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#tempestknit

#tempestknit

I’ve been hard at work this year collaborating with Felicia Lo of SweetGeorgia Yarns on a book! Tempest is a collection of 11 patterns, all designed by me with SweetGeorgia Yarns. We’re releasing it in a few days, just in time for Knit City. In the meantime, I’ve been leaking snapshots of the projects for the past several months on Instagram and Twitter. Follow the hashtag #tempestknit to take a look at read more

New Website

New Website

I love, love, love, L♥VE my new website! It’s a project I’ve been working quietly on for some time with my amazing web designer, Julie Matthews and her team at Julie & Co. This morning I woke up to an email telling me that it’s live. How awesome is that? Please take some time to explore it. If you read the blog on a blog reader, click on over to get the full experience. Now you can find all of my designs in one place, both self-published and read more

Cascadia

Cascadia

All photos by Alexa Ludeman © 2013 and used with permission. New designs to look at! I’m excited to announce my inclusion in a new knitting book called Cascadia. It contains a fabulous collection of knitwear by West Coast designers including Jane Richmond, Tin Can Knits, Emily Wessel, Alexa Ludeman, Megan Goodacre, Judy Marples, Melissa Thomson, Amanda Kaffka, Amanda read more

Rock ‘n Knit

Rock ‘n Knit

One of the pieces in the exhibit, Low-Tech Factory offers a new interpretation on the rocking chair and on knitting. The chair is all about productive relaxation—the movement of the chair operates a simple circular knitting machine that produces a toque.   While I’m intrigued by this project, I do find it curious that the students of the University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL) paired two stereotypical grandmotherly attributes: the rocking chair and knitting. To be fair, the people the artists chose to read more

Yarn Bombing in Whistler

Yarn Bombing in Whistler

We took a quick little trip to Whistler on the Rocky Mountaineer train. What a great way to travel. Lovely views, tasty food and great service. While wandering in the village, Devan spotted some yarn bombing. I just love it when my non-knitting family has my best interests at heart and are quick to share fibre finds with me. Do your loved ones do that too?

Noro Magazine

Noro Magazine

I’ve been sitting on a little secret for a while, but I can share it now. The folks at Vogue Knitting are publishing a Noro magazine and it will be on the newsstands on June 5th. Go check out the website: www.noromagazine.com. I’m beside myself with excitement because that’s my bobble hat design on the cover! I’m thrilled. I have two more designs in this issue as well. Can you guess which ones based on the yarn I used? Hint: look at this post for detail shots. I asked if there read more

Vancouver Yarn Bomb

Vancouver Yarn Bomb

Yesterday my husband told me that some bike stands downtown have been yarn bombed. I love that he thought of me when he saw them. Check it out. They are on Dunsmuir St near Granville.

The Yarn Arrived

The Yarn Arrived

On Thursday (when I wasn’t at home) Fedex tried to deliver the yarn for the book projects I’ve been working on. I arranged to pick up the package on Friday to avoid another missed delivery. You know that even if I stayed home all day and only went out to pick up my son from school, that’s when they would decide to deliver the yarn, right? I’ve swatched my stitch patterns in a couple of different needle sizes. I had to go up one size larger than expected. Good thing I didn’t just launch into the knitting! Now I’m working read more

60 More Quick Baby Knits

60 More Quick Baby Knits

Today I received an email from Amazon recommending the book, 60 More Quick Baby Knits. I had a good laugh because it contains three of my designs! I just received the book myself from the publisher last Friday and it’s exciting to see the full collection of patterns with mine included. All of the projects use Cascade 220 Sport Superwash—perfect for baby garments which need to be laundered so frequently. I also like the finer weight for babies because it’s not so bulky on their tiny bodies. And now, to introduce my designs: Photography 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