July 2010

Pomegranate Yarn

Pomegranate Yarn

After much swatching last week, I came up with a solution for the sleeve cuffs on the triangle sweater that makes me happy. I modified another design embellishment borrowed from Andean Folk Knitting. The scalloped border is called “puntas.” I’m loving the subtle play of colours in the pomegranate yarn too. Even though I’ve knit and ripped a few times, Sweet Georgia’s superwash sock yarn is holding up beautifully. It’s a pleasure to knit with it. I almost want to rip it out so I can spend more time read more

Pic-Knit 2010

Pic-Knit 2010

I love having the opportunity to meet knitters face to face and I especially enjoy receiving feedback on my patterns in person. Next month I’ll have that opportunity because I’m participating in the Surrey Museum’s Pic-Knit event. Pack a lunch, bring your knitting and join a summer picnic of knitters, crafters and suppliers. I’ll be there (with all my patterns, kits and yarn) along with other vendors from across the Lower Mainland. Interested in taking a knitting workshop? I’m teaching too! If you’ve been wanting to try knitting with beads, sign up for my workshop read more

Sweet Georgia Yarn

Sweet Georgia Yarn

New Moon Studio: Porcelain Pomegranate I’ve been partial to pomegranates ever since I was a child visiting Dominica in the Carribean with my family. I loved picking the little seeds out and eating them one by one. I became even more intrigued with the pomegranate when I traveled to Granada, Spain in my early 20s. I saw pomegranate motifs everywhere I looked: in the mosaic sidewalks and as architectural motifs. It occurred to me that Granada must mean pomegranate and read more

Swatching Triangles

Swatching Triangles

Every designer has her/his own way of approaching a new project. I like to figure out all the numbers and sizes before I settle down to knit my first sample. I even write up the instructions. I get the fiddly stuff out of the way and then I have the pleasure of the knitting. After I knit then I get to fiddle again with numbers and editing before I move on to photography and formatting the document. Naturally before I start with my spreadsheets and calculations, I do some swatching to figure read more

Swatching inspires design ideas

Swatching inspires design ideas

I’m just loving working with Sandnes Mini Palett (colourway 0964). It’s one of the yarns I picked up to swatch for my next series of designs. The colours flow through the ball in slow colour shifts and it’s mesmerizing. While watching the colours develop, sparks of new ideas kept firing off. I had knit about 8″ of a sweater back and realised that if I really wanted to explore the new ideas I would need to rip back. Then something caught read more