Monthly Archives: April 2009

Amelie and Laced Leaves

I’m happy to say that both Amelie and Laced Leaves are up for sale.  Thanks to my wonderful tech editor Kristi Porter and husband Joe (who does my pdf layout) I managed to release both of them before the start of May.  It is so rare to get something finished ahead of schedule that I think it deserves a bit of excitement!



Knitting with toddlers

Most of the time I find it really easy to knit with the kids around.  However I am working on a fine laceweight project and the stitches have a great love of sliding off the needles if you take your eye off them for a minute.

Yesterday my 3 year old came in to me (for the fourth time) asking me to close his shirt buttons.  Now I was in the middle of a 170 stitch lace row working a double decrease so I mumbled something to him hoping he’d wander away.  Instead he went behind me and hit his cheek on my ball winder.  So now we  had tears and open buttons – that’ll teach me to ignore a button call!

Amelie Gilet

I’m very lucky to have such a sweet niece to knit for.  I knit this gilet for her at Christmas, and you have to agree that it looks pretty sweet on her!  I had a hank of Colinette Prism with a wonderful varigated colorway and I was trying to figure out how to knit it.  I loved the way it knitted up from the side and once you added in some short row shaping it was so fun!

The addition of the fuschia pink was a fortunate accident.  I was using the pink to hold some stitches and really liked to way the two colors looked together so I unravelled the start and gave myself matching pink sleeves and sides.  Now maybe you don’t like contrasting color – then just knit it all in a single yarn.  If you perfer solid color you should be able to get gauge easily knitting two strands of dk weight yarn together.

If you want to see some more details take a look at ravelry.  I hope to have this for sale around the same time as Laced Leaves at the start of May.

If you want to be emailed when the pattern is released just let me know.

Joining Yarn

For anyone who knits in the round (top down or bottom up) you have probably encountered the problem of joining new yarn without it showing.  With flat knitting it is just a matter of finishing your yarn at the end of a row and all ends can be hidden in the seams.  Knitting in the round means that you need to be a bit more inventive.

My two favourite methods of joining are a Felted join and a Russian Join.

The felted join can only be used with an animal fibre. You need to split the end of the old yarn and the new yarn into two pieces for a couple of inches.  Then layer the two sides together like a yarn sandwich and give it a gentle twist.  Now wet your fingers (if you aren’t too squimish you can spit on them!) and dampen the yarn making sure they are all a little damp.  Beware of getting stray hairs in your mouth.  Then roll them quickly between the palms of your hands and the friction will felt them together. Truely magic.

The Russian Join can be used on all sorts of yarn, animal and plant based. However if the yarn is very splitty it won’t work very well (if the yarn just unrolls in your fingers). Thread the end of the working yarn through a tapestry needle and work the tail down onto itself in the working yarn. Try to keep it towards the center and work for around 2 inches. Before you pull the needle through pull the start of the new yarn through the loop created. Now do the same with the new yarn. Pull the yarn flat, trim any loose ends and keep knitting.

If the yarn you are using is very thick you may find that the Russian Join creates too big a lump in your knitting. In this case you can try splitting each end of yarn in half and cutting half of the yarn. This means that there is less bulk being woven through.

My camera battery is dead right now so I can’t add photos but you can also take a look at the Russian join here Russian Join.

I can’t resist

I was trying to wait until I had this pattern ready to sell before I posted it on my blog.  However I was never very good about waiting to unwrap presents so I just couldn’t stop myself putting it up!  Torya has just finished test knitting it for me and I just love how it turned out for her.  She will have some photos of it modelled later which I’ll post as well.

I knit this is Cascade ‘Sierra’ which is 80% Pima Cotton and 20% wool.  It feels like knitting in cotton but has more memory.

I have dreamed about this pattern for many months (may even be a year!).  I was trying to figure out how to combine a cabled leaf motif in lace.  By working the borders in wide ribbing I think that the cardigan becomes more wearable than if it was entirely of lace.

Let me know what you think!

I hope to have this tech edited at the end of the month so should have it for sale by May.  For anyone that likes top down, this is knit from the top with raglan shoulder seams, so easy to construct once you get the lace pattern set -up.

cabled leaf back

cabled leaf back