Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday through Cyber Monday Sale

I have over 200 pieces in my Etsy shop and they are all discounted by 10% from today, Black Friday until Cyber Monday  at midnight. For some of my more ambitious pieces in luxurious fibers, 10% makes a big difference in price. For my smaller items such as thread crocheted rings, the price becomes so low that it's in the Stocking Stuffer range! As a special inducement to my blog readers, please make a comment here and use coupon code KGBLOG10 in your notes to seller. Wait for a revised invoice with an Extra 5% off making your discount 15%.

Here are some of the categories of things you'll see in the sale...



Reminder:  To get an additional 5% off the already reduced prices please do two things:
1-  Comment here about one or all of these pieces
2 - Use coupon code KGBLOG10 in your notes to seller and wait for a revised invoice. 

These pictures are only samples. there are about 230 items in my shop from which to choose.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


I've been having a One a Day Holiday Sale at my Etsy shop. Each day until January 1st, I'm having a sale on one item until midnight of that day.

If you go to my Facebook fan page -- -- you'll see what's been on sale so far.

Today I'm featuring the irresistible, opulent, velvety Audrey Hepburn Cowl. It's crocheted with washable faux suede and although it may not make you look like Audrey, you will look gorgeous! The cowl is 25% off until midnight tonight.

I magnified the last picture to try to give you some idea of how incredibly sumptuous this piece is.

Monday, November 08, 2010

More Autumn - My Favorite Season

Here in the Northeast November always means that Autumn in almost over. We have Thanksgiving -- the quintessential Autumn holiday to look forward to -- but soon the gorgeous leaves will be gone and we'll have to face the long winter. Turning the clocks back this weekend emphasized that. It's only 4pm and it's already starting to get dark.

So... here are some more Autumnal things that can be worn even when winter comes to liven up the cold weather. I may sound a little nostalgic and sad, but that's just because I always long for Autumn. In fact though, as a knitter, I also look forward to cold weather so I can wear my woolens and offer them for sale in my online shops. This is also a good time to inform or remind everyone that fine quality woolens are Never Itchy. It's cheap wools that are itchy. I spend a lot of time on this subject because I deplore the use of acrylics and other synthetics that are made from petroleum! We don't need to use petroleum to make yarn that isn't even warm, pills excessively, and contributes to destroying the planet. Try wool. You'll like it!

Merino Curlicue Cowl in Shades of Red

Woodland Forest Foliage Wrap with Flower Brooch

Poison Mushroom Crocheted Wrap

Marigold Shrug in Hand Painted Wool

Falling Leaves Lariat

I have more Autumn pieces to show, but since it's almost dark out, I'd better end here and go start some warming Autumn dinner. Another nice thing about Autumn is cooking and savoring the delicious bean stews I love to make.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

November Nirvana

I always find that I feel better and more like myself when the weather turns to Autumn. It's my favorite season. The smells, colors, tastes and temperature always make me feel more poignantly alive. I've made a lot of new Autumn pieces, but am particularly happy with this one.

It's a wrap, a lariat, a cowl, a short scarf, a long scarf and maybe a headwrap/scarf combination or even a sash. The permutations are limitless with this one.

I crocheted it with a sumptuously soft variegated wool yarn that has the colors of Autumn leaves. You can read more about my November Nirvana Crocheted Leaf Lariat Wrap at

I'd love to hear your opinions about this!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Bride Wore KnittingGuru

Last April my hand knitted and crocheted Victorian Lace Bolero sold to a couple who were planning an outdoor wedding and wanted something for the bride to wear during the evening when the weather turned chilly. Here's the bolero they purchased --

Yesterday the groom, Boone, sent me a photo of the bride, Rebecca, wearing her bolero! The photo was taken at night, in a tent, and the lighting was dim, but you can see how beautiful she looked and what a good time everyone was having! 
I focused in on the bride so that you could see her outfit better. Isn't she gorgeous? The bolero looks like it was made to order for her.

I no longer have and can no longer get that exact yarn, but I do have the same bolero in a beautiful green and could custom make it in other colors too.

The first bolero in violet/lavender that I made I loved so much that I actually kept it, so Rebecca's is the second one. The green bolero was made after that. The one I kept is my favorite thing to wear to concerts, the opera, and other festive occasions. It's very warm, looks better than a cardigan or jacket, and is perfect with a black dress or turtleneck and pants. More than once I've had people come up and ask me about it, and this is in New York City where elegant clothing at the opera is expected!

I wish Rebecca and Boone many years of happiness. This was one email communication that really warmed my heart and reminded me of why I love what I do.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

How About the Babies?

All that jewelry is all well and good (and I did sell quite a few pieces at my Etsy jewelry sale!) But what about the babies?

It's September 1st and that means checking the gift list for holidays. For parents and baby photographers, it also means holiday photos. For years now I've been selling my baby Christmas hats to photographers and parents. I make these hats for newborns, babies and toddlers. Usually, I don't make things in multiples because I prefer to do one of a kind and custom work. However, these hats make people so happy that it makes me happy to knit them! They can be seen at

Photographers and parents send me photos of these all the time. Here's a little baby gallery. I've included a couple of Hannukah hats too :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Another Post from the Negligent Blogger

I really have no excuse. I could paraphrase Wordsworth -- Buying and Selling we lay waste our powers -- but that would be a cop out. The fact is that my selling venues have so expanded that I'm having trouble juggling so many balls at once. I now sell at:
as well as at my two websites --

If that weren't enough, I also can be found on:
and at Ravelry too where I sell my patterns

So how can I find time to blog? I love to write and do so every day. I get requests for interviews from other bloggers and I'm always happy to oblige. Right now I'm writing a book review for the Valley Fiber Arts Blog. Plus - I knit and crochet every day. Plus - I just got back from a long vacation to Paris!!!

Let me tell you about something else I got involved in that has me over my head busy and always feeling I need to play catch up. I joined the Ring a Day 2010 Project in which artists commit to making a ring every day. Well, some days I've made a few rings, but many days I made none so I'm really delinquent. Who makes a ring a day when they're on vacation, or when they have to mail things to customers, or when they're working on new things for Autumn?

At any rate, here's just a sampling of some of my many rings. Some are sold, some are listed on Etsy and some on Artfire. Many are just sitting in my nice ring box waiting for me to decide what to do with them. If you see any that interest you please write to me. If they're not available, I can closely reproduce them for you. Here goes.....

Exotic Hyperbolic Crochet Ring

Fish in a Net Ring

Golden Sunburst Ring

Ruffled Rosy Rose Ring

Turquoise Starfish Ring

Autumn Leaf Ring

Hollyhock Ring

Mother Earth Ring

Irrational Exuberance Ring

Eat Your Spinach Ring

Turquoise Beaded Flower Ring

Snowball Ring

French Marigold Ring

OK!OK! I'll stop! But really there are many dozen more! Ask and I'll show you.

Meantime, I promise not to let so much time pass without writing here. I WILL put down my needles and hooks and pick up my pen (so to speak).