4 reasons why I love the handmade market

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Reason #1

A shopping event in a winery means there is plenty of good Niagara wine available. Paired with fresh baked goods, tacos, wood-fired pizza and freshly shucked oysters, there is no other market quite like this one!

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Reason #2

I’m always amazed by the ton of talent that I am surrounded by at this event. This year I was neighbours with Leslie of The Wandering Locavore and Tara of On a Branch soaps. I love discovering the talents of other vendors and shows like this one brings together such wonderful artists.

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Reason #3

The customers in the Niagara region love handmade and really support their local communities. It’s wonderful to meet my customers face-to-face at markets like this one. I have the opportunity to try out new products and directly see the reaction when I launched my new Knit Kits concept for the first time at time this past weekend. Hearing and seeing customer reactions helps me to stay inspired and motivated to keep pursuing this dream.

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Reason #4

This show is the start of a very busy Fall and Winter season for me. I have grand plans to take my craft in some new directions this season. I’m excited for the journey to come. I hope you will be, too!

My next show will be the Etsy Made in Canada Toronto pop-up on September 27th. See the event details for information and see you there!

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The second show I’m participating in later this month is going to be a great one! It’s happening nation-wide and I’ll be in the Toronto show. It’s the Etsy: Made in Canada pop-up.

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Check out the Toronto event page and the Vendor Look Book filled with just a sampling of all the awesomeness that will had at this first-ever event by Etsy.

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Make sure you’re one of the first 50 people in the door because there’s going to be swag! I’m working on mine already and of course there will be fiber involved!

Check out my events page for more info on where you can find me this Fall and Winter. See you there!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Details here.

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