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An update from the land of ice and snow

As winter keeps on hitting us with her best shot, I find myself gathering strength from the idea of that at least I don’t live on an ACTUAL ice planet. As much as it might feel like Niflhelm out there, an end IS in sight I swear. Thankfully, one of my favourite activities pairs excellently with the urge hibernate with Netflix and I have been knitting up a storm as the white stuff continues to fall.

Inspired by these super sweet toques made by Tuck Shop Trading Co, this past weekend I decided to design my own hat for the borough that I live in, the ice planet Hoth.

 

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“And I thought they smelled bad on the outside…”

After playing around in an ancient version Excel for a bit (and catching up on several seasons of The Walking Dead) here is the final result.

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Snazzy, huh?

If you like this hat and would like to make your own Hoth Hat or earwarmer, feel free to download and share the Hoth Knitting Chart PDF that I made for you!hoth hat final

Buck up chum! I swear spring will happen… eventually. In the meantime, stay warm!

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*Yeah, I know, my wreath is still up, what’s it to you. I’m festive all year round, what can I say?

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Spring Has Sprung Daisy Square Tutorial

Now that the snow has FINALLY melted it’s time to get cracking on some bright and cheerful spring crafts!

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Here is a tutorial for a delightful daisy square!

Materials:
•3 balls of sport weight yarn. I chose a ball of turquoise Patons Classic Wool, a ball of gold Patons Canadiana and a ball of white Patons Astra yarn. The colours and the type of yarn are up to you depending on your desired project. I just chose what I had lying around within arms reach.
•4.5 mm crochet hook (or hook appropriate to yarn selected)
•yarn needle

Abbreviations:
Ss=slip stitch
Sc=single crochet
Dc=double crochet
Tc=treble crochet

Instructions:
1) Ch 4, join to form ring. 8 dc in space. This is the center of your daisy.
2) Change colours, (sc, dc, 3 tc, dc, sc) in each stitch to form 8 petals.
3) Ss in each stitch along side of first petal until you reach the top center of the petal or middle tc space.
4) Change color. Ch2, 2dc in middle tc space. *3dc, ch2, 3dc in middle tc of next petal, 3dc in middle of next petal, repeat from * until end, join with ss to top of ch2. Weave in ends.

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Granny squares are great. They are the perfect on-the-go project. You can crochet them one at a time, throw them in your purse and assemble them later into pretty much anything that you want. Placemats, tablecloths, cushion, seat covers, garments, purses, afghans. The world is your oyster! Happy hooking!

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Awakening of Colours

So now that the never ending winter seems to be lessening it’s grip (it’s a glorious 4 degrees today! Or a balmy 39.2 for you Fahrenheit folks) I think it’s time to write about some super cute spring projects that I’ve been working on!

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Lately, I have been working super hard in collaboration with DeSerres to promote their new line of yarn and knitting and crochet accessories. I posted about this kind of collaboration back in the fall as well when I did some tutorials for them. Well, I am back at it! Pretty soon I will have many more posts coming up with FREE patterns a plenty for all the cute things I have been making for them in order to promote their new spring yarn collection. Expect adorableness!

For now though, I will share with you this cute little birdy that I crocheted for their online flyer. This little guy made the rounds all over the internets in their banner ads for the March sale that just wrapped up. Did you see him?

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Free patterns coming soon:

1) A knitting pattern for a delightful tea cosy for impressing your friends at your spring garden party.

2) A light and filmy spring poncho to knit for adding a splash of colour to your wardrobe on cool evenings.

3) A festive knit bunting to brighten up your home everyday or on special occasions.

4) A colourful spring neckerchief that knits up super fast.

5) A sweet as peaches and cream floral barrette to crochet for your hair.

 

I hope you are as excited as I am by the idea of crafting for SPRING! I really look forward to sharing these patterns with you!

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Halloween tutorial – Pom Pom Spider

This is a super easy craft that anyone can do. These can be used as decorations, on key chains or zipper pulls or added to hair or clothing for some extra Halloween spirit. Once you make one you will find that you won’t want to stop.

The project is simple, even if my instructions are not as I am still very new to this tutorial business. All you have to do is make a Pom Pom, like you normally would, and throw in some pipe clearers before you tie it around the middle then add some eyes for a finishing touch.

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Daily Doughnut

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Daily Doughnut explores ideas of compulsion and the dichotomy of creation and consumption.  This work is an endless production of crocheted pastries.  An approachable piece that holds considerable conceptual “weight”.

A sense of humor is evident in my art practice.  My work explores ideas of accessibility and disposable culture and presents itself as a reaction to a culture of over intellectualized and inaccessible art.  Through my work I struggle to create unpretentious objects that dare to be enjoyable, fun and pretty without abandoning their conceptual identity.  Repetitive gesture activities and ideas of compulsion and obsession are themes that reoccur throughout my pieces.
Using crochet as a medium, I have constructed 28 doughnuts of a range of “flavors” restricting myself to representing only existing varieties.  For the presentation of this piece in the Art Matters festival I will be exhibiting the doughnuts under glass cake domes, each filled with 7 doughnuts, representing days and weeks and implying the longevity of this piece.
Each doughnut measures approximately 3 ½” in diameter and 1 ½” in depth and is constructed from acrylic yarns and polyester filling.

Daily Doughnut is an ongoing project.

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