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Interview: Yankee Smartass

It’s less than a week since the election, and I’m not ready to talk about it quite yet. Just know that it left me stunned and heartbroken, but I’m trying not to lose hope. Before the election, though, I did an interview with Emily at Yankee Smartass, where I talked about my various creative pursuits and waxed poetic about living a creative life. You can read the whole interview here, or here’s a little taste: For the longest time I was somewhat embarrassed by all my different types of creative…

read more November 14, 2016

Full Freak-Out Mode

Last night I got the following email from a lovely lady (and possibly “nasty woman”) Emily: Hey! I just wanted to let you know that I made your “Stronger Together” pattern for someone… and they wore the finished products to a rally in NH, and Hillary herself saw them and asked the secret service to take a picture with them!   Um, you guys, I’m trying not to freak the f out. But holy crap, THAT’S OUR NEXT PRESIDENT STANDING NEXT TO MY DESIGN! And for real, not like that…

read more October 25, 2016

New Giganto-Blanket Instructions

Hi everyone! Quick update here: I have exciting news! I’ve completely updated the Giganto-Blanket pattern to include instructions for prepping non-superwash wool. Now you can avoid stomping the wool in the bathtub altogether if you have a garment steamer — hopefully this is helpful! Click here to buy now! If you’ve already purchased the pattern on Etsy or Ravelry, you can go into your accounts to download the new version.

read more October 8, 2016

Sheer Madness

Lately I’ve been trying to get back into sewing. I was doing a bunch of quilting, but have lately had a hankering to start sewing garments for myself. Specifically, I wanted to make myself some blouses. I feel like I’m really late to the game on blouses. I never though they’d look good on me for some reason, so I always stuck to cotton shirts and jeans. But then I joined Stitch Fix, and got a couple amazing blouses from their stylists, and now I’m hooked. (BTW, if you don’t…

read more September 12, 2016

Back to Basics

When I decided to knit my wedding dress, I knew I was embarking on an ambitious project.  It took months to complete, and required meticulous charting, and laser focus. This post is not about anything meticulous, though. It’s about these super-simple socks: Sometimes you just need to knit something simple, right? These were the perfect palate cleanser. These are knit out of Wollmeise Twin I bought at The Loopy Ewe in Fort Collins, CO. My brother lives in Fort Collins, so every time I’m visiting him, he knows it’s a requirement I…

read more August 24, 2016

Stronger Together Hat - Pattern

Show your excitement for Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential nomination with your very own “I’m With Her” hat! Wear it on November 8th (and then for the next 8 years!) and show the world that we’re stronger together!

view details Originally Published August 2016

Welcome to the new Nocturnal Knits!

Things are looking a bit different around here, aren’t they? As a refresher, this is what the site looked like just yesterday: That’s the blog design I’ve had since 2009, you guys.  It served me well, but it was so crazy outdated. It was also my secret shame, because my “day job” is as a front-end web developer. I spend my days building super-fancy custom WordPress themes for my clients. And yet, my own WordPress site was sorely in need of a redesign. So, back in December 2015, I started…

read more August 14, 2016

Sincerely, Us – A Short Film

Hi folks! I just wanted to share with you a short film I wrote and directed last year called Sincerely, Us: “Sincerely, Us” is a quirky comedy that shows how a dog’s love can transcend the space-time continuum. Part sci-fi, part whodunit, “Sincerely, Us” was shot entirely on an iPhone 6 for the enormous budget of… $100. In addition to being shot on a mobile device, “Sincerely, Us” is a 100% women-driven production. I hope it makes you smile! More info: Starring Shanna Micko. Written, Directed, Shot + Edited by…

read more December 5, 2015

Idyllwild Hat - Pattern

Super squishy with its braids and brioche, this hat will keep you warm on the coldest nights. Though it appears to use colorwork, each row is only knit with one color at a time, so you won’t have to worry about fiddling with multiple strands.

The brim of this hat is knit in two parts. Starting with a provisional CO, knit one strip of each color. Y…

view details Originally Published October 2015

Hyperion Pullover

I’m so happy to announce my latest pattern for Knit Picks: my Hyperion Pullover! It’s named after the winding and hilly Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles — home of the first Walt Disney Studios, inspiration to Joss Whedon and Angel, and just-plain-cool street near me! The pullover is knit flat cuff-to-cuff, then the body stitches are picked up in the round and knit down seamlessly. The idea was to have a light, airy, summer-y top you could layer over a camisole (or even a bathing suit!) — and the honeycomb…

read more March 26, 2015