Surprises in store 12/23/2014

With the arrival of 2015 and the long-awaited start to Season 5 of Downton Abbey, I’ve been busily designing a […]

Nov. 15, 2014 Murderous Musings

Recently, I was invited to be a guest blogger on Murderous Musings, one of the blog homes of Carola Dunn, […]

11/1/2014: A Head For Fashion Release

It’s here! In plenty of time to knit yourself a little something cozy and special for winter (or to knit […]

10/28/14 – VK Live Re-Cap part 1

While I certainly hoped the launch of A Head For Trouble would include a warm reception, I was truly astounded […]


There’s definitely something about Murphy’s Law: Last week, I started knitting again after a dreary month-long hiatus (to give my […]

5/2/14 – Blog Interview

While I’m at TNNA in Indianapolis to promote my new book, here is an interview I wanted to share. Blogger […]

Get Your Festive On!

Chicago wears the holidays well. All around town, decorations are up for all to enjoy. From the enormous tree at […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy Thanksgiving wherever and whenever you celebrate. Although this was a difficult […]

Never Too Late To Have a Happy Childhood

When my sisters and I were little, we amused ourselves in what would today be considered extremely low-tech ways. Of […]

Correction to Origami Shrug Pattern in Brave New Knits

**This post has been edited to reflect a further correction from Melissa, which is that Rows 16 and 18 are […]

Signs of Spring

There are some things even the latest downpours have not been able to wash away. Between storms this past week, […]

Brave New Knits Signing Today

Just a reminder that this afternoon from 2 – 4 o’clock I will be visiting Purls of Joy (429 Healdsburg Ave.  […]

Your Exit Here

Congratulations to Kelly-Ann, who won the final pattern collection from the current issue of Knitcircus online magazine! The above shot […]

Valentine’s Day: And In The End…

… the love you take is equal to the love you make*.   Happy Valentine’s Day to those who celebrate it. […]

Knitcircus Giveaway, Part II

Contest winners/commenters are: Kirsi for a one-year subscription to Knitcircus magazine, and Barbara for a pattern collection from the current […]