Category Archives: knitting

The Baby Sock Reading Challenge & How to “Read” Your Knitting

If you’re just starting out, or don’t know what I mean by “reading” your knitting, let me first direct you to these two excellent series of blog posts: “Reading” Your Knitting (Parts 1, 2 & 3) by Talena Winters The Secret to Becoming a Great Knitter! (Parts 1, 2 & 3) by Felicia of the Craft […]

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Alexis’s Patternless Sock Guidelines (for the Baby Sock Reading Challenge)

This is how I make most of my socks: top down, heel-flap, decrease short-row heel, flat round toe – no matter the gauge, needle size or yarn weight.  I use the method described below to make the first sock, then I use the finished first sock as a template to make the second.  In all […]

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April Yarn Club Show & Share

Here are most of the lovely and plentiful projects & patterns shared at the April meeting.  If you missed sending in your pictures, and it’s not available on Ravelry, feel free to email me and I will be happy to update! Enjoy everyone!

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Colour Resources from Katherine Matthews of Purl Diving

In April, Yarn Club welcomed one of its members, Katherine Matthews, the artist and designer behind Purl Diving, the Guelph-based and -inspired yarn line. For the meeting, Katherine designed and dyed a custom colourway based on Emily Carr’s painting Big Raven, based on a Yarn Club member vote of Canadian paintings. To achieve the colourway […]

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Understanding Colour Part 2: Perception and influence

In Part 1 I gave a brief overview and resources dealing with colour theory and how to use it effectively in your yarn craft. When I think about colour, however, the theory of the choices we make only accounts for half of the colour equation.  I believe that, in order to get a fuller picture of […]

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Understanding Colour Part 1: Theory with yarn-related resources

Colour choice is incredibly important to every fibre crafter I know. When you are working from a pattern, for example, your colour choice is the central most important element of your interpretation of the work.  Will you replicate the scheme exactly? Or choose your own colour adventure? As yarn-users, unless we are lucky enough to […]

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Crochet Diagrams: just to start you off

Big thank you to Alison Ellett, who took us through crochet diagrams (or charts) last week! As Alison outlined, there are advantages and disadvantages to crocheting from a chart, but we think the awesomeness outweighs the drawbacks: Awesomeness! Universal – the symbols don’t vary as they do in knitting charts, plus this eliminates the US […]

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Knitting Chart Literacy: reading, writing, befriending

For the visually-inclined, charts can transform the knitting experience and open up new worlds of non-native-tongue pattern collections.  As a designer, I find it a particular boon to be fluent in both written and charted instructions as one set often complements (or calls out issues) in the other. I am a bit unusual in that […]

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January Yarn Club Show & Share

We had SO MANY wonderful mittens and other yarny things brought to Yarn Club in January.  Just look at our mitten table: Look at all the beautiful mittens that we assembled for #yarnclub last night! Beautiful work and beautiful stories behind every pair ❤ #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knittersoftheworld #crochet #crochetersofinstagram #knittingaddict #knitstagram #knittersofig #mittens #knitlove #knitwear […]

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Warm woolen mittens – our favourite things

Jan Brett reads her illustrated version of an old Ukrainian folktale about the adventures of a lost white mitten. As I delved into the topic of mittens for this month’s Yarn Club meeting, an interesting theme jumped out at me and began to bounce around in my head.  Mittens, arguably, are the most knitted item […]

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