I've been working on learning to work with a knitting machine since April. It requires a different mindset, and above all else, patience. Often I find myself knitting each project twice because I was not disciplined to be mindful of each step and tried to rush. I'm not very good at the patience part. … [Read more...] about lessons in patience & (machine) knitting
A few weeks ago I bought a hand mulled watercolour dot card from Wanderlust Watercolours. I love dot cards because they let me try different paints without investing in an entire half pan (or more). Unfortunately I haven't done much painting or sketching lately. I wanted to find a way to make this sample one I would take out and use ... and get back to experimenting. A few weeks ago, I changed what is in my EDC (every day carry) … [Read more...] about updating my CMYK watercolour dots
It's been a while since I last wrote here about my knitting and crochet projects. Please, take a moment to get comfortable and maybe grab your favourite beverage. I would like to tell you the stories of three hand dyed yarns I worked with recently and the projects they became. crochet & cashmere First crochet, with an exclusive pattern for the Artyarns Cashmere Triangle Scarf Kit. It was one of those serendipitous projects, the … [Read more...] about some interesting projects using sticks and string
Once upon a time I knit socks quickly. As in weeks (or a weekend for footie socks). This pair for E was started on November 20th ... 2016. I finished them on November 25, 2017. I think that's a record and not one that I hope to repeat. What took so long? The first time I knit them I inadvertently sized them to fit me. So I ripped out the heels, knit additional foot length and tried again. E reports that they fit perfectly. They … [Read more...] about a pair of socks!
The greatest compliment I receive as a knitter is when an item I gifted is worn, loved, and now in need of repair due to use, not neglect. That is the story of this shift shawl, designed by Larissa Brown. This photo collage is of the shawl back in March 2014 when I completed it. I gifted it to my mother and she wore it constantly over the past three years. She wore it around the house, she wore it walking the dog, and I believe … [Read more...] about shift shawl, stronger than ever