Author Archives: Marlene P.

“Thinking is like cosmic knitting”

Students enrolled in the Waldorf schools are still referring the curriculum of the founder, Rudolph Steiner developed over 100 years ago.  He believed that “a person who is unskillful in his fingers will also be unskillful in his intellect, having less mobile ideas and thoughts.  Read on to discover how some think that knitters and coders are related!

photo courtesy of Betsy Weber

Kamloops knitters make prayer shawls for residential school survivors

The Presbyterian Church of Canada has acknowledged their role in the tragic legacy of the residential schools in Canada and have been involved since 1994 in the truth and resolution movement.  Knitters from St. Andrews Church in Kamloops, B.C., have knit prayer shawls which will be delivered to the commission hearings being held in Vancouver.  Click here to read more about their “give a hug” shawls.

Photo by Keith Anderson of the Kamloops Daily News

Knitted miniature village deemed “health hazard” by local children’s hospital

The local Women’s Institute in Devon, England spent a year knitting an entire miniature village, which they intended to donate to the local children’s hospital.  When it was rejected by the hospital as a “health hazard”, they tried to donate it to other organizations, but without success.  Undaunted, they are now going to send it to an orphanage in South Africa, where it will find a welcome home.  To read more about it, click here.

Scottish knitters prepare to break the Guinness world record


On September 8, 2013, knitters from Dundee, Scotland hope to gather more than 3500 people together in an to attempt to break the world’s record for the most people knitting simultaneously.  Read more about it here.

Post script…Unfortunately the knitters were not successful in their attempt to break the record for the most number of people knitting simultaneously.  See the video of their efforts which included also raising awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Photo courtesy of Craft Scotland

Maike (pronounced “Myka”) L

Born & raised in Flensburg, Germany, Maike came to Canada about 17 years ago to study @ UBC. She met her husband and has called Vancouver home ever since. Proud of her hometown, she pointed out that Flensburg has a connection to BC…the city build the last 3 BC ferries!

Casting on:
Maike’s continental style knitting began in home economics class at school in Germany. Her Mother, a knitter, and her Grandmother, a crocheter, both encouraged her love of all things fibre.

This year, along with some talented friends, she’s knitting for their booth at two Christmas craft fairs. Maike, who works part time, also enjoys spinning with a drop spindle, bobbin lace making & crocheting. An avid reader, she plays piano & loves to travel. Her favourite place to date…South Africa.

Knitting Knowledge and Know How:
Her most dog-eared knitting magazines include Vogue Knitting and Verena, a German publication. The challenge of designing her own patterns makes knitting more fun for her. She currently has three projects “on the needles” using her own designs or adaptations of patterns found on Ravelry.

Cables and Lace:
Maike’s most memorable knitting project was the sweater she secretly knit for her husband for their first Christmas together. He was so surprised and thrilled that it brought him to tears. Where is it now, you ask? Well…he outgrew it!

Steeks, Tinks and Frogs:
A multi-coloured angora sweater, started about 20 years ago before she came to Canada, was rediscovered about two years ago & entirely frogged. Some of the colours had faded and the design was very eighties. With enough white angora to start another sweater, it remains unfinished! Maike promises to bring it to “show & share” when complete.

Dye Lots:
Maike loves to knit with shades on the cooler side of the colour wheel, especially blues, greys & purples. Her New Year’s resolution for 2013 is to go outside her comfort zone & work with yellows, greens & browns. Favourite yarns to knit with…merino, alpaca & silk.

Fibre Fantasy:
“If I had unlimited time, and resources I’d knit…a skirt and matching jacket, a coat and a dress…in that order! The suit would be made of sport weight wool in a classic colour, like grey, navy or red.”

Guild Gauge:
As a fairly new member of the WCKG, Maike especially enjoys the speakers and fibre related topics presented at the meetings. She loves the exchange of ideas and the successes and challenges that members share. Networking with other fiber crazy people and membership discounts at our LYS are wonderful bonuses!

Purls of Wisdom:
“I love all fibre related crafts because they nourish my creative and technical sides equally and I have something to show for it at the end”. “Knitting balances my life”.

Glenda M


Born in Vernon, she moved to North Vancouver with her family at a young age. She moved for school (Kingston, Ont, and Newcastle, England) and then for work (Ottawa, New York City) and came back to Vancouver with her husband a few years ago. She’s glad to be back!

Casting on:
Glenda first cast on in her early 20’s with encouragement from a friend and cousin. She says that early knitting blogs were also helpful, but were hard to navigate and patterns were not always easy to find. Today’s sites such as Ravelry & Etsy make her addiction much easier!

Glenda is the owner of one of Vancouver’s newest LYS, Wet Coast Wools, which opened in August 2012. This beautiful shop allows her to indulge in her own knitting and crocheting addiction, as well as encourage others with knit nights and now movie nights…check it out! Her love of vintage knitting patterns is a nod to her educational background…she has a Ph.D. in Ancient Medicine. When she doesn’t have needles in hand, Glenda & her husband enjoy the outdoors, especially camping, and is quick to admit that a knitting project always comes along. She hopes to get to Haida Gwaii in the near future & dreams of life on a sailboat someday!

Knit knowledge and know how:
She loves knitting books (her shop has lots) and is a special fan of Elizabeth Zimmerman & Debbie Bliss. Her favourite is “Knitter’s Handbook. A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Techniques of Handknitting” by Montse Stanley.

Cables and Lace:
Her most rewarding project to date has been the christening outfit she knit for her nephew. She redesigned & revised the original Dropps pattern and adapted it from fingering to DK weight yarn. The beautiful off white lace set includes gown, shawl, booties & hat.

Steeks, Tinks and Frogs:
Glenda admits to unraveling a lot! She describes her “octopus” sweater as a particular challenge. Seven sleeves were made for one sweater she knit for her hubby. She has an afghan that’s been around for about ten years & is resolved to finish (at least fifteen) all the projects in her stash. She tells new knitters that “frogging is just a part of knitting”.

Dye lots:
A “cool” person she loves blues & purples with a special passion for tweeds. She’s a lover of real, scratchy wool…the closer to the sheep, the better!

Fibre Fantasy:
Her dream project would be a giant, bulky cable knit sweater made from “real” scratchy wool.

Guild Gauge:
Glenda joined the Guild to find a community of like-minded people who enjoyed knitting as much as she does. She’s made several new friends, which has been a wonderful bonus.

Purls of Wisdom:
Advice she finds herself giving to friends and customers… “Don’t tie knots…always leave long enough ends to weave them in” and “Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself”.

Look her up on Ravelry