Weekly Fave! A Lace Summer Tank

This blush pink tank is a lovely, lady-like summer project from Knitscene’s Summer 2018 issue.  The designer is Heather Zoppetti. It’s a somewhat challenging project, but well worth the effort. If you’re a fast knitter you could have it ready to wear this summer. I love the back detail, so romantic.

Polyester Rant II – The Costs of Cheap Fast Fashion

Why am I addressing this topic again? Let’s just say I’m obsessed about the extensive use of synthetics in clothing manufacturing, mainly polyester. Synthetics account for over 65% of global production, and polyester alone is found in 60% of the garments on retail shelves – disturbing statistics. I’m frustrated and disappointed that clothing manufacturers have…

Weekly Fave! RaRa Raffia Accessories

Wool and the Gang has come out with RaRa Raffia, an eco-friendly 100% wood fibre yarn in four natural shades, packaged in a generous 250m spool. The best projects for this ribbon yarn are crocheted accessories. I particularly love this floppy hat and clutch from Wool and the Gang’s latest collection of kits. Treat yourself…

Weekly Fave! Baby Layette

Do you need a project idea for a newborn in the coming months? This is an  adorable, heirloom Knit Layette Kit, available from Purl Soho. The kit contains Line Weight yarn, a 100% merino wool, as well as mother of pearl buttons, and the pattern instructions for the hat, cardigan and the cute booties. A…

Weekly Fave! Turkish Bed Socks

Turkish Bed Socks from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas is one of my favorite items to knit, particularly at this time of year. Spring is when I store my winter boots and pull out my shoes and sandals. I’ve knit many pairs of these to wear as loafer socks. These socks would also be great as…

My Latest Resource – The Why And How Of Test Swatching

All pattern instructions including those projects you design begin with the gauge, calculated from the test swatch. The gauge determines the size or finished measurements of any project. If you avoid test swatching, and hope that your project turns out, I want you to stop and read this short e-book. See how easy it is…