Weekly Fave! A Transitional Sweater

Knitty has been producing an online knitting magazine since 2002. In their current issue, is a lovely transitional sweater, Millville by Amy Christoffers. This loose, cropped sweater is made in Berroco’s Regatta, a bulky cotton tape. Although it is a bulky weight cotton, it’s said to feel unexpectedly light. Millville is a classy looking sweater,…

Let’s Talk Alpaca

This summer has been a record breaking hot one. This fact alone makes it difficult to think about knitting cozy garments for Fall/Winter 2018. However, I still want to discuss alpaca fiber, one of the natural hair fibers that has been bred for thousands of years for its excellent quality. Alpaca is an option that…

Weekly Fave! The Perfect Summer Tunic

Edmonton has been so hot this summer, not unlike other cities around the globe this year. The Liesl pattern sold at Churchmouse Yarns and Teas may be the perfect layering piece for warm weather. It’s made in one of the best 100% linen yarns available, Louet Euroflax Sport. Linen is the right yarn choice for…

Design and Knit a Skirt From a Style in Your Closet

Step 5: Finishing Finishing a simple skirt consists of sewing the side seams, securing any hems or facings, and inserting elastic into the waistband. Before doing any of these tasks, make sure your pieces are blocked, whether you knit your pieces separately or in the round. Blocking evens the stitches and fibers, flattens the edges,…

Weekly Fave! Knit Blanket for Nature Lovers

Ah-h the hand knit blanket, my favorite go-to when I want to relax and simply knit. This stunning blanket from Purl Soho is knit in a blend of highland wool, alpaca, and linen, a fiber lover’s dream combination. It’s worked in a well chosen color palette of nature’s best. Although many blankets require a time…

Weekly Fave! A Summer Scarf

The soft, pastel colors of this scarf caught my eye. It’s called Alexandra’s Airplane Scarf by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas; it’s simplicity makes it the perfect airplane project. Although it’s simple design makes it easy to knit, the outstanding feature is the fresh color palette. This scarf is knit in a fingering weight yarn for…

Design and Knit a Skirt From a Style in Your Closet

Step 4: Knitting a Skirt The planning is done and now we get to sit down and knit. If you’ve chosen a hem like me at the lower edge, and are knitting from the bottom up to the waist, we need to knit the hem first. I’ll discuss knitting hems, followed by shaping skirts, waistbands…

Weekly Fave! Cable and Lace Pullover

The Cable, one of the most beautiful of the knitting pattern stitches, takes center stage in Knitscene Fall 2018. Cable patterns can be tricky for beginners to execute neatly, so I’ve got a tip for you. My fave this week is this shapely, lace and cable pullover, looking very modern layered over a silky blouse and…

Knitting is a Form of Meditation

Medknitation Anyone!   In the latest issue of Knitscene Fall 2018 is a brief editorial entitled “Medknitation”. I chuckled to hear this, not because it’s silly but because knitting is a mindful activity or one form of meditation. Meditation and mindfulness are practices gaining much attention, for their health benefits. I have been happily knitting…