Weekly Fave! Brave Enough To Make a Swimsuit!

  I haven’t worn a swimsuit for years, but I have knit a one piece with great results. This cute, not so riské knit suit in this Fendi advertisement  may spark a knitting idea for you. Even if you can’t bear to wear a swimsuit, a cute bralette under a summer blouse might put you…

Upcycling/Recycling/Downcycling?

For quite some time, most North American cities have implemented waste programs, in an effort to minimize stuff ending up in landfills. The amount of waste outputs continue to be problematic for the environment, and challenging to deal with. The term “recycling” is usually used to describe many of these programs that attempt to cut…

Weekly Fave! A Layering Capelet

Here’s a lovely light weight capelet design from Blue Sky Fibers, that can be worn on a cool summer evening. It also makes a great layering accessory worn under a jacket, like the chic look in the image. The yarn is a fine, wool/silk blend in fashionable multi-colours by Spud and Chloë. It’s relatively quick…

Designing Knits To Fit

One of the most challenging aspects of designing knit clothing is learning how to make the garment fit the body. The goal is to coordinate the garment’s style and structure with the body to get the best fit. Nothing looks more fabulous than well-fitting clothes, no matter what size or shape the body.  If you’ve…

Weekly Fave! Summer Footies

  For the summer, I usually make myself a new pair of loafer socks, and my go-to pattern is Turkish Bed Socks from Churchmouse Yarns.  They are easy to make,  a great way to use sock yarn remnants, invisible in most shoes, and don’t bunch up. I saw these cute Lilydale Footies on Blue Sky…

I-cord – A Simple Technique With Many Uses

  Elizabeth Zimmerman, the famous knitter of the 50s and 60s had a unique approach to seamless garment construction, and a way of helping knitters incorporate their ideas into knitting. She also developed innovative techniques including I-cord, which she described as “idiot cord”, because of its simplicity.  I-cord is a narrow cord or tube that…

Weekly Fave! Garter Stitch is Chic

  Who says a beginner garter stitch scarf isn’t chic. For most knitters, a garter stitch scarf was a first project. The beautiful Foxy Roxy Scarf in this image is sold as a kit at Wool and The Gang, made in Crazy Sexy Wool. But even a beginner can make one from scratch, any width…

A New E-book – It’s Time to Finish Your Sweaters!

I’ve expanded upon one of my most popular posts “How To Put Your Cardigan Or Sweater Together” in this new e-book titled “It’s Time to Finish Your Sweaters“. This new resource includes the how-to’s of the most common seaming methods, as well as picking up stitches for borders and necklines; all of which should finally…

Weekly Fave! Heirloom Crocheted Blanket

  I’m often working a blanket at the same time as a different type of project. Nothing is more beautiful than a knit blanket, but crocheting one is much quicker. And if you find or design one as lovely as this Vintage Crocheted Throw from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, you’ll be able to toss it…

Do You Really Need to Learn How to Use a Row Counter?

  You may be thinking, wow is she for real – of course I know how to use a row counter. I know this may seem like something not worth talking about, or an insult to your abilities. But sometimes in life it’s the small tips that make all the difference to creating the projects…