New Stitch Collection from Annie Maloney

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Annie Maloney (mzannieknits on Ravelry) has just published her latest stitch collection – Lovely Stitches Volume 3 – another masterpiece for cable lovers! Whether you’re into designing your own knits or have a favorite pattern where you would like to swap out the cables, this new collection offers some exciting possibilities.

Swatch – oh yes!

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4d8d4-liftedincreasestep2I ran across this Twist Collective article again the other day showing how even the type of needle you use can influence your gauge – wonderful reading and food for thought.

Emphasizing once again that needle sizes in any knitting pattern are given as a starting point only and each individual knitter really needs to find what works for them with THEIR yarn, THEIR needles, THEIR knitting style and THEIR tension. So yes, swatch, swatch, swatch!

VOGUEknitting, you say?

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Oh me, oh my, yes!  Check out the Made In Canada section by Lee Ann Dalton on page 20 in the new Spring/Summer 2015 issue of VOGUEknitting. So thrilled and honoured to be included in this column.

vogue knitting spring summer 2015 cover

Lost Kingdom: Celtic Love Song shawl

Lost Kingdom: Celtic Love Song shawl

The pattern photo used for the article is the Lost Kingdom: Celtic Love Song shawl, found here on Ravelry.

Oh, and the shawl pin shown in the photo above is another of the beautiful pins that Michelle at Michelle’s Assortment creates.

Pin It to Win It….news to share

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I have been a fan of Michelle’s shawl pins for quite some time (just check out the pictures in the blog header and sidebar) – they are beautifully handcrafted and I love her sense of style. If I had to pick a favorite, I think it would be this one — today! If you were at VOGUEknitting Live! in New York in January 2015, you might have seen Michelle and her gorgeous works of art.

Michelle is running a give-away at the moment so I thought I’d share:

Michelles pin it contest

The event runs until March 8, 2015; to enter, you just have to favourite, or pin to Pinterest, an item from Michelle’s Assortment shop and then go and post a link to the item or pin in Michelle’s Ravelry group give-away thread.

And a lovely bonus: all entrants get a code for free domestic or international shipping.

Good luck, everyone!

Tomar Cable Socks p/hopped!

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I’m so happy to be able to share this new toe-up sock knitting pattern with you!

Tomar Cable Socks ~ a FREE knitting pattern available exclusively on the p/hop (Pennies per Hour of Pleasure) site which raises money for Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Northmoor Watchcaps p/hopped!!

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Complimentary Pattern from Impeccable Knits - Northmoor Watchcaps

Exciting News!! The Northmoor Watchcaps knitting pattern is now only available through p/hop (Pennies per Hour of Pleasure) – a site that raises money for Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Knitting to raise money for charity can be a tricky endeavour so when I found the p/hop site that allowed me to donate a pattern and knitters to donate directly to a charity, it seemed like win-win to me.

The pattern is still free but you are asked to donate to p/hop based on the number of hours of pleasure you received knitting the pattern.

Hope you all pop over there and check it out :)

Charting Cables

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To create the charts for my patterns I use Stitch Mastery, a superbly flexible charting program created by Cathy Scott, a brilliant programmer.

Here is a small ‘nonsense’ chart to show you just a small sample of how this software displays so that you can get a bit of a feel for Impeccable Knits patterns. I talked a bit about Cable Naming conventions on my website and the reason why I really like the 1/1 style for cable abbreviations.

sample of charted cables

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