This particular installment of "This is where I live" has been a few months in the works, but I didn't want to post another one until I had this one done. It required a trip to Hamilton, which is about 60 kilometres outside of Toronto; this trip kept getting postponed for one reason or another. I thought the wait was worth it, and I'm already looking forward to our next trip.
This home belongs to my favourite knitter, Tara-Lynn, her partner Jason, and their sweet 8 year old daughter, Enid Rose. I knew that I would love their place after seeing glimpses of this apartment and past ones on her Flickr account (starting back when I first discovered Tara-Lynn's knits in the Myspace age, maybe around 2005?). It was a total girl crush at first sight.
Geoff & I arrived in Hamilton in the afternoon, stopping by White Elephant to give Hollie & Jane a little Polaroid of Pony (Hollie affixed it to the cash register). We picked up coffee at Mulberry Street, headed to the Mountain, and were welcomed into this effervescent home with brightly-coloured walls. The walls are painted bright shades: lime green, tomato red, baby blue. But Tara-Lynn and Jason have such calm, lovely personalities that the home feels so soothing amidst all the colour. The apartment is filled with books, artwork, and treasures collected & rescued over the course of many years. I think Jason feels a little funny about having his own artwork on the walls, but if I were an artist as talented as he is, I would have it up too.
We spent a really beautiful evening there before heading down to James St. North for the Supercrawl.
The papercut on the top shelf (as well as the papercut in the last picture below) are by Chad of Mon Petit Fantome.
This pretty kitty is called Mable!
Geoff and Jason were engaged in conversation here, probably about art. I love it when my dude can find a kindred spirit in another dude.
This was painted by one of Tara-Lynn's relatives.
One of my favourite drawings by Jason.
Tara-Lynn is busy preparing for the Puces Pop festival in Montreal this weekend. If you happen to go by, make sure to say hello! If you pick something up from her table, I can guarantee you will love it (I have many knits from her and I love each one -- lots of other happy customers pictured here).
Enid has the best room!
This pretty ball of yarn with seashell tones is going to become a headband for lil' ol' me! I can't wait.
Thank you, T-L and Jason! You're the best.
tara-lynn: I hope you can get yourself a little something soon!
Visions through my retina: Thank you!
Ringo, have a banana!: I'm glad you like the pictures -- I'm not really sold on them. They look kind of murky to me. But I figure that they won't be able to improve the technology unless we support the project. Ah, liberal guilt! We happen to have a couple of SX-70s and they produce such different results, it's so weird (one has sonar focus and the other doesn't).
DEADWEIGHT: Thank you! Yes, the shoes are so adorable!
Mallory: Haha! I think I prefer the strap ones now, but I love both!
kater: They are really soft! Yes!
Lexie, Little Boat: Definitely a great price!
Lil and Matt: Oh, cool! The boots are so nice. And yes, Erandi is a sweetheart!
sara: Thanks so much!
Juli: Yes! Although one that involved no actual REAL ponies!
angelune: I agree, it's a sweet shop. I had a great experience.
-Alaina: Ha! Thank you!
etre-soi: I'm very happy with them! The top of one of them gave me a little blister but I think it's just because the first time I wore them I wasn't wearing socks or tights and it was a hot day.
Ella: Aaah, I know the feeling! I hope you'll love them when they arrive.
anni: Thanks so much!
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