New Craftsy Class

I am super excited to share with you my new Craftsy class launching soon on Essential Skills for Circular Knitting.  This is a class geared to knitters who are new to knitting in the round.

I cover all of the essentials, from exploring different needle set-ups and techniques, all the way to blocking for professional looking projects that you can learn while working on the Basket Rib Cowl included as your class pattern. 

And, for a limited time, students will receive this complimentary pattern Simplicity Wrist Warmers as a special "Thank you" after enrolling in the class.  This is the last day you can enter to win a FREE CLASS.  Just click on this link, and you will be registered for the give away.  I will notify the winner via email on 4/25. 

Checking In

Hello, it's me, back from a very long hiatus.  I've been VERY BUSY.  You know, that kind of busy where you put your life on hold to get the job done.  Well here are some highlights from the first quarter...

In January I did a book signing at the Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show in my backyard of Anaheim, CA.  At the Lion Brand Yarn booth, they had a display by fiber artist extraordinaire, London Kaye. She hand crocheted this amazing mural on the side of the booth and check out those amazing shoes!  London has a really incredible body of work including a billboard installation she did in Times Square for Miller Lite.

Next up, I've been working on a new book of boot liners & leg warmers.  We did two photo shoots in Old Towne Orange with 3 beautiful models and the talents of photographer Misty Matz.

Next, I was off to the Mile-High City, Denver, to shoot a video class for Craftsy.  My producer Kari (top center) and the whole Craftsy crew were so great to work with. The class is Essential Skills for Circular Knitting and it covers all of the basic skills necessary to work in the round geared toward newbie knitters.  I often hear comments about my boot liner patterns of "I really want a pair of these, but I don't know how to knit in the round".  If you are of that mindset, this class is designed to show you just how easy it is work circularly, even if you're still honing your skills as a knitter.  The class launches on April 25th, and I'm giving away a FREE CLASS to celebrate.  Just click on this link, and you will be registered for the give away.  I will notify the winner via email on 4/25. 

And finally, I will be in the Marketplace at VKL Pasadena this year.  I'll have kits, patterns and other fun stuff, including the ever-so-entertaining Wendy Bernard signing her new book, The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary on Saturday, 5/14 from 12:30-1:30 pm.

I may have been off the grid for a while, but I have some GREAT GIVE-AWAYS coming up over the next few weeks.  Yes, that's right, FREE STUFF, so stay tuned...

Winter Wonder and Kit Clearance Sale

This is proof that it does snow in Southern California.  These photos were taken in Lake Arrowhead where we spent the Thanksgiving holiday with just enough snow to feel like winter.  The hat is Quilted Lattice Hat done in Weepaca--Blue Eyes and Raw White.  Faux fur pompom is by Bernat in White Rabbit.

Quilted Lattice Hat & Mitts pattern is perfect for holiday gift knitting.  So to give you incentive to tackle one or more handmade holiday gifts, the pattern will be on sale for half price, $3.50 (regularly $7.00).  Enter coupon code BLUEEYES.  Offer good from December 12th - 14th, only on purchases from, not valid on previous purchases or purchases from other websites.  The Weepaca version was done using a US 6 needle (DK weight yarn) for the smallest size, working 7" before starting the decreases.

We will be having one final holiday sale for the year, and it's a good one.  25% off of all kits (use coupon code KIT25), 10% off of notions (use coupon code NOTION10).  And oh yeah, we are still running the free pattern promotion with kit purchases--get one free (additional) pdf download pattern with every kit purchased.   But wait there's shipping on orders $50 or more, use coupon code SHIP50.  To take advantage of all of these specials, just enter the promo code(s) upon checkout.  For the free pdf with kit purchase, you will be prompted to enter the name of your selection when adding the kit to your cart and it will be sent via email.  Sale runs December 12th-14th, not valid on previous purchases.

Holiday Kit Sale


  • Save 10% on all kits - enter coupon code TAKE10 during checkout
  • Free additional PDF pattern with purchase of kit - all kits include PDF patterns, but for a limited time only, get one additional free pattern (select from the PPK Pattern Store only)
  • Free shipping on orders over $75 - enter coupon code HOLIDAY75 during checkout

Promotion good through December 6, 2015

Quilted Lattice Hat & Mitts

Introducing new pattern Quilted Lattice Hat & Mitts.  This one is using Craftsy's new yarn line Cloudborn in Highland Fingering--2 skeins have enough yardage to cover both hat and mitts in all sizes. 

The kit, with enough yarn for both hat AND mitts,  is currently available through Craftsy for the low, low price of $21.60.  This kit is perfect for holiday gift knitting.  The pattern is also available in my pattern store.

On a personal note…I thought I'd share with you my new goal—to get moving.  During my younger life, I'd consider myself a diligent (not avid) exerciser.  However, a couple of years ago, I thought to myself, "Hey, you're almost 50 and you knit for a living—now would be a great time to eliminate physical activity from your life".  A trip to Costco was the most strenuous part of my week. 

So I am making the plunge—I am going to start tracking my steps.  I have this new really cool Jawbone UP3.  I like it because it could easily pass for a piece of jewelry.  My last tracker was black rubber and screamed, "I am a pathetic old lady, who is trying to pass off grocery shopping as exercise!" 

Why am I sharing this with you (I can already see the "unsubscribes" rolling into my In Box)?  Because I am not very accountable to myself.  Well, actually I am, and here is what a sample conversation sounds like…

Me:  I haven't run in 2 weeks, and I said I was going to run today, but I have this pattern that needs editing.                                                                                                                                  

Self:  That sounds like a good reason to me—in fact why are we even having this conversation?                                                                                                                                         

Me:  My thoughts exactly—I'm going to take a shower now and that doughnut looks pretty good.

So I promise I won't drone on and on about my daily step count, if you hang in there with me.  This is just my effort to be transparent and possibly shamed for my lack of motivation in this area.  Stay tuned…