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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

NEW PATTERN / Shepherd Toque

I'm slowly easing myself back into work and revisiting some of the projects I had begun before my accident. It's been intimidating coming back, and I've learned to be patient with myself. I'm incredibly grateful for the patience I've been given by those around me — thank you ♥

{ WELTED Cowl }

One of the projects that was so close to completion when I had my fall, was an ultralight toque that was inspired by the super light and versatile Welted Cowl (above). This cowl goes everywhere with me — I take it camping (I even sleep in it — the woods are chilly!). It's great for hikes and those first few minutes of a morning run when it's FREEZING and you haven't warmed up yet. I made mine with SweetGeorgia's Silk Mist (heaven!) and as well as being practical and hard wearing, it also makes a really elegant accessory. It looks just as good with a dressy coat as it does under a jean jacket, and best of all, it's so light it tucks into your pocket! My goal was to create this magic in a toque.

Three yarns stood out to me. And after swatching I couldn't rule any one of them out — each one, although slightly different, would make a perfect lightweight toque. So instead of narrowing my options, the decision was made to develop them all. The result is a very versatile pattern, with three different levels of lightness to choose from ranging from ultralight to fingering! I couldn't be happier with the outcome. I hope knitters will get as much enjoyment out of knitting this toque as I have designing it!


SHEPHERD Toque by Jane Richmond
photo: Nicholas Kupiak

The lightest of the three, this Ultralight version is made with lofty Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk and only requires one ball of yarn. Weighing in at only 25 grams (for the largest size!), this version is feather-light, incredibly packable, and is quick drying.

SHEPHERD Toque by Jane Richmond
photo: Nicholas Kupiak

— MID-WEIGHT Version 
The Mid-Weight version is made with Sandnes Garn Tweed, a brushed yarn just the slightest bit thicker than the Ultralight. It requires only one ball and weighs 40g for the largest size! Larger needles and gauge make this the fastest knit of the three versions!

SHEPHERD Toque by Jane Richmond
photo: Nicholas Kupiak

— FINGERING Version —
This Fingering version uses a single skein of Woolfolk Sno, a cloud-like sock-weight yarn that is so dreamy to knit with you'll want to make more that one! With it's slightly thicker fabric it still weighs a mere 42 grams for the largest size! This version rounds out the trio and lends versatility to the pattern — because who doesn't have a skein of sock yarn in their stash?!

I'm excited to finally be able to share the pattern with you.
I think it would make an excellent gift or a sweet treat to yourself ♥

Happy Knitting!

 — 20% OFF —

To celebrate, enjoy 20% OFF the pattern this week only — no coupon needed!

Sale ends this Sunday, Nov 25th 11:59 PST


Thursday, October 18, 2018

NEW / McMilne Shawl in Fingering Weight Yarn

The McMilne shawl was released as a worsted weight accessory to compliment the exclusive colourway dyed by Indigodragonfly for Knit City 2013. Since then I've seen some beautiful versions knit with fingering weight yarn! Before my bike accident I'd been working towards offering this pattern for both worsted and fingering weights and I'm happy to say that the pattern is finally ready for it's re-release!

If you've already purchased this pattern through Ravelry or my website, you should receive the update automatically. If you have a paper copy or you did not receive the update, email proof of purchase to and I'll get the new pattern out to you!

If you don't have the pattern yet but would like to — to celebrate this special re-release, The McMilne shawl is 20% off until the end of the week! No coupon code needed :)


I'll leave you with this weeks quote from my instagram ♥

If you have a favorite quote I'd love to hear it.

H a p p y   k n i t t i n g   f r i e n d s ! 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Thank You.

I actually made it to Knit City this year, not as a vendor, but as a knitter who wouldn't miss it for anything. I wasn't able to shop, but I collected so many wonderful hugs — thank you to everyone who came up to me and expressed how happy they were to see me doing so well. I have so much to be thankful for. All of the love and compassion I have received since my accident — I'm certain I won't be able to repay it all in my lifetime.

Because I wasn't able to host my birthday sale this year I've put together a very special thank you sale instead, just in time for Canadian Thanksgiving :) For today only, all of my patterns are 50% off.

50% OFF 


Sale ends Friday, October 5th, 11:59 PST

Receive 50% off (no coupon code needed) when you
purchase any patterns from my 
Website or Ravelry store.

I have a growing collection of quotes that I've been slowly and thoughtfully adding to over the years. I think quotes can be great reminders of things we need to hear, whether we're having an exceptional week, or slogging through a really tough one. I like to rotate through them, displaying ones that resonate with me at the moment. In my down time I taught myself modern calligraphy with brush pens. I'm using my quote collection to get weekly practice so I don't lose what I've learned so far. I'll leave you with this quote from this weeks lettering practice... 

If you have a favorite quote that resonates, I'd love to hear it.

H a p p y   k n i t t i n g   f r i e n d s !

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

For Better or Worse ♥

It's been quiet since May over here on the blog.

On May 9th I went over the handlebars of my mountain bike while out for our weekly Wednesday morning ride. The impact was so great that it broke most of my ribs, fractured my skull, tore my ear, and caused a burst fracture in my spine.

45 minutes after the fall a rescue team carried me down the mountain in a basket to the parking lot where ambulance and emergency response were waiting to rush me to hospital. I received an emergency spinal fusion the following day to have permanent rods installed in my back to stabilize my spine.

{ photos courtesy of my riding buddy Kate  }

After the surgery I spent 10 days in the neuro sciences ward at Victoria General Hospital. The nurses and doctors were like angels, it felt like a soft landing after what had just happened. The force had been so great that my injuries were similar to those of a car accident victim, I kept having to retell my story, no one could believe I'd done so much damage on my bike. I suffered a severe concussion, and for better or worse, had lost all memory of the day of the crash.

A brain injury meant no screen time — no phone, tablet, tv, or computer. Close to the end of my stay I could manage to sit in a chair with my brace on for very short bursts. Cam brought me a colouring book and I could focus just enough to fill the pages without getting a headache.

Once stable enough, I was released to continue my recovery at home. I could do very little and needed constant rests in between. I began collecting colouring books and markers. Slowly an art station began to develop on the kitchen counter. When I wasn't resting I would sit and colour — it helped to focus my mind and ward off boredom and depression. I couldn't tolerate the noise of the TV so we'd have quiet time and the girls would join me at the counter, even Cam from time to time. We started a gallery on the walls of the kitchen and soon ran out of room.

Over time I could focus more and sit for longer periods of time. I stopped colouring in books and began making my own drawings. I bought my first set of water colour paints. I couldn't drive and so my friend Cate ♥ would make endless trips to Opus and Micheal's.

In late June, an infection landed me back in hospital, only this time I was armed with a collection of my favourite art supplies. In ways it felt like a set back, there was a possibility of another surgery but I knew how it important it was to fight the infection aggressively under the watchful eye of the nurses and staff. I hated to be back but I knew I was in the right place. I avoided a second surgery (yay) and was able to go home after 5 days of observation and intravenous antibiotics.

I began walking for exercise, first to the end of our road, then a few short blocks, until soon I was walking the neighbourhood with my paints and travel notebook. I'd sit for hours sketching and painting the landscape, it felt like therapy. I joined Creative Bug and started (but didn't finish, lol) a portrait class.

And then, 3 months post-op, my brace came off. For the first time in months I could see my body again. I felt frail and didn't recognize my new shape. I'd lost muscle mass and mobility. But my body was mine again. Everyday I've been getting stronger and tiring less easily. Pain has become manageable and the more normal I feel physically the more I am aware of the fog that's left from the concussion. 

I've rented a little artist studio to help me transition back to work after nearly 5 months unplugged. The first photo in this blog post is from a shoot I did in the empty space to test the light :) I've been working from a home office for over 10 years — finding this space has felt like a new beginning of sorts.

While I was offline I managed a few Instagram posts to make friends aware of what was going on. I wasn't able to get back to most of you due to limited screen time however I would like you to know how much your love and support carried me through. I am incredibly grateful for all of the heartfelt messages that poured in, the care packages and thoughtful get well cards that arrived in the mail, the friends and family that made the day to day more manageable, and to the 30 pairs of hands that lovingly stitched these healing socks for me to get well in. 

If it weren't for all of you I would not have this space to come back to, this creative outlet that supports me. There are no words to express the gratitude I feel to have been given this second chance.

While it will take time for things to return to normal, I hope to return to this space a little more regularly as I find the inspiration and the energy.

Thank you for your endless love and support.


Friday, May 4, 2018

IN THE GARDEN / Sundews and Indoor Plants

Before we get too deeply into May, here are a few shots from the garden taken in April  


{ the raspberries are budding up }

{ My favorite thing is watching Mr Fig unfurl his leaves — this was taken a few weeks ago, his leaves are on full display now! }

{ Elsie's sweet little hand ♥ }

{ this bog plant doesn't look like much — you have to look very closely to see the special plants living on this miniature island }

{ ...scattered all around bog island are these special little sundews — a carnivorous marsh plant. Cam made this basin as a birthday gift to support this mini ecosystem }


{ favorite corner of the house ♥ }

{ my Cold Gold cactus — thank you Cate ♥ }

I hope you've all had a good week — happy Friday! 

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!