January 2008

Mail on Sunday?

Mail on Sunday?

Yesterday Canada Post arrived with a parcel of yarn from One Planet Yarn and Fiber.  I’m working on a secret project for them and it’s great to get the yarn in my hands so I can finalise the details.  The yarn, a cotton/wool blend is Clarissa by Lana Puras in Petal and Biscotti.  Pretty, huh? When I’m writing a pattern I like to hammer down all the measurements first.  Around the same time I also knit a swatch then wash and block it.  Then I create read more

Annie’s Thanks

Annie’s Thanks

I just received an email from Annie of Annie’s Mittens.  I only know her mother and I have never met Annie but as I mentioned before, my knitting guild makes mittens for Annie’s kindergarten class in New York every year because these little kids don’t have much and it’s our way of helping out.  Here’s what Annie had to say, Wow!! I cannot believe that I have had a mitten pattern named after me!! What an honor! … I was really pleased this year with the read more

Rip Rip Revolution

Rip Rip Revolution

I was happily working on the Peacock sample for Three Bags Full over the holidays between games of Dance Dance Revolution (one of the new Christmas presents in our house … that is one fun video game!).  I was all set to block some of the pieces and I was really happy with the combination of hand-painted and semi-solid colourways.  I wanted to double-check something against one of my finished samples only to realise that read more

Yes sir, yes sir

Yes sir, yes sir

Three Bags Full, one of my LYSs is now carrying my patterns!  Three Bags Full specializes in gorgeous natural fibres, often hand dyed.  They don’t carry the conventional self-patterning yarns and therefore weren’t carrying my patterns to date.  I convinced them that my designs look great when knit with hand-painted yarns and they certainly have a great selection of lovely sock yarns in semi-solids, solids and hand-painted variegated such as: Cherry Tree Hill, Indigo Moon, Louet Gems, Lorna’s Laces, and Koigu among others. Right now you’ll just find the read more