Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Scary Easy Hocus Pocus Tote

Fall is finally upon us.  All the drinks and food at Starbucks and Whole Foods are pumpkin flavored and the Halloween section of the craft store is jam packed with glitter fall flowers, skeletons, black cats and pumpkins.  With a month and a half till Halloween I thought I would add a little addition to the Hocus Pocus Trick or Treat Bag Pattern.  Here is the Scary Easy Hocus Pocus Tote. 
 This tote is a much easier, finish in a weekend, version of the original bag.  It does not require any lining or felting and it a much more appropriate size for trick or treating.  

If you have already purchased the Hocus Pocus Cowl and Trick or Treat Bag ebook then you should see this new tote pattern added to the download options, you do not have to purchase anything new.  If have not purchased the pattern but are interested in making your own, follow the button below for more details.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Color Inspiration: Crop Circles at the Community Garden

My mom captured this amazing picture last night at her community garden.

It had me tearing through my yarn stash to find matches.

Madelinetosh Tosh Light in Lettuce Leaf 
Fiber Optic Yarns Foot Notes in Highland Bluberry
Madelinetosh Tosh Light in Curiosity
Madelinetosh Tosh Light in Maple Leaf (best colorway ever)
Icelandic wool purchased at Rhinebeck

Now I want to knit this hat again. Crop Circles at the Community Garden.

Sunday, June 29, 2014


I am so pleased to share my latest hat pattern with you...

I had two gorgeous skeins of Madelintosh Tosh Merino in pink and grey just hanging out and decided they had to form something super plush and girly.

When I look at this hat it makes me miss skiing.  I know summer is just starting but I want to rewind time, put my hair in "Little House" braids, pull this hat over my ears, and barrel down the ski slope.  Please no one remind me that 2 months ago I was whining about how cold it still was.

This pattern includes 2 adult sizes: 
18"/47cm in circumference using DK weight yarn 
20"/51cm in circumference using worsted weight yarn.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Plush Bow Tutorial

I am knitting a new hat and wanted an alternative to my usual pom pom or tassel so I whipped up a plush bow to tack onto the crown.  I thought I would stick a little tutorial up ahead of the new pattern. Following the directions exactly will give you a bow roughly 2 inches by 5 inches.  The general idea can be used to make bows of many sizes.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Weekday Craft Lunches

The building I work in has 2 offices on the bottom and every floor above is residential.  I am friends with one of the women who lives above and we have now started having craft lunches.  A little opportunity to break away from eating at my desk and relax. 

Here is the little sheep stamp I made during our first craft lunch:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Random Monday Night Crafting

Tracked down all my rubber stamp making tools and crafted a thing tonight. 
 커피 is coffee in Korean.
Thanks Talk To Me In Korean for teaching me in the first place and Google Translate for reminding me.

Friday, January 31, 2014

A Snowy NY Day

I have been told by friends that I should start using my blog to talk about some of my favorite NY places.  Since I never tire of running around, revisiting favorite places and discovering new ones, I thought I would give blogging about those places a shot.

Last Saturday was a lovely snowy day and a good 15 degrees warmer than the rest of the week.  A perfect day to meet up with a friend and wander about.  First stop was a place I have been meaning to visit since I saw a DIY project on Pinterest, Guerra Paint and Pigment, 510 East 13th Street between Avenues A and B.  This place was love at first sight.  Shelf after shelf of jars full of pigment, metallic pigment, interference pigment, glitter of all sizes and the paint and binders to use with them.  The presentation is very no frills, simple jars, which frankly make the product even better.  The girl who helped me was incredibly nice, showed me things she thought I would like but wasn't pushy.  If you are someone who loves a good art supply store you should definitely stop by. 

A wall in Guerra

The next stop was the Strand.  I met up with my new-to-the-city KDrama friend who had not been to the Strand yet.  Luckily Saturdays are very crowded so I was unable to gather a stack of books the size of a small child like I've been known to do.  My TBR pile is far too large already.  I will share my all time favorite Strand find though, an out of print Dolly Parton biography that I found on a very high (I needed a ladder and I am quite tall) top shelf.  When I took off the dust jacket the book was shiny gold and silver.  

Next we walked through a much smaller than normal green market in Union Square.  Apparently most of the vendors packed up early due to the snow but a few vendors stuck it out and their booths looked ridiculously pretty.  I love the Catskill-Merino stand.  Their yarn is not heavily processed, still smells a bit like sheep, and is full of lanolin so it feels really lovely to touch.  If I am ever having a bad day, I like to loiter around their stand because it smells like Rhinebeck. 

A warm glowing produce stand.
That will be all for today.  My list of favorite places is long and growing and I look forward to sharing more of them.  I will leave you with a few pictures of a snowy Union Square.