• Seasonal Wreath Made With Vintage Merino Roving

    February 1, 2019 Kate

    You know when you’re walking and you think to yourself, “I should make a [insert thing here]!” and then you get home and proceed to pull out every craft supply/utensil you own, staring at it on the floor until you come up with The Thing? Mhm, well, that’s how this happened. I was walking home…

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  • (Another) Embroidered Knit Pillow

    January 31, 2019 Kate

    Another one! Yay! It’s been a while since I made one of these (you can see the original version here, a colourful version here, and the tutorial teaching you how to make your own here). I’ve had people reach out over the years asking to buy these, and I’ve always said no (read as: large fear…

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  • VLOG: My Recent (And Current!) Makes

    January 30, 2019 Kate

    We’re back on the YouTubes! This week I’m sharing what I’ve made recently, what I’m currently working on, and what I hope to dig into next (spoiler alert: I want to dig into all the things). Projects mentioned: 1. Embroidered Knit Pillow. Own design, made from Dominion Textile yarn from the 70s? 80s? 2. Ondawa Sweater…

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  • DIY Beanbag Footstool… Fail?

    January 29, 2019 Kate

    Gather round, kids, for another episode of What Not To Do with your host Kate Smalley. Today on the show we’re featuring the beanbag footstool I made nearly a year ago. I was searching for an oversized footstool or ottoman, and couldn’t find anything in my price range… so I decided to DIY one. I…

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  • VLOG: To All The Knits I’ve Loved Before

    January 17, 2019 Kate

    Well, well, well. What do we have here. If it isn’t… the year Kate heretofore nominated as the one she will give YouTube an honest go. Let me be clear: this video is not “quality content”, and I sure as heck have a thing or two to learn about lighting and focus (and apparently sound…

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  • Pilling Problems With Malabrigo Merino Worsted Yarn?

    December 20, 2016 Kate

    Let’s have a chat about yarn. And pilling. I knit this lovely Brooklyn Tweed Bray Cap a year ago from Malabrigo’s Merino Worsted yarn, and while it continues to be my favourite hat, it’s started to pill considerably. Which is a bummer. I loved how ‘crisp’ it looked when I first made it. Now with…

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  • Yes, Hand Knit Socks Are Totally Worth It

    October 18, 2016 Kate

    Well, I did it! I made socks. They may have taken me months to finish, and I may have been thisclose to giving up on more than one occasion, but I did it! And I’m so glad because these are the comfiest things to have ever graced my feet. Going into it I was all, “There’s…

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  • Learn How To Make An Embroidered Knit Pillow

    July 21, 2016 Kate

    Guess what! I just posted my very first video tutorial over on Skillshare, showing you how to make this embroidered knit pillow. Here’s a link where you can sign up for free until Sunday July 31st (no Skillshare membership needed, no credit card on sign up). After that promo period you’ll need a membership to access…

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  • My Tunisian Crochet Pillow, An Update

    March 22, 2016 Kate

    Sigh. I’m sorry to say my fears have come true. Only a couple months in and this pillow is pilling like nobodies business and looks, well, Bleh. I made this Tunisian Crochet Pillow Cover about five months ago using Wool And The Gang’s Crazy Sexy Wool. From the outset I had my concerns about how the yarn…

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  • My Overdyed Roku Hat

    March 8, 2016 Kate

    Behold, the functional beanie. After the disappointment that was the Harper Hat I found a few people recommending the Roku Hat as an easy, smartly designed, and classic beanie pattern. It didn’t disappoint. It knit up quickly and I love that it’s totally reversible. Not that I really need to be able to turn my…

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