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October 16, 2010

Cozy triangle shawl with simple intarsia colorwork.
Embrace your inner dichotomy with bold, contrasting colors.

This pattern can be worked with any yarn at any gauge in any size desired.
If you have trouble deciding,  perhaps you can flip a coin…

Two-Face: FREE

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Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes
[50% alpaca, 50% merino; 100g/100yd]
MC: #2006 Black; 2 skeins
CC: #2004 Purple; 2 skeins

US size 11 (8mm) long circular needle

Stitch marker
Yarn needle

10 sts = 4 inches in stockinette

One size

Approx. 68″ x 32″ after blocking

Pattern updated Dec 10, 2010.
Please replace your older version.



October 14, 2010

(Noro + Obi)

High-waisted wrap belt with applied i-cord edging and ties.

Wear it wrapped in the front or in the back, this six-inch wide belt will keep your middle cozy and warm through the winter.

I-cord ties with optional pom poms thread through an opening on one side and flattering leaf-shaped contours are great for any figure. The fabric curls to the inside, lies flat while wearing.  Steam blocking with a wet cloth before wearing is recommended.

I can’t wait to wear mine throughout this upcoming chilly season!

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• Noro Kureyon [100% wool; 50g/110yd]
#242 Rust/Olive; 2 balls
• Noro Silk Garden [45% Silk, 45% Kid Mohair, 10% Lambswool; 50g/110yd]
#269 Natural; 2 balls

Two US size 8 (5mm) double-point needles

Yarn needle
Pom pom maker (optional)

18 sts = 4 inches in stockinette

CUSTOM (recommended)
-or- S [M, L, XL]

CUSTOM (recommended)
-or- 24 [27, 30, 33]

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Basic Lyon Beanie

October 5, 2010

Another version of my favorite hat in the whole world.  Easy, quick, colorful and warm wool beanie with cozy doubled-stranded ribbing.  Available in three sizes for the whole family.

Basic Lyon Beanie: FREE


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m1 (make one):  Lift the bar between stitches with the left needle from front to back,
knit this stitch through the back loop.

Noro Kureyon [100% wool; 50g/108yd]
#233 Blue/Green; 2 balls

Stitch marker
Yarn needle

Set of five US size 8 (5mm) double-point needles
Set of five US size 10 (6mm) double-point needles

18 sts = 4 inches in stockinette on smaller needles

Child, Adult Medium, Adult Large

Approx. 18, 20, 22 inches in circumference

Cinnamon Swirl Peach Upside-Down Cake

October 4, 2010

I originally intended to make these as mini-cakes in a muffin pan, but with the Holidays coming up I thought a space saving table-top centerpiece presentation would be more ideal.  Peach season here in California starts to wind down in October-November,  so I thought I would experiment and include this recipe in my Early Autumn rotation.  This cake is light, slightly soaked, not too sweet and perfect for serving in the morning with coffee or with spiced whipped cream for afternoon tea.  I could go on, but the name of this one says it all!

For the cake you will need:

  • 2-3 ripe peaches, peeled and sliced (frozen peaches will work great, too!)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 lb (16oz) box of pound cake mix
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Parchment paper
  • 8-inch or 9-inch round cake pan
  • 2 cups (16 oz) whipping cream
  • 2 rounded teaspoons powdered confectioner’s sugar

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Autumn LOVE

September 22, 2010

Photo: The Huffington Post

This photo sums up everything I’m feeling today:  LOVE.  New patterns, inspired recipes, rain boots, apple cider, pumpkin cookies, coffee ice cream… ah, Autumn.  I’m so glad to see you.  It’s been too long!

Belle Ruffle Gloves

September 12, 2010

Neo-Victorian inspired ruffled fingerless gloves.
Each glove features three buttons and a delicate bell ruffle.

This gorgeous, smoky gray superwash yarn if delightfully soft
and springy with fantastic stitch definition for those ruffles.
I’m so happy with the choice!

Belle Ruffle Gloves: FREE

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Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash
[100% superwash wool; 100g/220yd]
MC: #816 Gray
CC: #815 Black

MC ≈ 165 yds
CC ≈ small amount

• US size 7 (4.5mm) circular needle or long straight needles
• Set of five US size 7 (4.5mm) double-point needles

• Six approx. 5/8” buttons
• Tapestry needle sized to fit through buttonholes
• Row counter (optional)
• Stitch markers
• Scrap yarn
• Pins

20 sts = 4 inches in stockinette

One Size

6.5” wrist circumference (will stretch)

Tips for this project:

• For best results, work a basic knit bind off with size 11 needle.
• Do opt for the  long tail cast-on, it makes a very nice top edge.

• Use a large eye needle with a sharp point when weaving in ends.  Thread the yarn tails through the purl bumps along an inside row of the same color (piercing the fibers of the knitted stitches) for one inch, then back the same way.  Give the fabric a little stretch then cut yarn tails short, right next to the fabric.

• Make the hand and thumb as long as you like for custom finger coverage.
• Adjust gauge and needle size for petite or larger wrists and hands.
• Extended soaking and heavy blocking is not necessary or recommended for this project.

Homemade Candied Ginger

July 21, 2010

There are many ways to make delicious and spicy candied or crystallized ginger and I do believe I’ve tried them all.  It is a simple process: cook ginger, sweeten ginger, let ginger dry, coat ginger in sugar. The most important thing I discovered in my experiments is that the only real mistake you can make is a mess.

This is by far my most successful method.  It’s very easy and non-scientific, though it does require some waiting time.  Have fun!

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