November 2009

I’m knitting again!

I’m knitting again!

Shh, don’t tell my chiropractor, but I’ve been sneaking in some knitting. My shoulder is much better than it was. I’m still a bit stiff, but I’ve been stiff for a couple of years now (it’s the knitting). My goal right now is to get the full range of movement out of my shoulder and to keep up with my exercises. I don’t want to be decommissioned again. Knitting is just too important! Earlier this month, Evelyn sent me pictures of her finished Aidan. She bought the pattern from read more

Out of Commission

Out of Commission

I’ve done something to my rotator cuff and as a consequence, I can barely move my arm. It’s called ‘frozen shoulder’ which as a description doesn’t sound so bad. What the name doesn’t describe is the pain experienced when you forget and accidentally move the arm. Yeowch! It’s amazing how many minor movements we do that use our shoulder muscles. Needless to say, there will be no knitting for a while. Boo hoo. Especially sad because I’ve been organizing a weekend workshop with my friend, read more

Ruby Pocket

Ruby Pocket

I can’t seem to get away from knitting Rubies! This one is knit with Smooshy by Dream in Color and Cherry Tree Hill’s Supersock Select. For a long time I’ve been wanting to show you a tutorial for the pocket front on the Ruby sweater. I don’t like sewing my knitting together and this method avoids having to sew the pocket at the top and the bottom. Note: you may click on all the photos to see a larger image. Divide Pocket read more

Koigu Ruby

Koigu Ruby

There are alternatives to using self-patterning yarns in my designs. Handpainted yarns look wonderful. I just finished my latest Ruby and I’m loving it. Francesca at Three Bags Full let me choose the colours to knit for their new store sample. There were several of us in the store and the concensus for the coordinating solid was this lovely red colour. read more

New Patterns

New Patterns

We’re giving a couple of favourite early patterns a new lease on life. Both Tobie’s Mittens (originally called Self-Patterning Mittens) and Cuffs were published in the Accord Knitting Pattern-A-Day calendars a few years back. Tobie’s Mittens  $5.00 CAD Tobie’s Mittens offers six sizes of mittens from newborn to preteen. Such a small amount of yarn is needed for the mittens, you’ll have fun diving into your basket of remnants from earlier projects to read more

Sample Knitting

Sample Knitting

I’ve agreed to knit several samples for some local yarn shops in Vancouver. Just check out the lovely handpainted yarns I get to work with! From left to right: Koigu KPM and KPPPM, Koigu KPM and Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock (Devon), Dream in Color Smooshy (Shiny Moss) and Cherry Tree Hill read more

Pretty as a Peacock

Pretty as a Peacock

Beryl just send me pictures of her adorable granddaughter Ava modeling her new Peacock sweater. Three days before Christmas last year Beryl emailed me asking for advice on seaming. The lacey stitch pattern of Peacock creates a scalloped edge and it’s very tempting to follow the bind off edge when sewing the shoulders together, resulting in bumpy shoulders. My instructions warn against this, but Beryl wasn’t sure how to proceed. I sent her some quick photos and a few words of encouragement and she easily read more

More Skulls

More Skulls

Hallowe’en is a big deal around here; especially because Devan’s birthday is just two days before. It gets busy with parties and baking and events that all need to be fit in. This year I think I baked two birthday cakes (for separate parties), a batch of birthday cupcakes to share with classmates, and more cupcakes for the annual charity bake sale at Rod’s office. Just to add to the stress level a little, I decided to crochet these adorable little felted skulls for the kids goody bags for Devan’s birthday party. They read more