Well it’s been a very exciting year. Lots of changes for me, some good, some not so good and definitely some great ones. Retiring from my full time job after 30+ years has been the biggest change. It’s crazy how routines are a mind set and how your body reacts to change. I love getting up and not knowing what my day will be like.
Sticks and Pins attended a couple of craft and knitting fairs this past year. I can’t believe how much I enjoy being out there talking to people, meeting people that have purchased my bags and getting inspired by their positive comments. I look forward to more and new fairs in 2017.
One of the most exciting things I did was join fellow artisans and crafters in showcasing our products at The Nooks. This was a really big step for me. I was putting myself out there everyday in a store setting not knowing whether I had a product that would appeal to the general public. It has been great! Working on new products for The General Store to showcase in 2017 is keeping me busy.
A big thank you to Colleen Imrie, owner of the 4 Nook shops, the great staff and all the great customers who purchased my stuff.
If you’re a knitter than you’re probably familiar with the Knitters Frolic held in Toronto every April. If you love anything fibre then this is the place for you. Where else can you, squish and smoosh all the yarn you want and find new projects and notions all in one place from over 100 vendors. I was in my element for sure! I recently started to spin with a drop spindle so I was very excited to check out the Gemini Fibre booth. I did pick up a new spindle, a niddy noddy and some really soft alpaca merino roving. Now I just need to find some time to spin. A very good friend of mine owns a yarn shop in Toronto called Creative Yarns so I was at the show to help out and support her. Nina also carries all my project bags, notion wallets and pouches at her store and this was a great place showcase my stuff in her booth. It was exciting to hear shoppers comments on the bags and I actually had some sales!
All the lovely ladies that frequent Creative Yarns are amazing and very supportive. Big hugs to you all!
Here are some of the bags and pouches I had at the show.
Yes, I’m breaking out, leaving my house today! I have been out of the house a total of 3 times since December 19th. That is the day I got the flu which turned into a head and chest cold and now has decided that it likes me too much to leave. It likes me so much that it’s decided to visit my husband. Yes, we’re both at home sick with a cold, even the drug store can’t help us get rid of this. Husband went to our local drug store yesterday for some Neocitron, Nyquil and anything else to help us sleep, breath turn comatose and the shelves were empty, even their own store brand had been depleted. Good to know that we’re not the only ones in the neighborhood housing a cold and flu.
Anyway, I did get some knitting and sewing done during my shut in. I knit the Market Jacket in a recording breaking (my own record of course) 8 days! I also sewed up 2 quilt tops, how’s that for being productive.
I do have to say that the instructions in the pattern for the cardigan are not always clear on what you’re supposed to do. This pattern is not for a beginner or for someone who needs detailed pattern instructions. Let me just say “a picture is worth a thousands words” holds true for this pattern. I’m really happy with the end result, well almost the end, I still need to buy and sew on the buttons and weave in some ends.
The quilt tops, well they need a bit more energy to put together so they’ll have to wait. It also takes more energy to photograph, I’ll post pictures later.
I’ve been keeping busy sewing up these really cute bags. I love these! I use them for taking my small knitting projects with me, sock knitting and lace knitting stay nice and neat. I love using the drawstring bags when I go on vacation. I use them to carry my suntan lotions, camera and brush, whatever fits. I’ve even made ones to keep my shoes in.They can be used as a really cute summertime purse when all you need to carry is a credit card, phone, keys and lipstick!
I am sure there are 1,000 and 1 uses for these, so I’ll just keep sewing. The hardest part is picking out the fabrics, they’re all so beautiful.
BTW: I now have an Etsy shop. There isn’t very much there, just starting out. Wish me luck