Trunk Show!

Here in Central Texas, October means two things to yarn crafters:  Chillier weather (we hope!) and THE BEST LITTLE YARN CRAWL IN TEXAS!!!  I’m hanging out at Gauge, crocheting a shawl and meeting people from all over Texas and the US.

One of the bases I like to dye most features Donegal neps that resist the dye and add pops of texture and contrast.  Walkabout Tweed is refined and rustic, and works up into stunning garments or accessories.  I’m about a third of the way through my Lost in Time Shawl, and it’s a blast to crochet.  I’m adding contrasting stripes with Detour Sparkle mini skeins in several colors.  My Walkabout hat pattern will be released November 1, 2018.  If you’d like to be notified when it’s published on Ravelry, plus receive a free code for the pattern,  fill in your contact info below.


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If you’re a sock knitter, you’ve undoubtedly come across General Hogbuffer’s innovative patterns.  One of my samples that’s gotten a lot of attention is my interpretation of his Fair Isle Christmas ornament pattern, Balls Up !  They’re fun to make and a great way to use up sock yarn scraps, and look especially good when you add in some sparkle.  If you’re in the Austin area, I’m teaching a 2-part class on them at Gauge.  Join me, it’s going to be a blast!



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Outfits of the Day, Best Little Yarn Crawl in Texas Edition!

Outfit of the day… Sunday.


Berroco has some great pattern support, and this tank is one of the freebies.  I used only 2 skeins of Remix Light, a recycled and economical blend.  You can download the Minami pattern for free and check out my Ravelry project page.

img_0112Outfit of the day… Saturday.

2018 has been the year of the tank top.  One of my favorites is Southern Riviera, knitted with Willet by Quince.  Because of the lace detail at the top neckline, I took it to Target and purchased a black tank from the lingerie department that I wear backwards so that it comes up high enough to provide contrast.

Outfit of the day… Friday.


The opening day of crawl, I wore a skirt that I knitted with two skeins of sock yarn- you can check out my Ravelry project page.  It was adapted from an Icelandic designer’s dress pattern, Miðja, found in the wonderful book, Knitting with Icelandic Wool by Védís Jónsdóttir.

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Holiday for a Day

I worked fifteen days straight: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15.

…. which made today’s dedication to leisure seemed reckless, impetuous, irresponsible.  Adventure long overdue, ZuZu and I headed to the river.  The moment we got into our rented kayak, stress receded like the pressure drop before a hailstorm:  swift, cooling, alarming.   Hawks rode thermals, a monarch butterfly drifted southward, teeny turtles sunned on stumps and rocks at the edges of the water.  The river and the trail surrounding it have long been a source of inspiration, and today’s colorway arrived immediately and sat on my toe.  What yarn will tell this little damselfly’s story best?  Perhaps a silk and merino blend?  Or a self striping sock with wide bands of electric turquoise alternating with thin storm-black stripes?  Stay tuned!  In the meantime, check out the updated list of YarnTrekker yarns on Ravelry.


Damsefly on my Toe


Looking up at the pedestrian bridge where we run.


Calm and peaceful, half a mile to downtown.

Travel Notes

The Rowing Dock, has a “yappy hour” all day Tuesday- bringing a dog gets you an extra hour free.

According to various intermess sources, the Damselfly is probably a Familiar Bluet, Enallagma civile.

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Walkabout Tweed Glamour Shots




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Ghost of Yarn Crawl Past: Gradient Lace




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Perambulate Lace

Crossvine 2015

Spiderwort 2015

Superwash merino meets silk in this luscious colorshifting yarn. Each skein is hand-dyed and completely unique. The colors at both the beginning and end of the skein will contain 50% more yarn than those in the middle for use in swatching or to accommodate the increased yardage needed at the bound-off edge of a shawl.

80% Superwash Merino, 20% silk
870 Yards per 100g
Lace/2ply; 22 wpi
Knit:  US1- US4, 6 – 10 stitches per inch
Crochet:  1mm-3.25mm

All YarnTrekker yarns are finished with a professional textile detergent and thoroughly rinsed.

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Black, with everything.


Every March, when SXSW invades Austin, I’m struck by just how much black the tourists wear.  Granted, being a rock’n’roll kind of a place, locals wear a lot of black too, but usually offset by denim jeans, a red t-shirt, brown boots, perhaps a colorful scarf.  By contrast,  the conference attendees wear black as a uniform.  Black leather pants, black turtlenecks, black skinny jeans, , black scarves, black hats, austere black messenger bags.  As an acute observer of the color palettes created by crowds of people, I’m fascinated by this shift, this splotch of darkness plopped into the clear shiny brightness of early spring.  Combined with the traffic jams, piles of trash everywhere, and the inevitable mud from spring rains, March leaves me with an impression of smudginess blurred over the city.  Black, with everything.

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Of Mulch and Memory

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Rent a chipper-shredder. Today. This week.  Rent the kind you have to tow with a truck.  Experience the thrill and teeth-rattling danger of converting years worth of yard debris into loose, dusty, soft mulch.  Spread it over your garden like a deep woodsy blanket and watch your plants flourish.  Did you know that the colors inside of trees are vastly different from the colors on the outsides?  Rent a chipper-shredder. Don’t believe me?  Watch the 4th episode of Malcolm in the Middle,   Season 1, “Shame”.

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Although there’s no way of proving it, I believe myself to have better than average color memory.  Occasionally, however,  a color shifts and glows in my mind, transforming into another thought entirely.  Such was the case with this yarn.  In reality, the mulch and stump veer more towards gray and black, tones at the center of my color wheel.  My dye recipe sticks more the edges of the wheel, closer to the primaries and tertiaries.  I love them both, the richness, the highlights, the depths and discords.

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Bluebonnets, YEAH!

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When I first moved to North Carolina, people mentioned the “red”bud trees blooming.  For quite a while, I was confused, thinking, “They’re not red, they’re purple.”  Many years later, I no longer care about color name accuracy because, just like politics, religion, and which is the best soccer team in the world, it’s a topic with endless opinions that will never be resolved.  Additionally, I realize that the calyx is sometimes red.  Years ago, canoeing on a lake, I witnessed groves of redbuds coming into bloom as the sun shifted and the water heated up.  When we put the canoe into the water in the morning, the hills were brown with twigs and dead leaves, but as we floated back in late afternoon bright drifts of pink and purple were glowing in the late afternoon sun.

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