Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Pole sweater pattern!

A couple of years ago I made a little sweater for the telephone pole outside of my house. It was nothing fancy just a nice little cozy that I looked at while leaving or coming home and sometimes I saw people take pictures of it or touch it and it made me feel so happy to see people interacting with it. The other day I came home, and it was cut down the middle and thrown on my front garden!!! How rude
sad little pole sweater
I was already having a bad day and then this. Sigh. Who would even do such a thing?? I guess it was getting really old and ratty but I saw someone take a photo of it LAST WEEK. Anywayyyy I decided to not let it get the best of me, and instead I wanted to make an even BETTER pole sweater! After all, I have an entire closet of yarn that is getting a little out of hand. 

I found some yarn that I bought last year that I absolutely love but haven't found a project to use it for. As I cast on I guessed at how wide I should make, and thought it would look nice with a heart in the middle so added that in too. In the end it fit perfectly!! And now I can share the pattern with y'all. Here it is.

- 1 ball of Super Bulky yarn (I used - Red Heart Vivid yarn - this stuff is EXTRA bulky fyi)
- some excess yarn in a different colour (I used Wool-Ease Thick & Quick - not as bulky but still fine)
- 1 pair of US size 19 (15mm) knitting needles (I like to use circular needles)
- 1 tapestry needle
- scissors

Cast on 23 stitches
Rows 1-5: knit 
Row 6: purl 
Row 7-17: use stockinette stitch (knit odd rows, purl even rows) while working in the heart pattern with your contrast colour
Row 18-21: continue in stockinette (your heart should be complete)
Row 22-27: knit
Row 28: bind off with a long tail

heart pattern from Craft Passion
- Using your tapestry needle, sew the sides together with the telephone pole in the middle. To have extra security, sew it up and then back down again
- Cut any extra yarn and hid the ends on the other side of the sweater

Finished!! Enjoy your little sweater pole, and hope that no one cuts it down the middle, at least not for the first 2 years ;) 

Goldie guards to make sure no one will cut it off
neon + heart yep yep yep
yay!! finished pole sweaters!!

Let me know if you make one!! I would love to see it, share it on instagram and tag me. 

Monday, 14 July 2014

Wolf & Bear Pillows

Recently I made the amazing "Oh my bear" sweater from Tiny Owl Knits, but it turned out looking more like a cross between a wolf and a bear because of the colours that I used. Coincidentally my DIYBFF and her husband to be's spirit animals are a wolf and a bear! After making the sweater I knew I had to incorporate this pattern into something for them. I decided on pillows and bought a second pattern set from Tiny Owl Knits - The Woodsy Association for the actual wolf pillow. 

I used super bulky wool (Lion Brand Wool Ease thick & quick) and size 10 needles. 
  • Cast on 37 stitches 
  • Knit row 1
  • Purl row 2 
  • Knit 2 stitches and work in pattern, knit last 2 stitches
  • Work in pattern until bear is complete
  • knit next row
  • purl next row 
  • Add one stitch and knit in seed stitch for about 4 inches, include three evenly spaced button holes
  • pick up stitches at bottom and knit in seed stitch until length matches length of stockinette stitch on other side
  • sew up sides of pillow and add bottons to back
  • insert pillow form
  • repeat with Wolf pattern - being sure to centre the pattern appropriately

And there you have it!!! Let me know if you end up making them. They look difficult but were sooo fun to make and once you get the hand of colour work aren't too difficult. I tried to draft a wolf pattern that was as big as the bear but I didn't have enough time and didn't want to risk it. So I just gave up and did the pattern in the size given by TIny Owl Knits. I mean it's a homemade gift so can't be perfect right? 

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Last month I went to NYC! It was so much fun and nice to catch up with friends although there was an insane snowstorm which then proceeded to melt and freeze over, nooo the worst! This winter has really done a number on everyone. I got to go see the Kollabora office where I finally met cool maker babe Lindsey. How cool is that sign?!?! 

Mostly we just stayed indoors though, it was during the olympics and hockey was on so we would sit at a bar and watch the game and wonder from restaurant to restaurant in the area. Just as we were about to leave Brooklyn, there was a man selling Gold Hammer necklaces on the street!! So obviously we had to consider buying it but were short on cash and it was $60. After eating lunch and taking out money, we tried to find this man but he had left!! Luckily I remembered Brooklyn Charm, an amazing DIY jewelry store and I thought they might have some Gold Hammer charms. They did indeed have it and we got all of the parts for under $10.

It was an amazing trip and I can't wait to go back, hopefully though when the weather is nice.


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

I love cross stitch/embroidery and so when Merry gave me a cross stitch wedding gift I was sooo excited!! Not only is it incredibly cute (look at the little meowla!) but it also includes a quote from my favourite book, Le Petit Prince. It's such a great and unique gift, I would recommend making something like this for anyone who loves cross stitch :)

Speaking of cross stitch... last year for valentines day I made Adam a cross stitch with What's your fantasy lyrics, so I wanted to make something similar again this year. Obviously Beyonce's new album is all the rage so I had to do something from that. I decided to do a Yonce lyric because it's his fave song on the album. 

Lastly, I also made a 'surfboard' cross stitch for two friends. 


Wednesday, 15 January 2014

I got married back in November and had the BEST time! When I woke up it was snowing for the first time of the year!! It was so incredibly beautiful. A town car was supposed to pick me up but I looked out my window and there was a Hummer Limo!! haha so obnoxious but they said it's because of the snow, so I jumped in and we wound around the small one way streets of my neighbourhood picking up the bridesmaids on the way.

I also decided to get some disposable cameras after my friend convinced me to. I still have 2 disposable cameras that I need to get developed. I wasn't sure if I would do the disposables as I had read online that it's not worth it; expensive to develop and people take shitty photos. But actually they all turned out pretty well! I would just say to only get 3 cameras instead of 10... many were not used or had one or two photos taken. 

Also while doing my wedding research I tried to figure out what venue would be the best for us. It was difficult!! There aren't many websites that have a list of ALL venues with the pros and cons, so I'll just tell you my experience. 

We went with Hart House because it was $10,000 cheaper than anywhere else we looked (we were considering mostly art gallery type spaces where we would have had to bring everything in). The down side for us was that we had to be out of there by 1:00am rather than 2 or 3am, so we had an after party for the latenighters. We did stations instead of a sitdown dinner so we saved a lot of money and it was more relaxed. Hart House comes with a wedding coordinator who helped us decide how much and what to get although we did end up having WAYYY too much food, and we weren't able to take any of it home. Also on the day of our wedding our wedding coordinator was having a meeting with another couple even though she told us she would be free for when we arrived, which was stressful because we still had a few things that needed to be taken care of. I would highly recommend Hart House because of the beautiful location and the price but just don't count on having a wedding coordinator - make sure that you have someone there with you (bridesmaid, friend) who knows how everything is supposed to go on the day so you don't have to worry about it. 

Our friend Karen of kids of the wood is an amazingly talented photographer who took our wedding photos! I generally hate cheesy wedding photos so it was nice to have a friend taking the shots. Also it was freezing outside. 

My flower crown and all of the floral arrangements were from Coriander Girl who worked with me to come up with something that was both affordable and beautiful. More photos of that to come.

My hair and makeup were done by Emily Sara Pike who was so nice and down to earth, it's important to have cool peeps around on your wedding day!!

OK so there you have it! I hope that someone considering Toronto wedding venues will stumble upon this because it definitely would have been helpful to me when I was looking :)