Thursday, February 27, 2014


Fiona Ellis will be at the March meeting (Wednesday March 19 7:30-9:30pm) of the Downtown Knit Collective doing a talk on Paisley (a design from Twist Collective Spring/Summer 2012).

Give it a swirl, give it a whirl, hear the story of the Paisley unfurl. Join designer Fiona Ellis as she explores the roots of Paisley designs. It's a story that takes us from the warm lands of eastern promise to the cool highlands of western Scotland, with many twists and turns along the way.  Fiona will show you how they writhe and twist their way from the reign of Queen Victoria into contemporary knitwear design!

“Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment” - Alexander McQueen 
Fiona Ellis’s career is certainly one about escapism. After pursuing a sensible career in laboratory work for textile production and colour cosmetic formulation, Fiona escaped from career-captivity in the early 1990’s to pursue fashion design at De Montfort University. She graduated with a degree specializing in Knitwear design. Fiona then founded founded her independent design business, selling designs to major fashion houses in New York, Paris and London. Her contacts in New York helped her to add design for the independent knitter to her repertoire. This led to her published patterns in major print and on-line magazines, and two successful books published by Random House. Fiona helps people escape from the mundane and bring creative design sensibilities to their knitting.
If you have a chance to hear Fiona talk I highly recommend it. She is awesome! And if you know Fiona, you know that she likes to talk :)
Join us at our meetings. Everyone is welcome!Meetings are held once a month, September to June.7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, with doors opening at 6:45 pm, at Innis College, 2 Sussex Avenue.Innis College is located a block south of the St. George Subway station. Admission is free with membership.Non-members and associate members pay $8 per meeting.Visitors are welcome!
No one brought boxes today. It was kind of sad. We did do some rearranging to fit in all the Lorna's Laces.

Have I mentioned lately that I love Masham?

Haymarket has been moved to give it more room. Now you can really see the colours. The bad thing - it's harder to pick just one colour to knit with.

It's a big night. Grey's is back. What is April going to do?  

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