Holli Yeoh

Juggling Act

Juggling Act

How many designs are safe to juggle at the same time? I’m working on three sweaters I designed some time ago for Skacel (those pictures are of my original samples). The rights have reverted back to me so now I’m permitted to publish them. But first, I want to tweak them with a few little design elements to make them even better and I’ll offer them in a wider range of sizes. To this end I’ve been playing with three different spreadsheets to get the stitch counts just read more

Picot Cast-On

Picot Cast-On

While Two! is drying on the blocking board, I have a moment to pull together a tutorial on the picot cast-on that I call for in the girl’s version of the One! Two! Three! and Four! Five! Six! patterns. The picot cast-on is worked using the cable cast-on. (Click on photos to make them larger.) Cable cast-on starts with a slip knot. read more

Creative Ennuie

Creative Ennuie

What do you do to energize yourself and get your creative juices flowing? I’ve been completely uninspired lately. I’ll sit for long periods of time without knitting. This no knitting thing is kind of bizarre for me. It’s not completely true that I don’t want to knit, because I do. I just can’t decide what to knit or more accurately, where I should focus my attention. So perhaps this is more of an issue of indecision. I have been working on a few things lately—most of which are not finished. This pile of recent UFOs read more

The many necks of Avery

The many necks of Avery

Simply making everything proportionately larger did not work for upsizing Avery. Some changes and experimentation have been necessary. The neck was a major challenge. First I knit the same neckband as called for in my pattern: corrugated ribbing with a standard bind off in the solid colour. It’s too floppy and I’m not 100% pleased with it. Next experiment was to knit a rolled hem above the corrugated ribbing. read more

The knitter’s son

The knitter’s son

Poor Devan, I rarely knit for him any longer. Long ago he outgrew my children’s patterns. So last summer I decided it was time to upsize one of my favourite sweaters for him—Avery. My pattern goes up to a size 4 and I’m resizing to an 8. I started on the corrugated ribbing last summer at Sock Summit and it drew lots of interest. Then the project languished: first there was our move, then Devan’s eighth birthday and Hallowe’en, there were other read more

Spotted

Spotted

I snapped this picture at a recent Guild meeting. Yvonne is knitting an Avery and she’s done a great job on the corrugated ribbing. It’s so effective combining the self-patterning yarn with a solid for this stripey ribbing.

Intarsia Recap

Intarsia Recap

Had a great workshop today with some of the Guild ladies. They asked some really great questions and I’m always so happy to share my knowledge. I recreated several intarsia samples that were lost during our move last fall. I even worked on a new one that I think really shows just how many balls or bobbins/butterflies of yarn are required when working an intarsia motif. The sample’s a bit ugly with all those colours, but illustrates the point read more

New Samples

New Samples

I lost all my workshop samples during our move last Fall. I kept on hoping the bag of samples would turn up under a pile of boxes. No such luck. So now I’m reknitting intarsia samples for my workshop this weekend with the West Coast Knitters’ Guild. I’m using some of the Nashua Handknits superwash that I picked up at Dressew and it’s behaving really nicely for intarsia. Earlier this week I  picked up some yarn at Three read more

Check Your Gauge!

Check Your Gauge!

You know, when I knit someone else’s design I always knit a gauge swatch. When I develop a new design myself, I always knit a gauge swatch. But when I knit one of my own designs using sock yarn I must confess, I never swatch.  Big mistake this time. The little pompoms on the Regia sock yarn I’m using have thrown my gauge all out of whack. I didn’t notice until I went to block the sweater. It’s a full size bigger than I intended. Luckily the proportions are pretty read more

The Big City

We’re headed off to New York later this month. It’s been 21 years since I was last there. I’m lining up all my favourite museums and areas of town to visit. I’m really excited; this is the first trip we’ve taken without Devan since he was born. Lucky Devan will have his Grandma staying with him for the week. I’m sure he’ll be perfectly spoiled by the time we’re back. I know there are several yarn shops in Manhattan and I’m looking for feedback on the must sees. I probably won’t  have a chance to see them all–oddly that’s not read more