Knit City 2015 Day 2! And a Special Episode of The Knitter Punks Podcast!

Saturday, 3 October 2015
Oh my god there's just so much yarn!!!! And amazing people!!!! And amazing stuff!!!

Knit City is THE Vancouver Fibre Festival! ...I mean technically there is only ONE Vancouver Fibre Festival - but it doesn't matter, Knit City is THE one.

Jocelyn and one of the Original Knitter Punks (OKP) Barth and me all have a Knitter Punks Knit City 2015 nerd out. We talk about ALL THE YARN we bought and all the lovely people we chatted with!

AND there's a promo code that gets you my newest shawl pattern Solarium for free! Only from now until Sunday October 4th at 5pm.

Solarium Shawl! 

Go pop over and have a listen! Look at our lovely faces!

A Lecture by the Lovely Clara Parkes! #knitcity2015

Friday, 2 October 2015

First night of Knit City 2015! 

I didn't even know that I was going to even get in to the Clara Parkes lecture. Me and Nicola showed up rushing right at 6:10 to try and get tickets. They weren't quite sold out and we dropped all our knitting out of our purses as we rushed to pay for the last remaining few spots.

I didn't know what to expect of the lecture, yarn production hasn't been the thing about fibre art that has really kept my interest. I have spun and dyed yarn quite a bit, but the types of sheep and styles of spinning (and all the mills part of it) hasn't really been anything that I've spent much time researching. I didn't know what to expect and that was great because Clara Parkes was just wonderful. She drew me right into the world of bales of wool and of her amazing adventure with them.

Honestly I won't do it justice to talk about it, I would instead recommend that if you're able to go out and buy her books to hear more about her stories. She was just a joy to listen to! I'm going to absolutely track her down and chat with her during the rest of the Knit City weekend. 

I can't wait to read her book! 

The Graph Paper Cooperative and Every Stitch Has A Story

Thursday, 1 October 2015
Dear lovely fibre people. Things are so cool right now!

Me and Nicola have been working on an idea of doing small videos to highlight awesome people in the community who are doing cool fibre related stuff. We did a test video for it today and I think it's pretty darn cool!

The sound quality is a bit low and the video quality got messed up by uploading it to YouTube. But darn it I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Especially because Nicola totally didn't have a script and we hadn't even fully worked out prompt questions. AND the audio was recorded using my iphone. So cool


We've also been working on this idea for a while of starting up some sort of knitwear designer/fibre people cooperative where we can figure out ways to pay ourselves to help each other out! Honestly I'm still not sure if we've really figured out how this is going to work out - but we've done a website! So that must mean we're serious about it.

Keep an eye on there for projects we've been working on! 

Knitter Punks Podcast!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Hey everyone! 

This is just to remind everyone that me and my bud Jocelyn have started a podcast! Guys it's going really well and people seem to really like it! Go have a listen! Tell me what you think! We're still figuring out the audio part, beefing up my sound-tech-nerdiness levels! 

The Knitter Punks Podcast! 

We're doing a special episode on Saturday night after Knit City! (we usually air on Monday nights). Tune in or sign up to our newsletter to get more information! 

We're starting to do lots of promo codes and maybe even some giveaways so definitely tune in! 

We're going to be hanging out at Knit City on Saturday so if you're going make sure to come by and grab a button and a high five! 

Oh and there's a pattern coming up to be published on Saturday too. EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING ON SATURDAY. 

New Pattern Published! 

Grateful Moments Shawl

It's lovely and I'd love it if you clicked through to take a look at it! 

Oh and look at some knitting related art I've been doing! 
Knitting hand art pieces! The top set of hands is based on my own hands. The bottom ones are based on Nicola's hands! They're going to evolve into some less-digital art soon. I'll make sure to post the finished product! 

New instagram! Knitter Punks Podcast! Fun times!

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

I have been sick for days and days and daaaays.

Mostly just watching reruns of QI, knitting and sneezing.

Here's what my life's looked like for the past couple of days.

I thought I would come and say something that is causing me lots of joy though!

It's actually the same name as my last instagram feed (@softsweater), but it's all just shiny new fibre-knitting-designing related content! I'm trying to use my good camera more often these days, so most of the photos are going to be shiny and DSLR-y. Right now I've just been going through all my old lovely photos and reposting them on there, but I'm taking lots of new ones too! Lots of sneak peeks at new designs. Totally check it out :) 

And me and my friend Jocelyn just started up a weekly podcast! 

So far we've only made two (and we're having to miss this week because my voice is almost gone!) but it's going to be a regular thing and I'll probably do a fancy post about it on it's own once we get in the groove of it. I think it's so much fun! I'm grateful she asked me to do it with he :)

Or go like our facebook page! 

Fun times everyone. Fall is almost here and I'm a combination of stoked (SO MUCH KNITTING) and sad (where did the sun go?). Gonna roll with it. 

Thanks lovelies for stopping on by! 

Photography Website!

Monday, 18 May 2015
Hi all, 

I thought I'd drop by and show you guys my new shiny-ish photography website! 

So if you live in Vancouver B.C (or somewhere close to it!) you can hire me as a photographer! I even have pricing on there (which is always flexible) around photographing knitwear! 

From the site: 

"Softsweater's Special Knitwear Photography Sessions

Have a couple of knitwear designs you want to publish and need photos that will help your pattern make it up onto the front page ofRavelry?
Just interested in having some amazing photos to go onto your project page for a shawl you've knit that you're feeling proud of? These are the deals for you. Every single knitwear pattern which has featured my photographs has made it up to the front page of Hot Right Now on That's 50+ patterns. Tooting my own horn right here.

45 minute session + 45 minute post processing
You bring one or two knitted items. You can be the model or bring a model, or we can shoot them without a model. Great for handspun yarn or etsy items. 10 - 20 shots
Sliding scale $50 - $150

60 minute session + 60 mintues post processing
You bring three to five knitted items. You can be the model or you can bring a model or we can shoot them without a model. 10 - 20 shots
Sliding scale $100 - $250"

Happy knitting everyone! 

Some people must have been pretty seriously cold...

Sunday, 17 May 2015
I don't keep very good track of my stats on Ravelry. It's cool, when you make a pro account they keep track on unique downloads and sales and all that fun statistical stuff. I almost completely ignore it for the most part. It's nice to see that people are downloading my patterns, but I don't really know who is downloading my patterns so that number doesn't really mean much to me.

But then I was looking through and noticed this:

Those are my statistics for The Blanket For Seriously Cold People from December and Janurary! Those are unique downloads (so from different IP addresses/different computers!) Those are a lot of downloads! Especially for a pattern I barely think about. It was published such a long time ago, and really it's just a giant ribbed blanket.

Anyway, I was feeling pretty smug. Thanks everyone who decided to knit that blanket! Or any of my patterns for that matter. You're all awesome.


Happy knitting everyone! 

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