The Fairy Tales of Once Upon A Knit

We’ve got just a bit more than two months til the release of the book, so I thought I’d give a little background and information about which fairy tales are represented in the designs. As with Vampire Knits, there are just SO many characters and stories to choose from, so we had to pare them down to our favorites. Here are the stories or characters we were inspired by:

Snow White and Rose Red

Prince Charming

A Little Mermaid

Red Riding Hood

Beauty & The Beast

The Raven

The Evil Queen



Sleeping Beauty


The 3 Little Pigs

Hansel & Gretel

Jack in the Beanstalk

The Wizard of Oz

Alice in Wonderland

The Snow Queen

Snow White

and a few others.


And here’s a little sneak peek of a few of the projects.

Can you guess which stories inspired which projects?

Can you guess which stories inspired which projects?




In Which I Meet Joan of Dark – Author of Knits for Nerds

When I started out on this quest of writing a book of Vampire-inspired patterns, I started on Ravelry with a group of like-minded people.

The funny thing about collaborating with folks online is that often, you never meet in person. The designers who worked on my two books are from Utah, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Washington, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Washington DC, the UK, and Canada! I never met any of them. Until now.

That designer was Joan of Dark. You may recognize her from “Knockdown Knits”,


or “Knits for Nerds”

She also contributed this awesome sweater to “Vampire Knits”:

Love Bites, for him by Joan of Dark

Love Bites, for him by Joan of Dark

She also has 4 designs in “Once Upon A Knit” – and they’re all fantastic!!

She has been in L.A. for the last few days doing photoshoots for HER new geek-inspired book that I’m contributing to. I can’t WAIT to see how everything turns out. I’ve seen some sneak peeks and it looks like she and her photographer, Kyle Cassidy, really have an eye for style.

We hugged. I met her husband, her friend Kerrie, and her photographer Kyle. They were all lovely. We talked Los Angeles, celebrities, designing, photo shoots, and publishers, and I was able to show her what her projects look like in “Once Upon A Knit.” It was a short but sweet meeting in the 95 degree heat of an unusually sweltering November day in Burbank, and we all crowded under the shade of my hatchback door to look at the galley.

Sadly, I forgot to whip out my phone and snap a selfie of the two of us, but it was great to finally meet her! Hopefully she won’t be the last knitwear designer and author I meet on my journey, but the first of many. ❤ I can’t wait to see her new book, which will be out sometime in 2014.

Click on her name above to find her blog and follow her on twitter.

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3 more months til “Once Upon A Knit” is out!!!