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Saturday, Jan 9, 2016

Hockey Shawl

Hockey Shawl

The lovely ladies at River City Yarns asked me to design something with the fun Hat Trick yarn they’ve developed. What better than a shawl that can be worn to a hockey game? I wanted to do a mash up of a lace shawl and a team uniform. To maintain the feel of the uniform there’s a large area of solid colour in stocking stitch. This has an added benefit of making the project more approachable to beginner shawl knitters. The lace begins in the solid colour where it’s clearly visible and then segues into the busy hand-dyed read more

Thursday, Nov 19, 2015

Gift-A-Long 2015

Gift-A-Long 2015

Over on Ravelry there’s a fun celebration of gift knitting at it’s finest. Hundreds of indie designers from all over the world are participating by offering 25% off of a selection of their patterns beginning at 5 p.m. (PST) November 19th until 9 p.m. November 27th. There are over 5000 discounted patterns! I’m joining in the fun this year with 20 patterns of my own. I’ve chosen a nice selection of quicker projects, perfect for gift knitting. I also chose a couple of more involved projects if you’re planning on knitting for that special read more

Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015

Inspiration for Philodendron

Inspiration for Philodendron

Teen television dramas are one of my guilty pleasures. I also love watching period dramas, in part for the costumes and the knitwear designs they inspire. Reign, a show that focuses on Mary, Queen of Scots’ marriage to the Dauphin of France, offers the best of both of my TV watching passions. Even though the costumes aren’t completely true to the mid-16th century, they’re still fun to look at. In one episode, Mary wore an ornately embellished doublet that caught my eye. With my trusty cell phone I snapped a few pictures and stored read more

Monday, Nov 9, 2015

Cover Girl—Oversized Cowl

Cover Girl—Oversized Cowl

Well, look at that! I just found out that my design made the cover of Designer Knitting in the UK. In North America, the magazine is known as Vogue Knitting and always has a different cover. My Oversized Cowl is in both publications and it’s a staple that should be in every knitter’s wardrobe. The cowl is knit flat in a sumptuously textured rickrack ribbing pattern. The cowl is generously sized to be a real statement piece and keep you cozy warm when the wind starts blowing. It sports a reverse stockinette stitch rolled read more

Sunday, Nov 1, 2015

Fearless Knitting with Lucy Neatby

Fearless Knitting with Lucy Neatby

Have you ever taken a class with Lucy Neatby? If not, then you must! I’ve been known to travel to other cities and provinces to attend her workshops! Lucy now has three Craftsy classes, so she can come to you in the comfort of your own home. I just finished watching her most recent Craftsy class—Fearless Knitting: Empowering Techniques for Every Knitter—and it’s as wonderful as I expected. Lucy’s goal is that you’ll never miss an opportunity to fearlessly fix your mistakes. She guides you through making sense of what your stitches are doing read more

Wednesday, Sep 9, 2015

Corrugated Vest

Corrugated Vest

Heritage Collection, a book of men’s knitting patterns including my Corrugated Vest, has just been released today! This is one of my all time favourite men’s designs. It’s simple, classic and very effective. The corrugated ribbing is what makes this piece. Choose three complimentary colours to coordinate with the main colour and your favourite man’s wardrobe and this vest will be part of his daily outfit. It’s suitable for the office, weekends and holidays. The vest can be dressed up with a shirt and tie or dressed down with comfortable jeans. Get read more

Thursday, Aug 13, 2015

Podcast Interview

Podcast Interview

Have you heard about The SweetGeorgia Show yet? It’s a new podcast and I’m interviewed in Episode 005! Do check out the podcast. It’s the brainchild of Felicia Lo, founder and creative director of SweetGeorgia Yarns. I’m looking forward to hearing more of Felicia’s conversations with various people in the fibre industry. So far she’s interviewed a yarn shop owner in Paris, knitwear designers, a pattern distributor, a tech editor and master sock guru and they have all been really interesting. They run about 25 or 30 minutes—perfect for your commute or knitting time. read more

Friday, Aug 7, 2015

Individual Tempest Patterns

Individual Tempest Patterns

Every few days we’re releasing one individual pattern from my book, Tempest until they’re all available. The release days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the patterns are available on Ravelry. To kick things off, Breakers is available free for the whole month of August! Seaswell and Watermark are also available. What pattern from the Tempest collection are you dying to knit?

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015

Garter Stitch Cap

Garter Stitch Cap

It’s a guy thing! The most recent issue of Knit Simple magazine has a section on knitting for the men in your life and my Garter Stitch Cap design is the first one featured. I love using stripes when designing with garter stitch. They’re just so stripey and textured and provide such a strong visual line. It’s always a surprise to see what the yarn editor at the magazine sends me to work with. I was pleased that it was Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe because … those colours—a gradient of teal! read more

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015

Diagonal Eyelet Scarf

Diagonal Eyelet Scarf

Looking for some light and lacy summer knitting?  I have a design in the spring/summer issue of Noro Knitting Magazine which was released earlier this month. The Diagonal Eyelet Scarf was originally inspired by the ceinture fléchée, a part of the French Canadian voyageurs’ traditional costume. My fellow Canadians, do you remember learning about this in social studies in school? The scarf is knit in Kibou, a cotton/wool/silk blend which is part of the Noro family and comes in scrumptious colours. Diagonal Eyelet Scarf Publication: Noro Knitting Magazine, Spring/Summer 2015 read more