Sunday, October 23, 2016


These are Antler Mitts by Tin Can Knits Off of Ravelry. I love them. I made this pair for me to get a guage on the size. An adult medium fits teens and women. I used a tough 100% wool I had in my stash, but will seek softer yarn to make gift mitts. The pattern calls for a bulky weight but a heavy worsted worked fine for me. We'll see how many pair I can crank out for loved ones before Christmas!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Winter is Coming, Knit Faster

I am feeling change from crisp autumn to early winter. I have a rolling list of knits running through my head. Christmas gifts , family treats, and personal projects. It has been a harvest of patterns in my wee circle of creative lovely friends.
Here is a shawl I had planned to do when I was shown the pattern in late spring. I set a cast on date for October 1st, and what do you know, I did it! It's a pattern off called: An October Day
I used AlafossLopi, a warm bulky hearty 100% Icelandic wool. Those Icelandic sheep may not be so soft, but they don't mess around keeping warm. I had only 4 skeins instead of the 5 I needed, so I left off 12 rows and only did one lace section instead of 2. I will certainly make another of these next October 1st and be SURE to have all the yardage I need! It is a lovely relaxing knit with a bit of cable and a bit of lace. I very much enjoyed knitting it!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Post Lent Catch Up

Hello! Spring is definately in the air, all I can think about is cotton linen yarn blends, ha! We were offline for lent. I broke it to sent a few messages as not to worry some we had dissapeared. It was a calm break that had us reading and crafting more around my house. Ash Wednesday snuch up on us! It can before Valentines Day which was very odd. I did get spoiled by a swap box that arrived from the lovely Oarangesforadam, 
Yellow is my favourite colour and she made me a yellow valentine! The dear hand crafted frame is hanging in my bedroom above my dresser and it makes me smile often. So many good crafty treats as well as the BEST decaf coffee I have ever had. Really, decaf coffee is an awkward oxymoron at the best of times but Texas knows their stuff! DH LOVED the full blend. Everything was a blessing, thank you Oranges!!
I made a wee neck cozy for a friend.
a wee Mug Hug for another
finished a baby sweater for a wee one who arrived in February 
did up my first pair of mitts
finished off this cardi for me
made slippers for Grama Tink
and slippers for the Captain of the Good Ship Lollipop.
I have been learning how to make Victorian lamp shades. It will take done time. It is very relaxing to sit and stitch. I will post more about this later and edit in a link of where the idea came from for me. 
So there is my lent craft wise recap. It was a little season of reflection, thankfulness, encouragement, blessing, and rejuvenation for my soul. Next year we will think of something good to add to our daily lives rather than take away. Not that there is any hard fast rule for us, it is just a practice we have enjoyed doing as a family, and that is always a precious thing.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Jar Upgrade

My friend came to visit a few days. She has the gift of crafting. She brought me a lovely dishsoap or lotion pump she made from a jar. But the pump did not work. She was so sorry, but the pump was new so she assumed it worked. No problem. My current dishsoap bottle was almost empty and it has a good pump on it. Which made me think when I went to fix it, I should share this idea!
You would need: 
-a jar with lid
-a pump (bought or saved from an old bottle)
-a tool to punch and pry a hole in the metal lid
-glue (hot glue gun or strong glue)
-ribbon or embellishments
-something to fill your new pretty dispenser with

Or save these gems for hostess gifts or other giving!

Pretty easy to make. The only effort is getting the lid hole the right size and sealing the base of the pump in. Be sure your pump shaft is slightly above the base of your jar.
A nail can be used to start the hole and wiggle it larger. I found this not as hard to do as I thought it would be.

I have now been oogling my groceries to see if I have any good jars and pumps to make more, ha!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Valentines Penny Pockets

I best post these now as I have a few more to sew up; and who knows when I will get to them, ha!
Free pattern at:

I love this project because it is a stash buster if you aren't purchasing a layer cake of fabric for it! I also had to look up how to make yoyos for the front as I did not have a fancy dancy yoyo maker. I took a cardboard can with plastic lid and made my own circle maker.
I pressed the scrap with a hot iron before popping it into the ring and lid mould. This gave me a circle crease to follow as I pressed in my 1/4" seam after. Stitched evenly around edge, pull in thread, knot yoyo, and sew on embellishment.
Making there little ruffles are fun!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Winter Centre Piece

I was very inspired by this post by Mrs.T: and had been thinking of what I had around to make a centre piece with. I was doing the dishes and putting things away in the fridge when the Costco Steinfeld's pickle jar in the fridge sparked an idea. Now, my family just needed to eat those pickles!

I found a second smaller pickle jar washed and ready. I gathered supplies...
Paint frozen juice lids pale blue.
Clip twigs from yard, trim to jar height.
Anchor in a chunk of styrofoam with a coin or washer taped to the bottom for counterweight.
Glue up and glitter branches.
Fill juice lids with Glassy Glaze or like substance once paint is dry, sprinkle a bit of glitter around your "pond" edge.
Set tree in, pour in salt (or sugar) to cover tree base. 
Set in a cookie cutter, animal figurine, or some little pretty that makes you happy.
Set pond in when glaze set. 
Glue and glitter top rims of jars.
Set on cake stand, table runner, doily, or on their own.
Add a couple candles for ambiance!
Enjoy winter wonderland.
Animal cookie cutters from Ikea.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Aunty's Apron

My SIL is a craftfair genius. For her birthday coming I made her a vendor apron to wear. It has pockets for change in the front, cell phone one one side, protien (or candy) bar on the other. I used what I think might have been vintage place mat or table cloth fabric as the base. It is heavy like oil cloth but not shiny wipable, Kwim?
I added a thick scrunchy sash, elasticated top pockets, and extra long tie to put a bow in the front if she wants.
The back is lined with cotton.
I think it will work really well for her. Yes, I do wish I was keeping it, ha! Some stats for when I make one later in the year...
Cut 2: 13" x 17" , right side in, trim off from bottom left corner up to the 1" along the top point. Sew down that wedge seam to create slight dart in center of apron. Repeat with lining pieces and set that aside for after pockets are sewn on.
Pockets are rectangles, fold in half, press side seams 1/4" in on all sides. Sew a bit of thin elastic in top fold edge by back stitch anchoring end, stretch flat with fabric, loose zig zag across, back stitch anchor other end. Pin to desired spot, stitch 3 pressed in sides.
Sew apron and liner together right sides facing, leaving top seam open. turn rightside out, press.
top edge sash is cut 2" longer than top edge measurement (so is an inch longer on each end when pinning) by 14". press in half longwise. Press under 1" seams on long edges. Lose base stitch ends to gather. Pin pressed in seams with apron top incased and centered in it 1" up into the sash. Just guess and feel as you pin. Sew on.
2 Ties are cut: 6" x 43" (? the width of the fabric is what I did. Press in half longwise rightside in. trim a taper off one end of each tie. Sew 1/2" seam from taper end to a hand length BEFORE other end. {My professional technique is mind bogging right? ha! hang in there.}
Turn ties rightside out, press, including pressing the seams 1/2" in on last bit of side and end cap. 
Pin end cap 1/2"in past side edge of apron, tucking in the gathering and pinning well enough to sew on. Repeat other side. Press and LOVE!