Category: Design

Photo of knitting the Flax sweater

When Too Many Projects Overwhelm

Fall, fall, we all fall into fall. I am in a snarl of too many projects and can’t seem to find my way out. The problem with too many projects is that nothing gets done. My projects are like reflections of my moods and whichever pulls me at the moment is the one that gets worked on. But when I… Read more →

Busy Is Good

Just keep telling yourself that! New Yarn Earlier this year I launched a new business, Washtenaw Wool Company, with two friends, Michelle and Heather.  We’re having a blast, learning a lot, and watching this seed of an idea grow into something that suits all of our different skills perfectly. It’s all very stimulating! We’ve been dyeing up yarn using unusual… Read more →

Photo detail of Trecolori Shawl by Carol Ullmann

Trecolori Shawl

The grey is here to stay for a few months, but we can combat the blahs with comfort and color. Designed for Happy Fuzzy Yarn‘s Corrie Sock fingering weight yarn, the Trecolori Shawl is an easy-to-knit textural asymmetrical shawl with a deep border of arrowhead lace.  Knit in three colors, Trecolori uses the Fibonacci sequence to make a fun striping… Read more →

photo of the Spring Valley Shawl by Carol Ullmann

Spring Valley Shawl

One of the things that I bought yarn for at the recent Fiber Expo was 3 skeins of Happy Fuzzy Yarn DK Merino to make my own Spring Valley Shawl. Finally. I love this pattern!  Riin picked the colors and I designed this striped asymmetrical shawl with a deep edging of beehive lace and a simple crochet edge to highlight… Read more →

Photo of handknit fingerless mitts

Everyone Loves Fingerless Mitts

There’s been a craze ‘round these parts.  Young and old alike, male and female, everyone’s gotta have a pair of fingerless mitts. It started with the Pageturner Mitts, which was barely a pattern, but gave me a jumping off point. I had a lone and lovely skein of Noro Silk Garden, aching to be knit. I enjoy wearing my fingerless… Read more →

Picture of a cake of sock yarn

Changes!

So much change around here! The Obvious I installed a new theme for the site.  Changing the furniture around here is so much easier than in my actual house.  Also, WordPress is getting easier to use all the time and more and more functionality is trickling down to those of us who mostly use the free themes and plugins.  Woohoo! The… Read more →

Close-up of Abby's stocking

Dressing Up the Holidays

My brother, Noah, was the catalyst for the other holiday gift knitting experience. Last summer Noah asked me if I could secretly knit a pair of Christmas stockings for himself and his fiancée, Abby.  He likes the set of handknit colorwork stockings I made for my house.   These stockings are knit from Nancy Bush‘s pattern, Christmas in Tallinn, published… Read more →

Stripe it like there’s no tomorrow

In my experience, creation falls into two categories: quick and slow.  Whether one is writing a story or building a piece of furniture, some things come together in a flash of frenzied inspiration, while others must cook for a long, long time.  This sock pattern falls into the latter category.  I have noodled out and knit up versions of it… Read more →

From my needles to yours

This mistake rib cowl was my comfort project of the winter of 2010-11.  I made the first one with some precious bulky weight handspun merino from my friend Jenny, which she and I later dyed a deep deep emerald green. Mmmmmm…  I love this color, love this cowl. I loved it so much I couldn’t stop there.  This one is… Read more →

Sleepy

Baby Talk Three weeks on and Elinor is still a new baby every day. Our latest struggle is that she doesn’t like to go to sleep.  She fights it.  She is very active, alert; she wants to hang out, not miss a thing.  Once she is asleep, she is fine, so long as she is clean and her arms are… Read more →

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