As things are warming up and the need for hats and scarves becomes less of a necessity, I find myself struggling to find projects to work on for the warmer seasons.
Living in the city means that riding the LTC is just a part of regular everyday life; you take the bus to work or to school or when you are on your way to your friend’s house. The survival pack of the regular rider tends to consist of:
- (1) cup of something tasty to drink. Usually procured from the nearest Tim Hortons
- An over-large back of some sort. This is useful for blocking off the seat beside you so that you are not forced to interact with some random other LTC Warrior.
- Headphones. These tend to be anything from the tiny Apple earbuds that are easy for tangling up in your pocket and using as a way to expel verbal aggressions at a later date; to the swankier Beats by Dre.
It was the sight of these headphones on a fellow weary traveler that caught my eye and gave me the idea to make this:
Not as flashy, I will be the first to admit but they sure were fun to make.
As I look towards craft fair season, I start to see dollar signs when considering all the options for customization.
I am opening up orders for customized headsets, I will mod your current headphones for $20.00 or if you want to purchase a specific brand of headphones for me to modify then the pricing is dependent on the headset selected.
Because who doesn’t want to be a cat?
This was written while on vacation and is being published post-trip.
Boy do I hate busses. I finally managed to scrounge up the gold coins to make the trek back up north to visit my parents; one 8:30am bus ride later and I arrive around 5pm just in time for dinner.
After Chinese food with the grandparents, parental units and their spawn, I finally get to collapse into bed.
Going home is always a tiring expedition but my father heard tale of a yarn store going out of business so I woke up bright and early, pumped some coffee into myself and we ventured over to Steadman’s.
I managed to find some lovely colours and I cannot wait to get back to London and start in on them.
This morning however I hop into another car to drive down another long stretch of highway. Robin and her mother are taking me to see Robin’s sister and her baby boy Forest. If you recall, a while back I made this blanket in the hopes of gifting it to the little man.
I hope that they like the blanket, it is one of my favorite pieces.
On Sunday I am going to get the chance to connect with another old high-school friend and meet his growing family. It was a last minute plan so I had to work all night to finish this Elephant Snuggle in time to see them.
Somewhere throughout the creation process, I name her Harriet Elephanté.
All of my younger friends seem to be adulting at an alarming rate that my hook can’t keep up with!
Once I return to London I am going to need to start restocking for craft fairs, if anyone has patterns that they know are crowd pleasers I would love to see them.
This past weekend Anthony and I made the trek to Michael’s and I snagged a couple balls of Aqua Loops & Threads for 55% off one of them.
Although it is one of the staples of crochet, I admit to never having completed a chevron blanket so I decided it was about time to give it a go.
So far I’m pleased with how it is turning out. I plan on adding a large border and making this my comfy reading blanket, because who doesn’t love to cocoon up with a good book?
So, what’s on your hook this Wednesday?
Ugh I do not feel well. Decidedly it is most likely misery of my own making; staying up until 4am can do that to a person.
The boyfriend and I renewed our WoW subscription yesterday, and since he doesn’t yet have Legion we got a bit creative (and competitive) with our leveling experience this time.
Some of you may know of the Ironman Challenge, a style of gameplay designed to increase the difficulty level of running a toon to max level. Well, while watching Griffter of SlightlyImpressive stream what he cheekily coined the Tinman Challenge, we decided to tweak his rules a little to make it a co-op friendly venture. You can find Griff’s Tinman rules by following this link.
So we use the same guidelines as Griff but after each death there are ramifications. If Player 1 dies then Player 2 can choose to take 1 piece of gear (not weapon) from Player 1. Player 2 can then instruct Player 1 to either destroy the gear, trade it to the second player for personal use or to sell the gear and pass the gold onto the other player.
We also added in a reward system, where starting after the first death, the next level that is an increment of 10 ( ie 10,20,30 ect), the 2 players compare death totals and the one to have died the least gets to equip 1 green item. This is done every 10 levels and you cannot choose to upgrade your weapon.
I’m not sure if you are even able to follow my psycho babble but that is essentially why I feel like poop today.
Now to go log in.
So I have been trying to figure out what to make with the random yarn I have that doesn’t have a real project attached to it, and that is when I ran across a video for this Slouchy Cat Hat.
So I dug through my stash and selected something I had forgotten at the bottom of the bin and got to work. This is the end product:
I found that what seemed to me to be the easiest part of the pattern was actually the part that gave me the most trouble; those darn ears!
Pro tip: when you are sewing the ears, attach the yarn at the top of the hat instead of the side. Doing this won’t warp the rest of the hat as much when you tighten the thread to create the shape of the ears.
What patterns do you like to use to clean up your stash? Scrap blankets are a popular choice but in my opinion they take up too much space and time to be worth it.
Let me know what’s on your hook!
Happy New Year hookers!
I apologize for my spontaneous hiatus, but I am back now and looking forward to trying out some new projects this year.
Right know I’m in the process of writing out my first personally made pattern. It isn’t much but I made a cable and weave scarf for my boyfriend and I thought that it would be a good chance to put a pattern on Etsy.
Let me know what you think, I appreciate feedback and would love to know what I can improve on.
In other news, I am working on creating new labels for my products. I picked up a decent printer from a buy and sell page on Facebook and a spool of ribbon. All I need now is to pick up some fresh ink and we are in business.
I will also be posting a new item for sale in the near future.
I hope your New Year is getting off to a good start and I will talk to you all soon!