am knitting: the herringbone cowl

Herringbone Cowl

Herringbone Cowl

it’s only fair that i tell you about my favorite knit of all time.  no, seriously.  i am constantly knitting but it seems like it’s never actually for me.  hats, cowls, scarves, cup cozies, blankets, sweaters, dishcloths, fingerless gloves, and just about everything else are being cast on and off my needles all the time but they’re usually tied up with ribbon and gifted.

i’ve had my eye on this cowl ever since I saw it posted on The Purl Bee a couple years ago.  herringbone + cowl = swoon.  [Read more…]

knitting challenge from design*sponge


for those of you who are knitters or crocheters, i thought you might want to check out this fun knitting/crocheting challenge that is happening over at design*sponge.

they’re asking readers to post photos, over the next three weeks, on instagram of any works-in-progress, along with the final result.  the winner will receive a lion brand gift card!  fun, huh?

i know i’ll be joining in and matushka emma of charming the birds from the trees has been knitting some gorgeous pieces lately, so i tagged her and am hoping her and some of my other favorite instagram knitters will be joining as well.

check out all the details here.

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Handknit Infinity Scarves for Sale!

Handknit Scarves

Almost every time I post patterns or photos of things I knit on facebook or instagram, I get comments from people asking if I sell them. I always say NO! :) Even though, I wish I had the time to do that, I simply don’t.

But I recently found a great pattern for an infinity scarf that came out just gorgeous and it only took me one night to knit. So I figured, I’d throw a post out there and see if anyone really would be interested in purchasing one. And the response I got was overwhelming!

I made one according to the pattern, but then I started doubling it and loved the result of both.  I love the chunkiness and bulk of them.  They are so comfortable and fun to wear!  I wish it wasn’t still 80+ degrees here!  😛

They work up so quickly and are so in style now, I figured why not?

So, I decided to open shop.

Handknit scarves are now available in the Retail {therapy} Shop located at the top of my page.

They are available in two sizes and three colors. If there is a color not listed that you would like, let me know and I’ll see what I can do!  The red one shown below was a special order.  I love the way it turned out.  Once I finish, I want one for myself in every color!


Please note: I will only be taking orders until November 1.

I have a conference that I will be speaking at in mid-November and with the fast and holiday preparations, I’m not sure I’ll have the time after that date.  If I do, I will post a notice and re-open!

Happy Shopping!

Fall Knitting & {lenten} Apple Cake Recipe

fall knits

Yesterday was the first morning that you could really feel fall in the air and I knew in a few short hours it would be gone, so I made tea for all of us and headed to the front porch.

The boys played on the playset and I sat on the swing and started working on this beautiful Fifth Avenue scarf. I am still on a NYC high, so the name made me smile and think back on our trip and miss all my favorite ladies.

It was such a gorgeous morning; the sun was shining and the sky was a beautiful shade of blue. Combine that with a good cup of pumpkin creme tea and some fall knitting, and we’re talking serious relaxation time. For a little while anyhow…

Soon thereafter, I found myself sitting on the other side of the porch helping the GI Joes take down Cobra Commander. 😉

Later that afternoon, I made our first apple cake of the season. Come September, I’m all about apples and pumpkins. Considering it’s still at least 85 degrees here every day, I have to make it feel like fall as much as possible until it finally arrives.

This is a very simple cake, especially now that I finally bought a new apple peeler corer slicer!

The recipe is below.  Enjoy!!


Apple Cake Recipe


  • 6 medium apples, peeled, cored, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup oil
  • powdered sugar, for sprinkling
  • (You can also add 1 cup of nuts or raisins if desired)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place apples and sugar in pot and simmer until sugar begins to melt. Do not boil apples. Remove from heat.
  3. Combine, flour, spices, salt, (and nuts & raisins if using).
  4. Add oil and vanilla to apples sugar mixture and blend well.
  5. Add to flour mixture and mix until well blended. Batter will be thick.
  6. Spread evenly in a greased pan (I prefer bundt pans for this cake).
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
  8. When completely cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar.


Amigurumi Knit Doll Pattern

photo courtesy of Amy Gaines
I started knitting this doll for my niece, using this pattern by Amy Gaines. It was a really quick knit and the doll is coming out great!

I did over stuff her a little because I know once she starts getting carried around the stuffing will loosen up inside. You can see the white from it in some spots but other than that I really like it!

I have to add the straps to her shoes and sew her face and then she’s finished! The eyes are made from green and white felt with a french knot in the middle and the smile is just a scrap of red yarn (I think I might use embroidery floss though). I can’t wait to see my little cupcake girl toting this around with her.

Be sure to check out Amy’s Etsy shop for some other great patterns! Next, I will be knitting up some animals from her Woodland Friends collection for my boys (they both love Jan Brett’s Hedgie character and Amy’s hedgehog is the best I’ve seen) and then I think I’ll try the Marie Antoinette Doll!

Italian Wool & Cable Knit Scarf

Last year after Christmas I found this yarn, handspun Italian wool, on sale at one of my favorite yarn shops and it has been waiting patiently for a pattern to call out it’s name. I was browsing through the book AlterKnits by Leigh Radford and I saw this lovely scarf pattern. Italian Wool! it whispered.

It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to enjoy the familiar clickity-click sound of my needles. So I grabbed my knitting bag, a hot cup of my favorite tea and sat on my front porch swing. And I knitted and knitted. I snuggled under a warm blanket and the only thing I could hear was the sound of the rain and the pattern stitches in my head. Therapy indeed…

It’s working up really fast and the pattern is a simple 8 row repeat. It’s cabled down the center and has a vine lace border on both sides, it’s quite elegant. I’m knitting this one for a Christmas gift-shh! Maybe if I have some yarn left over I’ll make myself one too. 😉

image by John Rizzo, AlterKnits

cupcake hat pattern

I just finished this cupcake hat for my sisters baby. She’s due in a few short weeks! We don’t know if it’s a girl or a boy so I made the cupcake in case it’s a girl and a blueberry in case it’s a boy. :)

It’s a really quick & easy project. I added tube beads for the sprinkles and just sewed them on. If you plan on doing this, be sure to get a very thin needle otherwise it won’t fit through the holes in the beads.

I also intended this to be worn by a newborn so I used size 5 dpn. I also used Debbie Bliss’s cashmerino yarn, which is a lighter weight than the pattern calls for.

It might be a tad bit big but it’ll work well I think.

PATTERN:Cupcake Hat

SIZE 1-4 years


Acrylic yarn in the following colors: Cup: 1 skein Gold Worsted Weight Frosting: 1 skein Pale Pink ww Cherry: Scrap Red Yarn, preferrably Chunky Size US 7 (4.5 mm) DPN, OR SIZE OBTAIN GAUGE Large-eyed, blunt needle Stitch markers Optional: Buttons, scrap yarn, beads, safety pins GAUGE 16 sts and 22 rows = 4″ in St st BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

(MN) MAKE NUBBLE Pull loop through the next st as if to K, then place this look on the left needle next to the original st,2sts. Pull new loop through the second st as if to K, then place loop on the left needle next to the second st,3sts. Repeat twice¡ª5sts. BO 4 kwise. The fifth stitch is now on the right needle.

DIRECTIONS With Cup Color, cast on 80. Work in k2 p2 ribbing for 1 row, join in the round and continue k2p2 for 2 inches. Switch to Frosting Color. K one row. Next row, *K1, MN. Repeat until you made one row of nubbles. (40 times, but who wants to count that?) K until entire piece measures 5 1/2 inches. Switch to CC, *knit 8 stitches, place a marker. Repeat from * 9 more times. *K 6, k2tog, pass marker. Repeat from * 9 more times. *K 5, k2tog, pass marker. Repeat from * 9 more times. *K 4, k2tog, pass marker. Repeat from * 9 more times. *K 3, k2tog, pass marker. Repeat from * 9 more times. *K 2, k2tog, pass marker. Repeat from * 9 more times. *K 1, k2tog, pass marker. Repeat from * 9 more times. *K2tog, remove marker. Repeat from * 9 more times. Continue to k2tog until 5 stitches remain. Break off yarn and thread the end through the remaining 5 stitches.

With the chunky red, make a pom pom, about 1 inch wide. Whatever looks best on your cupcake.

**NOTE: If making this hat for a child 2 or under be sure to attach the beads, buttons, etc very secure. Otherwise, do not include them…