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!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Winter Princess Leg Warmers

I can't believe it's been a month since I last posted.  The hubby and I have been crazy busy with work, I've even had to miss some karate training.  Somehow, in the last week, I managed to pull off creating a pair of crocheted leg warmers for my daughter.  I was considering knitting them but then realized I didn't have the appropriate sized dpns (double pointed needles) to do it.  I thought, oh well, I can crochet quicker anyways so that is exactly what I did.  I'm very happy with the result.  I used Bernat's glow-in-the-dark yarn in blue and purple for it as well as Bernat's Bling Bling for the fur trim.  The kids and I love the glow-in-the-dark yarn.  We were very pleased with the way it turned out.  The glow-in-the-dark picture didn't turn out as well as I would have liked, but you get the idea.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Knitting and Crocheting Instructor at Michaels

I am thrilled to announce that I am the new Knitting and Crocheting Instructor at Michaels starting October 1st.  I got a call from the Instructor Co-ordinator yesterday telling me that they were losing their Knitting and Crocheting Instructor at the end of this month and would I be interested in taking over.  I jumped at the opportunity!  This was what I had wanted all along.  I'm still their Jewelry Instructor, too.  It will be an interesting feat of co-ordination trying to teach it all while doing my job as an engineer, practicing karate, and allowing time for my family's various extra-curricular activities.  I know I'll love it!