Crochet On A Grand Scale

Good for people and elephants! This story made me smile – enjoy 🙂

Elephants in India are sporting colourful woollen jumpers after villagers knitted the super-size garments to protect the animals from near-freezing temperatures. Women in a village near the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in the northern city of Mathura reportedly began producing the colourful, pyjama-like garments after staff at the centre warned temperatures were approaching sub-zero at night.

Source: Villagers knit jumpers for Indian elephants to protect the large mammals from near-freezing temperatures | The Independent

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Done Like Dinner ~ No Fooling :)

Don’t know about y’all but March came in like a lion here and tried its damnedest to go out that way too. Fortunately, it’s just rain that’s teeming down at the moment and getting rid of the remnants of snow and ‘snirt’.

The end of March is the end of National Crochet Month and I’m super stoked about my FO’s this year. I’m pretty sure I’ve hooked more in the last month than I normally do in six! I have five FO’s and one ‘also ran’. I’ve yet to snag more of the YP yarn to finish what was project two and I really don’t want to end it where it is – OCD alert.

So, on this first of April, here are all of the crochet things! 🙂

Fantasm Shawl‘s portfolio:

And a quick roundup of all my projects for this years #ncm2016:

March Is National Crochet Month ~ 2016 Version

It’s here again: National Crochet Month!

NCM 2016

I’m excited start my #NCM2016 project – Armorique Shawl by Hélène Marcy. I’ve reclaimed some Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine from a never-ending knitting project and am reading through the pattern to get a feel for the construction.

My Etsy shop is celebrating NCM too!

**Celebrating National Crochet Month with free shipping of any yarn purchase – Canada and USA. Use coupon code: NCM2016FREESHIP at checkout**

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What will you be working on this year?

Did I Mention It Keeps Me Out Of The Pub?

I’m in full-on manic mode with the fibre crafts…

This is great but in the past, has come with a dreadful and incurable side effect – Startitis. Starting is all well and good and when my brain’s on fire, can be productive. There is my own little twist (no pun) on it though… ADD is such a great thing in many ways but when all synapses start firing at once, I can get so overwhelmed that I want to chuck it all and just read books!

In the interest of avoiding – hopefully – the dreaded ennui monster, I’m allowing myself to do bugger all “official” knit stuff today and am just having fun. Yay!

Keeping the Punk in Punk Rock… I’ve been popping these skully crochet things out like Reddenbacher’s:

I really do love crochet, it’s fast, fun and who can argue with skulls? 😉 I’m thinking that there may be an entire #UCG realm of possibility here for knit and crochet items. My daughter has inherited, perfected and is fearless in her Goth style and would be a perfect model! Now… if I could just stop fretting about what people think…

First and worst sign of aging = giving up the styles that make you happy for the popular perception! Why, why, why do we spend so much time encouraging our children’s creativity and freedom of expression, only to turn round and quash it in ourselves or others?

So, back to my version of colouring outside the lines in my blanket fort today. If anyone needs me, I can be lured out with dark chocolate milk and pop tarts! 🙂

First Guild Meeting Of The Year

The Ottawa Knitting Guild kicked off with a great meeting last night.

I’ve been very sporadic in my attendance and must confess, I’d thought Guild might be too old and stuffy for me. Like so many things crafty though, the renaissance has gained fresh faces and younger devotées are coming out.

Our speaker was Anne Pitman, of Anne’s Yoga. Her topic was yoga for knitters and she was a delight! Her warm, engaging speaking style and soothing voice, combined with the knitter-appropriate movements that she demonstrated, had the entire room attentive and participating. No mean feat to get a roomful of knitters to set down the pins for a bit!

I am a marathon knitter. There’s never a moment other than work or eating – and sometimes I resent that! – that I’m not doing something with sticks and strings and it is hell on the Carpal Tunnel and even that old SUV injury at times. This brief introduction had me (and all the attendees) relaxed and smiling, even after a stressful day at work and the two busses in January scramble to get to the meeting on time. I think I’ll be adding classes with Anne to my “Would Like To Do” list for spring.

The upcoming courses look interesting and I think I’ll be joining the class that explores reading Japanese patterns. I have several Japanese knit and crochet books and I love the expanded range of designs v. North American but they can be a challenge.

I’m always looking for new skills and inspiration so… What new things are you looking at to expand and enhance your crafting this year?

Wrapping up with a little Yarn Pr0n 🙂

Yarn Pr0n destined for test knits

Manos del Uruguay Alegria and Silk Blend

Spring 2015 Color Report From Pantone

Again, dreaming of spring in the midst of Winter…

Here is Pantone’s official colour palette for this year. I’m less enthusiastic about some of these selections but there are definitely some that will make their way into my crafting or home.

Pantone's Spring 2015 colour predictions

Pantone’s Spring 2015 colour predictions

My evolving taste in interior design colours has me looking at the Pantone Colour of the Year, “Masala”. Shown here in various accessories, it’s easy to picture adding it into an existing colour theme.

Image credit: Pantone

Image credit: Pantone.com

Green is one of my favourite colours and it is a strong part of my decor palette. “Woodbine” is a lovely warm green that looks great in the treatment below:

Woodbine Decor Spring 2015

I like blue but have used it less in recent years. Our first little townhouse was decorated at the height of my love for antiques and the desire for an older home. Colonial blue and Wedgwood – and geese! Let’s not forget the proliferation of geese on everything 🙂 – were colours that I loved then. Seeing “Dusk Blue”, which was a colour of the year in 2013 as well, used in more simple treatments and with muted greys and mauves; makes it feel much more current and for me, I love the natural feel it evokes.

Dusk blue 2015 decor

There are great photos all over the Internet, showing creative ways to incorporate or reinvent your home and wardrobe to include 2015’s colours. My home is looking relatively stylish – in terms of colour 😉 – nice for a change! I’ll be knitting and crocheting for the shop with an eye to some of the warmer palette shown this year.

What will you be creating in the latest fashion colours? 🙂

Autumn Bides Her Time

I can feel it in the air already and the subtle change in the quality of the light… autumn will be her again almost before I had a chance to welcome summer. A month after my move here, month and a bit, I guess, I’m still unpacking and moving in. Opening boxes from my home that were never looked at during my stay at the apartment. Sometimes, it’s like opening gifts. I’ve found things that I didn’t know I missed and here, in their proper context of a home, they make me happy all over again. So much to be grateful for.

Some of the first boxes have been all my knitting and crafting supplies. I did a post in the early days of the apartment that was 1/3 of a humourous “full disclosure” about the size of my stash and during the actual move, it’s size was apparent even to the moving guys. I’m pretty sure it may become a moving legend 🙂 I’m having fun though going through and organizing it into an actual room; matching yarn to patterns and discovering a few gems.

With the weather as it is and the first few yarn company ads for fall wear starting to show up – just like those lone renegade red leaves among the green – I was looking at the heavier weight yarns and those deeper, richer colours. I have a lot. So much that right off the top, I know I won’t get to these (again) this year and it’s time to try and find them a good home.

Noro Niji in “Winter Bouquet“, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan in “Garnet” and Elann Uros Aran in “Desert Rose“.

Autumnal Colours

These beauties are all 10-ply (heavy worsted to aran weight). There is enough in each lot for a good size project; a hat and scarf, vest, etc. With the interest in textural and modular knitting, I think all three together would make a luxurious and visually interesting afghan. I’m selling as lots only, if you are looking for a small quantity, sharing with a friend might be an idea. If anyone is interested in all three lots, either for different projects or to make up the afghan, I would cover half the shipping cost to the US, UK or Canada (a Canada Post quote would be provided in advance based on your address).

Fall Yearnings In Yarn

The shades and tones of autumn

This photo shows how nicely these play together, the solids picking up various shades in the varigated. The textures could be used to great effect in a modular lap blanket. All the yarn bases are different but they are all natural, but for the Debbie Bliss, with 30% microfibre. You can find more details by clicking the links above and feel free to message me on the tab at the top of the page if interested in purchasing the entire lot.

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday.