Original Patterns, Creations, Accessories, Free Patterns

Flower Earrings Free Pattern!

I originally designed this pattern as part of my “A” to “Z” Knitting Challenge, “E” is for Earring and I have had so many comments from co-workers, friends, and strangers whenever I wear them, that I decided it would be fun to share the pattern!

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This is a very easy pattern for knitters of all levels, but with beautiful results!

If you would like to create some of these lovely earrings for yourself or as a gift, please visit my Ravelry store to download the free pattern!

Please free to use and share this pattern in any way you choose! I would appreciate a link back to this pattern if you do choose to share it, thank you & enjoy:)

Creations, Original Patterns, Ornaments, Patterns for Sale

Bulldog Buddies Pattern

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I have been working on perfecting this pattern since before Christmas and finally have it complete and ready for sale in my Ravelry and Etsy stores!

Originally the pattern included only the antler headband version, but with spring upon us, I decided to add a flower version also!

Ramblings, Random Topics

Oh Happy Day! Yarn Order Arrival!!

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Living in a fairly small city means that there are very few options for yarn shopping so for a long time now I have been looking for good online shopping options.  Many people have recommended various sites but, as a Canadian, the issue always came down to the horrendous exchange rate when converting from US dollars to Canadian! Even something as simple as Patons Astra becomes ridiculously expensive when buying from a US site. With the exchange, Astra would cost me $5.35 Cdn from Yarnspirations and other US sites. When I buy it in Canada or from a Canadian site, it is only $3.49!!! There is something very wrong about this! I design and knit a lot of small holiday ornaments using Astra, so this yarn is a definite favourite.

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I have found the perfect solution in YarnCanada.ca. Not only is the selection absolutely superb, incorporating almost 40 brands with outstanding colour, weight, and type options, but the ability to sort by any of these selections makes for a very satisfying shopping experience. YarnCanada also offers the best pricing I have found anywhere!

The yarn listings include clear images with plenty of details regarding gauge and content, and the ability to create multiple wish lists is an added bonus.  I often have different projects planned for the future and creating a wish list of possible yarn options for each is a very useful feature.

My order was processed extremely quickly, and shipped the next business day, as promised. A tracking number was provided and I was able to track my order right up to the delivery at my door which was a full two days earlier than expected and free shipping for orders over $35.00 dollars!!!

YarnCanada is most certainly my yarn store of choice and I am already planning my next order! I highly recommend this online store, thank you for the excellent shopping experience!

To close, one more photo of the ever present cat!

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BJD Clothing, Creations, Original Patterns, Patterns for Sale

YOSD Creature Hat Pattern!

I have just added another YOSD BJD pattern to my Ravelry and Etsy stores!

What doll wouldn’t enjoy keeping warm with a cute lady bug or bear hat!
Instructions for the basic hat and both creature options are included!

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Creations, Ornaments, Ramblings, Random Topics, Tips & Tutorials

Fun with Yarn Scraps!

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So, I really wanted to do something fun with all of my yarn scraps other than dumping them on my cat!

I have a vague memory of seeing someone mix all of their scraps with ModPodge and creating a yarn bowl which looked awesome!  I live in a small downtown apartment so surface space is at a premium, wall space however, is still available!

I mixed a pile of my scraps with a small container of ModPodge and spread the messy mix onto a sheet of wax paper. I then covered the entire surface with plastic wrap (wax paper would work too, but I had run out).  I covered the whole surface with heavy books and left it for a few hours and then removed the plastic.  After leaving it to dry over night, I flipped my creation over, peeled of the wax paper and left it for a few more hours for the back to dry, and here is my finished piece of modern art!

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The finished effect is just what I was hoping for and whenever I look at it, I am reminded of various projects I completed using some of the yarns!

I still have an entire bin of scraps left so I will have to come up with some more plans of how to use them, any ideas anyone?

Accessories, Creations, Original Patterns, Ramblings, Random Topics

“A” to “Z” Knitting Challenge – D is for Daffodil!

Here’s the next item from my “A” to “Z” Knitting Challenge, D is for Daffodil!

I have attached a brooch finding to the top of the stem so it can be worn as a pin.  I still need to finish up the details in the printed pattern, but once complete, I will be selling the pattern in my Ravelry store and donating all proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Before next year’s Daffodil campaign, I hope to make a whole bunch of these as brooches to sell for the charity!