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Launching the Humble Patreon

After months of lockdown, missing teaching, wondering how to move forward in an increasingly virtual world, I’m trying something new. I’m developing my platform on Patreon in order to delve deeper into the history and context of craft, to learn more about where the crafts we love came from, and to build community through discussion and research. 

This project started as I was trying to begin a podcast. When I recorded the introduction and first episode of a podcast, back in February, I had hopeful and starry-eyed ideas of weekly or bi-weekly episodes, interviews, soundscapes, field recordings, story-telling, and research. And then COVID-19 hit. For me, my routine under COVID-19 hasn’t changed much on the surface. I still go to work at the yarn store three days a week. Throughout the early months of lockdown, I biked the 8km to and from work. These long, quiet bike rides in chilly sun, blustery wind, and the occasional blizzard were a saving grace during social distancing and business shutdown. As the weather cools down, I try to take long walks to replace this solitary time outside.

My social world of real life has shrunk, but my online community has expanded. Regular check-ins with friends I had only met a handful of times before this unprecedented phenomenon. Rekindling overseas friendships, speaking with my family more often, now that time zones have no relevance beyond sleeping and waking. All around me I see people looking for new ways to interact. I have read through plays with my family – so far Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde, there is some contention as to whether we’ll do Aeschylus or Chekhov next. I have played euchre with my in-laws, helped my sister through her French homework, helped my brother’s girlfriend with her knitting. All things I’ve never really done before with them, except on the rare occasions we are together.

This is my rose-tinted view of isolation. There are many hard days, and these are increasing. There are the cancelled visits, the fear of living an ocean away from my family and not being able to get home. Daily chores have become a source of anxiety. The feeling of control and spontaneity has gone out of cooking, an activity my partner and I enjoyed as a daily moment to spend creating something with each other. And of course, there’s the great “what if” that no one seems to be talking about. What if I get it. What if someone I love gets it. What if it gets bad.

This isn’t the way I wanted to launch the Humble Patreon into the world. But it’s the world I have, and restrictions create challenges that bring about new, amazing things. I’m seeing that every day. So I’m working with that, as I plan future content. Stay tuned!

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Colourways

You can now see my standard repeatable colourways all in one place at the Coloris – Colourways page. These are the core colours that I dye across all bases, and can usually dye to order depending on yarn availability.

Writing the descriptions for each colour is a journey for me. I love the prompt to creative writing, but accessing the memories that trigger each colour name can be bittersweet. I hope that when you read them, you feel something too.

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Shop Update

Just a few little things for you this time, as I’m busy preparing for Knit City Montreal. To be quite honest, preparing for a festival takes a lot of investment. In time, money, energy. I have to turn down opportunities, scale back socially, and ask more of the people around me. But I am extremely privileged to be able to do these things, and to celebrate in the end when it all comes to fruition.

However, I still want to share my exciting projects with you! So here are a few little glimpses of some things I’ve developed for Knit City, but can’t wait to share with you!

Pre-order: Notions pouches and project bags

My dear friend Esthera Preda has been so generous with her darling artworks she made for my fledgling brand back in 2018.

Here they are on all-new notions pouches, redesigned for Knit City. These fit tons of stuff, from tools, to other, smaller notions cases, or even a sock project. And they’re the perfect size for an iPad Mini or tablet, also…

Find them here!

(Unfortunately, it seemed there was a bug with the preview software on the design site, and I couldn’t get the right preview! The pouches will have brass zip, brown tag, and no zip pull)

All my pouches and bags are printed and made in Montreal, from a polyester-cotton blend.

Project bag

And the sassy frog is back! 🐸 Benefit from an early-bird price and pick them up at Knit City on March 28 or 29! These babies hold a sweater project, or two smaller projects with a handy pocket in the middle to divide the pouch. This next batch will also come with a zipper pull…

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Deep Woods Toque

I fell in love with the Deep Woods toque years ago when I first saw it in Knitscene, 2015. This delicate and cosy design from Kiyomi Burgin takes me deep into snowy forests, along icy trails and back home to a cup of hot chocolate beside a fire.
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I love making up kits because you get the yarn you need, with limited leftovers! I’ve used my cosy rustic Humble Twist yarn as the base, with the softer, more delicate Humble Fantaisie for colourwork accents.

While I love this yarn for any project, I admit it is definitely not as soft as other yarns. If you are usually sensitive to “rough” or “picky” yarns, I will be open and say this may not be the best fit, as forehead skin is delicate and I wouldn’t want you to get an itchy head!

WHAT’S IN THE KIT?
This kit contains the caked yarn you need to knit the pattern (and make the pompom!), in the yardage stated in the original.
– Approx. 59g Humble Twist in Windswept
– Approx. 18g Humble Fantaisie in Winterlong
– Approx. 15g Humble Fantaisie in Living Coral

I made some modifications when knitting mine, as I wanted the thicker rustic fabric but didn’t try to get the pattern gauge of 36 stitches. See my modification notes here.

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Available in two colour options – Living Coral (for that bright pop of winter cheer) and Lilas (for a delicate, dreamy vibe)!

Let’s get started together!

As ever, the code MTLPICKUP applies for free shipping if you would like to pick up your order in the Montreal area. If you’re coming to Knit City, use this code and I’ll make sure to get your order to you during the festival!

Can’t make it to the festival? No problem! Pick a delivery option and I’ll ship it to you in the week of March 30.

Inspiration, yarn

Nirah – a mystery KAL arrives

I’ve been working on a delicious project lately – a Mystery Knitalong with my dear friend and talented designer, Stephanie Earp. Her innovative patterns combine structure and stitches so creatively, and I knew she could work magic with the little spark of an idea I had, several months ago, to create an advent calendar with a difference.  Continue reading “Nirah – a mystery KAL arrives”

Mission, yarn

Knit City 2020

I’m so excited and humbled to be part of the instructor lineup for Knit City 2020! Seeing my bio in such excellent, talented company on the Instructor Lineup page also reminded me I should update this rather dormant blog. The full list and schedule of classes will be announced on December 15.

I thought I’d use this space to give a little preview of the classes I’ll be teaching, but I realised my subjects are rather vague and difficult to encapsulate in a picture. If that has piqued your interest, I hope you’ll join me in one of my sessions!

 

 

 

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Humble Knit in conversation with Teran Community

At the beginning of September I had the honour of chatting with Master’s Fashion Communications graduate Alannah for her then-fledgling project Teran Community. We spoke about my own Master’s project in Knitwear Design, exploring how nostalgia and family histories of making can inform design to give greater meaning to and investment in clothing and identity.

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Summer stew

Around the time I started getting interested in cooking with my friends in high school, I used to make a cod stew with bacon, tomato, and cannellini beans. Food – smell, taste, the act of cooking and sharing a meal – can be a powerful nostalgia trigger, and the impression I got when I saw these sad little cod fillets and two slices of bacon serendipitously sitting side by side on the bottom discount shelf at the grocery store at the end of the day was so strong I had to make it again.

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