Weekly Fave! The Cashmere Crossover Bag

Some design inspiration for you! I thought this was the most original idea for a handbag. The designer is Gabriella Hearst, who walks the talk when it comes to the sustainability of high fashion products. This is really a cover, knit in cashmere for Hearst’s Nina handbag design. It’s a thoughtful design that protects the…

Crochet Seams

This shawl project from Rowan’s latest book “40 Years” turned out beautifully. I made some yarn substitutions for the striped edges, using leftover DK from my yarn stash. It took some thinking as to the best method of seaming the corners of this squarish shawl. I first used an overcast stitch, then tried the mattress…

Weekly Fave! Cozy Mittens

You may have an opportunity to whip up one last Xmas gift this year. These mitts knit in Blue Sky’s baby alpaca are available in a kit at Churchmouse Yarns. I’m more of a glove person, but I love the uneven stripe placement of these mitts. The colours are thoughtfully chosen to coordinate beautifully. Even…

Buttons – More Than Just a Practical Closure

Charming, whimsical, elegant or simply practical, buttons add the finishing touch to your knitting projects. Buttons have an incredibly long history as a garment fastener. They have been produced from every natural material imaginable, carved ivory, wood, leather, even gold, silver and precious stones. Buttons do more than simply hold a sweater together. They can…

Weekly Fave! Crochet Textile Art

I’m fascinated by textile art. Where I live you don’t find many textile artists besides quilters and weavers. However, my city is filled with many art galleries for painters and the other classic styles that are considered “art”. Somehow textile art has not been able to elevate itself to this level. This original crocheted covered…

“Sustainable” Suffers From Ambiguity

“Sustainability is the means to maintain change in a balanced environment without compromising future needs. It’s a combination of social, economic, and environmental needs.” This UN definition means that true sustainability literally covers everything, the social, economic, and environmental needs of humans. Sustainability is not a new concept, and people have always applied sustainable principles…

Weekly Fave! The Xmas Pompom

Pompoms are one of the easiest decorative additions to make for your projects. New York’s fabulous Purl Soho store has dressed up a Xmas tree with pompoms for their window display. Wreaths made with pompoms is another great craft project. Maybe you can come up with a unique way to use pompoms this season. Check…

Designing a Simple Collar

An interesting knit collar provides the finishing touch to any garment. Most collar styles can be worked from picked up stitches around the neckline, or worked separately and sewn in place. The most simple of collars is worked from a round neckline. The majority of collars are knit with non-curling and reversible stitch patterns. The…