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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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

Weft

Weft

Even though it’s not cozy sweater season right now, it is the perfect time to start thinking about a sweater project so it’s ready to wear when the leaves start blowing off the trees in a few months. Weft appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Twist Collective. The sweater was just returned to me this past week and now I remember again how much I love it! Weft calls for read more

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