When I head south, it’s generally to visit my favorite place in the world.  New Orleans.  But one day a short time back, I made a list of all the places I would like to visit before I die, and I realized it won’t happen unless I vacation more frequently and hit some new places…. Read more »


Squam. How long has it been since I’ve spent some time with me?  Since I’ve looked out and looked in? Across this wide lake surrounded by pines and blueberry brambles,  I hear the rippling waves slapping something that I cannot see somewhere nearby.  And the reflection of the pines in the single clear spot from… Read more »

The Tin Can Sailor

Sal was one of the best people I have had the pleasure in my life to have known.  He was sweet and funny.  He was clever and sensitive.   He was smart and creative.  He was my friend. Sal and Gina were my mom’s dearest friends.  They grew up together in the Bronx and then… Read more »

I Wonder

  Where does inspiration come from? I’m sure it’s different for everyone, but for me its everywhere or I should say anywhere. My magnolia in the springtime, the shadows on the bottom of the pool, the beautiful old woman in the coffee shop, birds.  Patterns, colors, shapes, textures…  Before I knit, I had no way… Read more »


    My daughter Ali is moving again.  She is leaving Brooklyn and heading to the burbs. Her house is a sweet little thing that sits on a hill.  It was built in the 20’s and is surrounded by beautiful trees.  It’s blue and red on the outside which will inspire her to change her… Read more »

Arne & Carlos

    In September we had the privilege of hosting Arne & Carlos, two wonderful men from Norway who have a lifestyle, I must admit, I envy.  They split their time traveling around the world, meeting new peeps and teaching their unique and traditional patterns to small and large groups; and living a self-contained lifestyle… Read more »

Northern Michigan

  I don’t wake up early here, even though the sun streams through the bedroom door that opens to the deck that steps to the beach that leads to the bay that drops down from the great lake Michigan.  As I sleep, the breeze through my door hits my face like fairy dust.   The smell of the beautiful… Read more »

For My Students

I’ve been a private music teacher for the last twenty three years.  Some of my kids begin in grade school and I have the privilege of watching them grow into beautiful young men and women.  They leave me when they go off to college, some coming back to sing and play with my younger students… Read more »

Blankets, Blankets, Blankets

I love nothing more than creating blankets.  I love gathering colors and textures from all over and then figuring out how to turn them into art pieces for the people I love.  I have been wanting to write a book about teaching people to create their own.  What do you think? I started with my… Read more »

Mizu Kimono

My thought process for the Mizu was about finding a way to create a shrug that was attractive and hung like a kimono.  It started with a mathematical formula that customized a fit of a very simple design.  I added a bit of colorwork  and really tested the meaning of stitch definition.  It’s important to use… Read more »

  • The Simply Swinging Vest

    I hate to say it’s been awhile again, but I will. Back in April I published my first pattern for sale on Ravelry.  My ravelry store is Francini Knits. The process of designing and writing a pattern was super fun for me.  It seems that just when you think you have it all right, its still… Read more »

  • Stephen & Steven Mix Tape Tour

    I love designers and two of my faves are Stephen West and recently Steven Berg. For the last 4 years I have knit along with thousands of knitters around the world, the  mystery shawl patterns of Stephen West.  The last 3 years, I hosted a KAL for these events.  I get so jazzed  feeding off… Read more »

  • Between the panes

    It is a cold day in February. Bleak.   The sun sets slowly and the sky lights up a pale orange against the white, barely blue, mostly gray end of the day. And the few dead leaves that cling to the oak tree out my second story window hold on but sway with the stiff arms… Read more »

  • My studio, space, craft room.

      After much thought and lots of tears and a bit of hard work, we turned my daughters bedroom into a place for me.  I have not yet decided what to call the space.  I want to call it my design studio, where I create, write and knit, but everyone else wants to call it… Read more »

  • Knitting for Profit

    I wonder if knitting for profit is such a thing.  Or if, on commission, you can actually make it worth your while. So they got me.  I had had a slow summer and when I was asked the third time if I would knit a baby blanket for a customer, I agreed. When I knit… Read more »