Weekly Fave! Oxford Socks Anyone!

Every style of footwear requires the right hosiery. I love the look of these short Oxford Socks, worn with a long skirt; casual, yet undeniably chic. This basic sock pattern is worked from the toe-up, beginning with a provisional cast on and knit to the desired length. I think my fall flats need some jazzing…

Mending is Cool Again

  During my junior high school days, sewing was part of the home economics curriculum. I learned how to hand stitch, but not how to mend my well-loved clothes. I was lucky enough to have aunts and a mother who repaired their clothing. Recently, I purchased Mending Matters, a book that offers mending solutions as…

Weekly Fave! A Sweet Cardigan

Rowan has included a bonus collection with Number 66 Magazine for Fall 2019. This collection is called Focus, designed using Rowan’s new natural fibre yarns. The above cardigan by Lisa Richardson is one of the projects in Focus. A sweet, simple design, yet elegant with strategically placed bobbles along the centre of the sleeves. I’ve…

Writing a Useable Knitting Pattern

Did you just finish designing a hand knit sweater, and now you want to show it off to the world? You want other knitters to enjoy making and wearing this creation. Achieving this requires you to write knitting instructions that other knitters can follow. Whether you want to create pattern instructions for friends to make…

An Important Update to “How to Measure Knitting Length”

On August 8, 2019, I republished “How to Measure Knitting Length”, one of my most popular posts. I’m redirecting it to you because I didn’t republish the post in the proper way,  so it is more difficult to find in a search. I wouldn’t want you to miss the useful information contained within this post….

Weekly Fave! A Cozy Pullover

August is often the month when the fall knitting magazines hit the shelves. I purchased Interweave Knits Fall 2019 this week. It’s filled with cozy, outdoorsy sweaters, cardigans, and other projects; all that’s needed in the fall sans the bulky coat. My favourite style of sweater for fall is a pullover like the one above,…

Felting…but not by accident!

Felting is the textile term describing the process of shrinking untreated, sheep’s wool (hair fibers), which results in a dense, matte fabric. In textile manufacturing, the process of creating felted fabric using knit or woven textiles is known as “fulling”. It is commonly referred to as “felting” amongst crafters. At one time or another, you…

Weekly Fave! Sweater season is coming!

In their description of the Pine Island Pullover, Blue Sky Fibers calls it a “Where did you get that?”. Wearing this modern sweater is certainly a piece everyone will comment on. It looks as though it’s knit in garter stitch, but is really worked in reverse stockinette stitch, a better choice because of how bulky…

Weekly Fave! A Chevron Scarf

The simple design of this lace scarf by Churchmouse Yarns & Teas speaks volumes. The undulating zig-zags of a chevron lace pattern, alternating with stockinette stitch is stunning. If you choose to make one, the stitch pattern is best defined by using a light weight, springy wool. This scarf is a substantial size, perfect worn…

Bamboo Fiber – Fact vs Fiction

Consumers are being duped by misleading claims touting the environmental attributes of bamboo yarn and textiles. These products are being sold as “eco-friendly”. The premise that bamboo textiles are environmentally friendly is based on the self-sustainable nature of the plant. The following takes a closer look at the manufacturing processes used to form bamboo fiber,…