I’m not sure if anyone has actually ever picked up on this, but my Inspiration posts typically run on the third Tuesday of each month. I screwed up this month, but I think the thoughtfulness of this week more than makes up for this late post! This was inspired by the project that Justine at Chubby Knots is working on, as she is trying to send 500 toys to Syrian refugee children living in Lebanon this Christmas.
It’s been lovely this last week, as I haven’t had any school, work, or volunteer obligations. Instead, I’ve had a lot of time to rest, recharge, and recover! Part of my relaxation process has been a lot of crafting, and it’s been so therapeutic. One of the things I made was this really simple scarf!
Sometimes, things don’t work out like they intended, but that isn’t always a bad thing! This top was a happy mistake, as I actually wanted to make a less scandalous crop top for Uyen, but I secretly fell in love with the way this bikini top.
Whenever I go camping, I always see chipmunks, so even though they’re not “Canadian” the same way a beaver or a loon is, there’s something about chipmunks that echoes nature and Canada to me.
In all my years of education, I’ve never done summer school or taken spring classes. Until now. As part of our program, we do Spring Clinic, which has actually been really fun! The only thing is that I can feel myself burning out. I figured that the cure for this would be a quick stress-reliever project!
It’s a bit of a reach this week, but the Canadian connection is the red and white colours! My friend, Renée, actually asked me if I could make a custom crop top for her friend, and I jumped at the opportunity!
Unofficially, I’m trying to do something Canada-related each week for the month of July, so this week, I figured I’d work with the colours of the Hudson Bay Company! If you’re not familiar with them, they were founded in 1670 (!!) and dominated the fur trade within Canada at that time.
When I learned that Edmonton was going to be getting Oomomo, a Japanese-style dollar store, I was overjoyed. I’ve only ever been to Daiso, a different franchise that sells everything from notebooks to seaweed stampers to everything in between, but I’m hoping that the two stores will be similar enough so that Oomomo will carry crochet supplies like Daiso does!
Let’s be honest — no nation is perfect. Canada, which had its national beginnings steeped in colonialism, struggles even now with racial and gender equality. Still, I believe that Canada is a nation with potential, and I am thankful to have been born and raised in a country that strives to embrace multiculturalism and freedom. Because of that, I wanted to try crochet something special for the upcoming Canada Day!