holiday crafting :D

Despite having to shop online for many of our presents this year because of lack of time, I managed to finish a few handmade gifts :D 

I’m quite proud of these mittens from pattern by Little Things Blogged.

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Granny sweaters by Bev’s Country Cottage for my niece and nephew, they seemed to like them :D

Christmas sweater 1

Christmas sweater 2

 

Owl mitts for a dear friend. They were knitted. It was an awesome pattern to work with because it was worked flat then seamed (I have trouble knitting in the round). Each took me an evening to make, and used an incredibly small amount of yarn (I made both with 1 skein of Patton Classic Wool with a lot of yarn left over).

owl gloves

 

Every year Mike and I collaborate to make Christmas cards for everyone. This year we made simple snowflake cards by “dyeing” coffee filters with markers and using the dyed papers to make snowflakes with a snowflake/star punch.

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The coffee filters were too soft to use the snowflake punch with, so we had to sandwich the coffee filter with flyers to make it easier to punch, and we’re left with these really nice flyer snowflakes, which I’m reluctant to throw out…

card 2

 

Wishing you much joy for the new year!

card 1

 

 

hope

here comes the sun

As Christmas approached Ontario encountered a pretty severe ice storm. All the trees were all encased in ice overnight. They looked absolutely magical, but weight of the ice also caused the branches to snap and fall, carrying power lines with them, and thousands were left without power for days. The power in our building was down, but we were blessed with friends who opened their home (and cupboard full of tea!) to us and family we could stay with. 

Still we stayed a day in the apartment without light and heat (how I took these luxuries for granted when I had them!). The sky was also very grey that day, and as the day began to grow dark at 3:30 in the afternoon I was starting to get this feeling that the power outage situation wasn’t going to end. When we left our apartment to stay with my family and Mike’s family for the holidays our building’s power and water supply was still down. They were staying on the news that the power may not be restored for everyone before Christmas. Here’s hoping that everyone will be warm and safe over the holidays.

When we arrived at my parents’ today the sun shone through the clouds as it was setting. The ice on the tree branches started to melt and was sparkling like jewels. It reminded me of the words from this song by Relient K, which was also the theme song for the movie The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

It’s always winter but never Christmas
It seems this curse just can’t be lifted
Yet in the midst of all this ice and snow
Our hearts stay warm cause they are filled with hope

And everything it changed overnight
This dying world you brought it back to life
And deep inside I felt things
Shifting everything was melting
Away oh away
And you gave us the most beautiful of days

Cause when it’s always winter but never Christmas
Sometimes it feels like you’re not with us
But deep inside our hearts we know
That you are here and we will not lose hope

 

Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a new year filled with joy, peace, love, and hope.

 

 

levitating into the holidays

winter levitate

It’s harder to take levitating photos these days now that it’s so cold out. It’s not so big a problem for the person jumping because jumping repetitively helps one keep warm, but it’s probably torturous for the person taking photos, to be standing still, hands exposed in the freezing air, taking shot after shot. Fortunately for us it was warming up a bit last week, and the snow makes for a nice picture. This picture only took five jumps or so.

Have a happy Sunday!

 

this week’s awesome finds

 Brilliant! I imagine there’s shredded coconut in the jar too so one could shake it and make it snow :D Snow globe cookie jar spotted on The Crafty Crow.

 

Last year we made a granola nut mix for our families (we called it the “happy health squirrel mix” :D I can’t remember what recipe we used though). We didn’t have time to do that again this year, but this looks delicious! Definitely saving it for next year. From Make and Takes.

 

A pom pom wreath! Awesome way to use up small bits of yarn and so very festive. Spotted on Do Stuff.

 

Magical acorn ornaments from Lil Fish Studios. They make great pendants too I think!

 

Templates for paper stars on Minieco. I love that they can be put over string lights.

 

 Love how quaint these tiny Santas are. Follow the link on How About Orange for the origami diagram.

 

They made a brief appearance in my friend Nancy’s blog post on The Pickled Herring, posing with the beautiful and delicious Krumkake (check out the post if you want to learn to make krumkake!). And then Nancy pointed out to me that they’re called Korknisse and there’s a pattern for them on Ravelry by Manne!

 

Happy Christmas crafting! :D

 

 

 

 

 

 

thomas takes san francisco

I usually don’t like making imitations of well-known cartoon characters for fears of infringing copyright laws, but this young friend of mine absolutely LOVES Thomas the Tank Engine and I wanted to make him a present for his 3rd birthday. I don’t think he would be at all impressed if I made him anything else.

So I made these Thomas mittens, using the mitten pattern from Lion Brand Yarn. He’s posing here in front of this photo we have of San Francisco.

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He’s got sort of a crazed look on its face but I’m actually quite proud of it. I managed to incorporate a popcorn stitch for the nose rather than making it separately and sewing it on.

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The face took a lot of work, so for the second mitten instead of making another face I decided to sew on the number 1 instead, which is Thomas’ train number.

After opening the gift and exclaiming “It’s Thomas!” my young friend ran around the room while hugging the mittens. I think he likes them :)

 

Have a splendid day, everyone! :D

 

 

 

holiday cheers

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Taking in the festive sights and sounds around the city :D

Last week a friend and I made it to the Christmas market at the Distillery, but it was really cold! I think it was -20℃ with windchill. But everything was so pretty and magical. I managed to take a few blurry pictures.

And there was a giant Christmas tree!

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This past weekend I went to the City of Craft show. The organizers are the best at festive decorating! I can only imagine how much work (and love) went into cutting out these paper rabbits.

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And they make lovely shadows…

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All the vendors were amazing, my friend and I were ooh-ing and ahh-ing at every booth. And the wonderful thing about the internet is that you, too, can visit these shops even if you couldn’t come to the show! :D I especially love the absolutely adorable miniature animals by Jenny Wren, I wonder if she would sell the lovely necklaces displayed at the show when her shop reopens, there was this fuzzy squirrel with a mushroom sitting in a tiny bell jar pendant!! And the super cute needle-felted animals by Lesley-Ann Green! Her business card has a really cute and kind-looking fox on the back, I propped it up on my desk and it makes me smile every time I look at it. It’s going to help me get through all the papers in the winter term I think. 

 

Hope you have a cheerful day!

 

spontaneity

headband

 

Looking for a very last minute gift? This headband took me just one hour to make, and I don’t even knit very much. Perfect for this snowy weather we have going on these days! It’d probably look better on someone with longer hair, but it’s really quite cozy.

It is based on this simple headband pattern from The Knit Cafe. I think the original looks very cute but the garter stitch kind of obscures the twist design a bit, so I thought I’d substitute with stockinette stitch. Spontaneously decided to write a post about my modifications and didn’t wait for daylight to take photos, so I thought I’d try to be stylish and make it black and white :P The yarn I used is grey anyway :) 

Here’s what I did:

I used 10 mm straight needles, 1 strand shetland chunky and 1 strand worsted weight yarn held together, a cable needle, and tapestry needle.

Cast on 12 stitches.

Row 1: knit 

Row 2: knit first stitch, purl until last stitch, knit last stitch

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until piece is 8.5 or 9 inches long, end with row 2.

Cable row: knit first stitch, place next 5 stitches on cable needle, knit the following 5 stitches, knit the five stitches on the cable needle, knit last stitch.

Repeat row 2, then row 1 and 2 until entire piece is 17 or 18 inches long, bind off. 

Sew the ends together. The post on The Knit Cafe has a nice photo tutorial for seamless join (scroll down for the seaming tutorial).

 

Happy crafting! :D

 

 

order of the year

Because I only get about one order a year. And that’s perfectly ok, because I’ve been really busy with school and work. But I do really enjoy working on these. Makes me really miss having a shop. I hope that one day I’ll be able to get back to it. 

But here it is, nigiri and their wasabi friends :D

team sushi

 

Close up of the tuna…

nigiri and wasabi friend 2

 

Close up of the salmon… I found this nice variegated orange yarn with white/peach, I think it mimics the marbling of the salmon nicely.

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Plus a carrot and crimini duo.

team veg

They’re on their way to the east coast (my favourite part of the country!) as I write! Safe travels, tiny plush friends! 

Now that I’m on break, will be back with more festive postings soon! Cheers!