Weekly Fave! Not Your Usual Quick-Knit Blanket

  Although many blankets are lengthy projects, I find knitting one a relaxing break from shaping and sewing garment pieces together. Wool and the Gang tends to design quickly made projects, including the Midnight Blanket shown above. Quickly knit projects are usually knit in basic pattern stitches, but the Midnight Blanket combines Herringbone and Twisted Rib…

Designing With Yarn

What’s ingenious about knitting is that you form a fabric with yarn and shape it to create a project. Hand knitting yarn is irresistible; it comes in brilliant colours, textures, and different fibers. Knitters know that a beautiful hank of yarn doesn’t always produce the fabric they are looking for. Designing with yarn is about…

Weekly Fave! Mitten Time Is Coming

These are the most beautiful embellished mittens from Making magazine’s upcoming issue #10. Because the issue is not out yet, I’m not able to get any details on the construction. It looks to me as though they are embroidered with the same yarn used to knit the mittens. Mittens are fun and quick to knit, and…

Remembering Retro Condo Knitting

Before diving into this post, I would like to ask you a question and your answer will help me make a decision. Do you like knitting directly from instructions on your mobile devices (ipad, iphone, etc.), or do you prefer to knit by a hardcopy (print copy) of the pattern instructions?  As I was going…

Weekly Fave! The Classic Men’s Cardigan

  Men’s knitting patterns often don’t get the attention they deserve. Historically, fashion has always focused more on women’s collections, mainly because of the enormous variety of styles of women’s clothes, as compared to the ones that make up a man’s wardrobe. Brooklyn Tweed does a great job of designing men’s knitwear, like this classic…

Making Buttonholes

Has this ever happened to you? You’re sitting in a restaurant, discreetly checking that the button sitting in the middle of your chest is not slipping out of its too large buttonhole. Another possible scenario is that the buttonholes are too small, and you struggle to do them up. The best buttonhole is large enough…

Weekly Fave! Sweater Time

  Most workplaces have been impacted by Covid-19, including how magazines are made. In the latest issue of Interweave Knits, the photos for their latest collection didn’t include models. The photo shoots of the knits were styled with garments and accessories. Because models bring life to clothes, it looks a little unusual using only props….

Roving Yarn

Ever wonder what to do with the pillowy soft mass of fibers found for sale in craft stores, specialty yarn shops, and local yarn cottage industries. This unstructured mass of unspun fibers is known as roving. What is roving? Roving is a continuous sheet of fiber that has been washed and carded. A carding machine…

Weekly Fave! A Fashionable Coat

  I’ve made a few knit coats over the years. A coat is easy and comfortable to wear, and knit in the best yarn is a classic staple. I immediately fell in love with the Moscow Coat from Blue Sky Fibers. High on fashion with a shaped, textured waistline, and a detachable collar which offers…

Have you become a more conscious shopper during Covid?

Since March, as for the rest of the world, we have been living in small social bubbles in our homes, flattening the curve of the Covid pandemic in efforts to prevent massive outbreaks. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on what this traumatic experience means for our future, and its effects on our…