September 2010

Friday Finds – Sheep’s Clothing

Friday Finds – Sheep’s Clothing

Image via Falke website. Hmm, pink knee-highs–it’s a good look on him. Can your man rock that look?

Sewn Bind Off Tutorial with No Sewing

Sewn Bind Off Tutorial with No Sewing

Devan loves yellow. He’s been asking me for handknit yellow socks. I was worried that by the time I had time to knit them he might have a new favourite colour–he does that sometimes. Since I needed a new sample for my Tip-Toe-Up Socks class, the decision was easy–yellow socks! Devan loves them and he still loves yellow. In the class I show how to knit a replaceable heel for these socks and it requires some grafting. I demonstrate grafting on the needles which feels much more like a read more

Friday Finds – Upcycled Knitting Needles

Friday Finds – Upcycled Knitting Needles

Remember those vintage plastic knitting needles? I have a few in my stash that were my Mum’s and might have even been my Grandma’s. Australian artist Liana Kabel breathes new life into them along with other bits of plastic and tupperware. Liana Kabel toys with nostalgia and the domestic sphere while transforming homecraft items and tupperware into contemporary jewellery. Liana sells her pieces in her Etsy shop. You can read more about Liana and her work on her read more

Millions of Cats – Children’s Book

Millions of Cats – Children’s Book

My Mum was a children’s school librarian and she has introduced me to many books, as you can imagine. One of her favourites to read aloud to her students was Millions of Cats. Upon rereading this book with Devan when he was little, I was thrilled to find an illustration of the very old woman knitting a toe-up sock on what appears to be six dpns. I imagine Wanda Gág, who both wrote and illustrated the book was not a knitter, but I was pleased none-the-less to see knitting in the book. The story is read more

Friday Finds – Petite Purls

Friday Finds – Petite Purls

I recently found out about a great online knitting magazine called Petite Purls. It focuses solely on knits for babies and children. How could I not have been aware of it?  Where have I been? Audrey’s First Day by Elizabeth Smith The Fall 2010 issue contains 13 free knitting patterns, a tutorial for sewing reusable sandwich wrappers and an article on the importance of read more

Newfoundland Trigger Mitts

Newfoundland Trigger Mitts

In a box of my childhood things in my mother’s basement I discovered this pair of mittens I used to wear when I was Devan’s age. They are trigger mitts from Newfoundland.  Devan and me, both at 8 yrs old. In the 1970s we moved from Alberta to St. John’s, Newfoundland. It was a big adventure for my family and although a part of Canada, Newfoundland seemed so different to us in many ways. Among our many discoveries was the strong tradition of knitting in Newfoundland—especially handknit trigger mitts, sometimes called three finger mittens. It seems they are unique to read more