March 2010

Collar Construction

Collar Construction

I don’t knit for myself very often any longer. In part it’s because designing and the business takes much of my time. When I do knit for myself, I like to learn or try something new. It could be a new (to me) sweater construction. It could be to see how another designer writes patterns. Miss BB by Bonne Marie of Chic Knits fulfills my multi-tasking needs. I’m learn something new, I’m evaluating another designer’s writing style and I get a sweater I can wear out of the project. It read more

Knitterly Welcome

Knitterly Welcome

I bought a door mat from Lantern Moon when I was at Sock Summit. I know, it’s an odd thing to buy at a knitting retreat, but it has balls of yarn on it! When I got it to my hotel room, I quickly saw the error of my ways. It absolutely would not fit in my suitcase and it was too big for carry on. Oh dear! I met a lot of knitters from the lower mainland at Sock Summit, but only one who was driving. Karen was very read more

Local Workshops

Local Workshops

I would like to invite you ‘locals’ to join me for a couple of workshops presented by the West Coast Knitters’ Guild. There will be other instructors and workshops throughout the weekend of May 1 and 2. Contact Lynn at the WCKG for more information. Are you Interested in Intarsia? Many of my sweater designs include little details of colour that are done using the intarsia technique. The colour blocks read more

Ack

Ack

I was so eager to finish my Miss BB now that I have acquired the final ball of yarn that I wasn’t paying attention. While I was insetting the second sleeve I discovered that the right sweater front armhole is too long. I knit an extra repeat of eight rows. Blah. The results? Some frogging, quite a bit of seaming that had to be taken out, plus a little procrastination.

Miss BB

Miss BB

I’ve discovered that if I don’t choose projects that will coordinate with my wardrobe, then I never wear them. Seems so obvious yet it took me years to figure that out! Do you have sweaters in your drawer that never see the light of day? There’s nothing really wrong with them, but somehow they just aren’t right? So now I choose functional sweaters in a colour that will match my clothes. It’s grey again. And it’s a cardigan again. Our new house is colder than our apartment was and I need to have something read more

To the rescue

To the rescue

I ran out of yarn and Heidi, by way of Ravelry came to the rescue. I’ve been knitting a Chicknits sweater for myself with some yarn I purchased at Dressew. I did calculate the yardage before purchasing the yarn, but I ran out anyway and Dressew has run out of the colour. After trying friends and Guild members without any success, I posted a plea for help to a Dressew thread on Ravelry. Wow, such a quick response! Several people were willing to give up read more

The Next Generation

The Next Generation

I’ve been busy this winter teaching fibre arts noon-hour programs to elementary school aged children. I taught two classes (knitting and crochet) at my son’s school and I picked up a crochet class at a new school, Emily Carr Elementary. My knitting kids made a small backpack knit in the round. They did a fabulous job and the double-pointed needles barely fazed them! One of the crochet classes was called “Crochet a Valentine.” The kids crocheted read more

‘Salty Knits’ Strikes Again

‘Salty Knits’ Strikes Again

Police hunt ‘The Midnight Knitter’ wool graffiti bandit This link just appeared on my FaceBook wall. It was sent from an old art college acquaintance who now lives in New Zealand. Fascinating how the knit graffiti or yarn bombing craze is intriguing non-knitters all over the world. Equally fascinating that they want to connect with any knitters they know to share the story.

I cheated

I cheated

I bought a pair of machine-knit socks made with Regia’s Kaffe Fassett Exotic, colourway Ember. I popped into Dressew today to see if they’ve had a new shipment of discount yarn. I’m sure everyone on the lower mainland is familiar with the great deals that can be had at Dressew. For those not in the know, an American distributor decided to unload a bunch of quality yarn so we’ve been seeing some hugely discounted Rowan, Nashua Handknits, and Regia among others. No new shipments, but I hadn’t notice the Regia machine knit sock samples before. read more

Knitting Warmth

What a fabulous commercial! This YouTube video shows the making of a natural gas commercial incorporating the magical warmth of knitting. It’s a must see. It came to me by way of Knitknigel and hizKNITS.