Mosaic and Lace Knits

This book by Barbara Benson makes me very happy.  Can you see why? Yes, it is slip-stitch knitting combined with lace work. If you follow me, you know how close to my heart this is. Barbara is mostly playing with lace and what’s called Mosaic knitting patterns.  Mosaic patterns (Barbara Walker’s coined term) belong to a […]

Joggling teaching, designing, and writing

Many people are asking me what do I do. My friends, designers, would understand me when I am at loss how to answer that question. I learned to analyze the person who is asking me and answer accordingly to their knowledge of knitting, publishing work, and a small business. The truth is that I really […]

Happy Birthday, TASSK!

When Simona Merchant-Dest and I were working on this book, we gave it a nickname TASSK for The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting. It was so much more convenient and fast than the use of the full name. Do you agree? So, TASSK is now available for purchase. We even have excellent reviews on Amazon already. Yay!! This […]

Blog tour for Alla Koval

Hi all,  This is a quick note to let you know that I partake in the blog tour for a designer Alla Koval. My part is to post her interview with The Designer’s Studio. So, please go to the interview page to read it. Make sure that you also go to my Ravelry group to […]

Designing Shades of Amber

Why Amber? Maybe because I lived in Russia and remember the day my dad bought an Amber necklace for my mom that she wore often or it is simply so beautiful and fascinating on its own, butI always loved Amber. There are so many shades of this interesting substance that is not really a stone, but […]

Lithuanian Knitting

 This unique and well-written book on history and techniques of Lithuanian Knitting comes from a very deeply rooted interest in the author’s hearts. Donna Druchunas and June Hall are taking us on a tour of one of the Baltic countries that is rich in textile traditions and many other crafts. Their main focus is on […]

wrapped in color: 30 shawls to knit

Koigu Wool Designs company makes some of the best-loved yarns by knitters around the world. This company has a very unique method of lovingly handpainting their gorgeous colorways onto high-quality merino wool as well as other fibers. This book by Maie and Taiu Landra is newly published by Sixth & Spring Publishing. It offers 30 original patterns […]

KAL for Lace Stockings

There is a KAL (knit along) happening through Craft University at Interweave. Students making these beautiful socks and having a lot of fun. There are documents that help you to modify the width of the leg portion of a sock, if you need larger circumference. There are also all kinds of discussions about what yarn […]

Knitting Fresh Brioche, Creating Two-Color Twists & Turns

A new book by Nancy Marchant is out and we are in for a treat with many incredible brioche patterns that Nancy developed for us to use. In this book there is a stitch dictionary with more than 70 original two-color patterns. All patterns are charted with symbols developed by Nancy. Nancy said while finishing her first […]