tons of fun! with craft books.

Lately I’ve been enjoying the used book store across the street from where I work. So I’ve gotten quite the collection of craft books .

Before I get started on the sharing of books, here is a sharing of food! Will made it a few weeks ago, but it was pretty darn delicious. Pork chops, the sauce was fantastic and had dates in it.

yum yum yum

This is going to be pretty picture heavy, I hope you appreciate it because the wordpress uploader is being a big meanie to me and it took way longer than it should have…

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A couple projects

I made this a little while ago and when I tried to make a post about it, my internet was being a meanie.

Last month I went through a tea drinking craze.. everyday I’d have a whole pot to myself in the morning and clear off the table to set my teapot and agave nectar and a cute little spoon and saucer.


I love my teapot.. isn’t it the best color ever? it’s not so washed out looking as the photo makes it look.. it’s a little more golden looking. I think the turquoise yarn really makes it look special. And the button doesn’t hurt either.


It’s a lone button, so I was pretty happy to find the perfect item to put it on. I also made a potpourri bowl for some lavender potpourri that I got for Christmas.

my first potpourri bowl!

Spring is coming

Animated Annie-mals

My sister is going to have a baby, so naturally I’m looking everywhere for baby related things. I found these at Shan’s Needleworks for $2 a piece.

Robbie Rabbit
Timmy Turtle

I’m particularly excited about the turtle. So cute!! I haven’t done amigurumi before, nothing has really caught my eye. I’ve seen lots of cool things people have whipped up, but I suppose I’m not into the cutesy items as much when it comes to actually making them. I figure having a niece/nephew gives me the opportunity to make those cutesy things without having to find a place to put them afterward.

I also got a nice discount bag of yarn.

love the colors

and a super handy knitting gauge tool!!

it shows metric on the other side, and canadian and american needle sizes on this side!

I went for a wonderful walk along the quay yesterday, so refreshing. I don’t go walking nearly as much as I should. They have so many beautiful flowers and decorative lettuces planted along the boardwalk, it makes me feel lucky to live where I do. Every morning I can enjoy the amazing colors of the sun rising up beyond the bridges and see the mist float around the river.




project update

I have quite a few projects on the go.. a shawl, handwarmers, a bag, a cowl, another shawl, a couple pictures, and this pretty underthing from an old Australian Women’s Weekly that I found through ravelry.

I don’t have pictures for all of them, but here’s a pic of the most recent. I’ve been holding on to this yarn for a while, cause nothing was awesome enough for it, and since I’ve expanded my craftiness to include a bit of knitting, I found the perfect project. Here’s the link to the ravelry page. It’s quite an easy pattern, and I’m making a couple alterations to allow for my hip-waist ratio.. lets see how it goes.

6".. like a drop in the pond

It’s a cool pattern to memorize because everything is done in counts of 5.

hopefully successful short row shaping

I also bought this GORGEOUS simply fantastic yarn yesterday!! I think I have to get a couple more skeins of it, maybe in another color too.

doesn't it look luscious?

It’s laceweight 70% baby alpaca and 30% mulberry silk. It’s so soft it makes you wonder why you’d ever want to wear anything made of anything else.

I also finished this hat a couple weeks ago, but I don’t like my face right now so I didn’t take a picture of it.. so here’s a picture now, even though the face sitch hasn’t changed.

forgot to take a picture with the camera, so it's a webcam pic.

it’s from Interweave Crochet’s Accessories 2010 issue. I probably used a yarn not quite what they called for, so it ended up needing a couple more repeats around the brim.. Or perhaps I just like my hats lower down than they designed for.

I hope everyone is having a happy new year so far!

Delicioso! plus some bonus musings!! woo

before the oven

Will made such a delicious dinner a couple weeks ago!! it was braised chicken thighs, and we had a yummy cheese plate and olive encrusted bread.

After the oven

mmm mmmm….

I’ve also got a bunch of projects on the go, and I’ve baked a bunch of cookies. I just started a (hopefully) beautiful knitting pattern. Here  I’m making it in a lavender slightly halo-y yarn and it seems to be going well so far. I’m a little concerned about how it’ll fit, since I’ve got a big hip to bust ratio. but the pattern description seems to indicate a good amount of stretchiness. I did change a couple things to suit my preferences of construction. I chained the stitches that I wanted to cast on, and I didn’t cast on as many as the pattern wanted me to, I think I have a larger yarn and needles than the pattern calls for.

I also did my first piece of double ended tunisian crochet! I just did a simple washcloth with crafting cotton. A plain natural color, and a rainbow yarn I got at the thrift store.


Really take a good look at it.. it’s amazing how the colors interact with each other and how the fabric feels.. it’s the opposite colors on the other side of the cloth. I didn’t use tunisian simple stitch, I did tunisian purl. It turned out really ridge-y and awesome, perfect for a wash cloth. I think it would be interesting to do this sort of stitch on a garment, with a softer thinner yarn.


Sometimes I think about a post on a blog I read once, I don’t remember the address 😦 It was the blog of a knitter, and she talked about how she happened to do smaller projects all the time, and wanted things simple and fast. She commented on how there seem to be two different types of knitters (and probably crocheters, as well). One is a product knitter/crocheter and the other is a process knitter/crocheter. I think I fall into the latter category. I’m constantly fascinated by the technique and forming the stitches, it doesn’t matter so much to me whether I have anything to show for my work, just understanding the inner workings of the craft excites me. Although it’s nice to have something to wear or give to someone at the end of the journey, it’s not the reason I do it.  A product knitter doesn’t care so much about the way it’s done, as long as it gets done and it’s pretty 😛 not that they don’t care about the way in which it was created, it’s just not the reason they do it.

I think that the two types of people could be transferred into any undertaking or art system. What sort do you think you are? If you see yourself as both, which do you think you tend to favor anyways? or why do you think that it doesn’t apply to you, being the fancy pants that you are 😛




Alisea’s Simple Slipper

Using chunky/bulky yarn and a 4.50 mm hook

ch 3
rnd 1: 7 hdc in 3rd ch, sl st to 1st hdc (to creat a circle!)

*all stitches in back loops from now on unless otherwise specified*

rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st, sl st

rnd 3: ch 2, *1dc, 2 dc* to end, sl st

rnd 4-9: *ch 2, 1dc in each, sl st* for 6 rows.(if you want a maryjane/ballet look, do less of this, and compensate in the next section of the slipper.)

rnd 10: ch 2, 1 dc in each, leave 5 sts unworked

rnd 11: ch 2, 1 dc in each to end of row in Front loops ( to keep all the same way)

rnd 12: ch 2, 1 dc in each in Back loops

rnd 13: ch 2, 1 dc in each to end of row in Front loops

rnd 14: ch 2, 1 dc in each in Back loops

rnd 15: ch 2, 1 dc in each to end of row in Front loops

rnd 16: ch 2, 1 dc in each in Back loops

rnd 17: ch 2, in front loops: 1dc in next 6 sts, 1hdc in next 2 sts, 1sc in 4 sts 1hdc in next 2 sts, 1 dc in 6 sts to end of row.

leaving hole for heel to sew up after, join to top edge around ankle.
ch 1, sc around edge, sl st at end.
leaving extra long tail (i left more than 20 inches,

but you probably don’t need so much), cut yarn. thread tail on to yarn needle and sew heel closed. make sure it is secure and then weave in the ends. You could also close the heel using sc or slip stitches if you don’t have a yarn needle.


the first prototype!

The last week has had many ups and downs. The downs were mostly due to a stress aggravated pms attack 😦

I did get the second job I had the interview for, which I start next month after the wedding. I found out after I had started training for the first one, so that’s a little crazy. The second one is much closer, the same wage and a few more hours a week than the one I’m training for right now. The one I’ve started is about half an hour away, which is mostly walking.. so it’s not as convenient. I feel bad that they’ve already started training and I’m pretty sure that I’m already going to quit. I’m pretty much 95% positive that the schedules aren’t going to work out between them, if I wanted to keep both of them. I’m glad I am working at least a couple weeks though, because the money is good to have, and it’s going to help me gear up for the new job.

On to more crafty news:

I bought this gorgeous yarn yesterday at Shan’s Needleworks which is just a few blocks from me. I’ve only gone in a couple times, but I really enjoy seeing what’s in there, and talking about techniques and patterns with the lady who runs it.


drool worthy, am I right?

This is destined to be an entrelac tunisian cowl. I have shivers when I think about it, no foolin’.

Also!!! I have finished myself a pair of slippers from scratch (pattern and all, spinning yarn not included) before 9:45 this morning. Do you remember this yarn?

I rolled it into a center pull ball, which by the way is my new favorite way to do balls of yarn. I was intending to make these Bella Slippers but because of the bulk of my yarn I think, it was going to be way too big. So I ripped it all back, and  using almost the same first 2 rows, I just improvised myself some cute slippers.  They would be easy to convert to a mary jane/ballet slipper look, but I like the simplicity of no fancy closures for a  first slipper. Especially because I was writing out the pattern as I was making it up so that both feet could be the same.

the first prototype!


I’m now starting to brainstorm ideas for embellishment.. perhaps a cute applique or buttons up the side. If people (mostly Erika 😛 ) are interested, I can post the pattern I wrote out. I’d really like it if someone tested it to see how it works out. I did the second slipper from the pattern I wrote for my prototype, but I don’t know how someone else will read it. I used maybe half a skein of chunky/bulky yarn and a 4.5 mm hook.

kitty, thor cup, and my new slippers! life doesn't get much better than this.. all I need is my Man sitting right next to me and I'm set

Fall is on its way!! It’s starting to get chillier during the nights.. So I think that the cowl I have planned is going to be just in time!

I had a meeting with the Marriage Commissioner yesterday too! She’s the nicest, jolly, cute lady ever. It’s all super set for October 1st at 2pm!! It’s hard to believe it’s only a few weeks away. Will is taking care of all the food, and I’m going to get some inexpensive decorations and pretty our place up!! We have about 20 – 25 people coming. It’s going to be in our apartment.. I hope we have enough room XD but I have no money for a venue, so it’ll have to do. I haven’t seen my father’s side of the family for 2 or 3 years.. so I’m really happy they’ll be coming! I was really hoping that my grandma would be able to make it, and it’s easier for her since we’ve moved and it’s a lot closer.




I am finally finished this project that has plagued me for about 3 years now.. that’s pretty sad it took me so long, but I’d keep losing it, so really, it wasn’t all procrastination. All in all, though, I’m proud of how it turned out.

it was supposed to be my sister's 17th birthday present.
I love this button!
my super hand-sewn lining

You may recognize the lining from my previous post.  I have plans for the rest of this fabric, it’s so pretty!! I got the button from when I worked at the Hospice Resale Shop.

Yesterday was the farmers market that’s just up the street from me, so I went. It was neat. There was a guy playing the accordion and there were lots of neat vendors.

I got this Pear tart from a baker who said this recipe originated in Alsace, which is where parts of my family come from. I think that's pretty awesome.

I also got a loaf of whole wheat sour dough bread from some bread bakers, who were super nice. Some fresh corn, a weird looking cucumber, and also some chai spiced honey.

Yesterday I also found a neat little thrift store called Treasure Chest which supports the Canadian Mental Health Association. The deals there are better than the Hospice.. although they do have a much smaller store and probably not as much overhead as the Hospice Resale Shop. I still like them both.

this purple top looks much better close up.
also a much better representation of the color.
I love pleats! not yucky pleats.. I guess these might be called pin tucks?

I also found one of these loom kits, I have an idea for using this as a large knitting frame as well.

My sisters visited for a few days, it was nice to see family again. We went out to Okonomi Sushi and the Tableau Bar Bistro, both were delicious!! It was nice to see where Will works, too. The service was awesome, and I discovered how yummy a Twentieth Century can be. It tastes like a lemon meringue pie!!!!!! my favorite XD

I also turned 22 last week.. it’s kind of freaky. I really need to get going on my life plans, or I’m gonna turn old.