My name is Sarah and I spend most of my time knitting, designing, reading, walking and listening to music.  An ideal day is one in which time is spent doing each of these things.

I appreciate anything that is made with skill and ingenuity and I take pride in producing long-wearing garments with careful attention to detail.  I started out with a love of sewing and woven fabric which I still like to indulge, but learning to knit introduced me to a new world of creative possibilities–working with fiber and understanding its properties, using yarn to create fabric and planning garments from that fabric, planning all aspects of fit, construction and decoration and creating a garment entirely by hand.  I love the sensation of knitting, I love it’s portability and I love the comfort of knitted garments.  Perhaps most of all, I love being connected to a tradition of creative and hard-working people from all over the world, who have produced infinite wonders with a knit and a purl.

I started knitting 6 years ago and almost immediately felt drawn to designing.  My designs take inspiration from many sources; traditional crafts, dressmaking and tailoring, the world of haute couture and costume design, great characters in literature, film and opera, and the natural world.  I create clothes that combine fit and function foremost but I also enjoy exploring how clothes have the power to make us feel more or less like ourselves and how clothes can be suited to various occasions.  I design with these ideas in mind.  Construction and finishing are two of my chief interests and I enjoy the process of planning garments that will wear well and look their best both inside and out.  To that end, with each design, I seek out the techniques best suited to creating a garment of quality.  And if I cannot find a technique that satisfies my exacting standards, I enjoy the sometimes lengthy process of trying to create a new one.  Watch as I valiantly try to reinvent the wheel–a better buttonband!  the perfect cardigan facing! the one, true bobble!  All in the service of knitting.


9 Responses to About

  1. Lori says:

    Do you offer the pattern for the twisted stitch head band? I love the look, and would love the pattern! You mention you adapted it from a book, so I was wondering how to finish this into a headband. Thank you, Lori

    • Hi Lori,
      Thanks so much for your interest in the pattern. I am actually rewriting it for a new yarn as the yarn I used for the original is no longer available. I hope to have it up on Ravelry some time this winter so please check back. It’s a very rewarding knit!

  2. Martha Kent says:

    Mary and I want to thank you for a wonderful class on Saturday. we forgot to ask you a question regarding knitting on DPN’s in the round, how do you mitigate the ladders between the double point needles. Martha

  3. Paula Dreyfuss says:

    Sarah, First of all, I can’t believe you just started knitting 6 years ago!!! Your designs are great. We share alot of the same style. Anywho, I am in the middle of knitting your Williams Cloche and I have a question: Do I do a total of 3 rotations of k4 rnds/p4 rnds and then another 4 rnds of Knit? I think that’s what the picture shows but I wasn’t sure the way the directions are written.
    Thank you so much…Paula Dreyfuss in Cleveland

    • Hi Paula,
      Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m so glad you’re knitting the Williams Cloche. To clarify, you will repeat the k4 rnds/p4 rnds sequence twice then end with4 more knit rnds. That is to say: Knit 4 rnds, purl for rnds, knit 4 rnds, purl 4 rnds, knit 4 rnds. It’s hard to see this in the picture because the moebius actually begins at the center of the band and works outwards and it automatically alternates ridges of stockinette and reverse stockinette. It’s truly very hard to visualize but if you follow the instructions it will start to become clear as you knit. Basically, every time you work one Moebius rnd you will see on your needles a rnd of stockinette stitch going upwards and a rnd of reverse stockinette stitch going downwards. They don’t call it magical knitting for nothing! I hope this helps. Happy Knitting.

  4. Paula Dreyfuss says:


  5. Patricia Kaufman says:

    Hello Sarah,
    Would you be interested in giving a lecture to the Long Island Knitters Guild sometime in the future?
    Thank you,

  6. Freda Kerman says:

    Re your sweet Havgraes design: how much ease s allowed n finished measurements?

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