Colette Parfait, Part 1

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Just started a new sewing project, because I missed my sewing machine and she deserved some attention. I treated myself to a bunch of Colette Patterns recently (some of them were being discontinued and so were on sale…and the others, well, it’s a shame to pay for shipping for just …

10 Reasons why Rhinebeck is my new Happy Place

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I finally made the pilgrimage to Rhinebeckwith a few of my best knitting friends. I’m still kind of on a Rhinebeck high, and it’s been over two weeks. What could be better than being surrounded by everything to do with yarn and fiber, and thousands of other like-minded crafty …

Dyeing Wool with Food Colouring

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I love dyeing fiber, and wanted to make something extra special for my first child (this fiber ended up being made into gradient batts and spun into yarn for a POP blanket), but just to be on the safe side didn’t want to use acid dyes while pregnant. So I …

Espace Tricot, Montreal

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6050 Avenue de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4A 1H2, Canada
Hubby and I went to Montreal on our way home from NYC last summer, and as always I had to check out the local yarn scene. Turns out the only shop reasonably close to downtown was Espace Tricot, so we decided …

Almost There…

Sweet Dreams baby mobile

I think I must either be crazy, or just have an incredibly hard time a) having nothing to do with my hands, and b) not having several projects on the go (or more likely, a little bit of all three). Perhaps this is a common trait among crafters—can any of …

NYC Yarn Shop Reviews

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One of my favourite things about traveling is checking out the local yarn shops. Hubby and I took a road trip to Manhattan last summer (so yeah, this post is embarrassingly late) and I insisted we take a day to visit as many as we could. It was a quick …

Schacht Ladybug Review

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Back when I learned how to spin last October, I naïvely said to myself that I’m just fine with spinning on a spindle, and I’m sure I won’t need to buy a wheel for a few years (yeah, right!). Although spindle spinning is just fine, it wasn’t satisfyingly fast enough …

So yeah, I fell in love with spinning…

OK, OK, I know it’s been forever since I updated the blog (bad blogger, bad!). But I have a good excuse, I swear! I’ve been learning to spin since October, when I took a drop spindle class with my good friend Lisa at one of my favourite places in Leslieville, …

Two-Colour Brioche Stitch

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Brioche stitch refers not to the french pastry, delicious as it may be, but to a family of stitch patterns that include slipped stitches knit together with yarn-overs to make a squishy, stretchy and extra-thick fabric. What I will show you today is called the two-colour brioche rib, also …

Pinchy Coin Purse

Pinchy Pouch Coin Purse

Make this cute little coin purse to use up your fabric scraps

I was working on my computer today, like I do most days, and felt the familiar stirrings of fabric withdrawal start to well up. Usually I can keep that at bay by procrastinating on Pinterest for …

Knit Button Placket

Button Placket: Step 5

Since releasing my Legend of Baby Link pattern a couple of years ago, a bunch of you have written to me asking for help with adding the button placket to the back of the tunic. Message boards about the pattern on Ravelry include more than a few comments from people …

Knit Night with the 20-Somethings

There aren’t (as far as I know) any knitting groups out where I live, so when Ilana invited me out to join the Toronto’s 20-Somethings group (oh crap, I’m pushing thirty…does that mean I can’t go any more in a couple years? Nooooooo!) at The Butler’s Pantry last night, …