Thursday, 24 July 2014

Wiksten Tank

It's been rainy in Vancouver so there's been lots of time for sewing indoors! I made this Wiksten tank out of mystery fabric an old co-worker of mine brought me back from India. It's soft and drapey and wonderful.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Polka Dots

My mom had this great drawstring bag when I was a kid. She managed to save it through a robbery in Mexico! She passed it on to me eventually and I used it until it was shredded to bits.  I loved that bag. Here's a little something I whipped up trying to replicate it. I'm not in love with the polka dots and I put the holes for the drawstring on the inside accidentally, but it was easy and fun to make.

I love a good ol' drawstring sack.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Sweater for Ash

Over 4 years ago I bought myself a bunch of forest green Cascade Eco with the intention of knitting my very first adult sized sweater. I knit the back of the sweater, but I put the project on hold to knit the Owls Sweater with our newly formed "knit night".

Since then I've knit and sewn and woven a few things, mostly gifts, but I still hadn't knit myself a sweater. I decided to pick up the green yarn and a new pattern and start a sweater for me. But as soon as I started knitting it, I knew it wasn't for me at all - it was for Ashley! Here are a few iPhone photos from last night:

I had to wear it at least once before giving it away though :) so I wore it to work earlier that day and sent Ash a selfie from the staff ladies room...

I'm already well into my next knitting project and can't wait to share the details!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Weaving, Hump Day, Full Moon

Heading up to Terrace this weekend for my Gramma's 70th birthday. Going to spend some time with family and some time in nature - might even get a chance to ride some horses! I'm also hoping to make a good dent in a new knitting project that I'm bringing along.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Garter for Ash

My super-special, beautiful, awesome, amazing, mega-best bestie just got married a couple weeks ago. I knit this little blue lacy leaf garter for her to wear on her wedding day. Here's a grainy cellphone photo!


Wednesday, 19 June 2013

On Hold

Hoping to re-light the fire soon. I could really use some inspiration to finish up these projects. I will blame school for taking up too much of my time...

Monday, 18 March 2013

Wildcat Skirt for Freddie

Whipped up this little number yesterday for Freddie's 4th birthday. She's a bit of a fashionista and I'm hoping she can incorporate it into her wild wardrobe!

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Angie's Sweater, C'est Fini!

I finished Angela's sweater last night! It's a Jared Flood design called Tinder. I've been warned about Jared Flood patterns from a couple of the knit night ladies who ended up with knitting disasters, but this sweater turned out great.

I wish I had a photo of Ang wearing the sweater because it looks A LOT better on her than it does on me. For instance, the buttons don't bust open...because it fits her properly. 

Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Dress

A few years ago I was given this beautiful emerald green raw silk. A year after it was given to me, I decided to make myself a dress out of it for my company Christmas party. Two years after that, it's finally finished! It's pretty over the top and probably inappropriate for any occasion other than a Christmas function - so I'll be wearing it for the next 30 hours straight. I'm pretty damn proud of it. It makes me want to make MORE! MORE! MORE! pretty dresses.

The pattern is from Vogue.

These photos from Photo Booth are the best I could do without a camera.


Have a very Merry Christmas!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Forever Infinity Scarf

I have been working on this infinity scarf FOREVER and tonight I FINALLY FINISHED IT! A few months ago I was working on it in a restaurant and I told the server that I was going to finish it by December or trash it. Well guess what? It's December 1st and I'm finished baby!! I can't believe I actually made one of my deadlines. This never happens. I mean, I should have finished it a month after I started it two years ago, but hey, it's done now and I'm so happy - because it's very pretty and soft and  it's cold outside.

Not only that, but I've finished sleeves for Angie's sweater. All I have to do now is seam up the sweater and knit the collar and button band. That should only take me three evenings of prime time tv knitting. I'm pumped.

Tomorrow I hope to get my loom set up, stay tuned!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Technology! And More Tea Towel Prep

Here's a super boring video - that is also way too long - of me measuring out 20 (of 410) warp ends on my warping mill. Yes, counting out 20 threads just took me 5 minutes.

Basically, I just discovered iMovie on my fancy new laptop and decided to actually utilize this super cool piece of technology that I have.

I must say, I'm a bit disappointed at how poor the quality turned out once it was converted to a youtube video. I definitely still have some learning to do.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Colour Play

Trying out some colour combos for tea towels. Should be tidying up for our dinner guests.

Saturday, 10 November 2012


Here are the finished pillow cases. I stayed up till 2 am on Thursday night making them.

Always party time at Channy's!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Tea Towels, Pillow Covers

Okay, so I still have a sweater and a cowl and a quilt to finish, but I just bought some organic cotton to start some tea towels on the loom! I also just went out and got fabric to whip up some throw cushion covers. Hope to get the covers done by tomorrow!


Two Saturdays ago I decided to be super ambitious and make myself a costume on the same day I intended to wear it. The subject: Daenerys Targaryen - from the last scene in season one. I sewed myself up a nude suit and got one dragon made. I'm pretty proud of it but wish I could have completed the other two dragons. I also wish I could have worn it more than once. I'm sure the nude suit will come in handy again some time down the road :-)

(Photo by Liz Powel!)

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Garden Eviction

Some kind of crappy news... the company that manages our apartment building informed us that we are to move everything off our roof-top, or they will dispose of it... by tomorrow.
I wanted to fight it, but who am I to say that our planters aren't ruining the roof? And in a way, it's a bit of a relief. I'm pretty lazy by nature and not having a garden to tend to in the summer will allow me to take off on mini vacations without worrying that my garden will suffer...or something. :(

So Darcy and I spent 4 hours today hauling everything off the roof and sweeping up mud in the rain. Sounds terrible, but it was actually pretty fun. And now everything is so clean and tidy! I'm looking forward to maximizing the space we have on our downstairs deck in the spring.

Here are some in-progress photos of the big deck clean:

Me getting muddy...and staging a photo with props...(nerd!)

A view of the chaos on our deck from the roof-top

The roof-top in progress

And here is the last of what was growing in the garden!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Peach Hot Sauce

Last month a friend in the Okanagan gave us a bunch of peaches from their tree. Most of them were so ripe they had to be frozen immediately. Usually my freezer is a black hole, what goes in never comes out - edible anyway. I couldn't let these awesome peaches go to waste! I don't have (much of) a sweet tooth, so I wanted to try making something other than cobbler or jam. The result is my very first attempt at canning. It's been a quick and rewarding experience. Can't wait to give the hot sauce a try.

Angie's Sweater In Progress

I've started the sleeves on Angie's sweater that I started exactly one year ago!!

Monday, 24 September 2012

Oh ya...

Dug out this cowl today that I started TWO years ago. Common Chantelle, get it together!

I love it so much, I have to finish it so I can finally wear it.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Fall Quilt, A Quilt for Me

Sooo...we don't really have a comforter for our bed. We've got a collection of small blankets, a giant, ugly comforter from Darcy's bachelor days (can I throw it out already?!) and a super heavy and warm feather duvet for that's just perfect for Vancouver's sub-zero winter nights (not).

I've made a couple of quilts and it's been very hard to give them away. I think it's time that I make myself a special quilt. Something not too big, not too small and just warm enough.

I chose the Swoon Quilt by Camille Roskelley. It's so darn pretty! I went down to The Cloth Shop on Granville Island on Wednesday and blew a bunch of money on fabric. The ladies working in this shop are hilarious and awesome. It was a good experience.

Here's what I chose:

It's going to be very light and fresh! Lots of white and cream with little pops of green. I can't wait to get started. 

In other crafty news, knit night is back after a one year hiatus! I joined my gal pals Priscilla and Jen over at Amber's place last night. It's great to feel so inspired to pick up my knitting again after losing interest for so long. The gals are feeling it too. We're pumped! Photo's coming soon of my sweater-in-progress.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Summer Summary

So I've been a terrible blogger this summer, but I have been busy crafting and gardening and organizing. Forgive the crappy photos, our cameras we're stolen when we had a break-in back in June!

Here's what I've been up to:

I cleaned out the clutter from our closet down stairs and created a place to hang our bikes

I made my niece an adorable top!

We got the garden up and running after taking a year off

 And I made a wedding quilt for two very special friends

Also, I just got a loom!! I've very excited about it. I just pulled my first project off the loom on Tuesday. It takes awhile to set up, but once you get weaving it's so fast and fun.

See you soon! I promise.