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Friday, April 20, 2018

SALE / Buy 1 — Get 1 FREE!

 Spring Sale  

Spring is my favorite time of the year and to celebrate I always like to offer a little spring savings — from now until April 27th when you buy one of my patterns you can chose a second for FREE! 

Buy 1 — Get 1 FREE!

Sale ends April 27th 

Use code BOGO at checkout when you purchase patterns from my Website or Ravelry Store.

Happy Spring!

Monday, April 16, 2018

KNITTING & SEWING / Over-sized pullover & so many Stratas

It's been quiet in this space for far too long — it's not that I haven't been knitting, I have! I've even finished a few projects which I've been meaning to share. I've been sewing as well — it's something that doesn't aggravate my shoulder so it's been a bit of a creative life raft during my rest and recovery away from knitting.

There was enough light on Friday to take a few shots of some of my finished projects! The first is an over-sized super bulky pullover that I was itching to create. I've been wearing it every day since I bound off, this sweater is like a big hug! — just ignore how shabby it looks, it hasn't had a bath yet!!

STRATA TOP #1 / wearable muslin in stretch

I've also been sewing. I finally got around to making the Strata top. It's been on my make list since Cate and I picked up our issues of Taproot / Make : Vol 1 in Seattle during VK Live last fall. The pattern is by the talented Meg Mcelwee of Sew Liberated and as far as I know this pattern can only be found within the magazine. 

The pattern calls for woven fabric but since I don't typically wear many woven tops I chose to make a few out of knit fabric first. This is my wearable muslin, I call it my date-night Strata since I never wear black (I feel too fancy in it, lol) — I finished this one just in time for date night! I made the size S and my only mod was to the neck binding since I was using stretch instead of woven.

STRATA TOP #2 / stretch

For my second Strata I decided to go down in size to the XS. I used the same neck band mod as my muslin, added a patch pocket, and added an additional 1.5" of length to the body so that I could wear it with my regular rise jeans, not just high waisted pants. The fabric is a slub jersey that I picked up from Dressew. I'm pretty smitten with this version, the fit is perfect, it's exactly what I was hoping for, this is definitely my new favorite white tee shirt!

STRATA TOP #3 / wearable muslin in woven

I [accidentally] splurged on some beautiful rayon from Dry Goods Design during a much needed solo adventure I took a few weeks ago. I also stocked up on muslin (old bed sheets) from the thrift store and made this woven muslin from a cool old vintage fitted sheet I found!

I used my pattern pieces from the white knit Strata top above — XS with an extra 1.5" of length. I also added mock sleeve cuffs and a patch pocket (I add patch pockets to everything — they make me feel less fancy). 

Have you finished any projects lately? Anything you're loving so much you're living in it?? ...also don't forget to check back later this week for a special spring sale announcement!

Friday, April 13, 2018

IN THE GARDEN / Dreaming of Agave and Pink Blueberries

It's finally beginning to feel like spring here in Victoria and I'm getting really excited about the growing season! I purchased my first grow light this winter and have been doing a lot of seed starting indoors — if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some of the things I've started. But for now I've got a throw back to last summer to share!

I was organizing the files on my computer when I stumbled on these photos from last July that never got posted — better late than never I always say! I love having a place to share what I'm growing — I enjoy going back to the archives, it's like having a gardening journal. It's often a great reference for me from year to year!

These photos were taken July 27th of last year. I really struggle to take pictures in our new garden, it's been in desperate need of an overhaul and hasn't been very photo worthy. We worked our bums off one warm weekend in early March and it's looking so much better. It's a small space that doesn't have a lot of great angles (no matter which way you shoot it, chain link fence is not pretty) but I'm going to try my best to take more photos of what's growing this year and share them with you! ...and if you're a knitter who doesn't like to garden and dreads these posts I promise I have a post planned with a handful of new projects I just finished photographing — stay tuned! 

{ pink lemonade blueberry } 

This guy didn't fruit for me at all in our old shade garden, I was thrilled to see it full of berries last summer for the first time!

Most of my succulents have stories — these little guys were collected from a deserted island that we kayaked to for an overnight adventure! They make me smile every time I look at them. 

 { agave }

 { cherry tomatoes — I wish I could tell you which kind, my hunch is sweet million }

I hope these pics from our summer garden warmed your day just a little! I also like to host a fun spring sale to celebrate my favorite time of year so stay tuned for that coming up!!

Monday, September 25, 2017

EVENTS / Knit City 2017

Join us at Knit City at the PNE in Vancouver, BC on Sept. 30th - Oct 1st for lots of fun! This is one of our favourite events of the year! Fabulous vendors, great classes & events, and a wonderful community of fiber enthusiasts. This is a show you won't want to miss!

You can find myself & Shannon Cook at booth #206 – we'll be there with our independent pattern lines, tons of samples for you to try on, and all of our books! We have special discounts/sales to reveal and a fun giveaway with every purchase! We hope to see you there!

Read more about Knit City on their website HERE.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

SUMMER SEWING / Wearable Muslins & Cranky Shoulders

After dealing with a cranky shoulder since early December, I was eventually diagnosed with calcific tendonitis this April. I've had months of aggressive rest and no knitting and have really struggled with whether or not to share about it online. But I've learned that sharing these kinds of things rather than trying to face them alone, can often help with healing. I'm so grateful for the love and support I've received from my friends and family during this time, it's helped to keep me positive and afloat ♥ I hope that sharing with you will help explain why I've been a bit quiet over here.

In it's place I've been doing a lot of sewing. I normally sew more in the summer out of a need for new things to round out my wardrobe. I sew primarily with stretch/knit fabric and was getting really tired of ripping my hair out trying to hem and finish t-shirts with my sewing machine (argh!!!). I did a bit of Googling and learned that a coverstitch machine, although a bit pricey, can be a total game changer. After some research and inquiring what others were using I put a deposit down on the Janome CoverPro 2000CPX at Sawyer's in the hopes that I could make it mine in time for my birthday! It came home with me a week before my b-day (thank you Mom and Cam ♥) and just in time for my first ever visit to the infamous Dressew in Vancouver (Yesss!).

So far most of my garments have been practice while I'm getting familiar with the new machine. I've made a few pairs of really comfy joggers that I'll try to photograph and share, as well as some basic tees. Years ago I drafted a template for my ideal t-shirt by mashing up a few of my favorite sewing patterns and since then it's really all I sew — the only thing that changes is the fabric :)

With my new haul of fabric from Dressew I decided to try a few different patterns to shake things up a bit. I've sewn them up as wearable muslins to get an idea of fit before cutting into my new fabric.

Kimono T-Shirt

First is a the Kimono T-Shirt, a free pattern by Maria Denmark. The overall construction is super easy and sews up in no time! I followed the pattern exactly but I might like to tweak my next one.

Briar T-Shirt

Next up is the Briar T-ShirtI've been obsessed with this tee ever since my friend Mandy posted her muslin on Instagram (she's also written up a great post about it on her blog here). It has a really unique hemline and I love the fit of the tee shirt, it's so comfortable! The pattern itself is also beautifully laid out and easy to work from.   

I do think I'll tweak this one as well — it's far too long on my short frame even though I have a long torso. And as much as I'm in love with this hemline I'm not sure I love it on me, so I may try a few different things before cutting into the final fabric.

Do you do more sewing in the summer months like me? If so, what's on your sewing table? 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

IN THE GARDEN / June Poppies

The sun has finally arrived to the Island, it's been unseasonably grey and chilly for this time of year. The garden is loving it! I didn't take nearly enough photos of the garden last month — these are a few of my favourites from June. 

These oriental poppies were a gift from a friend — every year when they bloom it makes me smile and think of her.  Plants with a story are the best. 

And this little guy decided to bloom, aren't the teeny flowers darling? 

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We're so happy the sun is finally here! Is it summery where you are? 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Finally Finished / WCCKAL

You may have been following our West Coast Cardigan knitalong earlier this year and wondered if I ever finished my project!? As sometimes happens, I reached 99% completion with just a few finishing steps and well, life got busy, cold and flu season was especially bad, and before I knew it, months had passed!! However, camping season is here and I knew I needed to finish before our first trip. Elsie and I live in our West Coast Cardigans when we're in the woods!

I actually completed the sweater close to the deadline but wasn't happy with the zipper. I'd foolishly purchased  one before blocking and since I purposely blocked some length into the finished garment the zipper ended up too short and the fronts puckered once the zipper was installed. I think I may have also mentioned that because I'd stretched the length my pocket linings were then too wide and short so I reknit them to match the new dimensions of the sweater.

I've snapped some pictures and I'm excited to finally share my finished Thunderbird WCC with you! I've actually been wearing it, wonky zipper, faux pockets and all! It's very rewarding to have it finished properly and enjoy real pockets and a zipper that doesn't pucker!!

{ Now I'm ready for camping!!! } 

Do you bring your knitting camping? What are your favourite knits to wear in the woods? 


If you are thinking of casting on your own WCC, feel free to post in the thread here — even though the official deadline has passed, it's a great way to share your project with other WCC knitters.

It's also become a wealth of information. I've compiled a list of all of the WCCKAL posts. Some of them break down the more involved portions of the pattern. They're a great resource if you're looking for more in depth instruction and visual tutorials!