Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Rose Pattern Scarf by Hélène Magnússon

Here it is, and much sooner than anticipated! 

Click the link to the right to purchase this pattern for Hélène's dazzling scarf, inspired by inserts knitted by Icelandic women of yore to cozy-up their fish-skin shoes. While you're at it, check out my review of Hélène's latest book, Icelandic Knitting: Using Rose Patterns on Knitter's Review, pre-order the book from Amazon, and visit Hélène at her website

Monday, July 14, 2008

Kudos for Comfort Food

While I'm busily editing three new cookbooks compiled from the pages of the sadly defunct Farmer's Wife magazine, earlier books in the series continue to receive notice. The latest: this mention in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune for the first of them all, The Farmer's Wife Comfort Food Cookbook, published by Voyageur Press this year. Brown Betty, pot pie, baked beans - they're all in here. Peruse the review then by all means, purchase your very own copy of the book.

The Farmer's Wife Cookies, Preserving and Slow Cooker cookbooks are all coming soon. As is my website. Check back often!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Hello, and Please Stand By!

A muggy July 4th in Brooklyn, NY but six time zones east of here, in the grand duchy of Luxembourg, designer Hélène Magnússon is already dreaming of winter. In a few weeks her pattern for this festive rose-pattern scarf will be offered exclusively here for sale. So you'll have plenty of time to stitch up a few for your most-beloveds before the holiday season comes crashing down around us. Concurrently, my article on Hélène's latest book, Icelandic Knitting Using Rose Patterns (Search Press, February 2009) – a slightly dry title that belies the bright, happy and often elegant designs between the covers  – will run on You can pre-order the book from Hélène's blog; or contact Hélène through her website to be the first knitter on your block to own the original Icelandic-language version (sure to become a collector's item). 

It's going to be a wooly summer, so stay tuned!

Meanwhile, my website is undergoing an extensive redesign. I'll have an update on its estimated arrival in a week or two.