One of the things still on my pandemic to-do list is still to READ MORE! I’m a person who is ALWAYS doing 20 things at a time, so doing something simple like sitting down to relax and read is a bit tough for me because it’s so focused on ONLY one thing! But once I do get in the reading zone, I LOVE being able to drift off to dreamy worlds or be inspired by creative ideas!
I have a number of books on the go right now. Lately I’ve been unwinding with crafty books and old friends… let’s take a look!
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi ~ I grew up on the Sailor Moon 90s anime (and absolutely inhaled the fanfiction!), and surprisingly never picked up the Manga until very recently (despite knowing most of the plot variations and gawking over the pretty art!) I was shocked at how much I fell in love with it myself and am loving escaping into a positive girl power monster fighting world!
Love at First Stitch by Tilly and the Buttons ~ I’m in the process of learning machine sewing with an ultimate goal of sewing my own dresses (a lot of work to go haha!) but this book came highly recommended. I love Tilly’s blog and the book is just as beautifully written and filled with amazing dress-making patterns and tips for the beginner like me to pro seamstresses!
More Felt Friends from Japan by Naomi Tabatha ~ This book is glossy and stuffed with patterns for ultra colourful kawaii felties and other projects that look like they pop out of my dreams! This is a sequel (hence the more of course!) to “Felt Friends from Japan” which I am very eager to pick up!
Knitting Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec ~ These are the cutest itty-bitty knit(tys!) I came across the Mochimochiland website and it was another GET OUT OF MY BRAIN moment! They’re amazing projects which are all knit in the round, which I don’t have a ton of experience with, but practice makes perfect and I’m so excited to accomplish all of these.
It’s endless craft books over here! I’ll never have a proper Instagram worthy house because there is always an EXPLOSION of unfinished projects… what did I say? I start projects and then finish them 6 months down the line!
It is minus 14 celsius with windchill right now, and snow is in the forecast for this afternoon! Winter is on definitely on its way~ but I’m not sour about it. In fact… I’m excited because I can top my outfits office with cute warm accessories!! To celebrate (I might be the only one!), I knitted myself a cute new toque. Cupcake themed, because what else could make you smile in the middle of a blizzard!?
This was a super quick knit that I worked on during my downtime at work yesterday. I opted for Super Bulky yarn which makes it really thick and toasty for Canadian winters. The toque is in three parts, which I did freestyle, or without a pattern: the liner, the frosting, and the strawberry, and then sewn up at the end.
The yellow cupcake liner is ribbed in Lion Brands’ Hometown Glory (Super Bulky) in Pittsburgh Yellow. I ended up knitting it short side down – so it ended up looking like a long skinny scarf just so I could get the exact length for my head.
The pink is Lion Brands’ Neon Pink. I think the colours are so delicious together! It’s then topped off with a bright red strawberry.
It may be chilly outside, but that shouldn’t stop you from dressing super sweet!
Happy Monday!! I might be part of the very small minority of people who actually enjoys a nice fresh new week to reset and get excited about life again! Even better is when a Monday happens to be a day off like today! Today is Thanksgiving Monday over here in Canada, and it’s a day off of work or school for most people. So three day weekend means an extra fun challenge post for today which is to talk about weekend highlights!!
Thanksgiving is definitely different this year because of COVID-19. Usually my family would celebrate over at my Oma’s place with oodles of stuffing and pie. This year was obviously quieter.
It was so weird getting a chance to sleep in and know that I had THREE FULL DAYS of whatever the heck I wanted. I spent Saturday mostly relaxing, cleaning up, and going for a long run/walk through the neighbourhood.
I did enjoy the 30 seconds of organization where everything was in its place!
I had been meaning this past week to buy the ingredients to try my hand at baking a pumpkin pie… But I ended up completely forgetting! I still whipped up a pie… although he’s much cuter, and has FAR less calories ;).
Please meet Gourdon (you know, gourd-!):
I knitted him up in about an hour, using Lion Brand Super Bulky yarn. Sugar has been enjoying attacking and cuddling up with him as well!
Sugar and I had a lazy food coma kind of day! What’s thanksgiving without an overstuffed tummy?! Sugar had Turkey Friskies of course, and I had a huge rice and veggie stir fry – which I forgot to take a pic of because I was so excited to eat it (sigh!)
Then we played some video games (Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure) and cleaned up again.
Then I reminisced about how it was physically possible for three days to pass by in two minutes, because it was an amazing weekend.
Holy moly October already?! September was a VERY busy month but fortunately also meant it went by crazy fast – phew! It’s time to unwind with the very first day of the October Blogging Challenge, and the first topic is Thankful Thursday! I’m glad we get to start the month on a good happy note because I sure need it!
I am thankful for a lot of things as I’m realizing more and more this wild year, but here are FIVE for today:
Always my favourite thing! My lovely parents surprised me this weekend by coming over to paint my bedroom and brought over sushi (my absolute favourite food!) which I haven’t had forever. They are amazing and I don’t know what I’d do without them.
Crispy Autumn Mornings
Something cool autumn days really me with warmth and happiness! I’m looking forward to planning and celebrating holidays (whatever that means this year!)
Studio Ghibli Movies
I’ve been binge watching Ghibli films lately and they’re really helping me escape from the real world for a little bit. They’re just absolute positivity and prettiness in movie form!
I LOVE making stuff and having a million projects on the go at once! My house is an EXPLOSION of colour and yarn and beads at the moment and it’s so much fun.
I bought a couple of new knitting patterns off of Etsy that I’m so excited to get to work on!
I LOVE my friends (in real life and internet friends)! Even if we don’t talk frequently or just exchange the occasional likes, I really adore you and don’t think I’d be in as good of a place as I am without you. <3
Tomorrow is officially the last day of summer! I’m very excited for all the changes autumn will bring! It certainly looks like autumn here already. Just in the past day the trees have all started going from green to orange and leaves are falling! Yay for crunchy leaf piles!! I feel like autumn is really ENERGIZING me and I managed to accomplish a lot this week.
I’ve been trying to get outside as much as I can and saying hi to the friendly neighbourhood animal pals. These guys were having a blast with the leaves:
Sugar is definitely entertained watching the leaves fall from the window as well:
I’ve also been in a cleaning mood, and reorganized the closet today. Time to pull out the toasty warm cardigans again!
Did a ton of creating as well ~ I’m so glad to be back at it! Spent a lot of time knitting and getting caught up on the 2020 Mood Blanket:
Sugar and binged a bunch of Studio Ghibli Films! Didn’t realize that they are on Netflix now so it was a huge treat.
Which inspired me to make a Totoro feltie! Here he is in progress (while watching Arrietty sew in The Secret World of Arrietty):
Bought a Hello Kitty Perler Bead kit so also been tinkering with that a bit too ( you can get your own here!):
My parents were in town this week as well, so I had the privilege of babysitting my sweet pup Heidi, who lives with my parents at their cottage. I’ve missed the heck out of her this year so it was nice catching up!
The rainbow blanket has been great for some of the chilly nights we’ve been having lately ~ and I love it! Bye summer, see ya next year!