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My mom likes to rearrange her (very heavy) furniture all the time. We’re talking not just a couch or chairs, but antique sideboards and display cabinets filled with her collections.

Frankly, I’m fine with the idea of it; she really enjoys rearranging stuff. However, she had back surgery last year (she did heal up great), and has bad knees, and I worry that she’ll hurt herself. I can’t make her stop. She’s very stubborn.

My husband would note that I am too. And I’ll sheepishly admit that the only reason I don’t do a lot of rearranging is that, in our small house, I’ve already determined the optimal layout of furniture for each room.

Having said that, my tendencies are towards decluttering and downsizing. I’m especially good at decluttering when I’m supposed to be working on something else. Productive procrastination!

Regardless, here’s what I have for sale. US/APO shipping only; your choice media, parcel or priority, actual shipping to be charged (prices below do not include shipping).

I have some freebies I’ll be tossing in for the first few orders totaling more than $30 (not including shipping).

If you’d like to purchase anything, please email me!

ETA: Wow, you guys rock! Here’s what’s left:

Knit Picks Collection Joyful Lace $14.99 (list 24.99)

The Wild West Collection Vol 2: Cables $19.99 (list 22.95) (I’ll gift you the PDF on Ravelry as well if you purchase one of these at this time) one sold, two remaining 

Mittens! booklet 9.99 (list 14.95) I’ll gift you the PDF on Ravelry as well if you purchase one of these, too, at this time!

Aran Lace DVD $12 (reduced!) plus Ravelry code for one of my Aran Lace cowl patterns if you purchase it at this time (Artemisia Cowl, Achillea Cowl, Coast Oak Cowl, or Applejack Cowl)

I still have a couple copies of Hitch and just one copy of California Revival Knits left on Amazon. If you purchase them from me (look for me (Stephannie Tallent) as the seller, or a line in the description stating “Please message me if you’d like your copy signed. Thanks!”), I’ll gift the PDF to you on Ravelry as well. (I’m sorry, if you purchase the book(s) from someone else, or in the past, I can’t honor this.) I can easily squeeze in Vol 2 Cables or Mittens! in with either of those, with no additional cost in shipping.


Knit Picks Collections (links included for your info to see the patterns included)
Wool of the Andes 2013 Collection $9.99 (list 14.99) sold
Celtic Journey $9.99 (list 14.99) (2 copies available) (I’ll also send you a code for the current version of Flidais, top of post, on Ravelry): both sold
Twist and Tweed $14.99 (list 24.99) sold
Creative Color $14.99 (list 24.99) sold
Petite Presents $14.99 (list 24.99) sold
Under 200 $14.99 (list 24.99) sold

The Wild West Collection (I’ll gift you the PDF on Ravelry as well if you purchase one of these at this time)
Vol 2: Cables $19.99 (list 22.95) one pending, two remaining
Vol 3: Stranded  $13.99 (list 17.95) sold
Vol 4: Textured $13.99 (list 16.95) sold

Women’s size large wooden sock blockers: $20/pair. Multiple pairs available. all sold


The end of last week the rights to the Flidais Stole returned to me. I’ve since laid it out in my own pattern format and added line by line instructions for the chart.

Here’s the pattern info!

The Flidais Stole combines multiple Aran Lace patterns for a beautiful, romantic result.

Both charts and line by line instructions are included.

Flidais is the Celtic goddess of the woods and wild things.

One size
Can by altered lengthwise by working fewer or more repeats

Finished Measurements
15 inches / 38 cm wide by 78 inches / 198 cm long

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool (110 yards/50g), 10 balls. Shown in Briar Heather 25982.

US4 / 3.5mm straight or circular needles, or size to obtain gauge

24 sts and 28.25 rows = 4 inches / 10 cm average over Flidais pattern, blocked.

yarn needle
cable needle

cabling, novel cable stitches (definitions/directions given), simple lace, yarnovers, decreases, knit through the back loop
pattern is both charted and written line by line


Have you heard the terms sample knitter, and test knitter, and wondered what the difference is?

Some folks may define those two terms a bit differently, but here’s how I look at it.

A sample knitter:

  • Knits the pattern precisely as written
  • Uses the yarn supplied
  • Returns the sample to the designer/yarn company/ etc — whoever contracted them to do the work; they do not get the sample back
  • Work to a specific deadline
  • Paid, usually at an amount per yard

A test knitter:

  • Knits the pattern precisely as written* (see my comments below!)
  • Either uses their own yarn or supplied yarn
  • Keeps their sample
  • Work to a deadline (that can often be a bit more flexible)
  • Usually not paid, but can be

I use both sample knitters and test knitters, but for very different reasons.

I hire sample knitters to make, um, my samples, when I don’t have time to make them myself. My sample knitters are awesome: not only do they make beautiful samples in a timely manner, they give me feedback on the pattern and take great pictures before returning the sample to me. I use that sample for my photography, and often loan it to the yarn company who supplied yarn support for their use in trunk shows etc.

I know a lot of designers use test knitters instead of tech editors. I rely on a tech editor to catch problems in the pattern (and have started having patterns edited by two different tech editors: no one is perfect! as a tech editor myself, I know this).  My testers are fabulous in finding errors, but that’s not why I have testers!

I use test knitters primarily to have multiple finished projects visible on Ravelry, to show customers what the pattern looks like in different yarns, etc. I also hope it gives something back to my fans: they get a chance to knit the pattern before anyone else. I am also flexible in modifications: I figure if one of my testers is interested in modifying a pattern, customers may be, and it’s nice for them to be able to see that. I give testers their choice of any of my other Ravelry patterns as a thank you. I have a set of policies regarding testing here, which I made in response to questions from test knitters.



Planning for 2017

2017 will likely not be as prolific as 2016 — 26 new designs is a hard number to beat, and much of what I’ll be working on won’t be published til spring 2018.

Having said that, I am working on a collaboration with another designer, and that should go live in fall 2017!  I’ll let you know more as things progress. I’m already testing some of the patterns (there will be five from me altogether) in my Ravelry group. That sweater-in-progress pic, above, is one of them. It’s now finished and will be up for testing soon!

I’ve had a couple patterns accepted by a third party…when those come out I’ll let you know. I’ll keep notes and in progress pics so I can show you the design process on those after they’re published. 

For self publishing, I have some lovely Anzula Ava. Expect to see a hat and a cowl in that. I also reviewed what yarn I do have in my design stash. Some gorgeous stuff! Expect to see some accessories and shawls with yarn from companies like Bijou Basin, Dream in Color, Koigu, and more.

The updated Wrought Cardi should be available in a few months. That’s being redone in Dragonfly Fibers Valkyrie; same gauge as the discontinued BFL, but I’ve updated the charts to eliminate the wrong side cable crosses. If you already have the Wrought Cardi as a single pattern in your Ravelry library, or the PDF of California Revival Knits in your Ravelry library, you’ll be getting the updated pattern as well. (The original pattern, in the print edition is still a great pattern, lol!)