Best Canadian Poetry 2011

I know I don’t normally talk about writing here, but I’m super excited to announce that one of my poems has been published in the 2011 collection of The Best Canadian poetry in English:

Every year, a special guest editor for the anthology goes through the literary journals that published poetry that year and choose 50 poems to be collected into the work. I’m very honoured! I know I don’t talk about writing poetry much, but it’s something I’ve always done. It’s gratifying to be included in this year’s anthology.

Modification Monday: Modified SummerTurban

Original Pattern: Knit Yourself a Turban

Knitter Extraordinaire: Allyson (Ravelry Id, Blog)

Mods: Changed the pattern to be more lightweight and summer appropriate, and wrapped the front differently. Details on all her mods can be found on her project page, as well as some super cute photos showing how she styles her turban.

What Makes This Awesome: I’m normally not big on turbans (despite thinking Elizabeth Taylor always looked mighty fine in her many turbans), but this is one I could totally see myself wearing- it’s cute, fun, stylish and looks so much easier to wear than I ever would have imagined. I love the way Allyson did the extra wrapping at the front, and the whole effect is tidy and polished. I can’t imagine a cuter summer hat than this!

A Very Special Announcement

Whew! The move has been a lot of work, and has led to G and I having lots of conversations about where to put things, configure the furniture, buying new furniture, etc. So many decisions!

I thought since I had some big news to share, it would be nice to share it on a video. The new place is totally not unpacked, so trust me- I’ll get some better backgrounds soon. In the mean time:

Sorry to end it with such an obvious boob shot, I’ll learn to walk around the camera next time.

Modification Monday: Julie’s Chapeau

Original Pattern: Marigold

Knitter Extraordinaire: Eliza (Ravelry Id, Blog)

Mods: Knitted the brim flat, added short rows at the crown to help with the slouchy fit,  added a functioning button hole and button, increased stitches for a slouchy fit. For all the great details on this mod,  check out her project page here.

What Makes This Awesome: Sooo…. you may have noticed that the Julie in Julie’s Chapeau is totally me. When I visited Eliza in Chicago a couple months ago, she very generously knitted me this gorgeous hat while we were hanging out over the weekend. I actually attempted to make one just like Eliza’s (her mod is so successful, if you go to the projects page you’ll see there are a few that decided to copy the mod as well), and it is technically on the needles somewhere in a cardboard box right now, but now that I have this gorgeous hat, it’s the one I wear every day now that the weather is chilly. I absolutely love it- it’s an awesome mod, and a perfect chapeau indeed. Thank so much, Eliza!!


Modification Monday: Garden Variety Fairy

Original Pattern: Sally, the Eco Fairy

Knitter Extraordinaire: Tau (Ravelry Id)

Mods: Eliminated the wings and made the ears bigger for a more elvish fairy; created a customized knitted wardrobe which includes knitted underpants (!!), a beautiful lacy dress, galoshes, and a capelet.

What Makes This Awesome: As soon as I saw this, I went completely bananas. I think this is the most darling knitted toy I’ve ever seen- I love this little garden fairy. Have you see the underpants? Too cute! Promise me you’ll go and check out all the amazing, detailed photos on the project page– it’s totally worth it. The detail of the hair is incredible, and there is not a single detail of this mod I would change.