what’s new in the studio – the designer blog

We are in the studio. I love to talk about the patterns I’m working on – you will find all the details here. So grab a cup of tea and we can talk about the next design. Love to hear your comments.


  • ganseys – of the channel island kind

    ganseys? My mother and I are both knitters. For us the bug bit early and deep. We have gone to knitting camp together. We share techniques and ideas. Every phone call includes something about knitting. We even knit at the same tension. I recall one day getting a call about ganseys. ...
  • easy two needle mitten pattern available

    Okay, I admit it: as I child I always lost my mittens. I think it was even written into my Grade 2 report card: “good student, but why does she always lose her mittens?” So my mother had to knit a LOT of mittens quickly. She thinks my easy two needle mitten pattern would have ...
  • stranded knitting is easier than you think

    I am continuing to work on the Nursery Block sweater and it’s coming along nicely. The band shown above features on the front and the back of the sweater. To help with the spacing of the animal blocks I’ve added some eccentric letter blocks. The blocks are not centered on the band – makes ...
  • nursery block sweater coming along

    animal and letter nursery block graphicMy favourite kid is back in school. I’m going to school soon. All the family birthdays have been celebrated. My Dad was pleased with the vest. So down to business on the Nursery Block sweater. The size 4 is knit and are ready to be assembled. Now I am planning ...
  • teds cable vest – new pattern added

    teds cable vestIt’s my Dad’s birthday on Saturday. I have created a vest for him. I hope he’s pleased (I think he will be). A group of friends work on a vintage plane, often in a cold hangar. This is to be a working vest for this winter. It will keep him warm with ...
  • learning knitting basics

    kids knitting with smilesI’ve been thinking this week about how to launch a new knitter. Of any age. Did you know that knitting was once taught in school? To both boys and girls? Those days are mostly gone, although there are a few pockets of enlightenment, such as the Waldorf Schools. Huffington Post even published ...
  • so much knitting…so little time

    red and purple tunic on futonAh, so I’d promised a new child’s sweater at the beginning of the summer – still not done. Instead I’d been asked to knit a replica sweater for a friend. Although I don’t generally take on commissions, I was intrigued by the project. The sweater in question was 30 years old and much-loved. ...
  • new toddler sweater pattern coming

    knitting chart small animalsspring and toddlers The rain of the last few days got me thinking about spring. I’ve put together a couple of idea for a retro child’s sweater pattern which will be coming your way soon. It uses small graphs for an elephant, duck, bunny, Scottie dog, and squirrel based on an old knitting book ...
  • brian’s warm hat pattern available

    Warm hat and scarfA new free pattern has been added. It’s a warm hat and an accompanying scarf. Originally made for Brian, a paramedic serving in Northern Ontario. Warm around the ears and windproof because it’s knit at a slightly tighter tension than usual. I made it in Patons Classic wool but it can ...
  • penguins! babies and toddlers sweater pattern for you to download

    toddlers sweater with penguins Here is a great toddlers sweater pattern. The pattern includes sizes for babies too. look, there are penguins everywhere! The sweater is boatnecked so it’s easy to get on a squirmy baby. Add the cutest buttons you can find – I used red hearts. And included is a simple striped pull on hat with a ...