June 2009

Farmer Boy

Farmer Boy

Devan and I have been reading Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Although I read this book as a child, I had forgotten about all the amazing references to the textile arts—a necessity in the 1800s. Wilder tells the story of the day to day life of a nine-year-old farm boy and his family. In addition to plowing the fields, planting potatoes and breaking calves, the reader gets lessons in weaving, knitting, dyeing and sewing. I particularly enjoyed the description of how the young boy’s clothes were made by his mother. … but inside his good woolen clothes he read more

Back on track

Back on track

Time to get back into a routine. The Victoria FibreFest and Knit-Out always takes up so much time before the big event for me to get everything organized. The regular schedule goes out the window while I prepare. This year I taught two classes and had my tent of patterns and kits at the Knit-Out. It was a good show and we couldn’t have asked for better weather. I was fretting all week because the forecast was not promising. The wind did pick up in the afternoon (as it always does), but only towards the end. read more

Ta Da!

Ta Da!

One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Just released this week, two new patterns to celebrate the little children in your life. Toddlers love counting and each is so proud of his age. Celebrate your birthday boy or girl’s age with a big number on the front of this comfy raglan-sleeved sweater. The corresponding number of circles decorates the back and the same number of stripes adorns one sleeve. One! Two! Three!                     Four! Five! Six! $9.50 CAD                                    $9.50 CAD                                      We read more

Busy

Busy

Can’t talk. The crochet class at school is finished and the kids were really happy with their hacky sacs. They did a great job. Madly knitting samples for the Victoria Knit-Out. Love this new colourway and I have lots of yarn for kits. Have to make a trip to the post office to pick up a yarn order and new banners for the tent. New patterns are imminent. Just polishing read more

Show and Tell Time

Show and Tell Time

The finished projects have been pouring in for the past couple of weeks. My little kidlets have been working hard learning to knit and I’m really proud of what they’ve accomplished. Time for some show and tell … The younger children have been making wristwarmers. We’ve been tying together two-yard long lengths of yarn and working away in garter stitch. Some of the wrist warmers acquired extra stitches along the way—one had almost three times as read more

Twist Collective Summer 2009

Twist Collective Summer 2009

I can finally tell you about my hush, hush project! The summer issue of Twist Collective went live yesterday and contains a feature with kids’ designs. My design, Dizzy is on page 16. It’s so exciting to see it published and to know I’m in the company of so many amazing knitwear designers—do check out the rest of the issue. What a thrill! If you like the pattern, follow this Ravelry read more

Catch Up

Catch Up

My silence is due to my busy schedule! I organized a weekend workshop for the Guild with Jean Wong. I love going to workshops, but organizing them is always more work than I anticipated! It was a fabulous weekend with lots of new information that I can’t wait to start using with my finishing and pattern drafting. I’m already starting to plan another workshop with Sivia Harding. I’ve also been busy finishing off some sweaters for an upcoming read more