Top 10 Books of My Life

What books have been your favorites or have influenced you most in your life. I decide to make a list of ten this morning. If I made this list on a different day, a few of the choices would probably be different. Paring it down to ten was hard.   In the order they came to.. read more →

Precision is not my thing

Have you noticed that precision is not my thing? Not in writing, not in knitting, and not in drawing or painting. I am all about having fun, playing, and making stuff up. I don’t like following rules or prescribing rules for others to follow. I’m in the middle of doing the 100 Day Project, where.. read more →

Can knitting needles be mightier than automatic weapons?

Let’s stop hating each other and remember that we’re all in this world together. Julius Lester, a Newberry award winning children’s author, keeps a human skull on his desk to remind him that we are all alike underneath our superficial differences. In his memoir, On Writing for Children and Other People, he says that in our.. read more →

Suffrage In Stitches, a New Old Story

A Guest Post by Katherine Durack It’s hard to believe that just a year ago I attended Donna’s Birth Your Knitting Book writing retreat in Montgomery, Vermont. A lot has happened since then: My article on the 1900 National Suffrage Fair was published in PieceWork magazine, along with patterns for the Sunflower Suffrage Shawl and A Suffrage-Fair Washcloth. Another.. read more →

My Studio

A photo tour of my studio — the room where I ostensibly write, design, sketch, and do all of my work. In reality, I work all over the house. In summer, I spend a lot of time on the front porch. In winter, I’m often found on the couch in the living room. At other times,.. read more →

Are you too busy?

Lately I’ve been having a lot of people tell me why they can’t get things done. I think this often comes down to owning your priorities and values, embracing them, and accepting what it is you truly want to do with your life and time and money. Sometimes we think we want to do things.. read more →

Personal or Professional?

If you’ve been following me for any time, you have probably noticed that I talk about both personal and professional ideas and activities on my blog and social media accounts. The newest part of my business is my Birth Your Knitting Book mentoring program, where I am helping newer designers build their businesses and get.. read more →

On the road again…

I’ve been staying home more than usual this year, but I have my spring teaching trip coming up soon. I find that getting away for a little while in the spring is a good transition out of winter for me. Sometimes I travel to teach at national events like Interweave’s Yarn Fest or Stitches, sometimes I teach at.. read more →

Vermont’s Got Wool

Vermont has wool!! Wool is my favorite knitting fiber. There’s just something so comforting and cozy about the feeling of sheep’s wool, that I can never find anything else that beats it in my book. I’m very excited to announce that we’ll be creating our own custom yarn later this year. read more →

Rounded Pi Day Sale

You guys, it’s Rounded Pi Day! To celebrate, I am making my 3.14159 Shawls ebook half price. Just $9 for a whole book of pi shawl knitting! That’s just $9 for a whole book of pi shawl knitting patterns. Coupon: PI  (expires 3/21 which is my Birthday, when I shall create a new special Birthday sale!) What is.. read more →