Friday, December 19, 2014

Indie Designer Day

Designer: Cristina Ghirlanda
Blog: Minimi Knit Design
Rav ID: minimi
Some Great Designs: minimi's Rav Designer Page

Luscious cables, beautiful texture, and bold, graphic elements are hallmarks of this designer's style.

Her Libellula (pictured) shows off that boldness and texture. This pattern is also seamless, easily adjustable, and a fantastically-relaxing exercise in the glories of stockinette.

The Phase Pullover has a very interesting shape: it's oversized everywhere except at the hip. This lends the garment a fitted look with the advantage of comfortable ease, a cozy look, and generous sleeves. Check it out: it's a look that I think is quite flattering, and unlike most sweater patterns out there.

Fiori di Cuore shows what she can do with touches of openwork on a long sleeved sweater. I really like the sleeve details and the super deep neckline.

Delicious cables abound in the Minimissimi Sweater Coat. They swirl across and visually pop out of this very cozy and attractive garment, playing with length, shape, and stitches.

And just to give you a taste of her accessory design: there's the cabled loveliness of the Polonaise Cowl and the roving pom pomed scarf Tintinnio (I super love this one!).

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Draperie and Linsey Woolsey SALE

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From now until Saturday, my latest two designs, Linsey Woolsey and Draperie, are on sale for 50% off!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Capsule Wardrobe: The Fabric and Patterns

I've been planning my capsule wardrobe for Spring/Summer 2015.

  • I started by going through both my favourites/queued on Ravelry, and my extensive sewing pattern collection and fabric stash.
  • I made a list that was much more sewing heavy than knitting, which I suppose makes sense, Spring/Summer not being the heartland of knitwear wearing!
  • I drew out the silhouettes of the dresses, skirts, and shirts that I was thinking of sewing, making sure there was a bit of variety in shape and style.

  • I was then realistic about what I really wanted to get to: I did have shorts and rompers on my list, but with the number of dresses I was eyeing up I thought it best to get through them before I tried to tackle those other garments.
  • Selecting the fabrics to go with the patterns was a great bit of fun: I've invested heavily in cute cotton prints, which should keep me covered for the adorable bespoke dress for quite some time.
  • The colour palette was, in essence, already selected for me. I did have some leeway in making sure everything wasn't just blue! But one of my motivations for this wardrobe is to use the materials I have, and so my hands were somewhat tied in the colour-palette regard.
  • I also tried to make sure I had a mix of patterns I had worked with before, and ones that were new to me. I get excited about new patterns, but they're of course untested, and so having some old-reliables on hand is a nice fall back in case the newbies are frustrating.

Are YOU interested in creating a capsule wardrobe for yourself?
Join the capsule wardrobe fun on the Canary Knits Ravelry group.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Linsey Woolsey

Linsey Woolsey: so named because of its stitch and fibre.

This bonnet uses all over linen stitch in the soft, warm, worsted Dream in Color Classy, and you'll love it because:

  • the linen stitch gives the bonnet great structure
  • short rows at each front panel add steep triangles of fabric that can be worn flat or folded back
  • the density of the fabric gives extra protection from the cold
  • TASSELS, people. It's got tassels.

Linsey Woolsey is sized for an adult head; 20-22” / 51-56 cm circumference.

Dream in Color Classy, 100% superwash merino, 250 y / 229 m per 100 g hank, Karma Chamelion, 1 hank
4.5 mm (US 7) circulars or straights or size to obtain gauge
24 sts and 44 rows = 4” / 10 cm in linen stitch
short rows, creating tassels, i-cord

Friday, December 12, 2014

Indie Designer Day

Designer: Nunzia Diglio
Blog: ND Studio
Rav ID: NDStudio
Some Great Designs: NDStudio's Rav Designer Page

NDStudio does the knitted/crocheted bag like an art form. Leather straps, rivets, clasps; a variety of shapes, sizes and textures that are appealing as project as well as finished items.

In particular, check out Minturno, Passion, and Bauletto Cross.

But if bags aren't your thing, there's still so much to see in her design portfolio!
Vaniglia e Cannella (pictured) is a dual-coloured cardigan that's relaxed and fluid, shaped with short rows, and able to be worn in multiple ways.

Bat is a jacket/poncho that features some fantastic texture and a layered, cozy feel.

And Hippy is a free crocheted shawl, with some fantastically generous fringe!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Bonnet Peek

Sneak peek day!

This is Linsey Woolsey, a suuuuper cute bonnet that's nearly ready to be published. It's my new favourite thing. Can't wait for you all to see it!

Details to come soon.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Canary Knits Blog 2015

I want to hear from you!

A new year is coming, and I'm keen to make Canary Knits a blog that you love coming to. So, I'm looking for some feedback on what you like to see, what you'd like to see MORE of, and any suggestions you might have for the Canary Knits blog in 2015.


Thanks to you all for your input!

Friday, December 05, 2014

Indie Designer Day

Designer: Yuki Ueda
Blog: カッテキママなモノづくりの記録
Rav ID: yuki77
Some Great Designs: yuki77's Rav Designer Page

Pretty things ahead!

First up, a couple of accessories.

Her Banana Leaf Shawl is an irregularly shaped piece that plays with textural stitches to create a simple yet dramatic look.

The Goldfish Shawl makes use of watery-themed stitches to create a flowing, traditional triangular shawl: Bubble, Waterweed, and Fishtail edging.

And second, some whimsy!

Peanuts. No joke. It's realistic and adorable!

And you know there's NO way I could leave out her little palm-sized, bird-shaped pouch, Canary. SO CUTE! I love him.  Go see him now. Go on. I'll wait.... Yep. Did you see?! So cute, and made in one piece from beak to tail!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Geo Delight Sale Continues!; And, I Make a Video!

Geo Delight's been on sale this week for only $4!

I thought I'd make a video to show you how the vest moves, and also how I've been wearing it for the colder weather.

So if you'd like to pick up Geo Delight for only $4, hurry! Sale ends on Saturday!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Knitter's WIP: Rock Quarry

Ravelry offers so many fantastic features. For a designer, it gives you the ability to very easily scope out people's projects from your patterns, which I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear I check out daily. It's fun! Seeing FOs is one of my favourite parts of designing.

So a few days ago I was perusing this list, and my attention was caught by these stunning photos of Rock Quarry.

The talented knitter is Eularay, and the photographer is her husband. They've done a great job making this stole look at home in the mountains!

You can get your copy of Rock Quarry from Interweave Knits Fall 2014 issue.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Geo Delight SALE!

Hear ye, hear ye!

Geo Delight is on sale!
Pick up this versatile vest for only $4 this week.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Indie Designer Revisit

Designer: Karen Clements
Blog: Knit 1 LA
Rav ID: kclem
Some Great Designs: kclem's Rav Designer Page
Original Indie Designer Post: February 19, 2010

I can't believe it's coming up on five years since I first profiled this designer.
She has been incredibly busy, independently publishing work that continues to embody her aesthetic of chic, fun, simple-and-fashionable designs.

I'll point out just three of the MANY that are awesome.

The Swing Coat: This one's pictured up there. I think it's a great example of  her style. And hey, if you're like me, and are attracted to giant, 0.75 sts/1" gauge yarn, then I'd have to point you in this direction for a fantastic idea for a finished garment. I love its structure, texture, and the speed with which I imagine you could make this coat. Drooly.

A Simple Tank: That it is, but with a twist. Check out the weight of that yarn! It's so texturally attractive. One of the best parts is that this is suitable for advance beginners. Something that you could whip up fairly quick, something that is certainly chic, and something that, depending on fibre content, you could adjust for time of year (for all readers in the southern hemisphere, this might be a timely suggestion!).

The Crochet Brioche Sweater: Holy cow, this is beautiful. The shape of it is fantastic, the technique sounds very interesting, and the high number of FOs on Ravelry all look great. Check them out!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Capsule Wardrobe

In my recent podcast episode 14 (part one and part two) I spoke about the Coletterie's blog series Wardrobe Architect. I've been thinking about it for quite a few months now.

Episode 14 saw me focus on a capsule wardrobe, something I hadn't ever encountered before.

Like many needleworkers of many ilks, I have a backlog of patterns and materials, all purchased with excitement and the best of intentions. I bought these things because I liked them, because I really wanted to do something with them. And the idea of planning a capsule wardrobe just might be the motivation I need.

What is a capsule wardrobe?
A small subset of your wardrobe, something you can plan seasonally.

How do you plan a capsule wardrobe?
1) Choose 1-6 silhouettes for the season.
2) Create a colour palette.
3) Break down your silhouettes and colours into a list of pieces.
4) Organize what to make, what to buy, and what you already own.

All this is taken from the Coletterie's fantastic blog, where you can find details, advice, and fun worksheets (yes, fun!) that will help you along the way to planning your own capsule wardrobe.

I'm planning my capsule wardrobe for Spring/Summer 2015.

Planning begins now and lasts until the end of January.
February onward is the making!

Want to Join me?
Visit the Canary Knits Ravelry group! I think this would be a great way to motivate each other and share our ideas and wardrobe making triumphs! Sew! Knit! Crochet! Whatever works for you!
Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Make your comfy, cozy, squishy-garter-stitch dreams come true with Draperie.

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The stretchy, squishy feel of the all-over garter stitch texture provides a fabric that drapes and wraps around your body wonderfully. The perfect item to casually throw on for extra warmth, Draperie can be worn with either side as the top; converting the piece from a cardigan to a more shrug-like piece instantly!

Sizes:  39 (43, 46)” / 99 (109, 117) cm

Yarn: Baah "La Jolla"

You want to knit Draperie because:
  • it's a simple, soothing garter-stitch knitting experience
  • the drape and basic shape make this an effortlessly chic garment
  • the convertibility: it can be worn top side up or down, depending on how drapey you'd like your collar
  • easy adaptability: want it longer? Just knit a few more rows! This garment has no complicated shaping
With more drapey collar worn at neck

Friday, November 21, 2014

Indie Designer Day

Designer: Judy Brien
Rav ID: JudyIs
Some Great Designs: JudyIs' Rav Designer Page

This week's designer demonstrates a masterful use of texture and innovative uses for traditional techniques.

Engineered Seams (pictured) is my favourite example. This is "just" a top-down seamless raglan, but just look at the amazing textural detail she's incorporated, done through the use of well-placed short rows. And the cleverly-placed twisted stitches for faux seams! Love it.

X Cardigan is also a simple top-down, but she tweaks the look with a sloping front buttonband, draping collar, and the placement of sweater shaping placement at the back of the garment.

Black Wattle: short rows, mesh lace, chic sweater. SO COOL. All JudyIs' work is so comfy, interesting, and fashionable. I hope I've won you all over.
And hey, she's got plenty of other designs! Just check out her portfolio!