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Monday, Sep 15, 2014

Mock Cable Scarf

Mock Cable Scarf

  Sixth and Spring books and Cascade Yarns published another book in their series of 60 Quick books last month, called 60 Quick Luxury Knits. I have a design in it! The Mock Cable Scarf creates the visual illusion that there is a cable running up its length. Instead it’s worked in a carefully planned juxtaposition of yarnovers, decreases and ribbing to produce the gracefully arcing lines. It calls for Venezia Worsted, which is a wool silk blend that was lovely to work with. It felt soft and silk always accepts colour so well. read more

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014

New Website

New Website

I love, love, love, L♥VE my new website! It’s a project I’ve been working quietly on for some time with my amazing web designer, Julie Matthews and her team at Julie & Co. This morning I woke up to an email telling me that it’s live. How awesome is that? Please take some time to explore it. If you read the blog on a blog reader, click on over to get the full experience. Now you can find all of my designs in one place, both self-published and read more

Monday, Feb 3, 2014

Fisherman’s Rib Cable Tutorial

Fisherman’s Rib Cable Tutorial

The Cable Rib Hat & Wristers in the Zealana Rimu DK booket feature an interesting cable stitch I developed on my own since I couldn’t find anything like it in my stitch dictionaries. It has a tricky maneuver that I haven’t seen in a pattern so here’s the tutorial.  You need two cable needles to accomplish the cable crossing. While a little fiddly, it’s so worth it and there’s only two rows of cable crossing on the  Cable Rib Hat and Wristers in the Zealana booklet. First, the definition of the cable crossing read more

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014

Hats and Mitts

Hats and Mitts

It’s still a great thrill to find my pattern between the pages of Vogue Knitting. I’m actually still waiting for my contributor’s copy of the magazine but there are already a few finished projects on Ravelry. My design is the slouchy hat in the Yoga story. Photos © SoHo Publishing I alternated bands of fisherman’s rib with twisted rib. The Fisherman’s rib looks particularly great when the hat is stretched a bit on the head because the ribbing opens up and contrasts even more with the tighter twisted rib. For me it evokes the read more

Sunday, Jan 26, 2014

Gumdrops Mittens KAL

Gumdrops Mittens KAL

Krista of RainCityKnits ☂ and I have decided to run a Gumdrops mittens knit along. This is a first for both of us and we’re hoping you’ll join us. We’re really excited to see what colour combinations people dream up. Krista has yarn kits available in her shop in two colourways. Don’t forget that there is a 20% off coupon code in the pattern for your entire order from RainCityKnits ☂.Of course, you can go stash busting or use other yarn as well. In fact, these read more

Friday, Dec 13, 2013

Kits Exclusive

Kits Exclusive

Wet Coast Wools in Vancouver is exclusively carrying kits of my patterns. The selection is limited and as kits are sold, new ones will be made available. Check them out soon and check back often for the best selection. If you’re looking for your favourite design and you don’t see it, contact the store to see if it’s available. Wet Coast Wools is located in Kitsilano with convenient street parking. 2923 West 4th Avenue (604) 568-0011 info(at)wetcoastwools.com You can also purchase the kits online on the Wet Coast read more

Friday, Nov 8, 2013

Aquitaine

Aquitaine

For the first eight days of November we’ve been releasing a new pattern every day. Today is the last day. Aquitaine was a big hit at Knit City. It seems to have captured people’s imagination as it has mine. For me it began as Lady Emmeline, a child’s sweater featured in Petite Purls online magazine. I was asked several times if I planned on releasing it in adult sizes. What a great idea because I wanted to wear it too! The adult pattern comes in eight sizes read more

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013

Gumdrops Mittens

Gumdrops Mittens

Day seven of new pattern releases. For the first eight days of November we’ll be releasing a new pattern each day. Check back often to see more. Goody, goody gumdrops – the polka dots on these cozy mittens are such fun. Go crazy with colour here and knit every row of gumdrops a different color, or be subtle with tone on tone. There is a size for everyone: babies to grandpas. Instructions for both traditional mittens and fingerless gloves are included. I had such fun playing with different weights of yarn and this stitch pattern. My favourite combination is a read more