An Important Update to “How to Measure Knitting Length”

On August 8, 2019, I republished “How to Measure Knitting Length”, one of my most popular posts. I’m redirecting it to you because I didn’t republish the post in the proper way,  so it is more difficult to find in a search. I wouldn’t want you to miss the useful information contained within this post….

Weekly Fave! A Cozy Pullover

August is often the month when the fall knitting magazines hit the shelves. I purchased Interweave Knits Fall 2019 this week. It’s filled with cozy, outdoorsy sweaters, cardigans, and other projects; all that’s needed in the fall sans the bulky coat. My favourite style of sweater for fall is a pullover like the one above,…

Felting…but not by accident!

Felting is the textile term describing the process of shrinking untreated, sheep’s wool (hair fibers), which results in a dense, matte fabric. In textile manufacturing, the process of creating felted fabric using knit or woven textiles is known as “fulling”. It is commonly referred to as “felting” amongst crafters. At one time or another, you…

Weekly Fave! Sweater season is coming!

In their description of the Pine Island Pullover, Blue Sky Fibers calls it a “Where did you get that?”. Wearing this modern sweater is certainly a piece everyone will comment on. It looks as though it’s knit in garter stitch, but is really worked in reverse stockinette stitch, a better choice because of how bulky…

Weekly Fave! A Chevron Scarf

The simple design of this lace scarf by Churchmouse Yarns & Teas speaks volumes. The undulating zig-zags of a chevron lace pattern, alternating with stockinette stitch is stunning. If you choose to make one, the stitch pattern is best defined by using a light weight, springy wool. This scarf is a substantial size, perfect worn…

Bamboo Fiber – Fact vs Fiction

Consumers are being duped by misleading claims touting the environmental attributes of bamboo yarn and textiles. These products are being sold as “eco-friendly”. The premise that bamboo textiles are environmentally friendly is based on the self-sustainable nature of the plant. The following takes a closer look at the manufacturing processes used to form bamboo fiber,…

Weekly Fave! Another Perfect Tee

I so love a good hand knit T-shirt, like this Contour Tee pattern offered at Purl Soho. It’s far more chic than the typical, bargain cotton T-shirt. Knit it in the round with bamboo yarn. To elevate the simple construction a few design details are worked in, interesting neck shaping, split hem, and the flattering…

The Real Goods About Cleaning Clothes

A new mantra has permeated the web of late; not sure if it was instigated by Stella McCartney, but she is quoted by The Telegraph as saying “Don’t wash clothes, just brush the dirt off…”. I respect Stella McCartney for her environmental stance and her high quality, sustainable fashions. She’s not just talking the talk…

Weekly Fave! Master Colorist, Kaffe Fassett

Finally, a luxury goods company has recognized that a craft is worthy of the runway. The honor goes to none other than Kaffe Fassett, the artist who revolutionized the knitting industry in the 1980s, and is still going strong creating beautiful textiles. For their Fall RTW 2019 collection, Coach incorporated Fassett’s colourful floral prints into…

So You Want to Knit a Hood

Have you ever thought that a hood would look better on the bulky cardigan you’re making, rather than the collar style used in the pattern instructions. A hood is simply an extension of the neck band from a round neckline or an unshaped neckline. If you’re not sure how to add a hood to your…