Our Toby Hopeful

A week ago, I planned to next share my adventures in weaving.  Since then Toby’s condition has continued to decline.  He is stable and without pain, thankfully.  For those who do not know, Toby was diagnosed with brain stem damage over 8 months ago. Now, the paralysis is advancing.  He is quickly loosing function of […]

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10 years building a life

Today, I am celebrating 10 years in Canada.  Double-digits! We will batch-style various & sundry experiences as pitfalls, and just skip them.  They all helped me get to the tag-line of this TKK blog anyway:  Better living through fibre. Melvin must love you now.  He only shows his tuxedo bib to special folks. Our Canadian […]

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A happy handspun shawl

We are now at extreme cold weather alert the 10th of this winter.  It has been a full 29 days under -15C.  This week just added to the stats.  It is no mistake that I was working with my brightest, happiest handspun yarn. The shawl pattern is by Susan Ashcroft, TGV (tricot grande vitesse – […]

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The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair – a tale of two fleece auctions

The Royal held its annual fleece auction at the tail of the Fair in Toronto, Sunday before last.  My quiet initiation to this event came two years ago when it was held on the second level above offices & stable. It was a cheap & cheerful sort of afternoon.  Not only did I make out […]

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In with the new – a floor loom!

The idea that I could weave came about quite simply but over a long dash of time.  Exposure to all of you weavers helped but it came down to an awareness that in changing my life has room for more. Spinning flax, hemp and cotton helped the scales fall from my never-going-to-weave eyes.  Each yarn […]

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Looking up!

On August 6th as everyone probably knows, Jamaica celebrated 50 years of Independence.  Our athletes achieved more at the 2012 London Olympics than we dreamed possible. Each medal ceremony where our flags rose was moving.  We were deeply proud to stand and sing the National Anthem with Jamaicans everywhere.  The colours mean: Hardships there are […]

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Socks on my mind

We’re having some spectacular weather & it sure helped to neutralize the springing forward into sleep deprivation that also happened this week!  Apart from DST, spring’s really my favourite season.  Back in early February, I finished the second sock for DH.  It’s the Pinked Socks, Judy Alexander design: He loves them dearly but kindly refuses […]

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Woodstock Love

The 3rd Annual Woodstock Fleece Festival was this past Saturday in Woodstock, Ontario.  It was bigger, and a lot of fun!  Last year there were no raw fleeces but Willow Farm brought last week’s clip! Josslyn Richardson helped me to pick Phoebe’s fleece out from the rest.  This was after she explained about the mark-up […]

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Of True Stories

We caught Julie & Julia this afternoon.  I went assuming that Julie’s Little Blog that Could would be the dominant story line.  I have to be the exact demographic for that, right?  Well, hands down, the life & times of Julia Child half is what made this movie for me.  Meryl Streep & Stanley Tucci […]

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