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Newborn Photo Shoot

Newborn Photo Shoot

It’s such an honour that Toby’s family chose to photograph their newborn with my Zig and Zag blanket design, knit especially for him by his Grandma, Lynn (capsize on Ravelry). 📷 used with permission: copyright Christina Mae Photography.

Short-Row Stripes Blanket

Short-Row Stripes Blanket

I love how short rows can create undulating lines when worked in stripes; it’s fun to design using short rows. I have a blanket pattern in the spring issue of Knit Simple that makes great use out of short rows. The Short Rows Stripes Blanket is worked in six analagous colours in light and dark tones with a seventh contrasting colour that pops. While there are a lot of colours, only one colour is used at a time. Bonus, while working the applied i-cord edging it’s really easy to hide all the ends inside the i-cord read more

Your Knits – Candace

Your Knits – Candace

Months ago my cousin sent me pictures of her adorable daughter, Mara wearing the sweater that “Auntie Patti” knit for her. Of course, Auntie Patti is my Mum. Mum knit Candace in yarn that I recognize as a discontinued colourway of OnLine. Candace is my most classic baby cardigan pattern and works equally well for a girl or boy. If you’re knitting for someone who’s expecting a baby, this is a great choice. Pick a colourway that’s fun and gendre-neutral and you’re all set. I always recommend knitting a 12-24 month size even if read more

Your Knits

Your Knits

Gail sent me photos of her recent projects for her grandson and this delightful email. Now finished my grandson’s JoJo sweater and matching Tobie’s mittens. He is 10 and a half months old and lives in Jakarta Indonesia…where the temp all year round is about 30 celcius. But in the fall he will be moving to Kiev, Ukraine where he will make good use of his warm woolies. I am about to start a matching beret for him as he will be a little read more

Your Knits

Your Knits

Hi Holli. I’m attaching two photos of finished sweaters. I love your patterns! Thanks so much for many hours of great knitting… Well, thank you Jan for sharing your photos and your kind words. I just love the colour combination in the sweater with the red back.

Your Knits – Lucy

Your Knits – Lucy

Look at this beautiful Lucy knit by Myriam. I just love the colour combination. Click her link to see more shots on her blog. Myriam is a local lower mainland knitter and teacher. She used Regia 4-ply yarn in one of the Kaffe Fassett colourways paired with a pink Opal solid yarn. For the locals, I popped into Dressew yesterday and noticed that they still have a decent selection of self-patterning yarns including some Kaffe Fassett colourways—you just can’t beat the $2 read more

Your Knits

Your Knits

At a recent Guild meeting one of the members showed me her latest creation—a JoJo jacket. She found the self-patterning yarn she used was a little lacking for her tastes so she threw in a reverse stocking stitch ridge every time the stripes changed colours. I just love the effect. She used Regia sock yarn from the Kaffe Fassett collection that she had purchased at Dressew. Last time I was there I think they still had some at a great price. Send me 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.

I’m knitting again!

I’m knitting again!

Shh, don’t tell my chiropractor, but I’ve been sneaking in some knitting. My shoulder is much better than it was. I’m still a bit stiff, but I’ve been stiff for a couple of years now (it’s the knitting). My goal right now is to get the full range of movement out of my shoulder and to keep up with my exercises. I don’t want to be decommissioned again. Knitting is just too important! Earlier this month, Evelyn sent me pictures of her finished Aidan. She bought the pattern from read more

Pretty as a Peacock

Pretty as a Peacock

Beryl just send me pictures of her adorable granddaughter Ava modeling her new Peacock sweater. Three days before Christmas last year Beryl emailed me asking for advice on seaming. The lacey stitch pattern of Peacock creates a scalloped edge and it’s very tempting to follow the bind off edge when sewing the shoulders together, resulting in bumpy shoulders. My instructions warn against this, but Beryl wasn’t sure how to proceed. I sent her some quick photos and a few words of encouragement and she easily read more