Creative Mornings Talk: The Stories We Tell Ourselves About Failure

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Crafts, Creativity, Living Creatively, Mighty Ugly | 5 comments

Last Friday I did something I’d been thinking about doing for months and months. Something that kept me up at night and occupied an increasing part of my brain as the spring and summer progressed. Something I was exhilarated and terrified of doing. I delivered the Vancouver Creative Mornings talk on the August theme of failure. I was exhilarated because it was the first time I’ve had the opportunity to speak at an event that was not in some way crafts-related. And because I got to explore ideas I wouldn’t otherwise have given myself the time or space to explore. And because...

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Casting on to Knit a Sleepbot 3000

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Crafts | 2 comments

Back when I was finishing up the capybara I made for my friend’s daughter, Owen got hold of the book the pattern was in – Huge and Huggable Mochimochi, by Anna Hrachovec. When he saw the utterly adorbz robot pillow in there, he asked me to make it for him. Disinclined to travel anywhere with a 20”x26” pillow, I ordered worsted weight yarn for it instead of chunky, and Monday night I cast on, using 3.75mm needles instead of the 6.5mm ones called for in the pattern. I want this pillow to be small enough not to be a total pain in the ass to tote around. I’ve never done intarsia, kids. I’m half...

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My Craftsy Crochet Class Is Live!

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Crafts | 4 comments

I arrived home at 7:30am yesterday on a red-eye flight after my college roommate’s wedding in Honolulu. (Hawaii, I have fallen in love with you. FYI.) And though I tried hard to tell you that my shiny new Craftsy beginner crochet class went live at 9:30am, I ended up nodding off in front of my computer and had to finally admit to myself that I should stop trying and instead sleep for four hours. Which I did, and then I woke up with the kind of killer headache only jet lag after a red-eye can concoct in a mad conspiracy to try to make you not love Hawaii anymore but it didn’t work...

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Win a Seat in My Shiny New Craftsy Crochet Class!

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Crafts | 0 comments

The beginner crochet class I filmed with Craftsy is going to launch on Tuesday, you guys, and you can click here to be entered to win the class. (That’s all there is to it – if you have a Craftsy account already, you’ll be entered automatically. If you don’t have an account, you’ll have to create one to be entered.) This is the first time I’ve ever done a television or television-like project that I’m proud of. If you or many people you know want to learn how to crochet, I’m confident this class will help you do just that! My love for Craftsy knows...

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Index-Card-A-Day: Some Cards

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Crafts, Creativity | 5 comments

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been doing the index-card-a-day challenge. I love the goal of taking something small and inexpensive and making something on it every day. I’ve been using cards I had leftover from writing the book, which is why they’re blue and pink and yellow instead of white. I’d prefer white, but I prefer not buying more index cards more. My favourite thing about this challenge so far is that it’s finally gotten me to play with collage, which is something I’ve been thinking a great deal about but not...

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Cold-Process Shampoo Bars: Who Knew?

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Crafts | 3 comments

I’ve raved about my newest obsession with making soap, yes? Of course I have, because I’m obsessed. And I got it in my head a couple of months ago that since I’m now capable of keeping my family (and extended family, and any friends who are interested) in soap, I’d like to know if there are other kinds of things I could make that will save me from buying plastic bottles of the stuff forevermore. First up: shampoo. Cold-process shampoo has its lovers and its haters, and I suspect a lot of the love or hate is as much related to the quality of shower water used as it is...

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