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Eco Farm and Hand Puppets

This past week I’ve been busy whipping up a special order for an Eco conscious company in Ontario!

I was asked to make a few farm themed hand puppets and a couple of other eco themed items. I quickly jumped at the opportunity and started looking for patterns.

We landed on a farmer girl hand puppet, a rooster and raven puppet as well as a globe and a head of lettuce.

Handmade knit and crochet puppets and imgurimi
Farm gang

Having never made hand puppets before, this was really fun for me.

I could see myself making more of these in the future if the opportunity comes up again.

My favorite piece to make was the globe (however UN-geographically correct it may be!) and I learned a new technique of color work. It was also really fun seeing how cute the world is with a smile 🙂

I took a few creative liberties with the original patters, which worked out great in the end. The braids and a hat were added to the farmer girl and I created the red pieces for the rooster drawing from my inventory of crochet stitches that I know.

The lettuce turned out to be life sized which I thought was hilarious. I can picture the kids throwing this around like a football.

Overall this was a great commission project and I hope to have more like this in the future.

See you next time, thanks for reading.

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Summer Stitchin’

Summer is a time for sipping drinks, sitting by the lake and soaking up the sun. I try to do this as often as I can because I know it’s not going to last forever. Soon the winter will be upon us and I’ll be back to curling up under blankets and knitting sweaters.. but enough about the cold.

I’ve been keeping my hands busy this summer making purses and beach bags. My latest adventure has been making market bags. We all know how important taking care of the planet is and with one simple change we can make all the difference. I chose super soft cotton yarn to make these, it’s so soft and dreamy.

Taking just one of these bags to the grocery store or farmer’s market can save up to 30 plastic bags a year. So you can imagine how many you save if you use 2 or even 3!

I made 3 crochet style bags and 2 knitted ones to far. Head over to the shop to see my knit bags- you will have to visit ReStyle in Brampton to see the crochet ones 🙂

3 Crochet market bags pictured with 3 different coloured bottoms. Aqua, turquoise and purple.
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Hudson’s Bay Blanket

Hudson's Bay Blanket
Original Hudson’s Bay Blanket
(I didn’t make this)

I decided to do a new thing recently… knit a Hudson’s Bay Blanket. The challenge of taking on a big project of knitting an adult sized blanket which I haven’t ever done before. I’d knit blankets for my friends’ baby showers but nothing so big as a Queen sized one!

The blankets we have right now at home are a just a wee bit small and this had my other half and I resorting to bringing out comforters to use instead.. which wasn’t working for me since they just didn’t look too great out there.

So it was decided that I was going to knit a blanket. But what colours? What pattern? I sat on the idea for a little while and it finally hit me that I’d always had my eye on the iconic blankets from The Bay but didn’t want to actually buy one.. so the natural thing to do at that point was to spend twice the price of the blanket on yarn and knit my own! It’s much more satisfying this way, I swear.

I started knitting this about mid-April and I just finished the first green stripe. It’ll likely take me a total of 3 months to knit if I keep up this pace.

When I was choosing the yarn in store at Michael’s Craft Store, a lady asked me if I needed any help- but she didn’t work at the store! Just a nice lady asking what I was up to. So I told her what I was planning to make and she gave me a little history on this blanket.

hudson's bay blanket knit

History of the Hudson’s Bay Blanket

It was originally called the Hudson’s Bay point blanket- referring to the little black stripes in the middle of the blanket in the photo above. In the 1700s and 1800s during the fur trade, it was commonly traded to the Natives for beaver pelts. The black stripes were sewed into the edge of the blanket to mark its size- the most common sizes in those times were 2.5, 3, 3.5 and 4 point – 3.5 point being a twin bed size and 4 points a double. Today’s sizes are more commonly made at 4, 6( Queen) and 8 (King).

The blankets were often folded and made into coats to keep their owners warm during the brutal Canadian winters. It has become a Canadian icon today and most people can recognize the striped pattern and where it comes from. It’s pretty amazing that Hudson’s Bay has been able to keep it’s doors open after all these years having been the first company to operate in Canada nearly 350 years ago.

I can’t wait to curl up under this super cozy blanket and knit some more!

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Yarn Family

A friend of mine recently commissioned me to immortalize his 3 kitties in yarn form. It started about mid December and he asked if I could do it as a Christmas gift for his wife. My first thought was AHH it’s only 2 weeks until Christmas! So I committed to 1 for the Christmas gift and then I would knit the other 2 later since it was so close to Santa time. So then I set about searching for a pattern.

I started looking on Pinterest and Ravelry ( a knitter and crocheter pattern database) and nothing was sparking my interest but then I remembered I had bought this pattern from Mochimochi Land a couple years ago and thought it would be AWESOME for this because the pattern included 3 different sized cats.

The pattern was called ‘Stackable Cats’ and it was purrrfect.

I set to work on the middle cat Sammy first because he was the first of their brood. I busted him out in a couple weeks and saved Christmas! Just kidding I’m sure he had something else to give her if I didn’t meet my deadline.

Not gonna lie… Sammy ended up a little crooked cause I got confused with the pattern. He was my guinea pig kitty. But all worked out in the end. After Sammy came giant Flossy and then tiny Josie.

I learned a new stitch (duplicate stitch) when I was adding Flossy and Josie’s features, a little time consuming but I think it turned out great.

So without further ado, here they are in all their glory!

Three knit cats stacked on top of each other. All a different size and pattern.

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The Creation of Owl

Hoot hoot. hoot..

These little crochet owls are so fun to make, they just whip up real quick so I end up making a whole bunch of em. These were a hot item at the Christmas Craft show this past December so I thought I’d make a few more.. this time with COTTON! The first time I made them with acrylic but this time I wanted to use something different.

The cotton is simply so much squishier than acrylic and such a joy to work with. Cotton is also plant based material rather than synthetic based- I’m trying to be a little more environmentally friendly these days.

I had to enlist my other half to put on the eyes because they were almost impossible to put on myself. I was actually bruising my thumbs. I did one owl and gave up- good thing I’ve got a someone with strong thumbs around.. I guess that makes them SUPER safety eyes 😉

Check out the progress below !