Friday, 30 September 2011

Score!

I told myself I wouldn't buy any yarn at the yarn swap unless it worked for one of my three sweaters.

Well, I did anyway. 

We Will Tell You All of our Secrets' yarn was just too cool to pass up. I don't know much (anything) about dying yarn, but this local gal uses bugs (as well as plants) to dye her yarn. Neat! I just loved the colours she had: yellows, peaches, fuchsia and few splashes of indigo. 
I picked up this 75% wool, 25% nylon blend sock weight yarn:


So...I guess I'm going to try knitting a pair of socks? Yeah, those will eventually get done. Probably around this time next year...
Look at the care that went into making even just the label for the yarn. This was wrapped around the hank before it was wound into a ball:


After spending all my money on yarn, beer and raffle tickets, (prizes included yarn, books and a spot on Knit Social's first weekend knitters retreat), this super fun yarn caught my eye. I think I can finally admit that fluorescent green is my new favourite colour:



Out of funds, I pocketed one of Alexa's Gourmet Crafter Yarn's  business cards with the intention of purchasing her yarn on Etsy. Luckily for me, I ended up winning a hank of her sock yarn from the raffle I entered! She knew how how much I loved her fluro-green yarn and she offered to let me swap it. Thanks Alexa!

And thank you Knit Social.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Knit Social Yarn Swap

I'm hoping to score some yarn for my sweater challenge at Knit Social's Yarn Swap tomorrow night.

Knit Night field trip? YES!

proudly presents
Indie Night: a Yarn Sale & Swap
featuring vendor tables from local dyers, spinners and designers
Thursday September 29 from 6-11pm
at the Vancouver Alpen Club - 4875 Victoria Dr.
Admission $5 - includes $2 off a beer at the Alpen Club

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Sweater Challenge - Fall and Winter 2011

I've made a bad habit of setting goals for myself that have been a bit ambitious at times. Examples: trying to finish my first quilt in a month and trying to make a gift and decorations the night before a friend's birthday. Those both involved long, long nights.

While I'd like to think I'm capable of learning from my mistakes, I'm about to make the same one again...and I bet it wont be the last time, either.

I'm challenging myself to make 3 sweaters in 3 months. That's 92 days between October 1st and December 31st. 92 days may seem like a lot of time, but not when you consider that I've spent over a year knitting something as simple as a hemp sack.

Honestly, I'm getting kind of stressed just thinking about it. But I think it will be a good way to pass the time this winter. And in the end, three of my very special friends will each have a cozy new sweater!

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Napkins and Papel Picado

Awhile back, I wrote a post about a bag that I'd started knitting a year earlier for a friend's birthday. I decided I wasn't going to make that same mistake again this year and got to work nice and early on these napkins for her.


But, even with lots of extra time and in true Channy fashion, I ended up staying up until 3-friggen-am to finish them. This was mostly because I was being a bit of an over-achiever in that I was determined to also make some papel picado banners for her Mexican-themed surprise birthday party the following day. It was such a good time and totally worth it!


Feliz cumpleaƱos mi amiga!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Success! A Wedding Quilt

Well, it took hours of quilting with my mother-in-law on Thursday, and until 3 am Friday night, but I did it! I finished the quilt!

I have to say, if it wasn't for my MIL, I don't know what I would have done. She helped me A LOT. She even did some of the quilting for me while I was out at the rehearsal. Thank you Maureen!

When I finally put in the last stitch in at 1:30 Saturday morning, I excitedly pulled the blanket out from the machine, spread it out on the floor and immediately started crying tears of joy. I may have been a bit delirious. I think I was, because the next thought that entered my head was that I HAD to make a patch for the quilt that had the bride's and groom's names embroidered on it along with the date of their wedding. That took me to 3 am. But it was worth it.
Check it out!


Thanks to Mom and Maureen for holding it up for me while I shot the photo.
Here's a cheesy one of it on a chair in the garden.


I would have taken a few more/better photos, including one of the patch, but I had to rush out of the house to meet the ladies at the salon.
Anyway, I've totally caught the quilting bug. I just got a brand new quilting machine (courtesy of that amazing MIL I've been talking about) and my next project is going to be a mini quilt of some sort. I'm going to team up with my gal pal Ash and try to pass the bug onto her.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Strawberry Shortcake and Gardening at Night

I think my new favourite thing might be baking! In the last month(ish) I've successfully made salty caramel brownies (recipe pulled from The Marion House Book), peanut butter cookies (a recipe I used to make all the time from an ancient Better Homes and Gardens cookbook eventually given to me by my mom) and finally, strawberry shortcake. For the strawberry shortcake, I used Ricardo's recipe because I just think he's cool...and I like his accent.
This was super easy, fast and fun to make.
I did learn a valuable lesson when baking: leave the boozing until after you've finished. I completely forgot to add a crucial ingredient. But I fixed the problem and averted a total baking fail. I think it turned out great!


Gardening is something I've been dreading this year. Maybe it's been the weather or maybe I've just been lazy, I don't know. But last night I started weeding and then next thing I knew I was at Home Depot at 8:30 checking out with 3 big bags of soil, amazing daisies, mini carnations and marigolds. By then time I finished weeding and started planting, it was dark and raining. But I got the job done and it looks great. I didn't realize how much the unkempt state of our patio was bothering me until I saw it looking beautiful again.


Between transplanting flowers and herbs into pots and planters, Darcy BBQed up some stuffed mushrooms and prawn and beef skewers. Such a nice night.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Progress

The wedding quilt I'm making is really coming along. It's been smooth sailing so far, without any major speed-bumps. I now only have 2 and a half weeks to complete it.
Lucky for me though, I have a little buddy to help speed the process along:



He has been super supportive through every step of the process:



Strange, he never wants to hang out when I'm lounging around. I guess he's just not that kinda cat. He really likes to get into the action.
I may end up spending a few hours at Spool of Thread putting the quilt top, cotton batting and quilt bottom together because I could really use their expertise, space and equipment to make the actual quilting less daunting.
Here's one third of the quilt top done! I'm lovin' it:


 Now no more pictures until it's complete!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Coasters

I finally finished up the coasters that I started way back when I was taking my weaving class.

Voila!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

A Wedding Quilt

My oldest and dearest friend, Ashley, is getting married in ONE MONTH. I decided 5 or 6 months ago that I wanted to make her a quilt as a wedding gift. Leave it to me to wait until the last minute to get started!

But leaving it to the last minute has kind of worked in my favour this time. I popped into Spool of Thread yesterday to choose the fabric and they we're having a 1st year anniversary sale! I ended up getting 20% off my purchase. Yahoo!

I'm using the pattern "A Wedding Quilt" from The Purl Bee.
Here's the spectrum of colours I chose based on Ashley's favourites:


I can't wait to get started. I hope this good weather doesn't hold up or she might be receiving this quilt as a first year anniversary gift instead!

Saturday, 4 June 2011

I'd Rather Be at the Beach

 Sorry unfinished projects, new and old, but I'd rather be at the beach! Peace!

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Hockey Night



Tonight we had a living room full of good pals over to watch the Vancouver Canucks annihilate the Sharks in game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
I'll admit that I'm a playoffs bandwagon jumper. I just can't shake the hype!



I thought that I'd make tonight extra special by ripping up an old white towel so that the gang could fill the living room with "towel power". Obviously, that's what helped lead them to their 7-3 victory.



They just kept scoring!


Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Blogging Buddy


Me and Grey Cat. Just surfing blogs.

Sheepskin

I've wanted one of these for a long time, so I let the owner of Birkeland Bros. talk me into getting one last Sunday at our final weaving class. I knew I would get one one day, I just didn't think it would be this soon.


So cozy! It's going to be hard to keep me off the couch.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Sick Day

Well, I've taken the day off. I went into work at first. I thought that if I called in sick today my boss would think I was kidding, it being April 1st and all.

I called Darcy and he told me to enjoy knitting and watching Freaks and Geeks. YES! Don't mind if I do. Ahh, silver lining.

This will be a great opportunity to finish this b-day pressie that I started for a friend last summer... woops!


It's a beach bag that I'm knitting out of Lanaknits hemp for knitting



I knit some of this when I was in Hawaii a few months back, so its already got bits of sand woven into it and smells like sunscreen. How nice.

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Spice Rack

We've needed a spice storage solution for awhile now. Because Darcy has gotten so into cooking, I didn't think it was silly to really get creative and spend some time making a serious spice rack.

I was watching Chef at Home one day (which I find SUPER irritating, but that's not my point) and I loved how Michael Smith had his spices in mason jars. It looked so pretty. He had them stored in a giant pantry; I think they had their own freakin' wall. I definitely don't have that much space, but we do have a pass-through window that separates the kitchen and dining room. I decided to build a shelf that would fit perfectly in the space to hold mini masons of spices.

I have to thank my friend Tom for supplying the materials and the skills on this one (I still owe him a dinner!) He did encourage me to get on the saw and make a few cuts. So I did. Felt awesome. So tough.


It took me a long time and more than a few coats of paint to complete this project, but it's finally up! There was even space at the top to hold our cute le creuset mini cocottes!


Ack! Adorable. A picture wont do it justice, but this thing looks great in the morning when the sun is shining through it. Have I mentioned that I love spring?

Weaving, Tulips and Best Bud B-day gifts

I'm sad to say that on Sunday I will be attending my 5th and final weaving class which takes place across the street at Birkeland Brothers. I've already finished my main project and I LOVE it. I chose two super bright colours, turquoise and orange, to make a table runner for the coffee table. My colour choices raised a few eyebrows, but I thought they looked awesome together. Once I got weaving I realized why some people may have been skeptical...the colours are pretty trippy together. But now that the project is complete, it looks totally amazing.

I feel I need to brag that I was the first one to complete their project. Also, when our instructor, Jane, e-mailed some photos from the class to me, she said "YOU'RE THE STAR!!!!!". Just like that; in all caps. *smug grin.

For my final class, I think I want to start a set of coasters...but I don't know what colours to choose. I also don't want to spend a ton of $$ on four 3"x3" coasters. Hhmmm...Maybe the other ladies will lend me their scraps...

Here's a fun sequence of shots of me taking my table runner off the loom! Jane's to my left cheering me on:




  
And here it is in its new home:



Which brings me to the next topic of this post..TULIPS! It is freaking beautiful outside. It's SPRING. I want it too look like spring in the apartment too. There's a flower guy on the corner of Granville and Broadway that sells 2 bunches of tulips for $5.00. Sometimes he'll even sell 3 bunches of older tulips for $5.00. Best deal in town!



We celebrated a couple of great friends on their birthday last night. My lovely friend Ashley was the lucky recipient if this hand made wonder from yours truly! It's going to look great in the back window of her new ride.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Horrible Green Sweater

I was almost ready to check "Finish green sweater" off my list...But then I tried it on. Turns out I knit it a size too big. The sleeves are even too big for the too big sweater, so when I sewed them in, they got all bunchy making it look like I left room to insert shoulder pads...UGH!! So friggen frustrating to spend so much time on something to have it not turn out.

Actually, this photo doesn't really make it look all that bad. I suppose the point was to showcase my total disgust.

The Planters are Gone!!

I've already crossed a task off my list! But I can't take the credit. It goes to Darcy and Sean. They had already removed them by the time I arrived home last Wednesday. It's great because Sean wanted planters for his garden and we wanted a bigger deck. Win win, win. I only wish I could have taken a 'before' picture for a comparison.

An 'after' will have to do. Bring on the patio parties!


Monday, 14 March 2011

Overload!

I've been a bit slow on the draw making up my "2011 goals" list, but the closer the spring gets, the more ideas and inspiration I'm finding crammed inside my head. I've decided to start this blog in order to unload some of the junk that's in there. Hopefully it will serve as a small fire to keep me motivated, or at least preserve the ideas for the future.

I'm bagged tonight (I blame booze, and daylight savings) but I just had to get this started. I jotted down this list...I'm sure I'm forgetting something(s) and I'm positive there is more to come.