April 2007

Kim Werker

Kim Werker

We are particularly blessed with talented fibre people in Vancouver.  We have great knitwear designers like Sivia Harding, Astor  and Carmen Craig-Martin.  Amazing technical editors like Knitty.com‘s Mandy Moore.  Technically brilliant knitting teachers like Jean Wong.  Gifted hand-painted yarn dyers like Felicia, who is sadly on hiatus.  Respected tapestry artists like Kaija Rautiainen. And among many more Interweave Crochet‘s new Editor-in-Chief, read more

TV Yarn

TV Yarn

Just received a package in the mail containing yarn – yipee!  It’s called tvyarn and is handpainted by Jana of White Oak Studio. The colourways for her hand painted yarn are inspired by the shows she watches on television while she knits.  What a great idea.  I mean, don’t we all love to knit and watch tv at the same time!  That’s certainly where I get the bulk of my knitting done.  Jana very generously offered to send me two complimentary skeins of a colourway read more

Hopping down the bunny trail

Hopping down the bunny trail

Finished and successful – even the felting part didn’t cause me any problems.  They’re cute as a trio – it’s such a shame to split them up. Our Easter guests had fun with their little Easter egg hunt and the Schmeebot bunnies helped out by hanging onto their baskets and overseeing the hunters. Pattern: Schmeebot rabbit Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Needles: 5 mm dpn (green and orange rabbits), 6 mm dpn (grey rabbit) Modifications: Played with length of arms and legs. Tried garter st ears on one of the bunnies instead of read more

Schmeebot

Schmeebot

Easter is coming and I had this last minute idea to knit some bunnies for my little bunny and his cousins’ Easter baskets.  The Schmeebot bunny piqued my interest quite a while back and now I have a reason to knit it!  Or should I say three of them. Here are the gangly legged bunnies before they’re felted and finished off.  The grey one is  knit on larger (too large) needles.  The orange one is knit completely on two dpns like i-cord.  For the larger sections I used read more

Movement patterns

Movement patterns

In preparation for a little presentation to my Guild tomorrow night, I’m going through my swatches and notes for a workshop I teach, Strategies for Knitting with Self-Patterning Sock Yarns.  Some of my favourite stitch patterns to use with self-patterning sock yarns are what I call movement stitches.  I like to see the linear stripes created with these yarns changed around so they turn into zigzags or scallops. Grumperina published a popular sock pattern called Jaywalker on MagKnits about one and a half years ago.  read more