I love to design my projects on the fly. My brain moves as a 100 miles per hour. I think about stitches, yarn, materials, the end, the beginning…TIME! Part of designing is learning. I learn best from trying new projects that push me beyond my comfort zone.

2014 I’ve decided to document my journey. I will showcase my notes in a reader friendly fashion as a point of reference for me and hopefully as a method of encouragement (and entertainment) for you.

I think of it as you sitting next to me as I make my way through this year’s yarncrafting projects.

First up…My Rock.


Let’s make this easy to navigate. You can select the options below to move about this page.

  1. Raw Materials
  2. My Inspiration
  3. Notes…coming soon…
  4. Pictures…coming soon…
  5. My Takeaways…coming soon…

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The Book: knit, Swirl!

Knit Swirl - Essence of Me

The book jumped at me. Look at that cover! It showcases the “Coat of Many Colors”. The subtitle “Uniquely Flattering One Piece, One Seam Swirl Jacket”.

One seam?! Sign me up! And thus the beginning of the journey ahead.

I ordered the book online and did not realize it would house such interesting patterns. 18 in all. The book features four silhouettes and three sizing options–the sizes are based on the yoke measurement.

The patterns are written and include, what I’d describe as schematics–not a chart, not quite a picture. It is a visual representation of the progression of the project, including the number of stitches included in each round. Oh and this piece is worked mostly in the round.

Circular needles…here I come…


The Pattern: Going Green

18 options but I must start with 1. “Going Green” caught my eye. I wanted a “jacket”–I plan to call it a sweater since us Houstonians hardly ever wear jackets–with a generous lapel and a slender waist. It also looked to be pretty straightforward.


The Yarn: Willow Yarns Everest

Simply put, I wanted an affordable, soft yarn. I did not want any acrylic in the blend. I also wanted to select from an offering where many colors were available.

I like to start with the end in mind. I consider whether I’d like to make the pattern again. It sucks making a piece only to have a limited color selection for future projects.

I also wanted a neutral color. I really wanted to select black. But I have another project scheduled and the yarn is black. Thus, granite was not black yet not gray.

A win-win.

About the Yarn:

  • 50% fine merino/50% micro fiber.
  • Hand wash. Imported.

Retail Price (as of 12/26/13): $2.99

Skeins Purchased: 13 (approximately 1,638 yds)

Color: Granite


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My Inspiration: David’s Song

David sings…”The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior”…

and just in case it wasn’t clear, he says again “my God is my rock…”

[pullquote4 quotes=”true” align=”center” variation=”silver” cite=”2 Samuel 22:1-7″]David sang this song to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from all his enemies and from Saul. He sang: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence. I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies. “The waves of death overwhelmed me; floods of destruction swept over me. The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path. But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I cried to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry reached his ears.[/pullquote4]

Many of you know that I knit and crochet during much of my quiet times. It is usually after I read my bible and pray.

The yarn’s smokey gray color made me think of rocks. Concrete rocks. And there is no other rock greater than The Rock.


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Stay tuned…


**I will update this page as I move along in the process.**


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