Friday, March 31, 2017

Making Soft Handles for my crochet hooks

I stopped crocheting because it hurts.  I decided I needed softer handles so I bought some foam pencil holders from the dollar store.   They are too big in diameter though, so I rolled one up, sew it along the length tightly and insert the needle through another one.

This is what it looked like when I finished pulling it through.

Next I inserted my crochet hook.  Viola, large comfy grip.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Daisy Lace Top for Willow Yarns

This is my latest design using Willow's fingering weight yarn.  It's easy just lots of stockinette.  The daisy stitch has elongated dropped stitches and there is short rowing to "straighten" the slanted hem.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

TNNA (industry show for yarn store owners and other professionals)

I am a designer/teacher member of the TNNA and this year's show is in my backyard (San Jose).  I attended one in Long Beach a few years back.  It's kind of like Stitches without the crowds.  And since I am not a retailer, I save a lot of money by not buying anything.  I go to meet yarn companies that might want a designer.  I picked up a few sample skeins.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Yarn Store Naples near Herculaneum

While visiting Herculaneum by train from Naples, passed this yarn store.  It's on the left hand side when you walk from Ercolano Scavi train station to the site.  Looks like RedHeart or similar yarn and not the fancy Italian stuff.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Moebius Hat Pattern for Sweet Georgia Yarns

I love Moebius strips, probably because I am a geeky engineer.  Several of my patterns have Moebius-like construction, not exactly Moebius because of extra attachments points.

Here is a pullover for Interweave Knits.                                         

A wrap also for Interweave.

And the Sweet Georgia Yarns hat.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Book with my pattern in Dubai

The Dubai mall is famous for its fountain show, twice the size of Bellagio's but it also has the best bookstore in the world, Kinokuniya. The books are all in English unfortunately, I was looking for Japanese knitting books.  I noticed that prices are higher than the U.S.   but it has two bookcases full of knitting books alone, including one with my Tied in Knots pattern in it.  Makes me famous- worldwide.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Yarn Bombing

Finished my piece for the post in front of the yarn store.  Within an hour I had someone coming by to take pictures because they heard about it.  Great way to advertise.