Practice Makes Perfect in Plaid

I am practicing my ¬†knitted plaid. I don’t have a photograph to show you though there is some knitting on the needles. I am working up to this pattern. But, you know me; I’ve already changed the pattern a little bit.

There are several different ways of doing plaid but this one is good because it is reversible which means no ends – well hardly any and it looks good on both sides. My practice piece is in dark violet and lavender. I have no idea what the colors will be when I get serious about making something.

Watch for This Week in Yarn Porn because that’s where it will most likely be introduced.



The blanket was supposed to be white. I had two balls of white Bernat Blanket Yarn and when those were used up, I knew I would need another ball to get the size I wanted so I went and got it. Forgetting about the time lag between the first and second purchase, there was no way of getting the same dye lot. So winter white turned into vintage white so I had to add the charcoal to balance out the color difference.

It measures about 5ft x 6ft, it’s incredibly soft and I really do like it….


I wanted to make a white blanket. So I went out and purchased four balls of winter white Bernat Baby Blanket to make another one.

I am hoping it will be a stunning piece and wonder if a monochrome can pull off ‘stunning.’

I think because of the stitch pattern and the texture, it can do it. I guess my real thought is whether I can photograph stunning so you (or a potential customer) can see it.

Bernat Blanket Yarn
100% polyester
Vintage White

In Praise of Boot Cuffs, Ankle Warmers and Leg Warmers

I recently saw a photo of Jenna Tatum wearing a pair of thigh high leg warmers and thought is was one of the sexiest photos ever. It just reaffirmed my thought of not just doing boot cuffs but also ankle warmers and leg warmers.

I just uploaded a pattern for my rasta boot cuffs and these boot cuffs are about to go on sale in the shop but I have the thought of expanding each of these into ankle warmers (a little longer than cuffs) and also full length leg warmers.

Boot cuffs fit in the with Faboulous, Fun and Functional line because they can be all three depending on how you want to wear them. They can be strictly fun or strictly functional and always fabulous.

The cuffs and warmers will be available in the shop in a few days.


The knit boot cuff in earth

The lace boot cuff in gray and the rasta cuff in white.

The scallop boot cuff in cranberry and the scalloped ankle warmer in gray

All will be available at designbcb.