About Me


Living the good life in California with an emphasis on gardening, cooking and knitting, knitting, knitting.

I'm a reading tutor, a church elder, a choir singer and a book lover. I'm a mother and grandmother and have been married for 45 years to the best guy I know.  He'll even take me to knitting stores far, far away, that's how nice he is.

I'm an avid knitter and amateur pattern writer, mostly doll clothes and accessories, but I branched out and designed the popular Gingersnap baby sweater pattern.  I am a Rowan Yarn brand ambassador because I am a huge fan and knit almost exclusively with Rowan yarn, however, I do love reaching out and knitting with indie yarns and breed specific yarns.  I just plain love fiber and the entire hand-knitting industry in general.  I also prefer to support local yarn shops.

I love to cook and entertain.  It's not easy to separate my cooking from my garden.  My husband and I keep a big year 'round flower and vegetable garden in our California home and have been organic for over 30 years.  I come from a family of California commercial and home gardeners; my mother grew the most beautiful roses, my uncle was a cotton and table grape grower in the San Joaquin Valley, my grandfather was the largest independent tomato grower in Ventura Country and my nana and papa had an egg ranch in the San Fernando Valley.  Now my husband and I try to grow most of our produce with our biggest love being heirloom tomatoes.  

I often blog about our garden and you can read about it hereherehere , here and here.

Thanks for stopping by!  Leave me a message, I'd love to hear from you!




19 comments:

  1. Thank you for Snickerdoodle and the other free dolly patterns. I can't wait to try them out!

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    1. Thank you! I hope I'll be able to offer more soon.

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  2. Ummm.. married for 41 years? I that picture you barely look 41 yourself! WOW. Beautiful blog. So happy to have found you.

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    1. Thank you, so nice! I'm glad you found me too!

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  3. I am glad to see you have posted your pattern. I posted my project in Ravelry and linked it to you. I look forward to the next adventure--Kathy

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  4. Just discovered my granddaughter has an American Girl doll - look forward to making your patterns for her and appreciate that your patterns are free. I will return to your website for future projects. Beth

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    1. I love to knit doll clothes! You will have so much fun making clothes for her!

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  5. Dear Kristen,I visited your blog with so nice handwork.You are talented
    Greetings from Eva in Czech Republic

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  6. Dear Kristen, the cardigan you are wearing is fabulous did you knit it yourself??? Sue

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    1. Thank you Sue. It's one of my favorite patterns, Water's Edge by Knitbot. I made it twice for me and twice for my granddaughter!

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  7. How can I find the pattern/canvas for Mr. Bunny? He's adorable.
    vickerybryan@att.net

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  8. Hello Kristen! I am a newbie and I love your "Baby Blanket for all seasons" knitting pattern. I have a question for you please? In the pattern instructions it states,

    "With Tornado, cast on 105 stitches. Knit three rows in garter stitch.
    Row 1: (RS) K
    Row 2: K3, P to last 3 sts., K3
    Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you are finished with this first skein of Tornado stopping at the end of a row."
    All of those instructions make sense to me except for the statement,
    "Knit three rows in garter stitch." I do not see any instructions for row 3. What am I missing here? Thank you for your time.

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    1. Hi J. I hope you come back here for your answer because I don't know how to get your contact info. Anyway, I think I can help: In many patterns, often at the beginning you'll see "set up" rows. These beginning rows set up the subsequent pattern and will not be done again. So, the first three rows are the set up rows and use garter stitch, which is knit every stitch and every row. Then, you will begin your pattern repeat which is to repeat Rows 1 and 2 until the color change. Change color and repeat Rows 1 and 2 and continue to repeat until you are almost done with the last color. Lastly, you will knit 3 rows of garter stitch and cast off. I hope this helps. Best, Kristen

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  9. Thank you!! I am sorry my contact info is cowgirlup2day@gmail.com. OK one more question please. It has (RS) on the first row does that mean that the second row is the (WS) and I have to turn my project to do that side?

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    1. Yes to both questions, and have just emailed you too!

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  10. I love to knit and garden too!! Lovely to meet you!!!

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  11. good day another new knitter here.I have a question with regards to the sunshine-lollipops pattern.
    I'm stuck at the sleeve gather row.(15).I'm good to the first marker and right up to k4 at which point there is a parenthesis followed byx6 etc.so after that first k4 what do I do?

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