Soundtrack of a Sweater: The Pluie Cardigan

I can finally share- two of my designs are being featured in Interweave Knits Fall 2012 (scroll down to see photos)! This is the first that I've been published in print and I'm incredibly excited. I'm glad to say that it won't be the last; more patterns will be in print Spring 2013 (and with any luck Winter 2012/13).

I thought it would be fun to put together a soundtrack of music I was listening to while designing and knitting the Pluie Cardigan. I hope you enjoy the music as much as I do.

Soundtrack of a Sweater: 

The Pluie Cardigan

The Pluie Cardigan

Pluie was inspired by a rainy weekend day- umbrellas to will the rain away and a cardigan to stay warm and cozy while curled up with a book. I got the idea of doing an all over motif from Victoria Beckham's spring 2012 cat dress. I'm thrilled with the result. Not for the faint of heart, this intarsia cardigan is great for knitters looking for a challenge.

Interweave Press
Interweave Press
I love that Interweave included a picture of the wrong side.
I'm pretty proud of my finishing work.

The Woven Rain Hat

The Woven Rain Hat features a simple, classic herringbone pattern. It was inspired by vintage 50s and 60s fedoras and is great for fall and winter. This is the first time that I worked with stainless steel wool and I chose it because I wanted the hat to have stability without being felted. The weave of the herringbone also helps the hat keep its shape. The challenge for me with this hat was figuring out how to increase and decrease within the pattern so that it looked consistent. Enjoy!

Interweave Press
Interweave Press
Interweave Press


Mini Phyllo Quiche

The other night I made these sauteed veggies and thought that the only thing that could make them better was baking them in a phyllo dough crust with eggs. Wow are they delish. They would be perfect for a party or holiday breakfast and are also great for dinner.

Mini Phyllo Quiche
Yield: 20 mini quiche


1 medium onion finely chopped
2 large tomatoes coarsely chopped (sub 4 plum tomatoes or small package of grape tomatoes)
1 small bag baby spinach
1 8oz package chopped mushrooms
1 4oz package feta cheese
2T olive oil
2T basil
1 package phyllo dough (available in the freezer section)
6 eggs
1/3 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
glass cooking dish
2 large muffin pans

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Toss the tomatoes with 1T olive oil and the basil. Salt and pepper to taste. Place in a glass baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, saute the onions until they are cooked through. Add the package of chopped mushrooms and saute for 5-7 minutes. Finally, add the package of baby spinach and cook until wilted. Take the pan off of the burner and stir in the feta cheese and roasted tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Whisk together eggs and milk.
  5. Spray the large muffin pans with cooking spray. Fold 1 sheet of phyllo dough to fit into each muffin slot, leaving a little spilling over the edges. Fill each phyllo dough 3/4 full with vegetable mixture. Fill to the brim with the egg mixture.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, rotating pans after 10 minutes.
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