All I Want for Christmas …

The only thing on my Christmas list this year? A request for more time. In a day, in a month, in a year. So many projects on my to do list (both that I want to do, and have to do), and not nearly enough time! Which got me wondering; if I had less “stuff”, would I have more time to focus on the things I really enjoy? Less stuff means less cleaning/maintenance/energy spent thinking about it, right?

Then I read this article.

It really resonated with me. Having moved several times in the past few years, I’ve gotten really tired of lugging stuff around, only to pack it into boxes for storage in our new house. What’s the point?  So, slowly and surely over the next few weeks (because what better time than right before Christmas?), I’m going to be scrutinizing the stuff in our house, and playing hardball. I know that I’m happier and more creative when the space around me is tidy and organized, so I would think the same thing stands for items that aren’t being used but are packed away and taking up space – mentally and literally.

This time of year especially, I have an inordinate amount of items lying around, as I’m gearing up for one of the  local markets I participate in. November 27/28 at the Winnipeg Vineyard Center, Smash Knits will be a part of the Third and Bird Christmas Market. It’s a great mishmash of local artisans, complete with delicious food and drink, all supporting a great cause! Click here for more info.

Rightfully so, knitwear has been flying off the needles and hooks, nonstop. As a result my sewing machine is collecting dust and I’m chomping at the bit for the moment when things are peaceful and quiet and I can dive in to the myriad of patterns and projects I have bookmarked. That’s probably in 2020?

Until then, here’s a few things that have been going on in October/November…



For the past two months, pretty much every spare minute has been dedicated to knitting up a storm. This pile has been constantly growing. Sometimes, I just sit at marvel at all the cushy, cozy items that will soon be making their way to new homes.




Lots of cables and super chunky weight yarns in this year’s line up. Anyone else experiencing a love affair with Loops and Threads Cozy Wool?





This sweet little man joined the family last month. His name is Swanson, he is about 5 months old, and an absolute hurricane sweetheart. He spends a lot of time unraveling my yarn and biting my toes. Pretty adorable, I know. Swanson’s namesake is Ron Swanson, from Parks & Rec, which is Boyfriend Smash’s favorite actor. See pillow that I made below as an example of how deep his love goes …




Hopefully December will find me back behind the sewing machine, finishing up a few Christmas gifts and starting to tackle some fun summer dresses and bathing suits in preparation for Costa Rica in February 2016! We had our first snowfall/mini blizzard yesterday so the prospect of sunshine and coconut-scented sunscreen is especially tantalizing…


Where did summer go?!

Things have been busy the past few months in my neck of the woods! The summer months found boyfriend Smash and I working hard outside to build a deck


plant a garden (that didn’t thrive – hopefully next year!), and enjoy the weather. We also did a few inside projects, including building gallery shelving (plan here) to replicate my old ones


painting the LR/DR, painting my new sewing studio (eeee!!!)


and painting the bathroom. Whew, I’m tired just reading that list!


A best friend’s wedding at the end of August called for some fancy clutches, so I’m happy to say that at least the only sewing project I managed over the summer was for such a lovely occasion. These four beauties were made in taffeta (grey) and satin (purple), and were a lot of fun to sew! The pattern is from ConstructivPatterns. I can easily say I have never sewn with such a comprehensive, detailed pattern. At first glance the clutch may seem complicated to construct but this pattern made it so, so easy. Heads up, there is a fair amount of prep work involved, but it is completely worth it! The clutches were finished off with custom labels with our names on them, and a little sentimental embroidered heart and initials, requested from the bride in honor of one of her Grandpa’s.

clutchGiven that my last sewing project was a two months, I am certainly getting antsy to get back to sitting in front of my machine, but…. it’s fall, which means that Smash Knits craft markets and the Etsy shop are in full swing and keeping me busy with orders, so no sewing for this girl for a while yet! Instead my hands are busy with cushy cozy wools…

WEST Handmade and Vintage Sale VII

Spring has (almost) sprung here in Winnipeg yet again! I’ve traded in my wool for some cotton and linen and my hands have been busy whipping up some spring/summer accessories for this upcoming sale. There’s always such an eclectic ensemble of talent at this semi-annual event; something for everyone!

I’ve had to put a few personal sewing projects on hiatus for a while to make way for more stock, but I am absolutely chomping at the bit when it comes to sewing up some pretty sundresses for warmer months!

Hop on over to the WEST blog to see a few snaps of some of the vendors that will be showcasing their wares May 2nd :)


Today Ashley of ChunkyKnitz is generously giving away not one, but two knit items! Three, if you want to get technical.

First up is a gorgeous knit twisted headwrap and a cozy crocheted cowl. Second item to go to a lucky winner is a color-worked beanie topped with a yarn pom pom. This item is sized small, so perfect for the little lady in your life.

Crocheting had come easily to Ashley of ChunkyKnitz but knitting had always eluded her. What started out as an experiment to see if knitting was in the cards for her, she quickly became obsessed with all things knit. Trying different fibres, tools, techniques, and patterns, she continues to grow and challenge herself.
ChunkyKnitz on Etsy opened in January 2014 and with the addition of social media, its popularity continues to grow as do the networking opportunities with other awesome makers.
Visit ChunkyKnitz on Etsy, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest @ChunkyKnitz and Twitter @ChunkyKnitz_204.

And in order to enter the draw, click here!



Today Ashley of Country Stitched is keeping with the Heart theme and giving away a one-of-a-kind handmade flannel throw pillow cover in a beautiful black and white damask print. She has lovingly adorned it with a red heart applique and button detailing just in time for Valentine’s Day. This pillow cover fits a 20″ square pillow form. The pillow form will be included for a local winner. If the winner requires shipping, Ashley will ship FREE but the pillow form will not be included.

Country Stitched is a one stop flannel shop where you will find many other throw pillow covers as well as her best selling infinity scarves and other handmade flannel accessories. All of her handmade flannel designs can be found in her Etsy shop, and there’s lots of goodies to see!

Be sure to like both pages and comment on the photo for your chance to win!

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