• A (Not Embarrassing) Grandma Made Sweater

    March 3, 2016 Kate

    Well, this isn’t embarrassing at all — is it? No cats, no boring beiges. None of the things that come to mind when you think of Grandmother made sweaters. It’s really, truly, wearable. I mean, maybe not everyday wearable (it’s pretty heavy and real-deal-wool-scratchy, one of those sweaters you wear in place of a jacket) but the design…

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  • 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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  • Vintage Find – Figgjo Norway Market China Set

    January 29, 2016 Kate

    So… I bought a china set? I was at the Dutch Bazaar this past fall visiting my Mum and Stepdad (they volunteer) and I got suckered in by the antiques section. I went on setup day just to say Hi and an hour later my Mum and I were smuggling a box of dishes, Delft china, and a wooden sock…

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  • Rethinking Blogging

    January 27, 2016 Kate

    So here’s the deal. Blogging just hasn’t been working for me. (That either sounds ridiculous considering I hardly blog or totally obvious considering I hardly blog…) Nearly every month I promise myself I’ll get more consistent with posting and nearly every month it’s radio silence as usual. It’s not the content or ideas I struggle with—there’s…

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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, Ute’s Weaving Notes

    November 24, 2015 Kate

    A sneak peak into the most beautiful, detailed, and inviting set of weaving notes I’ve laid eyes on. When Ute passed her loom on to me (you’ll see a shot of the manual below), she included a bench full of books and notes along with it. This binder of notes are from lessons she took in Toronto…

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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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