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 »

  • January’s Visit to The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

    My first trip this year around the world in search of knitting art and traditions was to the New York Botanical Gardens.  It was January 19th, the weekend of Vogue Knitting.   Having worked the show two years in a row, I was happy to sit this year out and head for a different kind of… Read more »

  • Vogue Knitting 2013

    When Danique asked me to work Vogue Knitting this past year for Hooked ,(previously Woolplay) with her, Elaine and Jessee, I didn’t hesitate, but I knew how much work was involved.  First there is the packing and then the set up and then a lot of standing until your feet are like raw tuna when you… Read more »

  • 2014 Knitting Around The World

    It’s been over a year, but now I am committed to keeping up with my writing.  2013 was filled with changes and growth as a knitter.  I’ve found a new yarn store, Hooked in Haddonfield,  filled with wonderful people and new friends. I  started doing a Friday morning KAL there towards the end of 2012. … Read more »

  • It’s Been a While

    It’s been some time since I’ve written.  Since I’ve allowed myself the freedom to just write down what’s in my head.  I have a journal I call late night knitting musings and I break when my fingers are just too tired to do one more row, just one more row, and I write whats whipping… Read more »

  • the little things

    The little things she did for me I never noticed. I see them now because I wonder why she doesn’t see them.   The nights I snuck into her room and kissed her goodnight and whispered in her ear how wonderful she was, how smart, how beautiful, how talented.  I kissed her soft cheek, smelled her… Read more »