LIVE on Power Purls Podcast, Knitting as the Ultimate Therapy with Designer Christine Marie Chen

Happy Monday! I’m excited to let you all know that a very special guest is on Power Purls Podcast today, and her name is Christine Marie Chen. Christine has graced the pages of Creative Knitting, and she is the host of the popular video podcast, Bayareaknitter, which I’ve been a recent guest. You can watch that episode here.

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If this is the first time you’re learning about Power Purls, then let me share a bit more about this exciting podcast which I started back in October 2015.

My goal was to create a podcast to help budding knitwear designers to learn the basics about how to begin working with knitting magazines and start submitting designs. My ongoing mission is to inspire the listeners with stories from everyday knitters (just like you!) who have used knitting as a form of comfort during struggle, or wish to share unique stories that empower us on our knitting journeys.

If you have a special knitting story, please share it here.

Also… I would also appreciate your honest review and rating on iTunes letting me know what you think of the show. By doing so, this helps get the podcast out to so many more knitters and designers. You can leave your review by clicking here, then click the blue button on the left to “view in iTunes.”

Have a listen to the latest episodes here, enjoy and BELIEVE in the POWER of the PURL! 

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Beyond the Knitting Needle

Hey everyone! It’s the weekend, and I love to mix things up a bit and explore other things I can do with yarn that does not involve knitting needles. I’ve been enjoying some felting time, as well as other ways to move beyond the needle and get crafty with my yarn.


In this post, on the Power Purls Podcast blog, I post what I like to call my “knitography” showing some photos of a felted bead necklace in progress.  I’m always looking for ways to use my yarn stash in a more expressive and free form way that does not necessarily involve a knitting pattern.

Visit the Power Purls Podcast Facebook Page and chime in on this post and do these two things:

#1: State how you “go beyond the needle” with your yarn stash.

#2: Post a photo of something you’ve done that uses yarn without knitting.

See you on Facebook!


Let’s Get This Party Started – A New Knitalong Starts Today!

Today’s the day… for a two-week knitalong for the Pata Shawl, designed by Francoise Danoy. There’s quite a buzz happening over on the Ravelry Creative Knitting Fans Page, so don’t miss out on the fun!


This gorgeous design is featured in the spring 2016 issue of Creative Knitting, and the pattern is yours for FREE, but only for as long as this issue is on sale, so grab your copy here and then visit to purchase Plymouth Baby Alpaca Lace to get started.


If this is the first time you’re stumbling upon this information, then you’ll want to check out this post to get started.

Have fun and see you on Rav!

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SAVE THE DATE: New Knitalong, New Issue of Creative Knitting is LIVE!

Get ready, get set for a new knitalong!

This January, let’s chime in the New Year together and work our way through the Pata Shawl, designed by Francoise Danoy. The sample below is made with Plymouth Baby Alpaca Lace, which you can learn about on by clicking here. We also suggest that you consider Plymouth Linaza if the idea of linen excites you.


Pata Shawl, designed by Francoise Danoy

Pata Shawl, Designed by Francoise Danoy, Creative Knitting Spring 2016

shawl seamless This shawl doesn’t overwhelm with allover lace, but instead eases you in with stockinette sections flanked by simple eyelet rows to give you a little “taste of lace.”

eyelets         lace detail

What You’ll Learn

  • How to knit an eyelet
  • How to work a centered double decrease
  • How to increase, decrease and create a yarn over

Also… get your questions answered by the designer! Francoise will be kicking things off once we get started, and she will guide you along the way and empower you to successfully start and finish your shawl.

The Details

We still have about a month before we get moving with the knitalong, but in the meantime, here are a few things you can do…

See you in a few weeks with more details!



Mindful Mondays – An Afternoon Affirmation

Welcome (back) to Mindful Mondays!

I decided to revive this blog feature which I started about a year ago, with a mission to help you start your week with an empowering quote, phrase or photo.

My goal was to share this first thing this morning, but as we all know, Mondays can be a bit hectic, so instead I’m sharing an afternoon affirmation with you. Better late than never, right?

I geek out on posting quotes and sayings around my desk at work and at home because they really help me have an upbeat attitude no matter what comes my way.

This weekend, I decided to take things even a step further and celebrate my love for affirmations in my planner.

Believe you can and you WILL!

Believe you can and you WILL!

If there’s one thing I love, and that is organizing and planning. I still use the same planner that I received as a gift over twenty years ago. As you can see it’s a bit worn from the years, but I think it has some nice character. 🙂

My trusty planner that's been with me for 20+ years

My trusty planner that’s been with me for 20+ years

I’ll admit, putting together my yearly planner is something I consider a bit of an art form and I get really into it as you can see…





Instead of adding my usual planner refills, I decided to spice things up by creating collages with empowering saying and quotes like this. Why not make it fun, right?

How do you add some color to your day?