new chapter

I was invit­ed to an altered book work­shop a while ago. It’s a great way to jour­nal. I altered a few more pages after I went to the workshop.

The above is a sec­tion that I man­aged to fin­ish in the work­shop, done by glu­ing many pages togeth­er in the end of the book, then cut­ting a win­dow through all the lay­ers, then glu­ing it down to the back cover.

I then tried to exper­i­ment with this tis­sue paper paint­ing method, but I think one needs to use spe­cial tis­sue paper that “bleeds”, which are not the ones from the dol­lar store. So any­way, I thought I’d paint an octo­pus instead. The Chi­nese char­ac­ters say “octo­pus of prose”.

So then on the next page I tried mak­ing a found poet­ry, and this was when I real­ized that this book (which I picked up many years ago from a “FREE!” bin at work because the cov­er was a very nice teal colour but I actu­al­ly have no idea what the book is about) is actu­al­ly set in Toron­to! It’s a bit hard to read in the pho­to so here’s the poem:


In the meantime,


on the dusty shoul­der of the Don Val­ley Park­way, feel­ing the cars swish by on their way to King and Bay.

This was a time of


made every­one nervous

limped along the gravel,

the one hum­bling period

No mat­ter where

remained a rich tourist

the Holy City

At night, it shimmered.

Then I worked on the cov­er. Weav­ing words and hand­made paper and the roars of an Alber­tosaurus (she’s from my Tyrrell Muse­um ticket).

The book form lends itself nat­u­ral­ly to mir­ror image print­ing. I thought this looked like a sea drag­on rising. 

I called this piece “Myceli­um Run­ning,” which is also a very cool title of a book about the unseen organ­isms that keep the bal­ance of the earth. Myceli­um is the veg­e­ta­tive part of a fun­gus. Not the roots, but rather the branch­es. And the mush­rooms are the fruits of the fun­gus. Myceli­um is vital in ecosys­tems for its role in decom­pos­ing plant mate­r­i­al, and it com­pris­es of some of the largest organ­isms in the world. 

This is called “minc­ing my words,” made after I roy­al­ly failed a job inter­view, and remem­ber­ing oth­er inter­views that did­n’t go as I hoped. With pieces of my hand­writ­ten notes from school and resume, and feel­ing like I was pre­tend­ing to be who I was not, going in cir­cles and nowhere. The weav­ing on the left and the X’s were a way of me say­ing “NO” to the whole thing. 

This is my favourite. It’s called “Revenge of the Upside-Down”. But we, we who are female, we who are racial­ized, we who are dif­fer­ent from the so-called norm, are not back­ing off. 

Close-up of the glit­ter and determination!

So, I thought it’d be fit­ting to post about this project today, and to end the post with this par­tic­u­lar image, as I’m tran­si­tion­ing from full-time front­line work to aca­d­e­m­ic work in the fall, start­ing a new chap­ter, wad­ing through uncer­tain­ties, chas­ing a dream. 

In the mean­while, I’ll have a sum­mer with less work and more time for craft and fun adven­tures :) Stay tuned for more projects and pic­tures! Thank you for jour­ney­ing with me, always.



this week’s awesome finds

Long time no write! Have been work­ing on some long projects for a while, which I will be shar­ing soon! But for now, awe­some projects I came across this week!

This is bril­liant! I should make one of these so I’m not for­ev­er fish­ing for the right hook in my box full of hooks (and nee­dles, sigh, so dis­or­ga­nized…). From Cro­chet Spot.


Stay calm and smell the laven­der, with­out harm­ful chem­i­cals. How-to for an easy-to-make laven­der room spray on Pure­ly Katie.


With just 3 ingre­di­ents, per­fect for gift-mak­ing! Tuto­r­i­al for lip balm lock­ets from A Beau­ti­ful Mess.


Per­fect use for var­ie­gat­ed cot­ton, a med­i­ta­tive stitch worked from cor­ner to cor­ner so it’s not bor­ing. Pat­tern for a moss stitch dish cloth from The Cook­ie Snob.


I’ll pack a cowl! XD This awe­some cowl is a free Rav­el­ry down­load, by Deb Jac­ul­lo.


What a bril­liant idea, build­ing a ter­rar­i­um with Legos! From Make and Takes.


This chub­by cock­a­too! Free pat­tern from Furls Cro­chet.


Have a fan­tas­tic crafty week, everyone! :)


going places

If I were to give this shawl a name I would name it “going places”. Because of the repeat­ed arrow pattern.

It is a loom knit­ted project, for a gift. I used a 41-peg loom (largest of the set), and fol­lowed this pat­tern for “woven her­ring­bone stitch”, but I replaced all the yarn-overs with purl stitch­es, because the yarn-overs just came out way too loose with the gauge of my loom.

(But you know what, the oth­er night I had a dream that I got a new fin­er gauge loom that works per­fect­ly with worsted weight yarn. Yes, very spe­cif­ic dream. So maybe it’s a sign. We’ll see. Any­way, I digress.)

It’s actu­al­ly a real­ly easy k2 p2 pat­tern repeat with just dif­fer­ent num­ber of knit stitch­es at the start of each row to cre­ate the her­ring­bone pat­tern. Per­fect for knit­ting while TV-watch­ing, but not boring.

The yarn I used was Loops & Threads Barcelona. It’s quite soft, the colour tran­si­tions are fun to knit with, and the weight works well with the gauge of my loom, plus it was on mas­sive sale at Michaels.

The pat­tern is worked over mul­ti­ples of 4 stitch­es, so I knit­ted this over 40 pegs, until it reached 46″. Basi­cal­ly until I ran out of yarn, which is one skein and a bit more (left­over from anoth­er skein). With the reg­u­lar bind-off method it real­ly puck­ered, so I used a stretchy bind-off method. If I were to make it again I would def­i­nite­ly make it longer. I did win at yarn chick­en on this one though, so no complaints!

It was even long enough to work as a squishy scarf :D

Per­haps you’d give this a try? Let me know if you do! :D

Whether you use nee­dles, hooks or looms, have a hap­py craft­ing week!