Blog Profile / Indigirl

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Archived Since:May 3, 2010

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Finding my groove

11 months agoHobbies / Knitting : Indigirl

As the mother of a (newly) six month old, I’ll be honest. As wonderful as it is, and as much fun as we have, I’m still struggling to find a groove in our days. Awake time is filled with nursing, diaper changes, meals (we’re doing BLW), and play. And there are naps too. Carly is […]

Found Objects

We moved into this house in late June 2013, and had spent the previous 4 months prepping our old house for sale. As part of the staging process, we did a bunch of DIY; painting, rehapping the kitchen, and replacing light fixtures. But we also wanted to make the home feel spacious. That meant packing […]


Well. Carly Catherine arrived at 11:25pm on March 29, and my world bloomed. “Bloom” is the best word I can think of to describe it. It’s as if all the colours are brighter. All the moments are more precious. All the love is so much stronger. Carly arrived, and it was like Spring after a […]

Long time gone

2 years agoHobbies / Knitting : Indigirl

Geez it’s been a long time since I wrote here. So long, in fact, that I’m about 4 weeks away from giving birth to our first daughter. But let me back up. Since I last posted, I’ve: Bought a new house Renovated and sold our old house Gone to Florida to meet my sister, brother […]

The great de-stash of 2013 (part 1)

3 years agoHobbies / Knitting : Indigirl

Just in case these few weeks weren’t crazy enough, Sandra and I decided to buy a more family-friendly house with a bigger yard for the dogs and any future kidlets! Part of moving means de-stashing, so here we go! Preference to local pickups but I’m happy to ship anywhere for actual postage cost. I’m sorry, [...]

Dear Ellen (A Reunion Story)

3 years agoHobbies / Knitting : Indigirl

Dear Ellen, My sister Kimmy and I learned how to dance from watching your show. I’m sure you get a lot of letters like this, but what makes ours a little different is that Kimmy and I haven’t yet met. In 1977, when I was born, I was adopted. Only 3 days old, I went [...]

Recipe: Tricolore Tortellini with Peas, Bacon and Fresh Tomatoes

3 years agoHobbies / Knitting : Indigirl

Last night, Sandra came home with a package of tricolor tortellini; you know, the ones that are orange, cream and green. Because it was a weeknight, I didn’t want to cook a tomato sauce that would require an hour or so of simmering to really develop. I opted for a simpler and quicker mix of [...]

How-to: Download Graph Paper (Excel)

3 years agoHobbies / Knitting : Indigirl

When designing charts, I always use Microsoft Excel. It’s easy to make your own graph paper: Start a new spreadsheet Ctrl-A to select all Format->Column Width and set to 1.5 Or, you can just download mine: Download Graph Paper (Exce...

Me and My Jays

4 years agoHobbies / Knitting : Indigirl

For the first time since I became a fan, it’s June and the Toronto Blue Jays are playing like they’ll be seeing the tail-end of October. The division is so close that it’s still anyone’s game, and this Blue Jays fan is loving it. This season, Sandra and I splurged on season tickets in the [...]

Final Drafts: Introducing Middle Beach Shawlette

4 years agoHobbies / Knitting : Indigirl

Getting ready to publish a new pattern is a flurry of activity for me, capped off by the utter impatience to just release this thing into the world already. Middle Beach was very much like this. After finishing – and blocking – the Loch Ness version, I had to wait a few days for photos. [...]

First drafts and final drafts

4 years agoHobbies / Knitting : Indigirl

Occasionally, a design idea needs to go through several drafts before I feel I’ve gotten in ‘right’. When this happens, I usually rip back to the problem spot (or the beginning) and start again. And yet, with this draft, I couldn’t bear to rip it out. Even though the ribs weren’t lining up properly. Even [...]

Second guesses

4 years agoHobbies / Knitting : Indigirl

It’s been 4 weeks since I left mom and came back to Toronto. And 4 more weeks since her stem cell transplant. She’s now 64 days post-transplant. I realize, in the grand scheme of recovery, she’s got 4 to 10 more months to go, for her system to fully rebuild, for her strength to fully [...]

Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Marlin with Mushroom Risotto

4 years agoHobbies / Knitting : Indigirl

Yesterday was a rough day for me. Mom is slipping back a bit, and has had increasing problems keeping food down. It’s impossible to not worry, and it’s impossible for me to do anything to help from here, aside from providing what emotional support I can offer. By the time I got home, I was [...]

Introducing Riverbank Road

4 years agoHobbies / Knitting : Indigirl

When packing to move to Chicago for those 7 weeks, I was a wee bit over-zealous with the amount of stash yarn that travelled along. I had enough for several sweaters, many accessories, and even a sweater in progress (that still isn’t complete). I did, however, choose wisely when packing the swatch and ball of [...]

I survived Mom’s Stem Cell Transplant

4 years agoHobbies / Knitting : Indigirl

For the past week, I’ve been back in sweet home Chicago Toronto getting settled back into my own life. I had all these good intentions for my time with Mom. I’d blog daily. I’d go to yoga. I’d focus on health – hers and mine – and use my work hours to dig into some [...]


4 years agoHobbies / Knitting : Indigirl

Over the past three weeks, I’ve become overly acquainted with my mother’s bodily fluids. You name it, I’ve seen it. There was the pine-green bile-filled vomit. The applesauce and canned peaches that wouldn’t stay down. Blood from her catheter. Her tomato-soup-like stem cells being re-infused. Yellow platelet infusions. And other stuff that doesn’t need to [...]

Recipe: Two Apples Soup

4 years agoHobbies / Knitting : Indigirl

Studying French while growing up, I never failed to be amused that potatoes – my favorite tubers – literally translate as “Apples of the Earth”; les pommes de terre. And sweet potatoes? “Sweet Apples of the Early”; les pommes de terre doux. So, I like to think of this recipe as “Two Apples Soup” as [...]

Quick Update

4 years agoHobbies / Knitting : Indigirl

Mom went through her stem cell transplant fairly well, and her recovery time was so good they sent us home a full week ahead of schedule! We got home on Saturday night, and mom’s now in relative isolation in the back family room addition. It’s a nice setup – it’s a very large open space, [...]

64 Crayons: the story of a blanket

4 years agoHobbies / Knitting : Indigirl

Near as I can tell, I started this blanket on January 2, 2009. I had been at The Purple Purl for some knitting, and picked up 4 skeins of Kureyon with the intention of knitting a scarf. Somehow, I got it in my mind to cast on about a foot of stitches and work in [...]

Join me for a Watershed Masterclass

4 years agoHobbies / Knitting : Indigirl

When I travel to teach, I don’t often have the opportunity to schedule classes over multiple days, and never over multiple weeks. That means that my project classes are really ‘get started’ classes, often working through a miniature version of the project to get in all the key skills, and spending lots of time talking [...]

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