Thursday, March 09, 2017

Spring Cleaning (Even Though Spring is a Good Month Away Yet)


So, despite the weather looking like this:


I've been doing a bit of Spring Cleaning.

I've sorted through my pattern samples.


I've sorted through both my personal stash and my work stash. This one is my work stash (during and after), along with some of my personal stash that ended up there by default because it's just where I do my knitting and spinning.




Speaking of spinning. I've also been doing a bit of that (and bought a new spindle from Danware!) and some swatching, which I can't show you yet.



I also can't show you the top-secret project that I recently sent off, or the yarn that I have coming in the mail, but I do have a sneaky peek of one project that I will be sharing next week in my newsletter, so if you're interested in seeing what I'm working on, please subscribe! To subscribe, follow this link here.








Sunday, February 12, 2017

Canucklehead

I recently released the Canucklehead set, which I designed for Pam's Woolly Shoppe, and would love to share it with you!

In celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary, I designed a tuque, and then, for those who prefer to wear cowls, and for those who want to be extra warm and wear both, I designed a matching cowl. Worked in Estelle Worsted,  these are available in a wide range of sizes so that the whole family can be decked out in cheerful Canadian maple leaves. Might I suggest that in case you are a Toronto hockey fan, you can make them into Maple Leafs instead simply by knitting in blue and white instead of red and white. I don't happen to know any Leafs fans personally, but I respect your dedication to the cause!

On February 18th from 10:00 to 17:00, if you can make it out to Pam's Woolly Shoppe, there's a party going on, complete with Hot Apple Cider and Maple Leaf cookies, and I would love to meet you! The Canucklehead pattern will be bundled as a kit for this event only, so it's a great chance to pick it up free with purchase of the yarn needed to complete it.

Otherwise, the Canucklehead patterns are now available for purchase via Ravelry, as a set or individually! Further details on my Patterns page.

In other announcements, I've started a monthly newsletter! The first issue, with a more detailed behind-the-scenes look at the Canucklehead Set, went out the other day and is archived here, but to receive the March newsletter you can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/czV5l9  There will be more behind the scenes information and photos, along with occasional special subscriber-only offers!







Monday, January 30, 2017

December Pattern Releases (In January...)

Hi, I've been away for a bit, mostly in order to keep hard at work meeting a deadline, and then a wee vacation after that. In the meantime, in December there were two new pattern releases to let you know about!

First, the Tricycle Track Mittens:

Photo by Dan Walmsley for Practical Publishing, used with permission.


Tricycle Track mittens, so called for the three stripes of garter stitch that resemble treads, are available in Issue 68 of Knit Now Magazine, which you can purchase here! The mittens are worked cuff-up in the round, using Knit Picks City Tweed DK.

Second, Nor Good Red Herring.





I started this one a long time ago, but finished it up in time to be my last pattern release of 2016. Nor Good Red Herring was inspired by a herringbone pattern from a Dutch fishing gansey, but has here been transposed onto a circular yoke more in keeping with an Icelandic-style sweater, and worked in a luxurious English-spun merino yarn—making it neither fish, nor fowl, nor good red herring. The herringbone pattern runs not only around the yoke, but also up the sides and mirrored on the sleeves. This pullover is worked in Yarn Stories Fine Merino 4ply, and can be purchased here.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Gift-a-Long Design Tour of Canada: Quebec and Newfoundland!

Up next on our photo tour of Canadian Design: .

Please note that this list may not be exhaustive; it's a big event, and I may have missed someone, particularly if they did not pin themselves to the event map that you can check out in the Gift-a-Long group.

So, here are a few excellent designers you should know about if you don't already from Quebec and Newfoundland. This is just a small sampling of designs, so please follow the links to see more of their work and to purchase patterns:

Quebec:

Anneh Fletcher

Vinovia © anneh

Breamore © anneh

Vanilla is the New Black © anneh

Debbie Sullivan

Eadgyth © Sweet Paprika Designs

Lanark © Sweet Paprika Designs

Shackleton Sweater © Sweet Paprika Designs

Elizabeth Sullivan

Mount Maxwell Mittens © Sweet Paprika Designs

Fish in the Sea © Sweet Paprika Designs

Winter Sonata Hat and Mitten Set © Sweet Paprika Designs


Gege à la Gomme
Northland Loop © Geneviève Bisson

Birdwatcher © Geneviève Bisson

Gentlemeek © Geneviève Bisson

And in Newfoundland:

Allison O'Mahony

Happy Accident © Kniterations

Slush © Kniterations

Little Heart's Ease © Kniterations
That wraps up my Gift-a-Long Series! The fun of the Gift-a-Long continues until the end of December 31st. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Gift-a-Long Design Tour of Canada: Ontario Part 2!

Up next on our photo tour of Canadian Design: Ontario Part 2: Toronto and South of Toronto.

Please note that this list may not be exhaustive; it's a big event, and I may have missed someone, particularly if they did not pin themselves to the event map that you can check out in the Gift-a-Long group.

So, here are a few excellent designers you should know about if you don't already from Ontario. This is just a small sampling of designs, so please follow the links to see more of their work and to purchase patterns:

Raven Knits Design
Picea Sitchensis © Raven Knits Design

Battle Cry Gauntlets © Raven Knits Design

Fathom Five Shipwreck Cowl © Raven Knits Design


Tabi Ferguson

Socks of Ceylon © tabi

Clouds of Luxury Fingerless Gloves © tabi

Off the Rails © tabi

Jennifer Knight


Stacked Timber © jknightknits

Stones on the Beach Cowl © jknightknits

Walking Cables Hat © jknightknits


Janelle Martin

Iced Experiment © Janelle Martin

Granular Ribs Cowl © Janelle Martin

Haptitude Shawl © Janelle Martin

Kathleen Sperling

Balthazar's Jumper Socks © Kathleen Sperling

Jianzhi © Kathleen Sperling

Old-Freshened © Kathleen Sperling


Next up: Last post is a visit to Quebec and Newfoundland!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Gift-a-Long Design Tour of Canada: Ontario Part 1!

Up next on our photo tour of Canadian Design: Ontario! Part 1 is Ontario, North of Toronto. Part 2 will be Toronto and South of Toronto.

Please note that this list may not be exhaustive; it's a big event, and I may have missed someone, particularly if they did not pin themselves to the event map that you can check out in the Gift-a-Long group.

So, here are a few excellent designers you should know about if you don't already from Ontario. This is just a small sampling of designs, so please follow the links to see more of their work and to purchase patterns:

Carolyn Macpherson


No Place Like Home © the next beautiful thing
Red Sky © the next beautiful thing
I Believe © the next beautiful thing
Evie Scott

Pinnate Hat © EvieScottDesigns

After Party  © EvieScottDesigns

Motes Hat © EvieScottDesigns

Maureen Foulds

Roger Ackroyd © Maureen Foulds

Great White Mitts © Douglas Foulds


Wrought Iron Socks © Caitri

Natalie Servant

Tramways Hat © Natalie Servant
Beach Pebbles © Natalie Servant

Suburban Station Hat © Natalie Servant

Karen Fletcher

Étoile de Noël Christmas Stocking © Ken Sadler

Nudge Bootcuffs © Ken Sadler

Winter's Warmth © Ken Sadler

Dana Gervais


Diagon Alley © Dana Gervais
Sunday Brunch Skirt © Dana Gervais

Rainbow Dash © Dana Gervais

Next up: Ontario part 2!