Weekly Fave! A Summer Raffia Pouch

The perfect go-to bag style for summer – a raffia pouch. Churchmouse Yarns is offering the pattern free for this crocheted bag. They call it a passport pouch, but it’s more than this. It’s 7inch by 8inch size is more than enough room for the basics you’ll need to carry. The pouch is crocheted in…

Designing Knit Hand Accessories

Have you ever wanted to knit a pair of gloves, but were unsure of how to design such a project? In the next two posts, I’ll give you the basics to designing hand accessories –  gloves, mittens or fingerless mitts. This post begins with their anatomy, followed by taking the necessary measurements to create your…

Weekly Fave! The T-Shirt

Ah-h the T-shirt, a wardrobe staple. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t own a white T-shirt. Most of the time when I find that perfect T, for whatever reason I never again find a similar one. I think the solution is  knitting a T, like this one from Purl Soho. Purchase some quality yarn, the…

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…