Upcoming Projects


With a darning needle create a skeleton of the flower shape.

It’s been an insanely busy few months, I sold a huge number of designs recently, and I’ve been knitting most of them up myself (I’m crazy fast, and I’ve been dealing with communication issues [my hearing is worsening, it makes me shy to communicate with anyone on some days] which makes me hesitant to contract knitters right now)

Things are flying off my needles and into the US mail so quickly I’ve broken three circular needles this week – no exaggeration! I’m very hard on my needles, this week is proof.


Fill each wedge section with satin stitch, working from the center out

Six of the projects are for a magazine that’s under wraps, so I can’t speak about them except to say they’re lovely. Two are men’s pieces and embroidery is involved in several of the women’s pieces.

Pansies and a sort of Art Nouveau vine are the embroidered motifs for a matching set – here’s a brief tutorial on mistressing* a satin stitch flower which can easily become a pansy (or a rose, or daisy, or some other flower!)

You can see that I used my favorite technique of creating a knitted grid of rev St st rows and slipped st columns,


Don’t worry if the outer edges are uneven!

This makes placement of the embroidered motifs much easier!

After the satin stitch pansy is finished, I outline it with surface chain embroidery, then I use the ends of the outline thread to tie a few French knots for some texture.


IMG_0007Spending so much time on knitting, I forget how much I love embroidery.


Before the outlining, the pansy looks rough.

These projects are for an issue of Piecework, so I’m certain their readership will have no problem with some simple satin stitch, chain stitch and French knots!


I’m also working up a few pieces for the next issue of Jane Austen Knits, I feel so fortunate to be part of this great collection again!

I look like I just got back from the Arctic.

I look like I just got back from the Arctic.

I just finished a short capelet using A Verb For Keeping Warm‘s lovely Annapurna in Indigo Blue Sky and Magic Bean.

The green ruffles look like lettuce, and the blue reminds me of Peter Rabbit’s coat, so I’d love it if they called this design “Soporific” (but it’s not going to happen!)

As with most true indigos, this one bleeds. (It washes off, though, making the suds in the sink a beautiful blue color…)

It was a delightful knit, making me feel that I should work up more shawls.  I also am GIDDY that I don’t need to work up multiple sizes!

A peek!  The green ruffles have a lot of stitches, the largest with 918 at the widest part. Be warned!

“It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is ‘soporific’.”
― Beatrix Potter, The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies


A lovely early 19th C garment, called a Pelisse, is the next up on the needles. I can’t show you an image, but here’s the extremely amazing yarn (Ensemble and Beaded Silk by Artyarns) that I will be diving into later today.

Ensemble (in green) and Beaded Silk (cream & brown) will be used in the Pelisse.

Ensemble (in green) and Beaded Silk (cream & brown) will be used in the Pelisse.

I haven’t even opened the box of Sweet Georgia yarn that arrived for a Twist Collective garment, or the yarn for a cardigan for Interweave Knits.

I’m lucky – and how odd it is that while I’m in the midsts of all this work my mind constantly wanders into a place where I feel – well – not worth much.  I think it’s the Winter that will not end.

And spending too much time with Twitter & Facebook can cause envy,
there are days when I just turn them off so I don’t sulk.

*Yes, I like to use the work ‘mistressing’ I’m a rebel. And a heretic.

8 thoughts on “Upcoming Projects

  1. The yarns for the pelisse are spectacular! I am so looking forward to these designs. Please give us a shout as soon as each is released.

  2. I especially love the embroidery. Very impressed with how you are able to juggle so many projects especially so many beautiful and creative ones. Please do let us know when your designs are published and the names of the publications so we can grab them! : )

  3. This weather has me in a funk, but I love looking at all the beautiful yarns you’re working with. I think you are worth a great deal, keep your chin up!

  4. It says a lot about your talent that you have so many secret projects going right now, if that makes you feel any better, lol. I know what you mean though, about looking at pinterest or twitter and feeling like you come up short against all the beautiful pieces out there. I’ve only been published once so far and sometimes I feel like I’ll never be published again, but when I read posts like yours and I see that I’m not the only one who feels this way, it really helps me to gain a little perspective. You do AMAZING work, and your talent is admired throughout the knitting world. I for one am very excited to see what you come up with next 🙂

  5. I know you can’t show everything, but what you did show is absolutely gorgeous!
    I am so sorry to hear you are having problems with your hearing. Don’t let it isolate you too much, there are new ways to communicate being unveiled almost daily!
    Seriously though, we went through it in my family and I wish you all the best.

  6. I am amazed at what you accomplish. Spring is coming (it’s a beautiful sunny day in Chicago). The only time I’ve broken a needle is when I sat on it. 🙂

  7. Love to see your published designs!!! So keep up posted when they become available for general consumption. Congrats and keep up the good work!!

  8. Looks like you’ve been super busy! Congrats on all the design work and I know I can’t wait to see the end results 😀

    You certainly are worth lots and do whatever it takes to make yourself believe that!

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