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Shop Local this Holiday Season: Vancouver Craft Fairs 2012

This week is Buy Local Week in Vancouver, but there is no reason why we can’t buy local whenever possible. Hello Vancity has a great graphic on why buying locally helps communities. As a crafter, I like supporting other local… Continue Reading →

Crafty Projects = Home Improvement

I have three crafty projects to share with you, all home improvement related! 1. Sewing new pillows for the couch A while ago I moaned about my pillow predicament. I am happy to say I’ve solved at least a part… Continue Reading →

This is Halloween, everyone scream

Happy Halloween everybody! This is my favourite holiday… so I go all out. This year I dyed my hair red to complete my Sally costume. My BF even suggested he go as Jack—no coercion required! To make Sally’s dress, I… Continue Reading →

Cushion Conundrum

A couple years ago now, I sewed some pillow covers for the cushions that came with my couch. They’re two 16″-square pillows and have served me very well (although one is getting lumpy). Unfortunately they’re lonely. As is my chaise… Continue Reading →

Bye Bye Birkeland… Sort of

Birkeland Bros. is a 73-year-old family business in Vancouver, and earlier this year announced they would be closing due to the health of 4th generation owner, Cara. Brothers Olaf and Mike arrived from Norway in the 1930’s and set up… Continue Reading →

DIY Dining Chair Seat Cushions

My apartment is a one-bedroom but I used the dining area as a home office. This leaves the side of the living room as my dining area. I have an antique drop-leaf table from my parents’ house against the wall… Continue Reading →

Knitter’s Festivus (Belated Wrap-up)

Back in December we had our annual Knitter’s Holiday Swap. This is the third year our local knit group (via Ravelry) has celebrated the holidays with handknits. Louise (aka ladybugaloo) spoiled me rotten! She knit me the Broadstreet Mittens out… Continue Reading →

SOAR-ing away to Agassiz with the Girl Guides of Canada

I had the good fortune to respond to a request for knitting teachers and ended up as a Core Staff member for the Girl Guides’ Spirit of Adventure Rendezvous (SOAR) 2011 last week. The position was volunteer and it wasn’t… Continue Reading →

Housekeeping… err Blogkeeping?

Updates on a variety of fronts! Books: I’ve finished Voyager by Diana Gabaldon and need to write up a review. Before that I read a few graphic novels that I need to post reviews for. Now I’m into the second… Continue Reading →

DIY: Revamped Wicker Bench Seat

In February I visited a neat secondhand store called FilmGo, located in Vancouver on the edge of Burnaby. This undiscovered thrift store is full of props, furniture and knick-knacks from various film sets which means awesome vintage and era pieces…. Continue Reading →

Insert Witty Title Here

Day to day, as I browse the web, I find awesome things I like to share. Sometimes I share them via Facebook or Twitter, and other times, they deserve a round-up post. Here are a couple great things I’d like… Continue Reading →

FO: Fingerless Gloves

I finished my fingerless gloves a few weeks ago. I had a big issue with the sewn bind off because I thought it looked sloppy. I got really picky about the finishing techniques on the gloves since they’d be under… Continue Reading →

I’m in your tree, covering it in yarn

Literally. Today was the day — the official yarnbombing of Joy Kogawa’s cherry tree. I contributed about 100 blossoms and arrived this afternoon to help install the yarn blossoms (and bark!) on the tree. The executive director of the Historic… Continue Reading →

Cherry Blossom Yarn Bombing Prep

A couple months ago I saw a tweet from Leanne Prain, one of the authors of the book Yarn Bombing: The Art of Knit and Crochet Graffiti. The tweet linked to the yarn bombing website and said they were organizing… Continue Reading →

Seen: Yarn Bombing in Halifax, NS

My sister was in Moncton, NB, this summer for the Explore program. She also did some travelling and spotted this tree in Halifax. She emailed it to me and I’m (finally) posting it. Bonnie wrote in the email, “This was… Continue Reading →

Festivus Miracle Swap-o-Rama 2010

I was a last minute addition to the Festivus Miracle Swap-o-Rama when I found out I’d be here for the event. Sign-ups were in July as the premise is to knit a gift for another knitter (and receive one in… Continue Reading →

It’s the Most Crafty Time of the Year

I haven’t been crafting much (besides the knitting I blogged about) but I have been attending craft fairs and purchasing locally-made goodies. First, there was Circle Craft Christmas Market at the new Vancouver Convention Centre West from November 17-21. I… Continue Reading →

Learning to Quilt at Spool of Thread

In the beginning of November I took a class at Spool of Thread called 3, 2, 1… Quilt! It was a beginner quilting class which was perfect for me because I already know how to sew and work a machine… Continue Reading →

Circle Craft Christmas Market 2010

This year, over 270 artisans are participating in the 37th annual Circle Craft Christmas Market. Meet wood-turners, glassblowers, sculptors and potters, clothing and jewellery designers, toy-makers, and many more. As well, check out various craft demonstrations taking place in the… Continue Reading →

General Random Stuff

Sit down, grab a coffee, because here are some quick updates all at once. Some don’t need individual blog posts, some are long-overdue updates. I’ve joined the Festivus Swap on our local Ravelry meetup group. Must shop and knit for… Continue Reading →

Vancouver Trash 2 Treasure Fibre Swap

Come out next weekend, Saturday, October 2, 2010 at Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre from 1:00-3:00 pm and swap all your unwanted/unneeded/unloved fibre goodies! Anything knitting/crochet/spinning related is welcome (books, yarn, spinning fibre, hooks/needles, spindles, etc.). I cannot take credit for the… Continue Reading →

Crafty Mojo Returns

On Sunday I went to a different fabric store to look at the selection of blue-patterned fabric. Last time I went to Dressew because it’s right by my work, and I liked the fabric I selected but I didn’t love… Continue Reading →

Crafty Mojo

I’ve made substantial progress on my shawl! I am quite impressed with Argante and may even knit Gaenor. It would look quite gorgeous with my new Unwind Yarns. Unfortunately, today I have totally lost my crafty mojo. It’s not the… Continue Reading →

Gibsons Landing Fibre Arts Festival

This weekend was the 11th Annual Gibsons Landing Fibre Arts Festival from August 19-21. I don’t think I’d ever been to Gibsons before. The town is technically on the main mass of British Columbia, but is considered the Sunshine Coast…. Continue Reading →

Shopping Spree

In the past couple weeks I’ve had the pleasure of visiting many of my favourite (and soon to be fave) local shops. I thought I’d share the goodies with you all as there are some fibre-related products(!!!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Near the… Continue Reading →

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