October 2008

Blocking

Blocking

I blocked my Mum’s sweater for her. She’s in town for Devan’s birthday and finished knitting the pieces to an Avery sample. I have a piece of gingham fabric on which I drew out all the pattern pieces and sizes of my designs with fabric markers. This speeds along the blocking considerably since I don’t ever need to measure. I just love the colours in this Avery. The read more

Oh my heaven!

Oh my heaven!

Devan’s seven! It’s my little boy’s birthday today. He is my star, my light, my everything. The years are going by so quickly! We’ve been celebrating in grand style. Last weekend we had two birthday parties—a bowling party with his friends and a family party. Two parties means two cakes. And that doesn’t include the goodies I sent with him to school today to help celebrate with his classmates. Devan outgrew my patterns long ago. I have had intentions all along to start designing read more

Hallowe’en Pumpkins

Hallowe’en Pumpkins

Audrey sent me pictures of the Jack that she completed for a friend’s granddaughter. Charlee is so adorable in this sweater! Thank you, Audrey, for sharing. $49 (plus shipping) This pattern is only available as a kit. It is basically the Candace cardigan with a Jack ‘o Lantern on the back. As you can see, I found the perfect yarn for this pattern. We’re in the thick of Hallowe’en preparations read more

Little House in the Big Woods

Little House in the Big Woods

I love children’s literature and while I was pregnant, I so looked forward to reading to Devan. I wanted to share all my childhood favourites and discover new ones together. We just finished reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods. I wanted him to see that being a kid wasn’t always all about going to school, playing video games and getting dessert after supper. Those children in the 1800’s had a very different sort of life than he has now. A bonus when reading to Devan is finding references to knitting. I’ve always wanted to compile read more

Tantalizing Tootsies

Tantalizing Tootsies

I’m still working on the second sock of Cat Bordhi’s pattern, Bartholomew’s Tantalizing Socks. The first sock was completed along with several other single socks for my workshop last weekend where I taught the sky sock architecture from Cat’s book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters. I really enjoy teaching because it gives me an opportunity to meet other knitters and discover how they knit, how they read instructions, what they find challenging, what comes easy. It’s always eye opening and I learn so much. Back to the sock–I was working on it today at read more

Apple Festival

Apple Festival

Yesterday we went to the Apple Festival and sampled close to 100 varieties of apples. It’s amazing just how different they taste from one another. While waiting in line for the tasting I spotted my friend Carmen. We haven’t seen one another for ages because of her market and craft show schedule. I’ve been keeping up to date by reading Carmen’s blog, but I must admit, I was beginning to wonder if she was a figment of my imagination. Or perhaps a ghost. It has been months. Perhaps read more

Stairway to Heaven?

Stairway to Heaven?

Cat leads and interesting journey into her brilliant sock construction. I have followed her footsteps (in stocking feet, no less) up to the sky and immersed myself in her sky sock architecture. All of this in preparation for one of the classes I’m teaching tomorrow at Wool and Wicker based on Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters book. Going counter-clockwise and starting with the large black and pink sock: Bartholomew’s Tantalizing Socks using Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 sock yarn (I’m currently read more

Blog Nominations

Blog Nominations

Thank you Carmen of Melonhead KnitWear for your kind words and nominating me for a blog award. What a thrill!  As an award recipient, I must follow the rules: 1. Please put the award on your blog. (done) 2. Add a link to the person who awarded you. (done) 3. You must nominate at least 4 fellow bloggers for this award. (below) 4. Add links to the recipients. (done) 5. Leave a comment so the recipients know they have received an award. (done) I’ve sort of dropped out of the blog world a little read more

Two new stores

Two new stores

Two yarn shops in the United States have just started carrying my patterns. Look for my patterns at Knot Just Yarn in Burlington, WA. Becky was introduced to my patterns through one of her employees who recently completed Kieran. You can also take a look at Connie’s sweater on Ravelry. I love the green Smooshy by Dream in Color that she used for the body. I’ve used it before and it’s a dream to work with. The sleeves and read more

The fashion forecast is grey

The fashion forecast is grey

I’ve been working on a nice, basic grey cardigan for the past while. I started it in the summer on one of our vacations and it’s a good mindless travel/t.v. knit. The exciting part is soon to come though. It has a delicate horizontal cable running around the yoke. It is a Eunny Jang design called Tangled Yoke Cardigan and can be found in the Interweave Knits Fall 2007 issue. When I consider other people’s designs to knit for myself, I assess them for interesting technique or a read more