So you want to be a Designer . . .

Knowing you want to be a designer feels like an itch that needs to be scratched. Like most creatives, designers have a curiosity about the world around them, and how they can solve problems. Whether you are interested in becoming a fashion clothing designer, knitting or crocheting designer, there are some straightforward steps to help…

Can you really fix a shrunken sweater?

Marketing advertisements at their worst present information that is either completely false or deceptive. Marketing products on the internet, which promote better health of humans can tread on dangerous territory. The internet is also filled with DIY hacks for fixing the endless number of household problems, some worthy of trying, some not so much. I…

A Brief History of the Cardigan

On any given day I open my closet and pull out a garment, understandably without any thought as to its history or what I might be communicating about myself. Clothing’s most basic purpose is one of practicality, but it’s also a means of communicating personal and societal values, identifying individuals belonging to a particular group,…

I’m a Yarn Snob

“snob: a person who believes that their tastes in a particular area are superior to those of other people…” No one likes to be called a snob in the true sense of the word. In jest, I call myself a yarn snob, which is my strong bias towards natural fiber yarns. A “yarn snob” is…

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…