Softsweater's Sweater!

Friday, 9 October 2015
It's dry! Thomas took a couple of photos of me in it today! 

More Every Stitch Has A Story stuff.

I almost applied for the Story Hive grant... But then I decided not to! 

(storyhive is this awesome BC and Alberta grant you can apply for for short film makers. 
Take a look at 

Instead I'm just going to use this video to promo the project that me n Nicola are working on. You might have seen the other video I embedded on here! This is the same footage, but it's my dorky voice you'll hear talking about the concept. Personally it gets me all excited to start thinking about making videos like this! So I'll share the Pitch video I made.

Click through to make it a bit larger! 

Thanks for taking a looksee! 

A history of softsweaters soft sweaters!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Oh I have SO much knitting to do! So instead I'm going to write a blog post about all the sweater drama I have had in my short sweater-knitting life! 

My history of sweaters!

The first sweater I ever knit I didn't do a gauge swatch on. I got it wet to block it (lie it flat to dry) and it stretched so much it wouldn't even stay on my shoulders. I totally quit knitting for like a week I was so mad. 

I'm just so stoked with myself. Poor pre-blocked me. 

I'm looking so hopeful here! Little did I know...  blocking was about to happen.
The sweater was out of Malabrigo sock - which is gorgeous! But it's superwash and it's got no nylon content to spring it back... so goodbye adorable sweater! 

There are no photos of the big baggy thing post block.

The second sweater I did I did a gauge swatch! I was so proud of myself! I did a few and thought I was all smart because I even got my swatch wet and lied it flat to dry because "that's what I'm going to do with my sweater when I'm done!"

The thing I hadn't put into consideration is that when you're a 2x (and probably any size for that matter) the weight of the sweater is usually pretty heavy. You've got four or five skeins of yarn on there and it could weight like, 500grams.

When you get that wet it stretches itself to hell. It doesn't matter if you're lying it flat to dry, the step from removing the sweater out of the water and onto the towel will stretch it out. 

I took some photos of the finished product - because it technically did stay on my body - but it wasn't a very good fit on my frame. 

You can see the same problem again - the shoulders weren't staying on because the back piece had stretched out so much! 

All the gather of fabric is to keep it staying on my body. It just slipped off my shoulders the whole time.

Okay Third try worked out pretty well.

I knit a sweater for an ex boyfriend - but we broke up. Big surprise there... 
*cough* sweater curse *cough*

Of course the one sweater I knit that actually turns out awesomely is knit for someone else. 

Oh god.. I don't think this quite counts...

Then FINALLY I figured out that my gauge in time for the fourth sweater. My gauge is loose and sad and I need to actually step down quite a few needle sizes to get good sweater style gauge and I quickly whipped up this beautiful thing. 
Which is an Andi Satterlund pattern called Miette and it's short on purpose! I mean I'm also SUPERTALL but it's short for when I wear dresses! 

I'm a big dork in this photo! 

The pattern didn't come in my size so I had to do some modifications but it just turned out really well and I still wear it (although it needs some mending now). 

Okay so on to the newest of the sweaters. 

This is a sweater I started after I had been dumped last fall. It's my sad feelings-autumn is hard-I wish I had a fall sweater-sweater!

From fall to fall sweater out of Briggs & Little worsted. 

Is it a hat? Is it a sweater? Knitting and chatting at my office (Bump N Grind Coffee on Commercial Drive!) 

I have notoriously ridiculous sweater gauge. Here's me being like "IT'LL FIT RIGHT? IT'LL FIT?"

Here's a photo of me trying to fit into a child's sweater. "It says ages 2 and up!"
 Oh I love this yarn. you can really see the tweedy loveliness of it here! 

FINISHED! Hey look, the left sleeve has some discolouration on it? Gee I wonder why? Maybe it's because I ran out of yarn and was too lazy to go back to the yarn store to buy more so I just used a bit of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter that I had lying around. It's cute right? A design feature! Not a mistake... 

Knit City 2015 Day 2! And a Special Episode of The Knitter Punks Podcast!

Saturday, 3 October 2015
Oh my god there's just so much yarn!!!! And amazing people!!!! And amazing stuff!!!

Knit City is THE Vancouver Fibre Festival! ...I mean technically there is only ONE Vancouver Fibre Festival - but it doesn't matter, Knit City is THE one.

Jocelyn and one of the Original Knitter Punks (OKP) Barth and me all have a Knitter Punks Knit City 2015 nerd out. We talk about ALL THE YARN we bought and all the lovely people we chatted with!

AND there's a promo code that gets you my newest shawl pattern Solarium for free! Only from now until Sunday October 4th at 5pm.

Solarium Shawl! 

Go pop over and have a listen! Look at our lovely faces!

A Lecture by the Lovely Clara Parkes! #knitcity2015

Friday, 2 October 2015

First night of Knit City 2015! 

I didn't even know that I was going to even get in to the Clara Parkes lecture. Me and Nicola showed up rushing right at 6:10 to try and get tickets. They weren't quite sold out and we dropped all our knitting out of our purses as we rushed to pay for the last remaining few spots.

I didn't know what to expect of the lecture, yarn production hasn't been the thing about fibre art that has really kept my interest. I have spun and dyed yarn quite a bit, but the types of sheep and styles of spinning (and all the mills part of it) hasn't really been anything that I've spent much time researching. I didn't know what to expect and that was great because Clara Parkes was just wonderful. She drew me right into the world of bales of wool and of her amazing adventure with them.

Honestly I won't do it justice to talk about it, I would instead recommend that if you're able to go out and buy her books to hear more about her stories. She was just a joy to listen to! I'm going to absolutely track her down and chat with her during the rest of the Knit City weekend. 

I can't wait to read her book! 

The Graph Paper Cooperative and Every Stitch Has A Story

Thursday, 1 October 2015
Dear lovely fibre people. Things are so cool right now!

Me and Nicola have been working on an idea of doing small videos to highlight awesome people in the community who are doing cool fibre related stuff. We did a test video for it today and I think it's pretty darn cool!

The sound quality is a bit low and the video quality got messed up by uploading it to YouTube. But darn it I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Especially because Nicola totally didn't have a script and we hadn't even fully worked out prompt questions. AND the audio was recorded using my iphone. So cool


We've also been working on this idea for a while of starting up some sort of knitwear designer/fibre people cooperative where we can figure out ways to pay ourselves to help each other out! Honestly I'm still not sure if we've really figured out how this is going to work out - but we've done a website! So that must mean we're serious about it.

Keep an eye on there for projects we've been working on! 

Knitter Punks Podcast!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Hey everyone! 

This is just to remind everyone that me and my bud Jocelyn have started a podcast! Guys it's going really well and people seem to really like it! Go have a listen! Tell me what you think! We're still figuring out the audio part, beefing up my sound-tech-nerdiness levels! 

The Knitter Punks Podcast! 

We're doing a special episode on Saturday night after Knit City! (we usually air on Monday nights). Tune in or sign up to our newsletter to get more information! 

We're starting to do lots of promo codes and maybe even some giveaways so definitely tune in! 

We're going to be hanging out at Knit City on Saturday so if you're going make sure to come by and grab a button and a high five! 

Oh and there's a pattern coming up to be published on Saturday too. EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING ON SATURDAY. 

New Pattern Published! 

Grateful Moments Shawl

It's lovely and I'd love it if you clicked through to take a look at it! 

Oh and look at some knitting related art I've been doing! 
Knitting hand art pieces! The top set of hands is based on my own hands. The bottom ones are based on Nicola's hands! They're going to evolve into some less-digital art soon. I'll make sure to post the finished product! 

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