Weekly Fave! For Blanket Lovers

My eye was immediately drawn to the strikingly beautiful colour palette of these knit blankets from Purl Soho. A blanket is one of my favourite projects to knit in the winter months. This Mitered Corner Blanket pattern is free, and why not imagine it in your chosen yarn colours and arrangement. The construction is unique,…

Duplicate stitch is not only for adding colourful stitches!

Although a patch pocket is simple to knit-up, sewing one neatly in place can be an exercise in frustration. I’ve discovered that using duplicate stitch, an embroidery technique to sew a patch pocket onto a garment makes a secure, almost invisible seam. I recently finished a cardigan and used duplicate stitch to sew the side…

Weekly Fave! The Gauzy Tee

Crazy, I know, I’m thinking of spring/summer knitting projects. I can’t resist purchasing the yarn for this sweet top from Knitscene’s Spring 2020 issue. I’m going to buy the same yarn as in the pattern, Pebble by Shibui Knits. This lightweight yarn is a blend of recycled silk, fine merino and cashmere; a great choice…

You Can’t Knit Without Needles!

Just as a painter uses brushes to achieve strokes and textures, a knitter uses needles. As you gain more experience, your needle collection will expand. My collection is huge, from trying different needle types and materials, in search of the best needle for the job. They come as straight, circular and double pointed needles, and…

Weekly Fave! Brighten Your Winter Days

With the winter Alberta is having (-30 celsius for the daytime high), who wouldn’t want to toss on some colourful accessories to brighten up the day and keep warm. The bold colour palette, and simple textured stitch patterns of these beautiful designs from Vogue Knitting Winter 2029/2020, will knit up quickly in chunky yarn. Embrace…

“Faking” Fashion – A Sad Truth

Copying the fashion of designers is not a recent phenomena. “Knock-offs” or copies and “counterfeits” have been happening as far back as the 18th century. In the early 1900s, department stores sent employees to Paris Fashion Week to covertly sketch the designs walking the runway, eventually these designs were manufactured as “Paris Originals”. Designers went…

Weekly Fave! Luxury Knit Dress

Alberta is home to the infamous resort town, Banff. It’s a popular place during all seasons, skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. Tucked away in the historic Banff Springs Hotel is a knitwear retailer called Qiviuk Boutique. On my last visit, I saw this beautiful dress in their window. If you’re into…

Be a Designer and Design Your Own Sweater – The Planning Process

Some knitters are quite content with making garments from pattern instructions. Even from the beginning of their knitting journey, others have the desire to knit up their own creations. Once you’ve mastered the basics of knitting, can understand pattern instructions, and have made a few sweaters, it’s time to up your game and design your…

Weekly Fave! A Lace Wrap

I know, it’s the middle of winter, and I’m thinking about a spring scarf. At least I could knit it up, and be able to wear it when the snow melts. I can’t resist this beautiful crescent moon lace wrap, available as a free pattern from Purl Soho. It’s knit in an eco-friendly bamboo sourced rayon…

What is Moebius knitting?

From the world of math comes an intriguing geometric shape, the Moebius strip. It’s a continuous or infinity loop with joined ends, that has no inside or outside, and features a half twist. In knitting terms, a Moebius strip can be constructed on straight or circular needles to make a cowl or infinity scarf. Because…