April 2009

Patterns that work

Patterns that work

I just have to share… Round one of the tech editing for my hush hush design is done and the tech editor said, Really well-written pattern – you live up to your tagline! I can’t tell you how happy that makes me! I strive to write patterns that are a notch above the rest: in design, in execution, in clarity, in accuracy. It’s particularly gratifying to receive that sort of feedback.

Boys DO Knit!

Boys DO Knit!

I’ve been searching for the children’s book, Boys Don’t Knit! by Janice Schoop for some time. My little boy is starting to be influenced by the boys at school and he often classifies activities as boys’ or girls’ activities. This book helps to break down those barriers. Marvin doesn’t like the handknit sweater his Grandma made for him. It’s itchy and it’s bright red. When he accidentally unravels it by pulling on a loose strand he panics. His best friend, Elsa tells him that read more

Hand-Me-Downs

Hand-Me-Downs

What do you do with the lovingly hand knitted clothes your kids have outgrown? I just don’t have the heart to take these items to the consignment store or to donate them. Devan doesn’t have younger siblings or cousins who get to inherit his sweaters. (Click any photo to enlarge.) If you knit for the little people in your read more

Sneaky Feeling

Sneaky Feeling

I had that sneaky feeling that I might not have enough of the Jitterbug yarn to make the other sock after I completed the first one. Did I weigh the remaining ball of yarn and the first sock? Noooo. Did I consider a Plan B for conserving the yarn or incorporating another yarn? Nooo. Instead I blindly started knitting the second sock, assuming there would be enough yarn because 100 g is always enough for a pair of socks for me. What happened? Does Jitterbug have less yardage than the read more

Aftermath

Aftermath

Sitting down this morning with one of the last hot cross buns of the season and a cafe latte. (I do love my knitterly dishes!)

Hoppy Days

Hoppy Days

Our long weekend was full of activities. Devan and I experimented with capillary action by placing white carnations in water tinted with food colouring. It was fascinating to watch the flowers change colour. Then I taught him about mixing colours by moving the flowers around between the vases of coloured water. I was rather pleased with the results. This lesson could segue nicely into a dyeing session with yarn. Hmmm. We took read more

Mattress Graft

Mattress Graft

Further to my post yesterday about sewing the pocket to the front of the hoodie using mattress stitch, I have more photos of how I sew the sleeve onto the body of the sweater. I like to use a combination of both mattress stitch and grafting. I graft the bound off stitches of the sleeve to the armhole selvages with mattress stitch. This provides an almost invisible seam. That’s not quite accurate, the stitches on the sleeve do show, but they look like the last row of knitting so it’s important to use the same yarn as the sleeves. I read more

Kangaroo pocket seam

Kangaroo pocket seam

I found these photos languishing in a directory on my computer. Then I remembered that I meant to show you how I sew the kangaroo pocket on to the front of my hoodie. For most seams I really like to use mattress stitch which is also sometimes called invisible seam, running thread seam, ladder stich, vertical grafting and weaving. With mattress stitch the seam is generally sewn one stitch in from the edges thus requiring a one-stitch selvage on each edge. This pocket has an extra stitch on each side specifically for the selvage. read more

Little Knitters

Little Knitters

This week has been all about teaching knitting and crochet classes to little kids. I’m offering three different classes for the noon-hour programs at Devan’s school. This marks the first of 8 weeks of lunchtime madness! Before the classes even began, I had a production line going assembling all the supplies that each child received in class. I give the kids knitting/crochet bags complete with a journal for keeping track of their projects, design ideas, instructions and knitting needles/crochet hooks. read more