November 2008

Three Perfect Peaches

Three Perfect Peaches

We found another knitting illustration in a book we borrowed from the library. Since the story has nothing to do with knitting it’s like a little hidden gem to find a bit of knitting hiding between the pages. I found the book in the fairy tale section of the library and it’s called Three Perfect Peaches. Three brothers take turns  bringing their peaches to an ailing princess in the hopes of curing her and winning her hand in marriage. Along the way they meet an old woman by the side of the road. And she’s knitting in public! She read more

Tight tangled cables

Tight tangled cables

My Tangled Yoke Cardigan is coming along nicely. In fact, it’s almost done. The horizontally running cables were a breeze. Well, except for keeping track of my stitch count and all those repeats over 350+ sts. My main concern is that the cables seem to pull in a bit and puckering the fabric. I’m going to try swatching the cable section with a larger needle to see if that will help.

New Labels!

New Labels!

My garment labels were ready last week and I just love them! I spent a little extra to have them made with all the colours that are on my business cards. I can’t wait to see them sewn into my samples. (Not excited about doing the sewing though!)

Craft Shows Galore

Craft Shows Galore

This is the time of year when there are plenty of craft shows to attend. The big one in Vancouver is Circle Craft and two of my friends were selling at the show. Allyson packed up and brought her jewellery all the way from Nova Scotia, where we first met and studied jewellry at art college together. It’s been years since we saw one another. Carmen of MelonHead KnitWear fame read more

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon

Thanks to illustrator, Clement Hurd, this little children’s book has a knitting reference in the illustrations. Goodnight Moon is a classic baby/children’s bedtime story and one I read many times to Devan in his early years. This book doesn’t mention any knitting directly, but the “quiet old lady who was whispering hush” does have knitting in her lap. Devan and I enjoyed saying goodnight to the knitting along with all the other objects in the child’s room.  Unfortunately it does perpetuate the myth that only grannies knit, but we chose read more

With this ring …

With this ring …

… I mark stitches! What do you do in a pinch when you need stitch markers and you don’t have them with you? I used my wedding and engagement rings! They worked like a charm. I also had added incentive to finish knitting so I could retrieve my rings and get them back on my finger. Now if only that worked with the second sock syndrome. 😉

Snappy new cards

Snappy new cards

I love my new business cards. My designer, Denise Tade did a great job and I’ve been having fun handing them to people. Their eyes kind of pop when they see the fun, colourful back. There has been so much discussion about business names, logos, websites and so forth around here and Devan is soaking it all up like a sponge. He has started designing his own logo for a business he’ll read more

Upcoming workshops

Upcoming workshops

This coming weekend I’m teaching four knitting workshops at BC’s Creative Expo at Canada Place in Vancouver. It’s being billed as a consumer education trade show and in addition to classes, seminars and stage shows, there will be a vendor’s mall with 45 exhibitors. Many of the crafts are represented such as scrap booking, quilting, rubber stamping and of course knitting. On Friday, I’ll be teaching … … how read more