all was well

This week’s quick make! :D

I had quite a bit of leftover untwisted multi-colour yarn left from the pink fisherman hat project, I thought it would make a great colour block cowl! Also a perfect opportunity to try the no purl rib pattern from Purl Soho, which I have been eyeing for some time :D

I used 10 mm straight needles, cast on 27 stitches, used 2 strands of bulky weight yarn held together for the grey part, knitted till the piece was about 45″ long, then sewed the ends together to make a cowl. Here’s a better look at the magically made ribbed texture, with no purling involved! 

It is very thick and warm :)

Speaking of warm scarves and hats, I’ve just discovered that there’s a knit/crochet-together event in the city next Sunday! If you’re in the city, maybe consider joining me to knit for those who can use some handmade warmth this winter? Warming Toronto Knitting Day is happening next Sunday Feb. 26, 12:30–6pm at the Imperial Pub (Dundas/Yonge). I’ve started another fisherman rib hat for the event!

And of course you notice the rad t‑shirt I’m wearing in the first photo? :D 

Mike and I finally visited the Lockhart, a Harry Potter themed bar in the west end of Toronto, for brunch!

The food was marvelous and quite affordable. The Better Beer (a butter beer in my book :D) does not disappoint!

Highly recommend if you’re in the neighbourhood, especially if you’ve enjoyed the Harry Potter series. (confession: I’ve actually not read the books, but quite enjoyed the movies! Maybe I’ll read the books one day…)

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend! :D


this week’s awesome finds

Awesome cat purse from Tapestry Crochet :D


Simple and beautiful coasters from Sugar & Charm.


These waffle stitch wash cloths is such a brilliant idea :D Pattern by Chip Flory on Ravelry, super cute waffles pictured by Raveler StarbugHayley.


I might just try making these clever Morse Code bracelets! From Lime Riot.


A crochet version of the polka dot hats that I really like :) from Whistle & Ivy.


Adorable cat socks from Geena Garcia on Ravelry.


Very stylish blanket sweater from Mama in a Stitch.


This would be nice for Mike :D by Schachenmayr on Ravelry.


Also want to use my pink yarn for this sweet sweater! I do love garter stitch. From Johanna Knits.


More sweetness! Recipe for animal cookie-shaped marshmallows, from Studio DIY.


Cozy pizza party :D Pizza snuggies from Yarnspirations.


Have a fantastic crafty week, everyone! :D



pink fisherman

Made a colour block hat in bright pink this weekend :D

I usually don’t wear bright pink, it’s kind of outside my comfort zone, but it’s quite uplifting in February, where the days are short, grey, cold and snowy.

It incorporates the fisherman rib pattern that I learned from Purl Soho. The stitch makes an extra squishy fabric that’s very cozy for a hat. The hat is worked flat and then seamed. The resulting fabric is also quite stretchy, and I imagine the hat will stretch as it is being worn, so the stitch count is conservative, and it fits my head comfortably (21″ in circumference). But I’ve also included instruction for a larger size in parenthesis.

What I used:

Red Heart Soft Essentials in Peony (bulky) — one skein

Contrasting bulky weight yarn (I actually used Issac Mizrahi Lexington yarn in Irving, it’s a super bulky yarn that I untwisted, or split into 2 strands, and only used one strand at a time. It was a very time consuming, boring task, so I would suggest just using a regular bulky yarn, unless you’re in love with the Issac Mizrahi yarn like I was.)

6 mm straight needles

Tapestry needle

Toilet paper roll and scissors (for pom pom)


CO 56 (60) with pink.

Follow fisherman rib pattern for scarf until piece is 4″ from beginning.

Attached contrasting yarn, break off pink, and continue in pattern until piece is 6″ in length (or desired length, i.e. 7–8″ if you want a bit of a slouch)

Larger size only:

Row 1: *work in pattern for 8 st, p2 tog* repeat from * to * to end.

Row 2: work in pattern.

Row 3: *work in pattern for 7 st, p2 tog* repeat from * to * to end.

Row 4: work in pattern.

For all sizes, continue as follows:

Row 1: *work in pattern for 6 st, p2 tog* repeat from * to * to end.

Row 2: work in pattern.

Row 3: *work in pattern for 5 st, p2 tog* repeat from * to * to end.

Row 4: work in pattern.

Row 5: *work in pattern for 4 st, p2 tog* repeat from * to * to end.

Row 6: work in pattern.

Row 7: *work in pattern for 3 st, p2 tog* repeat from * to * to end.

Row 8: work in pattern.

Row 9: *work in pattern for 2 st, p2 tog* repeat from * to * to end.

Row 10: work in pattern.

Row 11: *work in pattern for 1 st, p2 tog* repeat from * to * to end.

Row 12: work in pattern.

Row 13: p2 tog to end. 

Leave a long tail for sewing a break off yarn, weave yarn tail through remaining stitches, cinch tightly and tie off. With wrong side out, use remaining yarn tail to sew up seam until pink section. Fasten off contrasting colour yarn tail. Using pink yarn, sew up the rest of the seam in pink section. Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Pom pom making

Flatten a toilet paper roll, and used the flattened roll to make the pom pom as if it is a square of cardboard. This blog post has a nice photo tutorial.

As you shape the pom pom, leave the yarn tail that you used to tie the middle of the yarn wrap long. Use the yarn tail to attach the pom pom to the top of the hat.

Have a bright and happy weekend, everyone!



office cape

Stumbled across Two of Wands’ beautiful Saddlebrook cape scarf pattern on Instagram, thought it was just the thing I need for the chilly office! The arm openings are perfect for typing and tea drinking, and it’s so stylish-looking! I love the cleverly designed edging detail. It’s a beautiful design, and it’s free! And! I had been looking for a project through which I can use up the almost-full skeins of yarn leftover from the corner-to-corner crochet blanket for my parents last Christmas, it’s awesome!

It’s very packable, so I imagine it would also be great to bring on the train or plane or road trips! And it makes a nice giant scarf!

I had modified the pattern so that it’s shorter (because I’m a shorter person, and I find it easier to move around if the cape is kind of regular coat length), and so that I could use the worsted weight yarn I have. So I thought I’d share the modifications in case you’re in similar situation!

My cape measures 60″ x 20″.

I used a 6mm hook, and started by making a chain of 182, then dc in 4th ch from hook (turning ch counts as a dc throughout). I used dc stitches throughout, 180 dc across.

I followed the pattern for the edging (the grey/brown part), then split for arm openings on the 14th row after edging. Arm opening stitch count as follows: 25 dc, 20 fdc (for arm opening), 90 dc, 20 fdc, 25 dc.

Then I finished the other half of the cape in the same way as the first half.

I used Bernat Super Value yarn, less than half a skein of the grey, brown and blue, and almost a full skein of the teal.

Now let’s throw on the cape and unleash superpowers.

Have a fantastic week, everyone! :D