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    On the Cover

      For many years, Marcel and I had a running joke that I’d be lucky to have my work on the cover of my own book. You see, I’ve contributed many designs to magazines over the years and never made the cover. It certainly would have been funny had either KCS or K24/7 had anything other than one of my designs

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    Charting Full Garments Using Illustrator

    As I’ve mentioned before, I like to design knitwear by charting the main pattern pieces. Doing so allows me to plan stitch pattern placement exactly and anticipate how shaping will affect various elements. For years, I used Garment Designer and Stitch Painter to generate these charts (and wrote about it briefly). In the recent past, however, both GD and SP were

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    BT | Zenith

    Yesterday was launch day at Brooklyn Tweed. Launch day is always very exciting but let’s face it – it is all the more exciting because we’re talking about the fall collection and fall is to knitters what christmas is to children. Whenever we work on a Brooklyn Tweed collection, we are given themes and mood boards ahead of time of our

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  • Saga of the 262

    After  I took the vintage machine for their little airing, my friend remarked positively on the Pfaff. That little compliment along with having sewn curtains for Monique a few weeks ago did it – it was high time to get old 262 going again. (in case you’re wondering: sewing curtains on the other machines is fine, but it feels like I’m pushing

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    The Sewing Machine Family

    A good friend interested in sewing sweetly asked for a post on my sewing machines – probably out of surprise that I own so many. Truthfully, I used to own more – my first three sewing machines are no longer around. The first – A singer purchased from Consumers Distributing (Canadians will get a chuckle out of that one) died after

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