Monthly Archives: August 2011

On not getting gauge (and being OK with it)

Yesterday I met up for lunch with Austen, and was ready to cast on for Gwendolyn at the same time. (Because, you know, I didn’t have enough to knit already.) Austen has already been zipping along on hers for a few weeks, aiming to be done before she goes off on a trip in mid-September. […]

Just one more row

Like other specialized techniques in knitting, I know stranded colour-work often gets a reputation. It looks so impressive as a finished result that, if you’ve never done it before, it’s easy to hesitate. And I get that, I mean, it does take a bit of concentration to get into it, and if you’re only used […]


I’ve been visiting Edmonton this weekend, spending some time with relatives and also taking in the Fringe festival (both plays and the street fair – lots of fun), and even a visit to the local drop-in knitting at River City Yarns. It’s been a diverting weekend, but also with very little online connection time. And […]

My multiple comparative gauge swatches bring all the boys to the yard

One of my projects this week has been getting design plans off the ground for the inspired-by-Neville fair isle cardigan, and it’s been great fun to map out. (Fair warning: if you’re looking for an exact copy of his Deathly Hallows sweater, this won’t be it. I will be leaning a bit closer to a […]

Colour toolboxes

Thank you all so much for the lovely feedback on my Firefly socks in my last post – it is always so reassuring to have knitter-geek solidarity. It’s been a sock-a-riffic summer so far, and still with a bit more summer time to go! Another one of my ongoing projects this summer has been to […]

Socks for big damn heroes

Ladies and gentlemen, I promised a full update when my new sock patterns were up for online consumption, and I’m pleased to finally do so! Hi, I’m a geek. Have we met? I mean, sure I love artsy things, and inspiration can and does come from everywhere. But sometimes, my friends, that inspiration is television. […]

The spoils

As challenging as it is to fly west and suddenly find yourself awake and alert at 4am and later prying your eyes open with toothpicks so as to stay up long enough to take advantage of the nice company with your fellow knitter roommates who travelled only within their time zone to get to Sock […]


If you should ever have the opportunity to attend a 4-day knitting conference (convention? I can never decide which one Sock Summit actually is), followed by a 6-day trip to San Francisco, I do recommend it. It’s especially recommendable if you can find knitters to visit with while you’re doing it, because that means that […]


Dear internet Am having lovely time traipsing around San Francisco. Spent two days artistically wandering around museums, parks, and urban landscapes, appreciating all of it muchly and being mostly unplugged from the internet. Today it turns out that two days of walking and artistic appreciation is my limit before I need a day of leisure […]

Filling the well

Well knitting friends, Sock Summit has come and gone for a second time. Good times were had by all, though I can attest that about 99% of us were pretty much saturated by Sunday. I think a naptime section of the Oregon Convention Centre would go over big. Maybe just a few sleeping mats and […]


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