Thursday, May 7, 2015

Huntress Cape Completed

Since early March, I have been working on a Huntress Cape that my daughter requested for Halloween. I started early because I wanted to make sure it got done by Halloween and my work schedule is very erratic. I got a lot done during March break and the two weeks I have been convalescing with a sprained ankle. We love it! My daughter's cape has a special label inside which I only use for my kids. I will be making the pattern available soon on Ravelry. If anyone is interested in having me knit one for them, let me know.






Sunday, April 26, 2015

Time to Relax

The absence of posts on my part has been because I have been extremely busy for a number of months working and doing two courses for the Craft Yarn Council (one for knitting, one for crocheting) to become a certified instructor at Michaels.  The two courses which occupied 6 months of my life while I was also working two jobs are now complete and I have passed!


During that time, the only other creative work I was doing was for jewelry courses I was teaching at Michaels.

 
The heart necklace was supposed to be a bracelet but I thought it would look much better as a necklace.  I taught the technique to my kids.  They made the smaller hearts on the ends, so this necklace has special meaning to me.

After my coursework was completed, I got back to a project a friend had commissioned me for in the fall, but I had to put on hold because of work and course load.  I am very pleased with the results and so was the client and the girlfriend he had me make it for.  I created the turtle myself from various beads and Nymo D beading thread.



And now, I have gotten back to knitting again.  More pictures of recent projects to come in the near future.





Sunday, January 4, 2015

Canary Knits featured me on their blog!

A big thank you to Teresa Gregorio (a great designer in her own right who's had many of her patterns featured in various magazines) of Canary Knits (http://www.canaryknits.com/) for featuring me as an independent designer on her blog.  Please check out her great designs as well.

Happy New Year to all!

Busy Holidays

So much to catch up on.  The holidays were extremely busy.  I can't say I got much rest.  There were a few points of interest though.  During the holidays, we took to kids to Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in downtown Toronto (https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/).





After that, we went to Guu Izakaya (http://guu-izakaya.com/).  Picture a tapas style Japanese bar - that's Guu.  Food was awesome!  You are greeted very loudly as you enter the restaurant and when you leave.  What a great experience.





And lastly, for Christmas Eve, we made bacon infused bourbon following Timothy Ferriss' method in the 4 Hour Chef - Woo Hoo!  That was some powerful bourbon.  Fat washing was traditionally used to refine alcohol. So what happens when you put a flavoured fat in? A unique taste experience like none other, with a swizel stick of fried bacon no less. Who said I can't eat my bacon and drink it, too?




Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pumpkin Spice

My aunt recently told me she once saw these cute little knitted or crocheted (she wasn't sure which) pumpkins in a store with cinnamon sticks as the stem. She wanted to buy them, but when she went back, they were all sold out. I told her I would take a shot at it. I am very happy with the results. I improvised the whole thing, didn't write anything down pattern-wise, but I know I can duplicate it pretty easily. We all loved it!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Village

We added a few pieces to our tiny Christmas village we erect every year. This year, it seemed a bit sparse with just the Hogwarts castle, the Quidditch pitch, a tiny village scene (which we like to think of as Hogsmeade), and a green house. So this year, we picked up a few trees (one illuminated), lit lampposts, a clock-tower, and I had to get the get the quilting and knitting supplies shop. My son wanted to have something moving this year, so we got the train. We love it!






Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter is Here!

Unbelievable.  Last Tuesday was 16°C.  The next day, the temperature fell over 10 degrees and stayed there.  The snow started coming in on Saturday.  Now people are scrambling to get their winter tires on.  I was afraid we would get an early winter this year; I guess I knew it was coming because we had a few flakes of snow on Halloween.  Knitting warm woolies started earlier this year for that and one other reason.

My son had his first trip with the school for 3 days away from home to Camp Muskoka (http://www.campmuskoka.com/) in the first week of November.  He had a great time.  Being north of Toronto, they already had snow up there.  In preparation for that trip, I made him a very simple hat and cowl.  He requested no patterning, just his favourite colour, blue, and the cowl had to have buttons. I used Bernat's Glow-In-The-Dark yarn again.  Simple is good; it gets done quickly.  I know he doesn't look it in this picture, but he was actually quite happy with it.  Now his sister wants the same hat in purple.  Happy knitting!