February 2011

Submission Deadline

Submission Deadline

I’ve been busy as a beaver but there’s nothing I can show for it. I haven’t been submitting to publications very much to date because my schedule didn’t allow me to commit to short deadlines. I have more flexibility now and it’s time to start the next phase of my design career. Earlier this month I was working hard on pulling together a number of submissions for an upcoming book. I just heard today that one of my designs was accepted. Yippee! There’s an up side to the submissions that weren’t accepted for that particular publication. I can either resubmit read more

Shozo Socks

Shozo Socks

Devan has new socks in yellows and golds–his favourite colours. I test knit Shozo, a pattern written by Nigel, my step-father. It’s toe up with a great method for working the gusset, heel turn and even the heel “flap” looks like a conventional top-down sock. He introduced me to a new stretchy bind-off which is by far an improvement over what I had been using. Nigel is currently galavanting around the world (he’s in Panama right now), but when he returns I’ll have to encourage him to give his pattern the final polish so it can read more

National Sweater Day

National Sweater Day

Today is every knitter’s favourite day. We knit for this day so that our families have sweaters to wear. Although it’s not like we need an excuse to knit! Today I’m wearing my Tangled Yoke Cardigan which I knit, of course. It’s my favourite handknit sweater and it’s designed by Eunny Jang and was in the Fall 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. I live in this sweater. What sweater are you wearing?

Crazy Hair Day

Crazy Hair Day

When it comes to being a boy with short hair, there’s only so much you can do for crazy hair day at school. This year we added yarn to Devan’s spiked hair. He was very pleased with it. Of course, it never hurts to choose yarn in your favourite colour. Project Specs Yarn: Québécoise 3-ply from Birkeland Brothers Other materials: spiking hair spray

Amigurumi Wrap Up

Amigurumi Wrap Up

Crochet lends itself so nicely to making three-dimensional stuffed creatures. The denser fabric—especially when working on a smaller hook—really creates a firm structure that doesn’t stretch out of shape when stuffed. Consequently the finished stuffies aren’t floppy. I mentioned before that I found a wonderful set of published patterns by Michelle Rheaume featuring some of the characters from the Nintendo Mario Brothers video games. Michelle’s patterns are for sale in her Etsy shop, Michelle Rheaume Designs. My little Mario fan received the rest of the series for Christmas. Devan’s collection of Mario memorabilia now boasts a miniature read more