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.
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!
About a month ago, my Instagram feed proved to be too much of a temptation for me – I saw the BrickBubble Hand Loom kit, and I knew I had to try it!
One of my favourite things about the crochet community is connecting with other people through social media! Ever since I saw Holly (@storyland_amis) and her 100 amigurumi countdown, I knew that she was an exceptional crochet designer. When she posted on Instagram asking for pattern testers for her cuddle-sized Zippy the Sloth, I jumped at the opportunity.
My goal has been to make more practical projects lately, especially for projects that are intended as gifts! My best friend will be moving to Saskatchewan for the next few months, and I thought that a nice storage basket would make a nice gift!
In an age of PowerPoint lectures and typed up notes, I always get weird looks when I tell people I prefer to write my notes by hand. I find that it helps me remember the material better, and being able to have colour-coded notes is just a bonus! When I saw this pencil case pattern, I knew I wanted to use it for my pens.
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.
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!
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!
The most inconvenient length of bangs for me has always been the in-between stage, where it’s too short to tuck behind your ears, but too long to leave natural. At this point, bobby pins are a necessity, but if you’re anything like me, you find these utilitarian items a bit boring. Here’s a fun and easy way to dress them up!