them, not only because I think they’re pretty, but because I worked hard to get this idea out of my head. And I stuck with the idea even though it wasn’t translating well on the pins. The pattern…is forthcoming. I’ll let you know.