April 3, 2010

Linen Needle Pouch

I recently borrowed Sew Darn Cute by Jenny Ryan from the library. I chose two projects from the book to make, the needle pouch below, and another currently *top secret* project.

In the book, the needle pouch is called a crochet hook cozy but since I don't crochet I'm using it to store and tote around my double-pointed needles.

The project in the book is made using denim, but I've been so inspired lately by the Japanese craft aesthetic and the use of linen in one of my favourite new books I Love Patchwork by, not surprisingly, I heart linen.

I absolutely love the way my linen needle pouch turned out!

I used a cute little blue button and brown gingham ribbon for the closure.

My dpns fit perfectly and there is also a larger section, which is a great size for a folded up pattern page.

Speaking of Japanese aesthetic, I recently came across this wonderful blog - Mairuru. She makes so many cute projects and has some great tutorials too.

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March 31, 2010

Wow, it's been a month since I've had something to blog about. I did finish a small sewing project recently, I just have to get around to photographing it. Mostly I've been busy knitting two warm weather sweaters for myself, which I'll hopefully finish before it's too hot to wear them! One is done and now I just have to find the right buttons to go with it; the other is in the works.

I just had to write a little post to share the most awesome Easter craft I've ever seen, over at Not Martha, Chocolate Easter Surprise Eggs! I wish I had time to make these!

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February 28, 2010

With the beautiful, warm, sunny weather we've been experiencing lately, spring doesn't feel far off at all. I can't wait for spring ephemerals to carpet the forest floors and spring bulbs to break through the ground in gardens.

In the meantime, I'll have to make do with my new bright and cheery pincushion.

It's the Wildflower Pincushion by Anna Maria Horner and it's a biggie (for some reason the photo on the website makes it look deceptively small). The pattern is free at the Better Homes and Gardens website but you do have to register to be able to download it. If you register, you'll get e-mails from BHG once in a while. There are quite a few useful patterns and tutorials on the website though, so might be worth it.

I used some scraps of an Anna Maria Horner Good Folks bundle that I ordered a while back. I love the colours and prints of the fabric, and I've made quite a few things out of the 6 fat quarters that came in the bundle.

I stuffed the pincushion with wool batting because that's what I had on hand, and because I love to make things using all natural fibres.

If you're interested, the buttons in the photos are a lovely little assortment I purchased from BigFish.

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February 22, 2010

Ruby's bibs

I whipped up a couple of bibs for my new niece Ruby.

Managed to centre a whole ducky on the front of this one which turned out nicely.

I used Amy Karol's pattern from Bend the Rules Sewing, and Hushabye fabric in the Sky colourway by Tula Pink. The backing on the bibs is a lovely, soft flannelette which I much prefer to using terry cloth.

Now I just need to send them off to England. I have to wait another month and a half before I meet the little dear.

I'll be making more bibs and baby things soon as I have another niece due in June :)

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February 15, 2010

A bittersweet end

Well, I'm officially out of Sock Wars now. I went for a skate today and came home to a parcel from San Fran containing my death socks : (

It's not so bad really because the socks are great; they are fun, stripey socks and they fit beautifully. They're also a merino/bamboo blend so they're super soft. I've got happy feet! The package also contained belgian chocolate so I shall console myself with a nice treat tonight.

I managed two kills so I'm pleased with my effort. Now I'm free to work on my Olympic socks, a challenging Cookie A. pattern called Vilai from Sock Innovation. I've done and undone the same 4 rows over and over but I think I've got it now!

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February 9, 2010


I spent the weekend in our beautiful capital city (Ottawa for non-canadians) and took in the sights and sounds of Winterlude.

I was surprised to find a couple of cozy trees:

These festooned trees were apparently part of an installation by arts collective Spins & Needles.

Marvelous ice sculptures were everywhere:

And I enjoyed an evening skate on the Rideau Canal.

Also spent a day at the incredible Canadian Museum of Civilization. Wish I'd had longer than a weekend to explore this wonderful city!

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February 1, 2010

Kayla Shrug

I made this Kayla Shrug last fall and then stuffed it away in my closet because I didn't think it worked on me. It's an Americo Original pattern and I made it out of their Pima Cotton as the pattern suggests.

Turns out it looks great on my sister so I was happy to give it to her rather than have it go to waste. I couldn't bare to think that my 18+ inches of 1x1 ribbing for the top would be in vain. I hate 1x1 ribbing!

The shrug has a unique construction and, as I knit it, it took me a while to figure out how the whole thing was supposed to work on an actual body. But it does, and the cotton gives it a nice drape.

I hope my sister enjoys it. It's a frustrating aspect of knitting; you can spend hours working on something that doesn't fit you well in the end. I'm working on a new sweater now. Here's hoping!

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January 25, 2010

Cambodia Knits

At the last meeting of the Around the Bay Knitting Guild, we had a special guest speaker talk to us about an inspiring enterprise. Monika told us about Cambodia Knits, which she started last year with the goal of providing an employment alternative to marginalized communities. You can read all about Cambodia Knits here. It's an interesting business model that teaches people how to knit, and then allows them to work from home at their own pace.

We watched a slideshow while Monika told us about Cambodia's culture and history, and some of the challenges people who live there face. She explained her motivation for starting CK and how she went about doing it. We also got to check out some of the goods and I purchased an adorable little elephant finger puppet. I just love him.

Sock Wars update: I'm still in the game. I sent out death socks last week and so far haven't received any!

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January 13, 2010

Sock Wars!

I've been doing so much report writing at work that when I come home and try to write a blog entry, I stare at the screen and my mind goes blank. But I've got it in me to do a little post today because I'm so excited to be participating in the upcoming Sock Wars V!

Each participating knitter is an assassin and must knit a pair of socks as quickly as possible and send them to their target before they receive death socks in the mail from their own assassin. I won't go into all the rules but you can check them out here. Over 200 knitters from all over the world are participating!

I'm totally expecting to be out in the first round but the great thing is, no matter when you're out of the game, you end with a new pair of socks. The overall winners get a whole whack of sock yarn.

I've received my dossier with info on my target: size 11 feet, dammit, I'm used to knitting for my own size 6. I've swatched and I'm looking forward to some extreme knitting! Now I just wait for the pattern to be posted at 8 pm tomorrow. Wish me luck....

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