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For me, colour and texture rule and most of the inspiration feeding my imagination comes from the natural world. I see knitting as art, as viable as any other, and no matter what the tool or preferred palette, in human hands, magic happens.

Jane

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Midnight Garden Evocative Guide E-Book

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Starlight snagged in bare tree branches, green leaves startled into brilliant chartreuse and imaginary gardens blooming under the midnight sun inspired the Midnight Garden Evocative Guide. A long vest, a wrap, and a cardigan offer three playdates with color and lace to evoke spotlit flowers and starlit branches.

All three designs feature lace. The Night Orchid wrap is the easiest to knit with a cross-directional approach and plenty of room for experimentation. The Dusk Light vest is long and lean with sides framed in seed to elongate the body and facilitate custom sizing. Both Dusk Light and Night Lilly feature an easy little leaf-like lace pattern alternatively called pine cone or fir cone.

The Midnight Garden cardigan, on the other hand, is a full lace creation, slightly fitted at the waist, with set in sleeves. This one requires the confidence to shape to your body as you knit since, in free-range style, row-by-row instructions are not provided, nor are exact size manifestos. Let me convince you that you don't need those, that some adventures are made to be experienced en route.

This bouquet offers a little something for everyone, from the beginner to the extreme free-range knitter. Welcome to my garden.

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Earthlights Evocative Guide E-Book

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Explore new directions in knitting with 3 patterns including a cross-wise vest in Earth Lights Crossways Vest, a lacy evening top called Metallurgy, and the fabulous convertible Rich Earth Vest. All three play with simple lace stitches combined with hand-dyed yarns to create fun, creative, play with yarn.

This style of knitting includes plenty of visuals and a step by step guides but veers away from traditional knitting in the most liberating way!

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Open Season Evocative Guide E-Book

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Open yourself to summer and let your knitting play with lace. Three designs including one wrap, a serape, and a shrug all combine multiple yarns across playful lace stitches that do not require perfection to look lovely. Try the easy Bohemian Sundance Wrap or the almost as easy Ocean Meadow Serape. For more challenge that's still not too difficult, go for the loose shrug with short sleeves and a vining lace collar.

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Inner circles E-Book

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As complete visual worlds with powerful symbolic meanings across all cultures, the circle is infinitely soothing, enveloping and mystical. For me, a square will never do what a circle can so I've craved escape from linearity to create circular designs that feel organic and free-spirited.

These designs are not meant to be duplicated exactly. The concept is for you to make and compose your own unique encircled explorations.

This E-book contains three designs -- a cowl/scarf, shawlette and a wrap, each requiring scraps of yarns. The cowl requires approximately 150 yards, the shawlette 350 and the wrap 500-600 yards.

The designs may look intricate but are deceptively easy to make.
All the Inner Circle designs are constructed by creating half circles made in a variety of stitches and fibers mostly worked on size 5.5 mm/8 US straight needles. The full circles in central motifs are larger half circles steam pressed in such a way that the two edges fan out to meet in the center. Alternatively, two equal half circles could be sewn together to make a whole.All pieces are sewn together component-style.

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Branches and Dunes Evocative Guide

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Let a new stitch play with color and texture in this 23-page guide with 5 designs – a vest and a top plus scarf, wrap and serape!

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Safari and Savanahs Evocative Guide

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Go on a knitting safari with Safari And Savannahs Evocative guide. In tribute to Africa, two vests and one asymmetrical 'not-a-poncho' comprise this collection. The Great Zimbabwe Vest (far left) has a simple intarsia motif center back and crosses the front to fasten on one side. Easily sized for small, medium and large, knit this side to side in linen, cotton, wool, silk, ribbon – anything! The Swahili Basket vest (center) is unfitted knit in a mix of basketweave stitch and cross-stitch with a cross-stitch side feature and, finally, the Safari Savannah Not-a-poncho is a one-size asymmetrical topper easily knit in absolutely any fiber, any weight.

Not into earthy colors? Go Zulu in bright primary colors and color your own adventure.

Check my blog for more information and views on this design.

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Knit Me a River Evocative Guide

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"Think of a sinuous river curling deep into the heart of a forest or through a desert canyon, sparkling like a jeweled ribbon of light. How would it feel to wear a river undulating over your shoulders or wrapped about your neck in an earth-mother hug? Knit yourself a river and find out.

Here are two designs in two different shapes. One, the Northern Woods Wrap is designed to flow across your shoulders or around your neck in a diagonal motion. The second, the Rio Grande Wrap, flows in a longer shape, perfect for fastening with a pin or button. Measurements for Northern Woods:
21 inches / 53 cm deep at longest point

55 inches/140 cm wide from end to end

And for Rio Grande:
65 inches/ 165 cm long
14 inches / 36 cm at widest part

These wraps are worked in free-range intarsia using simple stitches. Charts help guide you into the flow.

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Into the Garden

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“We all love gardens, those pockets of beauty that light our lives with color and bloom. Despite the grand gardens existing in the world, our favorites are usually our own, no matter how humble.

picHere’s a pattern threesome designed as a homage to our gardens – a drapey shrug, a fitted top and a loose, flowing, over-top, a little something for you to grow from favorite yarns. Pick up your needles and watch them bloom.

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Leaf Lights Evocative Guide

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It’s a jungle out there so why not go green, really green, by celebrating all things leafy? Three designs make up this evocative guide: a Giant Frond wrap, A Blade scarf and a Leaf Lights Kimono.

Leaf Lights Kimono

Leaf Light is an airy, spring-like excursion into the tropical undergrowth. The colors ripple in light and shadow like sunlight filtering through a leafy canopy.
Three rectangles form the shape – two front panels and one back. A long front band finishes the front openings as well as forms the collar from which the back is picked up and knit.

Or how about knitting a giant frond wrap in organic feather & fan lace? What is organic lace? It’s any project that uses a lace component (stitch sets usually known for the regimented adherence to patterns and charts but here free-flying and not fixed on perfection) mixed liberally with other stitches, various yarn types and a free-range, no-mistake approach.
From just such an attitude, emerged the Frond wrap. All soft, silky and lacy, it’s knit with silk/merino liberally mixed with other yarns in three hues of green.

Or, if looking for a smaller project, how about knitting a soft, silken blade for around your neck?

More detail on each design available on my main blog. details>>

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Winter Forest Evocative Guide No.4

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In summer it's challenging finding the forest through the trees. The high season stirs with distraction – birds, insects, creatures in the undergrowth, not to mention the rustle and sweep of leaves unfurled. A single tree gets lost in the clamor, her fine bones eclipsed by the finery above. And yet, a winter forest is a magnificent cathedral of sleeping wood, as hallowed a hall of reflection as any that exists. Deep in this world of natural quietude, the architectural beauty of branches, bark and stone offer us a chance to breathe. To think. To create.

This booklet is an ode to the reflective season and to forests without leaves. Though two main designs feature, the real story lies in what you can do with knitting these stitches in fresh ways. Use my designs as offered canvases or find your own by exploring subtle color flows with linen or ombre seed stitches. A vest, a cowlet and a kimono – perhaps you can unfold them anew.

Woven Woods Cowl & Vest

Woven Woods is a sturdy vestal creation perfect for wearing over a long sweater, tunic or smock in the chilly seasons and a blouse as the days warm. All its color interest keeps the eye moving topside while the length below sweeps clean lines away from bulges and lumps. Add your Bark&Lichen Cowlet to your neck and your texture rocks (along with the lichen and twigs).

The piece's real raison d'être is to provide scope through which to play with ombre seed, an enticing and addictive way to pile texture onto color. Once you slip into the flow of layering hue upon hue, the urge to try this vest in other color schemes may take hold. Let it.

The Woven Woods vest is knit in three pieces – back and two fronts — with the linen stitch collar band and bottom edging picked up and knit afterwards. A shaped front can be fastened with a single button or worn open. Straight, unstructured armhole openings are roomy enough for wearing over even heavy sweaters. Make it any length you want, cropped or long. Extend you bands even wider to change the look or the size.

Thousand Branches Kimono

Typical of authentic kimonos, the design is composed of one large back rectangle with two shorter ones for the fronts. Here the fronts and back are knit as one. Once the main piece is completed but before the sides are sewn together, ornamental extensions consisting of long stitch and garter are picked up and knit along both right and left long edges. From these extensions, the sleeves are picked up and knit, too. The final finishing touch is the addition of a long front band extending around the kimono's front edge and dangling below the hem in artful insouciance. The design is easy to knit in seed, long stitch, and garter but a single challenging stitch is included for the experienced knitter. Newer knitters or those who would rather keep things simple can substitute the 4-row Thousand Branches Stitch for a 4-row band of garter or seed. This is a design that will take nearly any type of yarn but, naturally, the heavier the yarn, the bulkier the kimono. Best to stay within the lace-weight doubled to DK (double knitting) weight, though thicker yarns in small doses can be used in small doses. Drape matters. The main body of the piece, extensions, and front band are worked across size 6mm/10 US needles with the sleeves worked on size 9mm/13 US.

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Summer Free Range Knitting Guide

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My philosophy is simple: beautiful yarn is meant to be explored, to be played with the way we played with color for the very first time as children. Remember those boxes of crayons? Opening every new box was a delight, a promise. Is there any reason why as adults we think that’s all over?

Unleash yourself. Paint with yarn. Color with yarn. Let lines guide you rather than box you in. The free-range summer knitting offers a guiding design, techniques, and plenty of options to explore knitting as creative self-expression. The key is to experiment, explore, and play, creating your own piece of wearable art rather than someone else’s concept.

picBecause free range knitting is a perfect refuge against rules, regulations, and what-not-to-dos, no wrongs exist, only opportunities for discovery. Some of the loveliest designs emerge from knitters who can’t tell you what they did to create such wonder. Perhaps they allowed themselves to knit intuitively, following little tangents at a level beyond the rational brain? One knitter said she just ‘went for it’ and let go of all preconceived notions of what not to do and in so doing created one extraordinary piece after another.

This is your guide to free-range knitting, summer style. Consider the three designs as blank canvases for your own explorations though each is written in full detail so you can model the originals exactly. Each design is also open to any yarn, accommodates any size and is open to interpretation and all the samples shown favor easy, lacy, styles perfect for warmer weather.

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Feather n Fan Club Guide

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The feather and fan stitch, so named in Victorian times, was once relegated to restrained shawls and baby blankets. Like a dowager queen, she’d stodgily make her way across knitted rows in plodding, predictable, paths, always careful to do the proper thing in the name of laced-up propriety.

But that was then. Celebrate F&F’s release from captivity. Her true spirit emerges here as a nature sprite, born of field and glen, leaping from the ferny shadows to ripen colors on the vine in gleeful sprays of light and color. Give her lovely yarn to play with and she’s poetry: pure spirit netted in stitch.

Join her fan club with these three distinct designs. Her exuberant nature is released in the popular Organic Wrap design (updated with a few extras), is touched with a wee bit of Highland glory in the Ripenings Wrapped Shrug, and slips into something richly evocative in the Roving Moss cardigan. In every one, she challenges you to take risks, blend colors, experiment with textures and learn how to turn knitting into magic. 54 lavishly-illustrated pages.

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Knit a Beach Booklet

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The water's warm so let's knit a beach! If you can dream it, you can knit it. Learn how to knit with a guide rather than a pattern with this evocative knitting workshop/pattern that takes you to the beach of your dreams. Combined with a knitalong and online tips, you can have your own private virtual beach.

Experience combining simple stitches to create textures that evoke the blue sea frothed with ocean latte and sand hues of a summer beach.

Create a vest/tabard design so gorgeous you won't want to knit just one. Make yours either fitted or loose and easy or apply the techniques used to another pattern maybe even your own design.

Come on - dive in!

On June 18th, a beach-a-long starts both on my website here and on Ravelry Beach along. If you're late getting started, it's never too late to join in because the tips, extra photos and diagrams will remain on my Knitalong site as an additional resource.

The guide is 41 pages long and lavishly illustrated.


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