• How I Learned To Weave (With Grass!)

    October 16, 2013 Kate

    In honour of Throwback Thursdays (I really need a better title for this series) here’s a little something I discovered carefully pressed between an old sketch pad, woven by a 6-year-old Kate. In the summer my Mum and I would stay up north by the lake and I loved being outside. In fact, I actually refused to…

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  • Zippered Laptop Sleeve, Attempt 1

    August 29, 2013 Kate

    “Back to school. Back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool.” Sing it, Billy. Here’s my first attempt at a laptop sleeve, and the culprit who brought my Bernina to her knees flashing the warning “Main Motor Failed” in surrender. I bought this Marimekko oil cloth from The Finnish Place last…

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  • Simcoe Braided Headband by Good Night, Day

    August 21, 2013 Kate

    I discovered Good Night, Day through a friend on Kollabora and man, I got excited. It’s a Canadian knit label by Tara-Lynn Morrison that’s refreshingly modern, using minimalist knitting techniques and gorgeous fair trade wool. I ordered Volume 1 of her patterns deciding to take my needles to the Simcoe Braided Headband first. You know when…

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  • Knit Eyelet Crop

    August 9, 2013 Kate

    You know the whole ‘necessity breeds creativity’ thing? Well I ‘needed’ a summer knit crop and couldn’t find a pattern I liked (at least not in my price range), so I made one up on a post-it. Sounds like a respectable entry into pattern making, no? I wanted to combine the breezy style and fit…

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  • Sewing With Vinyl, A Marimekko Make-up Bag

    May 20, 2013 Kate

    Picking projects above your skill level? Guilty. I bought this Marimekko fabric from The Finnish Place a while back with the intention of sewing some cosmetics bags and perhaps a make-up brush roll with it. I absolutely love this classic print, it’s something that always makes me feel good to look at. (Yes, fabric has…

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  • #28 Striped Pullover, Vogue Holiday Knitting 2010

    May 15, 2013 Kate

    Another knitting project finished in complete disregard for the season upon us. Why is that always the way? Even though it’s nearly summer, I decided it was high time to finish this guy as it’s been sitting 80% finished in my knitting bag for over a year.. meaning it was getting to that point where…

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  • Sewing With Leather, Leather Envelope Clutch

    April 16, 2013 Kate

    As a beginner, anything that’s not cotton can be quite intimidating to sew. Since rescuing a pair of my mum’s old leather pants from the Good Will pile last summer, I’ve had the itch to cut them up and make myself a clutch. (Yes, I realize leather pants are in now, however, this particular pair hails from…

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  • Textured Circle Scarf

    April 14, 2013 Kate

    Here we have the result of a transatlantic flight – a lot of repetitive stitches in a circle. The kind of therapeutic (or mind numbing) knitting a doctor might prescribe to relieve stress. It’s just alternating squares of stockinette stitch to create a lovely texture, wrapping around three times to keep you nice and cozy. I used a…

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  • Butterick B5613 Skirt

    April 12, 2013 Kate

    Hey there Awkward, how you doing? Well, I finally completed my first garment from a pattern – hooray! When I started sewing in high school, I taught myself and was making my own patterns. Some might call this admirable, I call it a fast ticket to bad habits, lots of broken needles, and a skirt…

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