Sunday, October 27, 2013

I heart ... New pretties

:: Some new felted stones, ready for some stitching

:: Eleanor & Park -- This audiobook nearly destroyed me. Good and sweet and sad and funny.

:: Went to the Creativ Fest on Friday after work. Loved seeing all of the amazing samples and swatches. And also, so lovely to meet new friends.

:: Holy mose, these potholders are so pretty.

:: Obsessed with this fabric.

Have a good week friends! 

Monday, October 21, 2013

The three-year socks

I started these socks three years ago (gulp) when I was on vacation. I cast them aside because one of the wooden needles I was using was a bit scraggly and every time I came around to that needle I would get frustrated when it caught on the yarn (of course, it didn't occur to me to swap out the offensive needle until a year had passed). I had various other doubts about these socks (too dense, not dense enough, why did i do the heel flap so shallow, the ribbing section is too short and on and on). Also, wasn't loving the pooling. All this whining and fretting for a plain ole pair of vanilla socks -- but you guys get it right? I knew you would :)

The details: 
Yarn - Socks that Rock Silkie (from Sock Summit #1)
Needles: 2.5 and also 2.75 when I had my doubts
Pattern: Plain ole basic sock

Thursday, October 17, 2013


Nothing like a fresh pile of woolies! I zipped these up to thank the people in Nova Scotia who went the extra mile to show us a good time. I bought the red skein of Rowan at The Loop Craft Cafe and started the pair on a break in the public garden. When I came home I used up some oddballs of this and that to round out the lot. If you're looking for a quick and easy project (Christmas is coming peeps!), I love this crochet pattern.

Happy weekend - we're almost there!

Monday, October 14, 2013

For Viv

Felted stones

Hello friends :)

I have a couple fun things to show today. I made these wee things for my friend Viv who recently celebrated a birthday. In the top pic are some felted stones. I think they might look sweet on a windowsill or in a pretty bowl or used as paperweights. I used some river rocks I picked up from the dollar store and wrapped them in roving -- this tutorial lays out the process perfectly. After they were felted and left to dry for a few days, I stitched on the flowers using embroidery floss. Look at Lil Fish Studios AMAZING stones for wowowowow inspiration.

The second pic is a scarf, also for Viv, who chose the wool herself. (She has impeccable taste).  The yarn is Fleece Artist and has deep rich shades of turquoise and gold and purple. 

Happy birthday dearest Viv :)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Nova Scotia

Peggy's Cove

Peggy's Cove

Peggy's Cove

Peggy's Cove

Ah Nova Scotia. You won me over completely. On my one day off, you put on the very best show :)

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!

Back next week with some crafty show and tell.