Weekly Fave! A Simple Garter Stitch Wrap

I’ve always been a fan of simple design. When executed skillfully, the lack of excessive detail is its appeal. This beautiful, triangle shaped wrap is knit in garter stitch and earthy toned highland wool. This pattern is free from Purl Soho. The yarn used is a DK (double knitting) weight, so I think I’ll use…

The Beauty of Short Row Shaping

After years of knitting, I’m still amazed that you can make a fabric with only yarn and needles. And in making this knit fabric, there are a variety of techniques to shape and curve it. I love watching the transition from a flat fabric to a shaped one with a simple method called short row…

Weekly Fave! Spring or Fall Capelet

The snow is still coming down in Edmonton, and it’s March. With global warming, the world weather patterns are unusual to say the least. One can hope that soon we can wear lighter clothing. This feminine, textured capelet by Churchmouse Yarns fits the bill. It’s knit in Rowan Cashmere Tweed, a transitional piece to throw…

Latest e-book – Tips For Better Knitting

Sometimes all we need is that one tip that changes everything and helps us to move forward. My latest e-book Tips For Better Knitting will help  you to become a more skilled knitter. The key to knitting well is practice, but also the willingness to try new things and take on challenges. Take the time…

Weekly Fave! A Colourful Blanket

From Purl Soho comes “The Pocket Full of Posy Blanket”, a cute name for a blanket knit with the full colour palette of Posy yarn, a blend of merino wool, cashmere, and a touch of nylon. The pattern is offered free on their site or you can purchase the kit. The blanket is knit in…

My Love Affair With Wool

Wool is the oldest protein fiber, and by far is the  most popular fiber to knit with. Wool is the hair grown on sheep, and is so preeminent that knitters often describe any yarn as “wool”, regardless of its fiber content. It certainly is my favourite to knit with for its amazing properties, but also…

Why I Don’t Use Fabric Softeners

There’s a commercial on television that is one of those marketing faux pas, having very little truth to it. It goes something like “When your V-neck looks more like a U-neck, you know your T is half-washed…..Downy will prevent stretching….” Well, I lose it because you can’t reverse damage, aka stretched fabric, and what does…

Weekly Fave! Men’s Funnel Neck Pullover

One can’t forget the man for Spring 2019. From Interweave Knits is the Sunchokes Pullover, a cable knit in Cascade Eco+; one skein of this Peruvian Highland Wool is a remarkable 437 meters. I have a dress with this funnel neck style with a cord; it’s not tight like some turtlenecks, yet provides some warmth…

Weekly Fave! Floral Inspired Cardigan

If you’re a fan of Interweave Knits, the latest issue for Spring 2019 is available on newsstands. One of this issue’s themes is “Vintage Botanicals”, which includes this Hydrangea Cardigan. It incorporates an allover cable pattern with a romantic, low neckline; an ideal piece to wear over a long floral dress. Be sure to check…

Basic Principles of Colour

  Colour is an essential component of a creative’s toolkit, including a knitter’s toolbox. Colour theory is both a science and an art. The psychology of colour is important for branding or marketing, or those wishing to influence what we buy. In this post I’m addressing the basic principles of colour, that when understood will…