Sunday, January 05, 2020

New year, (slightly) new look

Happy new year!

I've never been big on resolutions, but I'm going to try to stick to this one: updating the blog more frequently. I've been very active on social media the past couple of years, and this hasn't left me with very much to say in this space. But I'd like to get better at taking advantage of this site for content which takes up more space than just an image or 280 characters. I have lots of knitting-related knowledge and thoughts, and a blog is a great place to explain things in excruciating detail (which is kind of my thing, tbh)!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

When a design vision takes an unexpected turn

Some time ago, I discovered Kumiko, a Japanese form of delicate woodworking art which is, and I can't stress this enough, spectacularly beautiful. Naturally, as soon as I saw it, my thoughts turned to how to express these gorgeous motifs in knitting. I came up with a chart to use on fingerless mitts, and asked people what they thought.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Double knitting: When you don't want one side to be a mirror image of the other

I recently had occasion to whip up a quickie tutorial for someone (hi, Kate! :) who was trying to work out a double knitting chart so that the letters she wanted to make would be the right way round on both sides of the work. After reading it, she was able to come up with the chart just fine, so I thought I would expand the tutorial a bit and post it here.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Helping by example

My friend Nicole, who has been teaching herself to knit continentally, tweeted the other day about her hatred of the continental purl. In an effort to help, I promised to show her how I did it at our next knit night together; and another knitter/designer, Michele Kelsey, wrote that she'd like a demonstration, too. Well, Michele is in Oklahoma, so she certainly wasn't going to getting out to a Toronto-area knit night anytime soon! :) Thus, I put a video together for her - and anyone else - to see how I do it:

I'm sure other continental knitters have their own way of doing purl stitches, but to my mind, the more options you have at your disposal, the easier it is to figure out how your fingers can do it in a way that is most comfortable for you.

So there you go!