Thursday, May 29, 2008

Oops! I forgot, I'm holding a yarn swap!
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We're Holding a Yarn Swap!
Happy Birthday!
To celebrate Knit-O-Matic's 4th birthday and our owner Haley's 35th Birthday we're holding a yarn swap party! Refreshments will be served and yarn fun will be had by all. Attendance is FREE and you don't have to partake in the yarn swap if you don't want to.

What is a Yarn Swap?
A yarn swap is a big eco-friendly redistribution of yarn, needles and craft supplies. Bring in the crafty stuff you never want to see again and deposit it in one of our baskets. Poke around at all the other donations and take whatever you like. If you don't have any yarn to bring that's ok, you can still take whatever you like. Don't be embarrassed by the quality of yarn you bring, whatever is left over is donated to charities like Street Knit, Sistering Toronto, Women's Shelters and the Hospital for Sick Children, most of whom prefer acrylic!

Where & When?
Sunday June 1st, 1pm to 5pm ~ Drop In
Knit-O-Matic, 1378 Bathurst St, Toronto ON M5R 3J1
(416) 653-7849

Since there is currently construction on Bathurst St please consult our MAP for traffic free routes to us!

Contact Us
phone: (416) 653-7849

really cool new canadian online store of handmade goods Good Egg Industries

my faves ...

Doll Shrug
Doll Shrug for the young and the boobless

Brown and Turquoise Vintage Flower Necklace Vintage Spring Flower Necklace
Vintage Flower Necklace Spring Flower Necklace

Stuffed Gnome
Stuffed Gnomes, It's what's for Dinner!

Nesting Doll Greeting Cards
Nesting Doll Greeting Cards ... I don't understand why people say I'm hard to shop for. I mean, seriously, Marushka Dolls! IS there anything better!?

Being Proud as a Peacock Merit Badge
Proud as a Peacock Merit Badge ... there aren't enough post girl-guides, civilian merit badges!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Rhapsody in Concrete ....

It's a five year old's wonderland! Does your yarn store have big yellow diggers parked outside? The barriers are reminiscent of the Santa Claus Parade!

Does your yarn store have two big, rusty, metal things outside? I think the white things on the sides are buckets. Are they going in the ground or coming out? OOoooooo! Nobody Knows!

Does your yarn store have TWO big blue construction disposal bins outside?! Come on down and see them! Bring your industrial garbage!
my ears are burning! i've been linked on ravelry "help me decide which pattern, please". i go girl!

Sahara is finished! well worth the time and the work! very comfortable!

Store project: new baby blankets.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

New Pattern!

Sunrise Crochet Shrug Buy Now

By Liane Schwarz & Haley Waxberg

This is a simple, easy to crochet shrug with raglan shaping and short sleeves. You can use any type of worsted weight yarn, but keep in mind that anything with a significant amount (30% or more) of silk in it will grow of it's own accord. Suggestions are included if you want to make the sleeves longer or cinch in the back. The back is made separately from the arms, which are then sewn on (don't worry, it's easy!) and then the border is worked around.


  • To fit bust: 32(34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56) inches
  • Back Width (underarm to underarm): 16(17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28) inches
  • Length: 10.5 (11, 11.5, 12, 12.5, 13, 13.5, 14, 14.5, 15, 15.5, 16, 16.5) inches


  • 400(431, 464, 500, 538, 579, 624, 672, 724, 780, 840, 904, 973) m of worsted weight cotton
  • 4.5mm crochet hook
  • 2 locking or split ring stitch markers525m
  • darning needle


  • Alternating 1 row sc, 1r dc: 13 sts & 10r = 4"/10cm
  • Semi-circle: 2 rows (1 row dc, 1 row sc) = 1" wider & higher
  • Border: (7 rows sc, 1 row dc) = 2"
Copyright © 2008 Knit-O-Matic, all rights reserved. No pattern of other material may be reproduced or distributed - mechanically, electronically, or by other means, including photocopying - without written permission of Knit-O-Matic. Pattern is for personal use only and not to be used to create items for commercial sale. Designer Liane Schwarz, Editor Haley Waxberg. For pattern corrections see our website at

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Casting For Reclaimed Chic

Sent: May 21, 2008 4:32 PM
Subject: Casting for Reclaimed Chic

Hi everyone,

We are still casting for the pilot episode of Reclaimed Chic – if you know of anyone that may be interested, please pass along my contact info.

We are looking for young, trendy people with cool, urban spaces (lofts, etc). The show is a budget minded design show to be hosted by Lisa Canning of MUC (Marriage Under Construction) . Lisa will help homeowners stretch their limited budgets through inventive and original design ideas and projects.

Thanks for your help!

Ema Blachut
Director, New Business Development
Tricon Films & Television
tel: 416-341-9926, ext 247
fax: 416-341-0173

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

new knitting magazine!
Upcoming Knitting Events

"No Idle Hands" film and video screening on June 10th

"No Idle Hands"
Curated by Sabrina Gschwandtner

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 8pm
Light Industry
55 33rd Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY
Ticket Price - $6

Handcraft--absorbing, obsessive, mysterious, political, communal
and mythical--is the subject of these documentaries, which range
from exhaustively researched to casually recorded and even imagined.

Works include:

"Kusama's Self-Obliteration," Yayoi Kusama/Jud Yalkut, 16mm,
1964, 24 mins

The film was conceived as a portrait of the Yayoi Kusama and her
work of two decades, and a progressively involving and engrossing
experience that could possibly project the viewer into the screen.

"When This You See...", Elaine Reichek, video, 1998, 17 mins
Nine appropriated film clips from sources such as Heavenly
Creatures (1994) and Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) show women
stitching. Each segment reveals a dramatic moment in the movie's
story, and then ends with a freeze-frame over which the artist
superimposes a single word, cataloging the act ("betrayal,"
"revolution," "revenge," etc) each woman's handcraft symbolizes.

"Odd Fellows," Alee Peoples, Super-8 to video, 2006, 5 mins
A short documentary on the Odd Fellows, a fraternal order begun
in England as an offshoot of the Masons.

"Paracas," Cecilia Vicuña, 16mm to video, 1993, 18 mins
Conceived as a visual and sound poem in seven scenes, this
animation of a 2,000 year-old textile now in the collection of the
Brooklyn Museum invites entrance into a different visual and sonic
space. The textile, interpreted here as a celebration of the Thread
of Life, was constructed in a sculptural, three-dimensional looping
technique developed by the ancient artists of the Paracas/Nazca
region of Peru.

"Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft and Design"
(excerpt from the feature film to be released 2009), Faythe Levine,
video, 20 mins

A documentary exploring the rise of DIY art, craft, and design in
the United States. The heart of this new wave of creativity is the
community, which is equally influenced by traditional handiwork,
modern aesthetics, politics, feminism and art.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Faythe Levine,
Elaine Reichek and Cecilia Vicuña.

Curated by Sabrina Gschwandtner, visual artist, author of "KnitKnit:
Profiles and Projects from Knitting's New Wave" (2007), and
contributor to the Journal of Modern Craft, Cabinet, and Selvedge,
among many other publications.

Edibles will be available from Sweet Tooth of the Tiger, a renegade
bakery project that explores a nostalgia for the bake sale through the
performance of social engagement over sugary confections.

About Light Industry

Light Industry is a new venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn,
New York. Developed and overseen by Thomas Beard and Ed
Halter, the project has begun as series of weekly events in Sunset
Park this spring and summer, each organized by a different artist,
critic, or curator.
Conceptually, Light Industry draws equal inspiration from the long
history of alternative art spaces in New York as well its storied
tradition of cinematheques and other intrepid film exhibitors.
Through a regular program of screenings, performances, and lectures,
its goal is to explore new models for the presentation of time-based
media and foster a complex dialogue amongst a wide range of artists
and audiences within the city.

"Thread as the Line" art exhibition

The Thread as the Line: Contemporary Sewn Art

May 2 - July 12, 2008

Curated by Cynthia Connolly, Ellipse Arts Center Director

Artists: Rachel Bernstein, Natalia Blanch, Jennifer Boe,
Thomas Campbell, Natalie Chanin, Graham Childs, Steve Frost,
Sabrina Gschwandtner/ KnitKnit, Caroline Hwang, Brece Honeycutt,
Jennifer Muskopf, Valerie Molnar, Zac Monday, Matt Nelson,
Anila Rubiku and Megan Whitmarsh.

Bust magazine ran a feature article on the show in their June/July issue
See "A Stitch in Time"

Ellipse Arts Center
Arlington Cultural Affairs
4350 N. Fairfax Drive

One block west of the Ballston Metro
Arlington, VA
Phone: 703-228-7710

KnitKnit audio book available in June!

"KnitKnit: Profiles and Projects from Knitting's New Wave"
by Sabrina Gschwandtner

Audiobook abridged

Patterns not included
4 CDs
Read by the author

To purchase:

toll free (877) 567-3950 : fax (207) 567-3950

111 Middle Street Stockton Springs, Maine 04981

"In the Loop" knitting conference July 15 - 17, 2008
"In The Loop: Knitting past, present and future"
July 15 - 17, 2008
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, England

In response to the resurgence of public interest knitting has enjoyed in
recent years, this interdisciplinary conference proposes an exploration
of knitting from a broad range of theoretical and practical perspectives.

Specific collections focused on knitting history, practice and technique
collected by Montse Stanley, Richard Rutt and Jane Waller form the
basis of this significant resource of reference material that includes
objects, patterns, postcards and photographs, fiction and non-fiction,
magazines and journals.

Presentations by 28 confirmed speakers from Australia, Britain,
Europe and the United States will cover a multidisciplinary range of
perspectives, including collections, historical approaches, fashion
and technology, new-wave knitting and knitting narratives.
Keynote Speakers include: Barbara Burman, Sabrina Gschwandtner,
Sandy Black and Liz Collins.
More info:

To register:


Saturday, May 17, 2008

more slpeen

i'm still working on the "what makes you hate a LYS" ravelry thread from yesterday - page 37. i don't normally read a lot of this online stuff, i prefer looking at pictures. there's a lot of spleen being vented! gleaning some insights into people, some things i'd rather not know - about people in general, not specific individuals. this thread is HILARIOUS!

Friday, May 16, 2008

i should blog but i have some residual shipping and i've been sucked into the "what makes you hate a LYS" thread on ravelry - thanks lynne!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Progress Marches On ...

The progress on my Sahara in Dave Svale. I just started the bottom border last night, so not long now! I'm making it longer, I want a tunic for sailing & etc.

The stolen pattern issue has been resolved by asking for my pattern to be taken down. It seems that to get etsy to take it down you have to lawyer up.

I've been sick with a cold since monday. I decided to get back to the starbuck revisions, but it confused even me, so i decided to approach it from a different point of view, from the top down. one i figure out the starting numbers it'll fly.

my mantra is KISSASS: keep it simple, sexy and stylish stupid.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Updated: Knit-O-Matic Original Store Patterns!

Our inaugural online pattern is this inspired little cardie! It's fast, easy, cute and you can wear it Now! Come by the store and pick up the yarn to make it, take a workshop with us and learn how to make it, or buy it online as a PDF download! Knit it your way baby!

Instant Gratification Cardie-Jacket
Design by Liane Schwarz and Haley Waxberg

This is a simple, easy to knit neck-down cardigan/jacket, with V-line front panels and 1/2 sleeves. There is no seaming because the arms are knit in the round and the body is worked in 1 piece with raglan decreases. It will also work up fast because it is knit with bulky yarn.


To Fit Bust: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44,46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56) inches

Finished Chest: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44,46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56) inches

Length: 14 (15, 15, 15.5, 15.5, 16, 16, 16.5, 16.5, 17, 17, 18, 18) inches


  • 4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins of Araucania Patagonia Nature Cotton
  • 6.5mm/32" circular needles
  • 6.5mm/16" circular needles or 6.5mm double pointed needles or use magic loop technique with 6.5mm/32" needles
  • 4 locking stitch markers
  • 2 stitch holders (in a pinch use scrap yarn on a darning needle)
  • darning needle


12 sts and 18 rows = 4”/10cm

Oy, long bar & bat mitzvah yesterday in niagara falls! the kids kicked ass, they practically led the whole service.

today was going to be weaving in the ends on the instant grat sweater & maybe some pictures if the light was good, show you the sahara progress, but i came into a problem in my e-mail. A young woman who goes by the psedonym "The Bag Doll" ( has takem my Eco Warrior Crochet Bag pattern, including the photo, and is selling it on Etsy as her own .... for the sake of posterity i'll post the listing below, since etsy will be taking it down soon ( i'm not a copyright nazi, but she didn't even ask me! So i took some time to write to Etsy, and while i was doing that i decided to take a peek and see if she's stolen any others .... several. as a good citizen i wrote to another 3 people to let them know about their own burglaries.

I was going to contact the bag doll and yell a bit but i think i'd prefer it if Etsy just comes down on her hard & heavy.

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Crochet Net Shopping Bag

Crochet Net Shopping Bag
This bag is perfect for personal use or as a shopping bag. Everyone is trying to do their part for the environment and this bag is ideal to help. Forget paper or plastic - use this bag when out shopping for clothes, household items, or splurging on those shoes you've been eying for weeks. Its crocheted with ribbon yarn, so it is long-lasting and strong enough to handle any shopping spree. This is completely 100% handmade by me, The Bag Doll. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me with your special order. Ciao dolls!
Added on Mar 23, 2008

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crochet, bag, bags and purses, tote, purse, hobo, large, accessories, shopping bag, ssods, etsyhookers, castteam

materials Materials

gorgeous ribbon yarn, gorgeous hands, and love


Item ships from: United States

ship to:
• United States: $5.00 ($1.95 if shipped with another item)
• Everywhere Else: $12.00 ($4.95 if shipped with another item)
• Canada: $5.00 ($2.95 if shipped with another item)

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

i'm so ashamed. i finally got around to figuring out how to use payloadz to sell patterns online. it was pretty easy to set up .... perhaps harder to make look professional, but that's never been my game. I wasn't able to use a button on this page, you you can see it on the real web page. As soon as I'm added to the system I'll make it a ravelry download.

Instant Gratification Cardi-Jacket
Design by Liane Schwarz

A little spring cardigan, a casual jacket, a bit bolero and a smidge of shrug, this versatile little number is a simple, easy to knit neck-down with V-line front panels and 1/2 sleeves. There is no seaming because the body is worked in 1 piece from the top down with raglan decreases and the arms are knit in the round. It's knit with a bulky weight cotton yarn so it works up FAST and you can wear it right now!


small (medium, large and x-large)

Finished Chest: 36” (40”, 44”, 48”)

Length: 14” (14.5, 15”, 15.5”)


  • 5 (5, 5, 6) skeins of Araucania Patagonia Nature Cotton
  • 6.5mm/32" circular needles
  • 6.5mm double pointed needles or use magic loop technique with 6.5mm/32" needles
  • 4 stitch markers
  • 2 stitch holders (in a pinch use scrap yarn on a darning needle)
  • darning needle