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Friday, April 28, 2017

EVENTS / Within Trunk Show and Signings

I am so happy to announce that we were able to reschedule our trunk show dates to some of our favourite yarn shops! These events are a great opportunity to view the trunk shows in person, try on the samples, and grab a copy of Within. If you've already purchased the book, bring it in for us to sign! And don't forget to bring any #withinknits projects, we sure would love to see them!

May 20th, 1–4pm
Bainbridge Island, WA


May 21st, 1–4pm
Carnation, WA

Find full details on our events page.

If you're near either of these wonderful shops, come and say hello!
We'd love to see you! 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Within Feature in Knit.Wear

I can't tell you how honoured Shannon and I both feel to have our book Within featured in the latest issue of Knit.Wear! To be included in this coveted magazine alongside Norah Gaughan on this minimalist wishlist (I want all of these things!)  — is a real pinch me moment! Thank you all for your support of the book, it means so much to me and without it we wouldn't have been able to reach this achievement!

This Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Knit.Wear just hit stands April 3rd and is full of modern classic inspiration! Find it at your local yarn store or grab the digital version here

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

In the Garden // Coming Back

{ Kiwis I started from seed collected from locally grown fruit purchased at Red Barn Market — I was really surprised to find they'd survived the winter! }

One of my favourite things to do on the blog is share what's growing in my garden. I never know if I'm boring the majority of knitters to tears with these posts, but when I look back in the archives I always feel so encouraged by the responsiveness to these In the Garden posts. And I love hearing about what everyone else is growing!

You may have noticed that there weren't any gardening posts last year. It's a bit of a sad story, one that I felt too sad to share as it was happening. The communal plots that the neighborhood children and I had been tending were decidedly revoked and returned to grass. It was pretty emotional for me to see them go, but I knew I couldn't fight for them because the commitment to maintain them myself was more than I could afford to contribute. I had to make peace with it and let it happen.

My neighbors and I were able to rescue a few of the perennials but the rest went to yard waste. I found a new home for my raspberry canes and they are being lovingly cared for :) This year I've organized myself enough to grow a few other things along with the raspberries — tomatoes, garlic, kale, and peas are at the top of the list! And we've also found a third space to grow space hogs like zucchinis and potatoes!

{ Elsie's hand print, a Mother's Day gift from long ago — reappears every winter as things die off only to disappear again each spring when the Sweet Woodruff comes back to life — it always makes me smile }

The strawberry plants and all of the herbs are lush and green. I've also started a variety of tomatoes, a few zucchini, raab, spinach, cape gooseberries (ground cherries), basil, and arugula in our sunniest window. I'll try to snap some shots of them to share for next time.

What's coming back to life in your garden right now? Have you started any seeds indoors this year? I'd love to hear your plans for the growing season! 

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And don't forget to check out the BOGO pattern sale going on right now until April 9th! Only 3 more days to scoop up a few new patterns for a great deal!

Monday, April 3, 2017

SALE — BOGO pattern sale!

— Spring Sale — 

This year winter has felt especially cold and exceptionally long – I think we're all in need of a little spring cheer! ♥ Why not treat yourself to a new pattern — what could be better than two for one!

BOGO patterns — this week ONLY!

Sale ends April 9th 

Use code BOGO at checkout when you purchase patterns from my 

Happy Spring! 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pocket Linings / WCCKAL

Because the West Coast Cardigan KAL was extended by a month, I had high hopes that I would not only finish my Thunderbird jacket ahead of schedule but that I'd possibly be able to crank out a second version of the WCC before the end date. 

However a two week family vacation preceded by a wicked cold and followed by a horrible stomach flu forced me to reevaluate my lofty goals to finish two custom sweaters by the end of the knitalong. I think at this point, still running on low batteries, I'll be perfectly happy to have finished one by the end of the KAL.

Fortunately, before I got sick (or went away), I'd finished all of the knitting on the garment and installed the zipper and only needed pocket linings. Because I'd managed to gain a few extra inches in body length during blocking, the original pocket linings were then too wide to fit the space in which they were meant and needed to be reknit. The reknitting got put off for quite some time but didn't stop me from wearing it pocket-lining-less (and even slipping my hands in the pocket openings, lol, no one was the wiser — only I knew the pockets weren't finished).

{ top : original pocket linings / bottom : amended pocket linings }

I decided to pin and dry my wet-blocked pockets to the inside of the jacket where they were to fit in order to get the perfect dimensions since I had altered the finished measurements slightly. 

All that's left to do is to sew in the new linings and I can call this sweater officially complete!

I've also got a special spring announcement coming up — be sure to check back!
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Collar Knitting - Step by Step / WCCKAL

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I've finished the collar on my West Coast Cardigan! I strayed slightly from the pattern and decided to block my sweater before knitting the collar. The collar can be awkward during wet blocking and it doesn't really benefit from it as much as the rest of the body does. The body was much easier to manage on the blocking board without having the collar attached, I definitely recommend working in this order.

Collar Construction

The collar construction is really fun and results in a generous shawl collar that is knit all in one piece without any seaming. To help visualize the steps I've created a short picture tutorial. 

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STEP 1 / Section 1 - Right Front

First, stitches are picked up one row at a time along the right front neckline to form a triangle. Once the triangle is complete, stitches are picked up along the back neck and left front. Below is a photo taken after completing SECTION 1 / Right Front of the collar instructions.

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STEP 2 / Section 2 - Left Front

The left front is worked similarly to the right. Short rows incorporate one stitch at a time until a triangle is formed. Below is a photo taken after completing SECTION 2 / Left Front of the collar instructions.

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STEP 3 / Section 3 - Center Back

The back neck stitches are worked last, back and forth, until all of the collar stitches have been used up. The remaining stitches are bound off and the collar is now complete!

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Next up, zipper instillation and pocket linings! 

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We've also extended the deadline for the knitalong to the end of March so there is plenty of time to finish up, cast-on another, or join in for the first time! Check out all of the inspiring projects in the #WCCKAL feed or using the hashtag #WestCoastCardigan.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Sleeve Knitting - Working Inside Out / WCCKAL

I recently moved on to the sleeves of my Thunderbird WCC for the knitalong and finished in time to block the cardigan and let it dry over the weekend! Here it is before it's bath...

Working Sleeves Inside Out

If you've ever worked stranded colourwork on a small(ish) circumference like a sock or a sleeve, you might have found your fabric had very little give – try flipping your work inside out so that the strands/floats are carried on the outside – it makes a huge difference!

Working this way doesn't change anything except your perspective (your working needle is now in the back instead of the front) — you don't have to purl or change the way you follow the charts! Everything remains the same. It's difficult to visualize with just a photo — this video was shared in our knitalong group and is an excellent demonstration of the technique!

I hope you find this tip useful! Do you have any tips or tricks you've picked up while learning to work with colour?