• Hoi Bo Wet Waxed Mini – 1 Year Update

    August 6, 2015 Kate

    On the whole I think we’re too quick to review things. We tend to buy or make something and then fully assess its value days later after minimal use. We review things before we know and experience how they wear over time. If I’m going to invest in something, like a handbag, I care less about how it looks…

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  • Patterns & Textures #2

    August 4, 2015 Kate

    Patterns & Texture is a photo series featuring textile inspiration I find in nature and daily life. My parents driveway, Ontario   Collingwood, Ontario   Toronto, Ontario   Whistler, British Columbia

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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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  • BC Ceramics – Haejin Lee Mug

    April 12, 2015 Kate

    In our quick trip to Vancouver last month I made sure to scout out a few craft shops. I went to the obvious spots on Granville Island (Crafthouse and Circle Craft) and just wandered around from there. Whenever I travel (even if it’s only a few hours away) I’m always interested in what the craft community looks like.…

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  • Silk Weaving Studio Vancouver

    April 1, 2015 Kate

    I came home from Vancouver last week and man, the West Coast life is something else. My Boyfriend and I turned to each other more than once with the so-what-would-it-take-to-move-out-here look. The ocean, the air, the trees, the cherry blossoms, the abundance of wheat free foods… I digress. There’s a few places and spaces I…

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  • Yarn Shopping in the 1970s

    November 28, 2014 Kate

    When a dear family friend passed on her loom to me (!!!) she also gave me a binder of her weaving notes. Notes from the classes she had taken, swatches of various styles, and tucked in the back were these sheets of yarn samples. It looks like a catalogue of yarns and other supplies you…

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  • Woven Wall Hanging with Birch Branch

    November 25, 2014 Kate

    The fun begins when you stop treating weaving as strictly back and forth and start looking at it as a grid that can be worked in any direction. Twisting, knotting, wrapping – if you can think it, try it! I made a wall hanging a while back that I wasn’t totally happy with (blogged here),…

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  • Updated Tunisian Crochet Neck Warmer

    November 19, 2014 Kate

    Here we have my second attempt at a Tunisian crochet neck warmer. The first one I made last year turned out more like a balaclava (Oops), and while functional it didn’t feel right. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! I ripped it out and cast on fewer stitches this time, making it looser and shorter. It came…

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  • My Nana’s Sewing Supplies

    November 15, 2014 Kate

    A peak at a few of my Nana’s sewing supplies I have with me in the city. I still use and absolutely treasure that little metal pin case, but thankfully a serger has replaced the pinking sheers. Why are good pressing hams so difficult to find now? That and weighted o-rings. If anyone knows where…

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