Weekly Fave! Brighten Your Winter Days

With the winter Alberta is having (-30 celsius for the daytime high), who wouldn’t want to toss on some colourful accessories to brighten up the day and keep warm. The bold colour palette, and simple textured stitch patterns of these beautiful designs from Vogue Knitting Winter 2029/2020, will knit up quickly in chunky yarn. Embrace…

“Faking” Fashion – A Sad Truth

Copying the fashion of designers is not a recent phenomena. “Knock-offs” or copies and “counterfeits” have been happening as far back as the 18th century. In the early 1900s, department stores sent employees to Paris Fashion Week to covertly sketch the designs walking the runway, eventually these designs were manufactured as “Paris Originals”. Designers went…

Weekly Fave! Luxury Knit Dress

Alberta is home to the infamous resort town, Banff. It’s a popular place during all seasons, skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. Tucked away in the historic Banff Springs Hotel is a knitwear retailer called Qiviuk Boutique. On my last visit, I saw this beautiful dress in their window. If you’re into…

Be a Designer and Design Your Own Sweater – The Planning Process

Some knitters are quite content with making garments from pattern instructions. Even from the beginning of their knitting journey, others have the desire to knit up their own creations. Once you’ve mastered the basics of knitting, can understand pattern instructions, and have made a few sweaters, it’s time to up your game and design your…

Weekly Fave! A Lace Wrap

I know, it’s the middle of winter, and I’m thinking about a spring scarf. At least I could knit it up, and be able to wear it when the snow melts. I can’t resist this beautiful crescent moon lace wrap, available as a free pattern from Purl Soho. It’s knit in an eco-friendly bamboo sourced rayon…

What is Moebius knitting?

From the world of math comes an intriguing geometric shape, the Moebius strip. It’s a continuous or infinity loop with joined ends, that has no inside or outside, and features a half twist. In knitting terms, a Moebius strip can be constructed on straight or circular needles to make a cowl or infinity scarf. Because…

Weekly Fave! The Cashmere Crossover Bag

Some design inspiration for you! I thought this was the most original idea for a handbag. The designer is Gabriella Hearst, who walks the talk when it comes to the sustainability of high fashion products. This is really a cover, knit in cashmere for Hearst’s Nina handbag design. It’s a thoughtful design that protects the…

Crochet Seams

This shawl project from Rowan’s latest book “40 Years” turned out beautifully. I made some yarn substitutions for the striped edges, using leftover DK from my yarn stash. It took some thinking as to the best method of seaming the corners of this squarish shawl. I first used an overcast stitch, then tried the mattress…

Weekly Fave! Cozy Mittens

You may have an opportunity to whip up one last Xmas gift this year. These mitts knit in Blue Sky’s baby alpaca are available in a kit at Churchmouse Yarns. I’m more of a glove person, but I love the uneven stripe placement of these mitts. The colours are thoughtfully chosen to coordinate beautifully. Even…

Buttons – More Than Just a Practical Closure

Charming, whimsical, elegant or simply practical, buttons add the finishing touch to your knitting projects. Buttons have an incredibly long history as a garment fastener. They have been produced from every natural material imaginable, carved ivory, wood, leather, even gold, silver and precious stones. Buttons do more than simply hold a sweater together. They can…