Sitting, and its negative effects on health, is something of an obsession of mine. I'm on a mission to get people to sit as little as possible and/or to take frequent activity breaks if long bouts of sitting is non-negotiable.
My much neglected blog will be undergoing a transformation in the coming months.
The neglect is due to my return to school; I am working on a BS in Health Studies, with a long-term goal of becoming a Health and Wellness Counselor. I started the process in January of 2013, and have had little time for knitting and designs since becoming a student.
In addition to my studies, I am currently working as a certified personal trainer, and have decided to turn this blog into a resource for my clients (and anyone else who is interested in health and wellness info). I will be posting links to articles on nutrition, fitness, postive self-image, and other wellness related topics.
Knitting will probably show up from time to time as well, but the overall focus is going to change.
I am still on Ravelry, and while I very much have the intention of converting many of my previously published patterns to pdf downloads, progress is slow, with school and work taking most of my time. But I'll keep trying, and will post updates as the pdfs become available.
The version given here is true to the vintage model, but I have updated the construction to eliminate several seams, and added an option for longer front and back plates (shown in red, below) for added warmth.
My first two books, "Knits from the Heart" and "Crochet from the Heart" have been re-published in simplified formats.
The new versions, titled "Knit Bright" and "Crochet Bright" respectively, feature the most popular projects from the original books. Both are available as printed books and as e-books.
All three of my Martingale are also available in their original formats as e-books. The originals feature a few more projects than the newer re-prints, and also include a "how-to" section covering the techniques used in the books.
Find a complete list of my Martingale titles, and links to e-book downloads, here.
The Valerian Shawlette, originally published as the July 2012 installment of Twisted's Shawlette Club, is now available to the public on Ravelry.
The yarn used is Black Trillium Fiber Studio Lilt Sock, in the color Brown Sugar (custom dyed for Shawlette Club members). It was truly one of the most beautiful colorways I have ever had the pleasure of working with, and the shawl was designed to show off the color to its best advantage.
As to the name, I was sitting on my front porch one
morning, having my coffee and admiring the flowers in my front yard, when
it struck me that the clusters of flower spikes on my red
valerian plants have a shape reminiscent of the shawl
motif. So there was the name for the shawlette--Valerian.
Included in the magazine is my Snow Bird Stocking, a design inspired by Nordic decorative arts.
Birds perch at the top of the stocking,
above a field of stars and vines on the front side; the stripes on the back side of the
stocking are an abstract rendering of bird prints in the snow. Duplicate stitch accents (in green) are added to the design after knitting.
The stocking was knit with MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino, and measures approximately 16" around and 20" long--big enough to fill with lots of goodies!
It was great to have another chance to talk about and honor the influence our families had on our work as designers.
A bit about the book (from the Amazon web page): When most people think of their grandmother’s knitting, they might not immediately see the connection to a modern knitter’s life. But in My Grandmother’s Knitting, Larissa Brown shows us that nothing could be further from the truth. Many of today’s hippest and most popular knitters found their passion for knitting under the tutelage of their grandmother or another revered family member, and in this book, they share stories and patterns inspired by their memories and their gratitude.