I write books – about Vikings & about knitting – and I create designs for hand knitters.
I write historical, romantic, time travel fiction set in a fictional world in the White Woods of Iceland’s 10th century. Beautiful Wreck is the first book set in that time and place. Part One of So Wild A Dream – a two-part story – was published this October.
Besides writing fiction, I’m a knitting designer, and I independently publish 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 Knits. All my designs can be seen here on ravelry.
I sometimes 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.