…knits in THE city…

I’m back from my from my annual east coast trip.  11 days and each one was better than the one before.  Marcy and I started my trip like we usually do, with a trip to Rhinebeck.  The weather was beautiful, the yarn was gorgeous and the food was outstanding.  I got to see people that I only get to see once a year and it was wonderful.DSC_0892One person that I was able to see is Jennie The Potter.  I have a little bit of a problem when it comes to Jennie’s mugs.  I’ve started keeping my ‘collection’ in a cabinet away from all the other coffee mugs I own.  I’m not sure I want anyone else using them.  This year as always, Jennie’s line was epic.  Marcy and I decided to come back later and see what there was, if anything, left.  When we got there Jennie had a surprise for each of us.  THIS:  IMG_6207Look closely.  YES! THAT’S MY NAME ON MY MUG!!  This was such a surprise and we were both out of our minds!  Needless to say I have been drinking out of it ever since.

After Rhinebeck I spent the week with Marcy and her family.  Her kids are growing up so fast and it was really great to be back in a household where everyone is going in 5 different directions at any given time.  It really took me back to when my girls were still at home.  WHEW!  That was a busy few days.

The following weekend Marcy and I went into New York City.  First stop, The Today Show and yes, the Carrie Underwood concert on the Plaza.  Front stage access!  How did we get that?  By being named Fans Of The Day.  How did that happen?  Let’s just chalk it up to hard work and clean living.  It was pretty amazing!IMG_6324We had a pretty spectacular weekend.  Shopping, eating, shopping, sightseeing, shopping, walking, did I mention the shopping?  All in all, it was even more amazing than last year.


I brought home some pretty great souvenirs from my trip.  The best is that out of this trip came some new patterns!  First up, Call Me Al.  This is a design that we did for our buddy, weatherman, Al Roker.  Last year we promised we come back this year with a hat for him and here it is..


It’s a great hat and you can go here to see more information.

Next up Lunch at the Plaza.

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Lunch At The Plaza is a lovely little scarf that works up beautifully in that special skein of cashmere you have in your stash.  What’s better than a little cashmere around your neck?

Up next is City Stroll.


This is a great wrap that is perfect when you don’t need a coat but need a little warmth.

And finally Fan Of The Day.


We designed these mitts for Alex better known as @alexontheplaza on Instagram and Twitter.  He works for the Today Show and since he’s outside working all the social media for the show he really needed something to keep his hands warm.

All of these patterns are available for individual purchase for 6.00 each or if you prefer you can get all 4 in an ebook called Knits in THE City for 18.00.

Marcy and I had such a great time collaborating on these designs.  There are many more coming.  Stay tuned!

My next adventure takes me up to the next Strung Along Retreat ~ Tools and Technology.  I’ll be teaching a Technology For Fiber People and I’m really looking forward to it.  If you will be joining me at the retreat you’ll be able to see all of the Knits in THE City samples in my trunk show during our Community Marketplace.  If you are in the area stop by the marketplace.  It will take place on Saturday, November 14th from 7-8:30 pm at the Resort at Port Ludlow.  We have some really wonderful vendors this time around!

I have a couple of new designs that I’ll be releasing soon so stay tuned for that too!  Until next time, knit on~





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Stash Birthday Bash!


Stash is turning 4 and I’ll be at there on Saturday from 10:30-12:30 teaching High Tech Crafting:  Knitting with your iPad!  There are a couple of spots still open in the class so if you can I’d love to have you join us.

Then from 1:00-4:00 the Stash Enhancers will be hosting my trunk show!  I have a couple of new patterns that are just being released so stop by and take a peak!  Lorajean and Shannon will be there as well with their lovelies, too!

And finally from 7:00-9:00 that evening is the Birthday Bash Celebration with cupcakes and swag!  It’s going to be a great day.  I sure hope I see you there!

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Here it is October already.  How did that happen?  Where did the time go?  I’ll tell you where it went for me:

1.  Preston:  On June 30th our youngest daughter’s water ruptured.  She was due September 5th.   She went into the hospital and was on bed rest until July 25th when Preston Avery Huth was born (6 week early).  She weighed just 4 lbs, 2 oz and was pretty little.  She spent 10 days in the NICU but is home and doing very well.  Needless to say we are over the moon for her and there has been some baby knitting going on.


Preston’s blanket ~ pattern coming soon!

2.  Paytan:  Just after Preston was born Tillman and I left with Paytan for Disneyland.  We had planned the trip to celebrate her 5th birthday.  Let me tell you that there is nothing like spending 5 days at the Happiest Place On Earth with a 5 year old to help you remember the magic of being a child.  It was the best trip!  We can’t wait to take Elliet when she turns 5 in 2017!


IMG_57843.  Sproutlet collection:  A while back I was asked by WEBs to take part in their Emerging Designers Program.  When they asked me to put together some designs for an ebook I decided to do a baby collection.  Must be all the littles I have on my brain.  The Sproutlet Collection is available from WEBs on their website and is a sweater, hat and blanket.  I used 3 of their Valley Yarns; Superwash DK, Superwash Worsted and Superwash Bulky for the designs and love them!


4.  Paytan:  Believe it or not Paytan started kindergarten this year. Oh, the fun she’s going to have! It was just yesterday that we were at the hospital waiting for her to come.  DSC_0721

5.  Stitches Texas:  I was also asked by Steve and Kathy to help out in their booth at Stitches Texas.  This is a new show for the XRX people and we had a great time!  I may have bought myself a souvenir.  IMG_60176.  Drifted:  Drifted was designed in collaboration with Knitted Wit, as a part of the Snowy Hat Collection. Five other Portland designers and I were given skeins of Knitted Wit’s yarn in these new Snowy colors, and were tasked with designing a hat.  snowyhat-allpatterns10% of all proceeds from Drifted pattern sales, through December 31, 2015, will be donated to Raphael House of Portland, a domestic violence agency committed to engaging our entire community in non-violent living through advocacy, education, and community outreach, and by providing a safe haven from domestic violence.  I’m very proud to be a part of this project.  If you feel inclined you can get the kit here, the ebook here, and the individual pattern for Drifted here.

7.  I just got back from our cabin for my annual trip with my knitting group.  I don’t even know how many years we’ve done this but as usual it was great.  Lots of knitting, movies, late nights talks and many days of laughter!  I love these women!

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8.  Marcy and I are scheming coming up with some new designs in anticipation of #EastCoastWestCoastAdventure7.  Can’t believe it’s our 7th year!  Stay tuned for more details on those new releases!DSC_0795

Wow, that was a lot!  That’s what happens when you don’t blog for 3 months.  I’m not going to make any promises about blogging more often.  That is the path to madness.  Who know’s what could happen next….




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In the morning I’m headed to the next Strung Along retreat at Port Ludlow.  Our theme this time around is Knit, Play, Cook and we’ll be knitting and playing and cooking.  All things that I love.   It’s sure to be a great time.

I wanted to remind you that my birthday sale is humming right along!  20% off all patterns in my pattern store and 20% off all patterns in Marcy’s and Adventure Du Jour Designs pattern stores as well.  Our sale runs through June 21st!

When I return from the retreat I’ll hit the ground running and head down to Black Sheep Gathering on Friday.  Melanie of Black Trillium is hosting me in her booth!  I’ll have samples knit up in her gorgeous yarns including Road Trippin’  and patterns for sale!

DSC_0561If you’ll be at BSG on Friday look me up!  I’d love to see you!

I’ve scheduled some teaching gigs at various yarn shops in the area.  Check out my Find Me Here page if you are interested.

See you when I get back!

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…gemini birthdays unite!

Birthday-Cake-CandlesJust a reminder that my birthday sale is on right now and to make it even more fun my friend Marcy (who also has a birthday coming soon) and I have teamed up.  Now, not only can you get 20% off of all of my patterns but you can get 20% off of Marcy’s patterns and all Adventure Du Jour Design patterns too!  All sales run through June 21st!!  Happy Birthday to all of us!!


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I’m home from TNNA just in time for my birthday and to celebrate I’m offering 20% off all of my patterns (excluding Adventure Du Jour Designs).  Happy Birthday to me and savings to you!IMG_4566Sale ends June 12th!

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…it’s just like a real job…

A little while ago, my husband and I were traveling over to central Oregon for the weekend and I was knitting in the car…as usual.  We rode along in silence for quite some time when he said to me, “Do you ALWAYS knit?”

I know, I know!  I took a deep breath and then kindly told him that yes I do knit a lot of the time.  Knitting is my job.  If I didn’t knit during car trip, movies, at stop lights I wouldn’t get my work done.  I have designs to create and samples to knit, not to mention any gifts I might have in mind for people.  He was silent for a bit and then he said, “Okay, I get it.  I didn’t realize that all of this was like a REAL job.  Thanks for clearing that up for me.”

Now I’ve been knitting for a long time and designing since 2011.  There is a lot of knitting going on in this house, not to mention the computer work on pattern formatting, emails, swatching, researching, etc.  At some point in the last 4 years I’m sure I mentioned that I was selling these patterns that I was coming up with.  One would think that in that time he might have noticed that I was taking this pretty seriously.

That being said, I do take this knitting thing pretty serious and there is a lot of stuff that goes alongside this designing thing.  There is a lot to fit into each day and some of it just gets pushed to the back burner… like this blog.  My best intentions are to blog at least once a month but you know what they say about the road to hell…

Enough about what I haven’t gotten done lately.  Let’s talk about what I have gotten done:  a few new patterns!

Up first:  Ric Rac.  Version 2

Ric Rac is a great cowl that was inspired by the ric rac that my mother used to sew onto everything she made for me.  It’s a super easy to memorize stitch pattern and can be worked as a tradition cowl with 200 yards of worsted weight yarn or a little longer with 400 yards.  It’s a pattern that I designed to show off Knitted Wit’s Worsted Superwash.  It will be on display at TNNA and I’ll be there in Lorajean’s booth.  If you’re headed to Columbus I’d love to see you!

Up next is Same Time Next Year.

DSC_0425This is a design from Marcy and I (Adventure Du Jour Designs) and we designed it in Miss Babs’ Sojourn.  That yarn is amazing!

And last, but not least is Road Trippin’.

DSC_0561This is another design from Marcy and I .  This time we worked with Black Trillium’s Prime (gorgeous, by the way).  It uses 2 skeins of fingering weight, either 2 solids or as you can see above, one solid and one variegated.  It’s been a long time since I worked with variegated yarn and now I remember how much I love it!  I’ll be working with more of it the future.

So, as you can see my job has been fairly busy and pretty productive.  I hope you’ll excuse the missing blog posts over the last couple of months.  I’ve had my hands fairly full.  And tomorrow morning, bright and early and I do mean early, I’ll be on a plane for TNNA.  I’m sure I’ll be coming home with a brain full of inspiration and a suitcase full of yarn.  Stay tuned!


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You’ve heard me mention my friend Marcy from time to time.  She and I met through knitting and have been close friends for years now,  so close that we have a standing trip every year where I travel from my coast to her coast and spend around 10 days with her and her family.  During that time we make our annual trek to Rhinebeck along with spending a day at WEBs.


This past year we did both of those things but also got to throw in a weekend in NYC.  We had a list of things that we were determined to do and I think we crossed almost everything off that list. We didn’t get to eat a hotdog from a street vendor but as my mother used to say  you always need to have something to go back for.

IMG_3642Needless to say we had a great time, walked our legs off (only took one cab ride the entire weekend) and plotted and planned what our next adventure would be.

So let me present our next adventure:
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Yup, she and I are collaborating on a pattern line and we’ve just released our first pattern:  Between Friends.

DSC_0413We both got yarn for two of these each during our last #EastCoastWestCoastAdventure, one from Purl Soho (WOOLFOLK) and one from Miss Babs (Kaweah).  We’re pretty excited about this new adventure.   We both have been designing under our own labels and will continue to do this but now we will be working together on some really great things. We talk to each other so many time each day that it’s like we live next door to each other, only on opposite coasts, so we thought we’d give this a try.

We already have so many ideas there won’t be much time for sleeping.  In fact, I called Marcy today with another idea and told her to put it on the list.  She said, “We have a list?”  I said, “We do now.”

So I hope you will follow us on these adventures as we design our way through life.  See our tagline?  Where will they take you today?  I can’t wait to see where we go!

Questions for us can be directed to AdventureDuJourDesigns@gmail.com.  See you down the road…



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…gentlemen, starts your engines…

At long last the much anticipated Rose City Yarn Crawl starts tomorrow.  I’ve been planning for this weekend for a long time, ever since I pushed send on my submission for the RCYC Mystery KAL pattern.

I was going gangbusters on my submission, working on the design with beautiful yarn and the ideas were coming at me one after another.  Things were meshing well and all was humming along and then something happened that set me back on my heels; my dad passed away.  When that happened I folded up my work and thought, “Well, that’s that.  Maybe next year”, and I simply stopped.  I wasn’t in the space to continue on.

Time went by and the deadline was coming closer and closer for submission.  I wasn’t concerned about the deadline because I had already decided that it wasn’t my time.  I went about my business and then in a matter of days I received an email.  It was from a friend that said how sorry she was to hear about my dad and that if I decided that I couldn’t submit a design this year that it was okay….but she hoped that I would.

It was that simple and sweet email that pushed me to finish up my submission and press send.  After sending my submission in I sat back and thought “Well, at least I’ve tried, but I’m pretty sure they won’t be interested”.

What a surprise to me it was when I received the email with the subject:  Tag, You’re it!  My design had been selected and the rest is history.  I worked up the pattern, hired a tech editor (thanks Kate!) and got my test knitters going.  All of that resulted in Washington Park.  IMG_4042

I am super proud of this design and have been able to go to cast-on parties, knit-a-long meet ups and finish line parties in the last 4 weeks where I’ve been able to meet many people that are working on their shawls.  It’s been so great seeing all of the shawls as they take shape and I am so looking forward to seeing many more of them when the crawl starts tomorrow.

I’ve got my passport ready.

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For the first time I am planning to visit every shop on the crawl.  How can I miss any of them?  They’ll all have my beautiful pattern sample on display.  There are 15 shops on the crawl and there are 4 days to get to all of them.  That’s totally doable and I am sure up to the challenge.

If you are out during the crawl this weekend and see me please stop me and say hello.  I’d love to meet you and if you happened to have knit Washington Park I’d love to see it and maybe snap a photo of you wearing it (unless you are in the Witness Protection Program and don’t want your photo taken, totally understand that.)

I couldn’t have done all of this without help from some extra special people.  Thanks to Anne at For Yarn’s Sake for her listening ear and help along the way.  Thanks to Anne of Alpha B for the nudge and of course sending me the beautiful yarn.  Thanks to Marcy for holding my hand (from Massachusetts) during the trying times.  And special thanks to Susan, Susan, Dr. Susan,(we have a lot of Susan’s in our knitting group)  Leianne, Mary Ann and Eileen for all of the encouragement, love and support during the whole process.

See you tomorrow and gentlemen (and ladies), start your engines!

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…just home long enough to regroup…

I just returned from my teaching gig at Madrona.  What a great event this is.  I have been going to Madrona as an attendee for a very long time but in the last two years I have had the pleasure to be attending as a teacher.  This event is how the world of events should be run.  Suzanne does an amazing job of making sure everyone (vendors, teachers and students) all get the best experience  possible.  My classes, both the classes I taught and the classes I took were great.  My students were so engaged and there were many light bulb moments during both the Knitting With Your iPad class and Designing Your Own Stitch Pattern classes.  This is the part of teaching that makes me want to do so much more of this.

I was able to have the time to take two excellent classes.  The first on was Spinning The Gradient with Judith.  You all know how much of a thing I have for the gradient.

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This class was so great and has fueled my love for the gradient even more if that is possible.  The other class I took was Celtic Cables with Faina Goberstein.

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Amazing class on techniques for celtic cables.  I learned so much and can’t wait to incorporate the techniques in my designs.  So many ideas, so little time.

Now I am home, washing my clothes, repacking my suitcase, getting my knitting lined up and getting ready to head to Stitches West to work in the WEBs booth.  I love working this show with these people and this time around Marcy will be there working with us!  It’s work but it’s the best kind of work with this crew!  And I’ll get to see friends there that I only get to see once a year.  I. Can. Not. Wait.

Among all of this crazy travel the RCYC Mystery KAL is in full swing.

IMG_3994The first 3 clues have been released and the final clue comes out Wednesday, the day I leave for Stitches.  It’s been great to see all the beautiful combinations that people are using to knit the piece.  I’m super excited to be heading to Wool ‘N Wares on February 25th for a Finish Line Party for the KAL.  There’s still time to join us.  The pattern is available here.

As I said before, I am really loving the teaching aspect of my job.  If you have a LYS, guild or event that you would like to have me teach at drop me a line at TheStitchesOfMyLifeDesigns@gmail.com.  I’d love to be included!

Now off to take another load of clothes out of the washer and start the next one.  Hope to see you at Stitches!

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