Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh is finally ready! I thought she would be a quickie, after all Janet Leigh is just Jamie Lee with raglan sleeves, right? On first glance, yes, but actually I decided that the purpose of Janet Leigh was to have a top that had more coverage and was a bit more mature, but still kept the coveted design details of Jamie Lee. (like the lace panels at the side, and mock t-neck) Therefor, Janet Leigh needed to be a bit longer for the body (1.5" per size to be exact) and the raglan sleeves needed to fit just right. I also wanted to make sure that this whole baby could still be worked in the round and be seamless...one of the many things I love about Jamie Lee.

How did Janet get her name you ask? Well, Jamie Lee was named after Jamie Lee Curtis, something to show off those buff shoulders and biceps... so a more mature Jamie, why not her mom, Janet Leigh! Pschyo anyone?

Thanks to Alison and Hadley for techediting, and Jenn for model knitting; y'all did a great job!!!


A Promise of Things to Come

It is finally time to garden and I am quivering with joy....

Pictures do not do it justice right now! There is hardly any green, just brown and grey and more brown and a few green shoots, foreshadowing what my gardens will become. I CAN'T WAIT!!!! Lettuce, asian greens, broccoli raab, and radishes are coming up in the coldframe. I even planted peas today...

I'm still busy knitting away on things I can't tell you about BUT I can share a pic of a pattern I am just about to release.
Please let me know what you think, I love this little dittie (see note below).

Note: I just found out that dittie means "thong liner", so really, I meant to say ditty, a little song!


Migrations in Cotton for Spring!

I designed Migrations last fall with some of the initial sample kilo Schaefer got of our newest yarn Nichole. It is one of the great joys of my job at Schaefer that I get to play with new yarns before everyone else... makes me feel all kinds of special, which is silly, because it's not like I am saving someone's life or changing the world once stitch at a time... it's just brand spanking new yarn, and it makes me happy!!!

Once I sat with the pattern a bit I realized it would also be lovely in
Schaefer's Susan and decided to have a new model knitter of ours, Valerie, whip one up for me. Luckily the stitch gauge works out exactly the same, I LOVE it when that happens!

Migrations in Schaefer Yarn's Susan, color: Elizabeth Blackwell

I am planning a pictorial tutorial on this stitch, so stay tuned, it will be up soon...


What I can tell you!

There is so much I can't tell you about right now. I have gobs of submissions floating out there on the virtual desks of editors, I have designs that are "almost" done for Nelkin Designs, and I have accepted pieces that I am furiously knitting on to meet my deadlines (more on these later, I promise!). This means that though I am busy there is NO knitting I can share with you.

So, how about food, that's my next favorite thing to knitting, isn't it yours?

We had "make your own" calzones last night. We love "make your own" anything, pizza, sundaes, cupcakes, you name it.... we strive to foster independence around here.

Calzones are basically just pizza folded in half. One reason I love them is that they are huge and everyone gets leftovers for lunch the next day!

Ingredients: Ricotta and pesto (we only use little schmears of one or both on the bottom), onion, garlic, pepper, mushroom, zucchini, broccoli, mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper, olive oil, dough (I double this recipe and freeze half.)

Then we roll...
Then we build...
Then we pinch, slit and bake: