Diamond and Lace

Diamonds and Lace

In all my years as a knitter never have I attempted a ‘lace’ based project. For some reason, knitting lacey garments scared me. I could nail the hardest of cable knitting, create Fair Isle patterns with my eyes closed but show me a lace pattern and I would just freeze. The silly thing about this aversion to lace knitting is …

Carpe diem

Carpe diem - Sunrise

Life can be such a strange beast. Our life journey generally operates on auto-pilot and we rarely thinking about nasty things happening to us. I have always had migraine headaches. They began in my teens and always with full bells and whistles. By this I mean migraine with aura – visual problems in the form of wavy lines and flashing …

Evolution of a pattern

I love the creative element of designing knitted cardigans. As such, I am always on the lookout for different stitches and how they can be joined together to make a pattern. A lot of thought and swatching go into creating a new pattern and this post shows the evolution of a pattern. The first step is deciding on the yarn. …

Slow Knitting

Slow Knitting

Hannah Thiessen’s book Slow Knitting: A journey from sheep to skein to stitch (Abrams NY 2017) is a new book on my knitting bookshelf. I have to confess it was the title which drew me in; I wanted to know all about this thing called ‘slow knitting’. In her introduction, Hannah laments the constant movement of timelines, deadlines and other …

A Call to Action

Jill Ker Conway

I have been re-reading Jill Ker Conway memoir trilogy: The Road to Coorain (1989), True North (1995) and A Women’s Education (2001). For those who do not have the foggiest notion of who she is, let me give you a short overview. Jill Ker spent her childhood on an outback (read: isolated) farm in NSW, Australia. It was an unusual upbringing …

The Merino Collection

Pink

I want to introduce my first knitwear collection. Featuring a casual but elegant theme, the Merino Collection is a small collection of cardigan designs linked by yarn, texture and design. The yarn I have chosen to use is Australian Superfine Merino by Cleckheaton. Incorporating textured stitch-work into a design is important to me. In this collection, I have used the Trinity …