Thursday, July 21, 2005

I'm back!

Last night I finally returned to a normal Wednesday night SnB at Lettuce Knit. My mission: To find a brainless knitting project to take to Hillside this weekend. After all, I'm going with Johanna and Jill -- you can take the SnB grrls away from the LYS, but you can't take the yarn away from the SnB grrls. I'm not gonna be the odd one out!

Anyhow, despite my handfuls of abandoned projects, I decided to start on the ribbed stole from Loop-d-Loop by Teva Durham (only mine's no "fade out" as I'm knitting the whole thing in this olive Debbie Bliss aran merino). After the tubular cast on (that Stephanie patiently helped my dormant knitting brain to decode), it's smooth sailing for a whole foot and a half of K1P1. Just what I need in a stimulating environment such as a music festival with a whole handful of former crushes. And it seems that if I don't like it around my shoulders, I can wear it as a skirt come the fall.
Thursday, July 14, 2005

Blast off!

Last night, we launched the zine. A couple dozen people showed up, they seemed to have a good time, zines were purchased, I'm glad.
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The Embassy had this really great spiced ginger and rosemary ale on tap.

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I brief Johanna on the merch table. We avoid eye contact.

Johanna and Megan

The zine in action

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Don't we look crazy?! Both Megan and I have far more attractive facial expressions in real life (and less beakish noses).

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Denny and Laura (right) tell the other SnBers how much more popular they've become since they contributed to the zine.

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My mum (right) came with David and Sharon.

Laura and her yarn
Laura plans to write about spinning for the next issue.

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The Embassy's never seen so many crafty grrls!

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Jasmine, Jane and Alison

Thanks to everyone who came. Thanks to Johanna for peddaling the zines, and Michelle for taking the pictures.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005

The big "O"

So you want to order a zine.
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Here are your zine options:
Take Back the Knit #2 ... $8
Take Back the Knit #1 ... $5
Vegan Freegan (a cookzine with 70 recipes) ... $5
Ripe #4 (a veg cookzine with 40 recipes) ... $5.50
Ripe #3 (a veg cookzine with 30 recipes) ... $4
Ripe #2 (a vegan cookzine with 40 winter recipes) ... $3 CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK
Ripe #1 (a vegan cookzine with 20 recipes) ... $2
Seed: an introduction to herbal healing ... $2
Zen and the Art of Brownie Baking (a super zine with a punk-rock edge by my friend Josh) ... $2
Excuse me, could you please pass the privilege (also by Josh) ... $2
East Village Inky (an intelligent and humourous zine about NYC life as a hip mama of two by Ayun Halliday) #s 27 & 28 ... $3 ea. NEW!

To read about some of the zines, go here.

Handling and Shipping
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Tack on $2 for each copy of Take Back the Knit or Vegan Freegan ordered, and $1.50 for Ripe #4. Tack on $1 for every copy of any other zine.

Please send well-concealed cash to the address below. Sorry, but I don't take cheques and I don't have a PayPal account (whatever that is). If you live in Canada, send Canadian dollars. If you live in the States, send USD. And if you're in Europe, send Euros (our pounds in the UK). Wrapping cash in an extra sheet of paper should be fine. For pesky loonie and twonie coins, tape them down to a piece of paper.

Send the list of zines you're ordering, your payment and your mailing and e-mail addresses (the later being to confirm if there are any problems) to me at:
jae steele
c/o L'Arterie
176 Bernard West
Montreal, Quebec
H2T 2K2

I will do my best to get your orders filled as soon as I can given that I juggle a couple different jobs. Please be patient. If you order zines and eight weeks or more pass with no word, please send an e-mail to takebacktheknit AT gmail DOT com with "outstanding order" in the subject line and we'll figure it out.

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Take Back the Knit #2 is also available at these great places:
Lettuce Knit, Toronto ON
The Toronto Women's Bookstore, Toronto ON
The Knit Cafe, Toronto ON
The Naked Sheep, Toronto ON
Fresh Baked Goods, Toronto, ON
Speak Volumes, Peterborough, ON
Pharmacie Esperanza, Montreal PQ
L'Arterie / Elle Corazon, Montreal PQ
Bibliograph, Montreal PQ

Thank you muchly for supporting my art.

Last updated 20 October, 2006.
Sunday, July 10, 2005

Indulge me for a moment if you will.

Check it out!
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Me with a real copy of the zine in my hot little hands!
Get a little taste. The table of contents (not that you can read it, but just to get a taste of the amount of content):
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Some of the inside:
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The back cover.
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Oooooo. Aaaaaaah. What a relief. And I feel the need to return to knitting immediately.

Ordering details will be posted promptly.
Friday, July 01, 2005


* As of July 5, please note the change in venue for the launch party below.

On Tuesday evening I threw my hands up in the air and announced I was done. All the various struggles (difficult communications with advertisers and contributors, facing graphic design on my own as someone who knew nothing about it or the computer programme I was working with, etc.) had been dealt with as best they could, and I could finally say to my dad, "Okay, call the printer. It's time." It was kinda like being pregnant and turning to your partner and telling them to give the midwife a ring cause you're pretty sure you're in labour. (Imagine if you were giving birth two months late though?)

And so here lies my final editting copy:
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And now - we celebrate!
I've never done this before, but with this issue I'm gonna have a Zine Launch Party. If you live in Toronto, quick go grab your daybook and mark it down. If you don't live in Toronto... haven't you been looking for and excuse to come visit?
The date is Wednesday July 13 (and I have been assured that the zine'll be in my hot little hands by then), and the time'll be 8 pm. If you're a regular at the Lettuce Knit Stitch n' Bitch all you have to do is relocate a block or two away - it's going to take place at The Embassy (223 Augusta, north of Dundas between Spadina and Bathurst). It's not gonna be a big deal, just drinks (they've got great drinks), knitting, and of course zine admiring. If you contributed this'd be a good time to come pick up the copy that's rightfully yours, and if you didn't contribute this is a chance to buy one (or four - to send to your knitty friends!). And as an added bonus it turns out that there'll be live music at The Embassy on that particular night. Wheee!

But what about me - you ask - the grrrl (or guy) who can't make it to the launch? Don't you worry your pretty little self, I'll be posting mail order details soon enough (please don't e-mail me yet).

Oh, and Happy Canada Day to you if you're one of those patriotic types. I'm going to see Feist and Apostle of Hustle down at Harbourfront.

And Happy Wedding to my Peterborough pals Nick and Camille who're doin' the ol' "I Do"s at Ecology Park tomorrow. I'm making pasta salad for 40.

"Domestic affair... do you think it's a funny title?" I asked a friend.
"Funny ha-ha?" she responded, "well, no not really."
"But 'domestic affair', it's like what's going on in the nation, but it's also me, being drawn to all these domestic tasks - knitting, cooking, caring for small children..." I tried to explain.
"I like that it has the word affair in it," she concluded.

jae's first book!

Get It Ripe cover Have you seen my award-winning whole foods cookbook Get It Ripe: a fresh take on vegan living (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2008)? Keep your eyes peeled for it!
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