Om nom nom


Darwin says, make sure to get at least three servings of fruits and veggies every day. And if it's possible, try to get your siblings' servings of fruits and veggies too.




Tangerine Trees


My increasingly graying hair and I have a new pattern.

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I feel like I design fairly regularly, especially now that I publish most seasons with Twist, and I'm always trying to appeal to a wide variety of people, but Tangerine Trees is really a design for me. I love wide ballet style necks, body darts, buttons and cuffs. I don't normally wear prints or complicated textured patterns. I love all types of designs, but this is a design that looks like something I'd have in my personal wardrobe.

The garment is worked from the hem-up, with no seams except the underarm bind offs, which could be joined with a 3-needle bind off if you are really averse to grafting. The yoke features raglan shaping as well as an additional series of neck decreases which can easily be added to, to make the neck narrower. Short rows at each shoulder help to hide your underpinnings.

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I used fabric covered buttons on the cuffs and hem which gave me an excuse to dive through my stash of quilting remnants.

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If you like the photos, I have more details here and on the ravelry page, and the latter offer tons more photos.

A big thank you to Laura Chau for tech editing my pattern and of course to my pups for photo-bombing me while I was trying to take serious pattern photos.

Fall 2012 Twist Collective

The new edition of Twist Collective is live. It has been for a few days. I should know, I was there when it happened.

To me, this edition is all about timeless, wearable items, and I'm at a loss to pick a favorite.

My contribution is Treillage.


It features lots of dense cables and fabric covered buttons made with leftover quilting scraps.

Thea doesn't care for it.


See the magazine page here
The details page is here
And the ravelry page is here

And don't forget to check out the whole edition, including all the great articles.

This guy

Darwin at the beach

I wish this were a picture of us actually at the beach, celebrating his birthday, but we are "grown ups" with "responsibilities" and a "mortgage to pay." "Lame."

Anyway, that's a picture from a huge batch I haven't gotten around to sorting and posting, and is hopefully foreshadowing of events to come soon. In the mean time, I'll be lavishing an extra serving of belly rubs and blueberries on this little beast.

Book Review Cardigans & Closures


The cover features a double-breasted jacket worked in mosaic stitch

Cardigans and jackets are hugely popular with knitters. Pulling a sweater up over your head, multiple times a day, is a great way to get an Einsteinian coiffure but it's not hugely practical, while a cardigan or jacket lets you put on or take off the garment, with ease, or wear it partially open, fully closed or completely loose.

Cardigans & Closures, by Melissa Leapman is, in essence, two different books; a resource book on closures and a pattern book with 7 different designs.

As a resource, this 56 page book is concise but should cover the vast majority of closure needs, from those that need not be planned for ahead of time, such as zippers and loop closures, to those that are integrated right into the knitting, such as the double-breasted mosaic jacket on the cover. All techniques are fully explained and many offer helpful illustrations as well.

For those whose prefer seamless designs, with integrated plackets and closures, you may find this book lacking. Garments are all worked in pieces and most of the button treatments are picked up and knit on or require some seaming work.

The Funky Boyfriend Cardigan has a sturdy double thickness placket that is knit flat, folded, and seamed to the wrong side.

As a book of knitting patterns, Cardigans & Closures offers a nice variety of stitch patterns, lengths and, of course, closure treatments. Projects use Craft Yarn Council standards for sizing, skill level, and yarn weights, offering garments to fit bust sizes from around 28" / 71 cm up to 54" / 137 cm. Patterns use imperial measurements with a metric conversion chart at the end of the book. More complex stitch patterns are charted, only, but the charts are clear and the repeats are relatively small.

The seven designs in the book.

Silhouettes are all straight through the body (one garment has a flared flounce at the bottom,) with no waist shaping, and the garments mostly feature modified set-in style sleeves. While I'm partial to more figure hugging shapes, many of these would be easy enough to modify, if a different shape suited you better.

For those of you who might be looking for a resource to help you improve your closure making skills, or if you like any of the projects shown, you should find this little book a good resource. I could see this being particularly helpful to people who want to convert existing pullover designs into cardigans.

If you want to find out more about this book, you can see the press release here.

Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I received no other compensation for this review.

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