Mount St. Helens, Washington

Mt. St. Helens provided a lot of inspiration for future projects.The colors and textures I saw there were magnificent - both gentle and dramatic. Click through the gallery to have a look.

Goat Rock Beach, Sonoma Coastline

The Sonoma coastline is one of my favorite places in the world. The colors and lines that nature provide range from subtle to dynamic. Its at once peaceful and energizing. Truly magical and always renewing to me.

The Goat Rock beach photo inspired this Fair Isle style design Goat Rock. Its a V-neck pullover and still on the needles (though not for long!) This photo was taken after I opened the steeks and shows the neckline.

Here it is before the steeks are cut. The enormously talented Janine Bajus is my Fair Isle mentor and, I'm lucky to say, my friend. I hope you follow her at Feral Knitter!

Surf on the Big Island

The surf on the east side of the Big Island of Hawaii was the inspiration for Breaking Waves. A shawl I designed for the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin' Sock club.

Here is Breaking Waves  on the blocking board. It's a fun knit if I say so myself. Welts and lace - what's not fun about that? You can get the pattern on Ravelry. Of course, Tina made the perfect colorway!

Northern Lights

I was asked to create a design for Abstract Fibers. Susan's beautiful colorway reminded me of the northern lights. We don't get them here in San Francisco but I remember them from childhood in New England. Fortunately there are beautiful images like this on the internet. The silhouette of the trees looks like black lace and inspired my shawl design.

This is the Midwinter Night shawl that resulted. Click the picture to see other shots and close ups. Its a fun knit from end to end with increases and decreases along the bottom edge.