this week of loveliness. . . .

Hello! I hope you are well and happy.


This week, sockers will be working a Fish Lips Kiss Heel on our toe-up socks! ’so very excited. Please remember to purchase and print your pattern for Wednesday night’s class, 6 – 8 pm.

If you have been waiting for the Cuff Down Sock Class to be repeated, the dates have been set: April 6, 13, 20, and 27
Wednesday evenings 6 – 8 pm at Valley Yarn. Please call the shop for details and to register. There will be a sample for you to look at, too.

Please remember to register by Feburuary 15, for the next set of TGIFNK beginning February 19. What project are you bringing?

Our Brioche Program, which started in the Fall, finished on Saturday, and I do feel sad about that. This has been a wonderful journey. Janette, (thank you!) brought us a beautiful Brioche loaf from Bread Affair, to celebrate! Oh my goodness, how the creative mind wanders! Maria at Stitched in Sweden is working from this book and although I rarely eat bread, I am thinking. . . . why not? The formula the author teaches makes so much sense!
. . . . . . .and then we knit bread cloths, right?

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We worked a two-colour Brioche cup warmer,

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and a sewn tubular cast off (aka Italian bind off) then took pics of our Marley Shawl WIPs. They are brioeautiful!

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Elisa sent this message:

Hi Venessa,
Here’s a pic of what I regularly call “my tray of happiness”-now complete with a new perfect one person teapot and tea cozy!
It’s really quite ridiculous how happy this makes me-
Thanks again for another great class.
Enjoy the rest of this wonderful long Feb weekend!


Ridiculously happy says it all, Elisa! Thank you so much. I wanted to share because I think we really get it! Your work is beautiful!

. . . . . .and now for some lovely things to share:

1. red scissors Of course these would make cutting our yarn so much sweeter! 

2. a beautiful sweater paired with denim. This reminds me that exactly two years ago, I discovered a new pattern company and fell in love with a cute skirt pattern they sold. I didn’t know anything about this company but connected with their simple, natural styling, and approach to pattern making. So I ordered one. Have I made it yet? I do have a lovely Blue Faced Leicester (sheep from Chilliwack) aran pullover on the needles, though.  I’m feeling excited to get the skirt done . . . . this year.

3. Recently, Jenny at tiny paper foxes set up two inspiring projects that promote making and crafting. Her own goal was learning to sew (and she is using the very same skirt pattern, yes she is!). These are great initiatives: spend 20 minutes every day on some kind of crafting, and make two garments that go together.

4. A lovely studio friend, thank you Tracy, sent a podcast recommendation over the weekend. This talented woman is a sewist, too. She made a super cute (couple of) skirt/s and talks about the process in this podcast.

5. Here is a delicious elixir to ward off sore red noses before Valentine’s Day.

6. and an oh-so-sweet Valentine throw pillow that I would use all year long!

Here’s the tutorial.

The adorable one had a bath to celebrate Family Day. . . .

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Wishing you peaceful making and cuddles (at the same time?) this week!


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