{in my basket} noro

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I’m trying something a little different, today! It’s such a lovely sunny, brisk day, that I took my basket of yarn outside to photograph. The plan is knit thru this basket of Noro and make 6 pairs of fingerless gloves, exactly like the pair I made for myself. These pairs of gloves will be offered up for sale on Facebook only.

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Colour choices from top left to bottom right:
#272 (2 available)
#273 (2 available)
#1 (1 available)
#14 (1 available)

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram as I document the process! Welcome spring!

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handmade market recap

hmm3 hmm5 hmm4For me, the start of the 2013 wool season (aka Fall / Holiday showtime) began with a show in wine country that I first discovered last year, the Handmade Market. After all, how can you get better than good wine, local produce, food trucks, and a ton of crafty people, plus people who love to shop handmade!

hmm9 hmm7This year, my table set up has been updated. I’m really loving the mix of wood with wool, hence I sought out these old crates at a local antique market several weeks before the show. Show success of the weekend – my hand knit baby booties sold out (save one pair)!

hmm8 hmm6It was also a weekend to meet up with old friends and make a few new ones. Last year, I met Rovena (Handmades by Rovena) and this year we produced our first series of collaborative knitting cards.

hmm10:: with Rovena and Chantal (CG Monsters)

hmm2 :: with Janice (dandytiger)

hmm11 hmm1Amidst the bustle of sales, I did find some time to slip away and do some shopping of my own, including some “bum-warmers” for the girls and beautiful ceramic buttons to add to some winter cowls this year!

So what’s next? Well, after shuttling through a ton of holiday shows last year, this year, I’ve decided to focus on a few select shows, developing some relationships with a few retailers. updating my stall at the Arts Market, and building up my portfolio of patterns for sale instead. My next show will be in Oakville at White Oaks Secondary School. Stay tuned to my events page for more details coming soon!

Happy wool season!
xoxo

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photo a day challenge

September photo a day

I’m taking part in Fat Mum Slim’s September photo a day challenge.

Follow me on Instagram for my daily photos.

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nothing wasted

heart_brooch2Because I love fiber, I find it very difficult to toss it away, even the little trimmings from the ends that are woven in. I collect them up and put them in a jar – waiting for another use.

Like these knitted heart pins. Except for the pin backs, they are made completely from wool, including the yarn scraps as stuffing!

heart_brooch3Sometimes I look at the jar and I remember the projects that I made with a particular yarn. Lovely thought.

heart broochHow about you? Do you throw away your scraps (whether they are fiber or fabric or something else) Or do you reuse and re-purpose them?

By the way, these lovely brooches are available online, at the Arts Market or at Tea With Gladys.

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fashion news

twg1What do you think? Are scrunchies making a comeback?

Remember them. Those little bits of fabric wrapped elastics that held back your hair in the 80s? The girls and I were dropping off some wooly goodies at Tea with Gladys today and discovered these little cuties in her vintage-inspired shop!

twg3The girls loved them. I loved the new twist on them with the little “rabbit ears”. Instant cuteness, right?

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{out & about} our great capital, ottawa

Last weekend we took the girls on a road trip, our first as a family to someplace that was over an hour away. Our jaunts to Niagara don’t count as there are days we can make it over there in 40 minutes!

I haven’t been to Ottawa in about 10 years, although somethings are the same, it was fun discovering them as a family.parliment2parliment3 parliment1Parliment Hill and ByWard Market were by far my favourite places.

market3 market2 market4 market1The food was really amazing. We found the best Mexican restaurant in the Market that served some pretty awesome margaritas, the yummies gelato places in the city, and the most amazing fresh seafood restaurant tucked away in a plaza in the suburbs of the city! Now, that’s a good vacation in our family’s books!

ottawa_food3 ottawa_food2 ottawa_food1And of course the girls had a great time exploring the amazing and vast museums!

museum1 museum3 museum2Wonderful weekend getaway!

 

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{pattern} everyday wristers

everyday wristers knitting patternI’m super excited to release my very first pattern for sale today!

I’ve been designing and knitting my own patterns since I started my shop, but actually gathering all of my notes, transcribing them into something that others could understand and test knitting was a little daunting.

So I started with one of my most favourite knits, these wristers, which I wear almost every cool day. They’re truly versatile!

I’m hoping that I’ll have a series of knitting patterns for sale over the summer. Stay tuned for more!

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Pattern details:

Materials Used:
1 skein Elsebeth Lavold silky wool, shown in 109 Medium Gray or a DK weight yarn
US size 2 (3mm) double pointed needles (dpn), set of 4
Darning needle
1 stitch marker
2 small wood buttons (approx ½ inch diameter across).

Note: the buttons I use in my designs are purchased from The Woodlot https://www.etsy.com/shop/thewoodlot

Gauge
22 sts = 4 inches on 3mm needles

Finished Measurements
Length measures 21.5 cm (8.5″)
Covers wrist and forearm.

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Available for sale on Etsy or my pattern store on Ravelry.

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