June 2007

Time to share

Time to share

I just love receiving email from knitters who have completed one of my sweaters – especially when they send photos!  Martha has outdone herself by knitting not one, but TWO Drunken Argyle vests.  The original pattern was published in the men’s issue of Knitty.com. In January Martha emailed me a photo of her first vest that she knit for her 28-yr-old son for Christmas.  He selected the design from about six vests that Martha showed him.  He’s a graphic designer and as Martha said,  “The idea of the argyle read more

My Little Ponies

My Little Ponies

Pearls, that is.  I’ve been looking everywhere for a Canadian source for Pony Pearl dpns.  I found them at the Beehive Wool Shop in Victoria when I participated in the yarn crawl at the Victoria Fibre Festival.  So, I decided to get a set in every size from 2 mm to 4 mm.  At some point I’ll probably regret not getting the full range but at least now I know where I can find them. I fell in love with them when I started a new pair read more

Hem replacement

Hem replacement

A few posts back I talked about replacing an intarsia block of colour without ripping everything back.  The Lucy cardigan needed another fix.  The turquoise in the first six rows creating the hem also had to be replaced.  I took the time to tediously rip back only to discover that knitting doesn’t easily rip out from the cast on edge.  Next time I do this I’ll use scissors and cut it off. After all the turquoise read more

Up, Up and Away

Up, Up and Away

Sunday at the Victoria Knit-Out prooved to be a challenging day weatherwise.  When we arrived to set up the tent there were grey skies and the rain was holding. Devan helped unpack his bear modeling the Bobo sweater design. After the tent was up and about the time people started arriving for the Knit-Out it tried raining a few times.  The skies were toying with us.  It would read more

Guess who?

Guess who?

Yes, that’s who you think she is! Stephanie Pearl-McPhee a.k.a. the Yarn Harlot was standing directly in front of me while waiting for her introduction at her talk Saturday evening in Victoria.  (Sorry for the grainy cell phone photo – must remember my bloggerly duties and bring my camera to these events.)  What a pleasant surprise to find out that as a sponsor of the Victoria FibreFest and Knit-Out, Nigel and I were entitled to a read more

Last minute details

Last minute details

Mechelle Lymburner, a photographer friend and the mother of one of Devan’s classmates offered to photograph some of my sweaters to use in posters for my tent at the Knit-Out. We threw the sweaters on some kids in the playground after school one day last week and had some fun. Mechelle dropped the photos off this afternoon before we left for Victoria. All I have to say is WOW! Mechelle has a great way with design, composition and use of light. She’s amazingly fast at snapping just the right shot of read more

Sliding Loop Technique

Sliding Loop Technique

I want to share a nifty trick with you.  I’ve discovered how to replace a block of intarsia knitting without ripping everything out.  After knitting most of the back of the Lucy design I decided I didn’t like my colour choices.  I wanted to swap out the turquoise for a rich bright pink.  Instead of ripping all the way back (the cast on edge also needed to be changed), I decided to try a little experiment and replace just the turquoise areas without ripping out any of the other knitting. read more