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.
If summer is for crop tops and winter is for scarves, what should spring’s go-to piece of crochet be? I’m thinking it might be shawls! I’ve never worn (or made) a shawl before, but this pattern was so pretty that I knew I had to give it a try.
Technically it’s spring, and that means it’s (sort of) acceptable for me to start daydreaming about crop tops again! For this one, I wanted to take “sweetheart” neckline in a very literal sense and play around with heart shapes. I was lucky enough to meet Holly, a local maker who also happens to dye yarn, and she was interested in doing a collaboration, so without further ado, here is the final result!
Ever since I saw this pattern pop up on my Instagram feed, I knew that I would have to try making it. The little “heart” shapes are so cute, and I was so curious about how to crochet those stitches given the knit appearance. It turns out that simplicity can be beautiful as this pattern was so easy to follow, but had such adorable results!
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!
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!
Confession: my love for soft, neutral toned yarns will probably never go away. For that reason, if nothing else, my love for the Buttercream colourway of the Caron Cakes will likely continue for some time. Having made the Chevron Scarf last time, I wanted to try making a toque! (See, I’m a good Canadian — I say toque!) Confession: I also have a thing for stitches with texture, so when I saw this pattern used the waffle stitch, I knew I had to try it.
Lately, I’ve been really drawn to chunky yarns, and I have a feeling it’s because they look more “cozy” to me. In fact, my entire Christmas wishlist is pretty much luxury super chunky yarns! Since those are a bit out of my budget for everyday crocheting, I picked up some yarn on sale from DeSerres the other day and came up with this pattern!
Whenever winter hits, I always find that the hoods on my coat never stay on my head. On top of that, I’m much too absent-minded to carry a toque around with me, so my poor ears always end up suffering the brunt of the cold. I decided that headbands are my best shot to saving my ears this winter, so I went ahead and used up some scraps of yarn and tinkered with stitches until I came up with a pattern that I was happy with.