I've had a yearning for a new hat & fingerless mitts this season! I knew as soon as Brooklyn Tweed released their gorgeous new bulky yarn - Quarry the other month that it was time to get knitting! The LANDSLIDE HAT & MITTS SET are filled with yummy texture, are super cozy, and they are oh so fun to knit & wear! They make great quick gift knitting but are also perfect for treating yourself with!Read More
It's time for one of my biggest sales of the year - the Indie Design Gift-A-Long! This is a big one folks! A HUGE amount of designers put up bundles of their patterns (mine included) for 25% OFF from Nov 19-27th! And that's not it - there's also a super fun & chatty Ravelry group filled with knit-a-longs for patterns, prizes to be won (TONS!) and more fun!!!Read More
It's been storming like crazy here the last few days. Pouring buckets and windy skies galore so you know what that means right....perfect weather for sock knitting my friends! I'm sitting by the fire, sipping hot coffee, (hoping the power won't go out), and working on my Arne & Carlos toe up + afterthought heel socks!Read More
Like any knitter I love my notions, supplies and bags. I can't resist adding to my stash of lovely supplies and when I heard the talented Pam Allen (of Quince & Co.) had started a new project - TWIG & HORN I just swooned! She's created a needlerarts accessories company based in Portland, Maine that strives to bring you the best tools for your craft sourced from the finest American Makers! So fresh & modern! I was beyond excited to get a chance to review their gorgeous Wool Project Tote and Wool Soap for you guys today!Read More
Who's in the mood to win one of the most gorgeous books of the year filled with how to dye silk, wool, linen & cotton at home accompanied by 20 fabulous project patterns -plus your very own natural dye kit to make your own? Such a great prize! Yay! The Modern Natural Dyer is gorgeous, informative and a must have for any person with a love for textiles & fiber who's curious about dyeing!Read More
Ohhhh...I've got so many fun books on the go at the moment that I couldn't resist putting them all in one post for you all! I love this time of year for publishing! It's like xmas for my bookshelf!!!
Here's some of my faves that I've been reading and enjoying the last little while! Have you picked up any of these titles yet? Are any on your wishlist? Read below and then share your thoughts in the comments!Read More
See that bright pink cast? Yep - you guessed it, my oldest broke her arm - well her wrist to be exact. She's had a cast on since Oct. 1st, when she fell off the monkey bars at school and broke it. How's she doing? She's doing great! She's been such a trooper and so very brave. How have I been doing? Well...to be honest....her injury was one of those moments in life that will forever be etched in my motherhood memories.Read More
It's time for a new edition of Patterns on My Cutting Table! I really need to find more than a few days of dedicated sewing time so I can get these lovelies made up asap! I love them all! There has been a slew of new & fabulous patterns popping up this past month! Which ones are your fave? Do you have any of them on your cutting table already?Read More
Ok folks, are you ready to really cozy up for the fall/winter season? I'm drooling over here! I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Knitting Without Needles: A Stylish Introduction to Finger and Arm Knitting by Anne Weil of Flax and Twine's! The lovely & talented Anne sent me one of her amazing arm knit poufs to join in on the Great American Pouf Tour! To say I love mine is an understatement! This thing is AMAZING!Read More
Can we all say a woot woot for cooler weather? I'm so excited that the fall brisk air has arrived so I can dig into Jen Geigley's new book Weekend: Simple, Modern Knits! Filled with 12 fab patterns ranging from hats, scarves, cowls & more, all knit with bulky or super bulky yarn, with patterns for both men/women and kids! Weekend makes for a book filled with great gift knitting & for satisfying that need for the perfect weekend knit!Read More
It's time for you and I to get sewing! Fall is here and a great staple tunic is an essential part of my wardrobe! I've been on the lookout for a new one to sew up for my fall handmade wardrobe so I was excited to see The Denver Tunic + Dress pattern be released in the brand new Pattern Anthology Collection - Unbiased! And yes...I know I pose like a dork...lol..but I'm owning it ;)Read More
I love knitting top down garments. I also love my hand knit garments to fit great so when Quince & Co. released their latest book - Top-Down: Reimagining Set-In Sleeve Design by Elizabeth Doherty I literally did a happy dance around my office! Top down garments with the look and fit of conventional set-in sleeves? Yes please!!!Read More
October 2nd is just around the corner and that means it's almost time for one of my fave events of the year - KNIT CITY!!! Woot woot! Knit City takes place on Oct 2nd - 4th in gorgeous Vancouver, BC! This super fun and friendly event is always filled with great vendors, instructors/classes & lectures (Clara Parkes & the Yarn Harlot!! to name a few). I'm also excited to say that Jane and I will also be vending there again this year and we can't wait to see all of you!!! You can view all the event information HERE on the Knit Social website.Read More
Last May I was beyond thrilled to have my pattern EMERY in the Summer 2014 Issue of Pom Pom Quarterly! It was definitely a highlight of the year for me! I love Pom Pom! This time of year is perfect for knitting an EMERY so I'm excited to say that EMERY has been released as an individual pattern HERE. It's available on Ravelry and is 20% OFF till Friday with coupon code "EMERY20"!Read More
The leaves have been turning colour, my youngest is now in Kindergarten (her first full day is today.....insert me crying happy tears of mixed emotions), and I've finally gotten some time to sit down and get the sewing machine whirring! While I'm sad my last kiddo is in school full time I'm happy to see her grow and enjoy school and for me to have much more time to work normal people hours! Yay!
So in honour of my first day with both kids in school I thought what better way than to share some pics of some of my fave new Art Gallery Fabrics, review their brand spanking new app, and of course - giveaway a ton of fabric!!!! Yahoo!!! You know I love giving away fabric!Read More
I've been busy knitting in the background but I've also been busy planning some sewing too! There are so many patterns out right now that I'm loving that it's time for another round of Patterns on my Cutting Table for you guys! I love seeing and hearing what you are all making and crushing on too so be sure to leave me a comment about which patterns you're swooning over this week!Read More
I love color! Color can be such a fun & exciting way to show off & add your personality to your knitting! Pairing colors is such an adventure and I figured who better than to teach us for Summer Sweater Knit Along 2015 about color combinations, stripes & more than the lovely Julie Asselin herself! I swear when I think of Julie I see color! She's a bright, loving and energetic soul and I adore her!Read More
One of the questions we get asked a lot by knitters is how do you knit from and read a chart. Knitting from charts can seem overwhelming at times but I promise it's a way that some knitters find faster and easier to work from. And when you are working with lace and cables for that special Summer Sweater Knit Along project a chart can be super helpful and necessary.
To help answer this question we have the awesome gals from Pom Pom Quarterly here today to share a fun tutorial on How to Read a Chart - The Basics! Pom Pom editor Lydia Gluck has even done up a fun FREE downloadable tutorial in their signature Pom Pom style! I love it!Read More