Happy Fall!

Happy Fall!

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Happy first day of fall! It was quite brisk yesterday here, what about where you live? A little nippy? I had to scramble for appropriate footwear. But the temperature is going to shoot back up to balmy with a touch of wet, so I can put those boots back in the closet for a little … Read More

Playing with colour

Playing with colour

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Lots of things on the go. I have a big new project, which means lots of planning. So I have been looking at yarn options for about 72 hours straight. The mind boggles at all the choice. Took a little time to play with swatches for the Exploring Colour workshop I’ll be teaching. There are … Read More

Do you like instant gratification?

Do you like instant gratification?

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Me too. I just noticed that the Idiot’s Guide to Knitting is available for immediate download as an iBook! This is fantastic. You can also, of course, download it as a Kindle. And I love Kindle for reading. It’s great for novels, for example. But, let’s be honest, it’s not fantastic for image-intensive books. And … Read More

New collection coming soon

New collection coming soon

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A little snippet of something in the works. This pattern collection has been in the works for a whole year. It has been a labour of love, but delivery is nigh. I don’t want to reveal too much yet, but I can tell you that it includes 9 projects, all in yarn from Americo Original. … Read More

Oh yeah baby, Sweatermaker is back in stock

Oh yeah baby, Sweatermaker is back in stock

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Remember those 82 skeins of Sweatermaker Yarns I keep mentioning? And teasing you with on Facebook? Well, they’re kitted up and in the shop, ready for your viewing pleasure. New to the Tricksy Knitter+Sweatermaker kits? Let me tell you more! Sweatermaker Yarns is the creative offspring of fibre artisan extraordinaire Judy Maclean on Vancouver Island. When … Read More

Sweatermaker Colors

Sweatermaker Colors

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Fibre artist Judy Maclean of Sweatermaker Yarns has been spinning and dyeing yarns for over 30 years. She curates a fabulous selection of fibres, including silk, cashmere, kid mohair, BFL, merino, and camel. Every skein is a unique piece of painted art. Judy’s colour mixes are vibrant, pleasing, and unique. In order to organize the knitting … Read More

Procrastination no more. Time to talk about shipping.

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Sigh. I’ve been avoiding this. I’m long overdue to analyze my shipping costs. I don’t know if you remember, but Canada Post announced some substantial changes to their rates in early 2014. Everything went up. The most noticeable increases were in the small things: small packet rates and stamps. I use both of things in … Read More

Divas

Divas

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Remember those 82 skeins of Sweatermaker Yarns? Well, first of all, they are 81 skeins now. I taught two workshops in Quebec at the Twist festival, and gave a skein to the lovely Gabrielle, who translated my rapid-delivery-idiom-packed-sometimes-goofy English into French for the students. But the skeins will be in the Tricksy Knitter shop soon! I’m … Read More

October Retreat

October Retreat

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With the Twist Fibre Festival behind me, onwards! I would like to tell a little about the next round of teaching I will be doing. Grey Heron Retreat Join me in October for a knitting retreat in Southampton, Ontario. I will be teaching 3 knitting classes! The Grey Heron Yarn Shop in Collingwood, Ontario is hosting a … Read More

Twist Fibre Festival

Twist Fibre Festival

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Good Monday everyone! So much to talk about. One more week until back to school. I love this time of year A) because I’m a big nerd and I really love school and buying new paper and school supplies; B) because the kids are getting underfoot and It’s Time; and C) because it means Fall … Read More

One hundred patterns!

One hundred patterns!

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Something weird happened with our web host this summer. We lost some programming that Charles did, which is a pain, but I think we’re back to normal. He had to make some fixes to the free pattern section. If you’re trying to get a free pattern, scroll down to the bottom of the pattern page; … Read More

New patterns for fall! Burnished from Knit Picks

New patterns for fall! Burnished from Knit Picks

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Let’s face it. Fall is the season for knitting. And if you’re a nerd like me, you thrill to the signs of approaching fall. The cheap summer goods are gone from the stores, replaced by crisp tidy stacks of paper, pens, and paintboxes. We go back to school, and best of all, we get down … Read More

Photo challenges

Photo challenges

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Yesterday, the weather did not cooperate. As I mentioned, I have 82 skeins of Sweatermaker Yarns bounty that will be available for knitting knits, soon. But I have to photograph the skeins. This can be challenging. Heading outside is the best way to get lots of light, but means I am at the mercy of … Read More

$375 donated. Made possible by…YOU

$375 donated. Made possible by…YOU

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On July 14th, I sent out a newsletter in honour of Malala Day. I offered to donate 50% of my pattern sales from the 14th and 15th to the Malala Fund. In just 2 days, you bought over 130 patterns. This means that 50% of those 130 pattern sales comes to $350. I’m going to … Read More

Home again. 82 skeins heavier.

Home again. 82 skeins heavier.

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Phew. It’s always harder travelling East than it is West. You’re all like, okay, if it’s 1pm in Calgary then it’s 3pm in Ottawa, but I got up at 4am in Courtenay, and I’m currently over Saskatoon, so add 2 for time change, subtract 1.75 for layover, don’t forget to convert for a 24 hour … Read More

Country Charm

Country Charm

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Our sojourn is drawing to a close. Which is a fancy way of saying two more sleeps. A baby raccoon and its mom kept us company yesterday. You can just see them walking on the branch at the centre of the photo above. After sleeping all day, they came down last night to rustle in … Read More

Sun, water, sand

Sun, water, sand

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Vacation continues… Tricksy Knitter on home turf. Witty’s Beach. Little C trying out kayaking for the first time. Status reports as events warrant.  

Um, here’s a picture of beer

Um, here’s a picture of beer

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Well, you can certainly tell that Tricksy Knitter is on vacation. The weather in Victoria is perfection. Why did we move again? Dinner with old friends and six boys last night. Fresh fruit galore. And some charming local beer branding. I’m always paying attention to packaging, labelling, and branding. Partly because, being a graphic designer, … Read More

Thank you.

Thank you.

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On Monday, Tricksy Knitter took a big step forward. I sent out a newsletter in honour of Malala Day, and pledged to give half of my pattern sales for two days to the Malala Fund. It was exciting, but also a little scary. What if this was overstepping the bounds of a knitting newsletter? I … Read More

Buy a pattern, 50% goes to Malala Fund!

Buy a pattern, 50% goes to Malala Fund!

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Today is Malala Day. Malala Yousafzai speaks for those who cannot be heard. She is an advocate for the right to education for all boys and girls. And their right to protection from brutality. I watched the recording of Malala’s 2013 speech to the UN. It’s incredibly moving and reminded me that many children don’t … Read More