Queen Street goes both ways

IMG_1145I’m excited to release my newest pattern, the Queen Street reversible cardigan.

Right-side out, you get sleek slip-stitch ribs on a reverse-stockinette stitch background, with exposed seams. Inside-out, you have nice plain stockinette stitch with garter stitch bands at the hemline and sleeve cuffs, and wide-ribbed sleeves.

It’s made from gorgeous Americo Originals Brezo (a wool/silk/linen blend you will love). It also works beautifully in MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light.

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Time for a treat

I’m having a sale in my Ravelry Pattern store:

25% off all patterns until August 9th.

Just use the code “SUMMERLOVE” when you check out. Shop as often as you like. My latest pattern, the Queen Street reversible cardigan (coming on July 28th) is included in this special offer.

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Introducing: Sleepy Bunny!

Need a gift for a summer baby? Here’s a sweet cotton garter stitch blanket with i-cord edging and a handy loop on one corner. This is a free pattern; get it here.Sleepy Bunny-3Sleepy bunny

 

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Got gauge?

What kind of needles do you use? I have a whole collection of different types made of different materials. My current favourites are metal Addi turbos because they are so smooth and light. But I also have bamboo (Takumi) and resin sets (Denise interchangeables, sadly missing one 5mm tip) which I also use from time to time.

The only type of needles I never use are aluminium, because my yarn always slips off and they make a terrible sound when they rub together.

I noticed a subtle difference in the knitted fabric I got from various needles, but never really paid a lot of attention to it. Until now.

This article by Alexis Winslow (KnitDarling) is an eye-opener. If you’re having trouble getting gauge, it might not be the size of needles you’re using, but the material!

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Alexis also wrote a post on circular vs. flat swatches, which is also very helpful. And super interesting. You should read it.

 

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Made any resolutions for the lunar new year?

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Last minute knitting

clarices badmathNeed a last-minute gift for someone special? My friend Clarice made this Bad Math scarf for her boyfriend in just 2 days! She used 3 balls of Cascade Yarns Lana Grande on 12mm needles. Pretty nice work for someone who says she hasn’t knitted for a very long time.

 

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Fun at Urban Yarns

What a great book launch / anniversary party at Urban Yarns last night! It was lovely to meet all the designers (many of whom I’d only met by email up til yesterday). We missed having our awesome editor Shelley join us, but it would have been a long trek from snowy Edmonton.

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My “Yaletown” hoodie in the shop window, December 5, 2014

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Thanks to everyone who came!

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Me, with model husband Paul (left) and friend Lowell (centre)

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Perfect Ten

I’m so excited to announce that a huge project I’ve been working on since the spring is now almost ready! In celebration of their tenth anniversary, Urban Yarns is releasing Perfect Ten, a 64-page book including 16 new knitting patterns by designers who have some sort of connection to the shop, along with drink pairings for each pattern (why not have fun while you’re knitting?) and interesting stories from Urban Yarns customers. You can pre-order your copy here. You should also come to the book launch at the shop on December 5th!

I have two brand new sweater patterns in the book, plus a new twist on an old favourite. The Yaletown hoodie (below, left) is a stylish and straightforward project in affordable Cascade Eco, and the Hacker pullover (right) is a fun project in gorgeous Harrisville WATERshed.

The Yaletown hoodie (left) and Hacker pullover (right).

My patterns will be available to purchase separately through my Ravelry pattern store on December 5th.

It was so much fun to work with Anina and Jan at Urban Yarns, as well as fellow Vancouver designers Sylvannah Baugh, Sandra Dunkin, Anina Hansen, Ruth Hawke, Karen Holden, Alison Holley, Amanda Kaffka, Sylvie Lui, Deanna Krushinsky, Julia Sharpe & Michael Wynne on this book. Our editor Shelley Reichelt deserves a round of applause as well.

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What’s your best Urban Yarn?

IMG_4449When I was starting to knit for real (in 2004), I discovered Urban Yarns. I bought my first needles and yarn there, got loads of encouragement on my first (somewhat dubious) projects, and learned a ton from the friendly and helpful staff.

I can’t believe that was ten years ago! Urban Yarns is celebrating their 10th anniversary, and I’m helping. Since the spring, I’ve been working with a great group of designers to create a book of new patterns, all by people who have some kind of connection to Urban Yarns: we’ve shopped there or worked there, and we all feel like it’s our knitting home.

IMG_4421We want to include some other stories in the book as well, so the shop is having a contest: tell them your best Urban Yarns story in 250 words or less, and you could win a copy of the new book, plus a gift card to the shop. Check out all the details here. And stay tuned for more details about the new book.

The deadline is this Friday (October 10th) so don’t procrastinate!

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Make your own hat day!

Did you know that yesterday, September 15th, was Make Your Own Hat Day? I didn’t. Well, not until just before bedtime, when it was kind of late to start making my own hat. So we’re a day late to the party, but why not start a new hat today? Here are four hat patterns you might like:

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Winsome

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Bellota

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Sprout

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Zissou (free pattern)

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