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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Knit Along with Me / WINSTON PULLOVER

Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond

Knitting with friends is fun! Way more fun than knitting alone. It's motivating and uplifting and can be a source of inspiration as well as a help with problem solving.

I've noticed so many amazing Winston Pullovers popping up in my feed since the pattern was published I've been inspired to cast on again.

If you'd like to join me please jump on in!! The pattern is a super quick and easy knit. It's perfect for beginners or those who want to try garment knitting or top-down construction. The recommended yarn is also inexpensive and accessible.

This will be a fun casual knit-along with no cast on date or deadline so feel free to bring works in progress, modifications, etc to the group. Everyone is welcome!

For pattern details visit — Winston Pullover. To join the knit-along group hop over to Ravelry.

Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond

I'm knitting mine in seed stitch (notes on my ravelry project page) and loving the result! The pattern is such a perfect blank slate for fun personalization like a cropped version, colour blocking, stripes, or an all over seed stitch!


I'm excited to see your Winstons — I hope you'll join me!






Thursday, February 21, 2019

Sew much Sewing ♥


A few years ago I began sewing my own clothes. I never really realized how much that sewing had amounted to until I was reorganizing my fabric swatch book (below) and thought to add finished projects to my notes to give each swatch a little more context. I thought I could fill this in from memory because who can't remember all of the things they've hand made?? Only a few things came to mind until I started pulling things out of drawers and off of hangers — by the end I had a massive pile of me-made clothes on the bed and very little left in my drawers (most of which doesn't really get worn since I started sewing for myself)!!!

The nerd in me needed to make an itemized list of the stack above but I've spared you having to scroll through all 59 pieces and moved it to the bottom of this post! Putting this post together has me begging the question — is there not a Ravelry-like-site for those who sew????

ETA — since posting I've had a ton of people suggest Textillia! I've signed up and am in the process of adding my sewing projects!! If you're already a member or decide to sign up come find me — I'd love to see what you're making!  




A lot of my clothing is made from self drafted patterns. The photo above shows just how many pairs of undies I had to make (clear tote) before getting a pair just right. My self drafted underwear pattern is what I used to make all of my bikini bottoms.

This year is the 10 year anniversary of Me-Made May. Below is a post I made on Instagram just 5 days before I had my accident, confessing all of the reasons I've shied away from participating, and vowing to make 2019 the year I finally take part. I'd like to make good on that promise — and I think I've got enough in my wardrobe to do it!



Have you ever participated in Me-Made May?  
Sewists — what are your favorite sewing patterns?!  










MY ME-MADE CLOSET


Beach Cover Up — Peppermint Magazine / blue chambray from Fabricland, size 1
Bikini Top — My Little Nook / clearance coral spandex from Dressew
Blackwood Cardigan — Helen's Closet / blue sweater knit from Fabricland, size S
Boxer Pajama Shorts — Melly Sews / white cotton bedsheet from Value Village
Brassie Joggers — Greenstyle Creations / blue rib knit fabric from Dressew, mid-rise, size S
Brassie Joggers — Greenstyle Creations / moss fabric from Dressew, low-rise, size S
Briar T-Shirt — Megan Nielsen / speckled cream stretch from Dressew, modified hem
Briar T-Shirt — Megan Nielsen / white jersey from Dressew, modified hem
Briar T-Shirt — Megan Nielsen / white light weight jersey from Dressew, modified unfinished hem
Briar T-Shirt — Megan Nielsen / dusty mauve, wearable muslin
Cheyenne Tunic — Hey June / plaid flannel bedsheet from Value Village, size XS
Day Tripper Top — Shwin Designs / light blue jersey from Dressew, heavily modified, size S
Ginger Jeans — Closet Case Patterns / dark stretch denim, view B, size 6
Kirsten Kimono tee — Maria Denmark / white jersey from Value Village, modified, size L
Kirsten Kimono tee — Maria Denmark / dusty mauve, wearable muslin, size S
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / yellow tri-blend from Fabricland, size 4
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / large loop terry from Dry Goods Design, size 4
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / dark grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village, size 4
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / moss fabric from Dressew, size 4
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / moss fabric from Dressew, modified neckline, size 4
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / medium blue jersey bedsheet, size 4, modified neckline
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / grey polyester from Dressew, modified pattern, size 4
Penny Raglan — Grainline Studio / yellow tri-blend from Fabricland, size XS
Penny Raglan — Grainline Studio / white jersey from Dressew, size S
Phinney Ridge — Straight Stitch Designs / blue rib knit fabric from Dressew, size 4
Phinney Ridge — Straight Stitch Designs / blue rib knit fabric from Dressew, size 0
Plantain tee — Deer and Doe / medium grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village, size 38
Strata Top — Sew Liberated / patterned woven vintage bed sheet from Value Village
Strata Top — Sew Liberated / slub jersey from Dressew
Strata Top — Sew Liberated / black jersey from Fabricland, size S
Washi Dress — Made by Rae / poka dot woven cotton from Fabricland, size XS

SELF DRAFTED ~
bikini bottom — clearance coral spandex from Dressew
bikini bottom — stripped pink-purple swim remnants from Fabricland
bikini bottom — stripped orange-white swim remnants from Fabricland
boxy high-low tee — dark grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village
boxy high-low tee — white jersey from Dressew
racer back tank — cream jersey with lace
racer back tank — white jersey from Dressew
racer back tank — blue-white jersey from Girl Charlee
racer back tank — medium grey jersey from Dressew
racer back tank — blue-purple light jersey from Girl Charlee
rounded v-neck tee — white light weight jersey from Dressew
rounded v-neck tee — light grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village
scoop neck tank — medium grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village
scoop neck tank — medium grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village
scoop neck tank — blue-white jersey from Girl Charlee
scoop neck tank — white jersey from Dressew
scoop neck tank — blue-purple light jersey from Girl Charlee
scoop neck tank — deep royal blue jersey bedsheet from Value Village
scoop neck tee — cream and black speckles from Dressew
scoop neck tee — light grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village
scoop neck tee — medium grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village
scoop neck tee — blue linen slub from Dry Goods Design
scoop neck tee — blue-purple light jersey from Girl Charlee
sleep shorts — vintage pillowcase from Value Village
sleep shorts — vintage bedsheet from Value Village
sleep shorts — pale pink floral bedsheet from Value Village
sports bra — pink spandex from Dressew
sports bra — clearance light grey spandex from Dressew

Friday, December 21, 2018

NEW PATTERN / Winston Pullover

Winston Pullover — by Jane Richmond

I'm thrilled to introduce to you the Winston Pullover! This sweater has been off the needles since March but a lot has happened since then and so the pattern was delayed in making it's way out into the world.

I cast on last winter after getting this really strong urge to knit something super bulky, ultra simple, and comfortably over-sized. I've been struck with this urge before and every time, it leads me to Michael's for an arm full of Thick & Quick yarn.

Winston Pullover — by Jane Richmond

Once I had knit enough yoke to try on, Elsie claimed the sweater as hers. It was simple enough to make my size 34 into an Elsie size, I just decreased the sleeves more quickly and stopped short on the length  ...and then I immediately cast on pullover #2 for me!

And as soon as I'd bound off I began living in this sweater. It was exactly the warm and cozy hug I was hoping it would be. And because it knit up so quickly and cost so little (thank you Michael's coupons!) I've put it through the ringer! Say what you will about acrylic blends but there's something to be said for a hand knit that can survive the washer and dryer!!

Everyone was so enthusiastic about the pullover it encouraged me to write up a proper pattern. I dove into the grading and pattern writing before my accident and had nearly completed it when things came to a grinding halt.

The sweater itself has been a huge comfort during my recovery. For the first 3 months, post-surgery, I had to wear a body brace that made my body look lumpy and weird under my clothes. I could really only wear a few things that would conceal it — the Strata tops I'd made right before the crash were in constant rotation. And my over-sized pullover hid my brace perfectly which made me feel a little more like myself.

Winston Pullover — by Jane Richmond

Winston Pullover — by Jane Richmond

Winston Pullover — by Jane Richmond

And so finally, here it is to share with all of you, my over-sized, warm and fuzzy hug, Winston
I truly hope that this sweater brings you or someone who needs it, great comfort in whichever way is needed.

Winston Pullover — by Jane Richmond


Sending BIG hugs from me to you — happy knitting friends ♥




Wednesday, November 21, 2018

NEW PATTERN / Shepherd Toque


I'm slowly easing myself back into work and revisiting some of the projects I had begun before my accident. It's been intimidating coming back, and I've learned to be patient with myself. I'm incredibly grateful for the patience I've been given by those around me — thank you ♥

{ WELTED Cowl }

One of the projects that was so close to completion when I had my fall, was an ultralight toque that was inspired by the super light and versatile Welted Cowl (above). This cowl goes everywhere with me — I take it camping (I even sleep in it — the woods are chilly!). It's great for hikes and those first few minutes of a morning run when it's FREEZING and you haven't warmed up yet. I made mine with SweetGeorgia's Silk Mist (heaven!) and as well as being practical and hard wearing, it also makes a really elegant accessory. It looks just as good with a dressy coat as it does under a jean jacket, and best of all, it's so light it tucks into your pocket! My goal was to create this magic in a toque.



Three yarns stood out to me. And after swatching I couldn't rule any one of them out — each one, although slightly different, would make a perfect lightweight toque. So instead of narrowing my options, the decision was made to develop them all. The result is a very versatile pattern, with three different levels of lightness to choose from ranging from ultralight to fingering! I couldn't be happier with the outcome. I hope knitters will get as much enjoyment out of knitting this toque as I have designing it!



SHEPHERD Toque 

SHEPHERD Toque by Jane Richmond
photo: Nicholas Kupiak

— ULTRALIGHT Version 
The lightest of the three, this Ultralight version is made with lofty Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk and only requires one ball of yarn. Weighing in at only 25 grams (for the largest size!), this version is feather-light, incredibly packable, and is quick drying.



SHEPHERD Toque by Jane Richmond
photo: Nicholas Kupiak

— MID-WEIGHT Version 
The Mid-Weight version is made with Sandnes Garn Tweed, a brushed yarn just the slightest bit thicker than the Ultralight. It requires only one ball and weighs 40g for the largest size! Larger needles and gauge make this the fastest knit of the three versions!



SHEPHERD Toque by Jane Richmond
photo: Nicholas Kupiak

— FINGERING Version —
This Fingering version uses a single skein of Woolfolk Sno, a cloud-like sock-weight yarn that is so dreamy to knit with you'll want to make more that one! With it's slightly thicker fabric it still weighs a mere 42 grams for the largest size! This version rounds out the trio and lends versatility to the pattern — because who doesn't have a skein of sock yarn in their stash?!



I'm excited to finally be able to share the pattern with you.
I think it would make an excellent gift or a sweet treat to yourself ♥

Happy Knitting!




 — 20% OFF —

To celebrate, enjoy 20% OFF the pattern this week only — no coupon needed!

Sale ends this Sunday, Nov 25th 11:59 PST

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

NEW / McMilne Shawl in Fingering Weight Yarn




The McMilne shawl was released as a worsted weight accessory to compliment the exclusive colourway dyed by Indigodragonfly for Knit City 2013. Since then I've seen some beautiful versions knit with fingering weight yarn! Before my bike accident I'd been working towards offering this pattern for both worsted and fingering weights and I'm happy to say that the pattern is finally ready for it's re-release!





If you've already purchased this pattern through Ravelry or my website, you should receive the update automatically. If you have a paper copy or you did not receive the update, email proof of purchase to janerichmondesigns@gmail.com and I'll get the new pattern out to you!

If you don't have the pattern yet but would like to — to celebrate this special re-release, The McMilne shawl is 20% off until the end of the week! No coupon code needed :)



 —  PURCHASE PATTERN  






I'll leave you with this weeks quote from my instagram ♥


If you have a favorite quote I'd love to hear it.


H a p p y   k n i t t i n g   f r i e n d s ! 



Friday, October 5, 2018

Thank You.




I actually made it to Knit City this year, not as a vendor, but as a knitter who wouldn't miss it for anything. I wasn't able to shop, but I collected so many wonderful hugs — thank you to everyone who came up to me and expressed how happy they were to see me doing so well. I have so much to be thankful for. All of the love and compassion I have received since my accident — I'm certain I won't be able to repay it all in my lifetime.

Because I wasn't able to host my birthday sale this year I've put together a very special thank you sale instead, just in time for Canadian Thanksgiving :) For today only, all of my patterns are 50% off.




50% OFF 

– TODAY ONLY 

Sale ends Friday, October 5th, 11:59 PST
   

Receive 50% off (no coupon code needed) when you
purchase any patterns from my 
Website or Ravelry store.




I have a growing collection of quotes that I've been slowly and thoughtfully adding to over the years. I think quotes can be great reminders of things we need to hear, whether we're having an exceptional week, or slogging through a really tough one. I like to rotate through them, displaying ones that resonate with me at the moment. In my down time I taught myself modern calligraphy with brush pens. I'm using my quote collection to get weekly practice so I don't lose what I've learned so far. I'll leave you with this quote from this weeks lettering practice... 


If you have a favorite quote that resonates, I'd love to hear it.

H a p p y   k n i t t i n g   f r i e n d s !

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

For Better or Worse ♥


It's been quiet since May over here on the blog.

On May 9th I went over the handlebars of my mountain bike while out for our weekly Wednesday morning ride. The impact was so great that it broke most of my ribs, fractured my skull, tore my ear, and caused a burst fracture in my spine.

45 minutes after the fall a rescue team carried me down the mountain in a basket to the parking lot where ambulance and emergency response were waiting to rush me to hospital. I received an emergency spinal fusion the following day to have permanent rods installed in my back to stabilize my spine.




{ photos courtesy of my riding buddy Kate  }

After the surgery I spent 10 days in the neuro sciences ward at Victoria General Hospital. The nurses and doctors were like angels, it felt like a soft landing after what had just happened. The force had been so great that my injuries were similar to those of a car accident victim, I kept having to retell my story, no one could believe I'd done so much damage on my bike. I suffered a severe concussion, and for better or worse, had lost all memory of the day of the crash.


A brain injury meant no screen time — no phone, tablet, tv, or computer. Close to the end of my stay I could manage to sit in a chair with my brace on for very short bursts. Cam brought me a colouring book and I could focus just enough to fill the pages without getting a headache.

Once stable enough, I was released to continue my recovery at home. I could do very little and needed constant rests in between. I began collecting colouring books and markers. Slowly an art station began to develop on the kitchen counter. When I wasn't resting I would sit and colour — it helped to focus my mind and ward off boredom and depression. I couldn't tolerate the noise of the TV so we'd have quiet time and the girls would join me at the counter, even Cam from time to time. We started a gallery on the walls of the kitchen and soon ran out of room.




Over time I could focus more and sit for longer periods of time. I stopped colouring in books and began making my own drawings. I bought my first set of water colour paints. I couldn't drive and so my friend Cate ♥ would make endless trips to Opus and Micheal's.




In late June, an infection landed me back in hospital, only this time I was armed with a collection of my favourite art supplies. In ways it felt like a set back, there was a possibility of another surgery but I knew how it important it was to fight the infection aggressively under the watchful eye of the nurses and staff. I hated to be back but I knew I was in the right place. I avoided a second surgery (yay) and was able to go home after 5 days of observation and intravenous antibiotics.






I began walking for exercise, first to the end of our road, then a few short blocks, until soon I was walking the neighbourhood with my paints and travel notebook. I'd sit for hours sketching and painting the landscape, it felt like therapy. I joined Creative Bug and started (but didn't finish, lol) a portrait class.





And then, 3 months post-op, my brace came off. For the first time in months I could see my body again. I felt frail and didn't recognize my new shape. I'd lost muscle mass and mobility. But my body was mine again. Everyday I've been getting stronger and tiring less easily. Pain has become manageable and the more normal I feel physically the more I am aware of the fog that's left from the concussion. 


I've rented a little artist studio to help me transition back to work after nearly 5 months unplugged. The first photo in this blog post is from a shoot I did in the empty space to test the light :) I've been working from a home office for over 10 years — finding this space has felt like a new beginning of sorts.

While I was offline I managed a few Instagram posts to make friends aware of what was going on. I wasn't able to get back to most of you due to limited screen time however I would like you to know how much your love and support carried me through. I am incredibly grateful for all of the heartfelt messages that poured in, the care packages and thoughtful get well cards that arrived in the mail, the friends and family that made the day to day more manageable, and to the 30 pairs of hands that lovingly stitched these healing socks for me to get well in. 



If it weren't for all of you I would not have this space to come back to, this creative outlet that supports me. There are no words to express the gratitude I feel to have been given this second chance.

While it will take time for things to return to normal, I hope to return to this space a little more regularly as I find the inspiration and the energy.

Thank you for your endless love and support.

Jane