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!

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!

 

tiny sushi, episode two!

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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.

Assembly:

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

 

 

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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.

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

Have an awesome week, everyone!

 

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!

 

lately

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Made these 3 amigos for my shop :)

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Found the bees’ old home at my parents’ old home. Mesmerized by its perfect symmetry.

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Have always wanted a fern like this, finally spotted it at a T & T Supermarket the other day. I love its softness, such a gentle plant. I repotted it today with a layer of shells underneath for drainage. I was going to use pebbles but could only find bags of shells at the dollar store. Hope it does well!

And finally, I can show you the coolest souvenir ever from Montreal’s Mycoboutique, since I’ve now given it to my sister (and of course I bought myself one too :D)

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A mushroom nightlight! Like those bioluminescent mushrooms :D The middle mushroom actually changes colours continuously. It makes me so happy looking at it :D

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

tiny sushi, episode one!

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Tiny and easy. Looks like I’ve got a bit of a theme going after the tiny donuts!

I have a couple of sweater patterns that I’ve been hoping to share, but I just haven’t had the time or energy to sit down and write it. So for now, tiny and easy it is :)

These are super quick to make! And they are very tiny. Here is my hand in the picture for scale. They’re about 7/8″ in diameter.

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I just happen to have scraps of variegated green and orange yarn at home, they worked beautifully for avocado/cucumber and salmon.

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The “pattern” is not at all original. A quick search on Ravelry would yield a couple of crochet sushi pattern made in the same method, like this one (ingenious! I actually made one for a sushi-loving friend years ago), and this one. But I suppose the stitch count that I came up with is particular to these tiny maki rolls, so I thought I’d share it. It’s also not so much a pattern but more like a recipe. One can easily adjust the length and width to include more fillings for the maki rolls.

I used:

tiny bits of black, white and other colours for desired fillings, in worsted or light worsted weight yarn.

3mm hook

tapestry needle

What I did:

Note: turning ch does not count as a stitch.

Row 1: Using filling colour yarn, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: sc in each of next 2 sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: sc in each of next 2 sc, switch to white yarn, fasten off filling yarn, ch 1.

Rows 4 — 12 (9 rows): repeat row 2. At the end of row 12, switch to black yarn, fasten off white yarn, ch 1.

Rows 13 — 24 (12 rows): repeat row 2. Fasten off, leaving a 10″ tail for sewing. Weave in ends.

Assembly:

Starting from the end with the filling colour, roll up the strip tightly. Sew end of strip to the maki roll, then sew through the diameter of the maki roll in different directions a couple of times. Fasten off, weave in ends.

And we’re done! Easy, right? I found it pretty hard to stop making them :S But what can one do with so many tiny sushi rolls? They’re very light, so great for earrings! I’ve made these yam roll earrings for the shop :D

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And I made a futomaki brooch sort of in a free-form style. It is listed in my Etsy shop — customizable and freshly made-to-order! :D

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And here we have it, futomaki and friends :D

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But wait, we’re not done with sushi making! In our next episode we will make easy nigiri! Stay tuned! :D