Category Archives: Texas

On Summer, Swatching & Unconventional Yarn Holders

What was it I said at the end of May– something about looking forward to summertime? Oh yes, summer is in full effect here in Texas.  So much that there has been an insanely negligible amount of knitting to show.  I knitted a small swatch for a colorwork hat idea I’m working on, but the stranded method I had originally planned didn’t look very good as the floats were way too long, and duplicate stitching the color sections made it way too bulky, so I’m trying a different approach.

Have you ever tried intarsia in the round?  I watched a video of someone doing it the other day and it blew my mind.  I had no idea it was done with wraps and turns and knitting back and forth while the rest of the piece is worked circularly.  Hopefully I will have more success with this method of adding some color to my knitting, because as of right now this hat is looking like a total snooze-fest.

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Also, who needs a yarn bowl when you have a sleepy old basset?  Five minutes after I took this picture he was wagging his tail and barking in his sleep.  Oh Henry, you melt my heart with your sweetness.

A Day at the Beach

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We have some friends in town, Johan and Anna who are visiting from Sweden. Johan is here to record an album at Redwood and Anna is here visiting the states for the very first time. While the boys spend their days making some really beautiful music in the studio, my friend Felicia and I are doing our best to make sure Anna gets a good glimpse of Texas while she’s here. This weekend, we found ourselves sitting on the beach of a lake that felt like an ocean.

We packed ourselves into the car; I squeezed in alongside Anna, Felicia, and our friend Shayla and her two littles and we started making our way north towards the lake. It was a classic Texas summer day—bright blue skies with gorgeous white clouds and the feel of the hot hot sun on your skin. Anna had her camera out during most of the drive, snapping shots of the horses and cows that were grazing the pastures that lined the small farm roads.

We arrived at the swimming beach and made a quick dash to the water which was the perfect temperature for cooling off in the heat. Tons of bright umbrellas were staked in the sand and lots of excited swimmers were having a blast and splashing around on colorful inflatables. Kids were laughing, dogs were barking and families were grilling food and enjoying the sunshine.

Our day was full of so many fun memories: we swam out to the buoys, we caught a rogue dolphin inflatable and we grossed out when our toes touched the mossy rocks on the lake bottom. We made up silly water games and laughed really, really hard. And at the end of the day, we drove home sandy-footed and waterlogged and with that sleepy-happy feeling that comes from a day well spent with good friends.

 

PS- if you have some time, be sure to check out Johan and Anna’s websites linked above.  Johan has an amazing voice and writes beautiful songs and Anna is a very talented painter who recently had her work on exhibition at the Louvre.

Insta-May

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I can’t believe that May is over and its almost officially summer. That whole ‘time flies’ quote rings true once again. Looking over these Instagrams, it’s pretty clear that May was chock full of my most favorite things- knitting, music, cocktails, doggie snuggles, a little bit of nature, time with great friends and time with my wonderful, wonderful Joey. I’m looking forward to June, to the relaxed pace that ensues as the days start to sizzle and we are reminded that it’s okay to stop working so hard and just go have some fun- cause its SUMMERTIME!

Insta April

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This April, Joey and I were up to our usual escapades and getting out to enjoy the pretty spring weather a little more. I bought some pretty yarn for a new knitting project, enjoyed some wine on a Friday afternoon at work, and spent some good times with good friends at our favorite bar. We spent a weekend at the Ranch and met my parents’ sweet new cow dog, Camo, and had a fabulously fun time at a Louisiana-style crawfish boil with the band. My friend Felicia and I did a woodsy photoshoot for my new knitting pattern and we came across a snake while trying to get a good shot. I started up my new knitting project while sitting at Redwood Studios and listening to some really great violin being recorded for one of Joey’s new projects. We have had plenty of new bunny sightings in our back yard and one time Henry even sat next to me, the two of us spying on them together. Joey invented a delicious new apple flavored New York Whiskey cocktail for the bar that I named The Big Apple Sour, and I got to listen to a sneak preview of the new Midlake album that is coming out later this year. I marveled at the prettiness of brown speckled eggs in my new egg tray, and had an epic fail when I attempted to bake my own pizza dough. Joey bought me a pretty gardenia plant to cheer me up after the pizza incident, and we spent many an afternoon on the tennis courts having a blast and enjoying each other’s company. And as always, love was all around us.

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Sneak Peek: Wood, Stone, Straw & Bone

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I’ve always found a sense of peace when spending time in nature– a walk in the woods reminds me to slow down and helps me become re-centered.  I designed a shawl that was inspired by the natural colors I often come across on these walks– the colors of wood, stone, straw & bone.  The lightweight yet wooly shawl is perfect for keeping the chill away when you are walking through the woods.

My lovely friend Felicia was kind enough to model the shawl for the photos and I am finishing up the pattern and having it tech edited.  Stay tuned for the pattern’s release!

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Insta-March

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March was a busy and music-filled month.  We kicked things off with the 35 Denton music festival, where Redwood Studios played host to tons of bands over the course of three days, and the next weekend we went to the SXSW music festival in Austin, where Joey played a showcase with Israel Nash. We were introduced to Laura and Israel’s brand new baby and spent a couple of great nights around a giant fire pit while the guys made some great new music.  I went to a fabulous ladies’ champagne and tea party, and knitted a new wooly hat while I was sick in bed with bronchitis for a couple of days.  We also saw the first signs of spring with budding trees, blue skies and an Easter celebration, where I tested out my crafty cooking skills by dyeing Easter eggs and baking bread.  Next up: I’m looking forward to April’s nice weather, Joey’s birthday and getting back into some knitting!

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Insta February

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February was a month where Joey and I both found ourselves working hard.  He has spent lots of time working at Redwood Studio- recording music and in the down time finishing some of their last bits of studio construction.  They are putting the final touches on the “apartment” side of the studio, so that out of town musicians can have a place to stay when they record an album there.  They held a grand opening event, with two of the artists they have been working with performing live for a small crowd.  The night had a magical energy about it and it was so good to get to finally share the fruits of our labor with others and see them enjoy it so much.

I’ve been working on drafting patterns for a few of my latest designs and also making a big office move that has sapped lots of my nightly knitting energy.  (Hello, exhausted 9pm bedtimes and doggie snuggles!)  I celebrated a birthday and also celebrated the release of my pattern and article in Pom Pom.  We’ve had some house guests the past week- a good friend from our NYC days who has since moved to CA, and a new friend from England, who are both in town to record at Redwood.

Things are good.  Things are good.

Knit Spotting

Joey and I went wandering around town after brunch yesterday and happened upon a vintage shop that had tons of knitwear.  Here are a few of the pieces that caught my eye.


8483038312_cb574b73e0_bAs a child of the 80s, I can’t see this sweater and not think of Nintendo’s Duck Hunt game.  I think you could have a lot of fun with this sweater vest if you had enough moxie to pull it off, though I’m not sure I would be confident enough to do it.

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This sweater caught my eye because of the bold graphic diamond and zig zag patterning.  I’m not so sure about what the checkered finish  line and puppy dogs have to do with anything, but there they are.  This one was rightly tagged as a “fun Cosby sweater.”

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I love the red and grey and white combo and the nice slim silhouette of this sweater.  Its a vintage University of Alabama sweater.  (definitely had to google that.)

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Off the wall?  Off the planet more like.  The label reads “Expressions by Campus” which is a fashion label from the late 60s early 70s and it seems they had a lot of interesting knit and crochet sweaters.

Hill Country Hat

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Image via Pom Pom

The article I wrote for Pom Pom Issue 4: Verdant Stitches chronicles a trip to Texas Hill Country, where Joey and I stayed in a big ranch house with some of our good friends while the guys were recording an album.  The issue is available HERE and also contains a bonus pattern for my Hill Country Hat, which I knitted during the trip.

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Image via Pom Pom

Be sure to check out the preview of the other lovely patterns in this issue of Pom Pom.  They are so gorgeous, you will surely want to knit them all.

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Insta-January

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January was a bit of a whirlwind for me. Knit-wise, I started off by photographing and releasing my hat pattern, Borlänge, and I made some nice progress on a few upcoming designs. Travel-wise, there was a super quick weekend trip to Texas Hill Country to visit with some dear friends and Joey took a weeklong music trip to NYC during the coldest week ever. In our downtime, we enjoyed a fabulous dinner party with good friends that ended with lots of laughs and even a bit of singing and dancing. There was also a nice long Saturday afternoon spent at Redwood studio: me knitting, Joey working on guitar parts for a friend’s record, and Henry lounging around on the cozy shag rug. Unfortunately, January ended on a sad note with the loss of our sweet, sweet Daisy and my parents’ gentle dog Fly. We’ve all been a bit broken hearted this week as we had to unexpectedly say goodbye to these wonderful dogs that brought so much love and happiness to our lives. But as Elizabeth Zimmerman says, “properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit, either.”

and I’ve got some knitting to do….

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