March 22, 2018

Exciting Open Studio Event!

Hello everyone!

For all of you that will be in the Hartford, CT, area this weekend for Stitches United, Gabby from Once Upon A Corgi and I have teamed up again to bring you another exciting yarn shopping opportunity!

My studio is just 11 miles from the Hartford Convention Center and we will be open both Friday and Saturday, so you can work it into your Stitches schedule.

Come visit us anytime Friday from 5-9 p.m. or Saturday from 3-9 p.m. All the details are on my website. We had a full house at our last event, and it was so much fun! We look forward to meeting even more crafty folks this weekend!

March 22, 2018


I love knitting and designing hats. They’re portable, useful (especially in New England winters) and a great way to try out new techniques.

In Stepstone, I combined some of my favorite things, a sideways band, a woolly yarn and elongated slip stitches.

First the band is knit flat, then stitches are picked up for the body and crown. The button flap is worked last.

This is a fast and fun knit.

This design uses ~150 yards of sportweight yarn and two 3/4″ buttons. I used Swans Island All American Sport in hibiscus with buttons from Katrinkles Knitting Jewelry.

Shop Update is Live!

Spirit Trail Fiberwork’s shop update just went live! This update features Birte, my Superwash Merino/Cashmere/silk DK weight yarn, and Luna, my organic non-shrink wool blend worsted weight yarn. Both in lots of colors, from tonal solids to speckles. Both of these yarns are featured in new patterns just published by some fabulous designers: Luna for both Tanis Gray’s Chickaloon cowl and Bristol Ivy’s Titan Hat and Cowl and Birte for Jennifer Wood’s Teddy cardigan and Jennifer Tepper Heverly’s (that’s me 😀 ) Milis fingerless mitts. Check them all out on Ravelry!

Many of the colors in this update are my “Lucky Pots.” These are one-of-a-kind, never to be repeated colors – the luck of the pot, or the pot at the end of the rainbow, if you will. They’re lots of fun to create, always a surprise, and truly, I don’t write anything down so I cannot re-create them. Super fun, and super special. You can see all the Lucky Pots on the “Lucky Pot” page in our shop.

I’ve also put several yarns on sale at some really great discounts. These are all fabulous bases, but I’m retiring them for a little while so I’d like to move them on to their forever homes so I can have more room in my studio for some new bases and new colors. So, if you haven’t tried Spirit Trail Fiberworks yarns yet, this is a great time to give them try with some really great savings. All these can be found on the “On Sale!” page.

Happy Stitching!


Introducing Kadigan – fun with short rows!

I had so much fun with Kadigan, my newest design. (Kadigan is an old placeholder word – a thingamajig, a wotsit. How could I resist using that?) I love the style, which offers three different looks, but the making is the best part. It’s a bit quirky, but so rewarding.

You start with a basic shrug, then pick up stitches and work the skirt sideways using garter stitch short rows, ie basically the most enjoyable knitting there is. This construction has two great benefits. One is the simplicity of it: you follow an internal logic rather than the numbers, so although there’s always something going on, you don’t have to check the pattern much. The second is the adaptability. You can adjust virtually any part of it to fit your specific shape, without any maths, and I wrote the pattern specifically to encourage knitters to make the most of this.

Start by picking your size based on upper arm measurement, because that’s the most fixed aspect. Adjust the sleeve length if needed. Try it on as you go to get a perfect fit across your shoulders. Then grab an inchtape and choose the right size for the front pieces. Follow a different set of instructions depending on whether you want to lengthen or shorten the back, and by how much. See? Perfect custom sizing, and no calculator required!

It’s surprisingly addictive. My testers are already talking about their second Kadigans, and I’m planning at least two more. I hope you have as much fun with it as I have!

March 13, 2018

FiberCrafty is like a 24-hour fiber festival!

You can think of FiberCrafty as an online mall filled with indie owned shops ready to supply the fiber community. You will find yarn, fiber, project bags, stitch markers and more. FiberCrafty has all the features you expect like filters with terms specific to yarn and fiber, the ability to save favorite items and shops, a secure checkout process and even a cart jacking prevention system. Shop owners will find an easy to use interface that makes selling online easy.

FiberCrafty is proud to connect indie businesses and fiber enthusiasts and is owned by one woman that has a crazy love of yarn and knitting. It was made for fiber people by fiber people. Find your next project at

Pictured are examples of items available from the following FiberCrafty shops: The Spun Bunny, The Girl Who Crafted, Psykhe Charms, Cords & Cobwebs, ShariArts and Redhead Fibers.

**Did you see FiberCrafty featured in Vogue Knitting? Check out p. 16 of the Late Winter issue!**

March 12, 2018

Your Slip Is Showing

Your Slip Is Showing is an opportunity to make a large statement piece using a simple slipped stitch technique. It is meditative to knit as it flows from one color combination to the next in 12 different sections. It uses four different colors of yarn and lends itself to speckles, tonals or variegated colors, fade sets, or gradient colors. There is a schematic that allows you to plan your shawl colors using colored pens; use it to determine which color will show up at the beginning, middle and end of your project. Directions for this are described in the pattern. Make it bright or subtle, but make it your own!

March 9, 2018

Introducing Aerie!

I admit I have a slight addiction to laceweight kid mohair/silk blends. Not only is it in my personal stash, I’ve started dyeing it too. I’m excited to introduce Aerie 460 yards of 70% kid mohair and 30% silky goodness. Knit by itself, doubled up or knit with another yarn — you’ll love the results. It’s light and fluffy as the name suggests and also very warm — perfect for the month of March in the Northeast where winter seems to putting up a fight.
Select colors are currently available on my website.

I’ll be at Stitches United in Hartford, CT, March 22-25 booth 530-532. Stop by and see Aerie in person!

They’re Baaaack! Pattern & Chart Keepers!

We are so excited to announce that we will have our coveted pattern and chart wallets available starting this week! Check back often as we will be adding more soon!

What is a pattern and chart wallet, you ask?

Are you tired of getting your pattern crumpled up in the bottom of your bag? How about having to write all over it AND risk lose your place every time you take a break? Even trying to knit or crochet and read the pattern as it lays flat on the table is a pain. The Slipped Stitch Studios miPattern Wallet is the perfect solution to your pattern problems. The intuitive features of this wallet make it a must have for any serious pattern user.

The miPattern Wallet has a sturdy, fold-over design with an anti-glare vinyl page protector on one side and a unique and fun pattern on the other. A pattern printed on a standard 8.5″x11″ sheet of paper easily slides into the page pocket so you can see the pattern through the vinyl. Fold the wallet closed and snap it shut to take it on the go or fold it the other way and snap it open so it stands up allowing you to read the pattern while you knit.

The single fold design means you only need to turn the wallet once as you knit and the easel extender design means that no matter which side of the pattern you’re working from the miPattern Wallet is always in the right position. The way we designed this wallet allows you to keep more than one pattern stashed inside and at the ready.