Category Archives: about Yvette

A little bit of my history

The Start of Pine Ridge Knit & Sew

Sew What Yvette? 

Pine Ridge Knit & Sew, my dream.

Sew, here’s how I look, (on a good day).  (Most days are good days)  I turned 63 in July and I’ve sewn most of my life. 

My mom was my inspiration and my mentor.  She and my father immigrated from Holland, with me, and her sewing skills. 

These are my mother’s diplomas.  My youngest sister had them framed for me after our mother died.  They hang in my sewing room near my sewing desk where they comfort and inspire me.

In 1986 I was a “stay-at-home-mother” of 3, and I started a home business.  Unintentionally.  With a knitting machine that I knew how to use.  People started coming to me for lessons, and it wasn’t long before my kitchen/living room was a machine knitting classroom.  Soon everyone migrated to the rec-room in our basement and Pine Ridge Knitting Machines was born.  On County Road 9 just south of Fenella, Ontario.

When my youngest went to school full time I went “store-front” to a rental unit in Baltimore Ontario, just north of Cobourg.  Sewing machines joined the knitting machines, and eventually the business name changed to Pine Ridge Knit & Sew. 

My mother encouraged me to follow my dream.  

Now located in Trenton Ontario, my oldest daughter bought Pine Ridge Knit & Sew in early 2014 and now it’s her dream.

These days I machine knit, repair and refurbish used knitting machines, cook, garden, and actively “share my love of sewing” with others.

I’ve just recently been appointed to the “Jalie Promo Team” where I’ll be sewing and reviewing even more Jalie sewing patterns.  Another dream has come true.

 

CreativFestival Fall 2017, It’s NEXT WEEK!

Here’s what it says on the website:

An unbeatable shopping excursion infused with ideas, inspiration and instruction.

Since 1988, Creativ Festival is Canada‚Äôs largest DIY consumer show dedicated to the creative arts of sewing, knitting, beading, spinning, weaving, felting, quilting, crocheting, stitching, scrap-booking, crafting and other fiber, textile, needle and paper arts. 

Whether newbie or seasoned pro, join others who share your creative passions at this exceptional interactive experience like no other where you can discover, learn, try and buy!

It will be a Celebration of Creativity!  Join us there on October 26-28, 2017!  Click here for the CreativFestival Fall 2017 brochure (here)   (We’re on page 8)

I’m helping out in the Distinctive Sewing Supplies booth, and teaching some classes;

Catherine’s Trunk Show is always great!  It’s free, come and join us at the Fashion Runway at 12:30 each day.

My No Pockets? No problem!  class is a free lecture style and I’ll show you a variety of pocket ideas for you to add to your garments.  I have a lot of samples to show you.  See you at the Sew News Stage, Thursday at 10:20

My ONE PATTERN …THREE DIFFERENT TEES, is a hands on “Pattern Hacking” class.  There is a fee and a supply list for this one. 

Designer Neckline Finishes is a free class/lecture requested by many of my sewing followers.  I have many samples and I hope to inspire you.  Sew News Stage Friday at 2:30

Fashion Fabric Know-How is a free class/lecture where I’ll talk about choosing the correct fabric for your pattern.  I have many samples of different fabrics for you to see and touch.  Sew News Stage Saturday 9:30

It will be a busy weekend and I’m really looking forward to it.  If you’re one of my readers, please drop by the Distinctive Sewing Supplies booth, #442, and say hello!  We’d love to see you!