Indie Designers Gift-A-Long


If you knit or crochet, get yourself over to Ravelry post-haste and join the Gift-A-Long! A staggering 335 independent designers have gotten together to offer 25% off select patterns through Friday, November 27th. You can see a bundle of my eligible patterns here, and the complete list of designers here. All eligible patterns are 25% off with coupon code giftalong2015.

In addition to the discount, the gift-a-long is a regular craft-along, with games and prizes along the way. All of my paid patterns, and all paid patterns of the other 334 designers, are eligible. SO MANY OPTIONS.

Great Northern Knits

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Did you love Twin Peaks? I bet you did. I actually did not…but let me explain! I didn’t see it when it aired, but instead watched it in one marathon viewing ten years later. There was a lot to like, but the timing was bad. For one thing, I was just not in a good headspace. But more importantly, I’d seen ten years’ worth of film and television that came after Twin Peaks. Seeing the original was like looking at a prototype of a way cool invention before the inventor got it working right. (The exact same thing happened to me with Reservoir Dogs. I was unimpressed because I’d already seen alllllll the movies that emulated it.)

BUT ANYWAY. There is a lot to love about Twin Peaks, even if it doesn’t really work for me. Black coffee and cherry pie is my favorite meal. And of course, Audrey’s sweaters are perfection. In fact, the show is full of delightful knitwear (and some that is most assuredly NOT delightful. It WAS the tail end of the 80s, after all.)

I met Leah in 2009 when I started teaching at the local yarn shop where she worked. We hit it off right away and became close friends. She is also a knitwear designer, and we’ve worked together a lot. To my great sadness, we haven’t yet collaborated on a project, but we’ve contributed to each other’s projects in many way. We’ve photographed each other’s samples, and she makes most of my diagrams. We talk yarn and styling and bounce ideas off each other.

When Leah moved to Chicago a couple years ago, I was super bummed. But she has been busy and I’m so excited to share a project she’s working on with another lovely designer, Teresa Gregorio.

Great Northern Knits is a book of knitting patterns based on Twin Peaks. None of the sweaters are lifted from the show, but rather they are all inspired by it.





They are running a kickstarter campaign to help pay for printing costs. The rewards are FAB. Digital and print copies of the book, individual patterns from both designers as well as many of the best indie designers in the business (including yours truly), delightful yarn bundles, and more! I have backed the project and chosen the hand-painted tote bag reward, but I’m trying to talk Leah into making me a Great Northern mug for my damn fine coffee.

Won’t you please support independent designers and make this collection happen?

New knitting pattern, and a KAL


First up is Obtuse, a top-down shallow triangular shawl that’s easy enough for a beginner but interesting enough for a more advanced knitter. I knitted most of the sample while watching TV, if that tells you anything much.

I bet you have a skein of variegated sock yarn sitting in your stash, quietly mocking you because what the heck can you knit with variegated yarn? Well, you can knit this.


And in other news: I’m hosting a knit-along for Dragon Rider! I’ve never hosted a KAL before so I’m pretty excited. Check out the details here in my Ravelry group. There’s a discount code for the pattern, and there will be prizes.

A Tunic for Riding Dragons


Sometimes yarn is a real pain in the butt. I was sent this gorgeous SweetGeorgia for a sweater idea I had in 2013, and I tried to knit it but it wouldn’t cooperate. So I set it aside, and one day–almost a year later!–it dawned on me that the tunic I kept thinking about would look perfect in this very yarn. So I made it instead.


I’m not even sorry.

Dragon Rider is available on Ravelry. EU customers will be redirected to LoveKnitting.

Fireside Collection


That’s Hot Cocoa on the left, Hot Buttered Rum in the center, and Hot Toddy on the right.

I am so pleased with the way this collection turned out, even if it took me a liiiiiittle bit longer than planned. (They were supposed to be ready for Thanksgiving, 2013. Yeah.)

I set Hot Cocoa aside for a long time because I’d been working on it the last time I saw Laurie and she gave me advice on some design elements and I just couldn’t work on it after she died. But it’s done now, and this spring I will wear it to the noir festival, which I’ll be attending without her for the first time ever.

So. I dedicate this set to Laurie. I miss you, lady.

Seraphina & Anjelica


New patterns! Whoo!


This is Seraphina. I originally came up with this design in 2011, and submitted it for publication with a third party. It was accepted, and matching bloomers were requested.


This is Anjelica. The matching bloomers.

The third party publication fell through, and after two long years I got my publication rights and samples back. Ta-da!

The patterns are available on Ravelry individually or as a set.

A Storybook Knit


I knitted this shawl because I wanted a basic wrap that is beautiful and functional. I chose a luscious alpaca silk yarn, Lorna’s Laces Honor, in a deep and subtle shade of purple-grey, and I named it after one of my favorite heroines of Colonial British children’s fiction, Susan Sowerby from The Secret Garden.

Here is the text from the pattern:

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was the first novel I read, approximately five minutes after I figured out that whole reading business. It has remained a favorite for nearly three decades, and was much loved by many others for a good 75 years before I found it. One of my favorite characters is Susan Sowerby, Dickon and Martha’s mother, who kindly looks out for Mary and boldly (but gently) interferes when Archibald Craven needs it.
I chose a lovely yarn that drapes around the shoulders to keep you warm on a rainy night, in a color that reminds me of the way the moors looked when Mary Lenox first saw them—grey, but not quite lifeless after all.

It is on Ravelry if you are so inclined.

New logo! Another one!

After Lauren’s amazing work on my Sew Noir logo (see it here), I asked if she could make me a new Noir Knits logo, too. And she did! Actually she made like two dozen of them, because I gave her a terrible description of what I wanted and she was kind enough to go through several versions to fine tune it.

WORTH IT. (Uh, for me. She is probably going into hiding.)

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How fucking gorgeous is that?! Of course, now I have to decide whether to redo my pattern template AGAIN. It doesn’t currently have a logo on it, so I might not. [/lazy]

Also I have to redo my website. I have forgotten all the coding I once knew, so that should be fun.

…I’ve made a huge mistake.

Buy My Wares, Part 2

I feel like a total shithead for publishing this in light of everything that’s happening across the country because of Ferguson and the unjustness of Darren Wilson going free without so much as an investigation. Please know that it is on my mind.

So, I also design knitting patterns. And it’s time for holiday knitting now, so I am offering discounts on some of my existing catalogue from now through the new year.

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Click the photo or right here to get to the bundle on Ravelry, where there are codes for 20, 30, and 40% off your purchase.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Review and Giveaway: Kung Fu Knits


Okay, I love this book. It is a knitting-themed comic book with knitting patterns, or maybe a knitting pattern book with a comic.

The comic book portion is super cute. It has great illustrations–not too complicated (I hate distracting stuff in comics) but with tons of detail (I hate lack of detail too, which makes me difficult to please). But am I its intended audience? I asked my children to come read it with me. Sam, who is eight, read Liam’s dialogue, and I read Elizabeth’s. Grace (four) was disappointed that there is no little girl, but she loved the hedge dragon. Sam couldn’t believe how quickly it was over.

“AWWW. That’s IT? I wish there was MORE!”

Well, there you have it. Kung Fu Knits is kid-tested and mom-approved.

The patterns are straight-forward and relatively easy, with clear directions. These projects are not for a true novice, but an adventurous beginner with all basic knitting skills mastered could manage. At the same time, there is enough going on that I would happily knit one of the projects without fear of getting bored. (After all, Gilmore Girls is on Netflix. I am going to keep mentioning that until I have time to watch all seven seasons.)

I am giving away a copy of the e-book. To enter, just leave a comment on this post by next Wednesday, October 8th. You can comment about anything, but if you need a topic, how about your favorite martial arts movie? Please include your email address and/or Ravelry username so Elizabeth can send the book to the winner.

If you just can’t wait to get a copy:

Kung Fu Knits is available for digital download for $9.95 at Ravelry or in paperback for $15.95 at Cooperative Press (comes with the digital download). I believe it will be on Amazon soon as well, though you will not get the digital download with the paperback if you purchase there.

I also have a discount code that’s good for any of Elizabeth’s self-published patterns: you can use the code kfklaunch for 15% off.

Here is the rest of the blog tour schedule! Lots of great stops.
22 September | Mixed Martial Arts & Crafts blog
24 September | Fibretown podcast
28 September | Must Stash podcast
29 September | Through the Back Loops blog
2 October | Through the Looking Glass blog (you are here)
5 October | The Knitgirllls podcast
10 October | Makewise Designs blog
15 October | Sunset Cat Designs blog
17 October | Joeli’s Kitchen podcast
22 October | Slate Falls Press blog
3 November | Wattsolak blog