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Look Who I Met….

Toronto has been experiencing some frigid temperatures this winter…but anyone in the GTA does not need me to elaborate on that.  (Good for getting all those knitting projects off the needles however.)

On my way to work the other day….I met Higgins.   Of course, I immediately admired his ‘knitwear’ and begged him for a photo.   Clearly, his grumpy face displays his total and utter distaste for the cold, but, wow, does he look great!

One can never go wrong wearing a little Fair Isle.
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A Little Excursion to Jordan, Ontario

Life is hectic, but every once in a while we get a chance to experience a magical day.

On Thursday, May 30th, two friends and I travelled to the little community of Jordan Village, Ontario, located on Twenty Mile Creek and the Niagara escarpment.  This charming community, settled in 1799 by a small group of Mennonites, is home to some of Ontario’s most prestigious vineyards and winemakers, and is especially known for its world class production of icewine.

cave springs

The weather was glorious.  Sunny and hot.   Our purpose was to celebrate Kate’s birthday with a lovely lunch and a trip to one of Kate’s favourite shops, Stitch.

Kate and Jenny in front of Stitch in Jordan, Ontario.

Kate and Jenny in front of Stitch in Jordan, Ontario.

Stitch is a haven for quilters, knitters, and fiber artists.   It was my first visit, and, as you will see from the following,  I LOVED it!

stitch 3

Located in a century home, the design aesthetic of owner Jocelyn Chamberlain took my breath away. As it proclaims on the signage, she truly has created a sanctuary for stitchers, quilters, and knitters.   The shop’s wares are arranged artfully among an impressive antique furniture collection.  THIS is the place for inspiration.  The little pincushion bird’s nest above can be made in one of her project classes from the hand dyed silk velvet that she stocks in the shop.  Isn’t it just delightful?

stitch 5

My sensibilities were soon saturated –  there were so many wonderful things!  You can purchase the patterns (and the fabric) to make the sweet little boy and elephant perched on the corner of the table.

stitch 7

Every room revealed a new trove of treasures, such as this incredible quilt draped across the 0h-so-comfy couch.  I’d like to just move in, if only for the afternoon.


Of course,  there were many quilt options – patterns, fabric, workshops, tools, silk thread and kits.

stitch 1

Stitch offers a hand printing workshop – these carved wooden blocks can be used to print on either paper or cloth.  Arranged thus,  they  are simply beautiful objects in and of themselves.

stitch 2

Jocelyn had just returned from “Quilt Market” in Portland Oregon.  Little Elsie Cabbage is among a few of the things that she managed to carry home in her suitcase to enjoy before the major fabric shipment arrives.

stitch 6

In addition to the many yarns Stitch carries from major manufacturers,  there was a lovely grouping of hand dyed and hand spun skeins by a local artist  that were visually lush and soooo soft to the touch.

Having worked up our appetites, we were off to lunch at Inn on the Twenty.  The dining room overlooks the lush and beautiful Twenty Valley, towards the Ball’s Falls Conservation Area.

inn on the twenty

Kate – veterinarian by trade, wife, mother of two, quilter and knitter “extraordinaire” –  opened her birthday presents.


Lunch was truly divine.  I chose the special of the day:  Fiddlehead and Arugula Salad with Kobe-style Beef.   It was delicious.


Birthdays are about dessert, right?  We shared three, but my favourite was this lemon custard atop a chardonnay jelly.  Oh my!  Well worth the trip just for this!


Alas, it was all too soon ended.   Later that evening Kate sent a note:
Dear closest friends,
   Thank you both for such a lovely perfect day. Thanks Jenny for doing all the driving. Thank you both for a gorgeous (expensive) super luxury lunch. Thank you both for such lovely thoughtful perfect gifts. Thank you especially for the most valuable gift: your time, and an entire day to hang out together. You spoil me. I feel very loved.  
xo Kate.
Our  lives are qualified beyond measure by such special days.   May we all be blessed with enough of these.



Stitch is located at 3799 Main Street, Jordan Village, Ontario, Canada L0R 1S0  905- 562-1505  222.  www.stitchonline.ca   The shop is open every day except Monday and until 10:30 on Friday evenings.

Inn On The Twenty Restaurant is located at 3836 Main Street, Jordan, Ontario, Canada L0R 1S0 
Telephone 905-562-7313.  There is also a resort and spa attached.  Reservations recommended.


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Hold the Chocolate

Bunny Nuggets!

hMade from Rebecca Danger’s free pattern using  oddments of yarn (I used Malabrigo Rios, Debbie Bliss Fez, and various discontinued yarns from my Rowan stash).

gI used the Clover Pom Pom maker to make the tails – make sure you sew those little things on really tight!!

fThey don’t take long to make.  A cute gift for that little person in your life to carry around in their pocket as a special friend.


Rebecca Danger’s pattern for Bunny Nuggets can be found on Ravelry  here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bunny-nuggets

or on her blog here:   http://www.rebeccadanger.typepad.com/

Happy Knitting!!


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Object of My Affection

Well…. I was feeling as if I was the only one in the knitting world who hadn’t made a “Color Affection” by Finnish Designer Veera Valimaki.

Okay,  maybe there are others like me, but according to Ravelry, 8,036 people have made one.  That equals a lot of “Color Affection”  shawls out there.

I really admire the streamlined design – a lovely crescent shaped shawl using three contrasting colours – a modern take on an old favourite.

And then Jenny, my dear friend, gave me these beautiful mittens for Christmas.


Jenny knit them for me from one of our favourite yarns:  Malabrigo Arroyo, a kettle-dyed 100% Merino superwash sport weight yarn made in Peru.  She combined  “Glitter”,one of my favourite colourways, with  Escorias and Natural.  (I adore the pom poms).

I was instantly inspired and I could see the possibilities of this colour combination for the elusive “Color Affection”.

So, grabbing a skein in each colourway,  I made this:


I’ve hardly taken it off….except to take these photos.


I LOVE it.  So now 8,037 people have made one.  And my mother has already placed her order….in her favourite colours of ‘blue’.



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I know it’s cold outside…..

Okay, yes, it is January and pretty chilly out there this week.     I’m as guilty as anyone of just wanting to hibernate inside, but I’m reminded  how healthy it is to just bundle up and get moving.

Go for a walk – besides being good for your general well being, you never know who you might meet.    While out for some air one day near Lunenburg during December, I met little Miss Bossyboots herself.




Sheep three



sheep two


I guess she could sense the ‘Knitter’ in me so she wasn’t letting me come any closer!


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Colour at the LYS

A very windy winter day here in Toronto, giving us a stiff dose of cold.   The city is shrouded in monotone concrete grey.  Such a day is perfect for a visit to Passionknit Ltd, my local yarn shop.  I can think of few other places where you can get an immediate dose of colour (an overwhelming infusion in fact) – very good for the happiness factor.



They have a new shipment of Malabrigo, a kettle-dyed yarn from Peru.  My favourite is the Rios, a pure merino superwash worsted weight that is  luxurious and soft to work with, yet hardy enough for the densest cables. Close behind on my ‘ favourites’ list is its little sister,  Arroyo, a sport weight superwash merino.  Perfect for finer garments, mittens, and hats. Rastita (dk) and Rasta (super bulky) are slightly felted single ply yarns that are  great for statement accessories.  The colours in all cases  are absolutely dazzling.

Pictured are three different weights of Malabrigo yarn: Rios, Rastita, and Rasta

Pictured are three different weights of Malabrigo yarn: Rios, Rastita, and Rasta


New Colours of Rios:  Marte, Volcan, and Liquid Amber.

New Colours of Rios: Marte, Volcan, and Liquid Amber.

English Rose, Niebla, Bobby Blue, and Fresco e Seco.

English Rose, Niebla, Bobby Blue, and Fresco e Seco.

While I was there, Alex J. and I had some fun making up this basket in the new Pantone Colour for the Year 2013: Emerald Green.  You need to really go into the shop and fix your gaze on this:  energizing and tranquil at the same time.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2013:  Emerald Green

Pantone Colour of the Year 2013: Emerald Green

Passionknit is located at 3355 Yonge Street, Toronto,M4M 2N6, ( north of Lawrence and south of York Mills). Or check out their newly launched mitten club at passionknit.ca.

They have classes for all levels of knitters, and a great staff that will help with all of your questions.

Grey, cold days are guilt free for knitters!





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Yarn Notes: Viola

I have THIS beautiful yarn.  Hand-dyed, 100% superwash merino by Viola.  Some of you will know that this is now a rare commodity since Emily of Viola is no longer dyeing yarn (hopefully she will return from England someday and break out the big vat again…she is lovely btw and I wish her all the best).

viola 4

Some of you will also recognize that this is colourway ‘Ghost’.

Viola 1

I have eight skeins….1328 metres.

viola 2

What to knit??  Here are some of the patterns floating around in my head:  Stranger Cardigan (Michiyo  for Wool People 4/Brooklyn Tweed),  Chocolate Stout (Thea Colman), Stonecutters Cardigan (Amy Christoffers).

Check them out on Ravelry…what do you think?


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