Swatching is a huge part of knitting for me, and in fact when you make a decision to write patterns, you end up doing a lot more of it than if you just follow patterns. It’s a way for you as the knitter to get to know your yarn, before starting a big project. You can use it to practice a new stitch pattern, or see if you like that fuzzy new yarn. And, as I’ve learnt most importantly, to see what will happen when the item gets wet. It’s super important if you want to make something that ultimately fits…
But how do you practice this successfully, and in a predictable way? Easy! Let’s take my current project, the Cannon Street Cardigan, by Glenna C as an example. My target gauge according to the pattern should be 18sts/26 rows over 4″.
I’m excited and honoured to announce that as part of their commitment to supporting Canadian Designers, the awesome folks over at Estelle Yarns are running some pretty cool contests and giveaways! Currently, one of my designs is the giveaway – they are putting together kits with the pattern, and enough yarn to make it!
I know I’ve certainly been a bit quiet this summer, but that is because there has actually been a lot going on!
I’m excited to announce that I have been designing for a new magazine that coming out in the Fall/Winter of 2016 – the premier issue of Rib will feature some of my work, along with the talent of many other designers! Its been a busy time for me, but an exciting one.
Happy World Wide Knit in Public Day! I’ve always enjoyed this day, because it’s a chance for us Knitter’s to show community, and engage with each other in a larger way. I’ll be spending it at my favourite place, the Purple Purl! For those of you who haven’t heard yet, we are Knitting Knockers to send of for women who have had mastectomies. There will be free kits supplied by Estelle Yarns!
I also have an exciting announcement today – I’m releasing the pattern for the first of a collection of collaborations between Rhichard Devrieze and myself.
It’s been a really long time since I posted. It’s not that I had nothing to say, but rather that much of it has been a secret.
I’ve been teaching lots of classes, and redecorating my home over the past few months, and what little time I had left has been spent preparing lots of different designs. The designs are going several different places, between now and the fall, which is very exciting for me.
Today was my day off. I made a conscious decision to get up, get out, and explore the rest of Toronto’s knitting community, which is something I haven’t done in a few months. It’s very easy to stick to what’s close by, especially when you work there.
Today’s trip was prompted by the need to see different things, and a search for different knitting needles.
I’ve had the joy of experiencing a lot of first times lately… And it has reminded me of how great of an experience that can be.
For the first time I am joining a knit-a-long. As most of you know, I work quite a bit at The Purple Purl. This month, we are all starting a knit-a-long for the First Point of Libra using gradient packs from SweetGeorgia Yarns.
Just a heads up, I’ve decided to thank all of the people who have supported me this year by offering a very limited promotion!
On December 24th, from 12:01am until 11:59pm, you can choose one free pattern on me! There’s no minimum purchase, and you don’t have to use a coupon! Simply add the pattern of your choosing to your cart on Ravelry, and checkout!
Last night I taught my last class of the year. It’s always a relief to have a bit of time to myself, but it’s also sad, because I enjoy teaching so much. The fun part about this time of year is that I get to stop and think about everything that’s happened. There’s also some astonishing numbers I can share, but first let me get a little sentimental!