epic love stories & dramatic knit design

I write books – about Vikings & about knitting – and I create designs for hand knitters.

My first novel is a time travel love story set in a fictional 10th century Iceland and called Beautiful Wreck. Today I’m at work on a second book in the same world, So Wild A Dream, as well as more stories to come in 2016. I regularly post photos of my #writingspot to share the adventure of writing.

I independently publish knitting designs that invite the knitter to use wild color, bold geometric shapes and their own embellishments to make personal one-of-a-kind works. My most recent collection is called Shieldmaiden KnitsAll my designs can be seen here on ravelry.

February 3rd – Visit me at The Knitting Bee in Beaverton, OR

February 18th – I’ll be signing books and speaking at Tigard Knitting Guild in Tigard, OR (guests welcome!)


Besides fiction and designs, I write about the social and creative aspects of being a knitter and crafter. My writing can be seen in Jane Austen Knits, Knit Edge and at Knitty,com. I’m a two-time craft author of the books Knitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together and My Grandmother’s Knitting, both from STC Craft. My first self-published essay is here: Knitting & The Art of Fairytales.

An eclectic reader, my favorite book last year was A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic. The first time travel that I read as an adult, which has so clearly inspired my work, is Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. I live in Portland, Oregon, with my husband (and Knitalong co-author) Martin John Brown and our son Sebastian, adorable loser-of-handmade-hats.

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