Wednesday, September 26, 2012

September Knit Night!

This September we had a wonderful 'Knit Night' at my friend Jo Anne's place... the joys of a 'knit night' with my fellow members of a spinning and weaving guild is that every craft get represented!
Here are a few photos from our evening... Jo Anne and I were knitting sweaters, Barbara was spinning on her beautiful little castle wheel, and the Griffiths sisters were hemming their latest weaving projects.

Ruth's piece with the dragons is made from handspun, and Janice's multiple tea towels each represent sometime from her family.  So cool!

Jo Anne has also recently finished her lately handspun project - a BEAUTIFUL shawl, check out more info and pics here on Raverly!

Can't wait til next month!
PS - we missed you April!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Crofton Cuffs

 Today I have published my free Crofton Cuff pattern! It is available for download here!
Or check them (and my other patterns) on my Raverly store.

From the pattern notes...

"Don’t lose your mitts again! These cuffs are easy to pull up over your wrists so you can wash your hands or take care of any other dirty business without taking them off. The long sleeved version will keep your arms warm on an early morning run, and the short version fits nicely under a jacket sleeve. A seed stitch or ribbed flap on the back of the hand can be flipped over the top of your hand to cover your fingers, keeping you extra toasty warm."

They are an easy Christmas gift, good for both men and women. They would be an excellent glove for anything from running to walking the dog to racking up those fall leaves.

As always, if you decide to cast these on, please share your work! I'd love to see how they turn out and hear your feedback!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Spinning In Public at Artful Sunday

This year the Greater Vancouver Weavers and Spinners Guild was asked to come on out and demonstrate their talents at the Artful Sunday event at Britannia Community Center along Commercial Drive.  On August 26th 2012, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, we hauled out our spinning wheels, charkhas, looms, and drop spindles and set up under a wonderful blue sky and crisp white tent generously provided for us by the Artful Sunday's organizer, Katherine.

It's always so inspiring to watch my fellow spinners at work, and I find it really satisfying to get to share my craft with complete strangers that maybe never thought that spinning yarn could still be a viable hobby now-a-days.  Commercial Drive is such an open and creative neighbourhood - we met TONS of people with looms, who knit, who play with other forms of fibre, and it was great to get to chat to everyone walking by.

I took a few photos of our day out, check them out here if you like!

I really hope we get the opportunity to go out again next year!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Lillooet Legwarmers

 Introducing... the Lillooet Legwarmers!

I am releasing this pattern as a free Raverly download today! Or feel free to download the pdf here...

From the pattern notes:
"These simple but versatile legwarmers are designed to fit YOUR style!  Knit them long and wear them pulled up past the knee to give the illusion of a stocking that will keep your legs extra toasty warm, or scrunch them down to the ankle for a more traditional80’s look.  Use a neutral colour to create an elegant pair for an evening out on the town, or alternatively, play with some stripes or bright colours for a more funky style!"

So make 'em long, pull 'em, push 'em down! But most importantly, keep those leggies toasty warm! As always, please show me if you decide to make a pair, and if you have any feedback, I would love to hear it!