Sunday at the Victoria Knit-Out prooved to be a challenging day weatherwise. When we arrived to set up the tent there were grey skies and the rain was holding. Devan helped unpack his bear modeling the Bobo sweater design. After the tent was up and about the time people started arriving for the Knit-Out it tried raining a few times. The skies were toying with us. read more
Yes, that’s who you think she is! Stephanie Pearl-McPhee a.k.a. the Yarn Harlot was standing directly in front of me while waiting for her introduction at her talk Saturday evening in Victoria. (Sorry for the grainy cell phone photo – must remember my bloggerly duties and bring my camera to these events.) What a pleasant surprise to find out that as a sponsor of the Victoria FibreFest and Knit-Out, read more
Mechelle Lymburner, a photographer friend and the mother of one of Devan’s classmates offered to photograph some of my sweaters to use in posters for my tent at the Knit-Out. We threw the sweaters on some kids in the playground after school one day last week and had some fun. Mechelle dropped the photos off this afternoon before we left for Victoria. All I have to say is WOW! Mechelle has a great way with design, composition and use of light. She’s amazingly fast at snapping just the right read more
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
I love receiving emails from knitters who’ve made one of my designs. Kim just sent me some great photos of her darling daughter modeling her recently finished Jamie sweater. Doesn’t it look great in those girly colours? Jamie is a fun knit without any seams. Look at more photos and read about Kim’s Jamie here.
Last night I managed to successfully add a new button to my website for the blog. While I was at it I changed the images of the kids modeling my sweaters on my homepage. I’m please with my success considering I didn’t really know what I was doing! Next step is to add a navigation button and then I can start concentrating on getting the kits onto the site. Once I get all the web work done, then I can get back to designing and knitting.
To update you on all the knitting going on around here in anticipation of the Victoria FibreFest and Knit-Out. Aidan is almost finished, just some buttons, a few ends and a label to go. Photo to come soon. Kieran is coming along nicely and is on the blocking board. Let me tell you a little about how I block. I like using blocking wires read more
My needles have been flying lately and it’s going to be a long haul flight! I have a merchant table at the upcoming Victoria FibreFest and Knit-Out on June 10 at Saxe Point Park in Esquimalt on Vancouver Island. I’m taking my patterns, kits and yarn to sell at the Knit-Out. Many of my samples are in yarns that are now discontinued or that I don’t carry. It’s time to knit some fresh samples in colourways read more
Just received a package in the mail containing yarn – yipee! It’s called tvyarn and is handpainted by Jana of White Oak Studio. The colourways for her hand painted yarn are inspired by the shows she watches on television while she knits. What a great idea. I mean, don’t we all love to knit and watch tv at the same time! That’s certainly where I get the bulk of my knitting done. Jana very generously offered to send me two complimentary read more
In preparation for a little presentation to my Guild tomorrow night, I’m going through my swatches and notes for a workshop I teach, Strategies for Knitting with Self-Patterning Sock Yarns. Some of my favourite stitch patterns to use with self-patterning sock yarns are what I call movement stitches. I like to see the linear stripes created with these yarns changed around so they turn into zigzags or scallops. Grumperina published a popular sock pattern called Jaywalker on read more