you can do it!

 when you put your mind to it you can do great things! i mean this in every sense of the word... but as i'm completely obsessed with knitting, and crochet... and really anything yarn related.... i'm gonna take it in this direction ;)......of course i am. might i add, that i also love audrey hepburn.

i can't help it. there is something to being able to create such beautiful, and functional (and sometimes not so functional) warm, practical things out of yarn. and really, we can take it a step further and say there's something amazing about even creating yarn from the sheep's wool. obsessed, i tell you.

Source: flickr.com via Rebecca on Pinterest

learning a brand new craft can be overwhelming. heck it can be overwhelming just re-learning the basics that you know are somewhere buried deep in your brain. but it can be sooo gratifying! i really think that the biggest thing to remember is this

Source: etsy.com via Rebecca on Pinterest

being a part of a knitting class, or group is such a great way to enjoy the craft. especially when you're surrounded by others, aiming for the same goal. there are many projects out there that any knitter, from beginner to the most advanced can feel so much confidence in making. so don't be afraid to pick up a new tool and feel a little awkward in learning to use it!
it's also good to remember that making mistakes is okay. it's the best and most effective way to learn.

and before you know it, you'll be whipping up christmas presents in no time!

the thing i think i love most about this craft is that i know every stitch. there is something so very special when i make a gift for someone, knowing that each stitch has them in mind. when i touch the blanket that grandma made for me before i was even born makes me think of this a lot.

i unfortunately never met my grandma, she died before she could finish the blanket... so her sisters finished the blanket for her. it is one of my most cherished knitted possessions.

i've said it many times, and i'll say it again. the fall is my most favourite time of year... and really, it's the perfect time to pick up the craft! if you have ever just wondered what it would be like, take the plunge! try it out! you might find that you like it.... a lot!!
if you're looking for classes, the best place to start is your local yarn store (LYS). they'll be able to help you find some great classes! community centers also sometimes offer these types of classes.. and just ask around! you'd be surprised at what you'll find!
of course, if you're in the victoria area... come stop by the cloth castle! i've got a lot of classes all lined up, and i would love love love to see you!

so how about it, have you taken a class before? are you inspired to try something new this season? have you made great friends along the way in this crafting journey? i can't wait to hear about it all! i've got my sights set on a class myself!


  1. Yay for fall!!! I'm excited too. Nice to see your grandma's blanket up there. What class are you going to take? I'm kinda hankering to learn something new too.

  2. i really really want to take a spinning class... i'll start with the drop spindle, then a wheel.
    so excited for this season!

  3. nice to meet u rebecca, it's ilaria here. i'm agree with all you wrote in your post....it's a shame i'm living so far away from u otherwise i'd love to attend to your knitting lessons!
    if u have time visit me at audreycouture.blogspot.com.
    ilaria :)

  4. Bring on the fall..and more knitting, sewing...new skills...pumpkin spice lattes...and memories both old and new!

  5. ilaria - so very nice to meet you too! it would be wonderful to actually meet in person! you have a lovely talent in sewing! thanks for introducing me to your blog!
    shannon- amen! i'll cheers to that with a pumpkin spice latte no less. :)

  6. Nook! If you ever want some basic lessons in spinning with a drop spindle I would be thrilled to share my knowledge! I live here in Victoria.. I found your blog via Jane Richmond. I'm looking to get involved in the fiber arts community for sure! I had to teach myself to spin so if you are interested I would be thrilled to share what I know :)

  7. ohmygosh, juniper! that is awesome!!! i would loooove to learn some tips and tricks from you!! woo hoo!!!! i tried my turn on the drop spindle on my own, and found myself getting frustrated. i'm a hands on kinda gal;) well now, you've made my morning! thanks!!!

  8. Ok DEAL... I'm thinking I might take one of your classes at the clothe castle coming up... It's just really hard to decide which one!! If only I had all the money and time in the world... haha I will let you know what happens!

  9. sweet! so excited to meet you!


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