Through my adventures with yarn, I’ve begun to realize just how much variety there is in yarn, and how it impacts fiber arts, like crochet and knitting. One of the yarns that was high on my list to try was Peruvian Highland wool since I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about its softness and warmth. When I saw that We Are Knitters, a company that creates knitting and crochet kits, carried Peruvian wool, I got so excited!
Thanks to the wonder of the Internet, I’ve discovered that there is so much more to yarn than what is in stock at the local Michaels, and one of my favourite finds is definitely TopKnot Style! She gets her yarn made specifically for her business, and when I found out that she was making her custom yarn available for purchase, I knew I had to get in on that somehow.
When I was staying with my aunt and uncle in Hong Kong over the summer, I asked them if there were any animals they liked, and they chose their Chinese Zodiac animals! It may have taken me many months, but I am so excited to show you the monkey amigurumi I designed as part of a thank-you gift.
Crafting is always more fun when it’s done together, so when my friend asked if I wanted to help her make Disney-themed headbands for her, I jumped at the opportunity! She’s heading Disney World over the Christmas break, so this was a perfect post-exam activity. We ended up making two headbands, one crocheted and one out of felt.
If you are looking for aesthetically pleasing Instagram accounts to follow, Top Knot Style is basically my number one recommendation. The blankets and scarves that Amanda makes are gorgeous, and the yarn she sells looks unbelievably squishy. I’ve been crushing on this yarn for so long, but it’s definitely in the “luxury” category. Since I made my best friend put up with my endless ramblings about this yarn, I decided that I would splurge on the yarn and make her a scarf for a Christmas present!
Growing up, we always used to use the same old fake Christmas tree year after year until one year when my mom randomly brought home a real Christmas tree. We’ve never gone back! I love the smell, and it just makes me feel infinitely more festive. When I found this pattern, I got that same tingly Christmas cheer, so I knew I had to try it!
I’ve never been keen for online shopping, but when I realized that I could be ordering yarn online, that was a game-changer.
‘Tis the season! When I was little, one of my favourite Christmas books was “Olive the Other Reindeer”, by Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Seibold. I always thought it was so clever, and as a result, I’ve always had a soft spot for reindeers, even if Olive wasn’t exactly a typical “reindeer”. When I saw this reindeer pattern, I knew I had to give it a whirl.
This season, I’ve been noticing pom-poms popping up over the place! Initially, I was a bit hesitant about this trend since pom-poms feel very “little kid” to me, but I was won over in the end, mostly by how much fun pom-poms are to squish. It turns out that they’re incredibly easy to make as well!