Spotlight on Cinderella Playset

Happy Monday!! I must apologize for being absent much of this summer. It’s easy to just let things go and be loose with schedules when we have no school and no day job to rush off to!

Today’s spotlight is on the Cinderella Playset by Marilee Norris.

Cinderella & her mice friends

Cinderella & her mice friends

As you probably know, Cinderella was a girl who was treated badly by her stepmother and stepsisters. She was made to clean their house and bullied and her only friends were little mice.

She is denied the chance to go to the royal ball and meet the prince, until her Fairy Godmother shows up and gives her a beautiful dress, glass slippers, and turns her mice into horses and a pumpkin into her coach. She sent her on her way to the ball until midnight, when the spell would be broken.

One of the wonderful details of this set is the pumpkin bag. Not only is it just adorable, but it carries all the toys inside, so children can bring Cinderella and her mice wherever they go, just like her coach brought her to the ball.



Things to know about this pattern: You will be using the 3-needle bind-off, i-cord, Magic Loop, and some sewing (the lining) and embroidering (pumpkin).

This set would be the perfect gift for any fan of Cinderella, or anyone who loves Fairy Tales and is young at heart!

Happy Knitting!



Fairy Tale Character of the Month – Maleficent

I know it’s been awhile, and for that I apologize. I’ve been on vacation and before that I just let it fall by the wayside. I am picking it back up and starting fresh with Maleficent!

Fairy Tale Character Profile – Maleficent

The 1959 Disney Maleficent, Disney's new Maleficent, and Once Upon A Time's Maleficent.

The 1959 Disney Maleficent, Disney’s new Maleficent, and Once Upon A Time’s Maleficent.

In Charles Perrault’s tale “The Beauty Sleeping in the Wood,” several fairies were invited to the christening of the baby princess. Slighted for not having been invited, the “dark fairy” if you will, curses the newborn baby to prick her finger on a spindle of the spinning wheel and die. One of the other fairies amends that she will fall into a sleep for 100 years, only to be awoken by “the son of a king.” (no mention of true love)
In neither the Perrault version nor the Grimm version is the fairy named. Not until the 1959 Disney adaptation was she given the name Maleficent, which came from the word maleficence, which means “the doing of evil or harm.”
In “Maleficent” with Angelina Jolie, the story is slightly different. Maleficent shows us her backstory and explains the reason she curses the baby princess. Without spoiling anything, she is a much more sympathetic character than we’ve ever seen her to be. (By the way, I saw it today and LOVED it! I took all 3 kids and we all just loved it!!)
In “Once Upon A Time” we don’t know much about her except she traded Regina the dark curse for the sleeping curse, and she turns into a dragon. It’s hinted that she curses Aurora (and possibly her mother), although that storyline hasn’t been explored.

Now, if you feel like channeling your inner dragon, or your inner “dark fairy” you can knit yourself the Maleficence Shrug by Tanis Gray.

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Spotlight On Candy Witch Gloves

Greetings! I apologize for being a bit absent lately. I have recently started back to a “day job” and it’s been challenging finding time for everything. Balance is key.

Today I’m spotlighting the Candy Witch Gloves by Laura Hohman.


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These gloves are inspired by Hansel and Gretel. The two children who were sent into the woods by their father and stepmother, who couldn’t afford to feed them. They come upon a house made of gingerbread, which they begin to eat (as any child would). Lo and behold, a witch lives inside, who promptly put Hansel in a cage to fatten him up and cook him for supper. Thank goodness Gretel is a clever, brave girl who outsmarts the witch and saves her brother.

These gloves look like they’re made of gingerbread, icing, and gumdrops!

Things to know for this pattern? Making a  bobble.

Yarn used:


Spotlight on Snow White and Rose Red

Today I’m going to share the Snow White shrug and Rose Red wrap.

There are two characters in fairy tale lore called Snow White. One is the girl whose step-mother (aka The Evil Queen) sends a huntsman after her to cut out her heart. Remember her? She ends up living with dwarfs (or knights in one version). The other Snow White has a sister named Rose Red.

In the story of Snow and Rose, they are two sisters who live with their poor widow mother in a small cottage.  I don’t want to spoil it if you haven’t read it, but let’s say there’s a bear and a dwarf involved in this story. In this tale, Snow White is quiet and gentle. She spends a lot of time with her mother in the cottage. Rose Red, on the other hand, loves to run outside and chase butterflies and pick flowers.

The two designs modeled after these sister characters are reflective of their personalities. Joan of Dark designed two beautiful pieces – a delicate, ruffly piece for the gentle Snow White and a simply pretty wrap for the more active Rose Red. These are two gorgeous pieces that would be an asset to any woman’s wardrobe!

Rose Red Wrap

Rose Red Wrap


Snow White Shrug

Snow White Shrug


Spotlight on the Elsa Vest

The third pattern I’m spotlighting from Once Upon A Knit is the Elsa Vest by Cirilia Rose.

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In Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, the Snow Queen is a woman whose kiss can turn someone as cold as ice. In Disney’s “Frozen” it’s a tale of a young girl with powers she cannot control and separates her from her only sister. When she can no longer hold her powers in, she freezes the whole town and builds an ice palace to live in.

This beautiful vest is inspired by the Snow Queen, Elsa. Knit up in a bulky, beautiful yarn and adorned with snow-flake like crystals, it’s the perfect garment to wear over a beautiful skirt, or even jeans.

Things to know about this pattern: You will use the selvedge stitch, ribbing, seaming, and sewing on the crystals.

A close up of the beautiful beads on Elsa.

A close up of the beautiful beads on Elsa.

Spotlight on Siren Shawl – Once Upon A Knit

The second pattern I’m going to spotlight is the Siren Shawl. It’s in the “Prince and Princesses” chapter and inspired by the Little Mermaid.

In the original Hans Christian Andersen tale, the Little Mermaid’s fate is to become foam on the sea. This gorgeous shawl is knit up in a beautiful multi-hued blue-green yarn made by Madelinetosh, and knit up to look like seaweed on the ocean waves.

Cassie Castillo has designed a truly gorgeous, timeless piece you’ll want to add to your knitting queue!



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PS – don’t forget to enter to win a free copy of the book HERE.

One Day More

Well, folks, tomorrow is the day that Once Upon A Knit is on shelves. I hope everyone is as pleased with it as I am. I will most likely be posting notes about certain projects in the coming days and weeks in order for everyone to get the most out of knitting them.

The only designer left to sneak peek is me.


I’m not including the cover piece, as everyone’s already seen it.



Hope everyone’s having a great Monday!


One Week til Once Upon A Knit

It’s one week til Once Upon A Knit is on the shelves! It seems like we’ve been waiting forever, but I think it always seems like a million years when you’re waiting for something exciting to happen.

I am going to share sneaks from the last 4 designers (except me –  I suppose I could do that later this week if you like) today. Yippee!

First off are a pair of designers that work together a lot. Their names are Abigail Horsfall and Trisha Paetsch.

Abigail contributed  the Werewolf Hat to Vampire Knits and has 3 designs in Once Upon A Knit.

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Trisha designed 2 patterns in Once Upon A Knit – one you can see is part of a set she collaborated with Abigail, and another you will love!

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Our final two designers each contributed a pattern to Once Upon A Knit. Here’s the sneak peek of Cassie Castillo’s design:

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and here’s Dawn Thompson’s:

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I can’t wait for you to see ALL the patterns! I really believe there’s something for everyone – from babies to grown men.


Happy Tuesday!



Two Weeks, 2 More Designers

In two weeks and one day, Once Upon A Knit will be on the shelves!! I visited a local bookstore this weekend and found out they’ve already ordered copies at both locations, so that makes me happy. I’ll visit some local knit shops this week and pass out my postcards. I can’t believe the time is finally almost here!

Today we will meet two designers that are very successful in the knitting community. Tanis Gray has written 3 knitting books and contributed to several more. You can read more about her HERE.

You may remember her designs from Vampire Knits:

Blood Bottle Cozies

Got Blood? Pillow


She designed these for Once Upon A Knit:

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And Cirilia Rose, who has designed for several different yarn companies, and is working on her own book. She designed the cover piece for Vampire Knits:

Lore Hoodie

She designed this piece for Once Upon A Knit:

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Have a great Monday!!