Based on a True Sweater

Mar. 25, 2008

Necklace Prose

I've really been enjoying writing the short descriptions for the necklaces in my Etsy jewelry shop. Here are a few; they're kind of cheesy, but they amuse me. (The listings in the shop also include information about length, materials, etc.)

Early Spring
Early Spring
Sure it's misty and rainy out now, but look! Buds and sprouts are already appearing. Tiny glass beads in fresh blue and green tones provide a cheery contrast to vintage lucite beads in fashionable, versatile shades of grey.

Summer Afternoon
Summer Afternoon
Sun-bleached shades of yellow warm the beads of this summery necklace. It reminds me of reading with my little sister in a tent made of bedsheets in our parents' back yard, smelling the warm grass and dozing off in the sun...

The darkest shades of red, green, grey, brown and black form a little bit of deepest night that you can wear all through the day.

It's true, I'm a cheeseball. :)

Mar. 21, 2008

A Story About A Tattoo

The Best Tattoo

It turns out my new friend Colleen once worked at a coffee shop in Calgary that I used to go to when I was in college. About 13 years ago I saw this tattoo on her arm, picked myself up off the floor and asked her about it. I have never forgotten the tattoo, it has remained one of my favourites of all time. What a surprise it was to catch a glimpse of it when we were thrifting a few weeks ago, and to realize that the legendary tattoo in my memory belonged to this new person in my life!


Mar. 14, 2008

Zak and the Sky Sock

Little Sky Sock

Zak posted this photo in his photo stream today. He's in Montreal for a conference right now, and he just completed this little sock. It's a Sky Sock from Cat Bordhi's amazing book New Pathways for Sock Knitters, adapted for a different gauge; he knit it in Sweet Georgia sock yarn.
I love this photo so much. The sock is cute, but the knitter is cuter. And he's coming home tomorrow. :)

Mar. 13, 2008

Necklace Obsession


I recently put some new necklaces up in my other Etsy shop. I've been making a different type of necklace lately; instead of stringing a bunch of beads together on wire, I string each bead separately on its own piece of wire, then link them all together with rings. This type of necklace is more time-consuming to put together, but I've been so obsessed with them that I'm getting faster!

Early Spring

When I first started making this type of necklace, I did some with keys; lately I've been making them without. I'm curious: what do you think? Do the keys make them more effective, or are they just distracting? I'm really enjoying the effect of the beads on their own, but a bunch of exciting keys that I bought on eBay just arrived...


I'd really love to hear any thoughts on the necklaces in my shop. I'm still having a lot of fun learning this new medium, experimenting with new ideas, shapes and colours.

Essential 2

Mar. 6, 2008

Rachael and Susie Patterns (Finally) Available for Sale!

Me in my Susie Neckwarmer

Well folks, I'm sorry it took so long, but the patterns for the Rachael and Susie Neckwarmers are now available for sale in my Yarnageddon Etsy shop! Please let me know what you think.

Me in my Rachael Neckwarmer

I'm really happy with these designs. I had to make one of each for myself, and I wear both of them a lot. The Susie (at the top) is knit in the last bit of precious Manos del Uruguay that Amy gave me for my birthday a few years ago. The Rachael is knit in the delicious and sadly discontinued Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Chunky. There are so many great yarn options for these patterns, they're proving to be real stashbusters. I just finished a Rachael for my Mom in scrumptious Kathmandu Aran Tweed, I'll post a photo after I choose buttons for it!