Weekly Fave! The Leopard Sweater

Bold graphic designs for hand knits is the major theme of Vogue Knitting Late Winter 2019. Animal prints are a trend in most fashion collections season after season, as many stylists consider it a neutral classic. This lovely leopard print sweater is “spot on” (no pun intended) this season. I love the subtle striped background,…

Respect and Acknowledge the Designer’s Work

Take a look at this short video by BBC; an interview with four UK designers discussing how other brands have copied their work, and in most cases, selling exact knock-offs. The clincher is these brands sell the copies as their original designs. With the explosion of the internet came the belief that content on line…

Weekly Fave! Sweater Inspiration From Prada

I would love to own fashion by the designer Prada. Maybe one day, but in the meantime her collections are filled with inspiration. All luxury brands have an innate quality or DNA, and Prada’s is cutting edge modernity. Miuccia Prada doesn’t follow, but sets trends. I’m inspired by this cutout sweater from Prada’s Spring/Summer 2019…

Weekly Fave! A Simple Garter Stitch Wrap

I’ve always been a fan of simple design. When executed skillfully, the lack of excessive detail is its appeal. This beautiful, triangle shaped wrap is knit in garter stitch and earthy toned highland wool. This pattern is free from Purl Soho. The yarn used is a DK (double knitting) weight, so I think I’ll use…

The Beauty of Short Row Shaping

After years of knitting, I’m still amazed that you can make a fabric with only yarn and needles. And in making this knit fabric, there are a variety of techniques to shape and curve it. I love watching the transition from a flat fabric to a shaped one with a simple method called short row…

Weekly Fave! Spring or Fall Capelet

The snow is still coming down in Edmonton, and it’s March. With global warming, the world weather patterns are unusual to say the least. One can hope that soon we can wear lighter clothing. This feminine, textured capelet by Churchmouse Yarns fits the bill. It’s knit in Rowan Cashmere Tweed, a transitional piece to throw…

Latest e-book – Tips For Better Knitting

Sometimes all we need is that one tip that changes everything and helps us to move forward. My latest e-book Tips For Better Knitting will help  you to become a more skilled knitter. The key to knitting well is practice, but also the willingness to try new things and take on challenges. Take the time…

Weekly Fave! A Colourful Blanket

From Purl Soho comes “The Pocket Full of Posy Blanket”, a cute name for a blanket knit with the full colour palette of Posy yarn, a blend of merino wool, cashmere, and a touch of nylon. The pattern is offered free on their site or you can purchase the kit. The blanket is knit in…