May 2008

Avery errata

Note the pattern number on the bottom right-hand corner of the cover page. The first number refers to the pattern and the number after the decimal is the numbered revision (e.g. #8.2 is Avery, revision number 2). Corrections are listed by most recent revision number. Text in red is the corrected wording. #8.3 revised on May 21, 2008 Page 5, section that starts with Size 4T (see Chart C): Rep RS dec row once more. 98 sts. Set up the second row of coloured squares and continue armhole shaping: Thank you Marlene for pointing out this typo. #8.2 revised on read more

Busy Busy Bees

Busy Busy Bees

We started off with 13 knitting spools for Devan’s class and yesterday I had to go back to the store for more. The project is a hit with the kids. Today when I arrived in the classroom to knit with them, they all shouted out my name and cheered. I felt like a rock star!

No straights for me

No straights for me

I hadn’t really realised it, but I’ve been knitting with circular needles almost exclusively for a few years now. I love my Addi Turbos. That’s all fine and dandy until I can’t find the right sized circular needle in my stash. I swear I have a 2 ¾ mm circular needle – or do I? At any rate, I pulled out a pair of straights and boy, do I find them cumbersome. I can’t throw the project easily into my bag when I’m on the go. The needles keep hitting the arms of the plastic chairs at the swimming pool when read more

The Knitting Bee

The Knitting Bee

Devan’s teacher has asked me to teach his class how to knit. Since the children are 6 and 7 year olds, I decided to teach them spool knitting. I found these cute “knitting bees” at Dressew for a great price along with some very inexpensive yarn. Large $2 balls I was able to rewind into six little 25 g balls so there is plenty to go around. I already taught Devan how to use the knitting spool and I know there are a couple of girls in the class who have done read more

Eye heart ewe

Eye heart ewe

Just because he loves me, my little fibre-conscious boy gave me a love note. I received another lovely gift recently. Nigel knit a pair of socks for me in some lovely soft merino dyed by Sweet Georgia before she went on her hiatus. The design is one that Nigel has been working on and promises to write up. I just love how the stitch pattern is right and left footed. Now I did a very read more

Note from home

Note from home

We played hookie this morning. I took Devan to the International Children’s Festival so we could go to a Creole music performance offered in both French and English. (That’s how I rationalized it because D is in French Immersion!) It was great fun. We took in a little face painting, made a pirate’s hat and an origami boat and actually made it back to school for the afternoon. Devan must have been vibrating with excitement before the performance began. All the pictures of him were blurry.   read more

What is standard?

What is standard?

I’m very confused about standard sizes for kids’ sweater patterns. For my most recent design, I decided I would dutifully follow the recommendations by the Craft Yarn Council of America. Indie designers are definitely encouraged to follow the guidelines for their self-published patterns. When writing a pattern for other publications we are often referred to the CYCA yarn standards. In addition to information about needles and yarn, the CYCA offers standard body measurements and sizing charts. Although I wanted to follow the CYCA standards, I also looked at other sources including read more

Guild workshops

Guild workshops

It’s been a busy knitty time for me lately. Our Guild had a great day of workshops the weekend after Quadra Island. I taught my glove workshop in the morning and we had a lot of fun with it. It feels different teaching a group of knitters I already know – very familiar. I was poking around Ravelry the other day and found at least one pair of almost finished gloves from the workshop. Good job Valerie! In the afternoon I was a student! I took a creative class with my friend read more

Hand dyeing workshop

Hand dyeing workshop

 I had time to take in a couple of workshops while I was at the knitting retreat on Quadra Island. Truely, what’s a knitting retreat without a workshop, right? Judy MacLean of Sweatermaker Yarns creates beautiful hand-painted skeins of indulgence. It was an honour to watch her demonstration of crammed dyeing (I believe that’s what she called it). It’s a reduced water method. Judy dyed a bamboo/merino blend using red, blue and yellow.  Can you tell from this photo? The colours mixed together a little more than she expected since is was a new fibre read more