Stash busting chevron-style

Stash busting chevron-style

Free knitting patterns, Knitting with color

I’m feeling determined to make some kind of dent in the stash. So many beautiful skeins and partial skeins, languishing in the cupboard. I love the idea of a patchwork blanket, but… let’s be honest. A blanket is a huge amount of work. And I think a blanket is better worked in a heavy weight … Read More

Reclaiming yarn

Reclaiming yarn

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Hello and happy Saturday. It’s snowing again. The owl never came back to visit, but the cardinals come by often to eat the dried grapes from the dead grape vine by the porch. I wrote a little about stash busting in my last post. Ah, the stash. It’s incredible how it grows. The trouble is, it’s so easy … Read More

Stash Busting

Stash Busting

How to knit, Knitting basics

Stash Busting. If you’re new to yarn, then this term might sound weird to you. (Not to be confused with Stache Busting, where a bunch of guys get together and groom each other for Movember.) The knitter’s (or hooker’s or weaver’s) stash is their yarn that isn’t in use. The stash might contain some yarn collections that are … Read More

Winter in progress

Winter in progress

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Well hello there. Are you knitting? That’s a silly question, of course you are. This owl visited for a few hours last weekend. A couple of times an hour, he’d shake off the snow, and then go back to sleep. Devotion I never cease to be amazed by how prolific and tireless and devoted knitters … Read More

Free Knitting Pattern: Oaklet Shawl

Free Knitting Pattern: Oaklet Shawl

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A small triangular shawl with an easy lacy border, the Oaklet is a pretty little accessory that you can wear around your neck or across your shoulders. In the size shown, Oaklet uses about one skein of fingering weight yarn. It’s worked on relatively large needles for extra drape, and the pattern is easy to … Read More

Free Knitting Pattern: Canaletto Cowl

Free Knitting Pattern: Canaletto Cowl

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The Canaletto cowl is wide and luxurious, and emphasizes geometric lines and simple textures. Bands of seed stitch and eyelets are intersected by stocking stitch, and each texture catches the light differently. The stacked eyelets create a gentle bias, adding to the cowl’s flexibility for looping around your neck. Pattern includes two sizes; the larger … Read More

A new book!

A new book!

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Hello my knitting peeps! A penguin and a house? On a box? Could it be a book? Yes, it’s my new book, Idiot’s Guides: Knitting Sweaters! Available very soon! More to follow…

Knit Picks Curio. And big changes ahead.

Knit Picks Curio. And big changes ahead.

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Phew, it’s hot today. Forecast: severe thunderstorms and constant perspiration. It has been busy here at the Tricksy Knitter household. School musicals. Birthdays. The big news is in the Careers section. I’ve been working from home for a few years, either as the creative brains behind CalmSea Media, or the knitter behind Tricksy Knitter. It’s … Read More

Sad and sweet

Sad and sweet

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Today, I am grateful for my family, the ground under my feet, and the roof over my head. First, the sweet: Since we last talked, the sun has shone and several robins have been spotted. Yesterday, a bright red cardinal perched atop the big tree in the front yard and shouted, “Tweet! Tweet tweet tweet … Read More

This again?

This again?

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Since this is my third March in Ottawa, I should be used to it. Snow on the ground. A suspicious scarcity of robins on March 23. And, really, I should have noticed earlier that in Ontario, Spring Break is not actually called “Spring Break.” It is called “March Break.” Ah, I’m catching on. The persistent … Read More

Spring cleaning, unfinished patterns

Spring cleaning, unfinished patterns

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It’s that time of year for knitters (and for everyone I guess) when you do a lot of spring cleaning. The sun is shining a little more, bouncing off the cobwebs and dust bunnies, and you are struck by the sudden need to de-clutter. All the yarn came out last night. I used to sort … Read More

Crochet and the G-Square

Crochet and the G-Square

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Some random thoughts about crochet. I like it that it’s new and I don’t know much about it. There’s no pressure to be expert at it, turn it into a pattern, write a book about it, etc. Whenever I knit something, I’m always concerned with the project’s viability as a blog post, a pattern, or … Read More

New swatches and my retirement from machine knitting

New swatches and my retirement from machine knitting

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The knitting machine adventure is on indefinite pause. The machine in question is an Elna EK2300. If you are up on your knitting machines (and I knew nothing about them until my recent, self-imposed, crash course), the name Elna is not usually associated with knitting machines. You probably associate it with quality sewing machines. For … Read More

New patterns for Spring

New patterns for Spring

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Oh hello there. Happy Friday! Adventures with the knitting machine continue. The learning curve is steep, but every time I exasperatedly decide to put the damned thing away, I get sucked back in. The speed with which I can knit a square of stocking stitch is mesmerizing. But the carriage really needs some TLC, because … Read More

Not in Kansas anymore

Not in Kansas anymore

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It was so cold yesterday that a warning was issued by The Government Itself.  That sounds dramatic, but Environment Canada puts out alerts, watches and warnings all the time. I believe the phrase used in last night’s warning “Warning: Frigid arctic air may cancel Nickelback concert.” Anyways, it’s a holiday today, had a wonderful sleep in. … Read More

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

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Hello! How’s winter treating everyone? It’s still snowing here. I’m digging my way out of the studio after a massive project. I can’t say much about the project for a while, but it is book-shaped, and it involves sweaters. Since I can’t yet share what I have been doing 24/7 for the last 4 months, … Read More

Happy 2015!

Happy 2015!

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It was with some relief that I waved goodbye this morning to all three males of the house as they set off for school and work (no offense boys). Two weeks of winter holiday with three large boys and their xbox, odours, walking dead marathons, and candy consuming is just about my limit. But I … Read More

Happy Knit Year

Happy Knit Year

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Well, Megan is still AWOL so I’m writing the blog. If she doesn’t look out I might just take over… except that I still don’t know anything about knitting and I expect that might come up at some point.

Hacked for your own good

Hacked for your own good

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Well, it’s been two weeks and then some since Megan wrote anything in her blog so I’m taking over for a while. She hasn’t been lazy, or on vacation, or stuck in some Downton Abbey / Last Tango in Halifax coma eating bonbons and glued to the couch. She has been desperately working 15 hour … Read More