March 2008

Spring?

Spring?

It’s snowing this morning in Vancouver. I’m just going to hunker down in front of the fire with a good cup of coffee and work on some samples for my upcoming trip to Quadra Island. Since we’ve been home I’ve finished a pair of mittens (on the right) and I’m working on gloves. These are samples for the kits I’m taking to the Spring Knitting Retreat. Come join us, it’s not too late to register! The snow read more

Arrested knitting

Arrested knitting

The workshops at River City Yarns in Edmonton were wonderful. I had great fun teaching them – I really enjoy sharing with other knitters. I think my new favourite workshop is Making Marvelous Mittens. Cynthia at River City Yarns gave it that name and I think I’ll continue to use it. We experiment with the various effects possible with knitting with a double strand of self-patterning yarn. I had a great group of read more

Spring Break … in the snow?

Spring Break … in the snow?

Devan and I traveled to Edmonton for spring break. We left the blooming magnolia trees and daffodils behind in Vancouver and arrived to a snow fall. I must confess that I was hoping for snow so that Devan would get a chance to play in it. He was out first thing this morning making snow angels … and shoveling the driveway. I took pictures of my favourite areas of my mum’s garden where I like to read more

Fibrefest International

Fibrefest International

I can’t believe the time is going so quickly. A week ago I went to the Fibrefest International with Carmen and Nigel. Nigel made the arrangements with me while he was in his last weeks of a 4-month-long trip to India with my Dad. He had his priorities in the place! Check out their travel blog for some great reading. We made the trek out to Abbotsford in search of yarn. I also wanted to see if it would be a good venue for read more

Wonderful Workshops!

Wonderful Workshops!

If you’re in the Edmonton area next week, come join me for a few workshops at lys, River City Yarns. Their schedule and registration information is here. I’m teaching Strategies for Working with Self-Patterning Sock Yarns – one of my favourite workshops. We explore a selection of stitches that look good in self-patterning yarn. We discuss the benefits and limitations of this unique yarn. Many of the ideas discussed also translate to hand-painted yarns. read more

Devan, meet Lorna

Devan, meet Lorna

With all the wonderful hand-painted yarns out there these days, I wanted to show you that Bee’s Knees Knits patterns look equally wonderful knit up in them as opposed to self-patterning yarns. Painted yarns that stripe a bit are the most effective, but you could also use a truely variegated yarn if you like that effect. Just use a yarn that will give you the right gauge and pretty much anything works – even solids. This is Lorna’s Laces Seaside paired with read more

It’s still a secret

It’s still a secret

The secret project for One Planet Yarn and Fiber is out the door and has been received by the One Planet people. This is an excerpt from the email I received earlier this week: Just wanted to let you know I received the sample [garment] yesterday. It is absoluteley ADORABLE!!!! Now it’s just a matter of it being photographed on their end – I’ll share those just as soon as I’m able – and their tech editor needs to take a look at the pattern. Soon the pattern read more

Stitch into Spring

Stitch into Spring

I’m teaching a gloves workshop at an upcoming Guild event on April 12th. If you’re in the Vancouver area and want a personal lesson on knitting the Guess Who? gloves why don’t you join us? I’ll walk you through the unique thumb gusset construction and we’ll talk about knitting a glove that fits. We have other instructors teaching various things that day including Carmen who will be teaching surface embellishment. She’s show read more