Making another go at Crafting 365 in 2021! It’s an idea based on an old Flickr group where you share a pic of your daily creativity adventures (remember Flickr ~ an awesome photo-sharing community before Instagram?! Such good times!) The idea is just to do SOMETHING crafty a day and build creativity ~ whether it’s a couple of rows of knitting, a whole dang blanket, s batch of cookies, or rainbowfying something or another.
I’ve attempted this a few times, but usually don’t chronicle my adventures very well. In fact, I actually started this blog to start sharing my daily craft adventures. Hoping this year I will get a LITTLE bit better at sharing! But unlike other years, I’m not putting any pressure on myself this year like I’ve done before. I spent weeks once making an outlined list of all the things I wanted to accomplish back in 2019, and that’s just… NOT happening! I’m here for a good time, not a tedious tear-filled time.
So here’s week ONE of 2021! I’d be happy to never knit a blanket or hat ever again, and little projects are much more my thing. I was feeling adding some excitement to my life, so I went with Pokemon-themed knitted softies, which I love them because they are so colourful. And I could continue them for a million years and never be done knitting Pokemon (there are over NINE-HUNDRED Pokemon now…!)
I also started journaling (another long-time goal!), finished almost two rows of last years’ Mood Blanket, and even baked some bagels. So, pretty good start hey 2021?!
I have heard a lot of wonderful things about Moleskine and have always wanted one! They are very pricey but exceptional quality, and this years’ special edition includes some darling Maneki-neko (Japanese lucky cats!) so thought I’d treat myself! I made sure that the covers are made of synthetic material – not “mole skin” or leather.
I didn’t get up to quite as much Christmas baking as I did last year – which I think people are thankful for (my mom still had stuff in the freezer until like April)!! Instead, I turned to a much healthier option: yarntastic treats!
My big goodie this year was the gingerbread house I knit-baked for my Oma. I really enjoyed creating a real one last year and ended up giving it to her to enjoy so I thought creating a permanent one would be fun.Let’s take a look!
The pattern was based on this one by Frankie Brown – which I tweaked a bit, because I’ll admit, I’m not a great pattern follower (what’s life without whimsy?!) :D.
The house is covered from top to bottom in sugary treats, friendly Christmas friends (a snowman and gingerbread man), and gifties and goodies galore.
I started this project back in November and thought it was only going to take a couple of days… hahaha! Then I ran out of yarn and had to order some more – which turned into a weeks-long journey of tracking my package heading back and forth aimlessly across the country. Of course, the one thing that I needed got LOST! Eventually the yarn got to me and I finished it up late into the evening before it was to get delivered.
I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Oma absolutely loves it, and can’t wait to visit it in a few months for post-COVID late Christmas celebrations!
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!