Folding And Storing Your Precious Knits

Watching *Marie Kondo in action is a mindful experience. She’s the queen of decluttering and organizing living spaces, but with a twist – she wants you to experience the joy of having only the things you love around you. All the hard work and time you put into knitting a sweater, caring and storage is…

Fashion Misconceptions

There is no question that the fashion industry in its entirety is contributing to climate change. The environmental and labour issues are prevalent by virtue of its massive supply chain, and its reliance on humans to do the majority of the work, which is by nature a craft and very hands-on. Many of us now…

Have you become a more conscious shopper during Covid?

Since March, as for the rest of the world, we have been living in small social bubbles in our homes, flattening the curve of the Covid pandemic in efforts to prevent massive outbreaks. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on what this traumatic experience means for our future, and its effects on our…

Upcycling/Recycling/Downcycling?

For quite some time, most North American cities have implemented waste programs, in an effort to minimize stuff ending up in landfills. The amount of waste outputs continue to be problematic for the environment, and challenging to deal with. The term “recycling” is usually used to describe many of these programs that attempt to cut…

The True Meaning of Wool

  Wool is by far the most popular of the natural protein fibers used to make yarns. The word “wool” has become so general that some knitters refer to all yarn as wool, regardless of their fiber content. Lately, I’ve noticed that online and other resources mistakenly describe the “wool-like” fibers from other breeds of…

It’s Fashion Revolution Week!

Because it’s Fashion Revolution Week, I want to pass on my thoughts in this editorial, as well as honour this important event by the nonprofit organization, Fashion Revolution. Fashion Revolution Week, a global event happens each year surrounding the anniversary date, April 24, 2013 of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh. Rana Plaza housed garment…

Knitting Traditions From Around The World

I learned early on in my textile education the importance of clothing and the value of craft in every culture. In most developing countries, the economy is initially supported by some facet of the textile industry unique to the region. Knitting is no exception. Traditional knitting describes garments and other items produced in various regions…

Investment Dressing Does Matter

(This lovely image of two stylish Parisian women put a smile on my face. They are women who definitely have a sense of who they are in their clothes. This image comes from the unique instagrammer,  thesartorialist, a photographer of stylish people around the world. What I love is that his photos are real and…

“Faking” Fashion – A Sad Truth

Copying the fashion of designers is not a recent phenomena. “Knock-offs” or copies and “counterfeits” have been happening as far back as the 18th century. In the early 1900s, department stores sent employees to Paris Fashion Week to covertly sketch the designs walking the runway, eventually these designs were manufactured as “Paris Originals”. Designers went…

“Sustainable” Suffers From Ambiguity

“Sustainability is the means to maintain change in a balanced environment without compromising future needs. It’s a combination of social, economic, and environmental needs.” This UN definition means that true sustainability literally covers everything, the social, economic, and environmental needs of humans. Sustainability is not a new concept, and people have always applied sustainable principles…