Blackcap, a new knitting pattern

My newest pattern, Blackcap, was published on Ravelry this week.

It is a squishy, cozy "hug-me" style capelet.

It knits up in a wink...

and the pattern includes a brand-new illustrated card by Eric.
I hope you enjoy it!


My Pint Sized Pines

The moment I saw the pattern for these bitty knitted trees I was smitten. All of the green yarn in my stash, including some handspun, went into a "tiny trees" project basket, and became a part of my own little fiber forest. I had a feeling it would be the perfect setting for some "toyful" adventures at our house...

Our lego men, 

meeting in the woods.

And some Pollys, 

out for a game of hide-and-seek.

The pattern is called Pint Sized Pines and is available online from


Polly Flinders Knitting Pattern

all photos used with kind permission by Linsay Cocker

If "Little Polly Flinders" had this sweet washday outfit, perhaps she would not have gotten into so much trouble for ruining her nice new clothes!
Inspired by the Mother Goose poem, and the many happy hours my daughter and I have spent designing, creating, and caring for her doll's clothes, this sweet dress and pinny, along with a doll-sized washbasket, are a fun playset to add to any doll collection.
For more information about this pattern please visit our Ravelry page:


Phoebe's Sun Romper by Lindy

You may remember Lindy, whose knitting I have shared with you here and here in the past. She has done it again, look at this lovely Phoebe's Sun Romper she made this year! I love the classic colors she chose for her project, and the cotton blend yarn lends itself very well to the pattern. Thanks again, Lindy, for sharing your knitting with us!


Stitch Magazine Book Review

by Joanna

Stitch Magazine recently release a "Gifts" issue, which is on the newsstands now. Aren't the cover projects adorable? One of our readers kindly emailed me to let me know that it included a review of our newest book, Phoebe's Birthday:

What a fun surprise for us! This is our first "official" sewing magazine review, how very exciting!

Speaking of sewing... I am doing a book signing and trunk show at a lovely sewing shop in Ft. Collins called "Mama Said Sew". It is their First Friday craft night, too, so it should be a good time of stitching. Now, I do have time to sew something new to wear tonight? Hmm...


Klickitat Shawl Pattern

This shawl's name comes from the name of the childhood street of one of my all-time favorite fictional characters, Ramona Quimby. I wanted to create a shawl that served nicely in a variety of ways: as a maternity or nursing shawl, a mama and baby snuggling shawl, a baby blanket, a shawl to wear while babywearing, and so forth. But as I developed the shawl design, I saw that it could also be worn as a cape by imaginative children of any age, and was struck with how magical it would be for a child to wear a shawl that their mother wore before they were born, or that was the first blanket they were wrapped in, or brought along on first outings to the park... you get the idea.

As a mom, I know that our three children will always be my babies, no matter how many years circle us. The idea of holding onto our childhood in a shawl, like being Ramona forever, just captivated me. It hope its stitches are just as captivating to you.

For more information on this pattern please visit our Ravelry page:


Photos by Christa Tippmann
Originally published in Petite Purls, Spring 2012


Phoebe's Spool Quilt, finis!


The sashing, borders, and binding colors our daughter chose from my stash turned out well.

I adore the nooks and crannies of a cotton-batting hand-quilted quilt after is has been machine washed and dried. The texture is sublime.

It is worth it to cut the binding on the bias- it behaves so nicely afterwards!

Folding it up for now... it will be under the Christmas tree for this dear girl: