Thursday, May 3, 2012
So, it turns out that I can't bake jack shit in Vancouver without burning it. Nevertheless, very excited to cut into this fresh strawberry-and-rhubarb pie tonight! Used smitten kitchen's recipe, and her trusty pie crust (which can never lead me astray [which may or may not have something to do with the double shot of Vodka in it]).
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
In the post-traumatic stress of the hectic weeks behind me, I had a wonderful time working with an incredible group of girls on a magazine project, where we conceived of a magazine and overall brand, and, after five weeks, presented a twelve-page sample, business strategy, etc.
What made this crazy creative process super-fun was that our magazine was about craft culture. To swagify ourselves and our audience at the final panel, we made more yoyos!
The cover for our magazine is below. Though this blog is still about handicraft, you may see me sneaking in some InDesign work now and again!
After the mittens I made for Lauren J, I was on a bit of a post-mitten adrenaline kick. A friend of mine in Vancouver asked that I make him mittens as well, and after not seeing any patterns for fliptops I liked, I adapted Ysolda Teague's Snapdragon pattern for man hands. Obviously, olive green alpaca and dope steampunk buttons were called for.
These pattern notes are not great: I wrote them down haphazardly as I knit. If you're having trouble, feel free to send a note my way!
Man Cubed Mittens
NOTE: I would like to extend my thanks to Sarah Stanfield at Ysolda Teague, who kindly looked over this adaptation and sanctioned its posting on this blog.
Monday, January 2, 2012
I had two balls of Rowan big wool lying around that were a gift - watching the thermometer drop was more than enough incentive to knit up this quick, chunky cowl - Alyssa Heath's Blue Bramble Cowl. At the last minute, I twisted one end before the graft bind off and made it an infinity loop cowl.
So easy to wear, so enjoyable, and the bubble stitch looks great! Not bad for three nights of knitting!
When I first moved to Vancouver, one of my closest friends, and nameshare, Lauren, followed soon after for a visit. We did a bunch of touristy things together and really had a blast. Here's a picture of us in Whistler-Blackcomb, in an inukshuk.
When I drew her name for Secret Santa, I knew she deserved nothing short of handmade beauty, and sought to make Ysolda Teague's Snapdragon Fliptops. She, like me, loves purple, so I picked up a beautiful plum colour from Berocco's Ultra Alpaca.
My favourite part, though - even more than the gorgeous pattern and colour? The buttons, which I picked up from a button-only store in Gastown; the aptly named Button Button.
It was not easy giving these babies away, but no one deserved them more.*
*I know this sounds like a very roundabout way of saying that I gifted mittens to myself. I assure you, reader, that my friend's name is also Lauren. I also assure you that this has stemmed multiple in-jokes that perhaps only we find funny, especially the notorious, "Hello Lauren J, it's Lauren P calling" answering machine message. It doesn't look so funny written down. I suppose you just have to be there.
Obligatory jumping photo.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I apologize for my long absence - since my last post, I have moved to the beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, and have been back to Toronto, besides!
I have been crafting, but have neglected to post anything. I am going to try and post all of my knit goods and back date them for your viewing pleasures before I head back to Vancity, where surely my wonderful but busy Masters of Publishing program will suck my life away again.
Cheers, and I hope your Christmases/Chanukahs/Eids/Kwanzaas/Festivuses were excellent, and that your New Year will be too!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
This year, I decided to give my Dad something handknit for Christmas - he's practically impossible to buy for. Still on a Noro kick from making my chevron mittens, I went for Brooklyn Tweed's Turn a Square hat - a pattern I've always admired.
With good reason - the hat knits up quick and is a pretty safe way to introduce some colour into your knitting (and your overly sartorially cautious aka obtuse giftee AKA my dad). I used a dark brown base colour in dependable Cascade 220 and a blue-red-green-grey Noro Silk Garden.