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Spice Box Overhaul: Use Mason Canning Jars to Organize Spices

When I first moved out on my own, I only had a few spices, and would buy new ones as needed. My initial solution was perfect went I only had about a dozen and wanted to keep them fresh in… Continue Reading →

Affirmative Art Journaling with Magpie’s Nest

A local community group, Magpie’s Nest Community Art Space, saw my display at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire back in June. They got in touch interested in using the #YASVB project as inspiration to create another series of events. Thus, the… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Yarn Wranglers and #YASVB at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2016

I’ll be attending the annual Vancouver Mini Maker Faire on June 11-12, 2016 at the PNE Forum. 3D Printer Village at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2014 I’ve attended the event a few times and there are always some really neat… Continue Reading →

You Are So Very Beautiful – Vancouver Edition Wrap-up

The Vancouver Edition of the You Are So Very Beautiful Project took place on Sunday, February 7, and it went fantastically. It was a small gathering, but I know that the few people who joined me were really receptive. I… Continue Reading →

“You Are So Very Beautiful” Project—Vancouver Edition

Update: I have made a Facebook event for the Vancouver Edition art drop. I recently read about the You Are So Very Beautiful Project, having admired and followed Betsy Greer‘s craftivism work for many years. For those unfamiliar with the… Continue Reading →

FO: Third Time’s a Charm?

Color Affection by kikilemarteau After unravelling this pattern twice already, I have finally completed my Color Affection. I really really liked my friend’s Colour Affection, where she paired similar value colours together. It made it look like it all went… Continue Reading →

FO Report: Keeping Heads and Toes Cosy

Recently I’ve knit a couple hats and an object that looks like a hat but isn’t. So here is a triple FO report! First, the Toque of Secrecy for AW. The pattern is the Bus Hat, a free pattern by… Continue Reading →

FO Report: Choose Your Own Adventure Shawl, take 2

The yarn is Seacoast Handpainted Superwash Sock yarn and it was a gift to me from Ruth (aka scrabblequeen) many moons ago. The colourway is “Chocolate & Caramel” and the skein had a whopping 560 yards. I can’t believe how… Continue Reading →

FO Project Report: Lingonberry Shawlette

I knit this in record speed—at least for me. I watched four seasons of Castle and just knitknitknit. I guess the mojo returned in earnest because I have been chugging away at projects. Here is one of my more impressive… Continue Reading →

Attack of the Knitting Mojo

Since the summer, I seem to have been (re)bitten by the knitting bug. Here is an account of my progress. After knitting most of the year on and off on this cowl with lovely silk yarn that Chelle gave me,… Continue Reading →

Toasty Footsies: FO Report

In the last couple months, I have knit two more pairs of the Fiber Trends Felted Clogs that my dad adores. Only this time, they weren’t for my dad (which he was disappointed about). The first pair was knit as… Continue Reading →

FictionKNITstas — The Story Behind the Finished Object

I’ve been participating in FictionKNITstas, the 2013 edition of Fictionistas. The project is a collaborative of independent Canadian publishers who bring female authors together for meaningful book events, and the 2013 edition threw knitting into the mix. As I already… Continue Reading →

Proud to be a FictionKNITsta

Earlier this autumn I heard about the FICTIONista project which is a collaborative of independent Canadian publishers to bring together female authors for meaningful book events. With the recently launched CWILA (Canadian Women in Literary Arts) drawing more and more… Continue Reading →

Bite the Bullet and Block It

A couple weeks ago at knitting meetup (gosh, has it been that long?) Jenn chastized me for not fixing the dropped stitch in my Multnomah and blocking it, despite having cast off the sucker more than a month earlier. She… 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 →

The Yarn Harlot Visits Vancouver

I managed to secure a ticket to a public lecture by The Yarn Harlot (aka Stephanie Pearl-McPhee) presented by KnitSocial. Wednesday night, after a particularly stress-induced day, with some much-needed frozen yogurt, I met up with some friends at the… 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 →

Multnomah Knitting Progress

I didn’t take any knitting project with me travelling, and I barely read any of my novels (I brought 2), so I’m quite surprised to be so far along this project (and in my TBR pile). I cast on in… 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 →

FO Report: Festivus Gnome finally complete & slouchy MelonHead hat

Well, you’ve all probably heard the Canadian election results… and the subsequent outrage. What’s done is done, but I can’t help feeling sick to my stomach. So, here is a little pick-me-up: FO reports! First up: Yuletide Gnome [rav link]… Continue Reading →

Visiting the Frog Pond

I bought this yarn from a local designer-friend, Melonhead Knitwear, at Circle Craft Christmas Market in November 2010. She was selling her handknits as well as hand-dyed and handspun yarn by the skein. When I tried on the hats she… 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 →

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