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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Cast-On / West Coast Cardigan KAL

Today is the official cast-on for the West Coast Cardigan KAL! I've been itching to start and have kept my fingers busy by sketching and swatching my ideas.

After a bit of back and forth (there are so many directions you could take with these blank charts!) I've settled on traditional colours and motifs. I've had this particular bird in mind since before the conception of the West Coast Cardigan! Something tells me it's his time.

I had originally pulled a repetitive motif (above) from the WCC for the top and bottom colourwork bands but decided that it was too geometric and didn't complement the eagle. I'm much happier with my second swatch (below), I think the two go well together.

Would you like to knit along with us?
You can find all of the KAL info in my original blog post or hop on over to our Ravelry Group to join in the conversation! Browse projects in the knitalong using #WCCKAL.

Ready. Set. Cast-On!!!

...and don't forget that today is the last day to get the pattern 25% OFF using code WCCKAL. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy New Year / West Coast Cardigan KAL

Happy New Year Knitters! 

I have to admit, 2016 kicked my butt. It was so full to the brim with work, life, and other adventures — by the end of the year I felt completely burnt out. What's funny is that a lot of people I talked to felt the same way. 

So to break into the new year, I've thrown myself into another Whole30 challenge (last year I did the same). It's a great way to shake things up and erase some of the bad choices I've made during the holiday season. After only 5 days I'm feeling so much better — I feel way less bloated (my weakness is bread — I make fresh sourdough, can you blame me for eating too much?) and way more energetic, which is really something considering I was feeling completely depleted the entire second half of last year! 

West Coast Cardigan KAL 

My other plan for the new year — a West Coast Cardigan knitalong! I've been dying to knit another WCC, wanna join me? The knitalong will be really flexible and fun, without hard and fast rules, just use any variation of the WCC pattern to participate!

Already cast-on? You can join in too! Or do you have the pattern but need motivation to jump in, now is your chance to do it with friends and support! Or maybe you're in the US and you're having trouble tracking down the Briggs and Little Country Roving used in the pattern. You're in luck — Firefly Fibers (one of the LYSes participating in the KAL) has 16 amazing colours to chose from and they'll even ship it for free if you spend 100 dollars (see their site for details)! Or maybe you've been eyeing the pattern or added it to your queue but it hasn't made it into your library yet. Now is the time because the West Coast Cardigan pattern will be 25% off from now until cast-on (January 10th), use code WCCKAL! So no excuses, let's knit this thing!!

Now my biggest hurdle will be deciding what direction to go. I've already knit 3 identical WCCs using the original pattern. The first was the pattern prototype (now Elsie's camping sweater), the second is currently on display at the Beehive in Victoria, and the third is on it's way to Art of Yarn in Kelowna (another participating yarn store)! I've been itching to get creative with the blank charts that are included in the pattern. I can't decide if I'd like to knit a more traditional sweater with three bands of colourwork (one main band between two smaller ones) using traditional Cowichan colours and motifs. Or do the opposite and use unconventional motifs and colours. I've created a Pinterest board for those of you who would like to freestyle it with me, to help us get inspired.

I've created a Ravelry group as a place for us to chat and share our projects. On Instagram and social media you can join in by tagging your projects #WCCKAL

Are you planning to knit the WCC? Will you use the pattern or freestyle it with the blank charts? Would you chose to take inspiration from traditional Cowichan sweaters or take a more unconventional approach? 

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Also, have any of you taken the Whole30 challenge before? Do you have any favourite meals or snacks (or tips in general!) for me?

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

OFF THE NEEDLES / Clarke in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter

Clarke Pullover / by

This year I did a ton of selfish knitting and am slowly getting caught up uploading my finished projects to Ravelry. This is one that I finished back in August. It's a Clarke Pullover knit without stripes in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the colourway Old World.

Clarke Pullover / by

MODS / I really wanted another Clarke, one that was loftier with less drape, that hung more like a sweatshirt than a cashmere sweater. I chose BT Shelter after trying on a sample pullover from their trunk show at the Beehive — the weight was incredible, I couldn't believe how light it was!

Because the fabric of my swatch remained the same after blocking I chose to follow the finished measurements for yoke, body, and sleeve lengths knowing that my sweater wouldn't grow during blocking. 

RESULTS / I'm in love with the finished sweater, it's so lightweight and cozy. I like how the fabric hangs as compared to my original Clarke. The colour Old World is classic and goes with everything. I wear this sweater constantly, it's also a great thermal mid layer under a coat without being bulky — it makes me want to knit a henley for hiking using some BT!

And of course as soon as I'd finished, Elsie wanted to borrow (ie. take over) this sweater so I immediately cast on another one, this time, Elsie size. She wanted the same colour (this kid's got good taste!), I might have to take some shots of us in our matching sweaters when hers is done!

Clarke Pullover / by janerichmond.comClarke Pullover / by

Clarke Pullover / by janerichmond.comClarke Pullover / by janerichmond.comClarke Pullover / by

PROJECT PAGE / BT Shelter Clarke
YARN / Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Old World
SIZE / 34 inch bust
ORIGINAL PATTERN / Clarke Pullover by Jane Richmond

What's your favourite hand knit to wear right now? 

Monday, November 28, 2016

OFF THE NEEDLES / Fireside Pullover with Button Closure

Fireside Pullover / by

{ Fireside Pullover with button closure }

I've been meaning to share this version of the Fireside Pullover — which I knit almost 2 years ago, after the original sample was developed. I wanted for this version to be worn as more of an outer layer for camping. I decided the warm heathered brown would be more forgiving and added the optional button closure to keep the collar closer to my neck for cold nights around the campfire.

The pullover is also slightly looser fitting than the original sample which suits it's intended use well. Both sweaters are knit from the same size (34) but my tension was slightly looser on this one (16 stitches instead of 17) resulting in a garment that is 35 inches around instead of 33 inches. It's amazing how much .25 of a stitch (per inch) can affect the overall circumference of a sweater and how those two inches can make quite a difference in fit!

The result is a comfy, laid back pullover, perfect for the outdoors or cozying up inside. Elsie loved this version so much that she wore it for 2 weeks straight! In fact it's so well worn from her that the insides of the cuffs are slightly felted from her 8 year old shenanigans — I can only imagine what this sweater went through on the playground at school!

I've posted all of the details for this project on Ravelry: Fireside with Button Closure.

Fireside Pullover / by

Fireside Pullover / by

Here are photos of the original so that you can compare the fit and finishing (collar without buttons).

Fireside Pullover / by

Fireside Pullover / by

Fireside Pullover / by

These may have been knit 2 years ago but my current project right now is a third Fireside Pullover for our #withinknits knit along (original post here)! I'm making great progress — I'm nearly halfway through the hip shaping! I'm excited to add this one to my wardrobe! ...and I promise not to take 2 years to share it with you!

This pattern is also part of the Indie Designers Gift-A-Long so don't forget to use code giftalong2016 to receive 25% off the pattern (sale ends Nov 30)!

I hope you've had a good weekend! What are you knitting? 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

SALE / Indie Designer Gift-A-Long 2016

Indie Designer Gift-A-Long 2016

The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 6 week long knit-along of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by a huge list of participating independent designers. I am really excited to participate this year! Join us from Nov 22 — Dec 31 for fun games, contests, and knit-alongs that will help you get your holiday knitting done among friends in this fun and enthusiastic group!

To kick off this fun and festive knit-along I will be offering a bundle of 20 of my most popular patterns at 25% off!! View the bundle here:


Use code giftalong2016 and receive 25% OFF select patterns from now until November 30th, 11:59 pm EST. 

Hop on over to the Indie Designer Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry and get all of the details, join one of the fun KALs, browse the enourmous list of indie designers participating this year, and get inspired during this gift knitting season!

Happy Gift Knitting!!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

TRUNK SHOW & SIGNING /// Vancouver Dates

Shannon and I are so excited to be visiting a few of our favourite Vancouver shops in a few weeks time! Come and see us as we tour Vancouver the weekend of December 2nd with our trunk show samples from Within and get your book signed! 

At each of our stops we'll have the Within samples for you to see and try on, books and more! We'll be stopping at Urban Yarns (Point Grey Location), 88 Stitches and Valley Yarn. For more info, maps, etc please visit

If you are in the area I do hope you can make it to one of these events!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Within Knitalong

Since the release of Within just a few short weeks ago, we are already seeing projects being cast-on and completed. It's making my knitting fingers itch to cast-on a project of my own. And there is nothing more fun than knitting together – so why not make this official and knitalong together! 

Within Knitalong
Participating is easy and really there are no rules to joining in – if you're knitting something from Within simply tag it #withinknits to follow along on social media. If you're on Ravelry we've created a brand new Ravelry Group where you can chat and share your projects.

The knitalong will be casual and open ended – it should be stress-free and fun! We'll be featuring some of your finished projects and there may even be some prizes ;)

For my knitalong project, I've chosen to knit another Fireside Pullover in a lovely neutral shade of Cascade Ecological Wool called Latte (8063). It's this warm brownie-grey that I've fallen in love with, and I know it will go with everything in my wardrobe. I've wound my mega skeins and can't wait to cast on!

Are you knitting from Within? Care to join in and knit along? I'm so excited to see all of your projects!