Where do design ideas come from?

Have you ever thought about what an idea is and where one comes from? I have a propensity towards intellectualizing weird stuff like this, which probably dates back to my art history days critiquing works of art. Designing is often described as some unique skill of “naturally” creative individuals, of which there are few. People…

Weekly Fave! A Back Buttoned Shell

Ah… the ultimate layering piece, a shell. This clever design from Blue Sky Fibers is a great garment to wear under a jacket; no bulky sweater sleeves to tuck in. A simple design enhanced with cut-in armholes and a mock turtleneck. The best feature is the buttons up the back. I know trying to do…

It’s Fashion Revolution Week!

Because it’s Fashion Revolution Week, I want to pass on my thoughts in this editorial, as well as honour this important event by the nonprofit organization, Fashion Revolution. Fashion Revolution Week, a global event happens each year surrounding the anniversary date, April 24, 2013 of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh. Rana Plaza housed garment…

Weekly Fave! A Short Row Shaped Scarf?

Are you wondering how to deal with the striped colour changes in this stunning scarf by Brooklyn Tweed? You guessed it short row shaping, forming the diagonal rib stripes on a background of garter stitch. This scarf looks bulky, but it is light weight and springy knit in Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft and Arbor, fingering and…

Converting Sleeves From Circular To Flat Knitting

Definition: Flat knitting is the method of knitting back and forth in rows, turning your work at the end of every row, alternating the sides that face the knitter. In contrast, the right side of the work always faces the knitter when circular knitting.  I thought I would answer a question asked by some knitters…

Weekly Fave! A Crocheted Blanket

As much as I love a hand knit blanket, a crocheted one is often a quicker reward. If you’re looking for a modern, cotton blanket for the bedroom, this beautiful one from Purl Soho may fit the bill. You may have to brush up on some crochet skills. A twist on the classic crochet “granny…

Knitting Patterns Affect Gauge And Size

I’m always amazed that a knit fabric is simply made of two basic stitches, knit and purl. Stitch patterns are different combinations of knit and purl stitches, and there are numerous ways of combining them to make knit fabrics. The addition of various techniques and tools, combined with knit and purl stitches form other patterns…

Weekly Fave! Knit Pieces Working Together

I’ve been a collector of Rowan magazines for many years. This British brand of hand knits and yarns is both a creative and inspirational influence on me, because the designs are so timeless yet modern. You don’t see a whole knit ensemble worn very much these days, so I was drawn to these pieces from…

Not Your Classic Hand Knitting Yarns

“Textile Fiber: any material capable of being woven, knit or otherwise made into fabrics.” In recent years “new” fiber sources have hit the yarn scene. Most of the ones described below have a plant or animal source, but require a synthetic process to break down the cellulose or protein to form filament fibers that are…