A crochet technique that I have always been fascinated by is the process of cabling! I think it provides such an interesting appearance, and with the whole “crochet-that-looks-like-knitting” trend going on, cabling fits right in. I’ve also been itching to make a blanket lately since winter always makes me want to cozy up under a warm throw, so all these factors came together in this project.
Confession: I don’t actually drink coffee. Everyone likes to kid about drinking coffee non-stop in university, especially for a graduate program, but the smell of coffee just doesn’t appeal to me, much less the taste of it. Still, since I do drink tea (and hot chocolate!) I figured I could still use a nice coffee sleeve, and the heart seemed perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Last month, I was part of a fundraising effort that was obtaining gift cards for Tim Horton’s to share with the less fortunate populations in Edmonton. The idea was that by allowing them to purchase a cup of coffee with dignity, they would also have a way to access warm shelter during times of bad weather. What made this fundraiser extra fun was the fact that my friend and I chose to match every $10 donated with a handmade item! In part of this making blitz, I managed to come up with this pattern using some yarn scraps for a cute headband / earwarmer!
As a pretty messy person, I’m always on the lookout for good / cute storage solutions. When I saw this amigurumi tea cup, I immediately thought that it could work as a great way to store small jewelry or other trinkets if I didn’t stuff the cup.
As you should all know by now, I am a huge fan of birthdays. When the boy I babysit regularly proudly told me that he was turning six this year, I told him that he could pick any animal he wanted, and I would make a present for him. Like any self-respecting boy who is a five-about-to-be-six-year old, he chose a shark.
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.