Apologies For My Absence

Hello to anyone out there who’s still checking in on this blog! 🙂 I apologize for my absence of late. I’ve been a terrible knitting blogger. In fact, I’ve been a terrible knitter in general.


I got a job. A full-time teaching job. After 14 years of staying home with kids and/or substitute teaching. This has been a BIG change and I’m just now (mostly) getting a handle on things.

I have, however, been teaching my students to knit. We started out with one finger, then moved to 4.


The next step is using needles. 4 years ago I bought 50 pairs from a seller on etsy. I can find 26 of them, and need to find 24 more. And then some. (I have 56 students in all.)

In the meantime, I work on a project when I can. I have a project I’ve been working on for over a year… it’s slow going, but I’m nearing the end. It was a project for a friend’s book that I haven’t heard any news about lately. I suppose I should reach out to her and see if she’s still in need of it.

And I’ve got a few gifts I should knit.

I will also try to spotlight the rest of my book patterns from “Once Upon A Knit” – I realize I only got about halfway through them. I will do my best to finish.

Thanks for checking in. I hope to be posting again very soon!




Geek Knits

This week Joan of Dark’s new knitting book dropped. GEEK KNITS!

You may remember her last book – Knits for Nerds.

This new book is similar. It’s filled with patterns inspired by Dr. Who, Comics, Gaming, Trek, and other fandoms. I attempted two patterns that didn’t really work. Then I got inspired, and came up with this.

Two years ago, my family got heavy into Star Trek. I wore this costume on Halloween 2013 and used a red cross-body bag for a purse, but it didn’t really look great. And then it hit me.


Make my own purse that goes with the dress! It’s called “Communicator Purse” which is not my name for it, but it’s fine. I’m assuming the publishers changed it because publishers are like that… they don’t always have the best ideas. Like when they told me my Rampion Scarf was “too esoteric.” But that’s okay.

If I weren’t such a geek it wouldn’t bother me. But it does. It’s a tricorder, not a communicator. My kids noticed it right away. A communicator is like a phone. A tricorder is a medical tool among other things.

But I digress.

It doesn’t matter what it’s called. It matters that it looks like something right out of Old School Trek. It looks like something Bones would wear when he calls out, “He’s dead, Jim!”


I lined it with cute Trek fabric.IMG_0042

I sewed on fake buttons and a fake screen.IMG_0044

It’s got a magnetic snap closure.IMG_0045

And little Kirk likes to play inside. 🙂

There are lots of great patterns in Geek Knits, as well as cameos of real celebrities modeling some of the items.

Run to your local book or knitting store and pick up a copy. Feel free to come back here and tell me what you think!

Happy New Year – Happy Anniversary!

Happy New Year, everyone! I know it’s a little late for me to be wishing you a happy new year – on February 4th, but it’s been since December since I’ve posted. For that, I apologize.

I hope the holidays were wonderful and everyone is doing well in the new year. It’s hard to believe it’s already 2015. I think the older I get, the faster the years go by. When I was a kid, the school year lasted FOREVER. Now? On the last day of school I feel like school had just started. 😛

Happy Anniversary! It’s been one year since “Once Upon A Knit” was on shelves!


What’s new?

I have a design in Joan of Dark’s upcoming book! I’m really excited about it – it’s a design I really love and can’t wait to get back so I can use it myself! 🙂 If you know me at all – or read my other blog  – you won’t be surprised at this design!

What’s on the needles?

2 projects for another book-in-the-works from Joan. Here’s one.



What’s coming up?

I’m not sure. I was recently inspired by my new favorite tv shows and am sketching out a new book. We’ll see what happens. I am a little trepidatious about it, as it’s a big task (as usual) and  I’m working part-time these days, which makes it more challenging. HOWEVER, I hope to be teaching full-time soon, so if I am lucky enough to get a teaching job next year, my knitting time will be limited, so I think it’s now or never (or at least now or the summertime and whenever I have little bits of time).

So, we’ll see. I still have at least 4 more book ideas sketched out, too. Maybe some day I’ll get them all done. I may be 90, but I’ll get them done. 😉

Here’s a tease of some of my ideas.

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For now, I’ll finish my current projects and go from there.

Be on the lookout for a new Fairy Tale Character of the Week! I’m going to be much better about that – I promise!!


Holiday Knitting

My name is Genevieve, and I’m not a holiday knitter.

I have been in the past, and I might be in the future, but it’s been awhile since I made the conscious decision to knit people gifts for Christmas.

When I was in junior high (yes, back in my day it was called junior high instead of middle school), I knit a bunch of potholders for grandmothers for the holidays. One, because they were grandmothers and would like whatever I made and two, because they weren’t very time consuming.

30 year old potholders I made for my grandma

30 year old potholders I made for my grandma

The next time I knit Christmas gifts for anyone was when our family decided to do homemade gifts for everyone. I knit hats for my brothers and their girlfriends/wives.


2 brothers, 1 wife well, before they were married), 1 son, 1 husband all in hats

2 brothers, 1 wife (well, before they were married), 1 son, 1 husband all in hats

I will say that those hats were very early in my hat knitting days, so they weren’t the fanciest hats.

And then one year I did scarves.

The other brother in his blue scarf

The other brother in his blue scarf

I’m pretty sure that’s the last time I knit gifts for everyone. I knit a scarf for my mom in 2008, and this year I knit her the Rumplestiltskin Infinity Scarf for her birthday (in red) so she could wear it on her trip to France. Now that I think about it… my dad is the only one who doesn’t have something knit from me. Hm… I may have to rectify that soon!

Since 2008, however, I’ve almost always been working on projects for books – mine or other people’s, and that knitting took precedence over knitting something heartfelt for friends or family. And sadly, it never even dawned on me to knit a teacher a gift! What a terrible crafting parent I am! I wonder if my kids’ teachers ever thought, “Hey! The knitter’s kid is in my class! I wonder if she’ll knit me something for Christmas!” Yikes. If you are/were one of my children’s teachers and thought this, I sincerely apologize for letting you down!

I suppose I should revisit the whole idea of holiday knitting. One of my issues is that by the time I realize I need to buy/make gifts, my time is very limited. So small, quick gifts would work best… at least until I start becoming a planner and knitting gifts during the summer (who am I kidding?).

Do you knit gifts for the holidays? What’s your favorite gift to knit? Is it small items like gloves and hats and scarves? Is it bigger projects like sweaters, shawls, and blankets?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments!


ps – there are some great quick-to-knit projects in Once Upon A Knit…

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Rumplestiltskin Infinity Scarf

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Woodland Friends Hats

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An Apple A Day Potholder






I apologize for that post-non-post. I was wondering what was happening with my post and why I couldn’t find it on my other blog… and then when I posted it (unfinished), I realized it was posted on my knitting blog. Whoops!

I will be posting here in the next day or two about the needlecrafts we did while on vacation, actually. In the meantime, if you want to read that post which was accidentally posted here, you’ll find it at my personal blog HERE.

Thanks for your patience!!



And the winner is….

This afternoon I printed all the replies/entries, cut them, folded them, and put them in my fondue pot. 😀


My daughter swirled them around and chose a winner.


And the winner is…


If this is you, please contact me and I will get your address.

Thank you!!!


Once Upon A Knit Giveaway!


Hello knitting friends! I hope this Thursday finds you well. I’m happy to announce that I’m having a giveaway! I’ll be giving away a copy of Once Upon A Knit. I’ll give everyone til next Thursday to enter. All you have to do to enter is comment below with your name and your favorite fairy tale character. I’ll draw a name at random and the winner will get a copy of the book (signed, if you like). If the response is overwhelming, perhaps I’ll giveaway two!

This isn’t all the projects, but at least half. 🙂

Good luck!!









Now that the book has been out for a whole week, let’s start looking at the designs a bit more carefully.

Let’s start with the Ballerina Fairy Tutu & Wand.

I was inspired to make a tutu pattern after spending many hours at my daughters’ dance studio. The littlest girls in the preschool class are allowed (and encouraged) to bring skirts or tutus. They do the class in just leotard and tights and then for the last 5 minutes they put on their tutus and dance around like crazy little fairies. I love it!

The yarn I used for the top of the wand and the ruffles in the skirt is Crystal Palace Tutu.  It’s knit through the top of it, shown here:

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Because the sections of yarn are so wide (almost 1″), the Tutu ruffles up nicely. The base yarn (Knitpicks Gloss) is really soft and it’s a quick and easy knit. Perfect for any girl who loves to wear something with a little extra “umph.”

I think maybe I’ll work on a doll-sized version of this. If I do, I’ll make sure to post it, like I did the Werewolf Hat.

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Updates and Whatnot

Hi folks!

Just wanted to give a little update, since it’s been awhile. Since the last post, we have an official cover – front and back!


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I’m so happy with how this turned out!!

The other news is I’m working on editing the second dummy. Mostly just reviewing the edits we’ve already made. The cover and art goes to the printer this week!

I know that February seems light years away, but hopefully it’ll fly by!

Also, if you’re buying copies of Vampire Knits and find that you’ve got one of the misprinted copies, please call Random House at 1-800-793-2665 and let them know – they should replace the book for you.