sweetheart

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We were visiting my cousin in Ottawa, who had a baby a while ago. So, a week before we were about to leave on the trip, I was reminded of this adorable cupcake granny square by Sewrella and I thought, I could make my cousin and her baby a blanket with this square!

I have never made a granny square blanket before and have no idea how long it would take. But I thought if I use every spare moment to crochet I could definitely get it done in a week :D

And I thought I’d incorporate other squares that are less complicated. I found this heart square pattern and thought it goes pretty well with the cupcakes.

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Most of the squares were made while taking the subway, which made my commute a lot more enjoyable :)

And it was done in time for our trip! :D

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I joined the squares with the granny square join method also used by Sewrella for her awesome bake shop blanket (check out her other bake shop squares too! They’re very cute). I forgot to take a good measure of the blanket before wrapping it up, but here’s roughly how big it is.

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I used some scrap worsted weight yarn I already have, and Lion Brand Pound of Love, with a 5mm hook. Acrylic yarn tends to be stiff so I washed and dried it with some fabric softener, which really helped make it feel more snuggle-able.

I hope my cousin and her sweet baby will enjoy it :)

Have a happy weekend, everyone!

 

 

september

september

Saying goodbye to August, and hello to September with this fall colour seat cover :)

I’m actually a tad sad about summer being over soon, the days getting shorter, the leaves starting to fall. It felt like not too long ago that the trees were budding. I guess we’ve had a late spring. I’ve always been more of a fan of spring than of fall. And the only way of making the best of the situation is to start crafting for cooler weather and the holidays.

I’ve been wanting to try this “In Treble” square pattern for a while. I love that it looks like flower petals or leaves scattered all over. I added two long chains on the top left and right corners after taking this picture, so I could tie it to the back of the chair. Quite happy with how it turned out :)

Happy Friday! :D

 

it’s not easy being green

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It’s actually a really easy pattern, it just reminds me of Kermit’s song :D

I spotted the Kawasaki pattern by Crafty Queens on Ravelry, and I loved the geometric fillet crochet eyelets around the sleeves and the edge of the sweater. It’s a simple and brilliant design, and a very quick make.

I used the “leaf green” of Premier Cotton Fair, because it’s the only DK weight cotton yarn that’s available at my local Michaels and it’s relatively affordable. It turns out to be very soft and smooth, and the finished garment quite breathable, just a bit splitty while working with it, but will definitely use it again.

I wore it to a family function in which I was entrusted with the task of taking pictures of the guests at the photo booth and throughout the event, so I didn’t have a chance to take a picture with the new sweater except in the bathroom. Never have I thought I’d take a bathroom selfie, but this bathroom’s got some retro wallpaper that goes really well with my retro outfit. And if I didn’t tell you that this was a bathroom, you would’ve never guessed, would you? :P

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(I also made the skirt a couple of years ago :D)

Closeup of the eyelets on the sweater. Mike’s awesome cousin took this picture of us at the photo booth :D (We made the crepe paper background!)

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Have a good week everybody! :D

 

square cat

Stumbled upon this adorable granny square cat pattern on Instagram by Suregal27 — have to share it! :D

This is the one I made, I love how it looks kind of annoyed, like the way cats often do :D

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Now I want to make a bunch of other ones with different fur colours!

If you want to make one too, search for #grannysquarecat on Instagram, scroll to the bottom and you’ll find a photo tutorial.

Happy square-cat-making! :D

 

project faux dino

You might recall that a while ago I tried making a dinosaur planter. I planted in it the smallest succulent I could find, in hopes that it won’t out grow the planter, but it turned out that the dinosaur really isn’t enough space for the succulent to grow, and the succulent died :(

Others suggested air plants. Well, I killed an air plant too! I really don’t know how, but the one I had didn’t live very long :’(

Not wanting to give up on the dino planter, but also not wanting to kill another plant, I thought I’d crochet some succulents. Found this beautiful series of patterns by Common Thread and followed them loosely.

Dino’s got its plants again :D

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In the pattern the Burro’s tail succulent is made of I-cords, but I found the result to be too thick, so I just made chains and slip stitch into the chains.

Faux dino + faux sea glass + faux succulent

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Quick weekend projects make me happy. Hope everyone is having a good weekend :D

 

 

hey maryjane

Crocheting these sandals made me want to further investigate whether homemade shoes are a viable solution for my oddly shaped, high arch, achy feet. So I thought I’d make another pair in a different style :D possibly something for daily casual wear.

I came across this pattern from Hook Candy on Ravelry and really liked how shoe-like they are. I didn’t want something that would make it look like I’m wearing slippers out on the street.

I just used the same yarn as the sandals because I had a lot of the yarn left over. Used the left over jute as well for the soles and treated it as per the instructions from Wildflowers and Sage’s pattern to make them outdoors ready. And the insoles were made with some leftover Bernat cotton from another project.

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I’m quite happy with them! :D I didn’t have to modify the pattern at all to make them accommodate the width of my feet. I did have to add an extra round of single crochet stitches to increase the height of the sides and heels so they don’t feel like they’re falling off my feet, and used double strand of yarn for the entire shoe to make it feel a bit sturdier. They were very comfortable when I walked around with them at home.

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The other day I took them out for a test run and wore them to work.

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After walking on them for a while the texture of the cotton insoles started to bother my feet. It was quite lumpy, and there was a knot in the jute sole that I didn’t hide and flatten very well, and at the end of the day it was digging into my foot and became a bit painful… (man I sound like the princess in princess and the pea…) and the lack of arch support was a problem as well. So when I got home I put in a pair of foam insoles and tried them on again, they felt much better. I’ll take them out again another day. It would be so nice if I could just make my own shoes from now on and do away shoe shopping forever!

Happy Wednesday, everybody!

 

hey jute

I have such oddly shaped feet, it’s quite difficult to buy shoes that are comfortable. Shoe-shopping is always a time-consuming ordeal. So I thought, maybe I’d crochet my own shoes! That way I could make them custom fit and comfortable!

I have no idea how to make shoes, but I thought for sure there’d be patterns on Etsy, so I looked, and came across a pattern by Wildflower and Sage. I love that it includes instruction for making the shoes outdoors ready. There actually aren’t very many like this one out there.

Was very excited, went out and bought all the materials right after I downloaded the pattern :D I couldn’t find hemp (which is what the pattern called for) at the local Michaels and Home Depot, so I bought #48 jute, and started on the soles…

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Jute is actually kind of hard to crochet with, and I had to use a larger hook than called for. No wonder the pattern called for hemp. Oh well. I just took lots of breaks in between so my wrists don’t get too sore.

So finally I finished making the two soles. If I make them again I probably will follow the pattern for regular width rather than instruction for wide, since I had to use a larger hook. I think wide was too wide. But it’s still ok! There I am waterproofing the soles by lathering them in silicon caulk. The fume was stronger than I thought. Ventilation is imperative.

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Slowly working on the straps, trying them on as I go so the strap placements feel right :D I made the insoles with Bernat Maker Home Decor, which feels kind of like a t-shirt yarn.

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And here they’re, finished :D

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They’re actually really quite comfortable! I think I made the straps on the right shoe too tight though, they keep pushing my foot forward out of the sandals. But maybe as I keep wearing them and the straps stretch the problem will correct itself.

Side view…

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I’m quite happy with them! Will find an opportunity to test them out outside sometimes!

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It’s really an excellent pattern, highly recommend it! :D

Hope everyone have a happy rest of the week!

 

 

hongdae

So named because I tried working with this yarn on a project while staying in Hongdae, Seoul, and because this hipster mustard yellow seems to go well with the neighbourhood that is known for its urban arts and many indie cafes.

I ended up frogging the project that I was working on while in Hongdae. In the meanwhile, the Ginkgo pattern has been getting a lot of traffic lately and I’ve been thinking about doing a crochet-only remake for those who are not really into sewing. So I thought I’d use this yarn for a new pattern.

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As with all of my patterns, I made the garment to fit me, but it doesn’t involve much shaping at all and I think it’d be pretty easy to adjust size.

Closer up of the lace pattern :D

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I used:
Mirasol IllarisDK weight 100% cotton, 5 skeins, 580 yards (you’d need more yarn if you were making a larger size)
4.5 mm hook
Tapestry needle

Finished measurements:
Bust 30″
Length 20.5″
Length — shoulder to underarm 7″
collar width 9″

Gauge: 6 dc = approx. 1″
To adjust size, add or decrease multiples of 6 ch in foundation ch.
One could also make it wider for a cap-sleeve boxy-top look.

Pattern:

Front:

ch 63

Row 1 (RS): dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in every ch across, turn (61 dc).

Row 2–33: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc throughout), dc in every dc across, turn.

Start lace pattern: 

Row 1: ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc in first dc, *ch 2, sk 2 dc, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in same dc, ch 2, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc* repeat from * to * till end of row, turn.

Row 2: ch 5 (counts as dc and ch 2), dc in first sc, ch 2, sc in ch 2 sp, *ch 2, dc in next sc, ch 2, dc in same sc, ch 2, sk next ch 2 sp, sc in next ch 2 sp*, repeat from * to * till last sc of row, ch 2, dc in last sc, ch 2, dc in same sc, turn.

Row 3: ch 1, sc in first dc, *ch 2, dc in next sc, ch 2, dc in same sc, ch 2, sk next ch 2 sp, sc in next ch 2 sp*, repeat from * to *, ending with sc in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.

Rows 4–12: Repeat rows 2–3 four more times, then row 2 once more.

Left shoulder:

Row 1: ch 1, sc in first dc, *ch 2, dc in next sc, ch 2, dc in same sc, ch 2, sc in next ch 2 sp*, repeat from * to * two more times, turn.

Row 2: ch 2, sk first ch 2 sp, sc in next ch 2 sp, *ch 2, dc in next sc, ch 2, dc in same sc, ch 2, sc in next ch 2 sp*, repeat from * to * once more, ch 2, dc in last sc, ch 2, dc in same sc, turn.

Row 3: ch 1, sc in first dc, *ch 2, dc in next sc, ch 2, dc in same sc, ch 2, sc in next ch 2 sp*, repeat from * to * once more, turn.

Row 4: ch 1, sc in first sc, [sc in ch 2 sp, sc in dc] twice, sc in ch 2 sp, 2 sc in sc, [sc in ch 2 sp, sc in dc] twice, sc in ch 2 sp, sc in last sc. Fasten off.

Right shoulder:

Attach yarn to the beginning of row 12 of lace pattern at the 3rd ch of turning ch. Work the same as left shoulder.

Back:

Work the same as front until shoulders. Repeat lace pattern row 3, then row 2.

Left shoulder: Work rows 3–4 of shoulder for front.

Right shoulder: Attach yarn to the beginning of row 14 of lace pattern at the 3rd ch of turning ch. Work the same as left shoulder.

Assembly:

With wrong sides together, sew shoulder seams together.

With wrong sides together, sew side seams together, starting at the base of the 2nd dc row below the start of the lace pattern, and sewing to the bottom edge of the garment.

Turn garment right side out. Work one row of sc evenly around the collar, basically working 1 sc in each dc, sc, and ch 2 sp. Then work one row of sc evenly around each of the armholes. I find that it turns out pretty even when I work 1 sc in each row-end, and 1 sc in a space between 2 rows.

Weave in all ends. And we’re finished :)

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As always if you spot any mistakes or have any questions please feel free to drop me a note, and I will correct or try my best to assist!

Happy first week of summer!

 

 

ode to nyan cat

Needed to make myself a new wallet, I thought I’d make something fun :D

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The Nyan Cat pop-tart! :D

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That’s not really a wallet, one might say. More like a cardholder, one might also say. I guess one could use it as a card holder. I made myself a tiny wallet this size when I started working at a coffee shop nearly a decade ago. There were no lockers in the backroom, so I made a wallet that would fit in my jeans pocket, so that it’s always on my person as I worked. I’ve been using the small wallet ever since. My bank cards and IDs fit snugly in it. And the few bills I have I’d just fold them up to fit them in.

In case anyone finds a crocheted case of this size useful, I’ve made a chart! :D And a few notes describing how I made it.

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The finished size is about 2.5″ x 3.5″.

I used worsted weight yarn in tan, pink and dark pink, a 3mm hook, and a tapestry needle.

  1. With tan, ch 13
  2. sc in every ch across (12 sc)
  3. Repeat row 2
  4. Begin following the chart adding the pink and dark pink, using stranded crochet technique*
  5. At the end of the chart, you’d have 18 rows altogether. Don’t fasten off, crochet 18 more rows with tan. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
  6. With wrong side out, fold the piece in half crosswise, sew the sides together. Weave in ends, turn right side out.

*Tips on stranded crochet for this project:

  • The first row incorporating pink (3rd row of chart) is wrong side, as are all the rows with just pink.
  • All the rows incorporating both pink and dark pink are right side.
  • Changing colours: in the stitch before new colour, yo and draw up a loop with old colour, yo with new colour and pull through loops on hook.
  • Carry the strands of colours not in use as you crochet and wrap the strands in the stitches you make. When working on the right side, carry the strands of yarn on the back of the work. When working on the wrong side, carry the strands of yarn in the front of the work.

Do let me know if you have any questions! :)

Have a good rest of the week and weekend, everyone!

 

 

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