• Learning How To Spin On A Wheel, My First Skein

    March 1, 2016 Kate

    About a year ago I took that Intro to Spinning class at the Knit Cafe and learned how to spin on a drop spindle. Since then I’ve gotten on a wheel (!!) and I just finished plying my first skein (!!!). I found the transition pretty natural, from drop spindle to wheel, and have so enjoyed…

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  • Brooklyn Tweed’s Bray Cap

    February 8, 2016 Kate

    This pattern is magic. Let’s just start and end there. After the Harper Hat flop I needed something to restore my faith in hat making so I did what any sensible knitter would do, scrolled through Grainline’s Ravelry. I loved Jen’s Bray Cap but thought it looked pretty ambitious for my skillset. Her writeup was super positive though, saying how ‘surprisingly quick’ it was. I…

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  • Over Dyeing Yarn With Acid Dye

    December 15, 2015 Kate

    Have you ever found yourself in a different country on an accidental yarn crawl surrounded by sales and selection you’re not emotionally equipped to handle so you black out then a few hours later you find yourself being laughed at by border security who can’t believe you spent “How much?!” on yarn and fabric in 36 hours? Oh,…

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  • A (Frogged) Harper Hat

    December 3, 2015 Kate

    Well this was not a great entry into hat knitting, let’s just start there. I was looking for a simple ribbed toque using fingering weight yarn and after what felt like extensive research this was the top pick. I wanted something really thin because I felt like my head would be less likely to overheat… is…

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  • Learning to Weave On A Floor Loom, My First Sampler

    November 19, 2015 Kate

    Here’s the sampler I wove in the Weaving Course I recently blogged about. It was my first time on a floor loom so it really is just that, a sampler, a series of experiments and mistakes and tiny victories. It will serve as a great reference guide for future project as it’s really just a quilt of…

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  • Learning To Weave at The Burr House

    November 17, 2015 Kate

    We did it! We wove things! When I was little I remember thinking weaving was the ultimate craft. If you knew how to do that, I thought, you’d made it. Mum’s floor loom and an antique spinning wheel occupied the hallway just outside my bedroom. They fascinated me. My Mum wasn’t even weaving at the time, I was just mesmerized…

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  • How I Made A Tunisian Crochet Pillow Cover

    October 29, 2015 Kate

    Looks pretty cozy, right? I recently swiped a couple skeins of chunky yarn from the sample closet at work (thanks, Kollabora!) with the intention of making a cushion cover. I was thinking, oversized, simple, monochrome, and textured. I thought Tunisian crochet would give me the density/texture I was looking for, so, here we are! I…

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  • Easy Zippered Oil Cloth Travel Case

    September 26, 2015 Kate

    I had some delicious Marimekko oil cloth buried in my stash that I finally got around to making a little travel tote out of. This was one of those last minute necessity makes. I was leaving for New York the next day so I needed easy and I needed now. I knew the style I wanted and…

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  • Updated Embroidered Knit Pillow

    July 27, 2015 Kate

    A year or so ago I was messing around with the idea of a knit pillow and came up with this. I was really happy with how the concept turned out, embroidered knits, but it hasn’t proved as functional as I would like. The yarn I used was quite scratchy, I didn’t anchor down the embroidery…

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  • Intro to Spinning Workshop at The Knit Cafe

    May 23, 2015 Kate

    A few months back I took a drop spindle (introductory spinning) class at The Knit Cafe in Toronto. Majorly worth it. For anyone interested in spinning and in the Toronto area I wanted to share my experience. I got into the idea of spinning my own yarn a couple years ago when a family friend passed on to me…

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