A little wooly hat…

A little wooly hat…

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I’ve got this big, mystery book-sized project in the works. And it gets to be so big sometimes, with so many moving parts and deadlines and numbers and yarn requirements, that it’s nice to do something small just for the sake of doing something small. So last week, I played around with a new slip … Read More

A beginner lace chart: English Fern

A beginner lace chart: English Fern

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I wrote a little post about lace blocking, and forgot to mention which lace stitch I used for the sample. This is one of my favourites. An old traditional pattern that pops up in most knitting pattern guides. Barbara Walker includes it as “Fern or Leaf-Patterned Lace” in her first Treasury of Knitting Patterns, and … Read More

Give while you knit!

Give while you knit!

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I’m very pleased to announce a special event here on Tricksy Knitter. From November 28 to 30th, you can knit and give to a good cause at the same time. Tricksy Knitter is in the mood for giving! As you prepare for holiday feasts and holiday knitting, why not give while you knit? That’s right, … Read More

Thoughts on thanks and a different kind of Black Friday

Thoughts on thanks and a different kind of Black Friday

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Happy Thanksgiving neighbours! We Canadians had ours already, complete with turkey, stuffing, pie, potatoes, gravy, etc. Charles made the supper this year, including homemade challah. Yum. We were thankful for the delicious meal and good company. American Thanksgiving is not just a holiday. It’s also a signal that Christmas Is Coming. And as we all … Read More

Some actual knitting

Some actual knitting

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I haven’t been showing a lot of knitting on the blog. I’ve been a little cagey about what I’m up to; that’s because it’s classified. (We’ve been watching Homeland, where everything is classified but somehow someone always blabs. Actually, have you noticed how they just walk around the office with folders that say Top Secret? … Read More

Shrouded in mystery

Shrouded in mystery

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This beautiful beast is one of many mystery designs for my big mystery project. Just have to bind off, block and weave in ends. Tried it on last night and I love it. I can’t say much about it yet, except that it’s seamless and worked in SweetGeorgia Silk Crush.

Winter is still here

Winter is still here

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But it’s much nicer today. Give me cold and sunny over bleak and grey any day. However, one must remember to budget an extra 27 minutes when driving anywhere for chipping ice off the car. A little neutral array today… My mystery project is keeping me busy seven days a week. How I long for … Read More

Winter isn’t coming

Winter isn’t coming

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It’s here. Yes. Ottawa’s final “distinct season” has arrived. It’s not so much the snow, but the bleakness. The wet brown foyer floors. The grey skies. The sad little blue tyvek booties they make you put over your boots when you go for an appointment. I know everyone in the waiting room has to wear … Read More

A little colour

A little colour

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Happy Saturday! Winter is Coming. So, I was browsing my Pinterest stats this morning, and I saw that people are pinning some pretty cool charts from the chart maker! Here’s a little colour to spice up your winter morning.

Spoiled for choice right now

Spoiled for choice right now

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I am working on a massive project at the moment, which is a lot of fun but also a bit of a curse. These are just a few of the skeins I get to play with right now. And sometimes I’ll look at the clock and realize that I’ve been thinking about which skein to … Read More

Have a spooooky Halloween!

Have a spooooky Halloween!

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You know you’re not young any more when your youngest says this will be the last year for trick or treating. Have a great Halloween everyone! I’ll be here, handing out candy and knitting a Super Secret Sweater for a Super Secret Project. Pssst, there’s another book in the works!! Click on the mini thumbnail … Read More

And the winner is…

And the winner is…

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Congratulations Jessica for winning your very own copy of Tempest! That was fun, I think we should have more giveaways!

The Talk Part 2

The Talk Part 2

Lace knitting

Last week I brought up that old conversation stopper: blocking. You know how it is. A group of knitters is chatting amiably, and one suddenly announces, “I never block.” And the room goes quiet. Someone else chimes in, “Me neither, unless it’s acrylic, then I iron it.” You shift nervously in your chair, and then … Read More

Things Suddenly Get Awkward: The Talk

Things Suddenly Get Awkward: The Talk

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It’s time for The Talk. I know, how awkward. But I want you to be informed so you can make the right decisions in your adult life. Don’t be embarrassed. It’s a beautiful, natural expression of love. As long as the water isn’t too hot or too cold, and the pins are rust-free. I’m talking, … Read More

WIN a copy of Tempest by Holli Yeoh

WIN a copy of Tempest by Holli Yeoh

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Happy Monday! I have something new and exciting for the blog that I know you are going to enjoy. Fellow designer Holli Yeoh, (we were both on the Cascadia design team) just published a gorgeous new pattern collection and ebook, Tempest. Tempest has 11 patterns, all featuring SweetGeorgia Yarns. (And you know how I feel … Read More

Ode to a perfect pullover

Ode to a perfect pullover

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So of course, since I have a very short attention span, I have many projects on the go. But I wanted to finish my little mini review of each pattern in my new Layer Collection. Ode is such a simple pattern. So simple, in fact, that while I was writing and knitting the pattern, I … Read More

Goodbye Southampton! Hello Wabi Sabi!

Goodbye Southampton! Hello Wabi Sabi!

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When you live on Vancouver Island, you don’t quite get just how big the Great Lakes are. You memorize them, colour them in with blue pencil, but it’s not until you see them that you see why they are called “Great”. Although Pretty Damn Big Lakes might be more apt. I went away this past … Read More

Mini shawls for the retreat

Mini shawls for the retreat

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On Sunday I showed a little bit of the colour work for the Exploring Colour workshop. Here’s a little peek at what we’ll be doing on Friday. Friday’s class is about unlocking the top down triangular shawl. It’s one of my favourite constructions. So simple. So easy to work. And anything that starts with “cast … Read More

Something new for next Saturday

Something new for next Saturday

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Are you coming to the Grey Heron knitting retreat next weekend? Here’s a little peek at one of the mittens for the Exploring Colour class. It has been fun getting back in to colour knitting. Way back in the 90s, do you remember how big colour knitting was? With Alice Starmore Fair Isle books and … Read More

Lexicon

Lexicon

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It’s been quite a week. New pattern collection on Monday, which is new for me, I’ve never published 5 patterns at once. (If you bought Sonnet or Couplet, there are a couple of teensy corrections. Either download fresh files or check the errata page.) And then the oldest child, my sweet little donkey of a … Read More