Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year, New Sweater

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and is ready to make this an amazingly wonderful year!  I'm celebrating the start of 2017 with a new sweater. So, that of course means my first knitting of the new year is a gauge swatch.  

I'm going to knit this swatch a little longer then give it a gentle wash and block then check my stitches per inch. But, so for I'm liking the stitch definition and the fabric that is knitting up.

What is your first project of the year?

Happy knitting,

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Knitting Traditions

Saturday morning I taught a beginner knitting class at Knit Stitch in London and had the pleasure of meeting these three lovely knitters.

By the end of the class everyone had cast on and was started on their first slipper!  These slippers make a great beginner project; simple garter stitch with a little increasing and decreasing thrown in.

I think for most of us, these slippers bring back fond memories of receiving them as gifts from our Grandmas.  Maybe these new knitters will carry on that tradition.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Another Doily Knitter!

I'm a knit doily collector, knitter and user.  So, when I meet another fellow doily knitter I get pretty excited!

I met Rita this weekend at a Christmas bazaar where she was selling her knitting.  Imagine my surprise as I was looking through the usual bazaar type items; mitts, hats, baby sweaters, slippers on her table to find doilies hanging on the back of her display rack.  And not just any doilies, but KNIT doilies.   

We had a lovely chat about knitting socks and lace and the charity knitting she does for children in northern Saskatchewan where her daughter works as a nurse.

I added this beauty to my collection :)  Thanks Rita, beautiful knitting!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Another Fun Guild Night

Hello Knitters, I seem to be having trouble finding the time for regular blog posts these days but I'm hoping to change that.  Last nights fun with the Knitting Goddesses seems like a great place to start!

The lovely Knitting Goddesses,

Amanda, who walked up through making these Christmas balls,

We used a clear plastic Christmas ball and I used crochet cotton and 2mm needles to knit a tiny garter stitch square.  I added a fringe to mine to make it look like a scarf in progress,

then we made these tiny knitting needles using tooth picks and beads,

then very carefully squeezed it into the ball and tied it on,

fun, fun, fun and super cute! (Knitters included :)

Our next guild night is the first Monday in December and it will be our annual Christmas party - snacks, gift exchange and prizes!!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Pre-Festival Shopping

Sunday night is here and I'm relaxing, knitting a sock, watching last weeks episodes of The Voice and looking back on the weekend.  I had a knitting filled weekend and it was wonderful.

I taught three knitting classes and got to met these lovely ladies at knit Stitch in the Learn To Knit class.  They now know how to cast on, knit garter stitch, increase and decease.  They are well on their way to becoming as addicted to knitting as we all are!

I knew I wouldn't have time between classes to make a quick trip to the Woodstock Fleece Festival so I did a little pre festival shopping earlier in the week at two of my favourite yarn shops.

When I saw this book at Knit Stitch I knew it was coming home with me.  I love Amy Herzog's work and I have this urge to cast on a new sweater so it was an easy decision.

This lovely yarn came from Little Red Mitten.  Again, it was an easy decision.  It's sock yarn.  It's Christmas colours. They made me happy.  I bought them. :)

Have a fabulous week everyone!

Saturday, October 1, 2016


Over the summer I spent quite a few weekends demonstrating knitting which means I met a lot of great people.  I met these two ladies at the Western Fair and they were so much fun!

This lady picked up the practice piece of knitting and refreshed her skills after many years of not knitting. I hope that this little taste of knitting encourages her to pull out her needles at home.

Her friend admitted to not being a knitter or crocheter but showed me a picture of some crocheting her niece did for her.  Have you seen the mermaid tails that everyone is crocheting?  This is the same idea except it is a shark.   I just had to share with you this woman's picture of her photo shoot with this blanket.  It is hilarious!

Isn't this the best picture ever?!  The crocheting looks great too.  I can only wonder what the other beach goers were thinking, lol!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Last Day

My eight days at the Western Fair doing knitting demonstrations went by so fast!  I want to thank everyone who volunteered at my booth and to all the people who stopped to see, try and ask questions about knitting.  Meeting all of you is why I love doing this every year!

there was sock knitting happening

and more Knitters stopped by to see us

 On a break, I watched the animal show and fell in love with Harriette a 3 month old barn owl.  Isn't she beautiful?

Being the last day of the fair, we splurged and had a piece of deep fried cherry cheese cake.  It was amazing!

and our new friend the pirate came back for a visit and a little knitting time

Hope to see you all again either at an upcoming knitting class - socks start this Saturday afternoon - or next year at the fair!  Happy Knitting!