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Technique Corner July 25, 2016

Grafting  (or kitchener stitch) is the art of invisibly joining two pieces of knitting together.  Many knitters struggle with grafting (and many others avoid even attempting it); however, as Lucy shows in this video, anyone can graft using her waste yarn method! So, even if grafting has defeated you in the past, why not watch this video and have another go.

In this first video we’ll look at grafting head to head (giving an imperfect join).

For more videos like this, see Lucy’s Grafting playlist.

Julia Watt (on Ravelry: Julia Watt; my Etsy store: LanesEndKnots)


Is there a topic or question that you would like to see Lucy cover in future YouTube videos? Please post your suggestions in the comments section.

For more Tutorials, Patterns, Books and the “Learn with Lucy” DVD series, visit Lucy’s website.

Lucy’s Craftsy Classes: Foundations of Double Knitting , My First Socks and Fearless Knitting – Empowering Techniques for Every Knitter.

WEEKLY PATTERN SALE: Lucy’s Mille-Feuille Scarf and Shawl pattern is half-price ($4.50CAD) until July 28!

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DVD SALE: Lucy’s Knitting Venus 1 DVD is on sale for $19.99CAD for the month of July!

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A Tradewinds history, part 5 July 23, 2016

Filed under: Tradewind Knitwear Designs history — codeandknit @ 19:46

Joan of Oregon

We were given the modest grant we had applied for, so now it was time for Knitco to dream big. With the money in hand, we decided to shoot very high and work on enticing some wonderful knitting teachers to travel here from afar to give workshops: Joan Schrouder from the far north-western US, and Debbie New from Ontario were amongst these. It may be a stretch for most of you, but imagine the world with NO Youtube or video chat software! In those antediluvian times, the only way we could get to see how famous knitters did things, was to buy them an airplane ticket and bring them here in person! (Of course, having the live person to interact with is still as good as it gets.) (more…)

 

Technique Corner July 18, 2016

In this video Lucy demonstrates her South American style Puntas edging. Deceptively easy to knit, this handsome edging would be a fabulous way to finish off brightly coloured summer knits!

For more videos like this, see Lucy’s Finishing playlist.

Julia Watt (on Ravelry: Julia Watt; my Etsy store: LanesEndKnots)


Is there a topic or question that you would like to see Lucy cover in future YouTube videos? Please post your suggestions in the comments section.

For more Tutorials, Patterns, Books and the “Learn with Lucy” DVD series, visit Lucy’s website.

Lucy’s Craftsy Classes: Foundations of Double Knitting, My First Socks and Fearless Knitting – Empowering Techniques for Every Knitter.

WEEKLY PATTERN SALE: Lucy’s Swirling Sun Hat pattern is half-price ($3.50CAD) until July 21!

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DVD SALE: Lucy’s Knitting Venus 1 DVD is on sale for $19.99CAD for the month of July!

 

Technique Corner July 11, 2016

In this video Lucy presents a daring, but perfect fix for miss-crossed cables that are too far back in your knitting to “ladder back” and recross (the technique described last week). This innovative method can also be used to provide a flawless fix for miss-crossed cables in finished projects.

For more videos like this, see Lucy’s Cabling playlist.

Julia Watt (on Ravelry: Julia Watt; my Etsy store: LanesEndKnots)


Is there a topic or question that you would like to see Lucy cover in future YouTube videos? Please post your suggestions in the comments section.

For more Tutorials, Patterns, Books and the “Learn with Lucy” DVD series, visit Lucy’s website.

Lucy’s Craftsy Classes: Foundations of Double Knitting, My First Socks and Fearless Knitting – Empowering Techniques for Every Knitter.

WEEKLY PATTERN SALE:  Lucy’s Baby Venus Cardigan pattern is half-price ($4.50CAD) this week. until July 14!

Copyright @ 2009 Pauline Rook

Copyright @ 2009 Pauline Rook

DVD SALE: Lucy’s Knitting Venus 1 DVD is on sale for $19.99CAD for the month of July!

 

A Knitting group emerges July 10, 2016

Filed under: Guest Post,Tradewind Knitwear Designs history,Uncategorized — codeandknit @ 09:53

A history, part 4 (previous history posts are here: 1,2,3)

by CyberCrone

 

Before too many days had passed, Lucy introduced me to Susan. H., another passionate knitter and an all-around clever person, recently arrived from the other end of Canada. She and Lucy had met at New-Comers Club (meet-and-greet organization for new arrivals to the city) a few months earlier, and the three of us became a proto-knitting group.

 

Knitters B.I. (Before Internet)…

A half-dozen more knitters emerged from the Halifax-Dartmouth woodwork over the next couple of months, and regular knitting gatherings began to happen. In those days, that was the way one shared knitting books and magazines, bitched about various injustices and the weather, and revealed sources of knitting treasures. (All this can be had through Ravelry and other websites now!)
There were knitters amongst us who did not know of the existence of the Barbara Walker Treasuries! Our public library once (maybe more times?) had them, but they were quickly stolen— a testament to their value! I had borrowed them frequently enough to realize that I needed my own copies. They really are treasuries. In the four decades I have been using them, I have found only one or two pattern errors. Many other stitch-pattern collections beat that by at least ten-fold.

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My well-loved original Barbara Walker Treasuries

 

Some of our new members were experienced knitters, but most were just beginning to explore the craft, happy to have such a wonderful resource. We had way too much fun, and the word got out: our knitting meetings became so popular that we could not fit the crowd into any of our living rooms any more! By the time people wound up having to sit on the stairs and the floor, we decided a new venue was needed. We started meeting at historic Scott Manor House in Bedford. Our craft fit in very comfortably :  the house was built around 1800, and contains many tools and furniture from back then. Knitting and spinning were everyday household activities! (more…)

 

Technique Corner July 4, 2016

Have you ever made the disheartening discovery that you right-crossed when you should have left-crossed (or vice-versa)? In this video Lucy demonstrates how to easily fix this common cable knitting error at any point in your knitting (or even after the item is finished!), without having to rip out any rows.

For more videos like this, see Lucy’s Cabling playlist.

Julia Watt (on Ravelry: Julia Watt; my Etsy store: LanesEndKnots)


Is there a topic or question that you would like to see Lucy cover in future YouTube videos? Please post your suggestions in the comments section.

For more Tutorials, Patterns, Books and the “Learn with Lucy” DVD series, visit Lucy’s website.

Lucy’s Craftsy Classes: Foundations of Double Knitting, My First Socks and Fearless Knitting – Empowering Techniques for Every Knitter.

WEEKLY PATTERN SALE:  Lucy’s Venus Rising Sweater pattern is half-price ($6.00CAD) until July 7!

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DVD SALE: Lucy’s Knitting Venus 1 DVD is on sale for $19.99CAD for the month of July!

 

Who’s the enabler here? June 30, 2016

Filed under: Guest Post,Tradewind Knitwear Designs history — codeandknit @ 12:58

A history, part 3 (You can find parts 1 and 2 here and here)

by CyberCrone

 

We had a seriously knitterly visit that day.

I distinctly remember Lucy’s surprise at my lack of expertise or interest in (i.e. total ignorance of) intarsia, seeing that I had been knitting my own designs in lace and in all sorts of cables, twisted stitches and textures for decades. Intarsia had just never crossed my path: my knitting resources consisted entirely of my original hardcover Barbara Walker Treasuries 1, 2 and 3— not a jot of intarsia in there.

Oh dear, here was a new interest to pursue! Yes, her vest was entirely, and gorgeously, knit in intarsia, and I knew it was something I needed to learn. I also remember thinking that I was in the company of knitting greatness here—unfettered imagination, daring, and technical prowess. (more…)

 

 
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