Prayer Shawl Knitting with Trafalgar Presbyterian

Prayer Shawl Knitting with Trafalgar Presbyterian

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)

Local Knitting: Me and Topsy Farms

Local Knitting: Me and Topsy Farms

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)

Happy International Women's Day

Happy International Women's Day

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)

Make way for pussyhats

Make way for pussyhats

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)

Pussyhats purring along

Pussyhats purring along

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)

The Demands of Not Knitting

The Demands of Not Knitting

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)

Feeding the Hungry Yarn Stash: Topsy Farms

Feeding the Hungry Yarn Stash: Topsy Farms

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)