Weekly Fave! A Summer Lace Dress

Dresses are my go to wardrobe staple. They’re easy to wear; just throw one on with a few accessories and I’m ready to go. Lace knit dresses in linen or cotton are often a summer fashion trend. Vogue’s latest issue rewards the dress knitter with a lovely lace striped, sleeveless version. It’s knit in pure…

Reading Your Knit Fabric

When I owned a yarn store, I had a customer who freaked out when she made a mistake, and each time I would show her how to fix her knitting. And every time I did so, I advised her to learn how to visually track her work by “reading” her knitting. In other words, what…

Weekly Fave! A Stunning Knit Dress

One of my favorite designers is Julie Hoover. Her latest design for Purl Soho is Copley, a flattering dress knit in a nubby, cotton/linen blend, just in time for the summer months. It’s a simple, classic style. I’ve always been a fan of simple design, and when executed to perfection is stunning. Knitting a dress…

Silk – The Fiber Wooed For Centuries

Legend has it that silk was discovered by a Chinese empress, when a cocoon fell from a tree into her tea, and extruded its fine filament. Thus were the beginnings of this brilliant fiber that has been wooed, prompted thievery, and created the longest road in China, the ancient trade route between China and Rome….

Weekly Fave! The Classic Cardigan

I’d be willing to bet that many of you have a favorite cardigan in your drawer. Cardigans have a retro appeal and are a common go to worn with a skirt and blouse, or over a dress. This classic cardigan is a design by Churchmouse Yarns & Teas. The pattern for it offers a range…

Mountains of Clothing Waste

Living in Canada, you may be familiar with the CBC show Marketplace. Marketplace investigates wrongdoings in the marketplace, much like a consumer watchdog. There’s an eye opening episode entitled “Clothing Waste”, episode 14 of season 45. This show investigates the clothing recycling programs at fast fashion chains, and reveals that their marketing may not live…

Weekly Fave! The Classic Summer Tank

The tank is a wardrobe staple for the warmer seasons. It’s a timeless piece worn alone, or layered under a vibrant coloured suit jacket (a hot trend for 2019). The cut-in shoulders of this tank is a figure flattering style – who doesn’t have great shoulders. This beautiful tank pattern by Spud and Chloe is…

Designing a Tie

The man in my life loves wearing ties, and has a large collection of them from his travels. He asked me if I could make him a hand knit tie. The following is the process I went through to designing a tie that he would be proud to wear. Finding the right idea The design…

Weekly Fave! The Duster Cardigan

I love the name of this long-line cardigan, Dover Duster; some fashion books would name it a “duster cardigan”. The historic costume term “duster” was a light, loose fitting coat worn by horsemen and early 20th century car drivers to protect their clothing from the dust kicked up by the trails, or from behind the…

Crochet Chain Provisional Cast On

A provisional cast on (PCO) is used when stitches are to be worked later. There are different methods to make PCO’s, but they all require using waste yarn to hold live stitches. In a previous post, I showed you how to work two common methods of PCO. In this post, I’m going to show you…