Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Taking Stock

Here is what is going on right now, on a sunny, late-March morning, in my little corner of the world:

Making: crochet cacti
Cooking: kale and fennel vegetable soup
Drinking: black coffee, and trying to learn to like it
Reading: "Chasing Slow" and nodding along as I read
Looking: for even more things to purge from the house
Deciding: to sign up for a yoga class
Hoping: spring will come now and stay
Enjoying: a shrinking 'to-do' list
Waiting: for my photo books to arrive in the mail
Liking: my morning walks around the neighborhood
Loving: craft time at the kitchen table with my girls
Pondering: the crazy world we live in
Listening: to The Minimalists Podcast
Considering: what to plant in the garden this year
Buying: new siding and eaves troughs for the house - oh goody
Browsing: crochet pattern books, adding more projects to my 'to-make' list    
Wondering: if I should make a big batch of apple sauce?
Marveling: at my succulent which is growing, not dying...miracles do happen
Cringing: at the counter full of dirty dishes
Needing: a haircut, badly
Smelling: my beeswax candle burning on the kitchen counter
Wearing: leggings
Noticing: a few buds on the trees
Knowing: that I need to make a serious change
Prioritizing: self-care and health
Thinking: about my place in the world
Getting: excited about our upcoming holiday
Celebrating: my speedy recovery and how amazing I feel
Disliking: bills
Opening: the windows for a little fresh air
Feeling: at peace
Hearing: birds chirping outside
Embracing: slow days

(writing prompts courtesy of Pip)

Saturday, 18 March 2017

12/52

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week, in 2017."

Claire: Quietly sitting in your room reading....

Bridget: You mastered crocheting; after a day and a half of concentrated effort you had made a blanket and a scarf for your doll, and you were excitedly planning your next projects.

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.  

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Crochet Coasters

While watching a movie with the girls, and while sipping a cappuccino in a neighborhood coffee shop, I made these four crochet coasters.
Another small and satisfying project.

Whether I'll keep them for myself or tuck them aside as a possible gift for someone, I'm not sure yet. But they were fun to make. And they're pretty.

Monday, 13 March 2017

A Crochet Unicorn

Scrolling through Instagram a few weeks ago, I came across a call from A Menagerie of Stitches for people to test her first crochet pattern - a unicorn. I jumped at the chance, messaging her right away to say that I would be interested....and was so excited to be selected to test the pattern.

Though it was absolutely not necessary, I used this an an opportunity/excuse to head to Michaels and stock up on crochet cotton. (Have you seen the new colors of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton? Oh my goodness, they are gorgeous, and at only $1.25 a ball (on sale when I was there) I was powerless to resist.)

Anyways, the unicorn. Working up this pattern was a breeze - easy to read, clear, with a ton of very helpful photos....it really is a great pattern. The pattern is being released today, and I would highly recommend it if crocheting adorable amigurumi toys is your thing.

My unicorn turned out amazing, and I love her so much that despite all the pleas from my girls, I am keeping her for myself. I held a little photo shoot for her the other day, taking loads of pictures...enjoy!
Isn't she adorable? And wonderfully colorful?

Thanks again to Lauren at A Menagerie of Stitches for the opportunity to test this pattern. It was a lot of fun.

The pattern is available on Etsy at A Menagerie of Stitches....

Sunday, 12 March 2017

11/52

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week, in 2017."

We kicked off spring break with a trip to the local museum to see the dinosaur exhibit. No visit would be complete without the obligatory photo of your heads inside a dinosaur's mouth...and your expressions, they could not be more perfect...

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Little Bits of Crochet

Camped out on the sofa, my feet on the ottoman and a cup of tea within reach, I've been making a few small crochet bits: quick to finish, simple, pretty, and incredibly satisfying....

First was this Simple Sunburst Crochet Heart:
Then, on a particularly dreary afternoon, I made a sun....
And finally, another succulent, to join the ones I already made and put in an elephant....
Everything was made with leftover yarn bits, so this all qualifies as a little stash busting too...

Quick crochet projects are so incredibly satisfying for me. I love sitting down and finishing a little project in a short while; sometimes this is just what I need. To that end, I do have a few more small creations to show you next week, but know that at the same time I have moved onto a Big Project, something that I'll be working on for a while...how mysterious I am, stay tuned, friends...

Joining in with the Winter Project Link Party at Thistlebear.  

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Arctic Critter

Just after Christmas I was at the bookstore with my mom when I spotted an amazing magazine: The Amigurumi Collection published by Inside Crochet. Truth be told, I was too frugal to buy it for myself, but my mom, knowing that I would love it, bought it for me and surprised me with it before I went for surgery. I promptly bookmarked all the animals that I want to make (the girls willingly helped me with this) and then headed to the yarn store to stock up on crochet cotton.

Today I am really excited to show you the first friend I made from this magazine: the Arctic Critter. (Ironically, I was working on my Arctic Critter on the warmest February day on record)
I actually made him for Claire; she adamantly requested a purple scarf, and has named her new friend Bo Bo. He is quite a bit bigger than I expected, standing about 12 inches tall, the perfect size for Claire cuddles.
I really love him. The pattern was fairly simple and the finishing was not too bad. When it comes to making amigurumi toys, I find sewing all the arms, legs, ears, tails, and any other pieces in place to be the most challenging, mostly because I am a perfectionist and am constantly checking if everything is placed correctly. The only thing that gave me trouble with this guy was the ears, they were a little tricky, but came out good in the end.

Oh, and one thing that was pleasantly different with this pattern compared to other amigurumi patterns that I have done, is that in this case the head and body are crocheted as one piece rather than separately. This eliminates the need to sew the head to the body and fuss around with making sure that the positioning is correct (see above); though I did need to make sure that the neck was stuffed quite firmly so that the head stayed upright.

With my new magazine and the load of crochet cotton that I bought (yes, I got a little carried away), I can see a few more amigurumi friends in my future. Which is okay with me because they are just so much fun to make!

Joining in with the Winter Project Link Party at Thistlebear.