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When I moved to Colorado, it was summer.

But not for long.
 
A late August day dawned chilly. I put on a sweater, went out looking for a new pair of boots, and bought a case of Western Slope peaches at the Green Market. That afternoon, it began snowing in the High Country.
 
The cold weather alternated with barefoot days until May, but what an inspiration it was for a knitter! The weather, and the outdoor life, inspired me not only to knit, but also to begin designing practical, wearable cold-weather knitwear--some whimsical, some classic--for skiing, snowboarding, and the chores of daily living in a place with cold weather, whether you’re going to be in a lift line at Vail or a commuter train to Manhattan.
 
I joined a knitting group. I made sweaters, socks, mittens, scarves, hats, even a blanket. Within a year, encouraged by group members, I began writing out and printing up some of my designs, and selling them through a couple of local yarn shops.
 
In another year I had enough to start this website. Many of these patterns have extensive color charts, and many more pinemake wonderful and welcome gifts to anyone living where winters are cold. Where newer knitters may need careful instruction on areas of technique—on thumb increases, turning a sock heel, felting a hat, for instance—these things are in the patterns. Good photographs and detailed charts should help you to succeed with whatever you chose to make.
 
Rather than burden you giving me contact information, and then with an e-mail newsletter, I’ll ask you to check back occasionally for new patterns, and occasional corrections, thoughts and tips about knitting, and other news.
 
If you find a mistake in a pattern, I apologize, and ask that you let me know right away, via Contact Us, so I can correct it.
 
If you send good photographs of what you’ve knit, I’ll be delighted to see them, and will post as many as I can so other people can see them, too. If you have a suggestion, do the same, on Contact Us.
 
As Elizabeth Zimmerman said, “Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises.” I’m a long way from being the innovator, the teacher, or the knitter that she was, but, like her, I believe that knitting isn’t mysterious, and that knitters are smart enough to plan their own variations, and enlarge upon what I’ve been able to do.
 
Yours with thanks and best wishes,

 
     
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