• I’m Looking for Solidarity, Not Advice

    October 27, 2017 Kate

    I don’t want advice. I don’t want more people telling me what to do. And I really, really don’t want to read another how-to guide. I just want to know that I’m not the only person feeling like this. I’m looking for solidarity. More than ever, I think we simply want to feel like we’re…

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  • File Under, Things That Make Me Happy

    October 22, 2017 Kate

    All of the above make me so inexplicably happy. That house? Forget it. Too good. Today’s photo venture brought to you by the kind of low-grade anxiety that only a “north until you hit water” drive can cure. Thank you, Cook’s Bay. Ya never let me down.

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  • Schomberg! Ya Pretty

    October 21, 2017 Kate

    On a scale of 1 to dream house how off the charts is that first home. I mean seriously. And are you seeing the little trinkets in the windows? These people are my kind of people. Took a wee gaunt out to Schomberg today to admire pretty and/or deteriorating things. You know, as one does.…

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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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