A Personal Piece of Creative Heaven

It’s sharing time today…..there is a place, or rather a place in time, that I would describe as a personal heaven – it’s around 10 pm in the evening when my always entertaining, ever-loving and exhausting (in the best way possible) daughter has been happily, sound asleep for a couple of hours, the school bags are packed, clothing set out and lunches made for the next day (this level of organization does actually happen about 75% of the time) and there is a general calm over the household.  

I can smell the aroma of freshly brewed coffee.  Feeling serene, I fill my cup, add the requisite cream and sugar and then settle into my big oversized chair.  In front of me on my coffee table and the floor below are newly started projects (ok, some not so new), gauge samples spread out all over.  There are a myriad of supplies: crochet and knitting needles; stitch markers; scissors and baskets and bags full of …. wait for it….yarn!  

Surrounded by an array of beautiful hues of colour and simple tools to aid my creative juices, I am peaceful.  Not only peaceful, but buzzing with swirling thoughts of “what can I make next?”  Make no mistake, you can be peaceful even though your mind is busy.  I believe your state of mind rather than the pace determines your level of zen.

Happy knitting, hooking, crafting, designing, whatever brings you joy to all of you out there!

Pumpkin Orange Cozy Scarf

Just in time for Halloween….I finished off this bright, pumpkin orange scarf.  Tassels added to the ends create fall flair (pattern by Rescued Paw Designs – check out the website, a great selection of projects).

Using Bernat Satin and a combination of half double and criss crossed half double crochet stitches, this scarf has texture while remaining comfy soft.

Happy  Halloween everyone!!!

New Yarn Purchase ~ Sakura Cotton in Amazing Fall Colours

my yarn stash continues to grow and grow….guilty pleasure #1 (which comes just ahead of watching Gilmore Girls re-runs over and over) —  buying yarn for the pure pleasure of “I must have it!” , no particular project in mind but just it’s beautiful and I will think of something eventually.

I’m very excited about my latest purchase – Sakura Cotton (distributed by Estelle Yarns)

I picked up two 100g hanks of Sakura Cotton, it’s called colour no. 52803 but if I had to name it, I would call it “Canadian Fall”  There are beautiful hues of reds, oranges, yellows and browns, all colours that make up the leaves falling this time of year here in Vancouver, BC.

Made of 50% cotton, 30% viscose and 20% silk, this yarn has texture while remaining soft, making me lean towards using it for a lacy style shawl/wrap – light enough for fall but adds warmth on the chillier mornings.

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If you have a project idea that you think would be perfect for these lovelies, please share! I’d love to hear from you!  

Super Quick to Make Travel Coffee Cup Cozies

To all you coffee drinkers out there!

I am a creature of habit. There are generally only two beverages that I will order again and again without fail – the no foam, extra hot, non-fat latte and the non-fat caramel macchiato, extra hot, with extra caramel on top.  

Being an environmentally sensitive soul, I like to use a resuable, recyclable mug – it’s good for at least 10 to 12 coffees before it just can’t lose that stale coffee scent, even after washing.  

I started making some simple cozies for my travel coffee mugs – why use a plain cardboard sleeve when I can keep my hands warm and comfy on soft cotton in beautiful colours?  

Behold the pretty and environmentally friendly travel mug sleeve!

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Yes, I am catering to Starbucks in these pictures but that’s only because it’s my favourite on-the-go coffee cup right now.  

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These cozies are made with Bernat Handicrafter 100% cotton.  They work up quickly using a combination of single and half-double crochet stitches, worked in the round.  Make it as tall and colourful as you like!

 

Colourful slouchy hat!

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I love making hats! Once I got past my dread of working in the round, a whole new door of crochet possibilities opened.  I found the pattern for this super cute Slouch Hat  from Little Monkeys Crochet (definitely check this site out, it’s fantastic and one of my favourites!)

For the hat pictured above, I followed the pattern using Pacific Chunky by Cascade Yarns (60% acrylic/40% wool).  You’ll use about the same yardage as Rebecca indicates in her pattern.

Happy hooking! 😉

Dish washing can be fun!

I can literally feel eyes rolling at the sight of this post’s title, but it’s true!  If you have a bright, colourful dishcloth to work with, doesn’t dish washing become more fun?  All I can think of when I see these wash cloths is “candy”.

This is a great project for a beginner!  A 42.g (3.5 oz) skein of Bernat Handicrafter 100% cotton (this wash cloth in “Playtime”) will make one dish cloth.

Using I hook, chain 27 (or depending on how big you want it to be, an even number of chains plus 1)

Row 1:  sc in second ch from the hook, *dc in the next ch, sc in the next ch; repeat from * across to last ch, dc in last

Row 2:  ch 1, turn, *sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc; repeat from * across to end.

Repeat Row 2 to create the pattern until your fabric is square (approximately 9 inches square). Fasten off and weave in ends.