Mo Knits

She also gardens, bakes, reads and exercises. But mostly Mo Knits.


Knitting Patterns: Write ’em how I like ’em.

I’m in the process of writing my second pattern. Let me just tell you: This is work. Now I get it why most people don’t write patterns. It’s hard.

So anyhow, I was feeling a little frustrated. You see, as I tried to get my charts and written rows to match…Well let’s just say that wasn’t happening. Then I remembered the “no stitch” instruction from a pattern I worked a few months ago. Yes, it makes perfect sense, when the problem is that there is no stitch right here, the answer is, “no stitch.”

All of this got me wondering: What, dear readers, do you like in a pattern. Do want both charts and written instructions, or do you prefer only charts or only written? This inquiring mind wants to know!



Look What Appeared On My Doorstep!


Something came in the mail today, and it’s not even my birthday. I had to share.

Here is the nondescript bag. I knew what was inside (’cause I ordered it), so I went for the camera. 

Wow, nicely wrapped in tissue. I like the sticker. I’ll just cut this one off the tissue and glue it to my design notebook. 


Tear open the tissue and sneak a peak.  


Oh this is lovely. Beautiful heathery colors. Meet Shelter a new line of yarn from Brooklyn Tweed by Jared Flood.


I couldn’t resist casting on. Tendonitis? What tendonitis?

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Tendonitis Strikes Again

I’ve got tendonitis again, and I know why. I’m feeling stressed and sleeping with my hands curled under my chin. This coupled with too much fine gauge knitting always gets my right wrist, forearm and shoulder acting up.  

Last time was actually a godsend, because I was diagnosed with hypertension during my visit with the doctor where I intended only to figure out how to treat the arm and wrist pain. Note on the hypertension: I felt ok, but my blood pressure was 165/110. Not bueno. But I digress.  

Where were we? Oh yes, tendonitis. At least I know what to do this time. All super dorky.

  • Wear a wrist brace=Hideous
  • Ice=Cold. Uncomfortable
  • Cross muscle fiber ice massage=Pain in the ass and painful to boot
  • Rest=No Knitting
  • I’ll do it all. I really will. Compliance will be my middle name.

    So I’ll put aside the pattern for the little layette that I’d really like to crank out. And that cashmere scarf I’m knitting for someone special will have to wait.

    If I can’t knit, I guess I’ll have to read about knitting, and yesterday I grabbed just the thing at Lyon Books in Chico.

    Brave New Knits by Julie Turjoman. Gorgeous photography by Jared Flood, and 26 patterns from all my favorite knit bloggers including;  Isolda Teague, Stephanie Japel, Norah Gaughan, Clara Parkes, Grumperina, and even a beautiful scarf by my boyfriend, Jared Flood. Ok, Jared isn’t really my boyfriend. Because. Um. You know. But at least one of us is madly in love.

    Do share what you’re reading knitwise, because I need to know, people. I’m out of commission for at least two weeks here. Pretty please. Thanks!


    Lambtown 2010

    For those of you who don’t already know, Lambtown is a fun little sheep and wool event held each fall on the fairgrounds of charming Dixon, CA. There are classes, fleece competition, art show, retail market, bandstand, food court, and much more. They also offer plenty of activities for the kids including a petting zoo, sheep ride, and even some free offerings, bounce house, sack races, and other fun stuff.

    Lambtown is traditionally held the first Saturday in October. Yesterday was the first time I attended, and I have to tell you, I spent a completely relaxing day there. 

    Personal Highlights:

    Newborn My friend Angela brought her brand-spanking new baby. He’s adorable and was sweetly sleeping when we met. 

    Double Diamond Alpacas had some beautiful alpaca/silk blend on sale. ON SALE! I have been dreaming up something special to knit for a friend’s birthday, and this will be perfect! 

    Faerie Mountain Fibers had exactly the dove grey yarn I was searching for. I think it was a wool/tencel blend, but I can’t be sure because I gave it to my friend, Lesley. She’s going to knit me a little shawlette for my birthday. I’m insanely excited! Thank you, Lesley!  

    Carolina Homespun had heaps of Vogue Knitting back issues. I bought them all for five bucks. Pure. Knitting. Porn. I promise, I’m only interested in the articles.

    Aaron Lewis taught a class titled, Traditional Knitting With A Knitting Sheath, that I wanted to take. I didn’t register because I wasn’t sure of my plans. He was kind enough to talk to me after his class about knitting sheath tools and technique. I am most grateful, as I recently had a rough patch of tendonitis due to too much fine gauge knitting. The sheath seems like an ideal tool to avoid repetitive stress injury, and I will definitely be in touch with him. 

    Berryessa Gap Vineyards had a free wine tasting. This was a sweet surprise, as I’m a fan of their wines. I tasted four varieties; 2009 Sunset Rose, 2007 Tempranillo, 2005 Zinfandel, 2005 Syrah. I’d have a hard time deciding on my favorite. They were all good. The Syrah went really well with my lamb sandwich from Trinchan Fresh Bistro.

     Trinchan Fresh Bistro is a mom and pop catering operation out of Fresno with some seriously good Brazilian BBQ. I had a lamb sandwich, side of rice and sliced pineapple. Delicious…and tragic. Fresno is a long way away. I will be craving that lamb.

    There was a bunch more great stuff. These are only my favorites. It was a wonderfully pleasant way to spend a warm autumn day.