Summer Knitscene!

Last June at TNNA, I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Shroyer, editor of Knitscene Magazine, in person for the first time. A short conversation later, I'd somehow managed to score the featured designer spot in the following summer's issue! I'm pleased to announce that I have four patterns  making their debut in the current issue. These four patterns represent my personal style journey, each being inspired by one of the four towns I've called home as an adult. I'm so pleased with how these pieces were styled for Knitscene that I'm including their photos here alongside my own; read on for more about my inspiration and how knitting one of these patterns could win you a fabulous prize!


Moving into a neighborhood just west of Kansas City’s upscale, outdoor shopping center taught me a lot about street style. Westport, a popular hangout for a group of people I would later know as “hipsters”, was a veritable treasure trove of zany characters. For the first time, I realized you could do more with a scarf than just throw it over your shoulder in the winter time. My contribution is also a bit offbeat; it is worked from tip to tip and is scattered with tiny, textural circles and a wide lace border.

I called Fort Worth home for almost 20 years; in the heart of downtown is a 35-block entertainment district home to skyscrapers, exciting nightclubs, elite restaurants, and one of the world’s top ten performance halls. Sundance Square holds a special place in my heart as I made many memories within these streets, including my first kiss. The street style is chic and Texas, with plenty of day-to-evening looks and exclusive labels mixed in with the big hair and genuinely dusty boots. Here, I’ve created a fitted yet comfortable pencil skirt worked from the top down in one nearly seamless piece, with clever shaping at the back of the skirt and knitted-in casings that create a ruched effect when laced with a length of I-cord. Wear it to the office in the morning, then cinch it up a little higher for your night on the town! 

Upon the Dr.’s graduation from medical school in 2005, we moved to West Palm Beach so that he could attend a general surgery residency program. Known for having one of our country’s highest per-capita income rates, this city was our home for 3 years and the people sport an intriguing mix of beach style and haute couture. Worked in an unbelievably luxurious organic cotton and bamboo blend yarn, this ethereal cardi would be equally at home worn on the beach or for an afternoon of shopping in some of Worth Avenue’s most exclusive boutiques.

My current home, Columbia, is the location of Missouri’s largest state college. The style here is anything-goes, and while lounging at one of my favorite coffee shops it’s not uncommon for me to see students walking about in pajamas, sweat pants, or something that looks like the wearer should be headed to a period costume party. Inspired to make something that was at once comfortable, casual and stylish, I created this one-shoulder tank with a gentle A-line shape topped with a bit of simple lace. Worked in one seamless piece from the top down, the stockinette body provides plenty of mindless, post-study knitting, while a lace ruff provides some pizzazz and technical difficulty. Want your ruff a bit rufflier? Simple instructions are included for that modification.

Prize alert!!!!!

Now that I've shown you the collection and bored you to tears with my inspirational details, I have a bit of good news. My group on Ravelry, Club Sexy, is hosting a MEGA knitalong this quarter to celebrate my appearance in Knitscene! You can read all the gory details about how to enter over here, but in the meantime, I just had to share all the gorgeous prizes from our generous sponsors. Feast your eyes on these, kids!

1 skein of Serenity20 in Tiger Eye, from Zen Yarn Garden

$50 Gift Certificate from Indigodragonfly Hand Dyed Yarn & Fibre Studio

2 skeins Silkie Socks That Rock in Nodding Violets, from Blue Moon Fiber Arts

4 skeins Seduction in Aubergenius, from Blue Moon Fiber Arts

3 skeins Oasis in Spruce, from Anzula Luxury Fibers

Rippling Water Socks kit, from Kollage Yarns

 Roaming Rib Scarf kit, from Kollage Yarns

Finishing any one of my four Summer Knitscene patterns by June 30th enters you to win a fab prize (but seriously - check the KAL thread for all the details). So what are you waiting for? Grab your needles and get clicking!

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