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Monday, January 30, 2017

TRUNK SHOW & SIGNING / Washington Dates





IMPORTANT UPDATE:

The following event has unfortunately been cancelled due to illness. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will keep you posted for further information.



We're hitting the road again — this time to Washington state! I'm really excited to revisit a few of our favourite shops with our new book and trunk show. If you'd like to see the samples from Within in person or get your book signed, we will be visiting: 



Saturday
February 11th 
1–4pm

Sunday
February 12th
1–4pm

You can find full event details on our events page




If you're in and around either of these wonderful shops, come and say hello! We'd love to see you! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Pocket Knitting - Part 1 / WCCKAL


DAY 14 / West Coast Cardigan KAL
I've been working away on my West Coast Cardigan for the knitalong and have made it to the pocket flaps. I've snapped a few photos for those who have reached this step too and are finding it hard to visualize.

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PART 2 / BODY of the pattern begins after completing the yoke portion of the charts and takes you through the entire body of the cardigan. The first section, Chart A - Underarm to Pockets begins after the sleeves are separated from the body and includes the rows from the underarm to the top of the pocket opening. Pictured below is the cardigan completed up to Chart A (as seen from the back) and ready to begin Chart B.



Chart B - Left Pocket Flap works back and forth on the left pocket flap stitches only as seen in the image below.



Chart B - Right Pocket Flap works back and forth on the right pocket flap stitches only, see below.



Next we'll revisit the body stitches and move on to  Chart C - Body Stitches.


Are you knitting along? How is your West Coast Cardigan coming along? I'd love to see your projects, tag them #WCCKAL on Instagram and social media to be a part of the group. 

Are you in Vancouver? I'd love to see you and your WCC at Wet Coast Wools this Saturday 12-5!






WEST COAST CARDIGAN / Helpful Posts

If you are thinking of casting on your own WCC, feel free to post in the thread here — even though the official deadline has passed, it's a great way to share your project with other WCC knitters.

It's also become a wealth of information. I've compiled a list of all of the WCCKAL posts. Some of them break down the more involved portions of the pattern. They're a great resource if you're looking for more in depth instruction and visual tutorials!

WCCKAL POSTS : 






Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Yoke Knitting + Vancouver Visit

West Coast Cardigan by janerichmond.com

I was really hoping to cast-on my WCCKAL project on our official cast-on date (Jan 10) but discovered a few more sweater sections that needed to be swatched out first. One being the thunderbird placement on the front. I really wanted to use the same motif on the front and back. Unfortunately this meant that the motif would be split in half by the cardigan opening and I wanted to make sure it looked alright before knitting half the sweater. After the swatches were knit and wet blocked I added the crochet border and joined the two fronts with a zipper. I didn't like how abrupt the border looked running through the eagle so I've chosen to omit it and try my best to create clean edges so that the cardigan fronts look relatively seamless when zipped.

West Coast Cardigan by janerichmond.com

Once my charts were finalized I decided it would be easiest to work from them in sections so I chopped up each page (separating yoke from body) and taped the yoke sections together. I then photocopied the pieces to make one page. I've reserved the body sections for later.

West Coast Cardigan by janerichmond.com

I've been working rather slowly, carefully trying to keep my floats neat while getting used to working with 3 colours. Another last minute decision I made was to remove the thunderbird at the center sleeves. I've kept the banding at the top and bottom and will use my MC (Medium Brown – which looks more grey to me) for the rest of the sleeve. I'm hoping this will allow the center motifs on the body to really shine.

West Coast Cardigan by janerichmond.com

What I didn't anticipate was having to break my yarn. Well unless I wanted to carry both CCs across the sleeves of the yoke,  but that created unnecessary bulk, and I knew it would bother me. So back I went, ripping out a few rows and doing a few quick calculations to guesstimate how much yarn might be needed for each section before the body is united and the sleeves are put on hold.


Visit to Wet Coast Wools
I will be hitting the road for a visit with the lovely ladies of Wet Coast Wools in Vancouver, BC. Glenda and Bernadette have invited me and my West Coast Cardigan sample for a visit, Saturday January 28th (12 - 5pm). I'll also have my current WIP for the WCCKAL! Come by and say hi, bring your WCC (or whatever else you're working on), I'd love to see you!



Are you knitting along? If so, have you chosen to use the original pattern or create your own colourwork using the blank charts? 

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Would you like to join in? We're chatting about the knitalong in my Ravelry group here. You can also follow the KAL by searching the hashtag #WCCKAL








WEST COAST CARDIGAN / Helpful Posts

If you are thinking of casting on your own WCC, feel free to post in the thread here — even though the official deadline has passed, it's a great way to share your project with other WCC knitters.

It's also become a wealth of information. I've compiled a list of all of the WCCKAL posts. Some of them break down the more involved portions of the pattern. They're a great resource if you're looking for more in depth instruction and visual tutorials!

WCCKAL POSTS : 






Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Cast-On / West Coast Cardigan KAL


Today is the official cast-on for the West Coast Cardigan KAL! I've been itching to start and have kept my fingers busy by sketching and swatching my ideas.


After a bit of back and forth (there are so many directions you could take with these blank charts!) I've settled on traditional colours and motifs. I've had this particular bird in mind since before the conception of the West Coast Cardigan! Something tells me it's his time.


I had originally pulled a repetitive motif (above) from the WCC for the top and bottom colourwork bands but decided that it was too geometric and didn't complement the eagle. I'm much happier with my second swatch (below), I think the two go well together.


Would you like to knit along with us?
You can find all of the KAL info in my original blog post or hop on over to our Ravelry Group to join in the conversation! Browse projects in the knitalong using #WCCKAL.


Ready. Set. Cast-On!!!

...and don't forget that today is the last day to get the pattern 25% OFF using code WCCKAL. 




WEST COAST CARDIGAN / Helpful Posts

If you are thinking of casting on your own WCC, feel free to post in the thread here — even though the official deadline has passed, it's a great way to share your project with other WCC knitters.

It's also become a wealth of information. I've compiled a list of all of the WCCKAL posts. Some of them break down the more involved portions of the pattern. They're a great resource if you're looking for more in depth instruction and visual tutorials!

WCCKAL POSTS : 






Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy New Year / West Coast Cardigan KAL



Happy New Year Knitters! 

I have to admit, 2016 kicked my butt. It was so full to the brim with work, life, and other adventures — by the end of the year I felt completely burnt out. What's funny is that a lot of people I talked to felt the same way. 

So to break into the new year, I've thrown myself into another Whole30 challenge (last year I did the same). It's a great way to shake things up and erase some of the bad choices I've made during the holiday season. After only 5 days I'm feeling so much better — I feel way less bloated (my weakness is bread — I make fresh sourdough, can you blame me for eating too much?) and way more energetic, which is really something considering I was feeling completely depleted the entire second half of last year! 




West Coast Cardigan KAL 

My other plan for the new year — a West Coast Cardigan knitalong! I've been dying to knit another WCC, wanna join me? The knitalong will be really flexible and fun, without hard and fast rules, just use any variation of the WCC pattern to participate!

Already cast-on? You can join in too! Or do you have the pattern but need motivation to jump in, now is your chance to do it with friends and support! Or maybe you're in the US and you're having trouble tracking down the Briggs and Little Country Roving used in the pattern. You're in luck — Firefly Fibers (one of the LYSes participating in the KAL) has 16 amazing colours to chose from and they'll even ship it for free if you spend 100 dollars (see their site for details)! Or maybe you've been eyeing the pattern or added it to your queue but it hasn't made it into your library yet. Now is the time because the West Coast Cardigan pattern will be 25% off from now until cast-on (January 10th), use code WCCKAL! So no excuses, let's knit this thing!!


Now my biggest hurdle will be deciding what direction to go. I've already knit 3 identical WCCs using the original pattern. The first was the pattern prototype (now Elsie's camping sweater), the second is currently on display at the Beehive in Victoria, and the third is on it's way to Art of Yarn in Kelowna (another participating yarn store)! I've been itching to get creative with the blank charts that are included in the pattern. I can't decide if I'd like to knit a more traditional sweater with three bands of colourwork (one main band between two smaller ones) using traditional Cowichan colours and motifs. Or do the opposite and use unconventional motifs and colours. I've created a Pinterest board for those of you who would like to freestyle it with me, to help us get inspired.

I've created a Ravelry group as a place for us to chat and share our projects. On Instagram and social media you can join in by tagging your projects #WCCKAL



Are you planning to knit the WCC? Will you use the pattern or freestyle it with the blank charts? Would you chose to take inspiration from traditional Cowichan sweaters or take a more unconventional approach? 



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Also, have any of you taken the Whole30 challenge before? Do you have any favourite meals or snacks (or tips in general!) for me?






WEST COAST CARDIGAN / Helpful Posts

If you are thinking of casting on your own WCC, feel free to post in the thread here — even though the official deadline has passed, it's a great way to share your project with other WCC knitters.

It's also become a wealth of information. I've compiled a list of all of the WCCKAL posts. Some of them break down the more involved portions of the pattern. They're a great resource if you're looking for more in depth instruction and visual tutorials!

WCCKAL POSTS :