Trunk Show at Eliza’s Buttons and Yarns, Barrie

Machine Knitting!  Machine Knitting!  Machine Knitting!

Everything in the trunk show will be machine knit.

Come and see what’s possible.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 6:30pm.


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250 Bayview Dr. Unit 2. Barrie, On. L4N 4Y8

Warmer weather is finally here!

I’ve swung into high gear preparing for the Machine Knitting Class “5 Scarves in 5 Days” at the Haliburton School of The Arts.

One whole week with a group of students, in a wonderfully creative setting!

In the meantime, I have been knitting some blankets for the local hospital.  I thought I’d share the photos of those blankets!

Blankets for the Hospital

Blankets for the Hospital

Striping to add Color

Striping to add Color

Single Row of White on either side makes the stripes really POP!

Single Row of White on either side makes the stripes really POP!

Yet ANOTHER Way to Knit

As a “machine” knitter, I often get told that I am”cheating”.

My response is usually “It’s another WAY of knitting.”

Around the world, there are many different ways people knit, hold their yarn, hold their needles.  In the end, we are all looking for a similar result.

As a knitting , crochet and machine knitting instructor, I notice that no one method of holding yarn and needles works for everyone, and it is important for me to know a few different ways to show students, until I find the method that suits each individual student.

While my personal preference is “Continental” knitting, I also enjoy Portuguese Knitting for my purl rows.

Here is a very interesting way of casting on a very sturdy edge.

Who’s going to give this a try?

Cast On the Indian Way

Might have to wait for the weather to get a bit warmer……..



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Classes are filling up, and I’m getting excited.

Lots to prep for next week!

Are you joining us?




How important is it?  I’ve talked about it a lot with machine knitters, who really don’t have an excuse for not swatching, since it is so quick on the machine.

Here is a great post about how knitting needles made of different materials, affect your knitting!

And to add to the information, different colors of the same yarn, swatch differently as well.

Happy Swatching!



Rainbow Studio Times

Well, we can only hope that Mother Nature co-operates, and Spring is really on it’s way.

In the meantime, I have posted Rainbow Studio Times on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 7:00 pm to 9:30pm, excluding holiday Mondays.

Please email or call to book your spot!

5 Scarves in 5 Days

Just a Sampling!

Just a Sampling!

I am very excited to be offering a new course at the Haliburton School of the Arts this summer.

This course will run the week of  August 11 to 15, 2014.

Check out the information at the Fleming College Web Site, and plan to join me for a fun week!

Happy Knitting!


Adding Daytime Rainbow Studio Time

Get a start on Christmas projects, or just finish works in progress, in machine knitting, crochet, or hand knitting.

I’ll supply  as much “expert” help and advice as I can.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon and/or 1:00pm to 3:30pm.

Monday, November 18, 2013 from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon and/or 1:00pm to 3:30pm.

Friday, November 29, 2013 from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon and/or 1:00pm to 3:30pm.

Email or call to book your spot for each Rainbow Studio Time you wish to attend, up to 24 hours in advance.

Come once, come often!    Let’s get stitching!

Dreambird on the LK150 Class

Dreambird is a beautiful pattern that lends itself to machine knitting.  I’ve knit it once already, and have yarn ready for a second knit.

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Pattern is available on Ravelry