Friday, June 30, 2006

neuze (& linda)

nuze, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

where's linda? why don't i have a picture of linda? she's in the back, touching the bamboo again. she covets the Madil Bamboo. I think we've finally found her a hot little tank from Knit Simple (#4, omit the cake decorations) to go with her soon to be wave skirt.

in the foreground is Neuze, who until today i only knew by reputation as the chocolate lady. Neuze just wrote a cook book completely based on chocolate. my goal is to bribe her into coming in as frequently as possible. if i successd, however, i'll have to get a stair-master for in store use. Neuze is showing laura a Stitch Diva pattern from the summer issue of Interweave. I also like Neuze because she's got great taste :-)


laura, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

laura is happy because she's smarter than she initially thought she was. silly laura, wait till she finds out that she's still even smarter. yes, laura can crochet, she's making the skirt from Stitch N Bitch crochet. laura & linda are some of my favourite people.

grace shocked

grace shocked, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

grace looking shocked. grace always looks shocked. almost always, the rest of the time she asks what things are. she has an insatiable appatite for this quality of knowledge.

joe & grace

joe & grace, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

an impromptu stitch n bitch took place this afternoon. linda & Laura dropped by with joe & grace & neuze. i keep crayons areoung for people who don't knit (or crochet)

basket number 3

basket 3, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

next victim please! basket number 3 underway.

tall basket

basket 2, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

i finished the second basket pattern last night ... a tall one

Thursday, June 29, 2006

save the portrait gallery of canada

To people who haven't heard, the Portrait Gallery of Canada has been in the works for close to a decade. It has already collected over 1,000,000 drawings, paintings and photographs. Initiated by public choice, and under the wing of the National Archives of Canada, the Portrait Gallery plans to open in the building formerly occupied by the American Embassy. The location is brilliant! It is situated on Wellington Street, directly across the street from the Parliament Buildings. Built in 1932 in Neo-Beaux-Arts style, the scale of the rooms is ideally suited to portraiture. The building has been gutted, and architect's plans have been drawn and approved. A large addition has been planned. It has been given the spot it deserves, where everyone can see it and find it. It is a statement about how we value our culture. It is one of the most exciting and intelligent things to happen in Canada in many years. It establishes and re-affirms our history. It captures our imagination. It reminds us of our past. There is nothing like portraits to do exactly that.
Now, as part of an effort to trim $2 billion dollars off its overall expenditures, the Conservative government has placed the Portrait Gallery under review. Construction has been halted, and there is an agenda in place that wishes to have the project abandoned, or at the very best moved to some less visible location in order ostensibly to "save money". We can't let this happen! We must write or email the Prime Minister, outlining our views and our indignation. Now is the time to act! THIS IS AN URGENT SITUATION! Collectively we can stop this preposterous plan. The Conservative government is pushing culture aside. Imagine what a loss this will be to us, our neighbours from abroad, and to future generations.
Rise up Canadians! Voice your opinion! Let Stephen Harper and Bev Oda, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women know how you feel. Let your MP know too. S/He's important!
Here is Stephen Harper's email address: Here is his postal address:
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa K1A 0A2
Here is his fax number: 613 941 6900
Here is Bev Oda's email address;
Here is her postal address:
121 East Block
House of Commons
Ottawa K1A 0A6
Here is her fax number: 613 992 2794
Thank you for helping to save this most valuable Canadian asset! It will add significantly to the process of creating a strong identity for all citizens of Canada and for visitors from abroad.
This announcement is supported by Vera Frenkel, Peggy Gale, Spring Hurlbut, Arnaud Maggs, Michael Mitchell, Michael Snow, Gabor Szilasi, and Joanne Tod

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Knitted Bag

Knitted Bag, originally uploaded by littlelambblue.

not my pic, and not from my flickr account, but i still really love it:

SNB tonight

crohcet needle holder 2, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

and there's the art shot!

SNB tonight

crochet needle holder, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

one skein down, onto the next! a needle holder (aka. a smaller vessel) for the pattern/kit. i like this colour. it was neglected last year, but i kinds dig it. Crystal Palace Iceland Mix.

SNB tonight

liane needles up nose, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

liane makes an oven mitt for her MIL, and tries to outdo Deb by snorting bamboo.

SNB Tonight

oh my god its a sock, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

oh my god! its a sock! meaghan turns the heel. yup that's all there is to it babe! coolio, huh! BTW, it is Meaghan's first anniversary as a knitter! i'm so jealous of the newbies, it's so much easier now than it was way back in the days of yore.

SNB tonight

sock-o-matic, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

sock-o-matic Meaghan makes a sock! we taght her last time, and now she's off to the races. i LURV wend knits toe up sock pattern! love it! makes life soooooo much easier. thank you wendy, wherever you are.

SNB tonight

crochet basket as hat, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

crochet baskets may also alternately be worn as hats.

SNB tonight

crochet basket 2, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

evidently crochet baskets don't take very long. that is in their favour. they also eat up yarn pretty fast. in my opinion, that is also in their favour. ;-)

SNB tonight

crochet felted basket, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

people haver sticky fingers, keep wanting to make one of my baskets on the table. so i'm writing a pattern for a series of felted crochet baskets. to be sold with kit.

SNB tonight

art shot meaghan's bag, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

the art shot of Meaghan's bag

SNB tonight

meaghan's bag, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

meaghan shows off her wares ... pattern form her pattern a day calendar i think. those things are awfully nighty, think i should get some for the store, i think Stitch N Bitch is making some for 2007

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Toronto Outdoor Art Show

louisa pucci, originally uploaded by myhighfiber. some favourites at the upcoming toronto outdoor art exhibit Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall Free Admission, *Rain or Shine Hours: July 7, 10am-8pm; July 8, 10am-7pm; July 9, 10am-6pm
Preview the artists' work at
For more information: 416.408.2754 or

hemp crochet bag

hemp crochet bag, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

SNB crochet bag in hemp in progress.

sari silk celebrity shawl

sari silk celebrity shawl, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

up close & personal

sari silk crochet shawl

sari silk crochet shawl, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

stich diva bottom up celebrity look-a-like shawl in Rainbow Sari Silk .. like a waterfall of raw silk


birkin hermes 2006 fall, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

i'm making a birkin for the counterfeit crochet handbag project :-) the pattern and progress will be forthcoming, but must ofer a pile of yarn for it first.

snb crochet bag 2

snb crochet bag 2, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

up close & personal on that bag ... making it larger & in asmaller gauge in Hemp for Knitting Allhemp6 in natural

on the hook - crochet bag

snb crochet bag, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

on the hook . crochet bag from Stitch N Bitch Crochet (pattern by Skamama)

on the hook

CelebrityShawl, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

stitch diva's celebrity shawl ... been itching to accomplish this one since last summer. crochet is just so much more portable in the summer. actually got it done in 2 days (after an evening of struggling to figure out the pattern ... will teach a class on it now that i've got it down and have learned lots of lessons on what to do & not to do, it's so easy once the principle is absorbed). it's a fast crochet, a great gift project. made mine from 2 skeins of Rainbow Sari Silk ... looks FABULOUS! photos to follow, patt avail in store if you want. and if you must must must learn it now we can always do a private class.

mission cotton baby sweater

mission cotton baby sweater, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

the re-mix colours of the mission falls baby sweater .. client project

mom bolero button

mom bolero button, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

mom island side sweeping

mom island side sweeping, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

mom island side

mom island side, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

mom bolero back

mom bolero back, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

mom island back

mom island back, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

mom bolero front

mom bolero front, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

mother's day bolero

mom island front, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

finally! pictures of the bolero i made for my mom for mother's day (well, i started it for her on motjher's day). make fron 3 skeins fo Colinette Giotto. photos very quickly taken on Sunday before my cousin's batmitzvah at the brand new (the very pretty old clubhouse burned down 2 years ago) Island Yacht Club (i really like the new club house, it's got an industrial aesthetic, reminds me of the BYO modular dwelling ReadyMade magazine), really comfortable, utilitarian and unpretentious. it doesn't have the 'this is an exclusive club and you don't belong here' exclusivity that other places do. i think accessability is important for the IYC since it was established because Jews were not permitted to join other clubs.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

smiley shopper

crochet shopper, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

i'm doin' sooo good! i finished apattern for a store kit. it's so good to have my grey cells back, they were missed. i wen't back over my crochet shopper pattern from last year and boy was it a mess. ma pauver cervelle! anyway, i edited the pattern so it is lucid and made them into kits! decided that the patterns i make for the store will only be sold with the kits. i'm not freaky about being copied, i just don't have much interest being a 'pattern designer'. i'm an artist, i like kits, they're like little post capitolist ready-mades for other people to do at their leisure. i kinda like it in the pseudo neon colours ... ooooh, the 80s are coming back!

last night's SNB was so much fun, i had a really good time, it was very relaxing. Ramona & Meaghan & Liane came by and we hung around till late joking around. Sophie dropped in earlier which also always brightens my day. i tried to teach Ramona her first crochet pattern ... i'm not sure if i was successful, but she is very smart, i know it will sink it. thanks for making it a fun night!

stop! salad time!

saladthumb, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

how happy does twinkie chan make me?

check out the contents of twinkie's fridge ... other items on sale on Ebay

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

knit cafe 6

knit cafe 6, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

i want one of these ....

knit cafe 4

knit cafe 4, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

... one of these ...

knit cafe 7

knit cafe 7, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

.... and maybe one of these.

mission colour combo

mission colour combo, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

a nice palette i helped put together for a customer. it was for a pattern from the mission falls wee knits book:

302 wintergreen
208 merlot
207 aubergine
200 musk
201 coral
403 sky
406 lilac (later omitted)

diaper bag length

diaper bag length, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

this is a very big felt-a-ma-jig. 50 inches long prior to felting! woo-hoo!

diaper bag

diaper bag, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

here it is ... maggie's diaper bag. still working on the inner pockets but i'm eager to felt & get the pattern written up. have decided to sell the pattern exclusively in kits at the store. i love making kits!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

partners in crime

partners in crime Originally uploaded by sharkseason.
i like this too. i like all of it, but the hats are really good. i think i'll send it to uri, he used to take photos of dinosaur toys. his wife eva will get a kick out of it. actually, come to think of it, i had a boyfriend in college who had one of his posters in his dorm room ... goes to show my supreme taste in men! :-) i don't have any pics, but maggie's diaper bag is close to being done. i finished the handles, managed to graft them together with much consternation during 'how to get the guy' last night. now all i have to do is make the pockets, sew in pockets and felt. maybe crochet around the handles, then felt. it was a very easy pattern, i hope it works and i'll publish it. if it doesn't work it'll sit on the back burner untill i get the energy to fix it and then publish it. but you haven't seen it so you don't know what i want it to look like, the idea is just sorta hanging in my head. wa-ha-ha- (evil laugh)!

crud bucket

crud bucket
Originally uploaded by sharkseason.
i love this the most right now. i did not make it or have anything to do with it's creation. click on the image to find out about it's mommy. love it.

a skirt is born!

deborah's skirt, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

WOO-HOO! deborah's wave skirt is soooo pretty! I helped her block it today and we're just waiting for it to dry

Interweave Knits, Spring 2005, wave skirt, knit in EXACTLY 5 balls of Needful Yarns "Skipper" (size small, approx 525m).

Saturday, June 17, 2006


, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

just turn your head (and coif). looks like noro kureuon crocheted onto plastic hoops. Trove:


, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

bracelets at Torve:

helloooo sari silk!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

i finished a bolero for my mom yesterday. forgot to take a picture, duh! i'll do it at an upcoming butmitzvah. it took forever to finish the thing, it was made in Colinette Giotto and was a bitch to sew up. although, i found the prefect button at Mac Fab, a retro shank button makde of pink shell, the last of its kinds and bleached by the sun to the perfect salmon pink to match the yarn. what else is going on? slippers for my brother's girlfriend. they're pretty fast, doing them in Noro Silk Garden, but the pattern is one of those downloads from the web and isn't very clear. sigh! why must i suffer so?! ;-) oh, i'm trying to organize a stitch & bitch/wine class (a stitch & vintage?). summer is so slow and it's so much easier to get around town in the good weather, so i fured now would be a good time. I'd like to do it at the CVA (centre for vine affairs) 'cause i know they're the real thing and they are located centrally at the swank Crush wine bar at King & Spadina. i'm looking forward to knowing what i'm buying when i pick up a bottle as a gift.! i've got a few takers who aren't afraid of a little pretension (i suspect it is not actually pretentions, just people think of wine tasting that way), but need more warm bodies to make it happen. if you are interested just contact me at

action shot

action sock shot, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

here's the action shot of the lang jawool sock with the company's CFO (he was promoted recently from Customer Service Manager).

finished object

sock june 13 2006, originally uploaded by myhighfiber.

i forgot to take a pic of this .. Lang Jawool Colour Jacquard sock, the product shot.