PJ shorts.

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I finished these PJ shorts a few weeks ago but I’ve just gotten to uploading the photos… aren’t they so perfect for summer? I actually started this pair for me, but they’re a bit small, so they’ve become a part of my sister’s PJ collection. The fabric is a cute floral print from my mum’s stash, and the pattern is from Liesl Made.

I’m hoping to do a bit more sewing in the next few months, so I’d love to know- what are your favourite online sources for fabric and notions?

On another note- I haven’t found a site I love for tracking my sewing projects. I’ve added this one on both Craftsy and Kollabora– do any of you use either? Which do you prefer?

Happy Monday!

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More projects than bags.

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I seem to always have more knitting projects on my needles than I have project bags to store them in… which explains all of the tangled yarn in my bags! I’ve also been wanting to sew a bit more, and bags are the perfect quick sewing project. I stitched up this project bag this week using Shannon’s tutorial and some fabric from my mum’s stash. I love that it’s on the smaller side, so it’s perfect for one or two skein projects!

Inside the bag is, of course, my current knitting project… my Hitofude cardigan! I’m still working through this pretty slowly, but I’m nearly done the first body section. Hopefully I can get to starting the sleeves this week.
(Rav link)

What have you been knitting and sewing?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along as usual.

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Chevron quilt progress.

Sewing the chevron quilt

Sewing the chevron quilt

Sewing the chevron quilt

Chevron quilt pieces

I’m still working on my chevron quilt that I mentioned a few weeks ago! I’ve gotten all of the squares cut out and sewn, and this week I’ve been sewing them into strips. I’ve been using Laura’s chevron quilt tutorial.

This is my first quilt and I think it’s going well so far. The cutting was a bit tricky but it’s been pretty smooth sailing since then. I can’t wait to finish the quilt top to really get an idea of the overall effect!

What have you been sewing lately?

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Brigitte Scarf (#LoveAtFirstStitch Launch Party!)

Brigitte scarf (#LoveAtFirstStitch Launch party)

Brigitte scarf (#LoveAtFirstStitch Launch party)

Brigitte scarf (#LoveAtFirstStitch Launch party)

Brigitte scarf (#LoveAtFirstStitch Launch party)

Brigitte scarf (#LoveAtFirstStitch Launch party)

Tilly‘s book comes out today and she’s having an online book launch party! I’ve made a Brigitte Scarf from the book to celebrate!

Since I chose such a plain fabric, I knew I wanted to do some embellishing… a perfect opportunity to try the “fancy” stitches on my machine that seldom get used! I did two rows of this criss-cross pattern in a dark purple and a medium purple.

You can find the instructions to make your own Brigitte scarf on Tilly’s blog, and you can preorder Love at First Stitch here (the North American release date isn’t until October, unfortunately). You can also order a copy directly from Tilly here if you’re impatient and don’t want to wait until then!

Let me know in the comments what you’ve been sewing this week! Happy Thursday!

How to dye Easter eggs using food colouring (a tutorial)

How to Dye Easter Eggs using Food Colouring

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Colourful Easter Eggs

I cannot believe how fast these past few months have gone… it’s only a few weeks until Easter weekend! I though I’d share an easy way to dye brightly coloured Easter Eggs with you guys since they turned out so well the last time we made them. This is super easy and uses supplies that you probably have in your pantry!

How to Dye Easter Eggs using Food Colouring
(Method adapted from Martha Stewart)

You’ll need:
Eggs (hardboiled or emptied- see note below)
Warm water
Food colouring
White vinegar
Glasses
A spoon
Stickers, tape, string, etc. for making interesting designs

Note: There is a great tutorial for emptying (“blowing”) eggs here. If properly cleaned, emptied egg shells can be stored and reused indefinitely. Hardboiled eggs, however, should be stored only for as long as you’d store any hardboiled eggs.

You will need a seperate glass for each colour you want to use.
In each glass, mix 1/2 cup of warm water, 1/2 tsp of vinegar, and a total of 15-20 drops of food colouring. Play with colour concentration or mix different colours for interesting effects.
To dye each egg, submerge in food colouring mixture for 5-10 minutes, depending on desired colour intensity. Carefully remove each egg from the food colouring mixture with a spoon and place in egg carton to dry.
Repeat as desired for layered colours. For patterned eggs, cover the area you don’t want dyed with stickers, string, or tape before submerging. Make sure that the first colour is dry before dyeing with a second colour. Be creative!

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve dyed eggs using this tutorial. Have a beautiful weekend!

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A new project bag and DNF socks.

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While I was visiting my parents for reading week, I used my mum’s sewing machine to make a project bag from Noodlehead’s tutorial. I love how it turned out and I definitely want to make more of these in different sizes for other projects and notions! The tutorial is really detailed and easy to follow, even though I haven’t sewn in awhile. This was my first time using a zipper foot but it was pretty simple.

What else would I store in my new project bag but my current WIP? I’m still working on my Maeva socks! I started these as a Ravellenics project but definitely did not finish them before the end of the Olympics (in fact, I’m not even halfway through the first sock!). That’s alright- I knew that finishing them while I was off from school and busy at home would be a challenge and I’m still working on finishing them before the end of March for my 12 socks in 2014 challenge. The yarn is Cascade Heritage Sock in Navy and the pattern is free from Knitty.
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Let me know in the comments what you’ve been knitting and sewing lately! Have a wonderful day.

I’ll be linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along as usual, as well as Craftastic and Made by Me.

LPOAS Best of 2013

Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a lovely and relaxing holiday season with your families and friends and are all looking forward to 2014.

Today, like I did last year for 2012 (part 1, part 2, part 3), I’m reviewing the best moments of 2013. I’m adopting a bit of a different format this year- Liesl’s year in review post was so pretty that I wanted to do something similar. Links below the photos for more details.

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In 2013, I…

Published 1 new pattern, Tempestuous.
Finished 14 projects (favourites include Kai Mei, Business Casual, Wavy Moss Stitch Hat, and Forest Floor).
Moved twice.
Visited H and G in Toronto and Peterborough.
Watched spring arrive.
Wrote a few recipes (Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Walnut Muffins, Raspberry Limeade, and White Chocolate Cranberry Jar Cookies).
Camped at Presqu’Ile Provincial Park.
Picked apples and made apple butter.
Appreciated November.
Prepared for Christmas.

Happy 2014! Let me know in the comments what your highlights of 2013 were!

Stitching

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I’ve been knitting like crazy this week but it’s all gifts for people who read this blog so I can’t show anything here yet! I figured I could at least show you the yarn since you won’t have any idea what it’s becoming or who it’s for.

I can show you my cross stitching, though, since it’s not a gift for anyone. I seem to only cross-stitch around Christmas… at least I always have loads of ornaments. Any guesses as to what I’m stitching? I think it’s pretty obvious at this point, but that could be because I’ve seen the chart!

Speaking of Christmas, I went into a store the other day and the Christmas aisle just attacked me, so of course I had to hang a few decorations! I’m not going to do much decorating at my apartment (I won’t even put up my tiny tree!) because I’m going to be gone for most of December anyway. I figured the ornaments in the window are small and out of the way, so they work nicely. If you celebrate, have you started decorating for the holidays yet? Or are you like my mum who refuses to start decorating until after December 1st?

I’ll be linking this post up with KCCO and Yarn-Along as usual!

Signs of Spring (plus an LPOAS pattern sale!)

March was sort of a miserable month here. I think it snowed more days this month than it was sunny, and it felt like, well, still winter. Fortunately it looks like we are going to have a gorgeous weekend. I was about 10 degrees today and sunny… so lovely! A couple of friends and I took advantage of the nice weather and wandered around town for a bit this afternoon. Lots of shops were closed since it’s Good Friday, but many little fruit stands and the like were open in Koreatown.

In fact, to celebrate the arrival of spring, Easter weekend, and the last week of classes, I’ve decided to have a little LPOAS pattern sale! You can use the code welcomespring2013 for 15% all LPOAS patterns and ebooks for the next week. The sale ends on Friday, April 5th at midnight. If you enjoy the sale, please feel free to share the image below with your friends! Click here to go to my Ravelry store to see the patterns.

Spring pattern sale!

I’ve been doing a lot of knitting lately, but I can’t show you any of it because it’s all design work. Soon though! In the meantime, here are some photos from our stroll today and from Craft Club on Thursday, where we made paper flowers- perfect for spring!

Spring, finally!

Spring, finally!

Spring, finally!

Spring, finally!

Spring, finally!

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Get crafty 28/03/2013

I hope you all have a lovely (and warm) weekend! Happy Easter to those who celebrate it.

Those weeks

It has been one of those weeks. After missing pretty much everything last week thanks to the flu, this week was a flurry of trying to catch up without falling further behind. With finals approaching in 3 weeks (wait, what?), it is crunch time. So, after writing this, I will drag myself to the library rather than staying in bed all day in my PJs eating shreddies straight from the box. The conclusion you can draw from this is that I am a responsible adult. Sort of.

The result of having such a crazy week is that I have done almost no knitting. I’ve knit a few squares for the colourful blanket of craziness, and I’m working on some charts for some designs based on a film I saw last night (Stoker- very creepy but incredibly well done). I did go to craft club this week, where we made studded bracelets, so I can share some photos from that.

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Get Crafty 14/03/2013

Get Crafty 14/03/2013

Get Crafty 14/03/2013

Get Crafty 14/03/2013

On a completely unrelated note, with the impending demise of Google Reader, I’ve transferred all of my stuff over to Bloglovin’. In the process I also did something which makes it possible for you to subscribe to LPOAS over there. Here is a giant button you can click (come on, you know you want to!) to do just that:

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Have a great weekend!