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…

Crochet Challah!

I have received many requests for crochet versions of my patterns.  Well, crocheters, here it is--Crochet Challah, pattern translated by my pal Janet Brani of OneLoopShy Designs.

Like the knitted version, this one is done in the same 3 shades of Malabrigo Merino Worsted.  It's so lofty and soft with a totally different feel to it.

This is actually pretty momentous for me, so to celebrate I'm offering Challah Crochet PDF pattern for the low, low introductory price of $4 (reg. $7), good through Friday 10/30/15.  Use coupon code CHALLAH upon checkout.  Offer good only on purchases from, not valid on previous purchases or purchases from other websites.

Next week I will be at the Annie's Craft Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana, October 30 - November 1 where I'll be selling kits, notions, patterns and books in the marketplace.  If you're in the area, please stop by and say "hi".  In fact, I am giving away a free class courtesy of the nice folks at Annie's.  To enter the giveaway, post a Fort Wayne fun fact comment by 6:00 pm PST on Tuesday and the winner will be picked via random generator.  Please enter only if you are able to attend the class in Fort Wayne.

And finally, if you want some more good news for knitters (and crocheters!)--read this article Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

Happy Fall!

Yesterday it was 102 degrees here in So Cal.  Despite that fact, Fall has arrived as far as fashion is concerned.  I've been seeing so many fun trends--plaid, borrowed from the boys.  Picked up a couple of my favorite Japanese fashion mags yesterday--Liniere and Fudge.  Hey if anyone can get me that Harris Tweed metal-frame bag, I would be willing to do some serious trading.

Also, my Japanese Weave Wrap pattern is now available.  This woven wrap is a lot easier than it looks. The technique involves working the strips together, then working them separately and re-positioning them to make the "weave" pattern. A very comprehensive photo tutorial is also included in the instructions.

The technique is similar to a cable, and the pattern can be manipulated by changing the order of the stitches.

The yarn used is Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky which is the perfect combination of heft and drapey softness for this type of stitch pattern.