In submitting my work for a publication they asked for me to provide a description of what “services” I offer. I was all like no problem, I can do that! Difficulty level = 25 words or less. Ack, less cockiness ensued. After much word-smithing I arrived at a 17 word sentence.

Detailed, creative and innovative knitted accessory patterns that are well written, yarn conscious, and fun to knit.

For me, using fewer words tends to be a problem, but I think I get my intent across. Hopefully you like more words; since you are here on my blog I am guessing the odds are in my favor you do.

My work focuses on creating detailed and beautiful accessory patterns. I love a small project because it means I can conceivably get it done within a month or two, instant gratification on a knitting timeline. Also, I despise weaving in ends. If I can get away with only one or two skeins of yarn then I have fewer ends to weave in.

While my first love is lace, color-work is a close second (mosaic in particular) and I have a definite soft spot for interesting textures. I keep waiting for cables to seize my imagination and can foresee the day when they become an obsession, but that day has not yet arrived. One obsession that has arrived and is here to stay is photography.

You know how you meet knitters and they tell you that they have been knitting since they were eight years old, when their mom or grandma or female relative put a pair of needles in their hands? Well, that isn’t me. When I was eight years old, my father gave me a camera. Photography has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I am working on marrying that old love with my more recently discovered passion for knitting. Hopefully I can continue to develop my designing and knitwear photography simultaneously. At least I can try to ensure that I always have something interesting to photograph.

What about me? I am a Virgo/Libra cusp, which means I am artistic and anal at the same time. In 2005 I learned how to knit and absolutely hated it. I managed to finish one project and one sock then gave up because purling was evil. In May of 2010 I decided to pick it up again, in large part due to Ravelry.

And then I discovered the Norwegian Purl and life was good.

And then I learned that I am not particularly good at following patterns – because they aren’t want I want. Really it is pretty silly, but I would go through 100’s of patterns on Ravelry and they wouldn’t be precisely what I was looking for – so I ended up winging it. I found this creative process exceptionally satisfying and have been dreaming up new things to do with beautiful yarn ever since.

I also perpetrate a bunch of canning, cooking, gardening, general mayhem and destruction. These things may or may not make appearances. I have a cooking blog that I have allowed to languish – mostly because I got sick of eating cold food (that sat during photography). It predates this blog, and while I don’t have much intention of updating it anytime soon it does have some good cooking stuff if I do say so myself.

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  2. Hi Barbara!

    I saw your project for the Cross Stitch Mock Cable Hat (https://tumpedduck.wordpress.com/patterns-for-purchase/) and just love that idea! I am the editor of AllFreeKnitting.com and would love to feature your tutorial on my site with full credit to you. I’ve noticed you have some other great projects on your site, and I would love to link to all of your other free knitting patterns as well. I know my readers would just love them and in return would generate some nice traffic to your site. If you agree and would like us to feature your project and/or other free projects, our readers will simply click the link to your blog to get your full tutorial. It’s really that simple. Your project will look similar to this project already on my site:


    My site is part of Prime Publishing and we publish 19 cooking and crafting web sites. We have over 3.5 million active e-mail subscribers and about 10 million page views per week. You can learn more about us at http://www.primecp.com.

    Please let me know if you would like to get started. Just a reply to this comment is all it takes.

    Thanks, and look forward to hearing from you!

    Julie DaMario

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