Hope everyone have a wonderful week!
Cozy winter projects :)
Really like the garter panel on the side of the sleeves and looks like a beginner’s make I can handle :) By Tin Can Knits.
Weeee! An alpaca holiday sweater! *heart-eyes x1000* By Joy of Motion.
I think this would be a perfect project to learn round yoke colour-work sweaters. By Sewrella.
Love especially the pops of teal around the edges! And the triangles of course. By Amy Gunderson in the latest issue of Knitty!
Happy winter stitching! :D
If you have been journeying with me on this blog, you might recall that I like to call holiday gift-making “elfing”. It is that time of the year again for us busy elves! Although I’m not a very productive elf this year… Not much yarn-crafting happening, just paper-writing… suppose those count as gifts for my professors…
It is also the time of year when we think about making for those beyond our own circles of families and friends who can really use our gifts of craftiness with yarn. The nice folks at Yarn Canada are partnering with Bernat Yarn to give away yarn for individuals and groups who craft for a good cause! Do you and your friends make scarves and hats for people to find? Or winter gears for shelters? Or soft prosthetics for breast cancer survivors? Or practice other kinds of yarn-kindness? Check out this page on Yarn Canada’s website for more details on how to enter this give-away for a good cause!
In the meanwhile, here are some awesome ideas I found for the yarn-crafting elves…
These very cute cup cozies are loom knitted on a 24-peg loom. It’s a paid pattern on Ravelry but the how-to video is free on Tuteate’s Youtube channel (which have excellent and really well-made loom knit projects!). By Mireia Marcet on Ravelry.
Absolutely stunning granny square by Kirsten Holloway Designs.
A free pattern on We Are Knitters and it’s an amigurumi alpaca! :D
An insta-gratification wool-craft, all you need is some tufts of wool, some pipe cleaners, some poms, and some love. Brilliant. From Handmade Charlotte.
Happy crafting, everyone!
Fall is the season for curling up with a good mug of tea wrapped in a wool blanket with wool socks on and crafting :D
Lovely earring organizers, so handy and they look easy to make. From Oleander & Palm.
This reminds me of those candy dots! Sweet hat pattern by All About Ami.
I love Luna Lovegood. Tutorial to craft her fab specs at My Poppet.
If I have a cat I would make this cat bed. If I were a cat I would love this cat bed. And it’s actually just a garter stitch rectangle, much like knitting a scarf! Best first project. From A Beautiful Mess.
Fall baking! :D Brilliant play food set pattern from Mama Bice Makes.
I especially love the version with the boucle yarn! Plush penguin pattern from One Dog Woof.
Check out this epic fisherman sweater! And it’s a free pattern! From Hopeful Honey.
Magic origami purse. Can make it with lovely bits of sock yarn, and apparently things don’t fall out of it! Will have to give it a try. From Frankie Brown on Ravelry.
Happy October! :D
Llama/alpaca love continues with this adorable blanket, I need to make this! From Make and Do Crew.
Also this hook-keeping llama! A paid pattern by Irene Strange on Ravelry.
I spotted this sweater at a local yarn shop, Yarns Untangled, and was instantly in love, then learned that one of the staff wrote the pattern! This will be my next project, with the pink hand-dyed wool that I’ve been saving for a good project for the last couple of years. Paid pattern by Nicole Tavares on Ravelry.
Simply a great bag, I especially love it with the pom poms! From Life is Cozy.
These are brilliant. Floral hoop earrings from How Did You Make This.
Happy last week of August! Sweater weather is just around the corner! :D
Beautiful corner to corner cloud blanket and chart from Kikalite.
If I conjure up enough patience, I will make these. Beaded earrings how-to from How Did You Make This?
We never grow tired of llamas <3 Video tutorial from Picot Pals.
Also from Picot Pals, Iceland poppies! They’d make great brooches wouldn’t they?
These made from, can you guess it? — hot glue sticks! Tutorial from AdTech, the company that makes the glue sticks.
This one’s a planter! <3 paid pattern by Hello Happy on Ravelry.
Happy Thursday, and have a lovely weekend, everyone!
Adorable llamas to hold your yarn/embroidery scraps and it’s a free printable! :D From Picot Pals.
These would make cheerful buntings and adorable blanket squares. Llama granny squares from Maria’s Blue Crayon.
Look at these party llamas made of party plates! From Handmade Charlotte.
For the more adventurous, this no-drama-llama is very cuddly. Free pattern from Red Heart <3
Why so many llamas, you ask?
Well, this year I’m going to be team captain again for The Great Toronto Yarn Hop on Saturday July 14, and I’m with Team Alpaca! (formerly TTC Knit-Along — but we want to expand the name to include all forms of yarn-crafting and we actually have no official affiliation with the Toronto Transit Commission, hence the name change)
Alpacas are kind of cousins of llamas (I think), hence all the llama crafts :)
What’s so great about The Great Toronto Yarn Hop? It is an event where yarn-crafters get into teams and visit various local yarn shops in Toronto, shop for high quality yarn and enjoy special discounts, knit/crochet/yarn-craft in public on buses/streetcars/trains, meet other yarn enthusiasts and share projects/tips/jokes, support independent LYS’s, AND raise funds for Sistering, a local, 24/7 drop-in and support centre for women that offers services like counselling, housing help, meal program, primary healthcare, and a safe place to be. At the end of the day we all gather at a pub for food and drinks and raffle draws! I’ve only been involved for the past couple of years but this event is in its 12th year! What can be more great?
If you’re in Toronto or close to it, we would love for you to join us! Tickets can be bought here for just $20. Each team follows a different route that visits different stores, and you can check out all the different available teams/routes and how the whole thing works here. And be quick because quite a few teams have sold out already!
Need ideas for what projects to shop for or what to make during the Yarn Hop?
This cardigan is made with two hexagons sewn together! Very clever. Make it with a breeze cotton/linen for summer or wool for cozy fall/winter layering! Imagine using yarn with long transition colour changes! From Make & Do Crew.
What about a portable project perfect for knitting on the public transit, like these fluffy clouds? From Bernat Yarn.
Making granny squares is another excellent portable idea. This comfy summer sweater pattern is free this week only on Love Crochet!
Happy making, everyone! :D
Long time no write! Have been working on some long projects for a while, which I will be sharing soon! But for now, awesome projects I came across this week!
This is brilliant! I should make one of these so I’m not forever fishing for the right hook in my box full of hooks (and needles, sigh, so disorganized…). From Crochet Spot.
Stay calm and smell the lavender, without harmful chemicals. How-to for an easy-to-make lavender room spray on Purely Katie.
With just 3 ingredients, perfect for gift-making! Tutorial for lip balm lockets from A Beautiful Mess.
Perfect use for variegated cotton, a meditative stitch worked from corner to corner so it’s not boring. Pattern for a moss stitch dish cloth from The Cookie Snob.
I’ll pack a cowl! XD This awesome cowl is a free Ravelry download, by Deb Jacullo.
What a brilliant idea, building a terrarium with Legos! From Make and Takes.
This chubby cockatoo! Free pattern from Furls Crochet.
Have a fantastic crafty week, everyone! :)
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