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Knit City Recap and New Patterns

Knit City Recap and New Patterns

Happy Hallowe’en! We had a little fun during a photo shoot last week! Knit City Recap What an exciting, exhiliarating, exhausting weekend! I’m still high on the fumes of fibre and the contagious excitement that was all around me. One knitter visiting my booth was clutching her heart (in a good way) because she was just so excited by the atmosphere and what she was seeing. I taught classes to wonderful students, met with new and old friends and fondled yarn all weekend long. I helped knitters find their true potential with seaming, inserting zippers and finding their way to read more

Summer Workshops

Summer Workshops

I’ve been knitting my little fingers to the bone to get ready for a whole series of knitting workshops at River City Yarns in Edmonton starting next week. When we moved 1 1/2 years ago, you may recall that all of my workshop samples went missing. They never showed up and it breaks my heart every time I think of all the samples, Addi Turbo needles and finished items that are lost. I had everything I needed for each workshop conveniently read more

Teaching in Edmonton

Teaching in Edmonton

I’ll be teaching knitting workshops at River City Yarns in Edmonton this summer at the end of July and beginning of August. In order to offer their customers the right mix of classes, RCY has asked them for feedback. What a great idea! If you would like to take one of my classes in Edmonton please take the survey and let them know what you want. I look forward to seeing you there.

The Next Generation

The Next Generation

Another crop of crafters are well on their way to finding their true passion. Noon-hour classes at my son’s elementary school have been keeping me busy. My 7 and 8-yr-old knitters just love the sparkly knitting needles I made for them out of double-pointed needles. A couple of beads hot-glued onto one end and voila, the perfect length needles for little hands. It never ceases to amaze me the way my crochet students have adapted their crocheting technique to something they can understand. It looks bizarre the way they create the stitches but the results are the same and they read more

Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

Noon-hour classes at Devan’s school have been taking up much of my time and energy. I’m teaching knitting, crochet and jewellery classes four times a week. It’s terrific to see the kids being creative but it has been cutting into my creativity time. I need to find a happy balance between the two. Next term I won’t be teaching as much and I won’t have as much lesson planning because I’ll be able to use the classes I’ve already developed. Jewellery is one of the new classes this year and it’s being very well received. Today we finished off turning read more

Knitting Workshops in Edmonton

Knitting Workshops in Edmonton

I’m teaching a whole series of workshops at River City Yarns in Edmonton starting next week. There are classes almost every day for two weeks running from August 17th to August 28th at both of their locations. Full details and workshop descriptions can be found on the River City Yarns website. Hope to see you there!

Crafty Kids

Crafty Kids

It’s so rewarding teaching needlecrafts to kids. The school year is almost over and I’ve just finished up the classes. Interestingly the crochet classes were the most popular. We crocheted slippers (for which I don’t have a picture!), hearts, Valentine envelopes, hacky sacs and critters. Looking back I think there was only one knitting class this year. Huh. The kids made little backpacks and learned how to knit i-cord for the straps. I’m looking forward to read more

Intarsia Recap

Intarsia Recap

Had a great workshop today with some of the Guild ladies. They asked some really great questions and I’m always so happy to share my knowledge. I recreated several intarsia samples that were lost during our move last fall. I even worked on a new one that I think really shows just how many balls or bobbins/butterflies of yarn are required when working an intarsia motif. The sample’s a bit ugly with all those colours, but illustrates read more

Let me introduce

Let me introduce

… you to Jeff Joey Jr and Miss Kitty. The girls in my crochet class this time around are real characters. I designed a dog for them to crochet and adapted a LionBrand cat stuffy. Immediately they all fell in love with the dog and wanted to name him. It’s going to give the girls a special thrill when I had out the pattern instructions next week and they discover that the pattern is called Jeff Joey Jr!

Local Workshops

Local Workshops

I would like to invite you ‘locals’ to join me for a couple of workshops presented by the West Coast Knitters’ Guild. There will be other instructors and workshops throughout the weekend of May 1 and 2. Contact Lynn at the WCKG for more information. Are you Interested in Intarsia? Many of my sweater designs include little details of colour that are done using read more