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Fibrefest International

Fibrefest International

I can’t believe the time is going so quickly. A week ago I went to the Fibrefest International with Carmen and Nigel. Nigel made the arrangements with me while he was in his last weeks of a 4-month-long trip to India with my Dad. He had his priorities in the place! Check out their travel blog for some great reading. We made the trek out to Abbotsford in search of yarn. I also wanted to see read more

Stitch into Spring

Stitch into Spring

I’m teaching a gloves workshop at an upcoming Guild event on April 12th. If you’re in the Vancouver area and want a personal lesson on knitting the Guess Who? gloves why don’t you join us? I’ll walk you through the unique thumb gusset construction and we’ll talk about knitting a glove that fits. We have other instructors teaching various things that day including Carmen who will read more

Meet the Designer

Meet the Designer

I have been invited to be a guest speaker at the  Fun Knits Spring Knitting Retreat in April. How exciting is that?! I’ll be talking about how I became a knitwear designer, designing children’s clothes and what inspires me. The whole weekend is going to be fantastic starting with lots of time to knit and workshops all day Saturday and delicious meals at the resort. I’m the Saturday evening entertainment and I’ll bring a trunk show of all my designs plus kits and patterns to sell. We’ll read more

What a weekend!

What a weekend!

Last weekend I traveled to Victoria and spent the whole time attending five Sally Melville workshops. It was such a great birthday present from my husband. I’m so pumped up with all the new information we covered. We had homework to do which I just managed to block in time before we hopped in the car to go to the ferry. The homework swatches turned into lessons in tightening a loose BO edge, the perfect button read more

My weekend with Annie

My weekend with Annie

The Emerald Lake 2007 knitting retreat was just what I needed.  A nice restful break from everyday life and lots of time to knit and chat.  I made lots of new friends and saw some old friends too. The event was hosted by Amy Swenson and Sandra Tiano, owners of Make One Yarn Studio and they did a fabulous job.  I can’t say enough about how well organized read more

Eloise, she is finished

Eloise, she is finished

Not only has it been a long time since I’ve written and much has happened, I just lost the rather long-winded post I was working on!  The most exciting thing by far that I’ve done recently is attend the Emerald Lake 2007 knitting retreat with Annie Modesitt.  What a blast!  Before I talk about that though (in another post), I want to back up to how I spent my time in Calgary before the weekend started. I stayed with Marje, a good family friend read more

Pro D Day

Pro D Day

The teachers at Devan’s school had a professional development day today so he had the day off. Naturally that meant there was no time to design or write patterns.  So instead, we spent a fun day together.  We baked some cookies and made a crafty sheep. read more

Guess who?

Guess who?

  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, Nigel and I were entitled to front row (literally) seats at the Yarn Harlot talk.  Stephanie read more

Infectious Enthusiasm

Infectious Enthusiasm

Kim Werker oozes enthusiasm about her crochet passion.  After listening to her speak to the West Coast Knitters’ Guild about crochet, I wanted to set down my Addi Turbo circs and pick up a hook and start crocheting. Interweave Crochet is lucky to have someone so commited and opinionated (in a good way!) about crochet.  Kim will definitely help take the idea of crochet read more

Movement patterns

Movement patterns

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 MagKnits about one read more