winter solace

Have been hearing about the Winter Stations project for a couple of years now, but haven’t had a chance to go. I had a week day off last week, and it was relatively warm, so I headed down to the beach to visit this year’s installations.

Winter Stations are installations that go over life guard posts on the beach. This year it’s nice and close to the bus route on Kew Beach

I spotted the Pussy Hut from far away.

I love this picture of bright magenta knit against a cold, foggy lake.

A gem on a desolated winter beach.

Inside the structure one could see a piece of the sky, and the sound of the waves crashing to shore is actually amplified.

This makes me think of a forest of strange trees. Designed by OCAD students! :D

A lace tower in the fog.

A closer look brings rows upon rows of pinwheels. It wasn’t very windy that day, but I imagine that if it were and if all the pinwheels were spinning it would have looked epic.

This piece was called “Obstacle”. The structure seems impassable until one actually tries to walk through it — the pieces spin to make way. There’s always a way out. Probably my favourite interactive piece.

Winter Stations is up until April! Check it out when the weather is clear :)

Happy March, everyone!

 

Lately

Lots of loom knitting projects lately. I even made myself a garter stitch sweater.

Really hoping to write up a pattern soon, but I think I have to give it another try in order to get some process photo to explain the collar part. It’s quite thick and warm, and really happy to have used up much of my blue yarn stash :D

Made a garter stitch hat as well, for my mom. I think I like this look better than the ewrap stitch version. And it would look quite nice with a pompom.

Also learned how to make slipper socks! I watched this YouTube video to understand how to make the toes and heels (which are actually made the same way), and then read this blog post to learn the top-up method.

They look cozy don’t they? Kind of like the reading socks they sell at bookstores these days.

It was Chinese New Year a couple of weeks ago, so I made some new year cake to bring to my parents’. I followed the recipe on All About Ami, it was really good, and very, very simple, perfect for someone who doesn’t usually bake, like me :D

Also on the cooking front, my co-workers have been recommending turmeric tea for a long time. Mike came across some turmeric paste in the grocery store, so we gave it a try. I found numerous recipes and they’re all very similar. I ended up just making this with 1/2 tsp per cup of milk, pinch of black pepper, pinch of cinnamon, pinch of ginger powder, a few squeezes of honey, and boiling all together. I enjoyed the taste, and hope to reap the health benefits of it soon!

And if your in the downtown Toronto neighbourhood tomorrow, it’s the annual Warming Toronto Knitting Day, benefiting Street Knit, which brings handmade mittens, hats and scarves to folks who are street-involved. Swing by for some snacks, mingling and yarn-crafting fun! 

Happy weekend!

 

this week’s awesome finds

Deep winter, indoor mode with busy hands and many projects :)

 

A cocoon shrug with a gorgeous stitch, paid pattern by Eleven Handmade on Ravelry. (there’s also a sweater version!)

 

Make one for every door. From Make and Takes.

 

I’m partial to sweaters with sideways construction. This one’s from Lion Brand Yarn (follow link from Ravelry). 

 

An asymmetrical crochet scarf that looks very meditative to make. From Little Things Blogged.

 

Dream of summer weather with this summery backpack. From Paint Box Yarns.

 

This pattern is called “Diary”, which makes me think of patterns that involve mindfully making one section a day, and I always liked patchwork designs. From Wollinger on Ravelry.

 

Another sideways sweater, this one is a cardigan and has pockets! From Amy Christoffers on Knitty.

 

So fluffy! I’m intrigued by how to make crochet look so furry… And February 16 is the first day of the year of the dog! :D Make your own fluffy pups to celebrate! From All About Ami.

 

And last but not least, this incredibly beautiful pattern from My Crochetory.

 

Stay warm and keep crafting! :D

 

 

knitting is caring

knit knit knit…

I made a pair of Totoro baby mitts for a friend who just had a baby :) Following the charts from this Ravelry pattern. For the small Totoro, I used this Totoro hexipuff chart

Over January I was busy getting as much knitting done as possible for the Hand Knit Hope initiative for eating disorder awareness. This project delivers handmade scarves, hats, headbands, etc. to treatment centres across Canada as gifts of encouragement, and the handmade goods are also used to raise funds for other initiatives aimed to increase support for people living with eating/body image issues or eating disorders. (you can read more about the project, and how you can help out too, on their Facebook page. If you scroll down a bit you’ll also see a brochure I made, and you might recognize a couple of patterns on it :D)

So I made 3 headbands, all on the knitting loom, with either two strands of worsted held together or one strand of super bulky weight yarn.

They were all made on the 36-peg round loom. The far left one is just a long tube of e-wrap stitches until it was about 8 inches long, then the top and bottom edges are sewn together so it’s double thick.

For the middle one, I followed this video tutorial

The one on the right is made with garter stitch, which is basically alternating one round of e-wraps and one round of purl stitch.

I also made a cowl, which was inspired by the Purl Soho Garter Gaiter cowl, using alternating colours for the e-wrap and purl stitch rounds. It was made on the 41-peg loom.

On the topic of knitting for a good cause, the Warming Toronto Knitting Day is back again at the end of February! Mike and I are planning to be there :D If you’re in the neighbourhood we’d love for you to pop by! You can find all the details here on Facebook.

Happy February everyone!