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.

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 9.06.51 AM

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

You could whip up 3 little pig hats and one wolf for a cute group costume!Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 9.09.45 AM Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 9.09.20 AM

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 9.08.52 AM

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!


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.

And in case you’re not following me yet, you can find me two places:


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

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!

How A Pile of Yarn Becomes A Sweater, Part Deux

So, I posted the first bit of how I started making *something* awhile back HERE. I was doing really, really well. Actually, I wasn’t. I was knitting up LATE at night and forgetting to psso and so my 145 sts became about 175 sts and I had to frog after about 5 inches. Heartbreak, I tell you.

But I started over. Here’s my journey.

Starting over. Knitting at soccer practice.

Skirt finished, before blocking.

working on the sleeves and the bodice...


We were heading to San Francisco for Thanksgiving, so what better than to spend some time…

Knitting in the car...

a few hours in the car will get you shoulders!

Knitting outside...

Finally done knitting and on the blocking mats!


The back

The hood

So as you can see, it’s the Lore Hoodie, designed by Cirilia Rose. I’m SO happy to have finished it! I’ve been wearing it all day, since I’ve finished sewing on the buttons. Not everyone knows I knit it. Not everyone knows it’s from Vampire Knits. I do, on both counts, and I love it. There’s just something making something with your own hands – seeing lumps of yarn turn into a gorgeous knit garment you can wear with pride, and if someone gives you a compliment and says, “What a pretty sweater!” you can say, “I knit it myself!” and watch their faces show astonishment.

Next on the needles? Some Christmas knitting and some projects for my next book idea…

Happy December, everyone! What’s on YOUR needles?


My Article on Word And Film

I wrote an article for Random House’s website “Word and Film” – you can find it here.

Movies as Craft

or read it below:

“I have a confession. I have a secret crush on a teenage vampire.” It was four years ago when my friend admitted this to me as we watched our kids climb the monkey bars. Needless to say, I was intrigued.

Shortly after, she came over to my house and the minute she walked through the door, she put a book in my hand. It was a well-worn paperback with a pair of pale hands holding an apple on the cover. My life hasn’t been quite the same since I read it.

Like so many other fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, Edward Cullen captured my heart and my imagination. The author not only brought me into her world of vampires, wolves, and humans, but inspired me to design some vampire-esque knits and put me on a journey that led to me publishing my own book, Vampire Knits. Vampire Knits has twenty-eight knitting patterns all inspired by vampire stories. The book not only allowed me to share my dual love of vampires and knitting with readers, but it has led me to meet so many wonderful people – in yarn shops, book fairs, and even Comic Con – who share these same passions. I like to think I’ve even turned a few vamp lovers into knitters.

I’d always loved vampires, but there was something unique and magical about Twilight that inspired me unlike anything else. Ms. Meyer’s vampires sparkled instead of bursting into flames, they kept a civil treaty with wolves in neighboring territory, and they felt fascinatingly modern. Most of all, Twilight was a love story I could relate to.

This week, “Breaking Dawn: Part 1,” the final chapter of the Twilight Saga, will be released in theaters around the world. I’ll be in the theater with the same friend who introduced me to the series – it’s our ritual. We always watch the movies together. I’m excited to see how the last two installments will come together, and how they’ll separate the last book, Breaking Dawn, into two stories. I can’t wait to see the human girl become the vampire instead of a meal.

One thing I’ve been doing to get ready for the movie release is knit. I’m knitting the gorgeous Lore Hoodie (designed by Cirilia Rose), which appears on the cover of Vampire Knits, to wear to the premiere. Like Edward, it’s beautiful and mysterious and a little fancy.

I have a confession. I have a not-so-secret crush on a teenage vampire, and I can’t wait to watch him marry an ordinary human girl on November 18, wearing something I knit from my own book. I will wear my Lore Hoodie with pride, knowing that it was inspired by the very characters up on the screen. And while I’m a bit sad that the saga is almost over, I know that the story will always live on, between the pages of the books, on the screen, and in all the items that I’ve knit.

My Movie Knitting (Or How A Pile Of Yarn Becomes A Sweater)

So, I’ve given myself a goal. Have you ever done that? Told yourself, “I’m going to knit this by this date so I can wear it to this event.”  I never have made THAT kind of goal for myself. Usually my goal knitting is a) making a gift for someone by their birthday/Christmas/baby shower or b) making the items in time for the auction they’ll be donated to or c) making the items in time for the deadline of the book(s) they’ll be in. Making something for myself to wear to an actual event is a completely new idea, so we’ll see how I fare.

Step One - open the bag o' yarn

What a hank looks like

The umbrella swift


I will admit that when I first started knitting as a young girl, and even when I took up knitting again as an adult, I never bought anything that wasn’t prewound in a ball, ready-to-knit. Only in the last six or seven years did I venture into buying hanks, and I either wound them by hand (with the help of the husband) onto something random like an empty water bottle (I do not recommend this method) or would have the yarn shop do it. About five years ago I bought myself a yarn winder, and with the help of my husband, again, would wind them on my own. Then, my husband made my Christmas wishes come true when he bought me my own swift about three years ago. I almost cried. It’s made life so much easier, and opened up a whole new world of yarn for me. Not to mention, my kids love helping me wind the yarn!

My swanky set-up


So, I set up my swift and my winder, and went to town.

After winding, the hank becomes a cake - voila!


So, what am I knitting with this lovely cake?

I’ll let you guess. I’m sure some of you can guess just by looking at what type of yarn it is… though I’ll give you another clue and say that I’m not knitting it in the color it’s knit in for the pattern. I’m breaking out! The goal was to knit this lovely garment by my birthday, November 6th, but the likelihood of me finishing this in a week is very slim, so I’m giving myself til November 18th. Hm… what’s happening on November 18th?

One hint…


What’s on your needles?