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Personalizing a Thrift Shop Conference Swag Bag

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:14

I have been looking for a basic backpack to use for when I need to carry a bit extra for myself and the kids, but don’t want my purse to feel like I borrowed it from Hermione Granger. I usually...

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Interview with Fibre Art Studio, Hand-dyer

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 14:18

I was delighted to get to interview Yoriko Oki of Fibre Art Studio. She is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The region is already known for its stunning scenery, but if you’ve seen Yoriko’s Instagram feed you know she is creating...

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Altering a Too-Small Dress to be a Just-Right Skirt

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 15:25

A few years ago, I found a dress at a local charity shop (thrift store) and I fell in love with the fabric. When I shop, I look for fabrics first, including fibre content, then fit and size. I can...

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Interview with Green Elephant, Hand-dyer

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 13:17

You know those colorways that make you want to spin around with your arms in the air? Yeah, that’s how I feel about how Fiona of Green Elephant Yarn uses pinks and greens. It’s downright delicious. Check out her Instagram...

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Sewing a Wristlet for Knitting On-the-go

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 14:52

I love the idea of knitting on the go with a purpose-built bag that is gentle on my wrist, so I started researching designs and features I prefer. I happened upon this helpful tutorial on Nadel & Gabel (I think...

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Interview with Bear In Sheep’s Clothing, Hand-dyer

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 13:12

As part of my series of interviews with hand-dyers, I’m sharing the words of Bernie of Bear In Sheep’s Clothing today. After an online friendship and sharing many real-life friends, I finally met Bernie at Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017. We talked...

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Reinventing an Eyelet Top

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 17:29

I love the current eyelet trend and add ruffles?! I found a darling white eyelet top at Penney’s that is 100% cotton and it was when we had those few hot days after Easter, but before I had gotten out...

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Interview with Eve Chambers Textiles, Hand-dyer

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 14:36

When Eve Chambers and I started coordinating a year ago on yarn for my upcoming book, I didn’t realise the extent of her talents or the friendship we’d develop in the process. I’m delighted to be sharing my interview with Eve on...

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Personalized Laundry Bags from Pillowcases

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 14:19

For traveling with my kids this summer, I wanted to make sure they didn’t forget all the household responsibilities they are used to at home. For this reason, I created a personalised laundry bag for each boy to have on...

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Interview with My Mama Knits, Hand-dyer

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 17:14

Over two years ago, I reached out to Sunshine Stewart of My Mama Knits because I was embarking on my Ultraviolet Knits book and her UV-reactive yarns were one of the few available at the time. We have corresponded ever...

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Summer Post Format & Book News

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 14:27

School is out of session here in Ireland, so it finally feels like summer. In the midst of some traveling and crafty adventures this summer, I will be back to posting twice a week. It’s hard to believe EvinOK is...

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Our WWKIPD for Innocent’s The Big Knit

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 14:32

For World Wide Knit in Public Day in Cork city, we held a special The Big Knit-focused KAL morning and it was such fun. Our group knit and crocheted many little smoothie bottle hats for The Innocent Big Knit campaign in...

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Making a Travel LEGO Set

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 14:45

Traveling this summer has inspired quite a few posts for EvinOK, but this was one of my favourites because I love LEGO.   Planning I loved the tutorials on Pinterest for metal Altoid tins or lunchbox LEGO sets, but it...

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What’s In My Travel Knitting Bag? How I Fly with Knitting Needles and Scissors

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 12:50

As I’m preparing for a bit of traveling this summer, I wanted to share details of what’s in my travel knitting bag. It still has all the essentials of my main knitting kit, but is streamlined and TSA friendly. You...

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How I Packed for Myself and Two Kids in One Suitcase – Summer Capsule Wardrobes

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 14:16

I just finished packing for a summer of travel with my two sons (ages 7 and 2) and am delighted that we are doing capsule wardrobes again this year. All three of our clothing for the entire summer fit into...

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Accessibility in Videos, Including Live Videos for Instagram Users by Rebecca Wilova

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 14:41

Today’s guest post is from my friend Rebecca Wilova. I’m honoured to give her a platform to share tips on how Instagrammers and YouTubers can make their videos accessible to the deaf population. Note: I have interspersed still photo examples...

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Keeping My Little Kids Happy on Long-haul Flights

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 14:02

Years ago, when my first-born LB was very little, I was anticipating a solo trip with LB (he was 20 months old at the time) and concerned about keeping him happy and calm. Up until then, he had been on five...

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My Quilted Bag from House of Nanoo

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 14:24

I recently went to West Cork Yarn Festival and fell for the beautiful quilted bags made by Caroline of House of Nanoo. There wasn’t one bag that just spoke to me, but I saw two fabrics that made me so...

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I Loved West Cork Yarn Festival

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 14:31

Last month, I drove out to Durrus in West Cork to visit the one-day and very special West Cork Yarn Festival. Nestled near the coastline of scenic West Cork in a community centre, the festival had a very intimate feeling...

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How I Arrange a Flatlay

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 13:14

A lot goes into the projects I make, but also how I photograph them. I’ve written about this before here and here, but today I’ll focus on flatlay arrangements. I think flatlays are less popular now than a year or...

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