this week’s awesome finds

Never too early to start knitting hats! The seed stitch adds a nice texture to this one. From Lion Brand Yarn (scroll down in post for link to hat pattern, free but registration required).

 

Simple yet bold poppies to add a stylish touch to any jacket. From Picot Pals.

 

Oh my goodness, MUST MAKE! From Make & Do Crew.

 

Make space for zen. Simple desk zen garden from Dwell Beautiful.

 

Never heard of shower melts before, but I think these vapour rub flavour ones would make a good practical gift! Would probably be better used than bath fizzes I think. I for one hadn’t taken a bath since I was a kid, always prefer showers. From The Homespun Hydrangea.

 

Macrame can be beautiful, hipster and not hippie. Necklaces from Lia Griffith.

 

Also from Lia Griffith, these beautiful flower rings! I think they would also make gorgeous earrings, and no one will be able to tell that they’re made from shrink plastic. 

 

These fabric coil bowls are intriguing, and made from t-shirts! From We are Scout.

 

Great alternative to actual birthday cake, or just for tea party! From Tikkido.

 

Looks super fancy but the recipe seems simple enough for me to tackle! And with croissants! From Make & Takes.

 

Happy summer crafting! :D

 

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moth patch

Was looking for a perfect moth patch for my jeans jacket but couldn’t find one that I liked, so I decided to crochet one!

Made with a 2.5mm hook and some sport weight cotton. I made the two larger wings and the middle part separately, then sewed them together. I used a lot of fabric glue on the back to stick down the yarn ends. It was a fun one evening project!

Here it is on my jeans jacket :D

Happy June!

 

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earthsea

It’s finally done! :D :D :D

It’s probably the most complicated knitting project I’ve tried yet! But it was tons of fun, and the pattern actually leaves a lot of room for customization and altering stitch patterns. Like the garter stitch ridges I have on one sleeve, and the couple of rows of stockinette at the bottom of the sweater.

Mike made this while editing the photos *laughing with tears emoticon*

Indeed! It used up a lot of my very old stash. I actually inherited scraps of the variegating orange, purple and blue from my mom, who probably bought the yarn in the late 90s.

I’ve never read Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series, only saw the animated adaptation by Studio Ghibli, but thought it’s a fitting name for the sweater with its shape and colours. I’d like to read the books one day.

Wishing you a fantastic week!

 

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this week’s awesome finds

Also nice for layering in the fall with a fuzzier yarn I think! Beach robe by Two of Wands.

 

Cheerful origami cacti, links to diagram in Bluebells Design’s post!

 

The cutest chairs have paws. Pattern from Let’s Knit (email signup required to download).

 

This is ingenious! A jellyfish cap for air plant by One Dog Woof.

 

This cat sweater! Paid pattern by Knit Picks.

 

Looks like a speedy project and super squishy. Bunny slippers by Persia Lou.

 

Brilliant egg cozies for summer brunch-time. I love the pom pom flowers :) By Twinkie Chan.

 

For us cat admirers who’re allergic, the coziness of a cat scarf without a real cat! From A Beautiful Mess.

Happy weekend, everyone!

 

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wip monday

About a week ago I finished the body of the Enchanted Mesa sweater! 

And I’ve been working on the sleeves since. I decided to knit them flat, because while I was trying to find a tutorial about picking up stitches for sleeves and using the magic loop at the same time, I read on a blog that knitting small circumference while dragging the entire sweater around and around is a pain. And the time it takes to fiddle with the stitches with a magic loop would probably be the same as seaming the sleeves later. I can totally imagine that. 

The one sleeve has different colour stripes, the other has garter ridges. I’m currently working on the last couple of inches of the second sleeves! :D

Have a happy week!

 

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tea runs in my veins

I got a new clear phone case and was for a long time looking for the perfect decal to put on the phone. I wanted either a pile of cats or one simple black cat, but I couldn’t find anything I liked with the right size. So one day I just got frustrated and decided to make my own. I got some origami paper and a clunky utility knife and was just going to experiment, but this creature appeared. It has the perfect grumpy look!

And I sandwiched it between the phone case and the phone :D

I thought he’d also make a nice desktop companion. So I asked Mike to make a few wallpapers to share :)

Desktop

Tablet

Phone

 

I think the phone one works best on the lock screen. Just click on the size you want to save the image.* 

To quote Dr. Ogden from Murdoch Mysteries: “The brain requires a constant flow of oxygen..or tea!”

Have a happy weekend, everyone!

 

*A friendly reminder: my images are for personal use only, please don’t repost the images without crediting this blog, and please absolutely don’t sell the images. 

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hanami in the city

It’s the most magical time of the year. The trees are blooming, the sun is shining, everyone’s out enjoying extended daylight. Spring is here! :D

Every year we try going to High Park to enjoy the cherry blossoms. There were hardly any blooms last year because of unusual winter weather, but it seems to be making up for it this year with full blooms on sunny days. Aren’t they just magnificent?

I’ve been seeing these cords tied to tree branches everywhere. I think once upon a time I looked up the meaning of it, but can’t be sure now. I would guess that they represent wishes or prayers, or they just look nice on the trees? If anyone know what they are for can you make a comment and let me know?

Our tradition is to have a picnic under a cherry tree. This year’s picnic is a bit makeshift because we were coming from work (an attempt to avoid crowds on a weekday evening — not so successful. Oh well.), with discounted end-of-day sushi and Vitasoy and a taro roll, but it was still the best date night ever :)

We even met the resident swan!

Happy May! Happy spring! :D

 

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spring knitting

There was this buy one get one free deal for Caron Simply Soft yarn one day at Michaels. I was working on a project that needed dark blue at the time and thought I only needed one skein. So I picked up this fun self-striping fiesta colour for the free skein because I love the neon yellow in it. One of my nieces birthday was coming up soon, so I thought I’d make her a fun vest with it :D (pictured above) The pattern is from issue 88 of Inside Crochet, the Imogen cardigan. I added the arcade stitch to the bottom third of it for more fun :)

And then I ended up needing more of this blue yarn, so I had to get another skein, and had the chance to pick up yet another free skein of fun self-striping yarn!

(One might even suspect that I did this on purpose so I could get more free skeins to grow my stash rather than just getting the 2 skeins of blue that I needed in my first round of shopping. But I promise I really thought I only needed one skein of that blue. Who would want to grow their stash? That’s ridiculous.) 

What do I do with this delicious mixed berry colour? Turned out that one of my best friends was visiting from out of town with her most adorable daughter. So I made another vest, plus a matching bias scarf for mum! :D

I used the Chasing Blizzard pattern for the scarf, but only followed it loosely, because my gauge is different. It was a lot of fun to knit. Here I am kind of modelling it so you can see the stitch patterns a bit better.

And the bunny rocking the vest :D It was part of a cardigan pattern from a very old issue of Crochet Today magazine. 

She insisted on playing with the rice cooker measuring cups at the juncture of kitchen and dining room. (that was how her mum was able to get a picture of the front of the cardigan)

And spring is the perfect time to go on a knitting/crocheting/yarn crafting adventure! Two years ago I participated in the TTC knitalong, it was a great deal of fun visiting different local yarn shops, meeting other yarn crafters and knitting in public! (you can see my pictures here!). I even got a few exclusive patterns and won a sweater-quantity of handspun from one of the shops!

This year the knitalong is going to be on Saturday July 15! It’s been a hugely popular event that’s entirely run by volunteers, so this year I’m helping to organize the event and we need a few more yarn-loving folks to help out! So if Toronto is your neighbourhood and if you love yarn I think you should absolutely join me :D

It’s really a fantastic event that brings people together, draws business to independent yarn shops and benefits Sistering, a local drop-in and support centre for women. So! The next planning meeting is Saturday May 20 at 1pm, and we can even get ice cream afterwards! :D For more information and updates, check out the event’s Facebook page here.

Hope everyone’s enjoying the sun!

 

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wip friday

A couple of weeks ago I completely ran out of knitting and crocheting projects (GASP!) and was feeling antsy watching Netflix without yarn and needles/hook in my hands. I’ve been knitting and crocheting for a while now, (that’s an understatement. It’s been decades.) and while I like simple designs, it may be time to stretch and challenge myself a bit. Also, it might be good to work on a project that takes longer because I’m kind of running out of storage space for new sweaters and cardigans… 

So! I’ve been eyeing the Enchanted Mesa sweater for a long time but always thought it’s wayyyy beyond my skill level mainly because it’s knitted in the round. I usually stay away from projects that are knitted in the round. But then Mike pointed out how he doesn’t understand why I say I can’t knit in the round when I can knit almost everything else. It was a question I couldn’t answer. So I thought I must give it a try!

I really like the asymmetrical-ness of the sweater, and that it’s meant to be knitted with odd balls of stash yarn. I have many many many odd balls of stash yarn. And I really like the patchwork look.

So first, the pattern says to do a provisional cast-on. In the round. O_O

So I looked up provisional cast-on, and magic loop, because the circular needle I have is longer than the circumference of the collar. (linked the tutorials I used above in case it’s useful to you too!)

Here we have it, knitting in the round, provisional cast-on, magic loop. Needles crossed, eyes crossed, fiddled for a while, several false starts, but I eventually got the hang of knitting in the round with a magic loop! :D

But then the next part of the pattern is knitting short rows back and forth (thank goodness!), and I couldn’t wrap my head around how I could go from magic loop to knitting back and forth. So I decided that I was going to get a shorter circular needle (16″) so I don’t have to do the magic loop. A bit sad that I won’t be using my new skills in this project but at lease I know I can do it!

I should also point out that when I bought the Enchanted Mesa pattern on Ravelry it comes with the Outer Space pattern also, which is a chunky version of Enchanted Mesa. So I’m combining the two patterns a bit, using 1x1 rib for the collar, because I’m using a stiff acrylic (what a lot of my stash yarn consists of, and I wasn’t going to use a nice wool for something I don’t have a lot of confidence making in case I mess up :P) and it just won’t drape nicely if I try to make a cowl collar. I also decided to forgo the provisional cast-on to make everything easier for myself. I made the ribbed collar extra tall so it can be folded down or left up, for an avant garde look, I guess. 

I also had to modified the number of cast-on stitches and rows in each section because of the heavier yarn I’m using and I wanted a more fitted sweater than what is shown. The many project pages on Ravelry helped a lot.

Slowly taking shape! So excited about the asymmetrical sections! 

Here’s where I’m at currently. Divided for sleeve and placed stitches on waste yarn (another achievement unlocked!) and working on the body. It’s a lot of fun deciding on the next colours as I go. It’s my favourite way to knit I think :)

Will keep you posted on this knitting adventure! 

Have a great weekend, everyone! :D

 

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this week’s awesome finds

This fabulous phases of the moon shirt, on Raegun Ramblings.

 

Look at this toasty pizza blanket! From By Jenni Designs.

 

I love the chocolate bunny one. Sweet cupcakes by Candy van Sweet on Ravelry, free patterns!

 

A cool friend pointed me to these lovely clouds ^_^ by Gateand Handmade Crochet.

 

Another lovely design by Crafty Queen. The granny cardigan just looks so comfy <3

 

I love negative spaces filled with strings. The tutorial is in French but it’s got wonderful self-explanatory pictures. From Jesus Sauvage.

 

I was tempted to buy the faux succulents while wandering in Michaels one day but didn’t know what to use it for, and now I know! I love that it’s made with an embroidery hoop! Check out the minimalist air plant versions too. I might just make that and will never kill another air plant again. From Delia Creates

 

These are the most fabulous! Looks like I have to get myself to Old Navy again for more flip flops! Yes I already have an open-toe pair that I have not yet have the chance to wear, but one always needs more than one pair of summer shoes. From Make & Do Crew.

So grateful for the warm spring weather today (finally!), hope everyone’s enjoying spring!

 

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