Thursday, March 13, 2014

Blog transformation

You may have noticed that I'm no longer using this blog. Actually that's only one of the changes that has happened since I last posted something on this blog. Due to wrist pain, I'm no longer knitting. That's the bad news. The good news is that I'm now writing. You can follow many (my new blog now has over 205,000 page view) over to Leanne Dyck's blog.
I blog two days a week--Monday and Friday.
Monday:  follow my author journey
Friday:  meet publishing industry professionals

I'm looking forward to your visit.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

My new blog

On my new blog , I'm offering all of the  hand knitting patterns, that I designed during my nine year career, free of charge. So why are you here? When you could be there:

This is were you'll find the patterns

Oh, yes, and I'm regularly adding to this collection.

So grab your needles and some yarn, and hurry on over...

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Adapting a children's sweater to fit an adult.

I just received an email in my inbox that may be of interest to you.
Have you ever saw a pattern and thought I'd really like to knit that but the pattern doesn't included instructions for my size.
What did you do?
Here's what you could do. Here's my advice to the knitter who contacted me.
Step 1) Search your bureau for your favourite sweater -- one that fits you well.
Step 2) Lay the sweater on a table. Carefully measure the sweater -- width and length.
Step 3) Using the yarn you have selected for this project, cast on for a sample swatch. Cast on 20 stitches and work for 2 inches. Use the same stitch pattern you will use for your project.
Math time...
For example, say that the front of your sweater is 20 inches wide.
Say that when you measured your sample swatch you got 5 stitches per inch.
5 x 20 = 100 stitches
You will need to cast on 100 stitches for the front of your sweater.
Work in stitch pattern until the desired length is achieved.
I hope this information is helpful to you.
Happy knitting,

Did you know that I'm author?
Did you know that Decadent Publishing has contracted to publish one of my books?
Yes, they did...
The name of the book is The Sweater Curse.
With a name like that you have to know that it has something to do with knitting. And you guessed right.
The Sweater Curse explores, in part, the special relationship between knitters and knitwear designers.
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Friday, July 09, 2010

Knitting needles in hand

I'm going to a dance this weekend. I didn't have anything to wear. Well, I did have something to wear but I'd worn it before. I couldn't wear it yet again. Even though the dress is beautiful. You understand.
So, I'm knitting a top out of bamboo. I love the yarn. I hope I love the top. Fingers crossed.
Have front and back done, just working on the straps. Saturday is tomorrow. Today is full. Will I make it? Your positive thoughts are welcome.
Picture to follow. Hopefully taken during the dance.
Knit on

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Stitch pattern revisited

As a lazy knitter, I have a few stitch patterns that I return to over and over again. Seed stitch -- I love that stitch pattern. Stockinette stitch is another.

Recently, I received an email from a knitter lately. She asked about Stockinette stitch and when it would stop rolling. She asked me what she was doing wrong.

I wrote back and said in brief that she was doing nothing wrong. That rolling is what Stockinette stitch did.

On Wednesday, March 22, 2006

I had stockinette stitch on my mind.

I wrote...

"Rolling, rolling, rolling keep that knitting rolling...Stoking stitch"

(I think I was thinking about the song Rawhide.)

I wrote on...

My knitting dictionary defines "stockinette" as "an elastic knitted textile fabric."

The stitch pattern goes by many names jersey, stocking stitch, stockinette stitch and what I know as Stockinette stitch. I have had other knitters correct me saying, "Oh, you mean stocking stitch:. Actually, all names are correct.

The Knitting Dictionary states that the jersey stitch 'gets its name from the isle of Jersey where, for a very long time, fishermen's wives have knitted sweaters in this stitch for their husbands."

Pam Allen recounts the history of the stitch as dating back to the 1500s and the popularity of knitted stockings in England.

This stitch pattern has a "right" and "wrong" side. The "right" side is called the Stockinette stitch and is achieved by the knit stitch. ...

The stitch pattern is written like this:
Row 1: knit -- to end of row
Row 2: purl -- to end of row.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern.

The "wrong" side is called reverse Stockinette stitch and is achieved by the purl stitch. ...

The stitch pattern is written like this:
Row 1: purl -- to end of row.
Row 2: knit -- to end of row.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern.

The correct abbreviation for Stockinette stitch is STst. It is the only stitch pattern that uses capital letters. Why? I'm not sure.

In fact, there are many things about this stitch pattern which leaves me scratching my head. For example, why if both the purl and knit samples lay flat does Stockinette stitch curl? (Now in 2010, I have learnt that it is the difference in weight of purl and knit that makes Stockinette stitch curl.) Why if both the purl and knit samples look the same when worked separately do the stitches look different when worked in alternative rows? (This remains a mystery to me. If you know, tell me, tell me do.)...

How to tame the curl...
One way -- blocking

I hope you enjoy knitting STst as much as I do.
Knit on, my friends, knit on.
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Monday, April 19, 2010

the ebook NOVETLY YARN is published

I'm thrilled to make available for you this new and improved edition of NOVELTY YARN. You will find a gentle blend of poetry, prose and essays. Why take my word for it? Check it out yourself. You can sample the first eleven pages of this ebook for free. You can purchase the ebook for $3. Log on to and follow the links.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Progress on the ebook edition of Novelty Yarn

Yesterday I worked really hard and the result is that the ebook edition of NOVELTY YARN is almost ready to be sent to smashwords. The only thing I forgot was that I was going to include a pattern. That's right a pattern.
Cool, eh?
I know...
What pattern?
Well, I call it Jo
and it looks like this...
I've knit this toque for men; I've knit it for women; I've knit for children; I knit it for infants; I knit for me. All have loved it. The ribbing means that it conforms to your head -- really keeps your ears warm.
Is it easy to knit?
Well, you know that I don't design, I don't knit anything that isn't.
I will include sizes for adults, children and infants. The only thing I won't be able to include is a picture. So I will post a picture on . I will post it there when the ebook is published.
So when you see a photo of this toque on you'll know the NOVELTY YARN is ready for you.
Happy knitting,
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