Sunday, May 20, 2018

Thank you!

Not so silent because...

Thank you!

Both the patterns I released with Knotions were solidly on page one of HRN this weekend!

And all I can say is...


Thanks for the comments.

Thanks for the favorites...

Just thanks!  :)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Not One

Several times a year I try to make sure that I have a way of offering knitters a chance to knit my patterns for FREE.

Knotions helps me do that by...well...buying the pattern so you can knit it!  It works really well all around, you get a free pattern, I get some money for the parts of designing that cost "cold hard cash" and can continue designing!

This month Knotions accepted two patterns from without further ado....

For the Scarf/Shawlette/Shawl lovers.

Somebody Told Me.

This crescent shaped piece starts with a larger than normal (for me) garter tab and then grows to either a scarf, a shawlette or a full sized shawl.
 You, or the amount of yarn you have, can pick the size as the charts are modular.  (Meaning you can repeat one of them as many, or as few, times as you would like!)

Smocked Leaves Socks.

Cuff down, twisted ribbing, a slightly unusual smocked stitch and leaves...what more could a girl want in some socks?

The links take you to the individual patterns, but as always you can see the entire portfolio of Mary E. Rose Designs patterns here in my Ravelry Store!


Sunday, May 13, 2018


To all the mothers, children of mothers, sisters of mothers......

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Callie's Braids


I think that spring has finally sprung in Central Ohio...the past few days have been glorious!  A slight chill to the air in the mornings, with gentle breezes and sunshine in the afternoons!

Perfect weather for layering your favorite knitted goods....fingerless mitts on early morning walks, or when the air-conditioning in the office is a little too much.

Callies Braids...


Jenny Watson Pure Merino, Double Knitting 100% Merino, 124 meters/50 gms. Shown in WM7.
Size US 4 [3.5mm] circular or double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Smooth scrap yarn, large eyed tapestry needle for weaving in ends, cable needle.
Gauge: 40 sts and 18 rows to 4 inches [5cm] in cable pattern.

You can get your own copy of the pattern here....and browse the rest of my designs here.

Lots of things on my needles right now, and two more patterns to share with you in just a couple of weeks...but until then...

Happy Knitting!


Sunday, May 6, 2018


Photo Credit : Peggy Jean Kaylor

Breaking the silence to say...Yes, I know Klingon isn't from the Star Wars Universe!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Divorceary Day

This made me giggle!  From here.

Friday, May 4, 2018


Happy Star Wars Day!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Free Pattern Tomorrow : Ashes of Roses

Pattern release days are always a little bit nerve wracking for designers.  So many little, last minute things to do!

But they are also quite exciting...

Today, today will be exciting! Today is all about magic!

Ashes of Roses.

“Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of Magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden—in all the places.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

All kinds of knitting is magic to me, but there is something different about lace! Taking only the simplest of tools, some needles and thread; fancy doilies have always intrigued me.  Worked in a heavier yarn than the thread that doilies are typically made from, Ashes of Roses includes all the things that fascinate me about fancy lace knitting in a fingering weight shawl. Beads, nupps and the mysterious “no stitch” chart boxes make it exciting enough for the adventurous lace knitter, but really it is much easier than it looks, like magic!

I used Ozifarmer's Market Yarns Moolah to create this shawl.  In Pink Heath, a lovely soft pale pink to deeper pink tone gradient, the shawl has a very vintage feel to me.  But, a bright, saturated purple or blue, would certainly have a more edgy, modern look.
The shawl does take slightly more yardage than the average 100 gm put-up of fingering weight yarn, so Dawn (the brains and brawn behind Ozifarmer's Market) has created special larger gradients that have just the right amount of yardage.  Don't see your perfect colors there?  She custom dyes too, so you can get exactly what you want!

As always, getting just the right photos was a challenge!  The weather in my little corner of the world is not very predictable in the early months of the year, and this year, winter didn't seem to want to leave us.  Trying to coordinate a nice day, model availability and the "right" setting meant this one got several photo shoots!

Inside, outside, dressed up, dressed down....that pretty dress?  A lucky thrift store find.

So, are you ready for the best part of this new pattern release?

You can grab your copy on Knotions!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saving this mostly for myself....

George Robert Webster

George R. Webster
George Robert Webster, born January 5, 1937, passed away peacefully at his home in Shoreline, WA on April 2, 2018, after a courageous struggle against pancreatic cancer.
George was born at Providence Hospital in Everett, Washington on January 5, 1937.  He grew up in Snohomish, WA, son of Clyde Arthur Webster and Letha Hope (Eckert) Webster.  George graduated from Snohomish High School and went on to the University of Washington graduating in 1960 with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering.  George met his wife of 57 years, Velma M. (Romine) Webster on a blind date during his senior year of college and they married at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Snohomish, WA on February 4, 1961.  After college, George worked for Scott Paper Mill in Everett, WA where he developed several environmental patents.  George was next employed by the Public Health Service who sent him back to the University of Washington to get his Masters degree in Sanitary Engineering.  Upon completing his masters’ studies, George loaded his young family into his 1953 Ford and drove to Washington DC taking a job with the EPA.  His experiences there included two-years as Technical Representative to OECD in Paris, France, while working ten-years as a GS-15 Senior Environmental Engineer. Honors included being a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers with expertise in Water and Wastewater.  After a brief employment with Marsh McLennan in Bloomfield, Michigan, George and his family were able to move back to “God’s country”, the Pacific Northwest, where he started his first company Ekistics and later Webster’s Inc., specialized in asbestos inspections and abatement management for WSU, UW and ten local school districts, and leaking underground storage tank clean-up.  George was a licensed Professional Engineer with over 45 years experience and loved every minute of it.   He continued as a consultant to local environmental firms up until the time of his death.  George was most proud of his elected position as Commissioner on the Ronald Wastewater District for which he served the Shoreline community for almost 5 years, until his illness required him to retire. 
George was an experienced traveler, having traveled extensively throughout the United States and internationally including: Sweden, Denmark, France, Porto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and Thailand.  George will be remembered for his love of card and board games, especially hearts and his uncanny ability to “shoot the moon”, and his love for all things Lord of the Rings, inspiring his nickname Gandalf the White and his car Shadowfax.   George was a gold enthusiast and loved to go mining for nuggets. George had a wacky sense of humor which had him loving Stewart, the one eyed minion, and other quirky gag gifts.

(Some information removed to protect the privacy of family ex-SIL wrote this about her children's grandfather and now it is here, for them.)

Monday, April 9, 2018

What I'm Working On

As you can tell from the pictures, there has been a lot of knitting going on around here.  Charting and writing too!

The pink gradient yarn grew up to be something special...more on that coming your way over the next couple of weeks.

I have also spent quite a bit of time the past couple of weeks looking at different ways of doing things. 

One of the best parts of knitting, for me at least, is that if one way of doing things doesn't work out for you really well, a quick internet search and you can usually find at least a couple of different ways of achieving the same end results.

A while back I did an entire series of tutorials for Knotions about short rows....and at the time I thought I had done them all, but I forgot one...and if you are a sock knitter you use it already when you are turning a heel.  A no wrap, no hole, short row that has just one limitation to it's ease of working and finished changes the stitch count. Hopefully soon (in designer lingo as I am still working on the pattern soon could be several months) you will get to see why that was actually a helpful thing for the grey and pink muddle of knitting above!

That same muddle of knitting had me looking for different ways of working an I-cord Cast On....I found three, which I suspect I will be making tutorials for because they all seem to work really well (or really badly) for different people.  The one I decided, for me, looked the best is fiddly to work, so I think it will be best to give knitters an option in the pattern for which look and feel the best for them to use..

But more on all of that...another day.

I have some knitting to get done!

What are you working on?