Thursday, March 28, 2013

kits at knit picks

You can now find kits for my Pookies pattern at Knit Picks! I was super excited when they said they were interested in making kits from my pattern. I love making kits, but it's hard for me because of the expense and time involved. This was a perfect solution. You can get the kit in two colour-ways: Hobbit and Baby. They include the yarn, 4 pairs of safety eyes, and the pattern (the other materials are not hard to find). The kits are even on sale (when this was posted, but I'm not sure how long the sale lasts).

Saturday, March 16, 2013

mystery kal: lamb charts

When I was designing the garment for my mystery knit-along, I drew up a number of charts, and picked two for the final pattern. I'm still very happy with those choices, but they are both fairly easy as far as colour-work. Also, some knitters expressed an interest in a more challenging design. So, I went back and tried to design fronts to go with the backs so I could post those extra designs here. Sadly, it turned out my first design was just unworkable. I couldn't make the pattern flow nicely into the front, no matter which way I messed around with it. So I decided to scrap that one, and make something even better.

This design has a bit of stranded knitting, and some intarsia, but does it get any cuter? You will need the Mystery KAL pattern in order to knit the garment, then you can substitute these charts for the ones in the pattern. (This is what the finished garment looks like, if knit by the pattern) You will likely need more than 25 g of yarn colour A, unless you knit the sleeves and/or the button-bands and collar in one of the contrasting colours (which could look fantastic). I really hope someone knits these adorable little lambs for a perfect Spring cardigan.

Left Front

Right Front

Thursday, March 14, 2013

winter vacation

These are from a couple weeks ago. A winter vacation to somewhere tropical is something I never thought I would do. But last year, my husband worked very hard at his new job, and that is what he wanted to do with his first vacation. Now we're back home, at the grey cold end of winter, and I think we all wish we could have stayed a little longer.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

kyr at 2

Happy second birthday to Kyr! You are an interesting and complex little boy, and I'm not sure I quite know you yet. I love how you chatter, and are so friendly with other people. You adore your big brother, but you also know how to stand up for yourself. Daddy is by far your favourite person, but I'm the one you ask for in the middle of the night (I'm not sure who is luckier). Right now your favourite toys are puzzles, anything on the ipad, and your Pinkie-Pie doll. Your favourite show is Blue's Clues. You are starting to learn numbers and letters, but colours get you very confused. You love almost all kinds of fruit, but you dislike meat, except a bit of fish sometimes. You could play in the sand and water for hours, but I'm pretty sure you could do without snow. I love how you cuddle, and laugh so hard when we're silly together, and how happy you are to see me.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


There's a short interview with me in this month's Let's Get Crafting: Knitting and Crochet magazine. It's fun to be asked to write these (even if I always worry about my grammar)! I think I can get this magazine in Montreal, but if you can't find it where you live, here's what the interview looks like:

And this is the cover page, so you can find the magazine more easily.

It's probably all things you already know about me if you've been reading this blog for a while. But I would recommend buying this issue just for that bit of stuffing tutorial you can see on the same page. It's such an important part of making toys!