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

 

 

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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!

 

this week’s awesome finds

Never too early to start knitting hats! The seed stitch adds a nice texture to this one. From Lion Brand Yarn (scroll down in post for link to hat pattern, free but registration required).

 

Simple yet bold poppies to add a stylish touch to any jacket. From Picot Pals.

 

Oh my goodness, MUST MAKE! From Make & Do Crew.

 

Make space for zen. Simple desk zen garden from Dwell Beautiful.

 

Never heard of shower melts before, but I think these vapour rub flavour ones would make a good practical gift! Would probably be better used than bath fizzes I think. I for one hadn’t taken a bath since I was a kid, always prefer showers. From The Homespun Hydrangea.

 

Macrame can be beautiful, hipster and not hippie. Necklaces from Lia Griffith.

 

Also from Lia Griffith, these beautiful flower rings! I think they would also make gorgeous earrings, and no one will be able to tell that they’re made from shrink plastic. 

 

These fabric coil bowls are intriguing, and made from t-shirts! From We are Scout.

 

Great alternative to actual birthday cake, or just for tea party! From Tikkido.

 

Looks super fancy but the recipe seems simple enough for me to tackle! And with croissants! From Make & Takes.

 

Happy summer crafting! :D

 

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Also nice for layering in the fall with a fuzzier yarn I think! Beach robe by Two of Wands.

 

Cheerful origami cacti, links to diagram in Bluebells Design’s post!

 

The cutest chairs have paws. Pattern from Let’s Knit (email signup required to download).

 

This is ingenious! A jellyfish cap for air plant by One Dog Woof.

 

This cat sweater! Paid pattern by Knit Picks.

 

Looks like a speedy project and super squishy. Bunny slippers by Persia Lou.

 

Brilliant egg cozies for summer brunch-time. I love the pom pom flowers :) By Twinkie Chan.

 

For us cat admirers who’re allergic, the coziness of a cat scarf without a real cat! From A Beautiful Mess.

Happy weekend, everyone!

 

this week’s awesome finds

This fabulous phases of the moon shirt, on Raegun Ramblings.

 

Look at this toasty pizza blanket! From By Jenni Designs.

 

I love the chocolate bunny one. Sweet cupcakes by Candy van Sweet on Ravelry, free patterns!

 

A cool friend pointed me to these lovely clouds ^_^ by Gateand Handmade Crochet.

 

Another lovely design by Crafty Queen. The granny cardigan just looks so comfy <3

 

I love negative spaces filled with strings. The tutorial is in French but it’s got wonderful self-explanatory pictures. From Jesus Sauvage.

 

I was tempted to buy the faux succulents while wandering in Michaels one day but didn’t know what to use it for, and now I know! I love that it’s made with an embroidery hoop! Check out the minimalist air plant versions too. I might just make that and will never kill another air plant again. From Delia Creates

 

These are the most fabulous! Looks like I have to get myself to Old Navy again for more flip flops! Yes I already have an open-toe pair that I have not yet have the chance to wear, but one always needs more than one pair of summer shoes. From Make & Do Crew.

So grateful for the warm spring weather today (finally!), hope everyone’s enjoying spring!

 

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It’s March and winter has returned for its (hopefully) last hurrah with much snowiness and bitter winds. So, welcome to a very cozy episode of awesome finds! :D

This phone case is ingenious — you open the case by taking off the helmet, which is latched onto the button nose when closed! (I don’t think Darth Vader would like me using the words “button nose” on him. But there it is, his nose is a button.) Paid pattern by Anna Vozika on Ravelry. There’s a Yoda version too!

 

I love kimono slippers, I think they’re very stylish. And these are very easy to knit, I just wonder where one could buy thick wool felt for the soles, if not buying the felt soles from the online store. Maybe an alternative would be flip flop soles, but that’s less cozy. From Joe’s Toes

 

A perfect stash-buster project with stylish chevrons. From Dandelion Daze.

 

A lovely, squishy stitch that I think would make a nice seat cover or a bath mat. Or a clutch with that funky neon yellow! From Notey / Behooked Crochet.

 

Really like the asymmetrical stripes on this cardigan. It uses thick wool and large needles so it should be a quick make… Can one have too many cardigans? From Of Two Wands.

 

 

Did you know that sprouts could grow in a jar? Magical! This means that winter doesn’t stop us from doing some kind of gardening. Not that I do any kind of gardening in the spring/summer… But this is probably the easiest, lowest maintenance, most kid-friendly kind of gardening ever. We bought a sprouting jar from Young Urban Farmers at a community fair recently, and have already harvested and enjoyed the adzuki sprouts! Unfortunately they don’t seem to sell the sprouting jars online, but here’s a tutorial on how to make your own from Pass the Pistil. The friendly urban farmer at the fair did say to buy sprouts from here rather than bulk barn to get better germination rates. I also post about our sprouting progress on Instagram if you’d like to check it out! :D

 

Finally, you can cheer anyone up and chase the winter blahs away with this unicorn puppet made with an origami heart! From Willow Day.

Wishing everyone a good week filled with simple joys :)

 

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