How Swatches Lie

Once upon a time, my husband told me he was cold at work, so he was going to bring a zip up sweatshirt with him to keep warm. I thought that was a good idea, but since it was about a month away from his birthday, in the back of my mind I started planning a better solution – a geek-theme stranded yoke cardigan. It would be a great excuse to do a steek for the first time.

Nothing like a complex solution to an easy problem, right?

A lesson in Swatches

I fully admit that I don’t always swatch. Sometimes, for me, it’s worth it to jump in, knit a bit, and then rip back and start over. The joy is in the process, the finished product is a lovely side bonus, and there is no rush. Other times, I recognize the need to swatch (or…

Book Binding

Sometimes, I’m a book binder. And by sometimes, I mean three times (well, four if you count that yesterday I ended up doing the binding twice because I made a mistake). Book binding is one of those things that has fascinated me for a long time. It’s one of those “no one really does that,…

WIP Wednesday (Thursday Edition)

I really did intend on doing a WIP post yesterday, right up until I woke up yesterday morning and didn’t think of it at all. I’ve got four projects on the go right now, starting with weaving: This was originally going to be a set of bumberet towels. About 3 inches in, I realized I…

Try, Try Again

This is a story of three shawls. I’ll start with the moral of the story, and then get into the long version Sometimes it’s not the right yarn, sometimes it’s not the right pattern, sometimes it’s not the yarn for the pattern Last fall, I had the wonderful opportunity to test knit a pattern for…

The “whys” of making

I don’t, generally, consider myself an artist. I am a person who practices fiber arts, but I don’t consider the things I make to be art themselves. I am fortunate enough to know some amazing artists who use the same tools I do and produce amazing pieces of art. Their work speaks – it tells…

Christmas Sweaters: My Turn

I had see the pattern for Breathing Space and I fell in love. It’s beautiful, simple, and a perfect way to play with colour (can I share a secret? I’m bad with colour, I just don’t know what to do once there’s more than one involved).

Christmas Sweaters for the Kids

Just before Christmas I got it in my head that it would be a good idea to knit my family all sweaters. I wasn’t really doing Christmas knitting (I had almost finished a scarf for my mom, and knew the mittens I had planned for her wouldn’t take long), so it seemed like a reasonable…

End of Summer

I realize I’ve been quiet over the last couple of months. It’s been mostly intentional – I had planned an update here or there, but nothing structured. I wanted to take time “off” this summer. The kids were home and we spent a lot of time away or with friends or just doing things that had absolutely nothing to do with “work”. 

Flirtation is Ready!

Have you been as excited about this as I have? This has been a long time coming! Back in March I had the idea to teach a lace class – it seemed like the next logical step after a beginner class, a mitten (cables!) class and a sock class. Lace is something I’ve always loved…

Experimenting with hats

These hats are pretty quick to knit – I started one when I put on a movie with the kids, and finished it later that evening after they went to bed. I’ve been playing with different yarns that I have on hand – single strands, and doubling up to get a marled look. Playing with yarns also means playing with needle size and stitch count, so the “pattern” for these is more of a “recipe”.

Basic Baby Hats

It’s not a requirement to participate in the event, but it’s a way for people to participate in something that’s good for the community as a whole. Baby hats are simple to make and don’t take a lot of time (about 2 hrs for me from start to finish), and most knitters will have enough leftover yarn lying about to make a couple. Basically I wanted to give people the opportunity to do something good.  I’ll take care of dropping the hats off, they just need to do the knitting.