About

Handpainting with dyes and working with Beads!
Headshot for Vogue
Headshot for Vogue

July 2013;  I cannot believe that it has been over two years since I last updated my “about” page.  These last two years plus have spend by so quickly.

I am still designing, and if anything, at a more rapid pace.  The ideas are flying around my brain constantly, battling to come out!

A little something for Malabrigo.
A little something for Malabrigo.

Since the Vogue Magic of Mohair competition I have had patterns in several Vogue Knitting Publications, the next one will be the Holiday 2013.  One of my patterns will be in the next Malabrigo booklet and I have written patterns for Jimmy Beans Wool and the Buffalo Wool Company.  I am slowly branching out.

Yippie Ki Yi Yea
Yippie Ki Yi Yea

This year I entered another design competition and won!  I designed Yippie Ki Yi Yea for the Buffalo Wool Company.  The pattern was for a specific yarn – they had a created a unique knitting yarn from Bison down and real gold thread; called Buffalo Gold this yarn retails at $250 a hank – the challenge was to design something that reflected the heritage of the yarn and had to be knit with only one hank!

I still live in the same place and work at the same store – Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns.  Both of my children have finished their Schooling and life is good.

Sophie looking cute a few days ago!
Sophie looking cute a few days ago!

A beagle puppy entered out lives last year.  She loves yarn and her name is Sophie.  Sometimes her name is taken in vain as she loves yarn waaay tooo much!

March 2011:  These last 6 months have been an incredible journey for me!  The blog and my knitting have been growing together.  Last November I walked outside of my comfort zone and entered Vogue’s Magic of Mohair Design competition.  I became one of 12 finalists, the only Canadian, and in January flew off to New York to participate in the first ever Vogue Knitting Live Gala Dinner! A lot of firsts for everyone.

Victorian Falls Wrap and Sheath

At the dinner they announced the winners and there my name was, announced as 1st runner-up – up on the big board!  From arriving in New York Friday night to our departure Sunday morning – those were the fastest and most incredible 36hrs of my life.

I have just finished the pattern and it is off to Vogue for publication in June – the Early Fall Edition.  What a journey!

I have been knitting for thirty plus years, and designing for only about two and a half years.  My early design training was in theatre costume design, and this love of period and costume has been carried into my knitting designs.  Many of my designs are beaded, and I have recently started hand-painting my lace designs to use colour to highlight the lace.  I still have a lot to learn.

Eleven years ago I started teaching and then working at my LYS, Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns.  The teaching is what started me in on knitting design, I needed patterns that were teachable.  As I got more experienced, I started to make the patterns more than handouts and then started creating actual patterns.

I am very happily married, I did it right the second time.  I have two wonderful children – what else can one say about one’s children! and a cat and a dog!  I live on Vancouver Island – the most beautiful place on Earth.

Constant Source of Inspiration

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