Did someone hear crickets?

Yeah, so in retrospect whoever thought that running a retreat at the same time I’m trying to finish the CustomFit website was a good idea? Should be fired.

(Oh wait, that’s me. Oops.)

Well, the good news is that the website is so so so close to ready, the sweaters look amazing, and the retreat? Indescribable.





It was so amazing, in so many ways, I honestly can’t think about it in any kind of structured, predictable, understandable way.

I can totally share the most unexpected thing about the weekend, though. We stopped at the awesome KnitWit on our way up to Sebasco on Wednesday, and I did something I haven’t done in years.

I fell down and bought yarn. For me. A sweaters’ worth. Because it was pretty.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I fall down about pretty yarn all the time! But as a designer. The relationship is different. I try to think about what will be broadly-flattering, easily-modified, generally-appealing. On Wednesday, I decided: Screw it! I want a CustomFit sweater for Rhinebeck, out of this yarn I’ve just fallen in love with, and I’m going to do it just for me.

Forget the insanity of my fall design schedule, forget that book that’s in the works, forget EVERYTHING ELSE. And buy the yarn. I’m already halfway through the back.


It feels wonderful. So wonderful, in fact, that I may have done a bit of a repeat fall-down performance Three. More. Times. over the course of the weekend.


I have so much that I still need to tell you about, and my inbox is as overflowing as ever. But I’ve reclaimed the part of me who knits only for me, only because I love it, only to feel the yarn between my fingers and see the garment take shape in my lap. I missed her. So for now, I’ll shove everything else aside…

…and glory in the simple act of knitting.

18 thoughts on “Did someone hear crickets?

  1. I’m still buzzing from the retreat. Such a wonderful experience in every way!

  2. What luxury, to make a sweater just because it’s what you want to make. Jealous.
    Can’t wait to see you. 10 days and counting!

  3. It was soooo wonderful. Thanks again for all you gals did to make it special for us.

  4. I love that shop. What yarn did you buy? When I went I bought two SQ of quince and co. It’s the nicest.

  5. Love it when you talk yarn and knitting! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Hurray for you! On so many counts, but most especially for letting yourself do something just for your personal pleasure. Now, is it too soon to ask about a retreat next year (just kidding – I can wait and hope).

  7. Good for you! You deserve it!

  8. Those yarn colors are STUNNING. Any chance you can post what they are?

  9. Glad you got that special someone back with you 🙂
    And that yarn looks so yummy!

  10. what is the yarn?

  11. I’m so glad that you fell down! Everyone needs to make something JUST for them. (Now, if I could only take my own advice!)

  12. What is that STUNNING Barn Red yarn in your photo? I hate to ask online – calling attention to it will surely make it sell out before I can get to it!! Even the darker Denim Blue would do….

  13. Knitting for yourself, for YOUR PLEASURE, is so important. I’m glad for you that you fell four times. I can totally commit to this :). Beautiful yarn, love the colours. I want to knit this now!

  14. The dark blue , on the left, in the bottom picture. What is it? I can’t resist those blues-

  15. Those are some intensely beautiful colors in that last shot! Hooray for treating yourself to so much beautiful yarn! You definitely deserve it.

  16. Well done!

  17. Posting to echo requests for info on the yarn. Beautiful!

  18. Oh my, I would have loved to have been at that retreat! It looks fantastic! BTW, curious knitters want to know what yarn you fell down and bought – I love the two colors together in your started sweater and of course the skeins of yarn are drool-worthy as well. Can’t wait for Custom Fit to come to my house – I am on the waiting list!

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