Every time I sit down to design, ideas and images push and pull me along different tangents. This time my inspirations were comic book colours, The Big Bang Theory, Ronald McDonald, Roy Lichtenstein … and onomatopoeic words. I’ve always loved the word onomatopoeia, especially that it’s such a long word to describe the often one-syllable words that suggest sounds in our written language. Pop! Bam! Pow! I think there’s a similarity between onomatopoeia and intarsia colourwork—it takes more work but packs a great visual punch. Ronald McDonald snuck into my subconscious with his wildly read more
Have you seen the new photos for my Tip Toe Up socks? I partnered with Krista of RainCityKnits to create these colourful, crazy ,hot pink-toed socks in her awesome yarn. In fact, those are Krista’s feet and our photo shoot was in her very cool artist’s loft. My toe up sock class is a popular one. At the end of every class I’m always asked if I have a pattern. Great idea! Even if you don’t get a chance to take the class with me, knitting read more
Note the pattern number in the footer of the cover page. The first number refers to the pattern and the number after the decimal is the numbered revision (e.g. #27.2 is Rain City Kid, revision number 2). Corrections are listed by most recent revision number. Text in red is the corrected wording or numbers. #27.2 revised on February 14, 2015 Left Front Shoulder shaping Next row (WS): P10 (14, 14, 16, 16) sts; w&t. … Sizes 6, 8, 10 and 12 only Next WS row: P0 (7, 7, 8, 8) sts; w&t.
There’s a typo in the text as it appears in Classic Elite Shawls, Wraps & Scarves: 20 Ideas 3 Ways. The instructions refer to the Fern Stitch Chart I on page 154. The chart is actually on page 54.
The Breakers cowl in my new book, Tempest uses a really simple but not widely know stitch pattern called double garter stitch. It’s a great pattern that can use any number of stitches and it’s worked the same on both sides, just like garter stitch. While it’s possible to use a conventional cast on, I developed a Double-Wrap Long Tail Cast On so the double garter stitch pattern is worked from the very beginning. Tempest Video Tutorials As part of the Tempest book project, Felicia and I filmed a number of tutorials read more
Have you been entering the giveaways and following along with the Tempest blog tour? Yesterday was the last stop on the tour at MisoCraftyKnits. I must confess reading everyone’s reviews gave me warm fuzzy feelings for the past few weeks. Such lovely words! I love that everone took a different approach with their Tempest post. Kate Atherley, a.k.a. Wise Hilda was our fabulous tech editor and she took the opportunity to talk about what it’s like to do the tech editing on a large project, read more
Warm up your knitting fingers and flex your yarnie muscles. It’s that time of year when we make the mad dash to add just one more knitted gift to our list of projects to complete before the big day. I’ve made it easy for you to select the perfect project to knit for the knitworthy recipients on your list, this year. Dig through your stash or pop out to your favourite local yarn store and get clicking! Your Mum Beaded Beauty is a lovely confection of kid silk laceweight and beads. Don’t let knitting with read more
Felicia and I are excited to announce that we’re running a knit-along for the designs in Tempest! It will run until January 31, 2015. You still have plenty of time to order yarn and begin your project. The fabulous thatsusangirl is hosting the KAL and the place to CHAT about your projects and entries is in the Sweet SweetGeorgia group on Ravelry. KAL runs from Nov 1 to Jan 31 OFFICIAL ENTRIES MUST BE MADE ON THE SWEETGEORGIA RAVELRY FORUM Entries read more
I’ll be visiting Compatto Yarn Salon in Santa Monica, California next week. The Tempest trunk show is traveling with me and I’ll be signing books as well as chatting about the designs and techniques in the book. October 23, 2 to 6 p.m. Compatto Yarn Salon 2112 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA (310) 453-2130 The lovely ladies at Compatto have pulled together an afternoon of refreshments for my visit, culminating with wine and cheese in the late afternoon. If you’re in the read more