Keep your eyes open here. I will be adding patterns and fun projects here from my books.

Welcome to my (k)new knitting section. Okay, sorry about the (k) thing, but really, I’m so excited about this new section I can hardly stand it. At last, I get to share my other passion, or passion other than writing, with you, my readers and friends! Can we talk? I’m just dying to hear what you think of this new section!

In honor of my coming out I turned one of my heroines into a knitter–Miki of CODE NAME: BLONDIE. Like her, I’ve been a knitter for years. My needles and yarns have been with me through thick and thin, good times and bad–or at least stressful, always at hand when I needed a little escape. I’ve used my needles to create clothing to support the Dulaan Project, which provides hand-knit goods to children in Mongolia.

When I finally came out of the closet about knitting, I did it on television. On Wednesday May 24 I had the great honor of giving a public knitting lesson to Jineane Ford, the host of the local Phoenix news show Midday Arizona.

Part of revealing my yarn addiction also included opening this knitting section on my web site. Thanks to everyone who entered my first knitting contest in the (k)new knitting section! I was thrilled to see how many knitters there are among my fans! The winner of the first contest was Sandy of Kokomo, Indiana. Congratulations Sandy! She received the silk project tote filled with a pair of handmade designer bamboo needles, several skeins of trendy yarn, knitter-friendly lotion to keep her hands soft and one copy of the baby shrug pattern that I helped a talented knitting designer create. Be sure to take a look at that shrug, worn by an adorable model. If you’re a knitter, consider purchasing the pattern. The proceeds go to support The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund, a military charity.

I’m also collecting and listing the Web links that I use. The first one is a site that I really love, a site that offers (imho) the BEST free patterns in the world:

I’m starting out this section with two patterns. The first is a shrug for babies and the other is something a little hotter, in the sense of physical and trend wise. I’ve come up with a wristlet pattern suitable for the teenager or young girl in your life, or for the not-so teenaged trendsetter.

Oh, by the way, if you’re at all interested in knitting but don’t know what to do with all the things you create with your needles, here is a list of charities that take donated knitted items:


The Dulaan project I mentioned above

Friends of the Pine Ridge Reservation

Craft Yarn Council