I have been a maker for as long as I can remember. After attending art school in the 80s, pursuing a career in costume design seemed like a natural progression. I went to grad school, earned my MFA, and off I went to Los Angeles. Over the years, I worked on many productions in film, television, commercials, theatre, and theme parks. I left LA back in 2010. Since then, I have worked as a freelance stylist, mostly for print, and personal shopper. Now that learning has gone online, and I am home supervising the kiddo, my design work is focused entirely on knitting. I write knitting patterns for garments and accessories, and I make and sell bookmarks made from recycled yarn labels. I am also a military spouse, and I volunteer as the Social Media Chair for our school districts Special Education Parent Action Committee.
Late Nite Knits is the label I use for my knitwear designs. I design patterns for accessories and garments in a variety of fibers, mostly with some wool content. I have recently become interested in encoded knitwear. Inspired by Madame Defarge and the spies of WWII, I design lace and colorwork patterns based on words. The cowl pictured here has lace patterns that make the words "November" and "Third". I designed it as part of the #warmtheline project for election day 2020. My years as a costumer have really influenced my work. I spend a lot of time grading my patterns and thinking about how the garments will hang on the body. My sweater patterns are size inclusive, and I model my designs myself because I believe the world needs to get used to seeing bodies of all shapes and sizes. Thank you for taking the time to read this and for supporting independent artists.