• Yes, You Can

    December 31, 2016 Kate

    A quick and largely unoriginal New Years thought for you… I’m not big on New Years resolutions—January 1st doesn’t feel extraordinarily more promising than the start of any other day—but I do like to reflect on the year that’s passed. (Unoriginal already, told ya.) This little shift in thinking has had the biggest impact on my life recently. I pay attention to all the…

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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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  • The Family Farm in Preeceville, Saskatchewan

    December 15, 2016 Kate

    I know you’ve been on the edge of your chairs waiting for this since that first post about Preeceville Saskatchewan a few months ago, so without (even) further ado, here it is… Visiting Preeceville was one of the primary reasons for my Mum and I’s trip out West this past summer. As I mentioned, it’s where my…

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  • Carl Larsson Cards

    December 13, 2016 Kate

    You know the stack of miscelaneous greeting cards all Mums have somewhere in their house? Ya. Turns out, you can find some pretty good stuff in there. Like these — picked up at The Swedish Christmas is Toronto many (20?) years ago. They’re prints of Carl Larsson paintings. He was a rather famous Swedish artist (1853-1919)…

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  • Aunt Lilly’s 1920s Party Dress

    November 21, 2016 Kate

    My great-aunt Lilly, all dolled up for what I can only assume was a very special evening. I’m sorry to say I can’t tell you anything about that night. I can’t tell you what the occasion was or where this was taken. But what I can do is show you the dress. That’s right, nearly a…

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  • A Mum Made Costume, Halloween 1995

    October 31, 2016 Kate

    Let’s talk Halloween. Specifically, Halloween 1995. My Mum made all of my costumes when I was little (check out 1993 an 1994 here) but this one was my favourite. A floor length fairy gown in watermarked taffeta, complete with silk flowers on the bodice and a sparkly crown. Sigh…. It was magical—the rustling sound it made when I twirled, the way…

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  • Sheila Hicks Material Voices @ Textile Museum of Canada

    October 25, 2016 Kate

    Calling all fibre lovers—the Sheila Hicks: Material Voices exhibition is on at the Textile Museum of Canada, in Toronto, until February 5, 2017. And spoiler alert… It’s pretty fantastic. At least I think so. Something about this exhibit really hit me—I guess it was the perfect combination of where I was mentally, the work itself, and a…

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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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  • The Town of Preeceville, Saskatchewan

    October 11, 2016 Kate

    I’m going to start sharing little photo series from my travels. I wasn’t sure if that kind of thing belonged on this blog or needed a separate space, as it’s not craft, but honestly for me it’s related. Because it’s not just places, it’s colours and textures and patterns and stories. It’s the step before the making. And…

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  • In Store Inspiration #7

    September 29, 2016 Kate

    It’s been a minute since I’ve done one of these In Store Inspiration roundup posts but trust, my phone is still full of photos of clothes I’ve turned inside out and right side in for ideas. My niece actually asked once why my camera roll is full of “stuff” and “where’s the selfies?!” Sorry to disappoint little…

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