Fighting off a rather unpleasant flu right now, but taking the opportunity to find quiet moments in some downtime, and pick up my knitting needles for the first time in a couple weeks. Just what the doctor ordered (that, and lots of saltine crackers). I hope my fellow Canadians, and all you American makers are enjoy a safe and happy long weekend!
Sitting on the porch enjoying the beautiful sunshine and light breeze and hilarious frolicking squirrels (avoiding tying in all the ends on this scarf), before I get going with my adult responsibilities.
I discovered this blanket in a tiny wild west shop during my road trip, between the table of mounted deer antlers and shelves of antique military helmets, so I saved it from a lifetime of loneliness.
Also, thank you all so much for your wonderful responses to my @ourmakerlifeTip Tuesday on navigating your first handmade market! It's up on the ourmakerlife.org blog if you want to check it out. Happy Wednesday friends!
Drinking my most favourite London Fog in good company on this overcast Tuesday morning, and getting another @ourmakerlife QOTW ready for this week.
I also took the reigns on this week's OML Tip Tuesday, and I'm so excited to share my advice on taking part in your first handmade market. Visit ourmakerlife.org for my (kind of really long) post all about entering the handmade scene as a vendor!
Where do you find inspiration for your handmade business? Read where a few fellow knitters and crocheters find theirs on the @OurMakerLife blog QOTW, and share your thoughts on the topic!
My main source of inspiration for my knitwear has always come from the natural world around me. The beauty of Canada's untouched wilderness is so easy to tap into when it comes to colours, textures, and the feeling I want people to have when they slip on one of my accessories
'In some mysterious way, woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me.' - John Fowles.
Can you believe this is the only piece of knitwear I took pictures of on my entire trip? I had visions of getting a whole slew of new product photos in the wilds of America, among the mountains and lakes and forests. Instead I found myself so connected to the present moment, taking in my surroundings with no distractions, that I didn't pick up anything yarn related for days. Sometimes it's just better like that. Good for the soul, ya know?
So, here's my only new knitwear piece! A tassel triangle scarf/shawl (which really is a giant triangle with three tassels even though it doesn't look like it) made from 100% supersoft natural cotton. Happy Thursday friends!
Empty yarn shelves; the end of one chapter, and the start of another.
Moving journey hasn't even officially begun yet, and already adventures of absolute ridiculousness have ensued. I'm done adulting for the day, and have retreated with great haste to the safety of my blanket nest. I'll pack the dang uhaul tomorrow (nervous laughter). Anyone else just having one of those days?
Taking a moment between packing sessions to sit in my favourite cozy nook. To think about all the exciting and terrifying and amazing change that's coming in the next few months. To knit a few more rows, and soak in the sunshine coming through the window before it clouds over and rains again.
Gloomy, rainy Saturday mornings call for giant cups of coffee in the mug from your beloved Sip n Stitch group, and the coziest handmade blanket around.
Have you checked out the @OurMakerLife blog lately? My newest QOTW asks what three things are essential to your creative process. I need a warm beverage, a cozy spot, and a quiet space to myself.
Hop on over to ourmakerlife.org to read what some talented makers had to say about their essentials, and tell me all about yours!
It's a rainy, rainy day, and I'm ok with that. Knitting, sipping coffee, side-eyeing the packing boxes I picked up yesterday because I would much rather be knitting and sipping coffee forever.
Have you checked out the latest podcast from @ourmakerlife? OML had a moving chat with Teresa of @debrosse_nyc about her knitwear shop and connection to the children of Haiti. Did you know Teresa is heading to Haiti this summer to teach mothers how to crochet? Yeah, pretty awesome right?
I'm blown away by the work this beautiful young woman is doing. I'm so inspired by her ambition and outlook on life, and you will be too. You can help her with this new venture by voting for @debrosse_nyc to win a $25,000 FedEx grant. Take 15 seconds to click here, and help make a difference
Hello friends, I'm Kelly! I'm a 27-year-old cozy enthusiast who loves creating things with yarn, exploring the beauty of nature, and eating Brooklyn style pizza.