• 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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  • 1930s Handmade Applique Tablecloth

    November 5, 2015 Kate

    In addition to the stunning 1940s photograph of my grandparents, Vera also gave me this sweet tablecloth her mother made roughly 85 years ago. It’s applique with a tatted edge. She knows I’m into this sort of thing so she made sure to show it to me during our visit. She remembers her mother sitting at the…

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