Summer knitting

Are you knitting this summer? For the first time ever, I’m working on a winter design in the summer heat. But even though I’m using a chunky 100% wool, it hasn’t been as bad as I was expecting. I’m just not taking the project to the beach with me.

Some of my knitter friends work on small projects in the summer. I think socks would be nice and portable for picnics or sitting in the shade under a tree looking enjoying the view. I had fun winding some sock yarn for Jocelyn recently.
jocelyn's sock yarn
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That’s a lot

So, I was looking at Ravelry this morning, and discovered that there are over 20,000 pairs of Fetching fingerless gloves out there.

Normally I’m not inspired to do math before coffee, but . . . if you took all those gloves and laid them end to end, they would stretch for 6.64 km (4.12 miles). That’s taller than Mt. McKinley in Alaska, which is the highest peak in North America.

Mt. McKinley is 6,164 metres tall.

And if you added in all the Dashing mitts on top, we would be taller than Mt. Everest–the tallest peak in the world!

Mt. Everest is 8,848 metres tall.

What do you think of that?

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Introducing Sweet Jane

I’m excited to finally introduce my latest pattern, Sweet Jane.

Sweet Jane is a simple pullover with a ton of style. It gets its modern styling from colour blocking, side slits and a step hem. Wear it with your favourite t-shirt and jeans for a casual weekend look or dress it up for work over an oxford and pencil skirt. Made from a warm, heathery wool/hemp blend that is lovely to knit, this sweater is a quick and satisfying project.
The pattern is available as a 4-page PDF .

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Coming soon . . .

Here’s a sneak peak at the relaxed pullover I’ve been working on lately. The pattern will be ready soon.

What do you think of cowl necklines? Do you like them or would you rather wear your cowl separately?

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So, some graphic design projects have been cutting into my knitting time lately, but I’m working on something new for the cooler weather made from Hemp For Knitting Hempwol. Hopefully I can post it soon!

In the meantime, please check out my friends at East Van Craft Co-op and Vancouver Cantata Singers.

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Road trip!

I’m celebrating the beginning of spring with a trip down south to Vogue Knitting Live in Bellevue, Washington. I’ll be at the Hemp for Knitting booth in the Marketplace on Saturday April 5th, 10am to 1pm. I’ll have copies of Covet, samples of some of my projects, and (hopefully!) a new pattern in Hempwol to share.

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Get into Bayswater for spring

Bayswater from Interweave Knits Spril 2013My latest design, Bayswater, is out in the Spring issue of Interweave Knits. It’s a swingy asymmetrical top is a simple, stylish sleeveless top worked mostly in the round in a sport-weight linen.

The allover slip-stitch rib gives the fabric flattering vertical lines but it does not cling like traditional ribbing. The sloping hemline is created by working different numbers of mitred decreases at each side. It would look fantastic over leggings or a pencil skirt.

This top is meant to be worn with negative ease at the bustline. The A-line shape means that it will skim your body from the bust down.

 

Bayswater beach is in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood. It’s rocky and a bit wild. My mother played there all the time when she was growing up.

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Happy holidays!

Here is a little Fetching gift for you: free gift tags for your holiday knitting! There are six different double-sided tags (full-colour on one side and b&w on the other), which can be printed on letter-sized paper.

Printing tip: For best results, print in colour on cardstock, and set your printer for “actual size” (make sure it’s not set to “shrink to fit”).

Download the PDF here.

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Winter is coming . . .

. . . and so are the holidays! Here are some quick Fetching projects that you can whip up in a snap for gifts or for yourself.

Antonio + Roberta

Antonio + Roberta

bellota

Bellota slouchy beret

apropos

Apropos fingerless gloves

crumple

Crumple cowl

cheers

Cheers miniature sweater ornaments

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Got yarn on my mind

yarn updoI saw this window display at an optometrist’s shop on my way home last week. It reminded me that it’s time to think about some new projects! Do you have any suggestions?

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