Finding Your Knitting Book in the Library

Today the family and I went to Downtown L.A. and among the many stops we made was the library. It was a really cool place.

The inside walls of the elevators are made up of old card catalog cards.

The inside walls of the elevators are made up of old card catalog cards.

Once you get upstairs, there are fantastic sculptures hanging from the ceiling.


And they look great from all different angles.

Another point of view.

Another point of view.

I thought, “I wonder if they have my books here!” So I asked where the knitting section was.



My little models.

My little models.

I found some friends’ books, too!

Joan of Dark's "Knockdown "Knits" and "Knits for Nerds."

Joan of Dark’s “Knockdown “Knits” and “Knits for Nerds.”

Tanis Gray's "Knit Local."

Tanis Gray’s “Knit Local.”

They had “Once Upon A Knit” in hardcover, which I thought was nuts, since they were only published in paperback.

I have to say, it’s awfully darn cool to find your own work in a library. Hopefully people will check them out!

Knit Your Halloween Costume!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying this early October day. It’s currently 64 degrees and cloudy, which is lovely. It’s been SO HOT here lately (and will warm up to the 80s today), that I just love that it’s nice and cool. I’m about to take a walk and I’m going to need my ear warmers. 🙂

Since it’s October, that means Halloween is around the corner! In our house, we like to make our own costumes. Either we sew them (mostly my husband) or knit them (me) or piece them together from things we buy or make or have around the house. This is a tradition that goes way back to my childhood. My mom put together this fine costume for me ON Halloween. I never got more compliments as a kid trick-or-treating.

You may also note the homemade Steve Austin costume, and the handsewn clown costume - all made by my mom.

You may also note the homemade Steve Austin costume, and the handsewn clown costume – all made by my mom.

So, I have a few ideas for Halloween that you can knit! 🙂

Add a leotard and pair of wings to the Fairy Tutu for a cute little woodland sprite.

Add a leotard and pair of wings to the Fairy Tutu for a cute little woodland sprite.

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Who doesn’t love Little Red Riding Hood? Don’t forget the basket by Marilee Norris!

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This hat by Trisha Paetsch is a perfect accessory to any princess!

All of the above can be found in Once Upon A Knit.

Feeling a little darker? Here’s one from Vampire Knits.

You can put a few gashes on your face and wear the Tourniquet Scarf to make it look like you're bleeding at the neck.

You can put a few gashes on your face and wear the Tourniquet Scarf to make it look like you’re bleeding at the neck.

Finally, here are some ideas taken from two fandoms you might be a part of, both found in Knits for Nerds by Joan of Dark.

Feeling geeky? Knit up the Space Princess Hat. There are 3 versions.

Feeling geeky? Knit up the Space Princess Hat. There are 3 versions.

And if your geekdom is more Trek than Wars, there's the Trek Dress by Joan of Dark.

And if your geekdom is more Trek than Wars, there’s the Trek Dress by Joan of Dark.

Whatever you decide, I hope everyone has as much fun planning for Halloween as we do at my house! And if you decide to make any of these projects, please feel free to post them in the comments!!

Happy Knitting!


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!!


3 Weeks – 2 More Designers

Well, it’s 3 weeks til the release! Even though I’ve done this once, it’s still exciting as can be!!

Today’s designers are 2 Derby Girls!

The first designer for today is Joan of Dark, aka Toni Carr. You may remember I blogged about meeting her a little while ago.  She’s also working on a brand new book!! She designed “Love Bites” in Vampire Knits and has several designs in Once Upon A Knit.

Joan Collage



The second designer is Laura Hohman. She has designs in Knits for Nerds, including “Tank Girl Socks” and “Cunning Socks”.

Here’s a peek at her designs in Once Upon A Knit.

Laura Collage


Look for more updates, more designers, and more sneak peeks in the next few weeks while we wait for the book release!!


4 Weeks til Once Upon A Knit!!!

Hey there, everyone!! I can’t believe that it’s finally almost here! Once Upon A Knit will be on the shelves in 4 weeks and one day!

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season, and for those of you enjoying terrible weather- I’m sorry. I am thankful we’re living in California, where it’s warm, because at the moment my middle child is living with two casts, and it’s really hard to put on shirts with anything longer than a short,wide sleeve. (She broke her wrists roller skating a few days after Christmas.)


Since we’re getting closer, I thought I’d post another peek, and let you meet some of the designers.

So, here are two designers who are featured in the book, as well as a peek at their designs!

First up is Marilee Norris. You may remember her from Vampire Knits – she designed the Vampire Totes and Descent Into Darkness wrap. She also designed this adorable robot doll for Knits for Nerds. In the new book, she did three patterns. Without giving too much away, here are sneaks at her projects.



Another Vampire Knits alum is Rilana Riley-Munson. She designed the Countess Bathory Scarf. She also designed a gorgeous shawl for Knits for Nerds – Summer Queen Shawl.

In Once Upon A Knit she has two beautiful designs!



I’ll be introducing more designers and giving more sneak peeks as the release date gets closer!  Happy New Year!!


Someone Has Been Stealing


Today I found out that someone has been posting Every. Single. Page. Of. Vampire Knits.


Every. Page. Every Pattern. Posted on facebook under the guise of being a “Japanese” pattern.

I’ve contacted facebook and my publishers, but I’m really angry and I feel a bit violated, honestly. Perhaps I’m being too melodramatic, but I’m upset. From what I understand, over 11 THOUSAND people are on this page and their blog.

If you like Vampire Knits, and are interested in the next book, can you do me a favor? Please make sure none of your friends are on that site, and if you can spread the word about Vampire Knits, perhaps we can get more people over here to the blog and the website, and they can get the patterns the right way.

I don’t know what will come of this, but I know that it’s pretty much put a big black cloud over my day.

Thanks to all of you who are here – I really appreciate you!



Updates, Deadlines, and Websites

Hey folks! I wanted to let everyone know that I’ve moved my website. Vampire Knits. It’s still the same URL, but I moved the host, so it looks really different – and unfinished. I’ll continue to work on it as time goes on and I’ll be adding the buttons to purchase Vampire Knits, and when it’s available for pre-order – Once Upon A Knit.

In terms of the new book- the text is in and all but one project are in! (It’s done, but needs “embellishing” if you will.) As soon as I have any updates about photo shoots or publish dates, I will post them here and probably on the website.

I also post things on my twitter feed.

And there’s a facebook page HERE

Thanks so much for hanging in there, readers!! I apologize for not being very vocal lately, but finishing up the book has taken all my time and energy (well, this and my entire family going through sickness after sickness).

Updates soon!


Spotlight on Designer Abigail Horsfall

It’s been awhile since I’ve done the Spotlights on the Vampire Knits designers, and you haven’t met a few of them, so today I’m introducing you to Abi Horsfall!

Abigail Horsfall


How long have you been knitting and how’d you get started?

I have been knitting since I was a child, I remember my mother helping me knit some pieces for a diorama I had to make in 4th grade.

How did you start designing?

I started designing a couple of years ago when I got tired of not being able to find patterns I wanted – either they didn’t have the right features, or they weren’t at the right gauge, or I was just tired of searching and not finding something specific. Designing lets me knit what I want, when I want, with minimal fuss 🙂

What was your first design?

I designed a longies-and-skirty pattern, Object of My Affection, in 2006, although it was only recently published.

What did you design for Vampire Knits?  What      inspired you?

I designed the Wolf Hat, which was inspired by my love of knitting hats (and werewolves!). Hats are a fun way to add a little flair to your wardrobe with minimal effort.

Werewolf Hat

Who’s your favorite vampire, or what’s your favorite vampire story?

I’m a big fan of most of the YA vampire novels that are out these days (Vampire Academy, Twilight, Morganville Vampires), but I have a soft spot for Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and fond memories of Christopher Pike’s The Last Vampire series from my childhood.

Vampire Knits Makes A Great Gift!

Tis the season to be Jolly and to give gifts. Whatever holiday you celebrate, or even if you don’t, there’s always an occasion to give a gift to someone you care about. It could be a Christmas gift to your sister, who just started knitting, a Hanukkah gift to your roommate, who loves all things vampire, or a Festivus gift to your grouchy downstairs neighbor to say, “Hey. I’m sorry we’re noisy sometimes.” Maybe it’s a Thank You gift to your wife or friend for being wonderful. Or a Just Because gift for your neighbor, because you know he likes to knit.

Whatever the occasion, Vampire Knits is a great option for a gift for someone you love, or even like a little bit.

CrafterNews has their Holiday Gift Guide out today, and what a list!

There’s something there for pretty much everyone!

The guide is divided into several sections.

The first section is “Staff Picks” which includes

The next section is “For The Hostess” which includes

There’s a section “For Him”

“For Her”

You’ll find Vampire Knits in the section “For the Young Crafter”(I like to think of it as The Young, Hip Crafter)

The last section is “For the Family”

You’ll find crochet, knit, paper, and general craft books. If you have crafters in your friends and family- check out CrafterNews’ list!