Monday, September 9, 2013

Baby Blanket and Wash Cloths

I recently knit some baby wash cloths for friends of ours and ended up with LOTS of left over yarn ; well, enough to make a little blanket anyway.

I made the pattern up as I knit - I was too tired to have to mark rows and such. So, coming up with my own pattern was the easiest way to relax and avoid reading a pattern.

 It is easily broken down into 8-row repeats.

row 1: k2 , * k2tog, yo * rep until last two sts, knit 2

row 2: and all other even rows - purl

row 3: k2 , * k2tog, yo * rep until last two sts, knit 2

row 5: knit

Row 7 : knit

I also put in a random lace pattern that I found in a knitwear magazine.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Girls Day In // new scarf

My sweet cousin Lily was over last week ( from Japan!) , and we decided that a girls knitting day was in order. We put the kids outside with a water slide while the older ones went to the theater, and then the three of us got together and ... well , this pretty much sums it up:

new yarn and magazines, freshly brewed coffee and my moms delicious homemade cheesecake. Needless to say, it was pretty awesome!

Note: scarf is NOT blocked :)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Deeply Rooted


When storms come, and we all know they do, I want to be firm. I want to be able to weather it, to be strong, to be planted so deeply that I cannot be moved.

In other words, I don't want to end up like this :

Broken. Severed. Withering.Rotting. Useless.

Monday, April 15, 2013

the sweater

I recently posted about knitting a sweater for myself that might not actually fit .. well .. here it is :

I did swatch - and my gauge was tighter than the pattern suggested, so hopefully that will tweak things just a bit.

I plan on seaming part of that giant neck . :)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Branching Out by Susan Lawrence

So I knit ANOTHER Branching Out - cant get enough of this pattern, its just gorgeous and simple and I love it.

 Tobey :D

Wednesday, March 27, 2013



  This is Oscar - he is pretty cute if you ask me. :D

I quickly got tired of my white day-timer, so I decided to spruce it up a little by covering it in this floral paper - soo thrilled with the outcome!

Lastly, Deeann Rieves artwork from her journal makes fantastic envelopes! I find myself constantly tearing out pages to use in various projects.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Under $5 gift (including postage!) - Chocolate on a Snowy Day

One of the most frequent comments I hear is related to the expensive price of postage. Today, it costs 71 cents in Canada to mail a letter, and 1.24 to mail one to the States ( with taxes). I think , if one is willing to buy junk food that our bodies don't even need  for far more than 71 cents .. then there really isn't much harm in spending less then three quarters of a dollar to make someones day.

So, I have decided to start writing about various projects that can all be shipped to loved ones for under 5 dollars - this includes the price of postage and the project materials themselves. Seriously,  you can make someone laugh and smile and feel loved for less than the price of a bag of chips and a bottle of pop! Pretty great right ? I sure think so!

This is the first installment of the project - a chocolate bar and little note to send some love on a snowy day ( we just got hit with a huge snow storm!).

Total postage : Over size stamp that comes to 1.51 with taxes.
Note: this price is for a domestic over size letter that is under 100 grams. I cant stress enough that it pays to check the weight and size of what you are sending. By simply flattening an item ( such as a small scarf or T-shirt ) and using a slightly larger envelope , you can save money.

The chocolate bar cost me 68 cents ( it was on sale and marked down from 3 dollars)  and is by far the most delicious one I have ever eaten ... so  good that I couldn't resist sharing!

I attached a little piece of note paper from Japan and made my own envelope from wrapping paper I bought earlier this year - it is much better to use what you have on hand and encourages creativity.

I think mailing is super important and a vital way to communicate. :)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Really, what gives us the right to judge those around us ? NOTHING. That's right ... NOTHING.

I know that we are all such different people and have different tastes, morals, values, favorite colours and so on. And yes, sometimes we may not be fond of what someone is wearing or how they have their hair cut. It happens.  However,it really isnt right when people judge other people they have NEVER EVEN MET. Numerous people singled out a popular young lady on a magazine by her name tonight and proceeded to make comments that are far less than polite. Names like "ugly" and "disgusting" were used.

Why do we feel we can do this ?
Why do we feel we can  call people names?
how do we decide  we are better than them?
What makes us think we can say such things?
Why do we feel it is allowed?

Our poor generation, believing this is okay.

It is sad really. It is almost sheepish when you think that they are calling someone they have never met names that no one wants to be called.

Lets not judge.
Lets not put ourselves over others anymore.
Lets not keep this up.
Lets not teach others that this is okay, because it isnt.

Lets encourage each other to respect one another.


Monday, February 4, 2013

DIANA // Little Lamby Knits

Diana, AKA my favorite sweater, is coming along quite well.

I LOVE a good cardigan, and this one is just right - I finished up the hem the other night while watching The Office and hope to have the sleeves done soon!


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Valentin Serov

I , completely by accident,  came across the beautiful work of  Serov last night while attempting to find portraits for an English project I am working on.

The life he captured blows me away - in particular, I find he captures emotions very well; the grace, the hurt, the joy, the weariness,  the fear, the longing , the love.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Letter mail - its the best.

Mail from Jen - always so excited when I pick up letters from her on my way to work. Working in a post office, I often hear stories of how people dont make use of the postal system as much as they used to. As much as this is true, it is also sad. I think letter mail, when you have the time to write it, is very awesome!

I .Love.This.Song. 

I first heard it while watching the Passion 2013 conference online. I have never been a huge fan of Smith's ... but I have come to realize that that was because I never really listened to much of his work and didnt know much of who he is. As of late, I have been listening to this EP - it breaks my heart, warms my heart, inspires me musically, and amazes me. I admire the work he has done with CompassionArt and I am quite excited to start listening to more of his music.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

As of late

As of late ...

the pile of books at my beside has doubled

the amount of unfinished knitting projects has increased

the stack of school work has been steadily diminishing

my application has been sent

and now I get to wait patiently for a response.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ribbon Rosette

I often see fabric rosettes and I think they are adorable. I decided, to add something fun to my sister and her fiances gifts, to make some out of ribbon.

Having never made them up until this point, I cant say if they follow the general idea of fabric ones in terms of construction  I can say, however, that it is much easier to manipulate the ribbon ( the one I used has wire in it) when it is tied to the gift already. I just formed the rosette and then covered it  in glue :)

a little bit of knitting :)

my current knitting project  .. well .. one of them anyway!