December 27, 2013

Weekly Project Knitting Class With Patrick Madden


Spring is surely just around the corner and I want you to know I continue to host a weekly project knitting class in Etobicoke, Ontario, Thursday nights from 7-9pmI provide individual consultation and mentoring as you work your way through a specific hand knitting project. 

I provide a relaxed atmosphere for busy individuals who want to focus on their craft, free from distractions. This class welcomes hand knitters of all skill levels; adventurous beginners, returning knitters who want to brush up on the skills or help completing a project started decades ago to intermediate and advanced knitters - all are welcome - and of course there is the social aspect to this class with coffee and tea provided.

I am happy to assist you in choosing a new project to start and guide you regarding yarn choices. You are also welcome to bring a project you started long ago and wish to complete and you can bring your current knitting project or two. I am there to assist you with all aspects of a project, from Casting On, shaping methods, reading and interpreting stitch pattern charts, trying new construction methods such as top-down and seamless circular knitting, to blocking and finishing of your knitting. You come to learn and perfect.

I will have select hand knitting yarns available at the class and students will receive a 10% discount on all yarn purchases

Please email me to reserve your place in the class or if you have any questions at  

If you are interested in another night or Saturday mornings, please email me and I'll consider offering an additional project class based on interest.

Details & Directions . . . 

Driving & TTC Directions/Map below

COST: $45.00 for 4 Classes. ($39.82 + $5.18 HST)

• LOCATION:  4968 Dundas St W., Toronto M9A 1B7
Located in the Islington Seniors Centre.

• Please use parking lot entrance. 

• TIME: 7pm-9pm sharp. 

TEACHER: Patrick Madden

Free Parking at rear of building and street parking.

Wheelchair Accessible and elevator.

• Minutes from Islington and Bloor Street West and Islington Subway Station is a 2 minute bus ride away or a 10-15 minute walk. 

• Located just east of Dundas Street West and Burnhamthorpe Road in Etobicoke.

• 5 minute drive from Hwy 427. Take Burnhamthorpe Road exit, head EAST on Burnhamthorpe, about a five minute drive.

• turn right onto Dundas Street (Coffee Time is landmark on your right), 4968 is located in the first building past Fox & Fiddle, directly across from Goodwill. 

TTC Directions:
• take the Bloor-Danforth subway westbound to Islington Subway Station.

You can either take the no.50 Burnhamthorpe Bus up to Dundas Street or walk, which is about 10 minutes. 

• walk up to the Bus Platform and look for signs for the no.50 Burnhamthorpe Bus.

• take the bus up to Dundas Street West stop, which is right in front of a CIBC Bank.

• Stay on that side of Dundas West and cross the street in the direction of the Coffee Time shop. Walking east, go past the first group of retail stores, past the Fox & Fiddle pub, past the small cemetery to the next building, which is the Islington Seniors Centre. Please use parking lot entrance.

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Thank you and I hope you can join me!
Take good care.
Patrick Madden

October 22, 2013

Autumn Floral Harvest

The garden still has some beauty to share with both me, the gardener, and in the form of pollen for the bees. With the forecast for single digit cold weather and rain, I ventured outside to see what I could collect for an indoor arrangement. I wasn't disappointed. Dahlias, Roses, Sedum and the foliage from my Blue False Indigo including seed pods, all melded together to create a pretty home accent. 

I am most grateful for the opportunity to garden and in this pretty space I call home. Never take life for granted. I don't! 

Enjoy your day!

All images ©Patrick Madden. All rights reserved. 

October 06, 2013

The Perfect Rainy Sunday Morning

A rainy Sunday morning, the perfect morning for my dogs, wet as it may be because they love this weather and I don't mind it either. We have this gorgeous parkland to ourselves and for the dogs it's bliss. Enjoy your day! ~ Paddy.