planting fields arboretum


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This past week, Mom and I (and our smallest partner in crime, Miss Nina) had a chance to visit the Planting Fields Arboretum in Brookville, only a short ride from home. The weather was perfect as we wandered around the perennial beds and open lawns (and we only got “lost” a couple of times depending on who was holding the map….)

We especially enjoyed the Italian Garden, the wicker-laden Tea House, and the pink Play House, the last of which we were surprised to see was as well equipped with plumbing and a full-size fireplace as some real homes of the era. And while the grand Gilded Age Coe Hall, which sits within the grounds of the Arboretum, was closed, we still had a chance to walk around its exterior. Some of my favorite photos are below and I’d highly recommend it anytime you might be visiting the North Shore of Long Island!

Enjoy these last few weeks of Summer!
xoxo Danielle

(PS: Yes, that fuschia hibiscus flower was bigger than the biggest dinner plate!)

(PPS: And, yes, Miss Nina was more interested in the cool breezes soothing her to sleep than the pastoral landscapes…)


goldsmobile top


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Hi all!

There definitely has been a shortage of design posts on this blog in recent memory (well, a shortage of posts in general), but I suppose that’s what happens when you’ve got a toddler and a newborn!

I’m happy to report, however, that there IS a new design to share in the Fall 2017 issue of Interweave Knits (IK): meet the “Goldsmobile Top”! (More on the pattern name in a minute…)

Photography for Interweave Knits Fall 2017 by Nathan Rega, and all photos are courtesy of Harper Point Photography

This has to be one of my favorite pieces that I’ve designed to date. Conceived as a versatile garment that can be layered over a turtleneck, a flannel shirt, a t-shirt, a dress, or whatever you choose, the Goldsmobile Top has an easy, oversized vibe without any shaping in the body. The armholes are extra deep to accommodate the layered look while the thick turtleneck creates that extra bit of coziness and warmth for the body.

To maintain the structure of such a casual garment, the front and back are each knit separately and seamed together with a split hem detail. Then the turtleneck and armhole ribbing are picked up and knit.

The pattern offers 5 different sizes, all with at least a few inches of positive ease to allow you to style your layers as you wish!

Photography for Interweave Knits Fall 2017 by Nathan Rega

Apart from being thrilled to have this piece chosen for Interweave Knits’ latest issue, I’m happy to say that the cable pattern is something I designed after wondering how many times I could twist the ribs of a traditional 2×2 ribbing pattern around each other without going completely bonkers. You know how I love a good cable!

Photography for Interweave Knits Fall 2017 by Nathan Rega

I also think that the folks at IK chose a great yarn to give the garment and the cable pattern more impact: the super bulky “Chill” yarn from Sugar Bush Yarns of Canada. This 100% merino roving-type yarn is milled in Italy and comes in a wide palette of color choices. And with such a big-gauge yarn, you can knit this Top in no time. I finished the sample in less than 2 weeks back in January, when the sunny yellow color (a perfect Autumn hue) was a welcome departure from the dark gray skies.

A bit more about Chill: I was very pleasantly surprised by this yarn. As you know, roving is soft, lofty, and gives a great rustic texture to your knitting, but it can be difficult to work with for seaming and tearing out/re-knitting purposes. Not so with this yarn. It held its structure and smoothness through a lot of handling. I highly recommend it!

Photography for Interweave Knits Fall 2017 by Nathan Rega

Finally, the styling and the name. I LOVE how this piece was styled by the editorial staff and photography crew at IK (not least because my own closet is filled with striped shirts and dark skinny jeans). The photos show how wearable the design really is. And although I submitted this design for IK’s consideration with a different pattern name, after seeing the photos, I can see why they went with “Goldsmobile” instead hahaha 🙂 Makes me smile everytime I look at this last photo!

I hope you love this design, and all of the designs featured in another beautifully curated and styled issue of IK, as much as I do. Please click here to view the entire issue and purchase it.

And if you do knit the Goldsmobile Top, please share your pictures on Ravelry or on Instagram; it’s such a thrill seeing everyone’s finished projects and I think this piece makes the perfect first Fall knitting project! (It is August after all….EEK!)

Happy knitting and happy rest of the Summer,
xoxo Danielle


Hope everyone is enjoying a nice Summer weekend.

Just a quick post to share that I’m excited about being a contributor to the revamped digital TNNANews for The National Needlearts Association (TNNA)!

TNNA is a professional organization representing the needlearts industry in all of its forms across various handcrafting disciplines: knitting, crochet, needlepoint and cross stitch, weaving, and so on. Its mission is to encourage the growth of the industry through education, industry meetings, and marketplaces where members can do business with each other.

As a contributor, I’ll be educating members on legal-type topics that can advance their business interests. To start, I will be dedicating a series of posts to a topic that the entire membership can learn more about: contracts! Whether you’re a pattern designer, a craft store, or a craft company, I hope that all of the readers can take away some valuable tips and lessons from this series. And if you’re a TNNA member, please spread the word and share your questions and experiences!

The link to the full article is here, but, since TNNA is a professional organization, the caveat is that you do need to be a TNNA member to read it. Want to learn more about becoming a member? Then just click here!

Take care and happy knitting,
xoxo Danielle

nina corinne

It seems like just yesterday that I was posting on this blog to welcome our first child, Jackson.  But it was already 2.5 years ago.  And now I can’t believe that I’m posting again to welcome our second child, named after two great-grandmothers and one grandmother!

Meet Nina Corinne, born on 6/25/17:

As with Jackson, she is healthy and wonderful in every way, and our little family is over the moon with happiness and gratitude at her safe arrival.

It’s going to be a hectic and exciting Summer, but I wish you many sunny, warm, and wonderful moments with your families (and your knitting!)

Xoxo Danielle

two years old


2016 is drawing to a close and, once again, December 13th marks our favorite milestone of the year.



(fake candle, don’t worry)


Happiest of 2nd birthdays to my sweet, feisty, endlessly curious, blue-eyed boy. You make everything more exciting, more challenging, and more special. And you are the light in every one of my days.

His birthday sweater is Flax, knit in Millamia Naturally Soft Aran (colorways “Denim,” “Ivory,” and “Ochre”), in the 2-4 year size with a shorter body and sleeves. 🙂

We wish you a holiday season filled with family, fun, and renewal. Happy holidays, all!
xoxo Danielle

2016 indie design gift-a-long


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Howdy, everyone! I’m happy to say that I’m participating again in this year’s Indie Designer Gift-A-Long!

The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 6-week knit-a-long and crochet-a-long of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by hundreds of independent designers. From November 22nd at 8pm (EST) through November 30th at 11:59 pm (EST), the participating designers will be discounting some of their knitting or crochet patterns at 25%.

This is a great way to pick up a knitting or crochet pattern you’ve had your eye on, or discover a new designer and some great new patterns. The Gift-A-Long is also a wonderful way to promote and support independent designers everywhere during this holiday season.

There are numerous knit-a-longs (KALs) and crochet-a-longs (CALs) to participate in as a crafter, as well as prizes of all sorts that are given out! The Gift-A-Long KAL/CALs will run from November 22 through December 31, 2016. To find out more about all of the designers that are participating, as well as all of the KAL/CAL/prize details, please visit the Ravelry page devoted to the Gift-A-Long HERE.

I decided to expand my offerings in the Gift-A-Long this year to give knitters a variety of options – both quick gift projects and selfish/leisurely larger projects.

Here’s a fun collage that I made up of my patterns that are included in the sale:


To get the 25% discount, just purchase one or more of these patterns directly from my Ravelry shop between 8 pm US EST on Tuesday, November 22nd and 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 30th, using the coupon code giftalong2016 at checkout.

Then join one of the KAL/CAL threads on Ravelry and away you go!

Here’s to a fun and productive season of knitting and crocheting!
xoxo Danielle

Rhinebeck 2016 Sale!


It’s Autumn again….time for apples, “punkins” (Jackson has been loving the frequent trips to the local pumpkin patches), and Rhinebeck!

The weather forecast for this coming weekend is perfect and so we’ll be happily wending our way to the NY Sheep and Wool Festival on Saturday to pet the animals (and the yarns!).

To celebrate this high point of the knitting season, my annual Rhinebeck pattern sale has begun!

From now until midnight EDT on Monday 10/17/16, get 25% off ALL Makewise Designs patterns.

Just use the coupon code rhinebeck when you check out.

Happy knitting and Happy Rhinebeck! 🙂
xoxo Danielle

then and now

Boy, has this been a hot summer! But we have been making the most of it, spending it outdoors by the paddling pool or near the beach. Every day has a new adventure in store when seen through the eyes of a toddler!

Thought I’d pop in to share a fun photo “then and now” of Jackson. I love doing these, so please forgive me haha 🙂

Jackson has one of those red, plastic “Cozy Coupe” cars that is big enough to ride in. I snapped a picture of him riding in it back when he was 12 months old (on Christmas Day, actually). He was bundled up in a jacket and his legs were covered by a blanket in the base of the car:


And today, I snapped a new picture of him, at 19 months old, as he was steering it himself in his bathing suit (with his feet through the floor of the car) and giving me his best “serious” face:


What a difference seven months makes! We are trying to enjoy each moment with our little guy as it arrives, because the moment also passes so quickly.

I hope that you’re all enjoying the weekend. I’m also working on a new knitting design, and hoping to make more headway in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

xoxo Danielle


patternfish-384c889dec3c24a308ed4ed89882dd63June is disappearing quickly (too quickly!) but before it’s over, I’m happy to share that many of my self-published knitting patterns are now also available on Patternfish!

Patternfish is a great online resource for buying knitting, crochet, and weaving patterns. It’s very easy to navigate, with a huge selection of patterns for every skill level and every style.

And I just found out that I have been featured as one of the new designers in their latest newsletter! Here’s the link to the newsletter, which is chock-full of other newly-added designers, seasonally-appropriate patterns, and interviews that you’ll want to check out.

In case you want to skip straight to my collection with Patternfish, just click this link instead. You’ll also find a button in my blog sidebar that will lead you to the same place.

Thanks very much to Gayle Clow and all of the folks at Patternfish for such a warm welcome!

Happy 4th of July!
xoxo Danielle

the vagaries of gauge….


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Hi all and happy Summer!

I hope that you had a lovely Spring and are looking forward to some warm sunshine and green grass for the next few months. Time is certainly flying here and we are loving the process of watching Jackson grow and change right before our eyes.

I’ve been meaning to share a quick post on the subject of gauge for a while and, well, today’s the day!

Backstory: I visited my mom a few months ago and, during our visit, we crocheted some potholders. I love having these in the kitchen because they’re sturdy, safe, and machine-washable. If you’re interested in making some, here’s the pattern that we used. I had located some great variegated colors of Lily Sugar ‘n Creamyarn, a 100% cotton yarn perfect for this project.

None of this sounds very exciting, does it? Well, hang on. I followed the pattern, and sized up one hook because I crochet tightly (probably because I’m not a very confident crocheter. Or because I just need to relax haha). Here’s my finished potholder:


Cute, right?

My mom used the same yarn, the same pattern, and the same number of stitches. She even used a smaller hook than me because she’s a VERY good crocheter, having decades of experience under her belt. Here’s her finished potholder:


Also cute!

But the eagle-eyed among you will see where I’m going with this. Here are our potholders, side by side, with mine on the left:


That’s right. These two beauties are completely different in size.

Crazy, right?! We had a very good laugh about the outcome and, luckily, the relative sizes of the two potholders wasn’t all that important.

Note to self: let this be a lesson to ALWAYS CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Even if you really really really really just want to get your project started!

Happy early weekend and happy early 4th of July!
xoxo Danielle