Friday finds

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 read more

Steam Blocking

Steam Blocking

I block most of my projects by pinning them out and then spraying them with water. Sometimes I wet block, but really just for lace which I don’t knit very often. Then I watched Annie Modesitt’s video on steam blocking. I’m loving this new method of blocking! It’s great for swatches and quick things. I’ve yet to decide if I like it for full garments, but it’s very promising. I’ve been working on a Ribbed Cardigan for myself between submission projects and other deadlines. The knitting is quick, but the project is coming along slowly read more

Project Bags

Project Bags

The ladies in my mother’s knitting group have discovered these fabulous zippered bags at Dollarama. They’re perfect for knitting projects on the go. The bags are such a favourite that when one of the husbands was in small town Alberta on a business trip and spied a Dollarama, he stopped in and bought more bags. He brought home a dozen bags! Not to be outdone, when I made my foray to Dollarama here in Vancouver, I picked up a dozen for myself as well. These three bags have my latest projects for publication read more

Friday Finds – More Mario Links

Friday Finds – More Mario Links

I spent so much time online researching Super Mario for Devan’s birthday and Hallowe’en. I found many more ideas than I could use but it’s a shame to let them go to waste. Do you have a video game nut in your family? Some of these would make great Christmas gifts. Image via Happy Seamstress the Happy Seamstress blogger designed the perfectly nerdy vest for her Nintendo-loving husband. She even went to far as to write read more

Friday Finds on Monday – Mario Amigurumi

Friday Finds on Monday – Mario Amigurumi

It’s Mario Brothers central around here. Devan has decided to have a video game themed birthday party this year as well as dressing like Mario for Hallowe’en. At least it’s only one costume! We started with D’s invitation which was really fun to make. We designed our own buttons and went to a local store called The Regional Assembly of Text to make them. To get the look and feel of the button just right we used Mario Brothers fonts from the Mario Mayhem website. Devan drew read more

Friday Finds – Alyssa Ettinger

Friday Finds – Alyssa Ettinger

Christmas is coming and I know what I would like to receive! I’ve been coveting this lovely porcelain “knitware” for quite some time. Alyssa Ettinger has translated the essence of handknit stitches into functional vases, coasters and tumblers. I love how Alyssa plays with the contrasts of hard porcelain and soft knitted fabric to great effect. The fine, cable-textured tumblers and demitasse cups are my favourite pieces. It’s like a sweater sleeve is wrapped around them to keep read more

Sunday Find – Shelter

Sunday Find – Shelter

Wholesome is the word I would use to describe a new yarn called Shelter. Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed fame developed Shelter out of a desire for locally produced American yarn for American knitters. The lofty soft yarn is made from Wyoming sheep fleece and it’s spun in an historic woolen mill town in New Hampshire. The down to earth colours are a tweedy, heathery, homey goodness with names like woodsmoke, wool socks and homemade jam. What read more

Friday Finds – Sheep’s Clothing

Friday Finds – Sheep’s Clothing

Image via Falke website. Hmm, pink knee-highs–it’s a good look on him. Can your man rock that look?

Friday Finds – Upcycled Knitting Needles

Friday Finds – Upcycled Knitting Needles

Remember those vintage plastic knitting needles? I have a few in my stash that were my Mum’s and might have even been my Grandma’s. Australian artist Liana Kabel breathes new life into them along with other bits of plastic and tupperware. Liana Kabel toys with nostalgia and the domestic sphere while transforming homecraft items and tupperware into contemporary jewellery. Liana sells her pieces in her Etsy shop. You can read more about read more

Friday Finds – Petite Purls

Friday Finds – Petite Purls

I recently found out about a great online knitting magazine called Petite Purls. It focuses solely on knits for babies and children. How could I not have been aware of it?  Where have I been? Audrey’s First Day by Elizabeth Smith The Fall 2010 issue contains 13 free knitting patterns, a tutorial for sewing reusable read more