Wednesday, January 16, 2013

News For CiD Designs

I am now selling downloadable pdf patterns on Ravelry at Cid Hanscoms Ravelry Store and

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Book Signing July 27

Hey everyone! I'll be doing a book signing for my new book "Purl the Little Knit Girl" at Skeins in Minnetonka, MN  on Friday the 27th of July from 3 to 6 PM. Come see the samples and get your book!

Saturday, June 30, 2012


Once again Patt and I hopped in the car and headed for Columbus Ohio for the summer TNNA show. I had a new book coming out and did a signing at the Skacel Booth. We always have so much fun there that we go every year even if it isn't absolutely necessary. We met some really nice people. We always do but for some reason they seemed extra nice this year.
I love seeing all the new products that are coming out.  It always reinvigorates my creativity.

My new book is called Purl the Little Knit Girl. 
The book includes 25 patterns. 
There is a doll pattern, a hat, jumper and house for each of the dolls along with a matching child size hat pattern. I love my new little dolls! Thanks to Karin and Skacel for dyeing flesh colored yarn for me. It's so hard to find a good flesh color! If any of you doll makers are looking, the yarn is Simplicity and the color is called Karin's Birthday Suit. 
OH YEAH! BONUS! There are Purl paper dolls included in the book.

Cover of my new book

Some of the shop owners at TNNA

Lily Chin giving my book a looksee.


Co Ba Si Sock Yarn by Hikoo
distributed by Skacel

This will be my go to sock yarn from now on. 
Co Ba Si by Hikoo. 55% cotton/16% bamboo/8% silk/21% elastic nylon.
I love to be able to knit cotton socks but still have some stretch.
Cobasi is along the lines of Fixation but in an actual sock weight.
It comes in a wide array of colors and they are working on finding a dyer to add self striping to the line.

The Gleener® The ultimate fuzz remover.
Kim Cole, inventor of the Gleener® (you go girl!)

Finally! A sweater depiller that actually works!
I was so tired of going over and over my sweaters with 
that worthless ball shaver and then end up just picking the pills off with my fingers (Aargh!)
Not only is this an awesome invention (it won the Next Big Zing award at TNNA), but Kim was just one of the sweetest people. She made me cry when she told me about her struggle to bring the Gleener® to fruition. She deserves all the success that comes her way!

Kim was nice enough to give me a sample Gleener® and I pulled
it out as soon as I got home to try it out.
This is a sweater I knit out of Malabrigo, which I love because it's so soft.
If you've knit with Malabrigo you know it pills terribly,
but a few swipes with the Gleener®
and it looked better than the day I finished knitting it!

before using the Gleener®

after using the Gleener®

Furaz Yarns Inc., Rabbit Fur Yarns
Me, Patt and Yura Yang (President of Furaz)
Guilt free fur yarn. Okay, I still feel a little bit guilty,
after all bunnies are so cute. 
But this yarn is 100% byproduct and it's so yummy! 
Yura was an absolute delight! We stopped by her booth many times just to chat. I thought about trying to leave with this scarf on, but I noticed Yura's cousin looking like he was getting ready to tackle me 
so I decided not to try it.
This yarn inspired me more than anything else at the show 
and I already have several patterns in the works.

Deodorant, strengthening thread

I haven't had a chance to try this yet, but it's going in my next sock. Apparently, the clothing industry is adding this thread to the underarms of garments. It doesn't stop you from sweating, it just kills the odor and it's super strong. The Vendor did a demo for us using amonia and it was impressive.

 Across the street from the convention center is a fabulous market (North Market)! We walk over there a couple times a day for coffee and ice cream. My favorite is the coffee, but of course Patt's favorite is the ice cream. She usually walks around the whole time we're there with a pocket full of those little white sample spoons.
Jeni's Gourmet Ice Cream

Mocha from The Good Earth (Yummm!)

Made a little side trip to the Sow's Ear yarn and coffee shop.
It was very cute.

Me and Patt wearing the wigs from the TNNA fashion show.

When I went to bed, Patt was lying here and when I woke up she had turned into yarnPatt.
I think it's some kind of knitting voodoo. Creepy!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


These adorable animals are made with Simplicity by Hikoo. The pattern includes all five animals plus instructions to make the pig into a bank!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Balloon Tying Creations 2

Hey everyone! Balloon Tying Creations 2 is out and the cuteness level has been stepped up. Once again there are 10 patterns included in a handy vinyl folder. Check with you Local yarn shops.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


HoliAmis are approximately 7" tall. Knit in the round on size #1 double points, with Frog Tree Sport Weight Alpaca. They also call for Fun Fur (for the hair), so check your stash! They have a wire armature so you can pose them or secure them to your Christmas tree!


5 patterns using the fabulous Taiga by Schulana. I was so excited when I found this yarn, I couldn't stop at just one design. When knit up the Taiga looks just like sherpa. It is wool for added warmth. The model is my niece, Christy. Isn't she cute!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

JoJo Cap

JoJo Cap is made with worsted weight (Sample shown uses JoJoLand Rhythm). The brim is knitted in as you go so there is no sewing after your done.


This is a cute summer scarf made with cotton (sample shown uses Origami). The pattern is a one size fits all but has instructions for both DK weight and worsted weight yarn.

Yarn Harbor in Duluth Minnesota

Hand delivered my trunk show to Yarn Harbor. Spent a few hours with the girls there knitting. Everyone was so nice (of course knitters always are)! Got a few pointers on how to clean a dirty fleece to prepare it for spinning. Thanks to Kathy for having me.