Monday, September 16, 2013


I’ve just released my newest cardigan design, Homegrown!

I knit Homegrown up in the spring on our family trip down to Florida. Because it was warm in Florida and getting warmer back home in Wisconsin, I decided to wait until the fall to release it. Knitting with wool isn’t quite as much fun in the summer as it is in the early days of fall when the chimney smoke returns to the air. I packed Homegrown away in my antique blanket chest to wait.

Over the summer, I was browsing through Ravelry and came across a lovely and very similar and yet different, cardigan to Homegrown, called A Scholarly Cardigan by the gorgeous Holly Priestley.

I emailed Holly to get her thoughts and we decided quite quickly that it would be a lovely idea to showcase each others work since we obviously think alike (great minds!).
I am so blessed to work among such talented designers.

Sunday, September 1, 2013


This weekend we spent time at my Dad's annual "End Of Summer" picnic.
Over the years, the picnic has evolved, from barbeque, all the way to Wedding to pizza party and every year it's been a blast.
There is something about coming back  every year at the same time, to the place where I grew up to be together with the people I grew up with.

There's something about being out on the farm at this particular time of year that always gets me.

  I don't know if it's fact that the air is so heavy and honey sweet, if it's the nearly deafening sound of the crickets, or if it's watching the night hawks and swallows flitting around at dusk, but something about all of those things takes me right back to my childhood. 

One of the best things about this year's party was that some of my Dad's childhood friends made the trek out to spend time out in the country.
 My Mom and Dad grew up in Burbank, IL near Chicago's South Side.  It was a different time and a different place.
Growing up, my Dad told, and retold so many stories about his group of friends and the times they had together, stories that sound like a movie script or something right out of a book.  But isn't that what life is?  We all have a story and a cast of characters that fit perfectly into each part.
It was inspiring to watch my Dad, his brother and their friends talk about the old times, laughing at treasured, shared experiences like only people who've known each other their entire lives can, then picking up their guitars and playing into the late night like they did when they were in their 20's.
Life has been stressful for my Dad lately, but it was evident that there's nothing like the band aid of a friend's smile, or wisecrack to bring in a little sigh of relief and memory of simpler times.

Left to right: Wayne, Gary, my Uncle Frank and My Dad on the right.  Such a handsome guy isn't he?!

There's something about reconnecting with your "roots", whether it be a group of friends, or a place....

In the end of August I released a new pattern called Grassroots.
I'm always inspired by various things, but it's no secret that one of my biggest inspirations is my own youth and the country setting in which I grew up.  All of the hot summer days, tearing through the corn fields and woods in my cut off shorts and keds with my long hair, wind whipped into a million tangles.
Grassroots takes it's nature kissed detailing from those dear old days.

Here's another little piece of my "roots".... a guitar tune from two of my all time faves, James Taylor and Carly Simon.  My Dad and Mom used to play songs like this for my brother and I at night when we were very small....


It's September first and that means it's the first day of Plucktember!
Plucktember, for those who aren't familiar, is an annual, month long, knit along held by the Plucky Yarn Group .
This year, I am honored to say that my Heathered  cardigan design has been chosen as one of the knit along patterns.
So, get your Plucky yarn and your needles ready and join the fun!  There are some great prizes at the finish line!