Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Can't Blog...Knitting


I don't know about you, but this cooler weather and random periods of rain have really amped up my knitting mojo. That, and a good tossing of the stash has made me want to cast on ALLLLL the knits!! I know it seems like I'm always tossing the stash and never actually finishing anything (but I have!!), but I usually go through the stash once a season...more so to put yarn away (re: overly ambitious daydreamer knitter here!!). But this time I saw a baby carpet beetle. Yes, it was on a window ledge. Metres away from a skein of yarn. Still. That's way too close to my stash for my comfort. While something small like a tiny carpet beetle that may (or may not!) have flown to the window sill on their way to something bigger wouldn't send anyone sane else into a stash tossing tizzy, it's an occurrence that reminds me that I have unprotected skeins of yarn stacked haphazardly in one of those Bolga grass baskets in the living room and possibly in a paper shopper bag next to my bed. It reminds me that colder weather is coming and therefore all the creepy crawlies are going to want in AND want to share your space. It reminds me to not be so lackadaisical about how I store "my precccccious!!".

Anyhoo, with the start of each new season comes the onslaught of Starteritis. Well, it does for me at least. The past few days has felt like it has been nothing but winding yarn, yarn, and more yarn...and sometimes casting on. With only random, fleeting guilty thoughts of the half finished projects that are languishing in project bags that are slowly making their way to the bottom of the WIP pile...hmm...let's not talk about that. 

So far I've got a new pair of socks on the needles, another pair barely cast on (and I say barely because I'm not sure if I'm liking how the colour I chose for the toes/heels/cuffs goes with the colour combo of the kit I'm using), a kiddie knit, and...get this: a blanket. What am I thinking with that one?? I blame the cold nights!! As for the kiddo knit, I'm thinking of frogging it because the ladies of Tin Can Knits have just dropped their newest book, Mad Colour, last week and I'm thinking of casting on for either a Bumble Sweater or 1999 pullover once I get my hands on a copy of the book. 

I've also been playing around and swatching with some new yarns, thinking ahead in terms of holiday knitting and teacher appreciation gifts, and on top of all the knitting, I'm trying to photograph and list all the project bags I have on hand and have been sewing up as of late. Yeah, it's been a little busy around here. But I love it! I just wish I could do everything all at once! For now though, this blanket has caught my full attention and I just can't put it down! It's so colourful and bright and I keep telling myself "just one more row and then I'll make dinner/go to sleep/adult, but the uneven striping action makes me want to see how the next stripe is going to look. You know how it is. I promise I'll blog about it soon...

Just let me finish one more row...


♥ 


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Knit In Progress: Ulti.knit Socks


The past few weeks my family and I have been trying to get back into the "usual" fall (and back to school!) routine. Ok, fine. More like I am trying to get back into the routine. I'm a big time night owl and this early morning, lunch making, have to walk the Kiddo to school stuff is killing me. Granted, I was sort of spoiled last week since the Mister was still on vacation and was able to do all the drop offs and pick ups (I still made the lunches but at least I was able to stay in my pyjamas!), but now the Mister is back at work and it's time for me to get my act together again. Finally, I can actually get stuff done around here without the Mister and Kiddo constantly in my hair. Seriously, how do kids know the second you need to put together a sentence/email/thought even though they were happily having quiet solo time for the last five, ten minutes?? 

It's also nice that the activity in the house in general has also died down a bit too. The past four weeks or so our door has been a revolving one, welcoming family and friends for visits, festivals, and "one more summer hurrah"s. Aside from enjoying time with family and friends, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed having such a tidy house. Not once in those weeks did I step on a piece of Lego, I didn't have to rummage through every single basket to find a particular skein/project/needle (note to self: no more baskets are allowed in the house!), and if anything this clean house made us actually purge some of the unwanted and unused stuff that's been sitting in closets just waiting to get the heave-ho. Of course, there's only one drawback of not being able to see exactly how many knitting projects you have on the go...

Which brings me to the newest project that I had cast on last week. Even though I still have a sock WIP on the needles, and even though I have several projects that I should really finished, I felt utterly compelled to cast on another pair of socks. You see, all summer long I was waitlisted for Ann Budd's newest book, New Directions in Sock Knitting. When I was finally able to check it out, I was immediately drawn to the Mirror Socks pattern by Kate Atherley. The construction os the socks really intrigued me and I couldn't stop thinking about them. A few days later I found myself winding yarn and before you know it, I was trying my hand at the Old Norwegian Cast-On (no pun intended). I did watch a quick Youtube video (made by Webs) about this cast-on but I'm pretty happy to report that I had it down pat from the get-go and didn't have to do more than one attempt! Success!!


Since double knitting is new to me, I had actually read through the entire pattern before casting on - even all the notes. The pattern instructions seemed intimidating to me at first but I'm happy to report that once I started knitting, the pattern turned out to be quite easy. Super fiddly and needs proper attention, but easy. But then ask me again when I get to the heels! 

So what makes these socks so special? Get this: they're mirrored images of each other because one is knitted inside out from the other!! That's right, you're knitting both socks at the same time on one set of needles!! Crazy, right? When you're finished the toes, you simply pull the socks apart and voilà! You've got yourself a pair of socks in the time it takes to knit just one sock. No Second Sock Syndrome here! It's seriously magic.

I'm also glad that I didn't go nuts and try to make a matching pair of socks because I can now fully understand the need to have two different coloured yarns as you're working this pattern up. Even though these are basically plain vanilla socks in the end, the very careful double knitting has you switching from one sock to the other with every stitch. I think I would've driven myself bonkers on the ribbing had I tried to pull off an identical pair, I wouldn't have been able to tell which stitch belonged to which sock and even with the different yarns I had to go back a stitch from time to time to get my working yarns into their proper "home position".


The deets thus far: I'm using two skeins of SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock, one in a club colourway (Indian Wedding) that I've been dying to knit up since I got it over five years ago, and the other colour (Lemon Curd) that I had reserved for a pullover for the Kiddo but happened to have a lot of.

The first few rounds I had knit in my usual style due to the stitches being a little on the tight side, but then I tried to continue on knitting and found that it was too time consuming having to drop and pick up each individual strand of yarn. So I got the hang of holding and knitting a working yarn in each hand, and surprisingly the knitting of the ribbing went by quicker than I thought it would. Although next time (and yes, I do plan on knitting this pattern at least one more time...and soon!) I might go down a needle size for the ribbing. I'm pretty sure it'll resolve itself once I wash and wear these socks, but as it stands now the ribbing sort of billows out slightly from the plain stockinette. I'm not really a fan of that look and find that the ribbing tends to get too slouchy for my liking. But like I said, I'll have to see once these socks have been washed a few times.

As of this post I'm currently an inch into the stockinette portion of the leg, and find that the knitting is working up even faster than the ribbing. My left hand is knitting Continental - luckily only the knit stitch from here on out! - and is knitting up one sock (with a yellow leg); and the right hand is knitting Portuguese style and is knitting the other sock (with a pink/orange variegated leg). Again, the Universe is on my side and I have to purl, Portuguese knitting style, which is much easier and quicker to do than the knit stitch. 

So far I've noticed that my Continental knitting is producing a much tighter gauge that I think is causing a difference by two rounds. Depending on how much yarn I have leftover of the Indian Wedding, I feel like I should knit another pair of socks the exactly same way so that I could end up with two pairs of matching socks. I'm absolutely loving these bold, bright colours and am honestly addicted to knitting with these two styles simultaneously, and can't imagine getting bored with this project any time soon. A part of me wishes I could knit even faster because the anticipation of the magic of separating the socks is making me incredibly giddy! 

I'm a knit nerd, I know!! Wouldn't you be??


♥ 


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Della Q Millie Roll Top Bag :: Review


At the beginning of summer I was asked if I would like to try out and review a brand new bag style by Della Q. I'll admit that I hemmed and hawed about it for a few days, weighed out the pros and cons and wondered if I should. Would this be a conflict of interest? Would this hinder anything in my attempts and interest in reviving my Etsy shop? After careful consideration and a glimpse of the bag in question, I decided to give it a go. After all, it's a bag style that I don't or intend to produce, and it's a style I've never seen in the knitting sphere. Quite honestly, after seeing the bag my interest was truly piqued.

So let me introduce to you the Millie Roll Top Bag by Della Q!   


» The Bag «
The Millie Roll Top Bag is a super simple yet stylish project bag that's modelled after a kayak dry bag. I had to Google this to see what a kayak dry bag was and if this claim was true. Sure enough after perusing Google images and a few websites, it was quite obvious to me that Millie was fashioned after these sporty and functional bags. Cool!

Millie does not require a zipper, drawstring, buttons, or snaps to close, you simply roll down the top and tie. Easy peasy! The best part: the bands at the top of the bag allows you to adjust the bag to the size of your project. Absolutely no fuss whatsoever. I can get down with that!


» First Impressions «
Right off the bat when I shook the bag from out of the shipping envelope it was mailed in I was quite surprised as to how big this bag actually is. I didn't want to think about the bag before I received it that way my first impressions would be more accurate, but for some reason I had it in my head that this bag was probably going to be the same size as the typical drawstring bags that most fibre arts companies sell - the ones that are roughly the size of a regular notebook (29cm x 35cm or 11.5" x 14"...give or take a cm/inch or two). Not the Millie Roll Top Bag though, this bag is practically the size of a TV tray! Well, 38cm x 46cm (15" x 18.25"), to be exact. 

I chose the Alta colourway because I can't resist polka dots and red (although, the stripes of Cedar also caught my eye!!), and was pleasantly surprised to see that the print of the polka dots were perfectly crisp and round. The fabric is 100% cotton and is a really nice quality with quite a silky smooth and soft hand on the inside of the bag that won't aid in the pilling of your yarn, and yet is still slightly stiff - which could just be from being a new, unwashed bag. I can't tell if the outside of the bag has been treated but the twill weave of the fabric gives a somewhat "grabby" texture that is needed to keep the bag tied up and not slip apart. Speaking of the ties, they're a nice decent length - not too short, not too long - just enough to tie together with a simple knot or even into a bow.


» Using The Bag «
After getting over my initial impressions of the bag I immediately decided to shove a current project in it. At the time, it was my Islay cardigan (ok, to this day it still lives in there) and two balls of yarn. There was still a lot of room to spare. So for the sake of seeing how much I can stuff into this bag I promptly threw in one of my Breathing Space tunic WIP (which included two more balls of yarn), a sock project, a skein of yarn that I had intended to cast on another sock with, and a set of sock needles. Guess what? I still had a good amount of space left to fill. I was quite impressed.

For the first two to three weeks I took this bag everywhere - knit nights, knit dates, in the truck, on walks, and most importantly: around town as I ran errands. I'm happy to report that the bag held up fantastically well. I only had a few issues: one of them was that because I had filled the bag with two sweaters, a sock, and a skein of yarn, the bag was too big to shove into my handbag. Ok, so this really isn't a proper issue. Luckily the bag is super cute and forms its own handle when tied up, which meant that I was able to carry the bag around on my arm without needing to worry about anything falling out. The other issue I had is again more of a personal preference thing rather than an actual problem, but because I like to knit as much as I can regardless of how much time I have between stops (say for instance from driving to the grocery store to another store ten minutes away), I found I wasn't able to knit "on the go" as easily as I would have liked. I wasn't able to whip my knitting out and then quickly cram it back in and have the bag ready to go as swiftly as I'm used to with the usual zippered or drawstring bags that I regularly use. It's definitely not a big deal and shouldn't deter from trying it out or using it.

Actually, after the first few weeks my hands started to bother me and before I knew it my carpal tunnel had flared up again. Having super sore hands made me view and appreciate this style of bag in a different way. At the height of my hand pain I welcomed the fact that I didn't have to pinch my fingers together to pull on a zipper, which caused discomfort to my three middle fingers; and while you don't think you need any muscle or strength to close a drawstring, I found sometimes shooting pain would happen above my wrists (where the transverse carpal ligament is) when I tugged on the drawstrings. The Millie bag, on the other hand, was easier on my hands, as long as I didn't tie the straps too tightly or try to be all fancy and knot the straps into a bow. 

So how does Millie actually work? Simply fold down the top band (photo 1, below), keep rolling to the size of your project or items inside (photo 2), flip up the ties and tie it up (photo 3). 


Voilà!!

Super easy, right? And doesn't it just look so cute? 


» Final Thoughts «
Overall I really like this project bag and will definitely be keeping it in rotation with my other bags because yes, I do use a lot of project bags as I typically give in to Starteritis at least twice a season. But let's not talk about that! I would also recommend this bag to all fibre arts enthusiasts, especially to those who knit/crochet fairly large projects, need more room in their bags than what most project bags offer, like to carry more than one project around but don't want to carry several bags at once, or like to work on big(ger) projects that require the need to tote around several balls of yarn, a chart keeper, and other project knick knacks.

I also think this bag would make for a fine gift to any knitting friend, particularly to those who have a lot of everything and you have no idea what to gift them. It's most likely they don't have a project bag like this!


If you would like to give the Millie Roll Top Bag a try, or would like to know more information about Della Q, please check out the following links:



Also, check out Della Q's demonstration video below to get a better idea of how big the Millie Roll Top Bag is and how to use it:




♥ Happy Knitting! ♥


:: Disclaimer ::
I am not affiliated with the company mentioned in this post. I received no monetary compensation for my review. I was sent a knitting bag for review purposes in exchange for the possibility of posting a review. The wording and opinions I've written are my own and I will not be receiving any commissions from the links provided in this post.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Event :: Fibrations 2016


Hey Friends! So as you may have noticed things have been a little on the slow side this month - both on the blog, social media, and on the knitting front. Why? Well, two reasons. Reason one: I've decided to partake in my second Fibrations event as a vendor! So exciting and yet so stressful!! This year I'll be sharing a booth with my lovely friend, Arika. She's going to be bringing along some hand knitted items as well as a selection of Ark and Ginger blankets! 

I had so much fun at the last Fibrations that I was a vendor at that I decided that I just had to do it again this year! Even if I don't sell a single bag, it's just inspiring to be surrounded by a community of fibre enthusiasts, and I love meeting and talking to people who I only come across online. Not to mention that I always have a good laugh with Arika around!

BUT...reason two as to why it's been oh so quiet (and stressful) around here: my CTS flared up again in both hands and this summer heat just exacerbates the pain and swelling. Also, I messed up some muscles in one of my shoulders that prevented me from being able to lift my hand/arm above waist level. I have no idea what I did (although I think it's most likely this is an injury from horsing around with the Kiddo), which is annoying because then I can't avoid doing what it is that's causing this pain to happen. All I can do at this point is take deep breaths and shake my head at myself.

So...because of all this, I will be bringing a really small selection of small zippered box bags and drawstring bags, a handful of large zippered box bags, and a new item that I'm adding to the product line and to the shop in the fall: sock WIP holders!! They're great for both Magic Loop on a circular needle and DPNs!

Which brings me to the prize I've donated for the Toonie ($2) Fundraising Raffle:


That there is a large zippered box bag with a matching sock WIP holder in a print that I've been hoarding and wanting to keep for myself but finally had the guts to cut into, Field Study by Anna Maria Horner.

You can win this set for just TWO dollars!! Wouldn't you want to win this set? I just hope that I remembered to set aside some fabric to make myself a bag!

So if you live in the area, or if you're planning on visiting the island on August 21st, or you're going to be in the 'hood anyways, I hope you will check out Fibrations. Please note that admission is free!! If you do make your way over, I hope you will stop by my booth and say hi!

:: Fibrations ::
August 21, 2016
From 10am - 4pm
The Fairfield Gonzales Community Place
1330 Fairfield Road, Victoria BC

For more information about the event and for a complete list of vendors, check out the Fibrations website.


♥ Hope to see you there! ♥

Friday, July 22, 2016

Jumbled Up in July


A part of me is sort of freaking out. There's only ONE week left of July. 

What?!? How did this happen??

I have seriously accomplished nothing this month. Nothing. Or, at least, that's how I feel. I probably feel this way because most of the month has been filled with unexpected visitors from out of town plus a weekend visit from the in-laws thrown in (meaning: crazy house cleaning was in full effect on top of my attempts to try to hide ALLLL the knitty and sewing related things...yeah, that last part didn't work out so well). All of this meant that my knitting and sewing times were drastically cut short, and then there were a handful of days where bag production had to be stopped completely. This was not only a major stress-inducer for me, but also the reason why I broke my self-imposed "cold sheep" plans and bought myself some yarn. I have a feeling these next few weeks are going to be hectic. Very. As in I'll be spending my nights holed up in my sewing closet frantically sewing like a maniac while overly caffeinated and thoroughly sleep deprived. I had tried to schedule it so that I wouldn't end up like this but I guess I truly do work better under intense pressure. 

Another reason why I haven't done much of anything lately: Pokémon Go. I know...I know... Since downloading the app on Sunday the Kiddo has been obsessed with the game and completely preoccupied with "going on hunting adventures". I really can't criticize the game though because not only are we learning a lot about our little city, but we've clocked a lot of kilometres roaming around our area and a few parks in search of Pokémon, and have spent more time outside this past week than we have all summer thus far. And the best part of all: the Kiddo hasn't complained once about all the walking. It hasn't dawned on him just how much we walk and the only time he gets cranky is when I have to call it a day...because seriously, the sun has set and it's already past his bedtime. But it makes me happy to see him wake up bright and early the next day, eager to walk another 10km just so that we can 'hatch' another egg or two because he so desperately wants to get Pikachu. We've been walking so much that by the end of the day I've been crashing on the couch, barely able to keep my eyes open enough to do any kind of crafting! It's a bit sad too though because the only solo time I have is after 9pm, when the Kiddo is finally in bed, the house is cooler, and I can actually sew uninterrupted. I just wish the rest of the house weren't such early risers/morning people so that these super late nights wouldn't take as much of a toll on me as they already are. Le sigh.

My only respite during the day is when we stop for a picnic lunch or when we make our weekly trip to our local library and it's only during these precious, precious moments that I'm able to knit a few rounds here and there. Sometimes, first thing in the morning before anyone else wakes up, I can sneak in some quiet "me time". But those moments are very far and few between as the Mister has to be up by at least 6am and he has no idea what quiet means (he's the definition of a bull in a china shop, I kid you not!). I honestly cannot wait for August when we go on vacation and I can hunker down and get some serious knitting time in.  

Until then I've been slowly plugging away on my socks, finished a sleeve on one of my Breathing Spaces, cast on and finished a baby sweater and a pair of fingerless mitts, and most recently I've cast on another baby sweater (which you can see in the photo above). Between all these knits I was working on a project using a hank of super bulky yarn but have frogged it so many times that it is officially in time out until I can sit down and actually concentrate on what I'm doing. For now my brain can only handle truly mindless (and portable!!) knitting.

I'm actually surprised that I haven't gone bonkers from the lack of real knitting time, like I did back when my CTS first flared up. I'm not even anxious over the fact that I haven't been able to post regularly on Instagram due to the aforementioned shortage in knitting opportunities - cause really, cutting out and pressing fusing onto fabric isn't the most photogenic activity in the world. Total yawnsville, according to Instagram. But I'm unusually ok with all this. If anything, my hands have appreciated the knit-less intervals and the mini breaks from the computer. I didn't realize just how much CTS and heat do not mix until my hands started to swell up from time to time and get uncomfortable enough to do anything. Luckily I don't mind soaking my hands in icy cold water in this heat! 

Who else thinks this month has flown by really fast? Are you chasing time as much as I am?  




Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Knit In Progress: Wild Flowers


There are times in my knitting where I feel completely overwhelmed at the amount of WIPs that I currently have on the needles. Then there are the times in which I feel like I have absolutely nothing to knit on, even though I have a handful of WIPs scattered around on my coffee table. There's the rare time in which I'm just simply bored of every single project I'm working on. Like I said, it's rare, but it does happen. Then there are those times where I'm rummaging through all my projects trying to suss out which among them is the most mindless and easy to tote around - only to discover that all the projects are either too big and cumbersome, and/or at a stage where they need a bajillion stitches picked up or require some chart reading (the latter being not the best for running errands and for quick stitching here and there). This last point is the reason why I decided to cast on another pair of socks.

That, and well, I couldn't resist this gorgeous skein of sock yarn any more!! Can you blame me though? It's so beautiful that I kept the skein right next to my keyboard as a gentle reminder that I should knit it. And soon. The yarn is by indie dyer, Lichen and Lace, from the East Coast of Canada in the province of New Brunswick. I also decided to switch things up a bit by knitting this pair of socks with DPNs. For my birthday last month I decided to treat myself to a set of Addi FlipStix. I figured that since my hands weren't loving the motion of sock knitting that maybe I'd try knitting them up in differently. Using DPNs forces my hands to not only hold the needles and work a little differently from my usual way, but also without the "death grip" that I typically have on the needles (re: leads to major cramping). 

Aside from the above factors, I wanted to try out the FlipStix because I liked the idea that these ultra lightweight aluminum needles had a super pointy lace tip on one end and a more rounded Turbo tip on the other. I realized with my previous DPN knitting attempts that I was using needles that hindered my knitting and lessened my enjoyment. I found that I didn't like sock knitting with wooden needles because I felt like I was going to snap them in half at any given moment, some metal needles just felt too heavy and cold, and other needles were comprised of two different materials that resulted in a join somewhere along the shaft that caused my knitting to snag with each stitch. I hoped that with the FlipStix I won't encounter any of these issues. So far, they've been great. But we'll see when these socks are finished.


I considered knitting up another pair of plain vanilla socks because I really wanted to show off the beautiful colours of the yarn, but decided against it because I was starting to get bored with plain vanilla. Not to mention that the current socks on my needles, Vanilla is the New Black, is plain vanilla (with a twist) and I'm also working on the sleeves of both my Breathing Spaces, which sort of feels like sock knitting too. So I took a quick look at my sock queue and library and immediately picked out Business Casual by Tanis Lavallee (of Tanis Fiber Arts). I've always wanted to knit this pattern but you know how it goes, you queue a pattern with every intention of knitting it but then more and more patterns come along that you want to knit, and soon the patterns just pile up and you just simply forget what's at the bottom. Well, not today, my Friends!

I think, or at least hope, that the colours are light enough to show off the stitch pattern and that the stitch pattern will be able to highlight the colours with the two-stitch cable. So far it has been a complete joy to work on these socks and I find myself trying to sneak in a round here and there. Everything about this project has been fun and addictive - the yarn, it's so gorgeous that I want to keep knitting to see what colour pops up next and how it will look stacked up on the others; the pattern is really easy to knit and to memorize, and found that halfway through the first repeat I didn't have to refer to the pattern for every round. Even now, I only look at the pattern when I get to the round where the cables meet and I need a refresher as to which way the cables are crossing.


As for the needles, well...I haven't converted to DPNs but I must say that I'm thoroughly enjoying these Addi Flipstix. They are fantastic! I'm loving the pointiness of the lace tips and get such a kick out having different colour needles - which is so superficial but hey, it makes me happy! 

I've always known that I'm a tight knitter and usually it's sock knitting that reminds me to loosen up. I noticed that a couple of my DPNs have a slight arch to them...Oops! Not unusual for me at all, cause if you look at some of my sock needles, a lot of them are no longer straight! I'm also not using a cable needle or even the fifth DPN for the cables. I usually try to not use cable needles whenever possible (I'm pretty comfortable up to four stitches, after that...it depends on the cable). I find I work much faster without a cable needle and it's a lot less fussing around.

I have to watch myself to make sure I'm on track with the height of the leg, as I'm pretty sure I could keep on knitting before realizing I've made the leg too long. As of this post I'm almost finished with the last repeat before you're suppose to start the heel. I haven't decided if I should add an extra repeat or to keep the height as is...which means I should probably put this project down for a bit before I end up with one long argyle tube, and knit on say, one of my Breathing Space tunics. After all, Stash Dash is still going on and I'm barely breaking 1k. So sad. I have a little over a month to get to that 3k finish line!

Put first, let me finish this round...


♥ 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Lemon(ade)


Summer is officially here!! Well...sort of. You wouldn't be able to tell by the weather my area has been having these past few days. I'm totally not complaining cause it simply means I can still wear a hand knit from time to time! Don't get me wrong, I love summer, I'm just never prepared for summer. And by that I mean I hold onto my woolly cardigans and pullovers for as long as I can and thereby never have any warm weather attire at the ready when the heat strikes. Heck. I still don't. But let's not get into that. Ok?

So the Kiddo and I have been trying to settle into some form of routine. The first week into the summer break was pretty much a free for all in which I just let the Kiddo have fun and enjoy the much needed freedom from everything. But now it's time to buckle up and get into a routine because this knitter has stuff to accomplish. Like building stock.

Huh?

I'm sure a lot of you are aware and/or even following the news of what's going on with the Canadian postal service and the possible strike/lockout. The deadline was supposedly July 2nd (Saturday) but from what I read this morning there is currently no work stoppage and no 72-hour notice has been filed as of yet. These past few weeks Canadian dyers and fellow enablers knitters have been scrambling to find different means (so far that means UPS) to ship their goods to their customers, many have put their Etsy shop on vacation mode. 

I thought long and hard about what I was going to do. In the end I've decided to put my shop on vacation mode too and will re-open at the end of August, if the strike/lockout has ended by then. In the meantime, I'm going to use this time to concentrate on building up my stock and trying out new ideas because this August I'll be a vendor at Fibrations!! 

It will be a little different this year as I'll be sharing a booth with my awesome sauce friend, Arika, who will be offering up a variety of goods for both knitters and non-knitters alike! It's going to be fun! Fingers crossed that I can plan out a good schedule that will allow me to get as much sewing and knitting done without sacrificing a proper summer break (and fun!!) for the Kiddo. I can do this. I can do this. 

I'll post an official "event reminder" later on this month that will also show a photo of what I will be donating for the fundraising 'Toonie Raffle' (a "Toonie" is a $2 coin for you non-Canadians). For now, here are the details about the event. If you are in the area, or if you're planning on visiting the island during this time, I hope you will check out Fibrations. And if you do, please stop by our booth and say hi!

:: Fibrations ::
August 21, 2016
From 10am - 4pm
The Fairfield Gonzales Community Place
1330 Fairfield Road, Victoria BC
Admission: FREE!!

For more information about the event and for a complete list of vendors, please check out the Fibrations website.


Hope to see you there! ♥

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