Today I am happy to introduce an incredibly talented knitwear designer and fiber-fanatic from Canada, Tara-Lynn and her beautiful shop Good Night, Day. She uses fair-trade sourced alpaca, merino, and cashmere blends to create her modern handknit designs. I am so excited to take this peek inside her project bag and learn more about her creative process. What do you typically keep in your yarn bag?
Although I am mostly knitting indoors, at my home, which doubles as my work studio, I actually prefer to knit outdoors when weather allows. Now that it is finally spring in Canada, & close to summer, I tend to use this enormous straw purse, that works especially well storing more than just knitting project or order, ie cell phone, sunglasses, lipstick & a magazine (usually a book too). So, along with the actual knit items, (always I have more than one knitting project on the go), I also carry my own copy of the knitting booklet, (I have a pretty awful memory at times), & I use this falconwright clutch that works well to hold scissors, dpn's, measuring tape & stitch markers tucked into a tea tin.
When did you start knitting? How did you learn?
I am a self-taught knitter, so I spent many hours pouring over library books & youtube tutorials, until it finally stuck. I also taught myself to design my own patterns, because I wasn't always fond of the fussy patterns out there, & started using skills I was discovering that made knitting easier, less time consuming, like seamless knitting. I've been knitting for under a decade now.
Are you working on any fun projects? We want to see!
I've begun to work on even more DIY inspired projects, like adding the custom hand crafted extra large circular knitting needles I use to the shop & even the fair trade south american sourced wool. It's been thrilling to share what i know, rather than hoarding my patterns & supplies. I just printed my fifth edition of the good night day: modern & minimalist knitting patternsbooklet, I do everything involved in the making of the book & then have it printed locally. So now i am in the works of doing the
second knitting booklet, which will include the kingston sweater, which has been the most requested of my items to have in pattern form, & even new items from my most recent f/w 13 collection, like the petawawa toque (which is offered as part of a knitting kit already).
What is your favorite knit creation that you've ever made?
I'm really proud of the perth cardigan, I've wanted to design this forever & have it available as hand knit item in the shop. However, my favorite items to knit are quick, because i am impatient & the reward is pretty instant to see, so my knits like the simcoe cable headband or the markham loop collar do the trick, love doing cables & loop stitches, also the wool used is ultra soft to knit with.
Do you like to carry your yarn bag with you and work on your crochet projects in public? Where do you feel most comfortable knitting and crocheting?
I've probably knit everywhere you can imagine, for two reasons because I am addicted to knitting and I have orders to fill /or inventory. Obviously, it is most comfortable at home, on my couch, with my
cat, while watching tv, I have a weakness for documentaries & period dramas. But I am always prepared to knit anywhere.
What is your favorite part about knitting?
In the beginning knitting was a creative outlet, that also was a comfort to me, as I am an anxious sort of person. I hope that knitting can continue to also help me further financially support myself & my family, which feels really empowering if I can make it work out. I have just so many more ideas i want to design, knit & share.
Thank you so much for sharing! Your knitwear designs are gorgeous and inspiring.
It is such an honor to have an interview and my first pattern published in the June/July issue of Crochet Today! I picked up this magazine when I first taught myself to crochet and was finally ready to give patterns a try. I can't believe I have my own pattern published in the magazine! So exciting!
I hope you had a great Mother's Day yesterday! I went with all handmade gifts and made my mom a cake and a card. She loved this black tea cake with honey buttercream frosting from Pastry Affair! It tastes like a cup of tea! My mom is the best. She is so kind, loving, patient, and constantly inspires me to be a better woman. Plus, my love for tea originates from my mom. She taught me well. ;)
I also made her a flower card with a pom-pom and yarn pieces!
It was a great weekend celebrating the greatest mom! :)
I am on my way to spend some time in San Francisco for the next few days! This is my first trip to SF and I hear it is a beautiful city. I can't wait to experience it all for myself! I will definitely share photos from my trip on Instagram and Twitter this week. :)
First of all, Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there! You are so amazing! I don't know where I would be without my mom. :)
It's hard to believe that summer is almost here! Even though the heat isn't exactly my favorite thing, I am always excited about the bright colors and frozen treats that come with warmer temperatures. Also, the snow cone stand in my town finally opened this week. When that rainbow-colored snow cone sign is propped up on the side of the road I know that summer is just around the corner.
This weekend was very busy and I still have some packing to do before I leave town for the week. I will definitely share pictures of my trip on Instagram!
How was your weekend? Did you do something special for your mom today?
Happy Friday everyone! This week was AMAZING for so many reasons. I can't think of a better way to end it than by finally seeing The Great Gatsby! Oh man....I am way too excited. The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books of all time and I can't wait to see Baz Luhrmann's interpretation. The soundtrack is awesome too!
Yes I planned my outfit...I've had it planned for months. That isn't weird at all! Haha. (My sweatshirt is from Out of Print and my headband is from Giant Dwarf.) I'm not sure what could possibly compare to Gatsby this weekend, but I have a few things planned...
- Gatsby comes first...of course.
- I have some packing to do this weekend! Next week I am going out of town for a few days and I am so excited! It is going to be a great trip. I can't wait to take pictures and explore a new city.
- There is always something yarn related happening over here and I especially love these colors!
That's about it! It is going to be a busy weekend getting ready for a week away from the computer...but I can't wait.
I hope you have a great weekend too! Are you going to see Gatsby? Enjoy!
These colorful granny square coasters are the perfect resting place for teacups during a yarn party. I love the mix of neutrals and bright colors! This project is also great for beginners who want to pick up a hook and give crochet a try. Your guests will stitch together a stack of coasters, or squares for a blanket, in no time! Print out these "Handmade By..." tags and attach to your finished creations!
- Acrylic/worsted weight yarn in a variety of colors
- Size H8/5.00 mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
1. Create a magic loop by looping the first yarn color around your finger three times.
2. Pull the active yarn under the two loops on your finger.
3. Chain 3.
4. (3 dc in the circle, ch 1) Repeat three times.
5. Join with a slip stitch. Bind off. Weave in ends.
6. Join the second color in one of the corners.
7. Dc three times in the corner, ch 1, dc in the same corner, ch 1, repeat around.
8. Dc three times in the corner, ch 1, dc in the same corner, ch 1, dc three times in the next ch 1 space, repeat around.
9. Bind off. Weave in the ends.
10. Take the first color again and single crochet in each space around the edge.
11. Continue crocheting in all dc spaces and ch spaces.
12. Bind off and weave in ends.
I hope you enjoyed the projects from the Emma Magazine Yarn Party! I had the best time working on this project. I can't wait to do something like this again soon!
It is cloudy and rainy this afternoon so these colorful yarn party photos are lifting my spirits. Oh, and I am counting down the hours until I get to see The Great Gatsby tomorrow. I don't care that it is May, I will wear my Gatsby sweatshirt. Haha. Movie theaters are notoriously chilly, right?
The yarn ball wall display is one of my favorite pieces from the Emma Magazine Yarn Party! It was relatively easy to create and looked beautiful hanging on the wall. The wire connecting each yarn ball was so light that it looked like the yarn was floating! It was the perfect backdrop for the dessert table and a fun place to take photos of the guests.
- T pins
- Styrofoam balls, size 3"
- Acrylic yarn in a variety of colors
- I'm sure fishing line would work great for this project but I was worried it would curl too much. Instead I used a thin, silver bead stringing wire by Beadalon. I found it in the jewelry section at Hobby Lobby! It worked perfectly for this project.
- A wooden dowel
Step 1: Gather your materials. Begin wrapping the yarn around the yarn ball. If you need to secure the first yarn strand with a pin, do so, but I was able to wrap it around enough to keep it from slipping.
Step 2: Continue wrapping until the ball is covered with yarn. Wrap as many as you need for the garland. I made five separate strands with five balls on each string.
Step 3: Secure the loose yarn with a pin. Place another pin directly across from this pin on the yarn ball. Now each yarn ball has a pin on the top and bottom.
Step 4: Take a length of wire and tie it to the top of the pin on one yarn ball and the top of the pin on the next yarn ball. Continue attaching the yarn balls this way until you are finished.
Step 5: Use a pencil to evenly mark dots across the top of the dowel. I spaced my yarn ball strands about seven inches apart. Use a drill to make the holes in the dowel.
Step 6: Secure the top wire by knotting in through the hole in the dowel. Repeat until all of the strands are secure.
Now you are ready to hang your yarn ball display!
Now that the party is over, I wish I had a cute knitting shop window to display my yarn ball garland! Maybe one day...haha. ;)
I hope you give this project a try! Are you thinking about hosting a yarn party this summer?