market days

It’s the last weekend of Summer coming up and I find myself excited for the coming weeks and months ahead. Fall is my favourite time of year. This is probably true for most knitters!

My first show of 2014 will be the Handmade Market in St. Catherines. This is one of my favourite events because it doesn’t get any better than wine, food and a weekend of handmade.

Handmade Market

I hope you can join me at the 13th Street Winery along with 75 other talented vendors. I love meeting my customers!

Have a look at my past experiences at this show!

Event Details:

1776 Fourth Avenue in St. Catherines.
Friday, September 12, 2014 • 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, September 13, 2014 • 10:00am – 6:00pm

Find out where else I will be.

{pattern} travellers mitts

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This has got to be one of my favourite knit pieces. The style is simple but has an interesting modified rib texture. It’s the perfect Fall or cool weather accessory. I’ve designed it using my favourite yarn, Noro because each set knits up completely different – the offset pairings make this knit truly unique.

gloves

I’m excited to share my second pattern release, which published in July 2013, but I never documented here, until today.

Pattern details:

Materials used
1 skein Noro Silk Garden (100 m)
US size 6 (4mm) double pointed needles (dpn), set of 4
Darning needle
1 stitch marker

Gauge
18 sts = 4 inches on 4mm needles

Finished measurements
Length measures 21.5 cm (8.5″)
Covers thumb, wrist and forearm.

 

refocus

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about goals and refocusing how I manage my small business. I’ve been slowly getting back to reading about inspiring artists. It’s time to REFOCUS and I’m starting with getting back into blogging. I thought about starting a new blog, like starting a new chapter, but I decided against that because I didn’t want to loose the searches coming to my existing posts, mostly driven by my pattern designs.

So instead, I changed the look and feel of the blog (the last time I did this was in 2010 – EEKS!) and will slowly start to plan out the content to align with some new goals for this space. The transformation will happen over time but it will still be a journal about my creative pursuits and my life with young kids.

I hope you’ll share in this adventure with me.

{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!

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

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.