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Fall with Sweet Georgia Winner

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the contest on my blog last week, and please accept my apologies for the lateness of this post, as I get closer to wedding bells, life gets crazier! Kathryn, you’re the winner! You will receive your pattern via Ravelry :)

Kathryn wrote:

“The Aine is lovely, and totally your colour! I love that you are planning for Honeymoon knitting  ;) but hopefully you won’t have a lot of spare time. I love Nexus myself. I have so many single skeins that I would like to see in that design. I am also looking for something compact to take on a trip this weekend!”

And so Aine it is… sort of! Last Sunday I had to take a red-eye flight to Vancouver, and then Calgary for work. It was a crazy 36 hours, even with views like this:


As an extra perk, I got to meet the Yarn Harlot! I recognized her on my flight back to Toronto and she was quite good-natured about my request that she hold up Blue Brick yarn for a photo :) She was also immensely cool to talk to, and good company for that period of the inevitable boarding delay.


So why Aine… sort of? I took it on the Vancouver flight, figured I’d get started…






With the result that I’m about halfway done since these photos were taken. SO, the runner-up, the mitts, will come with me to the honeymoon as well :) Win!

Water Series 4 – Old Woman Bay

~A few quick notes for tomorrows Etsy Shop Update~

  • The Etsy Shop address is Right now the shop looks like it only has my patterns, but that will change at 1pm EST tomorrow.
  • I will carry 4 bases tomorrow:
  • Tobermory Worsted

    • Worsted Weight
    • 100% Superwash Merino
    • 200 yards/182 metres per skein

    Escarpment DK

    • DK weight
    • 100% Superwash Merino
    • 256 yards/234 metres per skein

    Killarney Sock

    • Fingering Weight Sock
    • 80/20 Superwash Merino/Nylon
    • 420 yards/384 metres per skein

    Point Pelee Lace

    • Lace Weight
    • 100% Superwash Merino
    • 980 yards/877 metres per skein
  • US and Canadian shoppers will now receive tracking numbers on all shipments, and expedited parcel shipping. Shipping will be *slightly* more expensive than it was last time for US shoppers, but I think you’ll appreciate the difference!
  • Each colourway will have more options for purchases. Per colour I am trying to list 4 Tobermory Worsted, 4 Escarpment DK, 4 Killarney Sock and 4 Point Pelee Lace. At the current size of our operation we have maxed out the size of each dye lot, but this is twice as big as last time and should provide shoppers with more options.
  • Lastly – a few folks have asked about the return of colours from my first release. We will bring back colours that were really popular eventually (we want to ultimately create a ‘signature line’ of people’s favourites) but we’re not there yet. For now I’d have to say that if you really love something, grab it :)

Ok! Onto my last new colour way: Old Woman Bay is in Lake Superior Provincial Park, and it’s one of our favourite spots :) Lake Superior is, by volume I believe, the largest freshwater lake in the world, and I’ve always felt that, from here, it felt very much like the ocean.


I’ve also been showing off photos of how the work looks reskeined, enjoy!

Bajan Pier

Bajan Pier

Thor's Well

Thor’s Well

Tommy Thompson Park (left) and Yachats (right).

Tommy Thompson Park (left) and Yachats (right).

Water Series 3: Yachats Sunset

‘Yachats’ (pronounced ‘yahats’ as I understand it) is a small town off the coastal 101 highway in Oregon. The town is just north of Cape Perpetua, where I took my ‘Thor’s Well’ shot. We checked into a hotel right on the water, and walked out back to find this! I was in heaven.


Another colour way making a reappearance at this Friday’s Etsy Shop update is Merrickville Gold:


We’v been working hard to bring lots of yarn to this update :) One more new colour way to release!

Free Pattern: The Man Slouch–Reloaded!

This simple slouch/touque is a quick, mindless, easy knit for both guys and gals.


Because, let’s face it; guys are picky. It can’t be too detailed, in a girly colour or contain un-manly motifs. Here then, is a base pattern for a very simple hat that can be worn slouchy or not, and dressed up easily for the more adventurous.

This pattern was originally written for one skein of Malabrigo Arroyo, but a few folks have pointed out that they can’t find the colour I used, so I have altered the pattern to use one skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK weight. Tanis has an amazing selection of ‘guy friendly’ colours, including Charcoal, Spruce, Graphite, Ravine and more. Enough to make sure that even the most manly men can find something they’ll wear ;)

This pattern is also a good option for more variegated yarns, so if you’re looking for a great way to use up a skein of Blue Brick yarn, this might be the ticket!


Gauge: 22 stitches = 4 inches – Size: 19.5, (22) inches around


  • 1 skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Lable DK  (sample shown in ‘charcoal’).
  • 4 mm circular needles and 4 mm dpns
  • 1 Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in your ends


(You read right, it’s a man-hat after all!)

C/O (108), 120 stitches and join for knitting in the round

  • Rows 1 – 22 – Work in k2, p2 ribbing
  • Row 23 (increase round): *K8, kfb* repeat from * to end 123, (135 stitches)
  • Knit all stitches for 6 rows
  • Purl all stitches for 2 rows

Main hat body:

  • *Knit all stitches for 12 rows
  • Purl all stitches for 2 rows*

Repeat from * 2 more times

  • Knit all stitches for 8 more rows.
  • Work 1 row of decreases as follows:
  • Row 9: *K8, k2tog* repeat from * to end (120 stitches)
  • Knit all stitches for 3 rows
  • Purl all stitches for 2 rows

Begin crown shaping (switch to dpns when needed)

  • Row 1: *k10, k2tog* Repeat from * to end
  • Row 2: *k9, k2tog* Repeat from * to end
  • Row 3: *k8, k2tog* Repeat from * to end
  • Row 4: *k7, k2tog* Repeat from * to end
  • Row 5: *k6, k2tog* Repeat from * to end
  • Row 6: *k5, k2tog* Repeat from * to end
  • Row 7: *k4, k2tog* Repeat from * to end
  • Row 8: *k3, k2tog* Repeat from * to end
  • Row 9: *k 2, k2tog* Repeat from * to end
  • Row 10: *k1, k2tog* Repeat from * to end
  • Row 11&12: *k2tog* Repeat from * to end

Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Use the tapestry needle to weave this tail through the remaining stitches and pull to close.

Wet-block to relax the yarn and enjoy!

Launch Day :)

Thank you everyone, for the kind words, encouragement and support as we’ve prepared the Blue Brick’s entry into the indie yarn dyer world! This has been a very cool, whirlwind journey that began as an experiment, went viral, and led us to this point.

A few quick notes about our yarn:
Everything will be available in our Etsy shop. The store looks empty at the moment, but that will change at 11 am EST today.

Each skein of Blue Brick yarn is inspired by a photograph taken by us. They are individually hand-painted using acid dyes in a pet-friendly, smoke-free home.

Each skein is handprinted individually, so if you are creating a multi-skein project we recommend striping your yarns to achieve consistency. While every effort is made to colour correct photography, your skein may look slightly different from the one pictured. Hanks may or may not be re-skeined before shipping. Information about each base, including fibre composition and yardage will be be in the write-up.

Speaking of shipping, we are perfectly happy to ship anywhere :) shipping options will be presented at checkout.

With that, I’d like to show off the last colour way for this update, ‘Balls Falls’. Balls Falls (besides having an amusing name) is a beautiful waterfall in the Niagara escarpment area of Ontario, an area that boasts over 115 waterfalls due to its unique geography. I loved this one little spot in particular because of the way the water comes right out of the rock.

And here is a quick recap of all the yarns that will be available today :)

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The Niagara Pumphouse, Art by the Lighthouse


This past weekend, Tito and I participated in ‘Art by the Lighthouse’, an art show on the banks of the Niagara River, by the Pumphouse Arts Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake.


The show was fantastic, and seemed to exist in a calm little circle, despite the terrible weather that was all around us. It was sunny and blue and we met lots of great people and artists.


What I really want to show off though, are our new jewelry displays!


A few weeks ago, at another show, I had an opportunity to see how our booth compared up against other handcrafts booths. I was a little disappointed – everyone else had tall, beautiful displays that attracted attention and gave height to their booth. Our work was laid out on the table, laid out beautifully, but from far away it didn’t look like we had much to show.


A few queries and conversations later, and I was planning to go for a drive through town after the show and see if we could pick up fruit or wine crates somewhere, when the owner, Liz, of Refuge Antiques came by, and purchased earrings from us, and I asked her if she had any suggestions.

I got more than I expected, and I can’t thank Liz enough for what a wonderful person she is – she gave me a little tour of her store, and worked out an amazing price for us on 3 gorgeous pieces; whitewashed, 1800’s barn windows. They’re beautiful, unique, and thanks to her generosity, we could afford them.

This is what we did!

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Thank you Liz, for helping us raise the game on our craft booth! Your generosity really made a huge difference to us :)

I am a Bad Blogger

…And I should feel Bad.


I have all kinds of stuff to talk about (and some stuff that I can’t wait to talk about, but have to keep on the low for a few more weeks) but I’ve just been too disorganized to really it together for a blog post. We’ve been so busy; we were at the Niagara Jazz Festival Etsy Market, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Farmers Market for a few weeks, and the Niagara Pumphouse annual Art By the Lighthouse show last weekend.


We’ve gotten really good at loading our car, we no longer get lost in Niagara-on-the-Lake, we’ve eaten a lot of delicious (unhealthy) road food and show food and late night bar food, and we’re tired and happy.


We’ve gotten some cool new displays set up (more on that later) and produced some gorgeous sterling silver work, and created some cute drawings to tell people about what we do and encourage them to try things on, but that’s not here either.


I knitted something. I knitted it so furiously and with such speed that I hurt my wrist. I can’t blog about it… but now that my wrists are better and I’m free to start a new project I’m overwhelmed with possibility.


I’m spinning, and dyeing, but I haven’t documented it.


Today though, today all I have for you are photos of the sky. I shot the sky all the way there, all weekend, and all the way back. Apparently, there was hell to be had in the township over, or back in Toronto, or in St Catharines the night prior… but somehow our art show existed in a perfect, clear blue sky with perfect weather. Lucky us!



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