Sunday, January 14, 2018

Thunder Bay Waterfront Yarnbomb

We have been invited to Yarn Bomb the fence beside the skating rink at the waterfront park for SNOWDAY (Feb 19) as a kick off for this year’s Fibre Arts Exhibition. We are hoping people will participate by creating knit or crochet pieces that we can assemble into a giant wrap for the fence.

We had our first drop in Maker Session today and it was a great success and alot of fun. Thank you to everyone who came out! We had a big crowd coming and going throughout the afternoon making squares and hexagons plus pompoms!! We have a great start on the project!

Next Maker Session will be on Saturday, January 27 at Olives and Bananas Fibre Arts on Cumberland Street. Drop in anytime between 11am to 4pn.

If you'd like to participate, you can make your pieces  and drop them off to Amy at Olives and Bananas Fibre Arts on Cumberland Street or to Angie at the Baggage Building Arts Centre at the waterfront.

Here's a great YouTube video with crochet Hexagon step by step demo:

If you have questions please ask me or you can contact Angie at the BBAC.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Camp Happy Heart's Kirby goes to Vogue Knitting Live in NYC!

Look what happened today!

I am having a total fangirl moment. One of my monsters, Kirby, met the fabulous Stephen West at VKLive in New York City today! (For those of you who don't know who Stephen West is... he is a freakin super knitwear designer who is kinda like the Elton John Rockstar of the knitting world and VKLive in NYC is like knitters' Fashion Week.) ❤

I love it when people post pics of the fun they have with my creations!! I wish I was there too!! This post totally made my whole weekend!!!

Kirby has his own Instagram account at: @adventureswithkirby

Monday, January 1, 2018

First project of 2018

First project of 2018 is a teeny tiny unicorn loving rollerskating monster. I hope to have the pattern for the regular sized version out by March!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas to you!

From my family to yours, 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Still shopping?

Still shopping for gifts? These guys will all be available after 3pm today at the gift shop in the Baggage Building Arts Centre at marina park. Happy weekend to you all!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Two Heads are better than one!

It's so hard to say goodbye! Benny and Bruce went off to their new home today!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Gardener

This special gardening themed guy leaves the nest tomorrow to travel to his new home in Southern Ontario!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Strawberry Shortcake colour themed duo

This Strawberry Shortcake colour themed duo is on it's way to a new home tomorrow!

Kylo Ren Star Wars Themed Piece

I just finished this Kylo Ren Star Wars themed piece for someone's grandson.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Pattern in the works!

I'm overwhelmed with the requests for patterns of my creatures! I wasn't going to publish patterns but due to so many emails, messages and comments I've decided to write up a couple of them.

So a few patterns are in the works! Most notably, for my big buddy with all the accessories... plus a few others I have in mind.

I'm still looking at about 6-8 weeks to get anything written, test knit, photographed and then put into a nice PDF format. So, keep on the lookout! And.. if you might be interested in test knitting eventually, please send me an email or message.

People's Choice! Thank you!

My Celestarium piece won the People's Choice vote at the 2nd Annual Fibre Arts Exhibition at the Baggage Building Arts Centre!

I am so honoured that my piece was chosen and want to thank everyone who voted for my piece! There were so many beautiful and creative pieces in the exhibition and I was already humbled to be part of such a talented group of artists; To win the People's Choice vote is just so exciting for me. Thank you.

I'm already thinking of ideas for next year's exhibition!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Second Annual Fibre Arts Exhibition on now!

Last few days to view!!!!

This is a reminder to those of you who are local that the Second Annual Fibre Arts Exhibition is on now at the Baggage Building Arts Centre at Marina Park.

It's almost over! The last day is this Sunday, March 26 - so if you're planning on going to see it, do it before then!

The exhibition is free to view and the BBAC's hours are:
Tuesday to Friday:  11 am to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 noon to 4 pm

We did a “Meet and Greet the Artists” on opening weekend. You can see an article and my interview on the TBnewswatch website here:

This is my second year participating in the Annual Fibre Arts Exhibition at the Baggage Building Arts Centre, which is just in its second year. I have several pieces exhibiting again this year.

“Camp Happy Heart” (of course!) is a gang of hand knit, stuffed creatures of various sizes and shapes, including three two headed pieces, a momma monster with a baby in her kangaroo pocket, two gnomes in Nordic sweaters and a pair of hugging monsters.

“Teeny Tiny” is a compilation of eight miniature knit pieces mounted in a picture frame about 8x10” in size. There are a gnome, unicorn, panda, pirate, sheep, hedgehog, teddy bear and little bunny. They are made of a variety of scrap wool and other yarns leftover from other pieces and hand knit using needles measuring 2 mm wide.

“Linientreu” is a hand knit shawl which is an example of modular and row knitting. It is a knit, semicircular shawl, alternating the modular equilateral triangles with the straight rows. Each triangle module is knit and then joined to the piece as they are worked. This piece took approximately 40 hours to complete and is made of 1,098 metres / 1,200 yards of wool.

Finally, a piece that I’m particularly proud of is called Celestarium. It is a knit, circular, beaded shawl that is a constellation chart. Beads are used to represent the stars and it is an accurate view of the night sky from the North Pole.  I used a crochet hook that was 0.75mm wide to add the beads as I worked the piece.  The wool for it was hand-dyed for me specifically for this project by a friend who was a fibre artist in Minneapolis, who passed away last summer. Her inspiration for the colour, named Northern Lights, is the northern area of the continent that we live on. This took me about 65 hours to complete by hand and is made of approximately 900 metres of wool with 361 silver-lined crystal beads and is @ 42-43” diameter. (in the photo I’ve put string through a few of the constellations to demonstrate them)

Most pieces I make are sold or gifts, while many are also donated to charity raffles or fundraisers. I really enjoy seeing the child in everyone come out when they are able to hold, touch, or play with my creations.

While my main craft is toy making, I enjoy making pieces like Celestarium and Linientreu as a type of palate cleanser and a challenge to do something new to me, use different tools, fibres and other materials and to expand my skills.

There are a lot of fantastic pieces by really talented fibre artists in the exhibition so if you haven’t already – treat yourself to a viewing!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Camp Happy Heart Yarn!

Remember the roller skating, unicorn loving monster? How could you not? Well she made it to her new home with my dear friend Michelle in California, who is a yarn dyer by trade and owns Dancing Dog Dyeworks. Michelle has named her Francine AND created two fabulous colourways inspired and named after her!

Feast your eyes on "Francine of Camp Happy Heart" which comes in a veriegated worsted or a two-stripe (one stripe pink and one stripe the veriegated) fingering weight. I just love it! I know I'll make some happy stripey socks from the fingering weight and definately a monster or two from the worsted weight! How about you?

You can contact Michelle via Dancing Dog Dyework's shop on etsy here:

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Check out the February Walleye!

If you are local to Thunder Bay... Check out page 33 of the February issue of the Walleye magazine!!

Article about the upcoming Fibre Arts Exhibition at the Baggage Building Arts Centre at marina park starting in March featuring my photos of my silly projects!

I am really humbled to be part of a group of so many talented and very creative artists in the exhibit.

Thanks Walleye Magazine!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Teeny Tiny

Getting ready for the Second Annual Fibre Arts Exhibition and I am obsessed lately with teeny tiny knitting. Made on 2mm wide needles.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Roller Disco Unicorn

This roller disco unicorn-loving sweetie is headed to her new home in California soon!

A gift for Kirby

I'm sure you all remember Kirby who relocated to Wisconsin.....

Well of course I had to make him a Christmas present! I hope he loves his new teddy bear!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Holiday shopping?

Holiday shopping? These guys are in the gift shop at the Baggage Building Arts Centre at marina park. Great for the kid in all of us!

There's a few of my large guys, medium monsters and Gnome-ball ornaments/pocket pals. These are a unique gift.... I currently make less than 15 of each size of these a year for sale.
All handmade, local in Thunder Bay!

Made for gentle play out of acrylic washable yarn (spot clean with a wet cloth and air dry) and stuffed with hypoallergenic poyfil stuffing. All limbs are attached during the knitting process - not sewn on afterwards - for better security. Eyes are attached with large locking safety washers inside. Not Recommended for children under 3 years old.

Most of my large size creatures come with a mix of accessories such as legwarmers, hat, bandana, cross body bag with mini monster and journal in it.

BBAC gift shop hours are T-F 11-5 and weekends 12-4. Closed Mondays

Monday, November 21, 2016

A (unicorn) Monster and his (imaginary) friend

This monster wishes he was a unicorn and is never without his little  (imaginary) friend.

They went off to their new home today.