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Entrelac for the Whole Family

Entrelac for the Whole Family

I’ve rewritten my Entrelac Mittens pattern in five sizes—enough for the whole family. The design is featured in Knit Noro: Accessories. After I found out that the publishers decided to offer it in just one size I wanted to test out my sizing theory. First I sized the mitten up, then down, down and down again. Devan is modeling his mittens which are one size smaller than the ones in the book. Unfortunately I can’t publish the other sizes, but the publisher has given me permission to teach a class based on the mitten pattern and provide the read more

Entrelac Workshop

Entrelac Workshop

If you’ve wanted to learn how to knit entrelac in-the-round, this is your chance. If you’ve wanted to knit my Entrelac Mittens from Knit Noro: Accessories in a smaller or larger size than the one published, this is your chance. How about knitting back backwards; have you wanted to learn that? This is your chance. Come take my entrelac mitten workshop at the upcoming Knit City fibre festival in Vancouver next month (Oct 13 & 14). In addition to learning the intricacies of entrelac, you will receive the read more

Summer Workshops

Summer Workshops

I’ve been knitting my little fingers to the bone to get ready for a whole series of knitting workshops at River City Yarns in Edmonton starting next week. When we moved 1 1/2 years ago, you may recall that all of my workshop samples went missing. They never showed up and it breaks my heart every time I think of all the samples, Addi Turbo needles and finished items that are lost. I had everything I needed for each workshop conveniently kitted up together. For read more

Teaching in Edmonton

Teaching in Edmonton

I’ll be teaching knitting workshops at River City Yarns in Edmonton this summer at the end of July and beginning of August. In order to offer their customers the right mix of classes, RCY has asked them for feedback. What a great idea! If you would like to take one of my classes in Edmonton please take the survey and let them know what you want. I look forward to seeing you there.

Two-Handed Two-Colour Knitting

Two-Handed Two-Colour Knitting

I’m slogging away on my Rockin’ Sock Club stranded socks. I say “slogging” only because I’m finding the knitting awkward and I really need to do something about my technique. My hands cramp up and I’m having a hard time tensioning the yarn with my left hand. But … woohoo! …  I just got the last spot in a workshop with Margaret Radcliffe. Margaret wrote The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques and she’ll be at my LYS, Urban Yarns later this month. I’m looking forward to this. I read more

Pic-Knit 2010

Pic-Knit 2010

I love having the opportunity to meet knitters face to face and I especially enjoy receiving feedback on my patterns in person. Next month I’ll have that opportunity because I’m participating in the Surrey Museum’s Pic-Knit event. Pack a lunch, bring your knitting and join a summer picnic of knitters, crafters and suppliers. I’ll be there (with all my patterns, kits and yarn) along with other vendors from across the Lower Mainland. Interested in taking a knitting workshop? I’m teaching too! If you’ve been wanting to try knitting with beads, sign up for my workshop read more

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

Local Workshops

Local Workshops

I would like to invite you ‘locals’ to join me for a couple of workshops presented by the West Coast Knitters’ Guild. There will be other instructors and workshops throughout the weekend of May 1 and 2. Contact Lynn at the WCKG for more information. Are you Interested in Intarsia? Many of my sweater designs include little details of colour that are done using the intarsia technique. The colour blocks read more

Out of Commission

Out of Commission

I’ve done something to my rotator cuff and as a consequence, I can barely move my arm. It’s called ‘frozen shoulder’ which as a description doesn’t sound so bad. What the name doesn’t describe is the pain experienced when you forget and accidentally move the arm. Yeowch! It’s amazing how many minor movements we do that use our shoulder muscles. Needless to say, there will be no knitting for a while. Boo hoo. Especially sad because I’ve been organizing a weekend workshop with my friend, read more