About the girl

First HandspunKatie Rose is a graduate student, fiber artist, and lover of life. Weekdays she can be found pestering research librarians to let her touch old Slavic manuscripts. Weekends, you’ll find her helping the knitting masses at Stitch House Dorchester, picking up dropped stitches, re-twisting mis-twisted cables, fabricating new patterns and using her awesome arithmetic skills to expertly advise on yarn substitutions.

In the odd hours in-between, she’s working on touching her head with her feet in yoga poses, spinning up yummy yarns on her Kromski Symphony wheel, sewing on her glorious 1918 Singer sewing machine, baking up sweets, writing flattering 3rd person descriptions for “about” pages, and cutting a rug on the dance floor with her amazingly talented and handsome husband, Jonathan and their delightful young son Jean-Luc. She’s available for demonstrations of all things odd and antiquated, including bagpipes and drop spindles, but only if her cat lets her out of the house.

On Ravelry? Check out her designs and ongoing projects, and check back here often for new musings, designs, and more!


7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mink Rockmoore  |  October 7, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Hello Nice Katie-

    When I was young it was the mid 1970’s. Around this time I was introduced to the great local tradition of the Sweet and Kind People.

    My Dad lived in Cambridge in the late 60’s and early 70’s and I was always meeting these Great Women of the Cambridge Area. They were friendly sewers, painters, lawyers, musicians and all around Great People. I believe that you Katie, are a true example of the continuation of this line of Greatness.

    I am not sure how I found yer blog (through Yelp I think, it had something to do with pizza) but no big whoop- just wanted you to know that you remind me of those Wonderful Women- creative, funny, kind and sincere.

    Rock on Katie!


  • 2. Dianne Eckstein  |  September 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I am very impressed by your Sylvi and I adore the lining fabric. The one I just bought is plain red, but it will do. Can you please tell me how you made the pattern for the jacket? Just how does one begin this daunting part of it. I knit. I really don’t sew. Thanks

    • 3. gnochistickate  |  September 1, 2011 at 11:37 pm

      Hi Dianne, I’ll talk a bit about this in the comments for the Sylvi post!

  • 4. Nadine Curtis  |  July 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I am the owner of Be Sweet and we love the neck scarf you did in Bubble Ball. I have a client who wants to talk to you about the pattern and carrying it. Can you email me or call so I can give you some details. It’s hard to find a way to get in touch with you – contact info redacted


  • 5. Julia  |  October 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Katie,

    I am trying to find a knitwear repair person in Montreal and through the wonders of google you appeared–do you do repairs? Or do you know anyone who does? I have a skirt that has developed a hole and I would really love to get it repaired… if you could email me at julia dot lilinoe at gmail dot com that would be appreciated.

  • 6. Brenda Allan  |  April 3, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    I would like to use your Noro colour work hat pattern for a class. I am part owner of a knitting store in Huntsville, Ontario, Knitting Three Together and would like to use your hat picture in our newsletter. Of course I would credit your work. Many thanks for your beautiful pattern. Brenda

    • 7. gnochistickate  |  April 13, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      You’re welcome to use it! Enjoy, and happy knitting!


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