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People have made many beautiful ceramic spindle whorls over the millenia. Once, somewhere between the 9th and 15th centuries AD, a potter in Mesoamerican Mexico made a particular one with a motif like a flower, and I expect it was used with pleasure. This ceramic disk would most likely have been used as a low whorl. Centuries later, someone bought it and gave it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Later, the museum put a picture up on their website. When I saw it, the design struck me and kept coming back to mind. Once, I woke in the middle of the night and realized that it reminded me of a tam. The idea of wearing a hat made to resemble a tool used for making yarn felt satisfying, just as spinning and knitting yarn using methods known to many generations of skilled hands feels satisfying.

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Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
When I decided to knit a shawl based on sunflowers, I really had no idea what I wanted to call it. Shortly after starting work on this shawl, it was International Women’s Day, and I was reminded that my great-grandmother had been a suffragist in Kansas as a teenager. While looking around on the internet for information about Kansas suffrag...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
I was reading Lucy Neatby’s web article about using steeks to make matching sleeves a while ago. This idea bounced around in the back of my mind until one day I realized that this would be a great way to make matching mitts from gradient yarns, yarns with long repeats like Noro, and handspun multicolored yarn with no repeats. It would also work ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This garter stitch shawl is a stash buster. It starts at the point where all the lines come together and then radiates outward, making it easy to stop where desired - a shawlette, a full-sized shawl, or even a lap blanket. It’s a cozy shawl that nicely covers the wearer’s back. It can be worked in any weight yarn in multiple colorways or in one ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This shawl is designed to be knit with two skeins of yarn that coordinate with each other but that don’t match exactly. The shape is crescent-like - formed by knitting five triangles pointing in alternating directions.
Knitting: Hats - Other
The cornflower design I used for my Ellerbe Mitts makes another appearance here, creating a larger flower or snowflake shown to best advantage on the back of a slouchy hat. The flowers can be worked in the same yarn as the body (which looks subtle in a solid color, and can be striking in a multicolored yarn) or can be worked in yarn that contras...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
There are days when I need to acknowledge unpleasantness, but keep moving forward. On those days, my motto is onward. I made this hat as a tactile reminder to myself for those days.
Knitting: Scarf, Shawl / Wrap
The phrase bread and roses originated in the early twentieth century in the American labor movement. There are stories about it being sung as part of a song by strikers, which seems to be apocryphal. The meaning is not, however: Bread and Roses stands for the desire for both fair wages and dignity. The slogan has particularly come to be associat...
Knitting: Bag - Other
One of my favorite spring wildflowers is bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis. The design on the bottom of this bag, with its asymmetrically-spaced petals and squarish shape, reminds me of that small white flower.
Crochet: Beanie, Toque
Many spindle whorls are decorated with little circles, and so this hat is covered with many circles created by crocheting the traditional Catherine’s Wheel stitch pattern and then outlining the circles with chain stitch. The hat name is a bit of a pun on the traditional stitch pattern name: whorl because of spindles; Katherine in honor of ...
Knitting: Cowl
Take the flower petals from the Malacatl hat and set them on a straight line; this makes the colorwork pattern for this buttoned neck warmer.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
People have made many beautiful ceramic spindle whorls over the millenia. Once, somewhere between the 9th and 15th centuries AD, a potter in Mesoamerican Mexico made a particular one with a motif like a flower, and I expect it was used with pleasure. This ceramic disk would most likely have been used as a low whorl. Centuries later, someone boug...
Knitting: Hats - Other
The lines that form the design on the spindle whorl that inspired this hat were cut into the clay and emphasize the rotation of the whorl. The lines also remind me of a musical score, and thus the name has a double meaning.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
If knit in worsted weight yarn, an adult hat will take between 90-110 yards. (The yardage listed above is because this can be made in multiple yarn weights.)
Knitting: Hanging Ornament
Knit these from the center out in cotton, linen, or hemp and then starch to use as ornaments. Knit in any fiber and use as appliqués. Good for using up leftovers from other projects.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Ellerbe Creek runs near where I live in Durham, North Carolina. I love going for walks by the creek and will donate ten percent of my proceeds from these mitts to the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
This lacy tam is worked from the center outwards. The design spirals outward and flows into a ribbed brim. It looks more complicated than it is--if you know how to knit in the round, purl, knit two together, knit three together, and make a yarn over, you can make this hat.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
My great-grandmother was an inveterate knitter. My mother says that any time she sat down and didn’t have anything else to do, she would pick up her knitting. My mother gave me some of the garments she’d knitted, which included one pale blue baby sock.