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Staghead Cardigan

Staghead Cardigan

Our month-long celebration of Norah Gaughan's design career has been an absolute pleasure to watch. I've loved seeing all the beautiful projects that knitters have created using Norah's designs and stitch patterns, and thought I'd share one of the most beloved handknits in my own closet. A few years ago I had the pleasure of working as Norah's photographer for the Knitted Cable Sourcebook, a collaboration that gave me a beautiful window into her creative process inventing original cabled fabrics and stitch patterns. During that time she introduced me to the concept of freeform drawing with cables. Considering line weight, directionality, angles, and background textures (as an illustrator does) to create complex pictorials.   ...

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Pyramid Hike Hat

Pyramid Hike Hat

    Ranch 03: Campbell-Hansmire — sent straight from fiber heaven to my knitting needles! Before I ever held a skein, I loved this yarn for its origin story and progenitor, Julie Hansmire.  Not only is this yarn squishy and oh-so-soft, its 100% Merino wool was sourced from a woman-owned ranch — sadly a rarity in American wool production. And even better, it’s a ranch operated with an eye to sustainable practices, motivated by the twin goals of environmental preservation and holistic animal welfare. This is a ranch that compassionately tends both sheep and land.    [One of these sheep...

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She Is Fine, She Is Knitting

A wide rectangular image showing an inset circular photo of Emanuela and her son, with a background of a handknit colorwork yoke Atlas sweater in gray and rose hues. [Text] She Is Fine, She Is Knitting – by Emanuela Tallo-Riley
After surgery, in the recovery room, the nurse let me speak briefly with my husband and when he asked me if there was anything I needed for him to bring to the hospital, I remember I asked for my knitting bag!

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A Portrait of Grandma’s Hands

A Portrait of Grandma’s Hands
My grandma’s hands were tough and small with deep, dark brown life lines. Many of my memories of grandma are from the ways she used her hands: to garden, to cook for the family, to shoo off the dogs, to tell a story, to fill out crossword puzzles, and to knit.

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Graphic Elements

Graphic Elements

  [Graphic Elements pullover shown in size 45.5" with 9.5" of positive ease and no mods to the written pattern] When designer Tamy Gore first posted a preview photo of her upcoming pattern in Dapple, I knew that I would be knitting it as soon as possible. The bold geometry, the modern asymmetry, the easy drape and shape — I was done for!   [Graphic Elements IG preview post, photo c/o @tamygore]   Fortunately, I was able to test knit this design and get it on my needles immediately. Though I do think Tamy chose one of the best possible Dapple color...

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