Behind the Scenes

BOOTS: Where did those fabulous boots come from?  Well, John Fluevog was kind enough to lend me many of the boots you see on the pages of D-T-I Knitted Boot Cuffs & Leg Warmers.  We did the photo shoot over a year ago, but many of the styles are still available, and some, gulp, are even on sale.  For those of you who are of the shopaholic variety, each photo links directly to the listing on John Fluevog.

PHOTOS: I joined forces again with Misty Matz who shot my last book.  Misty is so creative and her photos really came to life in the Nicole Caldwell Photography Studio and on the streets of Old Towne Orange.

HAIR & MAKEUP: Katie Wong of Kohnur did double duty hair AND makeup, making Chloe, Claire and Jewel look gorgeous!

Lastly, thank you for all of the nice comments and loved reading about everyone's favorite boots.  Congratulations book giveaway winner, LannieK--please contact me with your shipping info, so I can get a book out to you.

New Book Release! D-T-I Knitted Boot Cuffs & Leg Warmers

My new book Dress-to-Impress Knitted Boot Cuffs & Leg Warmers is now available on Amazon.


You may be asking yourself, "Why boot cuffs?"  The idea started because I wanted a little something decorative to pop out of the top of my boots--not way out, just a few inches to segue between boots and legs or pants. 


The book is broken into sections.  Tall boot liners are tapered so they hug your leg and do not bag around the ankle which enables you to wear them with snug-fitting taller boots.


Short boot liners have no shaping; they're basically a knitted tube designed to be worn with shorter boots--from booties to mid-calf height.  The short liner is probably the most flexible and easy-to-knit design because it can also be adapted to wear cuff-style with taller boots--just make sure the circumference fits the widest part of your calf.


To round out the collection, there are welly warmers, designed to be worn with the cuff folded over the top of a boot, and leg warmers--hopefully no explanation needed.


So how about a book give-away (and maybe some other goodies too)?  Leave a comment on this post about your favorite boots. Winner will be selected from comments posted between now and September 10th by a random picker.  Please either include your email in your post or check back on September 14th when I'll announce the winner.

New Pattern Waterlily Wrap

Happy summer.  Hope you're getting some knitting in, even if you live somewhere with sweltering heat.  I've got a new pattern, Waterlily Wrap,  that I'm pretty excited about.  It's the first in a collaboration I'm doing with Elemental Affects yarn.

So let me tell you about this luxury's a hand-dyed blend of U.S. grown Merino Wool and Mulberry Silk.  Civility has a beautiful drape with a slight sheen to it, but because of its special spinning technique is also strong and resistant to pilling.

Last month I visited the Denver Botanic Gardens, home to 2 beautiful water gardens as well as other lovelies...

I'm offering the Waterlily Wrap PDF download pattern for the introductory price of $4 (reg. $7), good through Sunday 8/13/17.  Use coupon code SUMMER upon checkout.  Offer good only on purchases from and, not valid on previous purchases or purchases from other websites.

Summer Happenings

It's been a while.  I know this because someone actually emailed to ask if I am ok.  Thank you, kind knitter, for caring.  The truth is I've been busy.  The kind of busy where you start prioritizing your tasks and have to include things like sleeping and eating.  There's a point where everything drops off besides the essential elements of survival, and that's where I've been.

But, I've been working on some pretty exciting things (clockwise from top left corner):

1.  New book Dress-to-Impress Knitted Boot Cuffs & Leg Warmers will be released 9/1

2. Traveler Pull-Over pattern scheduled for early Fall

3. Waterlily Wrap pattern will be released later this month

4. New yarn!  Elemental Affects Civility in my own custom color palette, hand dyed by the talented Jeane deCoster

5 & 6. new yarn = new kits





Available now on Craftsy, Skinny Scarves Kit.  With just 2 skeins of Cloudborn Highland Fingering, you can make all 3 designs.  I would save SS No. 3 (diagonal stripe) for last just in case you run short of one color because the color sections do not need to be exact.

And finally, I have been undergoing a total business makeover, complete with new branding and website that will be launching in October.  I've been working with the fine folks over at Aeolidia with my "team" of professionals. New book, new look and all sorts of exciting stuff coming soon!


Knitting in NYC

Here in So Cal, I admit that I spend very little time in the company of knitters.  Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to take a trip to NYC and spend time Knitting in the City with Julie Hoover, Catherine Lowe, and the lovely ladies at Purl Soho.

We spent the first day at Sunday Suppers in South Williamsburg Brooklyn, enjoying the beautiful, seasonal fare prepared for us right there in the picturesque restored industrial space.  I was so inspired listening to Catherine Lowe and the Purl Soho Design Team giving us a peek into their processes and hearing about their histories.  Oh yeah, and there was also knitting...

The next day was spent at Saipu in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, an amazing studio space filled with flowers, ceramics and a plethora of handmade wonders.  Eleven36 who specializes in ecologically and agriculturally sustainable foods, prepared lunch which was as beautiful as it was delicious.  The always-engaging Julie Hoover shared with us the fascinating story of her career. 

This is the second Knitting with Company retreat I've attended, put on by Catherine and Julie.  I really enjoy the sense of community experienced in the company of fellow classes...just knitting.  I highly recommend it!

A new take on the knitted scarf

Skinny Scarf Pattern Collection Spring is upon us, and as the temperature rises, knitting scarves, especially oversized, thick winter versions are non-existent on your project list, but hold-on.   With endless styling possibilities, this new knitted accessory is great for adding effortless style to your wardrobe.  Whether you drape, loop or tie them up, these thin scarves will add flair to any neckline, from edgy to sophisticated.

Beautiful hues of Woolfolk Sno and Tynd, makes this a new go-to accessory, perfect for spring outfits.  The pattern trio includes 3 options, a chevron stripe, a more abstract diagonal stripe and a clean-edged lace.  Each pattern requires only about 260 yds of fingering-weight yarn, so they're perfect stash busters.  I suggest going pure lux and using the Woolfolk…if you haven't worked with this yarn before, you won't believe how soft, cushy yet lightweight it is. 

These scarves transition well to all seasons—drape one to add style to a floral sundress or coil around your neck to form a warming "hug" under your jacket without the bulk. Really into rope tying?  Have a flair for the dramatic?  I have you covered, my friend.  So channel your inner Steven Tyler and get knitting!

I'm offering the Skinny Scarf pattern collection for the introductory price of $4 (reg. $8), good through Sunday 3/19/17.  Use coupon code SKINNY upon checkout.  Offer good only on purchases from and, not valid on previous purchases or purchases from other websites.