It’s a boy!!
…but we knew that already. Iwona has had a lovely and pretty-near-perfect bundle of joy. Born on the morning of April 19. Hooray!
Look at this beautiful creation by Natalie Selles!
This lace vignette looks particularly pretty from the back with the sun simultaneously silhouetting and illuminating the detail.
It will be gracing the Knit Cafe’s window for the whole month, so if you have a chance to come by and visit it in person please do. While you are here give kudos to Natalie for her handiwork but also in honor of her new employment opportunity. We are very sad that Ms Selles will be leaving us for some other pasture, but we knew we couldn’t keep her to ourselves forever.
Luckily Natalie will still be teaching classes here at the Knit Cafe so we will continue to benefit from all her knit knowledge.
If you would like to wish Natalie good luck, come to the Stitch and Bitch this Tuesday April 23, it will be the last one she will host. She will also be here to mind the store on the day of the Knitter’s Frolic – Saturday April 27, so if you are not going frolicking, you can see her then too.
Big thanks to Natalie for all her good help here. She will be missed.
This blog post is ever increasing as more and more news comes my way.
First and foremost our very own Knit Cafer – Kate Austin is putting her stellar design skills to work. She will be creating thematic textile designs as part of a competition called REPEAT(ed). She and 9 other hopefuls will have to jump through designer hoops over the next few months. 5 challenges will be issued and the contestants will have to design textile prints for each. The winner will be announced in July. Follow Kate’s journey here and cheer her on too. Hoorah! I know she’s gonna do great things
Toronto’s Contemporary Textile Studio launched a new blog! Didn’t know Toronto had contemporary design studio? Well it does. This beautiful space is part of the art studio conglomerate at 401 Richmond. Artists can rent time at the wonderful facilities. Artists and amateurs alike can take classes. Read all about it here
Tomorrow’s First Thursday of the Month at the AGO (a night of galavanting around art) includes yarn bombing! Unfortunately the event is sold out, but were it not, me and you too could be treated to a Yarn Bombing Class. Amazing! the folks from Bissell Bombers are making it happen. I wonder what kind of fuzzy bombs will be dropped.
No tour of great textile events in our life and times would be complete without Marimekko, With Love presented by the Textile Museum. From January 21- April 21, the Textile Museum will be showcasing work from one of the most amazing textile companies EVER. This Finnish institution has been a long time inspiration to me and many others. I can’t wait to see the show. Maybe I’ll see you there.
This beautiful installation, is right here in our town!
Cross stitched screens by Laura Carwardine adorn the walls of the restaurant Patria on King St. West in Toronto. You can see a video of the artist at work right here. You may even get inspired to do something like this your own self, or perhaps you will just want to make a pilgrimage to the restaurant. I hear they have tapas!
The press on this amazing project sites the 485 hours and the 17,000 stitches involved. Who was counting? That’s what I want to know.
A limited addition of lucky people will be able to pick up one of these limited addition posters commemorating this year’s Nuit Blanche Knit Cafe exhibition. Although many of them were snatched up last night there are still a few available for only $5. The poster features the majority of the hand knitted matroyska dolls made for the event. We think it is freakin adorable!
Craftily and sleepily yours
The calm before the storm ↓ The “storm” is of course this year’s Nuit Blanche.
I expect that this now empty space will be filled to brimming when the sun goes down. We will be open all night long making art. Vive la Nuit Blanche, but thank goodness it comes but once a year. I like my sleep!
After an appropriate recovery period I will post pictures of the event itself. My living doll of a friend Katie Kehoe has graciously agreed to video the event for us so expect to see that some time in the future too.
Hope to see you there!