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Emily Wessel

Hello - I'm from Vancouver Island, Canada, but I live and work in Edinburgh, Scotland. I am co-founder and designer at Tin Can Knits - www.tincanknits.com

28 Comments

  1. Francine
    February 4, 2022 @ 4:37 pm

    I just restarted crocheting a few months ago. After a few weeks of pulling my hair out trying to get muscle memory formed it started to click. Nothing fancy a hat or two, fingerless mittens. Always looking at patterns far above my skill. But one thing I did find was peace. A sense of calmness slowly washing over me.
    My life is not very easy, but who’s is. I’m 55 have had custody of my 8 year old grandson almost since birth. My youngest daughter suffers mental issues that keep me up countless nights. My oldest (grandsons mom) has kept me waiting for that knock on the door telling me I’m sorry mamam we found your daughter today.
    When I first felt the calmness I didn’t know what happened. I haven’t felt this way in years. But as I crocheted the feeling became addictive. I couldn’t stop, still can’t. Feeling the yarn float through my fingers, the repetitive motion of my hook going into stitches struck a balance for me.

  2. Debi
    September 29, 2021 @ 8:49 pm

    I love making hats, cowls, &fingerless mitts

  3. Parrot
    August 27, 2021 @ 4:51 am

    I wish I could find a pattern for such a bonnet which would fit an adult. Crochet or knit.

  4. Cheryl
    October 13, 2020 @ 9:21 am

    The Beloved bonnet is one of my favorite de-stressor knits—that and dish cloths. 😄 Thank you for designing such a great comforting pattern.

  5. Ruth
    June 19, 2020 @ 4:29 am

    A lovely post and your knitting designs are the best. Yes, I reach for my needles and am grateful for knitting in my life.

  6. Siobhan
    June 1, 2020 @ 9:44 am

    Your thoughtful words are very welcome. As a fellow Edinburgh resident I miss our city too, and am especially mourning the loss of those activities where I connect with my friends in person, classes at DanceBase, cinema at the Filmhouse, my writing group. For the first time since I moved here a decade, I don’t have half a dozen films to see at the Film Festival this June. I watched Sunshine on Leith again recently and it was lovely to see Edinburgh (even with the film’s topsy-turvy geography) full of people, happy and enjoying life together.

    And while I watch films, I’ve also found comfort in knitting, and I hope it is a comfort to you and Alexa to know how much solace I’ve found in knitting patterns from tincanknits. So clear, colourful and with lovely stories behind each design. I’ve been knitting a lot from Mad Colour, Undertone cowls for my nephews, stash swatches to turn into rainbow bunting and if in doubt, the Vivid blanket squares are my Beloved bonnet! I’m about to start on my first shawl and I’m trying to decide between the cosy simpler Grain or whether I should venture back to lace and go big with a Slice! Whatever I end up knitting, I know it will be a respite from the challenges of work, and the outside world, so thank you, and take care of yourselves.

  7. Olivia
    June 1, 2020 @ 4:34 am

    You’re knitting is just beautiful it’s a joy to see. And your photography is also wonderful. Yes times are uncertain, Knitting can bring such peace.

  8. onefamilyoneplanetblog
    May 29, 2020 @ 10:36 pm

    Bought the beloved bonnet pattern last month and have finished two already for babies due soon. It’s a comfort to be creating something useful that is not super-challenging. Thank you!
    Sally at One Family, One Planet blog

  9. Rhoda Besecker
    May 29, 2020 @ 8:07 pm

    I am a lifelong knitter, age 73 (began at 15) and find it reliably grounds and quiets me. Right now, we can all use that. I am currently knitting chemo caps because my partner starts chemotherapy soon, but after that I will go back to a Virtual Yarns intarsia accessory set I am knitting for a dear friend. The intricacy of the design is a great help.

  10. La Donna s skuza
    May 29, 2020 @ 7:03 pm

    Wish I could knit sweaters and childern hats I just know how to do the dish cloths and then straight knitting . I wish their were classes for hands on. But with this corn19 nothing as yet you do Beautiful work.

  11. RITA
    May 29, 2020 @ 2:56 pm

    Yes I went to my knitting needles and started making what I call my Quarantine scarves….nothing complex or detailed…I went to my basement and sorted through my stash…didn’t know I had so many single skeins of novelty yarn…so I decided to make a scarf with the 1 or 2 skeins…found a simple garter stitch pattern in an old Vogue Knitting book and started my journey..branched out and adapted the less than 100 yard balls into 16 scarves so far…still on my road to peace during this weird time…

  12. Carolanne Leitch
    May 29, 2020 @ 11:06 am

    I knit all the time I would love some patterns please

    • Alexa Ludeman
      May 29, 2020 @ 12:16 pm

      Hi Carolanne – You can find all of the Tin Can Knits patterns on our website, tincanknits.com

  13. LSharkey
    May 29, 2020 @ 8:55 am

    What a beautiful, heartfelt post! I love your ability to hold and express the complexity of acknowledging vulnerability and unpredictability while also owning your privilege. That is a difficult balance, to be sure!

  14. Deborah Byrne
    May 29, 2020 @ 5:19 am

    I have,been knitting also, gives me purpose and stops mindless snacking, I found my husbands family clan aran pattern just before lockdown and have 2 finished and one on the needles, would love to share photos, they have turned out soo well, I normally just knit baby cardigans so this was a challenge

  15. Leanne (Sparkles) Bennett
    May 29, 2020 @ 12:14 am

    You write and express yourself so beautifully. I feel exactly the same way. We fool ourselves thinking we are in control but all this uncertainty has shaken us up enough to realize we were just playing some kind of game with ourselves. I have been knitting baby hats as well as fingerless mitts because one thing I do know…winter will come. Thank you for your lovely writing and stay safe and happy ☕🤗

  16. Nicole
    May 28, 2020 @ 11:11 pm

    I have also taken refuge in knitting. It gives a tangible purpose to the day with an obvious outcome. I am making hats for charity while trying to use up all my yarn. Thank you for your lovely post.

  17. Bindy
    May 28, 2020 @ 11:01 pm

    Thanks, Emily, for your honesty. I always appreciate it when intelligent, capable, successful women are willing to admit to uncertainty or struggle or fear. It takes away that sense that ‘the rest of us aren’t as good as her’ and helps to build genuine community. Thanks for being brave!

    I completely agree with the need to knit simple projects right now. I have been teaching high school and my own younger kids from home, so life has been hectic, with lots of new, new, new. I am knitting your Flax Light at present, without the garter-stitch panels, for some simple knitting. But I have new birthday yarn that will become your Penny pullover when I am ready. Thanks again!

  18. Lynn Carter
    May 28, 2020 @ 5:44 pm

    Hi ,
    I completed the purchase of the Snap beanie . I love it , being able to use up my sock yarn is so helpful . I was looking for a use of my little remnants , and being able to mix with other Yarns is the best thing ever . It’s nearly winter here in Australia , so I have plenty of little heads to cover . They will look great and no two will be the same . Also I can use it up for homeless beanies . A great easy mindful knit indeed .
    I love your patterns and it’s not the first or last of yours I will purchase . Thank you so much .

    Kind regards ,
    Lynn Carter

  19. Parrot
    May 28, 2020 @ 11:39 am

    How I wish there was an adult size bonnet pattern!

    • Alexa Ludeman
      May 28, 2020 @ 1:18 pm

      There is! The Beloved bonnet comes sized to adult!

    • ehrgott13
      May 29, 2020 @ 8:52 am

      I’ve made it for myself as well as my three adult daughters!! They love them.

  20. janpriddyoregon
    May 28, 2020 @ 7:37 am

    I have been weaving, burins through my stash. Six shawls since the beginning of March. The pink mittens above are exactly the color of the sweater I made for my youngest granddaughter. I also made several pairs of socks using your pattern, beginning last November. Thank you. I always look forward to your postings.

  21. Julie Adair
    May 28, 2020 @ 7:36 am

    Thank you for this! I have found knitting to be the one thing that keeps me calm. I like the idea of small, simple projects, even though I have just taken on two rather large complicated projects for friends! Love to you.

  22. Rena
    May 28, 2020 @ 7:27 am

    Love all these shades!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  23. Kathleen Hess
    May 28, 2020 @ 7:12 am

    Emily, what a beautifully written essay on this extremely unsettling time! I’m a rather new knitter having picked to up just four years ago. There have been so many times that knitting has gotten me through a day filled with the anxiety of “what’s to come”. I really don’t think I could manage the uncertainty without my yarn and projects nearby! Since March, I have knit three sweaters – working on number four – a wrap and a linen market bag. Next on the list are some Beloved Bonnets…..they are my absolute favorite to knit and gift!! My Irish grandmother knit something so similar for me while I was young! :-) Thank you for putting into words what we are all feeling at this time and also thank you for all the Tin Can Knits patterns that are helping us cope! Much love, Kathleen

  24. Nan
    May 28, 2020 @ 6:39 am

    Just beautiful. Thank you for putting into words the feelings many of us are experiencing.