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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

LAST CALL FOR XMAS GIFTS

I have a few items in stock that I got back from the Sales that I was in! They would make perfect holiday gifts for anyone on your list! Check them all out here. Including some great hats, headbands, and neckies! Here are some photos of a few items I have available! I am available for delivery/pick up until christmas eve! 




Stock up now before it's too late!!

x

Monday, 10 December 2012

It's beginning to feel a lot like knitwear!

Oh my goodness so many things going on! I love the holiday season! I just received my last order of yarn for the year!! Lion Brand has new yarn with sparkly thread throughout! I'm really excited to see how it turns out. Should make for some great holiday headbands :) I also have seen that a LOT of people have been viewing my headband tutorial! Please if you have any questions at all do not hesitate to ask, I would love to help. Also if you have photos of your finished product please send them over to me!! I would love to see and put them up.

This week in Toronto you can find my items at The Collective Gallery, 38 Abell Street from 11-6 every day, from Thursday-Saturday my items will be at Muttonhead's Holiday Galaxy Sale, 163 Sterling Road studio 9B from 12-7, they have some GREAT brands including cheap deals from Naked and Famous and this really cool looking sleep hood!!! I think I will get it for myself for Hanukkah. And THAT'S it for me before christmas! If you're looking for some scarffaces items contact me for what I have available and I will be happy to deliver it or have you pick it up from me!! 

Here are some recent photos of scarffaces lovers :)


Nicole in her new slouchy pomface!
Kim in her Kimwolf!
Meaghan in her honeycomb forest neckie!
Hannah in her Leeroy Tony!
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Friday, 7 December 2012

It's December so you know what that means! CRAFT FAIRS CRAFT FAIRS CRAFT FAIRS! or something. TOMORROW I'll be at the Nacho Mama's Craft Show at Sneaky Dees! Located at 431 College Street from 11-5. You can check out all of the awesome vendors here
From December 7-19 my pieces will be at The Collective Gallery, there are a lot of really cool vendors there as well, the pottery looks especially amazing! 

Shop local this holiday season!

x

Friday, 30 November 2012

Gift Guides & Where to Buy!

TOMORROW is the first day of December so that means Holiday Shopping!! I've been lucky enough to be featured in 3 holiday gift guides and I'm so happy and think that these guides feature other really amazing gifts! So check them out. My Val Braid was featured in the OSC Cross 'For The Ladies' gift guide along with other great pieces including a Cuchara necklace which I absolutely LOVE! I swear I will get one of those necklaces one day, I just have to decide what one and try them all on!!!! A few of my pieces were featured on Freedom Clothing Collective's site I have a bunch of neckies and Val braids in there along with my new Tatum twist headband! So if you're in the Toronto area you should definitely check it out! They also have really awesome coat racks!! Another thing that I have to decide on! They just have so many good ones, but I think that I've finally chosen out the one that I want. Lastly my slouchy pomface and chevron neckie were featured in the Muttonhead Galaxy Gift Guide and will be available at Muttonhead's Holiday Open Studio! It's open TOMORROW and then again December 13-15 at 163 Sterling Road Studio 9B 




A&B. Scaffaces, C&G. Cuchara, E&F. Muttonhead, D.Naked & Famous Denim, H. TOPO Designs
 
So a lot of possible gift ideas and places to check out!! I'll be in a few shows/markets in the coming weeks and will have an update about that shorly. 

x

Friday, 23 November 2012

This weekend!

LOTS of fun things are going on this weekend! Tomorrow I'll be at the SP Arts & Crafts Fair at 88 College from 10-4 with lots of knit goods and some NEW twisted headbands! I'll then be heading over to Worn Journal's Black Cat Ball at 805 Dovercourt Road to dance the night away!! They're having an AMAZING raffle with really really great prizes that can be viewed here! I know that I'll be buying LOTS of tickets! I gave three items to be raffled off, I hope that people like them!!   

I hope to see you there!! :)

x

Monday, 12 November 2012

Acid Cat Ears Pattern!


After posting this photo to instgram I had a lot of interest in these little ears!! Thank you all so much for your love and support!! Really makes me feel good about making silly things like cat ears. This pattern is actually VERY easy but it may LOOK difficult. If you're a beginner I think that you should still try it!!! There are some weird words but really all you need to know is the knit and purl stitch and you can learn the rest along the way :). 




For the full pattern click below! 


Monday, 5 November 2012

Muttonhead Fall Shop!

The Muttonhead Fall Shop started on Friday and I have LOTS of slouchy pomfaces there at the moment!! I was there on Friday night and it was so lovely, with a lot of really really great finds :) if you're in the Toronto area you should definitely check it out! Here are some photos from Friday night

Scarffaces + WORN as always :) I actually really love that purple/rust hat, when I get the hats back I'm going to keep one for myself teehee.
A selection of ALL of that hats that I made!! Glacier/navy, eggplant/rust, rust/eggplant, and grey/black. 
so head on down to Ossington (near Queen) for so really amazing locally made goods!!! On every day from 11-7 until November 11! 
x

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Thanks to everyone who came out last weekend to the Drake Fall Market! Although it was cold outside, I was bundled up in my warm knit items! I also was able to cuddle with a little dog for some time and that made things a little warmer. I drank hot apple cider and ate a pumpkin donut! It was the tastiest day!!! Here are some photos of the day:



Teeheehee how cute is Coltrane in the Val Braid! I think I will make some more for some doggie friends of mine. I was supposed to be in a market this weekend but it was cancelled! :( it's too bad because I really look forward to these markets and I have a great time meeting other vendors and customers. It's always a lot of fun. I'm thinking of having something at my apartment in November and then I'll be in a show for about two weeks in December. It's been a busy few weeks and certainly will stay this way until Christmas! 

x

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Drake Fall Market!

This weekend I'll be selling some items at the Drake Fall Market! I'm really excited because there looks like there's going to be some awesome vendors and I saw some photos of donuts!!! Last week I got a HUGE shipment of Neon Merino Wool and I didn't know what quite to do with it all! I started to make wrist warmers but they took me FOREVER and I didn't want to charge $100 for them. So instead I've put together some 'make your own wristwarmers' kits! Each kit includes two sets of double pointed needles, a skein of highlighter neon yarn (yellow, green, pink, blue or mixed pink), and a pattern that I wrote and use for the wristwarmers that I've been making. They are INCREDIBLY soft! I love them sooo so so so much and I hope that others like them too! Hopefully I'll put some kits up in my shop by next week :)
FIngerless gloves in mixed pink neon
Fingerless gloves in highlighter yellow!

xxxx

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Etsy Shop Update

I have finally come around to taking photos of the new pomfaces and have added them to the etsy shop! I really love this hat and I think it's a great improvement to the hat I made last year. For some reason last year I just couldn't get the slouchiness that I wanted, but I changed the stitches up and it fits exactly like how I imagined it in my head! I hate using traditional patterns so I go through a lot of trial and error before deciding on a final piece. 



Here's the new pomface in all of it's slouchy glory :) 


I'm obsessed. 
x

Monday, 1 October 2012

braided headband pattern!




Ok so the materials that you will need for this headband are:
  • size 17 (13mm) needles
  • one (or two) balls of super bulky weight yarn (category 6)
  • cable stitch holder (I actually use a double pointed needle, really you can use anything straight maybe a pen! whatever you have lying around)
For this pattern you'll be holding 2 strands of yarn together to get a bulkier feel, you can take both strands from the same ball of yarn, one that is easy to get on the outside, and one that might be harder to get from the inside of the ball. If you can't easily get the piece of yarn from the inside then you can either divide the ball of yarn that you have in half by rolling it, or you can use 2 different balls of yarn. 

Cast on 11 stitches
Row 1: knit all stitches
Row 2: k1, p9, k1
Row 3: k1, slide 3 stitches onto double pointed needle & bring to back, k3, knit 3 from back, knit remaining stitches
Row 4: k1, p9, k1
Row 5: k4, slide 3 stitches onto double pointed needle & bring to front, k3, knit 3 from front, knit remaining stitch
Row 6: k1, p9, k1 
Repeat rows 3-6 until it measures nicely around your head. It will stretch out a bit so it's ok to make it tight. It's ALSO ok for in the even rows, if you forget to knit the first and last stitches to just keep with the purl. It won't take anything away from the final product it will just be a little bit less wide. Having the consistent knit stitches on the ends makes it a little bit flatter, it's my preferred way but I have made it the other way too :)! 
When it's a good length cast off leaving a long tail to sew the ends in together. 
Now put it on and wear it around town!
xxxx

edit: I've seen that a lot of people have been using this pattern! Awesome! I'm so happy to see that! I would LOVE to see your photos of the final product!!!! Send to scarfffaces@gmail.com Thanks! :)

Saturday, 22 September 2012

new things!

A lot of changes have been made in the past few weeks at Scarffaces HQ! I changed my shop from a shopify store to an etsy store. I like it a lot better so far, shopify always had issues with transactions going all the way through and these issues aren't present at all in etsy. Although I did really like the way the shopify store looked I think that etsy is better overall. You can check out the etsy store by clicking on the shop tab at the top or on the etsy store on the side OR by clicking here

I made some new items for the Fall 2012 line and it's finally scarffaces weather here in Toronto! I love wearing a big sweater and a scarfface. The most popular colour of this season has been mustard and it's interesting because I only sold ONE mustard scarf last year! I think the colour is really great though and looks awesome with the chevron print, reminiscent of Charlie Brown! 


I also really like the bright colours that I've been able to get this year, like the Coblat. I sold no scarves in this colour last year! I think it looks great in both the honeycomb and the chevron patterns. 

I'm still loving the neon from the summer and think it looks great in the val braid!!




The entire fall collection can be seen on my facebook page here!! 

Sunday, 5 August 2012

City of Craft!

I am SOOO excited to be showing at this year's City of Craft Bloorcourt Arts and Crafts Street Fair! A good chunk of Bloor will be closed off to showcase different local artists and more! I went to the fair last year and it inspired me to make Scarffaces so I am super excited to be a vendor there this year. I'll be selling some highlighter items along with bracefaces and warm chunky scarffaces scarves for the upcoming winter. All items will be discounted so it should be really good!! I can't wait to see everyone there :) 
   x

Monday, 16 July 2012

Highlighter!

I LOVE highlighter colours and I'm very happy that they're "in" right now. Sometimes I feel like I can't find yarn colours that I like or that are necessarily "trendy" because yarn companies aren't always up to date. Especially when it comes to bright and vibrant colours, a lot of yarn colours are muted and grey. Manos del Uruguay is an amazing yarn company that produces fair trade yarn hand dyed and signed by the person who made it! I love it, plus they have amazing colours! I made a halter top and headband in my favourite manos colours. 

highlighter halter can be purchased for $50 on etsy, here


highlighter headbands can be purchased for $20 on etsy, here

I hope you like! 
x

Monday, 18 June 2012

bracefaces!

I've been working on these bracelets for a while now and they are finally up on etsy here






I think they're really cool and I hope other people like them too! 


x



Monday, 21 May 2012

see with your eyes not with your lens

For my first day as a true tourist in NYC I decided to go to the MoMA to see the Cindy Sherman exhibit. I've been wanting to go for a while but becoming a master came in the way. The line for tickets was 30 minutes long AND it was raining but I had a book so I waited it out. Once inside it was INSANE, so many people all over the place. The most frustrating part of my experience today was the amount of people taking photographs of the art. It was annoying having to wait for people to take their photos in order to walk to another part of the museum. And not only that but a lot of people would simply look through their camera lens/ display screen, snap their photo and walk away. I even saw people standing in front of a piece of art looking at all of the photographs that they had perviously taken!!! It was a very strange sight to see and it annoyed me greatly. For me, viewing art is an emotional experience and I love to look at the intricacies of the piece, but most of the people at MoMA were almost robotic, taking photos and moving on without examining the piece in front of them. And for what? To transfer the photos to their computer later and maybe look at twice in the future? To add them to facebook to show to their 100 friends? I couldn't even get close enough to look at Van Gogh's, The Starry Night, but I've already been to the MoMA on a less busy day and have been lucky enough to look at it closely. But more than just that, this is the digital age! All of the pieces that people were taking photos of are available to look at ON THE INTERNET already!!
See I just found this on the MoMA website. It obviously doesn't look good as it does in person, And neither will the photos that people are taking of it. It's something that should be experience by looking through the human eye and not through the lens/display screen of a digital camera. 


Two amazing exhibits on right now are the Cindy Sherman exhibit that I went to see explicitly, and the Taryn Simon's A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters 1-XVIII. They were actually both very similar. Cindy Sherman uses herself as a model to create portraits of characters and places in an exaggerated and beautiful way, while Taryn Simon travelled the world to obtain portraits of family members while explaining their personal stories. I saw Taryn Simon's after Cindy Sherman's and was really blown away. Having seen Cindy Sherman's you know that her portraits are characters, and it takes away from the reality behind her stories. Taryn Simon's are striking because of their realness. MoMA does a good job at making both exhibits highly accessible to people outside of the NYC area, clicking the links above will take you to the exhibits' websites which include photos, explanations, and videos. 


It's definitely worth checking out the MoMA if you have a chance and buy tickets online to avoid the line! 


Remember: see with your eyes not with your lens!


x

Thursday, 12 April 2012

happy national grilled cheese day!

To celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day I made a really fancy grilled cheese and it was soooo yummy!!! Inspired by Milk Truck Grilled Cheese who always has the longest lines at Smorgasburg and who I love, I made a Grilled cheese with caramelized onions and apples with both old cheddar and shaved parmesan. 



Friday, 6 April 2012

Polaroids on a sunny day!

A few weeks ago I took my polaroid up to the roof! It was VERY sunny and warm out. First, I used a regular pack of Impossible Project Color film, then I used Impossible Project expired Color film. The expired film ended up coming out better, but I had just taken it out of the fridge so that may be why. None of the photos really turned out well at all. I think this is because of how sunny it was, and it was around noon so the sun was really shining down. I used iphoto to edit the photos and the result is that you can see them a little more clearly. 

Parents on the roof (PX70 Color Shade - not expired). It's really difficult to see anything in the right half of the photo. 

I pressed enhance on iphoto and played around with the settings and this was the best I could do! The right half of the photo is still hard to see but I like the little bushes on the left. 


Roof showers!  (PX70 Color Shade - not expired)
This one also didn't turn out at all, the same thing as the previous photo, the left third of the photo is more clear. 
It's a bit easier to see after iphoto editing but again mostly in the left third of the photo.
PX70 Color Shade expired film. 
This photo is the clearest, and I like all of the colors. 
After editing in iphoto. There is better contrast and the image is sharper overall.
Meowold in front of the empire state building. PX70 Color Shade expired film. 
This photo has a dreamy, fuzzy look and a lot of yellow tones.
After editing in iphoto, the yellows are brighter and there is more sharpness. You still can't see the empire state building in the background though. 

So! Lesson learned. Don't take polaroid photos in the bright sunlight unless you want to get dream-like fuzzy effects. 



xxxx

Friday, 16 March 2012

Polaroids 4




Here's an old photo I found in my parent's house! Taken on the same polaroid camera that I use now!! I like the colours in this one and it's held up really well over the past 20 years. 

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

6th grade diary entry #25

June 24 1998, 
Dear Diary today was great. Jen couldn't reach Jacob on the phone, so I told Ryan and Aaron that I hated Jacob. Our plan was Aaron would tell him in french class, then Samantha would say "Is that true Laura?" While Jacob is looking and I would say Yes. Jacob's bus was right behind my bus so Aaron and Ryan told him and said "Laura isn't that true that you hate Jacob?" I of course said yes. Then James asked me out, of course I said yes (I'm so happy!) We're going to the movie on Friday. Now everyone's mad at me because everyone likes him. Like Sara, Erin (she's convinced he's her boyfriend) and others. Some people in the other class said that I only said yes because I didn't want to hurt his feelings (that's not true). Gotta call Lisa! Bye! 

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

6th grade diary entry #24

June 22, 1998
Dear Diary, 
Guess what? Today was the grad. I danced with Jacob, Martin, Dave, Jeremy, Sam, Alex & Jacob (again). James won a prize, it was Janet Jackson's single "Got till' it's gone". I asked him for it and he gave it to me. He said "let's just call it a present." So I was like okay. Then Lacey said "Look what James got your girlfriend" Jacob said "so" she said "I know something about Laura but I can't tell". Claire gave me the "I can't believe she said that oh my god" look. Jacob went into the hall and said "I know Laura likes James, Lacey tells me all the time!" Claire said "Ew, no". Claire told me and so of course I thanked her. Then he asked Lacey if I liked James. She said no, but of course Jacob always has to be right, he said "I can tell by the way she talks and smiles." So now I'm pissed and I asked Jen to tell him I didn't like him and then for me to get on the phone and dumb him. Tomorrow I'll said "Jacob I hate you!" Gettin' tired. 



Monday, 27 February 2012

Polaroids 3


Amar and I had a little photoshoot on the roof over the weekend and while we were up there took some polaroids! These two photos were taken within a minute of each other but turned out very differently. It was also cool to see the change in colour as they were being developed. Here are the photos about 15 minutes after being taken: 


I really like the pinks!! Here are the same photos a few days later :


The pinks turned into yellows and somehow Amar's face was cut off, oh the mysteries of polaroid film. It was really cold and windy outside though so that might have something to do with it, but really every photo that I've taken with this film has turned out differently. The difference in sky colour is really a mystery though. The "real" sky looked more like the photo of me than the photo of Amar. 
xxxx