embroidery on paper

This is a work in progress–much like myself.

Welcome to the goodknits.com blog!

I am Lisa, mama to two boys. Nathan is my oldest and the reason I stopped in the yarn section of the craft store. He is smart, sassy, defiant, and loud. He’s also very funny and shy around new people. Andrew is my baby, born May 2008 on a sidewalk. He is responsible for the most amazing day of my life, thus far. He’s squishy, talkative, and has the most amazing cheeks. Keeping me sane is Jason, daddy extraordinaire.

While I love to knit, I also crochet, sew, cross-stitch/embroider, and dabble in the paper crafts (card making, stamping, etc). I’m pretty much a grandma trapped in a 20-something year old body. I prefer making gifts over buying them. Cheap? Maybe. But if you saw the price of good wool, you’d think twice.

Wool is my yarn-fiber of choice. My craft table looks like a craft bomb exploded overhead, and the floor underneath looks like it took the brunt of the disaster. I’m going to try to be more organized and neat, but it’s kind of hard when you have too little (or too much) space and two boys vying for your attention.

I love love love taking photos. Like, really love. Here are a few of my family-favorites. Check out my flickr stream for more. Add me as a contact! Let’s be friends.

365.27: two for Tuesday



166.365: the knitter

papa extraordinaire

365.67: down there

Anything else you’d like to know? shoot me an email: lisa @goodknits.com

64 comments to About

  • Hey Lisa,

    I’m enjoying checking out your blog and did not realize that you’re so crafty. Digging the photos too! Your “about” page may need a spring cleaning though ;)

    (Cousin) Brian

  • Brianna Butler

    My name is Brianna Butler. I live in KY and I worked ina residential treatment facility. The troubled youth there taught me to crochet, and I have been very interested in developing this skill sense. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!! AMAZING!! It’s so real, trendy, modern. Love it. I was wondering if you have patterns that you could pass on or explain HOW to create some of the cute baby items you have made. I have a 2 year old and four friends who are having babies and 2 friends who JUST had babies.

    I would totally appreciate some helpr or direction!


    Brianna Butler

  • I hear you! Substitute browsing craft blogs for sudoku, and my life is much like yours! I breastfed my first until just over 2, but wouldn’t have wished any different. But I would love to know how you can knit AND breastfeed…

  • It started with granny squares, I think. I was on Ravelry, then someone else’s blog, now your blog. It’s a blur, but I’m glad I found you. I love your pictures, projects, adorable kids. My own son is 24 and I’m glad of it, but the way you photograph and write about your boys takes me back to when he was adorably small. And need I mention that I knit, sew, quilt, paint, crochet, embroider … too? Like you, I don’t consider myself creative in these pursuits, just moved to make things by some unknown force.

    I don’t add many blogs to my Bloglines these days, but I’ll be adding yours.

  • I love your “about” page!! The photos are outstanding! I love the vintage processing on the photos of your older son, too. Wow.

  • I just found your blog and I love it! I love all the things you make and your boys are so cute! Keep on keepin’ on! :)

  • Cassie

    I was creepering around on my friend’s fb page one day and I saw her version of your MaryJane slippers and I was in love. I basically spent the next few days reading your blog and becoming COMPLETELY inspired. You lead such a fun and interesting life, and I love your crafts!!

  • MJ

    Hey,Lisa.Where do you live?

  • Hi Lisa,
    My stepdaugher linked me to your blog/website because she knew I’d really appreciate it. Your son looks very much like my 6 year old grandson, and another daughter is expecting her first child, a little boy, in May–so my knitting needles are out.

    I’d also like to invite you to visit http://www.MyNewMarketplace.com, a new website my husband & I recently launched to help connect buyers and sellers–sort of a cross between eBay without the auction and Craigslist without the creeps. Because we’re still in beta version, there’s no charge for any ads placed. I encourage your to open a shop and list items for sale. You can also link each item to your own shopping cart, etsy account, etc. In any case, we’d welcome your feedback.
    Best regards,

  • Winnie

    Thanks for sharing this pattern. I will make slippers so that when people come to my house they can wear and take a pair home. We live in a cold climate and people typically remove their shoes, so slippers are nice to wear.

  • Zoe

    I love your description of your craft space, I think mine must be very similar!

  • Amy

    I think I may have written you before but not sure. I love your blog and photos!
    I also love the Mary Jane slippers and the slouch hat you made! Do you make them for sale or just for family?

  • Love the gnome photo! Gnomes are so happy…

    I love those mary janes, I’ll have to learn to crochet pretty soon. It’s the only craft I haven’t pursued yet! I’ve often been called an old lady in a young girl’s body. I don’t mind though, I’m just keeping it real!

    Keep the great posts coming.

  • I really love your mary jane slippers. My daughter found them on Stumbleupon.com I made a few pairs and I put a link to them on my blog. Thanks again for a great pattern and a very enjoyable blog.

    Happy knitting and crocheting!


  • Just found your site and I love it! You’re a knitter and a crocheter, you love being a mom and as I’ve poked around on some random posts you mention being in south Texas. I’m in the DFW area, so I can relate to wanting hot chocolate but needing a/c! I can’t wait to read more of your posts and see more of your projects.

  • Hi,
    just had a wee nosey around – and I love you blog!
    Beautiful projects and amazing photography — Thank you for the inspiration :-)

  • Hello there! First off, I love your blog. I look forward to your posts all the time.

    I wanted to let you know that I have nominated your blog for a Kreativ Blogger Award because of the great, beautiful, amazing content you create.

  • Ann

    just found your site and want to thank you for the simply, precise instructions you give in your pattern.

  • Paula Chevalier

    My name is Paula I live in Connecticut and I am sooooo happy I found you I’m a beginner and have been watching so many tutorials until I found you!!! I finally found someone that I can actually learn from and understand what Im learning (which is important) and the correct techniques. Things are really making sense to me now and I wanted to say thank you!!! I’m so excited please keep doing what you do we need you!!!!

  • Crystal

    Thank you for sharing your patterns! I find them very easy to follow. You have a lovely family! :)

  • Susan

    Hello Lisa,
    I live in ON Canada and just found U’re web site. I am a Nana to 7 Grandbabies of which 4 live in Germany. My eldest Granddaughter is 19 yrs. old and the youngest is 4. There is only one boy in the mix. I wanted to tell U a little story. I have a 9 yr. old white Standard Poodle and her name is Ruby. Poodles hair grows continuously and that’s why it’s hair and not called fur. One season instead of having her hair cut regularly, I let it grow. Then in the spring I took her to her hair dresser and it was shaved off. I took the hair to a mill and had it made in to yarn and then I knit a pair of mittens and a scarf out of it. I will treasure these items forever.

    I like U’reself dabble in many different things. I make dog coats (Ruby models for me), I sew coats for people out of fleece and right now I’m very busy knitting for my neighbor that does craft shows. I primarily knit mittens with rovers inside and wrist mitts. Gail (neighbor) owns 7 Alpaca so the yarn and roving’s are from her flock. I also love taking pictures and my walls are full of family shots.

    I would really be appreciative if U could send me the patterns for the NELL and GARTER & LACE slouchy’s. My older Grandbabies have been asking me for awhile now to knit slouchy hats but I haven’t found a pattern I really like. Thank U so much for U’re time Lisa, I look forward to hearing from U.

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