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Enjoy this assortment of resources and other inspiration. The resource links are grouped into categories to guide you through the directory.


Besides all the patterns I design and models I knit, as showcased in the Jackie E-S Design Collections, I try to make time to do other fun things. Here are some of my other creations related to spinning and knitting (and the story of a disaster, too - but it has a happy ending). Enjoy!

Lacie Blankie in handspun Cotswold wool Lacie Blankie

My decision to make a blanket in lace stitches should not be all that surprising. I made this lace blanket in a Cotswold fleece that I selected for its subtle golden gray tones, and handspun to a light worsted weight 2-ply. The blanket went on tour with the Save the Sheep Exhibit and is included in the book Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools from Interweave Press.

Instructions for knitting this blanket are now available for purchase: Pattern #A88 Lacie Blankie

Jacob Throw - lace afghan in handspun wool Jacob Throw

I handspun yarn from a Jacob sheep fleece and knitted this throw based on the pattern "Springtime" in First Book of Modern Lace Knitting by Marianne Kinzel. This was the first project that I took from fleece to finished result.

Lace Sampler Lace Sampler

This Lace Sampler is a work-in-progress, just as many samplers-of-old were throughout a needle artist's lifetime. Even in its unfinished state, it is beautiful, educational, and a good reference for lace structure and stitch pattern design.

Icelandic Shawl Icelandic Shawl

These are my notes on the Hyrna Herborgar shawl. This beautiful pattern was designed by Sigrídur Halldórsdóttir and is included in her compilation of Icelandic patterns Three-Cornered and Long Shawls. I knit this shawl in silk, although the traditional yarn to use would be an Icelandic wool singles.

Shetland Shawl Shetland Lace Shawl

Here is a picture journey of the making of my classic ring shawl in wool/silk laceweight yarn. The shawl is not quite 6 oz (about 165g) and measures approximately 56" square. I've included lots of pictures of my shawl in progress, as well as completed.

child mitten and hat set for the White House Project White House Project – child mitten and hat set

Along with other knitting guilds across the U.S., The Half-Fast Knitters of New Orleans was invited to decorate the 1998 Christmas tree in the Blue Room of the White House. The guild members asked me (Jackie E-S) to design and lead the group project. The child-size set is luscious white angora with Fair Isle stylized Norwegian snowflake and trees knit in blue alpaca/wool, green wool, gray baby mohair, and burgundy wool/viscose. Just as real snowflakes are each different and unique, each stylized snowflake is a different design motif.

Instructions for knitting this hat and mitten set are now available for purchase: Pattern #H10 No Two Alike Snowflakes Mittens and Hat Set

hand knitted teddy bear and shawl in handspun Teeswater wool Polar Meringue Teddy Bear

Teeswater is a breed of sheep rendering a wool unique in texture and length, as well as offering challenges to a designer. I created Polar Meringue using two very different sets of fiber preparation, spinning, and knitting techniques. My results include a mini triangular lace shawl in a fine worsted-spun 2-ply, worn on a teddy bear knitted in soft bouclé core-spun yarn.

Instructions for knitting the teddy bear are now available for purchase: Pattern #H51 Technique Teddy Bear

Tutorials, Project Classes, Articles & Tips

From the knitting needles and spinning wheel of Jackie E-S, here are educational resources to build skills and increase your knitting pleasure.

Links to Offsite Resources

Here is a variety of resources maintained on other websites – some related to cyber-fiber, and some others of general interest.

Disclaimer: Some of the links on this website, and the posts or resources that they may lead to, may be affiliate links, in which case, I may be compensated for recommending those products. However, I will never recommend something that I don’t personally believe in. As always, I welcome your questions and feedback.

  • A Knitters Guide to Copyright
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  • Bella Online/Knitting
    A site rich with links and articles. Formerly edited by Alison Trembley-Boucher; the editorship has now passed on to others.
  • Craft Listing
    An online directory of categorized links for arts and crafts on the internet.
  • Craft Yarn Council of America - Yarn Standards
    Standard Yarn Weight System by the Craft Yarn Council of America (CYCA). Categories of yarn thickness, gauge ranges, and recommended needle and hook sizes. Also see Patterns by Yarn Weight for recommended HeartStrings patterns suitable for these yarn thicknesses.
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    Your website should be as unique as you and your business are. GNC Web Creations specializes in custom website creations and original graphics that will meet all your special needs. Also, check out the great training center and articles at this website hosted by J. Bailey (Cricket). It's a wealth of resources for web marketing, search engine optimization, and more!
  • TheFitterKnitter, technical illustrator
    Besides being a knitter herself, Cindy Moore is a grand person to hire to develop your press-ready graphics and ads (or even a re-working of some of your own drawings, as I had her do with my original hastily drawn HeartStrings logo! See what Cindy did for me here). TheFitterKnitter is her company in which she provides the services of a technical illustrator, graphic designer and marketing consultant.
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  • Knitter's Review
    Experience the World of Yarn - A fabulous weekly e-newsletter by Clara Parkes.
  • Learn to Knit and Crochet
    The internet site of the Craft Yarn Council of America.
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  • Ship Support Project
    Support our America's Troops deployed in the war on terror - one stitch at a time. Knit, crochet or sew for The Ships Project.
  • String and Air
    Judy Gibson's experiments using knitting as a medium that provides endless depths for exploration and discovery.

Thank you for interest. I am here to serve you and help keep your knitting a pleasurable experience. If you have questions or need assistance with purchasing or knitting my HeartStrings patterns, let me know. Sincerely, Jackie E-S

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