Post by Valerie, Information Services staff
As the days get shorter and the weather cools down, October is a great month to attend the DIY Festival virtually at KPL! In recent years, and increasingly during the pandemic, there’s been an explosion of interest in DIY. Some people use DIY as a healthy way to escape from the stress of every-day life. For many, DIY fills a basic human need to be creative, to improve on, and be challenged to make something from basic resources and with little cost.
Through being creative while making new or repairing used items, upcycling, and so much more, people are working toward living sustainably. Are you ready to learn a new skill set and connect with others who share your do-it-yourself enthusiasm?
This year we have an exciting line up of virtual guests with a different theme each week. To start off the festival we have craft week, where you’ll learn how to knit with the Knit n’ Lit group of expert knitters (specifically mastering the art of short rows). The Knit n’ Lit group meets virtually each month to teach and support interested knitters. Later in the week Lots of Knots Canada will teach you how to Learn Macrame while making a beautiful Macra-Weave.
- Knitting Short Rows: Techniques for Great Shapes & Angles | Jennifer Dassau
- Vogue Knitting: The Learn-to-knit Book | the editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine
- Macramé for the Modern Home: 16 Stunning Projects Using Simple Knots and Natural Dyes | Isabella Strambio
- Statement Macramé | Natalie Ranae
The following week we’ll focus on financial literacy and budgeting. Participate in a Financial Check-up with Jessica Moorehouse who will help you get on track with your finances. Check out her blog, podcast, and financial education videos.
- The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness | Morgan Housel
- Get Your $hit Together: The Rebel Mama’s Handbook for Financially Empowered Moms | Aleksandra Jassem, Nikita Stanley
During the third week we’re learning about sewing and repairing our own clothes as well as how to buy a car! Leila Kelleher, the pattern maker for Muna and Broad (an independent sewing pattern company) will be teaching us about how to get started in sewing your own clothes while helping us to pay attention to fit and gender expression, among other topics. Later in the week a representative from the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) is leading a seminar on How to buy a car. Their mandate is to protect the car-buying consumer before they purchase their first vehicle.
- Print, Pattern, Sew: Block-printing Basics + Simple Sewing Projects for an Inspired Wardrobe | Jen Hewett
- No Patterns Needed: DIY Couture from Simple Shapes | Rosie Martin
- Lemon-Aid New and Used Cars and Trucks | Phil Edmonston
- Auto Repair for Dummies | by Deanna Sclar
Finally, the last week of the festival coincides with how to Buy and Sell Like a Pro, which is also part of the ongoing Stay Savvy Series at KPL. Learn how to navigate online sites like Kijiji, Facebook Marketplace and others. If you’re interested in selling your DIY products or in finding free items, then join this program.
- How to Sell Your Art Online: Live a Successful Creative Life on Your Own Terms | Cory Huff
- Buy the Change You Want to See: Use Your Purchasing Power to Make the World a Better Place | Jane Mosbacher Morris with Wendy Paris
Also, this last week we celebrate Media Literacy Week which promotes digital and media literacy across Canada. Tech Tutors (Tues, Weds, Thurs) and Computer or Tablet Tutors (Friday mornings) are ongoing programs which support digital literacy at KPL.
There’s something for everyone at this year’s DIY Festival. Hope to see you virtually!
- Check out this list of video tutorials from last year’s festival.
- LinkedIn Learning offers courses of interest to DIYer’s
- The Zero Waste Challenge from Reep Green Solutions is being offered in a 30-day or 7-day challenge; “Challenge yourself to reduce your waste and improve your consumption habits.”
No Holds, Try it Now!
If you haven’t tried reading a magazine digitally, this is your opportunity! Check out any of these issues from Download Library. The best part? There are no waitlists for magazines, so you can check one out and get started on something new immediately. Love these magazines? Learn how to add notifications in Libby for new issues.
- Embroidery: Embroidery for Beginners | Love Embroidery | Beginner’s Guide to Embroidery
- Cross Stitch: Contemporary Cross Stitch Collection | Ultimate Cross-Stitch Cards | Just CrossStitch
- Knitting: Simply Knitting | The Vintage Knitting Book | Interweave Knits
- Crochet: Crochet World | Simply Crochet | Beginner’s Guide to Crochet
- Quilting: Love Patchwork & Quilting | Beginner’s Guide to Quilting | The Ultimate Quilt Block Collection
Have questions? Want more recommendations?