this week’s awesome finds

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!

 

 

this week’s awesome finds… and YARN HOP!

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

 

this week’s awesome finds

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! :)

 

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

 

 

this week’s awesome finds

Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean the home can’t smell festive! Easy to make wax sachets from Hello Glow.

 

This cozy cardigan was made with a round knitting loom! Must try. From Good Knit Kisses.

 

Good night’s sleep and relaxation in a bottle makes a great homemade gift :) Pillow mist from Let’s Mingle.

 

 

Oh my goodness, a gorgeous cable sweater and it’s free! Crochet pattern by Sewrella.

 

Lion Brand Yarn has come up with some designs that I really like lately, such as this simple, relaxed-looking cardigan.

 

And this nice cowl — perfect for practicing cables and I like it’s clever construction.

 

These felted cats! Made using a cookie cutter! Brilliant! Tutorial from Cat at Roof.

 

One of my favourite things from the Last Jedi :D Pattern by The Geeky Hooker on Ravelry.

 

I think I’ve probably posted this before but it’s so awesome, no one would mind if I post it again! Cord tacos as easy to make as real tacos :D From Local Adventurer

 

Hope everyone’s having an awesome weekend! Stay crafty :D

 

 

this week’s awesome finds

Time to start the Christmas elfing (i.e. gift-making)! :D

With the bulky yarn and large needles there’s a good chance that it can be done by Christmas. Moss stitch is my favourite, and it has pockets. Pattern by Two of Wands.

 

Very practical and very cute. From Think Make Share.

 

Very sweet crochet cable bracelets, great alternative to leather ones. From Let’s Yarnify! (scroll down for English!)

 

For those who have everything — who wouldn’t need more spare pairs of socks? From Handmade Charlotte. (If you’re looking for dessert after those sushi, check out my cupcake socks tutorial! :D)

 

Also a quick knit and very stylish. From Mollie Makes.

 

And finally, not a gift that I would have the skills to make but heartwarming nonetheless — daikon animals in soup! :D

I love this daikon llama. Hope it brings a smile to your face :)

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

 

this week’s awesome finds

Weather in Toronto finally feels a bit more like fall and more conducive to cozy yarn-crafting :)

 

I’m a big fan of Two of Wand’s simple but always interesting designs. I especially love the contrasting textures in this wrap. You can find the pattern here

 

Another design I really like is this cowl. It’s a simple modification of a regular cowl, but so much more cool-looking and sculptural. You can find the paid pattern here.

 

Cozy and bright. Paid pattern by Crochet Bit on Ravelry.

 

A yarrrrrn mouse! :D Pattern by Whodunnknit.

 

This is frankly hilarious, and reminds me of Sherman of Sherman’s Lagoon, and Liz Climo’s shark friend :D Pattern on Knitty!

 

 

Who doesn’t love an acorn with surprises inside? :D From Oh Happy Day.

 

For all the Miffy fans! A free (!!) knitting pattern by Knitter Bees. Can make different interchangeable sweaters!

 

But my skill level is probably a better match for this fox. This very cute square fox. By The Bushcrafter.

 

This, and many other inspiring ideas using toy dinosaurs, on Brisbane Kids. (Seriously thinking about making this, wonder how I could get the toy dinos on the wood though… epoxy, maybe? Or glue with a screw on the back? Hmm…)

 

Happy autumn! :D

 

 

 

this week’s awesome finds

Simple, elegant summer blouse. Pattern from Kokka Fabric.

 

The cutest owl baby mittens. There is also a chart for Totoro ones! From Lynnette Hulse on Ravelry.

 

The only way I would wear ripped jeans. Crochet lace patch by Make & Do Crew.

 

From A Spoonful of Yarn: “In the top you will find three different cloud shapes: Cumulus clouds (those big heaped clouds), cirrus clouds (thin and whispy) and cirrocumulus clouds (small puffy clouds).” Lucky us cloud lovers, it’s free pattern! :D

 

This is so groovy. Avocado squares from Sprinkles on Top Nina.

 

More cute crochet food by I Crochet Things.

 

Doesn’t this look like a giant marshmallow? :D Tutorial on Curbly.

May your week be filled with wonderful craftiness!

 

this week’s awesome finds

A very sophisticated-looking pom pom bunny! Also, loving the donut pom pom makers. From Pom Maker

 

This is simply wonderful, and it’s a free pattern! Wonder Woman Wrap by Carissa Browning on Ravelry.

 

Patterns for different kinds of mushrooms, felted! From Kathryn Ivy.

 

Tiny window cat, looking out into the world. From Sara Elizabeth Kellner on Ravelry.

 

Brilliant! Must make one for my backpack before our trip to Drumheller in the fall. From Pride of Lions.

 

A summery dishcloth that reminds me of Wes Anderson movies. From Knit Picks.

 

Cozy slippers, love the teal heels. From Make & Do Crew.

 

Fantastic pineapple pillow pattern, by Little Things Blogged on Hobbycraft Blog.

 

Happy August! :D

 

 

this week’s awesome finds

A wonderful project of knitting feathers of birds representing each territory and province of Canada. Paid pattern from Erin Black on Ravelry. (and thank-you to Amy who always shares the most awesome yarn crafting projects with me! :D)

A rope coiled and sewn together with sewing machine to make these cute bowls. From Lia Griffith.

I love that it’s not a square-form. I bet it’s very hug-able. From Hobby Craft.

Also hug-able is this onigiri pillow! Really want to make a crochet version of it for my friend who loves everything Japanese :D From Kittenhood.

This stitch would make a nice summer top I think. From We Are Knitters.

I saw the scrubber yarn at Michaels and have been wondering about trying it. This makes a nice cute gift! From Fiber Flux.

This is so awesome, and so well made! :D Gudetama pattern by Stuff Susie Made.

I’ve never had panna cotta, but they remind me of the almond tofu dessert that I like, and look easy enough to make, so maybe I’ll try making it one day in the summer! From Oh Happy Day.

And finally, this chart spotted on Pinterest! This will be my winter project, in a corner-to-corner crochet throw :)

 

Have a great week, everyone!