leucocoprinus birnbaumii

That is the very uncommon name of a very common yellow houseplant mushroom :D

According to Wiki, it is also called “flowerpot parasol” or “plantpot dapperling”. Very pretty names. One started growing in our spider plant!


When we first spotted it it was very tiny, maybe quarter of an inch tall.

Then a few days later we noticed the cap completely open. It was still tiny, about half an inch tall.


This is a better picture from Mike.


We took these pictures at night. The next morning we found the mushroom already wilted :(

Have you had these mushrooms in your plants? According to this helpful site, it does not hurt the houseplants, and it’s not harmful they’re eaten. So maybe not so great when there are young children and pets.

Which reminds me, maybe some mushrooms are out already in the park. I should go out for walks sometimes and start looking :D

Hope you have a happy Sunday and a good week!


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water’s edge, a remake

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A remake of the Pastel dress, with a yarn that reminds me of the seashore — the different shades of blue in the distance, the greens of algae and seaweed washed up on the rocks.

Similar to the remake of the Ginkgo top, this sweater uses the same lace pattern as the top of the Pastel dress (which was a variation of the Ginkgo lace pattern), minus the armhole shaping and with a simpler boat neck shaping.

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The yarn I used was Mary Maxim Prism in Still Waters. I love this yarn. It’s affordable, super washable, the colours are amazing, has a nice drape. I wish there is a Mary Maxim closer to where I live… *sigh*

It has a very simple shape and stitch pattern, so I imagine it would look nice with a variegated yarn like Noro, or a sparkly yarn for fancier occasions :)

I used:

Light worsted weight yarn, approx. 700 yards

5 mm and 4.5 mm hooks

Tapestry needle for sewing

Sweater measures: 34″ around, 19.5″ in length

Length is easily adjustable by working more or fewer rows. Width can be adjusted by adding or subtracting stitches in the foundation ch by multiples of 6.

6 stitches = 1 3/8”


Stitch pattern:
Fan = [dc, 2 ch, dc, 2 ch, dc] in same space


With 5 mm hook, ch 85.

Row 1: dc in 6th ch from hook, skip next 2 ch, dc in next ch, [skip next 2 ch, fan in next ch, skip next 2 ch, dc in next ch] to end, [dc, ch 2, dc] in last ch, turn.

Row 2: ch 3, skip first dc, fan in dc between fans, [dc in 2nd dc of next fan, fan in next dc between fans] to end, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.

Row 3: ch 5, ch in 1st dc, dc in 2nd dc of next fan, [fan in next dc between fans, dc in 2nd dc of next fan] to end, [dc, ch 2, dc] in turning ch, turn.

Repeat rows 2 & 3 until there are 34 rows altogether, ending with row 2.

Neck shaping:

Row 35: work in pattern to the 4th fan of the row, dc in 2nd dc of the 4th fan, dc in next dc between fans, turn.

Row 36: ch 5, dc in next dc, dc in the 2nd dc of next fan, work in pattern till end, turn.

Row 37-38: work in pattern. Fasten off.

Attach yarn to the other corner of row 34, repeat rows 35-38.


Repeat pattern for front until neck shaping. Work 2 more rows so that there are 36 rows altogether, ending with row 2.

Neck shaping:

Row 37-38: repeat rows 35 and 36 of front. Fasten off.

Attach yarn to the other corner of row 36, repeat rows 37-38.


With right sides together and wrong sides facing, sew shoulder seams together.

With right sides together and wrong sides facing, sew side seams together, starting at the top of the 11th row from the top of the sweater.

Turn sweater right side out.

Edging: with 4.5 mm hook

Neckline: attach yarn to a dc (not part of a fan) on the back of neck. ch 1, sc in same dc, [sc in 1st dc of fan, sc in next ch 2 sp, skip 2nd dc of fan, sc in next ch 2 sp, sc in 3rd dc of fan, sc in next dc] around, sl st in beginning sc of found, fasten off.

Armholes: attach yarn to any space on the armhole. We will be crocheting into the side of the rows, or what I call “row-ends”. ch 3, work 2 dc in each row-end around, sl st in top of beginning ch 3, fasten off. Repeat for the other armhole.

Bottom edge: attach yarn to any ch 2 space, ch 3, work 1 dc in every ch 2 space, every base of a fan, and every base of a dc, sl st in top of beginning ch 3, fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

And it’s done! :D

Here’s an in-between shot in which I was caught adjusting the necklace, which I thought turned out kind of cool and stylish :D

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Hope you enjoy the remake! Have a happy Saturday! :D


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I recently received a lovely email from a friendly staff person at Warby Parker inviting me to write a post about my summer moments and to pick some of their sunglasses to go with them, for their #seesummerbetter campaign. While I’m not receiving any material or monetary compensation for writing this post, except perhaps friendly shout-outs from the Warby blog, I’m still feeling rather flattered that there is interest in this blog, especially since Mike just got a pair of glasses from them and he quite liked them, and had been telling me good things about the company, including friendly and approachable customer service :) Another thing that attracted Mike to shop from them is their Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program, which doesn’t only create access to affordable glasses, but also opportunities for skill-building and employment.

So I was happy about writing this post. But there is one problem: I don’t usually wear sunglasses. It’s kind of a foreign topic to me and I don’t really know what to write about.

Not that I don’t like wearing sunglasses. I think they’re very important for eye health. I’m just rather utilitarian about it (among many other things). I used to own a pair of sunglasses that I bought from the drug store, they go over my regular glasses (as in wearing two pairs of glasses at the same time). But then I got new glasses that are a lot wider than my old pair and the sunglasses can’t fit over them. And I never bothered to get a pair of prescription sunglasses. So I haven’t been wearing sunglasses for a few years now. Probably not good for my eyes, especially in the summer. The invitation to write this post might actually be a good reminder that I need to get myself a pair of prescription sunglasses soon… and maybe I’ll think a bit more about style rather just utilitarian this time (sunglasses that go over regular glasses aren’t the most stylish ever :S).

So I sort of interpreted the invitation to write this post as: if you were to buy a pair of sunglasses from our shop, which ones would you consider?

It’s always fun to window shop :)


Last week I got my hair cut and coloured :D I’m quite happy with the vibrant but not too bright colour showing from underneath. I have an affinity for grey glasses, so I think the new hair would look great with these :D And with a beautiful name like Luna Fade it’s hard to not like them.


Have I ever shared pictures of the curtains I finally sewed and put up? It’s only taken me 8 months! :S For the longest time we had disposable plastic table cloths taped to the window… but now we have these sea glass coloured curtains! :D And look at the glorious blazing summer sunset shining through.



I like sea glass… or is it seafoam? Anyway, I like these, because they’re sea glass coloured… and they are indeed named Beach Glass! :D


And today we had the perfect summer evening – sandals, cotton-candy-colour pants, trip to the library at 8pm in daylight!

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Today’s awesome finds for summer reading/viewing – Muppets Most Wanted, Amigurumi at Home, and Life After Life :)

And what goes well with cotton-candy-coloured pants?

I love these… and they’re beautifully named Moonstone! (As you may notice I’m a sucker for nice product names.)

Thanks for window shopping with me! :D Hope everyone has a fun and sun-filled weekend!



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this week’s awesome finds

Woohoo! Balloon ice creams, perfect photo booth prop for summer parties :D From my favourite party blog Oh Happy Day.


A friend pointed me to this cute knitted snail from Hobby Craft.


Lovely gold twig hair pins from Love Maegan.


Clever, simple and super cute pom pom cactus, from Pinch Me Beautiful.


Hop to Wool and the Gang for this adorable knitted bee pattern and learn more about saving the bees!


Something very stylish about these coasters. From Lebenslustiger.


A floor pouf! I’ve always liked the idea but didn’t feel like buying a ton of Polyfil. This one doubles as a secret storage – how smart! For pillows and extra blankets and such! From Chaleur Life.


Beautiful summery tote, by Aunt Peaches on I Love to Create.

Have a lovely weekend, friends!











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Made a necklace for the shop this week. Probably the most elaborate jewelry piece I’ve made so far. Quite proud of it :D

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The feather was made with shrink plastic. I might make more of these, maybe with different colour chevron stripes!

And then I made this.

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The stones were gifts from a friend so this is definitely not going to the shop. But this was the first time I tried making this style of necklace and I think it worked out well, so I might make more of this too if I can find similar drilled stone chips (not sure if that’s what they’re called :S).

Also want to mention that last weekend we went to a new retro malt shop downtown! :D

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Bean and Baker! We had a vanilla malt shake, which was dreamy. They also have pies of both sweet and savory varieties, and handcrafted sodas!

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I highly recommend a visit if you’re in the neighbourhood!

This is not lately, we went there back in May, but haven’t had a chance to post these photos.

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During Doors Open Toronto we went to the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse on the Toronto Islands, which is the oldest lighthouse of the Great Lakes! (Also supposedly haunted :S) I followed the Roundograph tutorial by Photojojo to mimic photos taken by the Kodak No. 1 in the 1890s.

Here’s one with a different filter, which I also like very much.

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I also took the Diana to the lighthouse. Here is the ladder leading to the top of the lighthouse. It’s my favourite picture of the batch.


And we reached the light of the lighthouse! :D


Me at the foot of the lighthouse.


And on the ferry between the island and the city.



Happy Friday everyone! :D

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remake! ginkgo shrug


This shrug uses the same lace pattern as the ginkgo top (and almost the same stitch count!), but with much heavier yarn and larger hooks. Basically, a blown up version of the ginkgo lace pattern. And no neck shaping! Isn’t that nice? :D Such is the beauty of shrugs.

I thought it would make a nice piece for late summer nights easing into fall.


The shrug measures 38.5″ from cuff to cuff, and 20″ from neckline to bottom edge. It’s a very quick make, took me 2 evenings to finish while watching TV :)



What I used:

Worsted weight yarn, approx. 700 yards

6mm and 5.5mm hooks

Tapestry needle for sewing.


Note for size modifications: to increase the length from cuff to cuff, i.e. longer sleeves, add multiples of 6 ch to foundation chain. 6 stitches = 1.75″

With larger hook, ch 136.

Begin with row 2 of the ginkgo lace pattern (but slightly modified, because we’re skipping the first row of dc’s in the original pattern) as follows:

Row 2: 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, skip 2 ch, dc in next ch, [skip 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch, skip 2 ch, dc in next ch] across, skip 2 ch, 3 dc in last ch. Turn.

The rest is just the same as the ginkgo lace pattern. To make things easier I’ve pasted it below.

Note: shell = 5 dc in a stitch, or 3 dc in a stitch

Row 3: (WS) ch 5, skip shell in the beginning of row, dc in next dc, [ch 2, dc in 3rd dc of shell, ch 2, skip rest of shell, dc in next dc] across, ch 2, dc in top of turning ch. Turn.

Row 4: (RS) ch 3, 5 dc in next dc, [dc in dc, 5 dc in next dc across], dc in 3rd ch of turning ch. Turn.

Row 5: ch 5, dc in 3rd dc of shell, [skip rest of shell, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in 3rd dc of shell] across, ch 2, dc in top of turning ch. Turn.

Row 6: ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in next dc, [5 dc in next dc, dc in next dc] across, 3 dc in 3rd st of turning ch.

Repeat rows 3-6 until piece measures approx. 18″ from beginning, or desired length. Ending with row 4 or 6. Fasten off.


Fold piece in half lengthwise with wrong side facing out. Sew seam together, starting from the cuff edge, along the long side of the piece, sew 5.5″ towards the centre of the piece (about 3 and a half shells). Repeat on the other side. Turn piece right side out.


Neckline/front/back: With larger hook and right side facing, attach yarn to any stitch along the last row crocheted, ch 3, dc in each dc except the 3rd dc of each shell. When crocheting along the bottom side of the shrug (i.e. along the foundation ch), work 2 dc in each 2 ch space, and 1 dc in the base of each shell, but skip the ch at the base of a dc. Crochet around until end of round, sl st in top of beginning ch, ch 3. Do not turn, dc in each dc around, sl st in top of beginning ch, fasten off.

Cuffs: With smaller hook and right side facing, attach yarn to any space on cuff edge. The stitches will be crocheted into the side ends of the rows, or “row-ends”. ch 3, 2 dc tog in each row-end around, sl st in top of beginning ch, ch 3. Do not turn, dc in each dc around, fasten off. Repeat on the other cuff.

Weave in ends.


Happy crocheting! :D


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new summer knit :D

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Recently finished this summery top :D The Yamamichi-mon tee on Ravelry.

I used a vintage yarn that I inherited called Bouquet Cindy Cotton Look. I thought the texture of the yarn would work well with the design of the sweater. It’s worsted/light worsted weight, and I used 7mm needles.

So to compensate for the much larger needle and heavier yarn, I cast on 76, then when dividing for the shoulders and the neck, I bound off 36 stitches in the centre/neckline, leaving 19 stitches for each shoulder. I knitted only 4 short rows to shape the shoulders on both front and back, and after binding off the stitches in the centre/neckline, I bound off all of the stitches in the shoulders in the next row. The front piece measures 19″ and the back pieces measures 21″. The finished sweater measures 40″ around.    

I really like how it turned out :D

We’ve been having a bit of a cool summer in Toronto so far, but I’m not complaining, because it hasn’t been too hot to wear knitted/crocheted summer tops! :D

Hope everyone has a lovely, sunshiny week!

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yarn-filled day of adventure ahead! :D

Hey everyone! This is awesome! :D


The TTC Knitalong!

If you live in/near Toronto and haven’t got plans yet for Saturday August 22, here’s a yarn-filled day of adventure! I just found out about this by chance today and have never participated before, but I thought it is the most AWESOME idea and registered right away :D

You can find out more about how it works here. But basically, people travel in teams on different routes to visit different yarn stores in the city, knitting (and crocheting too I’m sure!), shopping, eating, and making new friends :D I also hear that there will be tote bags with knitting/yarn swag, discounts and prizes. AND!! Proceeds from the registration fee go to Sistering, a fantastic women-centered agency that is very close to my heart. Registration costs $15 and it starts today, and several teams are full already, so if you’re interested register for a spot soon!

It will be great to meet you there :) Have a great week, everyone!


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tiny sushi, episode two!



Today we’re going to make tiny nigiri :D

Here is my hand in the picture for scale…

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It only consists of 8 rows altogether, so it’s a super quick make. The assembly instruction sounds more complicated than it actually is. I will be using some origami terms in hopes that it will make it a bit easier to understand, but as always please feel free to drop me a note if you want clarifications :)

I used:

A bit of light worsted weight yarn in white and other nigiri colours (I was using a variegated orange for salmon and yellow for egg)

3mm hook

A bit of black yarn (optional – if adding seaweed wrapping)

What I did:

*turning ch does not count as a stitch.

Row 1: with white, leaving 12″ tail for sewing in the beginning, ch 3, sc in second ch from hook, sc in next ch, turn.

Rows 2-4: ch 1, sc in each of next 2 sc, turn.

Rows 5 (this will be the right side): fasten off white, switch to nigiri colour, ch 1, sc in each of next 2 sc in back loop only, turn.

Rows 6-8: ch 1, sc in each of next 2 sc, turn. Fasten off at the end of row 8, leaving long tail for sewing.


Here’s where some origami moves might be handy… we’re just going to need valley fold and mountain fold:




So, we’ve crocheted a narrow strip. With right side facing, valley fold one of the short ends to the middle of the strip. The middle of the strip is marked by the “ridge” created by stitches crocheted in the back loops only (row 5). Using long yarn end, secure the fold by sewing the end to the middle and sewing the side seams together. Repeat with the other short end. Fasten off and cut the colour yarn tail, but don’t cut off the white yarn tail.

Then, still with right side facing, mountain fold the strip in half along the middle “ridge”. Secure the fold with a few stitches through all the layers of the nigiri with the white yarn tail, being careful not to let the stitches show on the egg/salmon side. Fasten off, weave in ends.

If desired, wrap and tie black yarn around the nigiri to imitate seaweed.


They make great earrings and magnet, and maybe miniature dollhouse food?

Have an awesome week, everyone!


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weekend wonders

Thrifting at a Value Village while visiting Mike’s hometown several hours away from Toronto. Found these! :D

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This is a brooch, looks like it’s enamel.

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There’s something hilarious about the way he looks, I just had to take him home. Looks like a road runner, but it might well be a dinosaur — given that apparently most dinosaurs were feathered! (according to this article)

Then I did some apartment gardening at home, and repotted the succulent we brought home from our trip to Montreal.

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I followed this tutorial to make the dinosaur planter. The dinosaur toy was already a pretty bright pink, which I liked, so I didn’t spray paint it. It didn’t have much room for the roots, so I hope the succulent does well in there.

I covered the top with the seashells I got for the asparagus fern to help stabilize the plant.

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Will be back with the second part of the tiny sushi series! Stay tuned :) Hope everyone had a good weekend, wishing you a good start to the week!


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