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Last Minute Holiday Knitting Ideas

Thought I would take time today to share some of the patterns I have designed over the years that are perfect for holiday gift knitting. I know it is last minute but there is still time. First off – a free pattern called Elves, Gnomes, Wizard…

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Let’s Play Spot The Mistake

Who can tell me what’s wrong with this shawl? Look closer… And closer… I don’t think the straight edge of a shawl is meant to suddenly curve round. The problem lies in the row where those neat little parallelograms suddenly … Continue reading

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Let’s Play Spot The Mistake

Who can tell me what’s wrong with this shawl? Look closer… And closer… I don’t think the straight edge of a shawl is meant to suddenly curve round. The problem lies in the row where those neat little parallelograms suddenly … Continue reading

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Last-minute Knitting Gift: The ‘Wham Bam Thank You Lamb’ Neckwarmer

There are some patterns that are the perfect starter project for a new knitter or ideal as a last-minute knitting gift – and the ‘Wham Bam Thank You Lamb‘ (WBTYL) neck warmer is just that. You can access the pattern on Ravelry…
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Last-minute Knitting Gift: The ‘Wham Bam Thank You Lamb’ Neckwarmer

There are some patterns that are the perfect starter project for a new knitter or ideal as a last-minute knitting gift – and the ‘Wham Bam Thank You Lamb‘ (WBTYL) neck warmer is just that. You can access the pattern on Ravelry…
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So, I want to do a podcast…

… and who doesn’t, at this point.  I wanted to do this a few years ago and even bought a bit of equipment that could double for photography and video use.  But, I didn’t have the time or energy for anything new then.  It also seemed li…

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Ethereal Light: The Look Book

These garments and the thousands of hours I spent hand-knitting them were inspired by the process of healing and designed to give light to an area that is dark.  This darkness took me 4 years of “umms and stumbles” before I could even say it.  When I was young, I was sexually abused by my older brother. He suffered from schizophrenia and he later committed suicide.

Conquering these traumas weren’t easy; it took a lot of amazing people to knit me back together and bring me out of darkness, which is why I designed this collection inspired by light: to remind those of us who have been abused that they there is light after darkness and that they are not alone.  

I’m very thankful to these people, one of them being my beading collaborator Hannah Buechler who crystalized these pieces with hundreds of sparkles.  Also, I’m incredibly thankful to Swarovski Crystals for sponsoring my collection and giving even more light to this story!
Photography:  Franklin Headen.  Video:  Jordan Studdard.  Model: Mattah Parker. 
My heart in sharing my story and this collection is to give hope for those processing a similar abuse.  I contemplated for a long time whether or not to share this, but In the end, I needed to; I know there are those of us who feel more broken than whole – but wholeness does come again!

Healing is not a sad face emoji in the comment section. It takes a lot of pain, and hardship to say the truth out loud to someone you trust.  The fear is overwhelming at first, but it becomes less of a terror each time.  

The best thing that people did was listen, and remind me that I was not defined by my situation.  That there were better things ahead.  That it may not come right away, but eventually, after a long night, there would be a glimmer of light.  And eventually, those dark memories would be drowned out by light.
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Wind and Asteroid Ashes

A few of my illustrations and flats from this past year.  The full look book coming next!  xoxo Esther 

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I Had To Google Parallelogram

Look at that beautiful snaking curl of shawl! My Bernina is serviced and ready to pick up! But how have I occupied myself whilst we’ve been apart? I’ve been knitting. My Heaven And Space shawl definitely wins the award for … Continue reading

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Free Project – Lil Kitty Beanie

Free Project – Lil Kitty Beanie

PATTERN DETAILS MEEEOOOWWW! Cute and cuddly, but also fierce and fun. The Lil’ Kitty Beanie is a hat with nine (plus!) looks and styles – for little kitties and big kitties alike. Knit it with plain kitty-colored yarn, or go crazy with speckled and hand-dyed. Add (sparkle!) whiskers, add tassels, add pom poms…make this hat […]

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We Were Seeds

This one was an engaging knit, guys.  We Were Seeds follows seeds, that is seed stitch, through germination- there’s lots of sprouting and climbing involved.   I’ve never knit a pattern that told a story.  Each stitch pattern is long eno…

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Amanda vs Looking Ahead Beanie

It’s time to introduce you to the MVP of my winter wardrobe. The all star player who managed to go with every single outfit I put together all the time while looking rad AND keeping me as snug as a bug in a rug.  It’s the one and only adorable pompom beanie! This sassy winter…

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Marian Cowl for Natalie

Squish!!! Don’t you love squishy things?! I think that’s the main reason I started knitting – so I could have

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Grab and go knitting: an Angel Face turban

Friends, ooh friends, am I ever behind. I’m behind but I have something small and fun to share nonetheless. I’m so behind that I’m sharing a minor knitting project after not even yet sharing one of the most monumental pieces of knitting I’ve ever done, in time to wear at… read more »

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Grab and go knitting: an Angel Face turban

Friends, ooh friends, am I ever behind. I’m behind but I have something small and fun to share nonetheless. I’m so behind that I’m sharing a minor knitting project after not even yet sharing one of the most monumental pieces of knitting I’ve ever done, in time to wear at… read more »

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Completed: The Martine Sweater

It’s been a minute since I posted a knitting project, but that doesn’t mean I ever stopped knitting! I took some time off from knitting sweaters (other than my yearly OAL makes!) and have spent a couple of months furiously knitting socks. I love handknit socks – I love making them, I love traveling with […]

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A/W ’17 O Collection Add-ons

It’s all very well having a few well sewn and well fitting trousers as part of my O collection (check out the last few blog posts for an update) but they are quite useless without tops. I am in Hemlock … Continue reading

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Cumberland

…And just before the deadline for the Brooklyn Knitfolk Hipster KAL, I finished my Cumberland.  I love it.  The end. You wish I was that brief.  No, I have to post too many photos and lots of “loves” and “reallys”.  At least I kno…

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Free Project – FREE Spotty Dog Coat

Free Project – FREE Spotty Dog Coat

PATTERN DETAILS This is my FREE Spotty Dog Coat knitting pattern. This free pattern will let you see just how good my dog clothes knitting patterns really are. This striking spotty dog coat is a great coat for summer evenings especially if you make it in cotton as seen here. The FREE knitting pattern provides […]

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Blue Woodstack Mittens

Yesss! Mittens! And just in time for fall and winter. I can hardly believe it!!! How did I plan this

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Giant Sigh of Relief Project

Cumberland is my palate cleanser between sweater projects for the Brooklyn Knitfolk Hipster KAL.  I realize I won’t finish both Heritage (below) and Feya before it ends, but the point is that it has motivated me to begin something that’s not a Fad…

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Giveaway: “Mini Knitted” Book Series + Interview with Sahiyo Ishii

I have an amazing opportunity for you today! Search Press (the publisher of the adorable Mini Knitted series) is giving one reader 5 books, including: Mini Knitted Christmas Mini Knitted Woodland Mini Knitted Ocean Mini Knitted Safari Mini Knitted Toys Keep reading for details on how to enter! Sachiyo Ishii is the author of 4 […]

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Free Project – The Moth Cloth

Free Project – The Moth Cloth

PATTERN DETAILS This design was intended to be a butterfly lace washcloth, Chris said there are too many things with butterflies on, and decided it was a Moth Cloth. I couldn’t really argue, after all it is full of holes! Whether you decide to knit it as a washcloth, or incorporate the design into a […]

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Blog Plans vs Planned Obsolescence

It doesn’t matter how we stagger our device purchases, they all seem to become outmoded for our needs at the exact same time, every one developing issues that can’t be totally addressed without addressing another’s issues first.  It’s like an obno…

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Amanda vs Hand Knit Socks

Spring has finally arrived in Canberra! Our cherry tree is blooming, the dogs are happy to go for walks without coats and the thermals have been mostly retired. Whilst I am looking forward to all the awesome that the change of seasons entail (my Tessuti sundress in September just needs photos) I am feeling sad to […]

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Saguaro Blossom Hat

The last hat I indulged in during the Any Hat KAL is the Saguaro Blossom Hat by Anne Podlesak.  I found this pattern in her Free Spirit Knits book, during an Interweave sale,  Have you seen the patterns from this book?  I am amazed …

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When your pom pom has a life of it’s own, you know it’s the correct size.

Now, my regular blogging can begin.  Now, that all of the hurricane clean-up/ moving my daughter is finished.  Now that I have completed my first week as a BSF CL (doesn’t that sound important?) and feel more confident.  Now that I am ba…

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Creative Knitting Retreat 2017 Wrap Up

What a great weekend we had here at the farm for my last Creative Retreat of 2017. I hosted 8 enthusiastic and fun knitters for two days of color, knitting, embroidery, and afghan making. I could tell as they were walking in the door that it was going …

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Free Project – Bib for Baby

Free Project – Bib for Baby

PATTERN DETAILS A simple pattern for a baby bib. Sizes Small and large – and can easily be adjusted for a different fit and size. Small – approx. 10.5 inches wide by 11 inches tall Large – approx. 14.5 inches wide by 15 inches tall US Size 6 needles 60-120 yards of worsted weight yarn. […]

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A Stash of One’s Own Book Review

Clara Parkes, editor, Abrams Press, New York, 2017, ISBN: 978-1-4197-2704-7, $22.99 As long-time readers of this blog know, I have been in love with fiber, thread, and yarn since childhood. I will stitch with anything, and have. I even took up knitting largely to feed that addiction. I stopped knitting because that stash quickly got […]

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