My Love Affair With Wool

Wool is the oldest protein fiber, and by far is the  most popular fiber to knit with. Wool is the hair grown on sheep, and is so preeminent that knitters often describe any yarn as “wool”, regardless of its fiber content. It certainly is my favourite to knit with for its amazing properties, but also…

Why I Don’t Use Fabric Softeners

There’s a commercial on television that is one of those marketing faux pas, having very little truth to it. It goes something like “When your V-neck looks more like a U-neck, you know your T is half-washed…..Downy will prevent stretching….” Well, I lose it because you can’t reverse damage, aka stretched fabric, and what does…

Weekly Fave! Men’s Funnel Neck Pullover

One can’t forget the man for Spring 2019. From Interweave Knits is the Sunchokes Pullover, a cable knit in Cascade Eco+; one skein of this Peruvian Highland Wool is a remarkable 437 meters. I have a dress with this funnel neck style with a cord; it’s not tight like some turtlenecks, yet provides some warmth…

Weekly Fave! Floral Inspired Cardigan

If you’re a fan of Interweave Knits, the latest issue for Spring 2019 is available on newsstands. One of this issue’s themes is “Vintage Botanicals”, which includes this Hydrangea Cardigan. It incorporates an allover cable pattern with a romantic, low neckline; an ideal piece to wear over a long floral dress. Be sure to check…

Basic Principles of Colour

  Colour is an essential component of a creative’s toolkit, including a knitter’s toolbox. Colour theory is both a science and an art. The psychology of colour is important for branding or marketing, or those wishing to influence what we buy. In this post I’m addressing the basic principles of colour, that when understood will…

Weekly Fave! A Textured Knit Pillow Cover

Over the years, hand knit home accessories have become fashionable decor items. Pillow covers add texture, warmth, and casual elegance wherever you decide to toss them. This statement, looped pillow cover is a free pattern by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, knit in Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca Chunky yarn. Take a break from your other projects and…

Weekly Fave! A Cozy Wrap

I love the name of this piece, Endless Wrap. It looks daunting, but this large piece of work is a great next level project for beginner knitters. The wrap is knit in worsted weight Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers; an excellent yarn choice for stitch definition. This cozy wrap incorporates a beautiful mix of textural…