tips & techniques

Waste Yarn Placeholder

Waste Yarn Placeholder

After all this sunny hot weather, it’s time to look at a some photos with a little snow and ice! It’s also a great time to work on small projects such as mittens. Winter is coming! I like to create openings in my knitting for things like thumb holes, pockets and afterthought heels, although in this case perhaps ‘afterthought’ is a misnomer. I plan in advance for the opening and place a line of stitches in a contrasting colour that reserve the spot for the hole. The number of waste yarn stitches should be equivalent to the width of the read more

Teeny Tiny DPNs

Teeny Tiny DPNs

Recently I treated myself to a set of Knitpicks 4″ double-pointed needles in 7 different sizes ranging from 2 mm to 3.5 mm. Short dpns are great to use when knitting tubes with a tiny circumference like fingers and thumbs. I’ve been putting my purchase to good use on a new glove design I’m getting ready to release. I usually don’t look forward to the fingers when I’m knitting gloves but with these needles it’s been a pleasure. Just look at how pretty my needles are—lovely, colourful stripes of laminated birch wood. The tips have a read more

Ruby on Board

Ruby on Board

I got a little carried away with finishing the hoodie and I didn’t block the hood before working the top seam. It’s easier to block when it can lie flat, but I improvised. I recently acquired this nifty little ironing board and I pinned the opening of the hood onto the board. I gave it a generous spritz and let it dry. Seems to have done the trick. The applied i-cord goes on so much more easily when the edge is blocked flat. I have another tutorial about attaching the i-cord almost ready to post. Stay tuned! Edited to add: read more

“Long Tail” Bind Off

“Long Tail” Bind Off

If cast on and bound off edges are viewed close together when a project is worn, I like to make them match. After examining my long tail cast on edge carefully and picking it apart, this is what I came up with. At the time I hadn’t come across this bind off in some of the current basic reference books. I suppose you could say that I “unvented” it because since then, I’ve found it in June Hemmons Hiatt’s The Principles of Knitting: Methods and Techniques of Hand Knitting and Montse Stanley’s read more

With this ring …

With this ring …

… I mark stitches! What do you do in a pinch when you need stitch markers and you don’t have them with you? I used my wedding and engagement rings! They worked like a charm. I also had added incentive to finish knitting so I could retrieve my rings and get them back on my finger. Now if only that worked with the second sock syndrome. 😉

Reverse st st seams

Reverse st st seams

At the Sally Melville workshops I attended last January I learned a new tidbit for working a reverse stocking stitch seam. Sally suggested working two selvage stitches on each end of the row in stocking stitch. I tried it out with the Chloë that I’ve been knitting. I’m pleased with the results. Here is a blocked sleeve. You can see the nice even column of two selvage sts worked in stocking stitch along the edge. I always read more

Blossoms

Blossoms

A package of yarn arrived for me at my Mum’s.  I ordered it just before I left for Edmonton and had it shipped here so I could play with it right away (and save a little on taxes!).  I ordered some Noro Kureyon and Blossom from Wool Needle Work.  I like ordering from them because they’re Canadian and they have great prices.  Their delivery time is great too. I had fun photographing the yarn in the garden – it was hard choosing the best shots! Kureyon read more

Sliding Loop Technique

Sliding Loop Technique

I want to share a nifty trick with you.  I’ve discovered how to replace a block of intarsia knitting without ripping everything out.  After knitting most of the back of the Lucy design I decided I didn’t like my colour choices.  I wanted to swap out the turquoise for a rich bright pink.  Instead of ripping all the way back (the cast on edge also needed to be changed), I decided to try a little experiment and replace just the turquoise areas without ripping out any of the other knitting. read more