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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  It served me well, but it was so crazy outdated.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

Hemlock Ring Baby Jacket

I don’t know about you, but I’m downright obsessed with Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. I made one of his Girasole shawls back in 2009 and was so impressed with the pattern, I knew one day I’d be back for more. So when my little niece was about to have her first birthday, I knew I wanted to knit her something special. I had this beautiful Julie Asselin superwash that was just begging to be used up. I didn’t think I had time to design something from scratch, so I…

read more March 6, 2015

Custom Pegboard Organizer – for less than $35!

I made this custom pegboard for my craft room / office and wanted to share the steps with y’all because it was SO easy and quick to make! I’ve had the pegboard up for over a year now, and it’s so great to have my tools handy at any moment. I never have to dig through bins to find my scissors, or wonder where I put my sewing needles. And the best part? The whole project cost less than $35! Hard to beat, huh? So here are the things I used:…

read more March 4, 2015

The tale of my first handspun FO

A quick story in pictures. I found an Ashford Traditional spinning wheel on Craigslist for a great price, so I bought it. (Molly likes it.) I found this beautiful Dicentra Designs blue and green Bluefaced Leicester fiber at A Knitted Peace in Littelton, CO. (I was there for a wedding.) So I bought that, too. Spinning this wool was a total joy. The single was just gorgeous on the bobbin. I was tempted to leave it a single, but I wanted to practice chain plying so I plied it up.…

read more March 3, 2015

Hyperion Pullover - Pattern

The Hyperion Pullover has slightly unconventional construction and a sweet honeycomb lace stitch that will stretch your skills and thrill you with the results. The yoke is knit from cuff to cuff, the body picked up and knit in the round, making this top a great project for the beginning knitter who wants to move on to fun stitch patterns and new ways of working. Ma…

view details Originally Published March 2015