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ColourRIOT Live! (Or, Speaking In Public With and Without My Sister)

The Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Fair, hosted by my Knitters’ Guild, was a couple of weeks ago (September 14th). What a day it was! Read more about it — and then look for some exciting news at the bottom of this post!

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Japanese for Crafters

My sister, the sewing whiz over at Crafting a Rainbow, is ramping up for a Japanese for Crafters series of blog posts.

Japanese for crafters bar

Japanese for Crafters

I don’t know exactly what she has planned, but it promises to be good stuff. After all, she taught in Japan for about five years in all, so she has both the language skills AND the craft skills to rock this.

I’m willing to bet that knitters know at least a little bit of Japanese — more than we think, anyway. For example, that fab colour-shifting Noro Kureyon? “Ku-rey-on.” Crayon. (It truly is just a syllabic spelling of the English word.)

Noro Kureyon

Noro Kureyon

Anyway,  hop on over and have a look at what else “Ji-ri-an” (Gillian) has to teach us!


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Knit and Crochet Blog Week 2012: Day 5

Here is my contribution to Day Five of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, organized by the adorable Eskimimi. Today’s theme is Something a Bit Different…


In the process of making the various mitered square blankets that I’ve done — including Gina’s blanket mentioned here, and Gillian’s blanket here — I’ve had a lot of people ask me about how I’m seaming them. I decided to do a tutorial, which is only sort of new for me, but if you keep reading, you’ll find there’s a surprise near the end!

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Wedding knits

Oh, right! I’ve been so distracted waiting for Jane Austen Knits to get published that I have somehow neglected to tell you about all the OTHER secret knitting I was doing!

My sister got married in August, and that prompted a total of 3 knits — some secret, some less so. I might as well blog about them all now!

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These days, it seems I either have a backlog of unbloggable knitting, or I have a backlog of unblogged knitting.

(Actually, right now I kind of have both, but obviously I can’t get into the unbloggable stuff just now.)

More gratuitous shawl pictures

This, however, is eminently bloggable!

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Gift knitting, revealed: part the third

The third gift I made this Christmas was by far the biggest undertaking, and the one I’m most proud of completing:

Peacock Pretties for Gillian

Peacock Pretties for my sister

Ravelry details

Pattern: Mystery and Manners mitten pattern by SpillyJane, from Knitty
Yarn: Koigu KPM in acid green and teal, plus KPPPM in a multicolour green/teal/purple/orange blend

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Christmas Knits #1

I’ve done lots of Christmas knitting this year — or at least, it feels like lots, though it’s really only about four projects. And, uh, most of them were hats. Continue reading


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