Today I’m “shagging around”* with some dyes, doing layered dips to suss out some different colour combinations and effects for further use. I’m working with combed woolen top  (that’s Falkland) for my test swatches, but I have some washed Shetland fleece to which I’d like to apply the results for a pattern that I have…

Cats large and small

We paid a studio visit* to Kelly Smith Mollins’ (Dancing Cat Clayworks) house today to pick up a pair of pottery dancing cats and to visit eight live ones. Smokey was feeling particularly photogenic: And he looks rather different from the side… In order to work in the very low light conditions I switched to…

Catching up

I’ve been climbing these stairs a lot lately. The combination of meetings, picking up paperwork, more meetings, clay classes, dropping in for a consultation with various folk and so forth have cemented the autopilot in my mind such that I find myself drifting towards Devon House (and the Craft Council) when downtown for other matters….

Eggses, precious

Today we decided to decorate some eggs. A year or two ago, I bought a complete pysanky kit (dyes, waxes, kistkas and all the paraphernalia) at the Craft Council Seconds Sale, thinking it would be a fun activity for me and Katherine sometime. Boy was it ever! We blew the eggs first, which is atypical….

Olympic mittens

Two years ago, Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics and I designed a mitten pattern. I designed it because the Olympic mittens that were all the rage (red, with white rings on the back) and made by The Bay were almost impossible to get and silly-expensive. So I made up this pattern: And people liked it….