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.
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.
Alexis also wrote a post on circular vs. flat swatches, which is also very helpful. And super interesting. You should read it.
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.
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.
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.
When 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.
We 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!
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:
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.
Click here to see my mesmerizing video!
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.
And if you added in all the Dashing mitts on top, we would be taller than Mt. Everest–the tallest peak in the world!
What do you think of that?