I like pretty much everything about knitting – except unpicking, which is what I had to do this past weekend, when I realized I’d make a mistake. A big mistake. It pains me to think that after 14 years of knitting on Stitched Glass, I’d lose a week’s work. That’s just moving in the wrong direction. Oh well. I suppose knitting teaches me to accept what is – and I do like that, too. But I’d prefer to accept ‘what is’ some other, much less painful way, thank you very much.(Read More)
I’ve been working on and off on a pillow design for Topsy Farms. I’ve written about Topsy Farms before – run by Sally Bowen and Ian Murray, Topsy is located on Amherst Island, about two and a half hours east of Toronto – in other words, one ferry east of Prince Edward County. I was born near Amherst Island, in Amherstview, and it was my father’s first charge after graduating from theological school at Knox College, University of Toronto. My parents moved back to Amherst Island decades later, and my father was again the minister at St. Paul’s, so I have roots there. Our kids loved their time traipsing through A.I. farmers’ fields, watching cows get milked in barns, and feeding Topsy Farms lambs with baby bottles. (Read More)
In honour of International Women’s Day, here is my latest Pussy Hat. It’s for the women (and all humans), who are taking care of our planet. (Read More)
The March on Washington, Jan 21, 2017. What an overwhelming success, with over three million people marching across the United States, making it the biggest demonstration in United States history. 260,000 marched elsewhere around the world, too – here, in my hometown of Toronto, 60,000 people marched. (Read More)
Today is the March on Washington. My pussyhat efforts are all but done. Four of my pussyhats have gone to Washington with Tracey Erin Smith, and Savoy Howe, and Soulo Theatre (awesome artist Kerry Furneaux knit up another three for the Soulomobile as well). My remaining three pussyhats will be marching locally here in Toronto. (Read More)
As we near the March on Washington on Jan 21, 2017, and the Toronto edition of the March on the same day, all the Pussy Hat knitters I know have revved their engines and are knitting up a pink storm. (Read More)
As requested by the great Tracey Erin Smith, Artistic Director of Soulo Theatre, who, along with Savoy Howe, is bringing an entire bus of women down to the March on Washington on Jan 21, 2017 I have designed a beaver edition of the Pussy Hat. It will be a fine companion to the Canadian flag version. By the way, that hat is finished. I sewed up the Canadian ends at Tim Horton’s (what could be more Canadian than that)… (Read More)
I am madly knitting my fifth Pussy Hat – test-driving my Canadian flag version. Loving that. I’ll post it on this blog when it’s done. (Read More)
A friend asked me on Facebook where she could drop off her completed The Pussy Hat Project so it could make it to the Jan 21, 2017 protest March on Washington. I’d heard that Yarns Untangled, a yarn store in Toronto’s Kensington Market, had offered to be a drop-off point, so I reached out to them. (Read More)
Okay. It’s true. I can’t help myself. I keep making these hats for The Pussy Hat Project. Yes, way back in my brain, I suppose I am dreaming that I can make 54 of them for everyone one of the passengers on Tracey Erin Smith’s and Savoy Howe’s Soulomobile – all participants in Soulo Theatre’s March on Washington on Jan 21, 2017. I probably won’t make that goal before they leave for their marchtravaganza for women’s rights, and to make their voices heard, and to make theatre about their experience. (Read More)
To ramp up about The Pussy Hat Project, read my previous blog here. The Pussy Hat is a fantastic knitting protest initiative whose inaugural day is fast approaching – and I mean inaugural in both senses of the word. (Read More)
An article was shared with me on Facebook recently and I instantly wanted to get involved. Because it was about an issue I believe in AND it involved knitting. What could be better? (Read More)
Taking on a project as big as Stitched Glass has many demands – researching, designing, mocking up and then knitting, by hand, solo, three 5-foot by 9-foot tapestries. Lord only knows what I was thinking.(Read More)
My Hungry Yarn Stash blog series features the yarn stores where I have bought copious amounts of yarn for my massive knitting project, Stitched Glass.
One of my all-time favourite yarn stores is La Droguerie in Paris, France... [Read More]
Part of the money awarded to me through my Chalmers Arts Fellowship for my installation, Stitched Glass, was allotted to supplies – namely, yarn. Lots and lots of yarn.
I didn’t quite understand how much yarn was required to knit three tapestries, each of which is about five feet wide by eight feet high. Which makes sense, given I didn’t quite understand how long it would take to knit Stitched Glass (that’s thirteen years and counting).
So I started buying yarn wherever we went, wherever we saw an interesting yarn store. We have bought yarn in many places in Ontario, in Canada, and abroad... (Read More)