Meet the Sponsors: March Edition

Meet  the Sponsors: Zenitude Fiber Arts |

Name: Zenitude

What She is All About: Lise weaves, felts, dyes her own yarn and roving, and specializes in bright and happy thrummed kits and self striping sock yarns. And she has an alpaca farm with some of the cutest alpacas around, and the shop often has natural skeins from these happy alpacas (I’ve met them, they are definitely happy alpacas!).

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right:  I love the colours in this hand dyed Bulky weight skein in the ‘Girl’s Weekend’ colourway- it would be perfect for a quick hat or cowl.   This merino tencel top roving has been dyed with long gradients in pretty, bright citrus shades;and last but not least undyed Fawn coloured alpaca DK (blended with a bit of bamboo for strength).The alpaca fibers come from one of Lise’s alpacas, Fernando- it’s worth clicking through the photos to see a picture of him!

Meet the Sponsors: Tanis Fiber Arts |

Name: Tanis Fiber Arts

What She is All About: Tanis has an inspiring range of hand dyed yarns in tonal and variegated colourways, all available in a variety of bases from sturdy merino/nylon blends to luxurious cashmere and silk blends. She also has lots of great patterns, and beautiful notebooks and totebags.

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Tanis does beautiful palettes, and actually has a variety of pre-made colour combinations that are perfect for a variety of projects- this is the Sky Palette, in a beautiful range of blues.  Newly released is her Lifesavers Cardigan pattern, which features a great rainbow of small stripes. Or you could do ombre stripes, too!  Then there is Sprout, a beautifully fresh and bright leaf green that is perfect for Spring. Like most TFA yarns, this colourway is available in 10 different bases, from laceweight to Aran, and in a variety of fiber options.

Meet the Sponsors: Sweet Sheep Shoppe |

Name: Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe

What She is All About: Alicia makes luxurious all-natural lotion bars and lip balms using skin-loving ingredients like lanolin, cocoa butter, almond oil, and vitamin E and mango butter. If you haven’t tried a lotion bar before you are missing out! it’s non greasy, and great for air travel (none of this liquid limit problem on planes, where the air is super drying).

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right:  a bright citrus lotion bar is the perfect pick-me-up for tired hands- I love the kumquat lotion bar.  Alicia just launched a new lip balm, French Macaron- I am dying to try it, it sounds delicious! Maybe it will be just like having a macaron, but without the calories?  And then there is Sea Moss lotion bar, a scent that is clean, light, and peaceful.

Meet the Sponsors: Andrea Sanchez |

Name: Andrea Sanchez Knits

What She is All about: Andrea specializes in beautiful, flattering-on-everyone patterns for the whole family; with great size ranges and perfect details.

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: The Towpath Henley is a versatile and unisex baby sweater that ranges in size from 3 months to 12 years (lots of adorable FOs with this pattern that are very inspiring!). This Mariposa Tee with lovely flutter sleeves and clever back shaping would be perfect for summer, and I love the bright pop of colour at the neck and shoulders of this Whale Watcher sweater (size range is 6 months to 12 years).

Meet the Sponsors: Fuzzy Mitten |

Name: Fuzzy Mitten 

What She is All About: Barbara designs some of the cutest stuffed toy patterns around, and has patterns for all sorts of clothing for them, too! They are great value, as every pattern comes with instructions for more than just the animal- there’s always something for them to wear, or an accessory or two.

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: I love this bunny puppet pattern, it would be a perfect baby shower gift or baby gift to knit up. This super cute polar bear pattern includes directions for his very stylish cardigan, and did you know that Barbara also has lots of patterns for different clothes for her stuffed animal patterns? This is the bedtime clothing bundle, which includes the pattern for a nightgown  pajama top and bottoms, two types of slippers, and a cuddly bunny toy. Perfect for kids who like their toys to have wardrobe options!

Meet the Sponsors: Knit Circus |

Name: Knit Circus

What She is All About: Jaala specializes in extra special  long gradient colours, which  can be customized for whatever pattern you are thinking of (perfect for sweaters, shawls, or cowls). She also has genius striping gradient sock kits, and  some gorgeous cowl and shawl kits in her Etsy shop. 

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right:  These lovely  gradient striped socks look amazing in the  Vampire Boyfriend colourway, full of rich berry tones. I’m so in love with the  Rainbow Chromatic Cowl kit that I recent bought my own! I love the rainbow tones paired with the white (and the pattern is free). And did you know Knit Circus has sweater kits that include a gradient skein? This is the Hummingbird variation, and would make a stunning gradient yoke with the deep plum tones for the sweater body.

I loved checking out the new offerings from the sponsors, it’s always so inspiring (And I’m excited to try that rainbow cowl!). I hope you have enjoyed clicking through to see the lovely things  in bigger detail, and maybe even got yourself a treat or two!

Easter Knitting Ideas and Patterns: Bunnies, Chicks, Lambs and More

I love Easter- it’s the holiday with the best chocolate, and I love all the adorable baby animals and bright colours and flowers that suddenly pop up in every store you enter. After a long Canadian winter, even though we don’t yet have any buds on the trees where I live, those Easter things become such a welcome sign of spring.

 Since I’ve been loving the toy knits lately,  I went looking for some ideas on Ravelry and was blown away by all the super cute patterns that came up. I’ve put together a little round up of my favourite Easter knitting ideas for bunnies, chicks, lambs, egg ornaments, and spring flowers. Most of the patterns are free, too!

  Bunny Patterns

I had no idea there were so many adorable bunny knitting patterns available, the numbers staggering, and all in a variety of styles- and when you consider knitting the bunnies in pastels or bright spring colours, they get even more fun!  Here are the 4 that I liked best:

East Knitting Ideas: Bunny Patterns |

 Top Left:  Henry’s Bunny Top Right: Mini Bunny

Bottom Left: Easter Bunny  Bottom Right: Bunny Knit Pattern 

 Easter Chicks

Perfect for tiny hands or a very quick way to use up smalls craps of yarn, these little chicks would be an awesome find on an Easter egg hunt:

Easter Knitting Ideas: Easter Chick Patterns |

Top Left: Spring Chick  Top Right: Chick-in-an-Egg
Bottom Left: Chubby Chirps Bottom Right: Chick and Egg

Lamb Patterns

Ah, spring lambs. Is there any animal more knitterly than the wonderfully wooly sheep and lambs?

Easter Knitting Ideas: Lamb Patterns |

Top Left: Moss the Sheep Top Right: Lamb Knit Pattern

Bottom Left: Knit Little Lamb Bottom Right: Fuzzy Mitten Lamb

 Egg Ornament Patterns

I have not personally embraced the indoor Easter ornaments on branches yet, but seeing how lovely they look on branches of forsythia (bottom right), I’m beginning to think that maybe I should. If nothing else, my cats will enjoy the challenge of trying to bat them off the branches!

Easter Knitting Ideas: Egg Ornament Patterns |

Far Left: Easter Egg Ornaments 

Top Right: Easter Chickens in Alpaca Bottom Right: Easter Eggs by Drops

Spring Flower Patterns

I’ve been secretly obsessed with the idea of knitting flowers for a while now, but just haven’t taken the plunge. But when I do, that pretty daffodil (below, top right) is first on my list.

Easter Knitting Ideas: Flower Patterns |

Top Left: Spring Tulip Pattern Top Right: Daffodil 
Bottom Left: Woodland Wreath Bluebells  Bottom Right: Daisy

 What about you- are you planning on doing any Easter/spring themed knitting?

Finished Knit: Wool and the Gang Josie Gloves

What can I say? The mitts are perfect for me. I loved this kit. And my cat Yarn loves them, too. She loves to be held like in the photo below, on my shoulder:

Finished Knit: Wool and the Gang Josie Gloves |

Pattern: Josie Gloves

Yarn: Wool and the Gang Sheepaca in Ivory White

Needles: 5 mm (US 8)

Modifications: None.

Finished Knit: Wool and the Gang Josie Gloves |

Ravelry Project page is here.

This was a really fast project, and would have been even faster if I didn’t accidentally make two left hand mitts. I also managed to accidentally move the beginning of the slipped stitch cable one stitch off, which means that on one mitt the cable doesn’t flow perfectly form the ribbing, Ah well. It’s not that noticeable, and it doesn’t bug me- ah, the benefits of not being a perfectionist!

I loved reading and responding to the comments from the knit in progress post last week, it seems like we are all on the same page about wanting knitting project vending machines, but not just in airports- everywhere we travel! Now that I’m finished the mitts, I’m even more convinced that these kits are perfect for taking with you on the road.  Although knitting kit vending machines don’t exist yet, it’s still a fun idea to pick up a kit before traveling and taking it with you as a special travel treat.

I always get a little frazzled when packing for a trip, trying to remember everything, trying to figure out what kitting to bring, and a kit like this would be so perfectly appealing at that moment when I’m staying up too late trying to figure out what to bring.  Especially if it has the Sheepaca yarn like this one does- I’m so in love with it. Everything should be a blend of merino and alpaca. Everything!

Finished Knit: Wool and the Gang Josie Gloves |

Finished Knit: Wool and the Gang Josie Gloves |

p.s.: Here’s another time I was taking photos of newly knitted fingerless mitts, and Yarn was not feeling nearly as cooperative as she was for these gloves. Maybe she prefers to be petted with white gloves?

Modification Monday: Dragonflies Cardigan

Modification Monday: Dragonflies Cardigan |

Original Pattern: Dragonflies Jumper

Knitter Extraordinaire: Tasha (Ravelry ID,  blog )

Mods: Changed the original top-down pullover into a cropped bottom-up cardigan, changing the neckline to a v-neck. Project page with great notes and photos can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Tasha knit the original pattern as-is before deciding to modify it into this beautiful cardi that totally suits her style. It’s a great place to start, because if you have already worked through a pattern once before, it can be much easier to make adjustments once you know how the stitch pattern will behave, where in the pattern you can make changes that will give you the look you want. I love her cool take on this- it looks completely different and is so flattering on her in this cropped cardigan with a v-neck. instant classic, right?

Modification Monday: Dragonflies Cardigan |

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things on Pinterest This Week

Pin Ups: Citrus and CHicken Quinoa Salad |

Citrus Chicken Quinoa salad. You want to eat this- it’s bright, tasty, and so good for you. And you need all the vitamins you can get, because my suggested dessert is…..

Pin Ups: Choclate and salted caramel marshmallows |

Dark chocolate and salted caramel marshmallows.  I know, right? I don’t really need to say anything more, except you might not wnat to be left alone with the whole batch.

Pin Ups: Celery Stamping |

I love this beautifully done celery stamp flowers technique, it would be so lovely on napkins or a table runner. Or even a plain crib sheet for a baby girl.

Pin Ups: DIY Floral Shoes |

Iron-on printer paper and canvas shoes are all you need for this pretty shoe upcycle.  And the detail of the leather laces adds a something extra, don’t you think? I’m clearly feeling spring, because I feel like I’m beginning to crave floral print stuff. I’m so done with winter!

Pin Ups: 15 Tips for Being Positive |

Do you find it hard to look on the brighter side, and stay positive? This round up of 15 tips is actually really awesome, and who doesn’t need a reminder to keep themselves out a negativity rut once in a while, right?

Last but not least,  a special shout out to my husband Guy, because today is our anniversary. I can’t believe we’ve been married for 6 years already! Happy anniversary, my love. I can’t imagine happiness without you.

Our wedding |