37calvertrd


4 Comments

Made, quite literally, in the shade

Well, it`s happened. I`ve picked up the wool and started using my hands again. I don`t know why I ever took such a long break because I feel waaaayyyyy better when I`m doing something creative. I`ve been playing around with some new patterns and have a few that I`m really liking. As well, I`ve met up with a great crafty friend at work and we`re putting together some ideas for a shop, stay tuned…………………. In the meantime, if you`re interested in purchasing any of the items I make, or would like something custom made, contact me (see that link on the side there?).

Here`s what I`ve been up to. Most of these items were worked on while lounging under a beach umbrella. It`s a tough life.

Advertisements


2 Comments

Adventures of Foxy

Have you seen The Fantastic Mr. Fox yet? You MUST! It is the best. I actually saw it when it first came out and I was nine months pregnant with Mr. T (Thomas, I mean) and Andrew and I went on this epic Christmas Day walk that ended up being 4 1/2 hours in total but had a nice little movie break in the middle. Anyway, I LOOOOVED the book and the movie, for once, did the book justice. Ever since, I have really wanted Thomas to have a little fox toy of some sort but I could never quite find what I was looking for so…… I made this guy….

The hipster fox, complete with an infinity cowl as they`re all the rage.

The hipster fox, complete with an infinity cowl as they`re all the rage.

I love this guy! I used a pattern for the head but then winged it for the rest of him because I was picturing a fox with long, spangly limbs. As I was making the long, skinny legs I was thinking about hipster guys with their skinny jeans but because I have no idea how to even begin crocheting skinny jeans, I decided to give this hipster guy an infinity cowl instead. Why a cowl you are undoubtedly asking your collective selves? Well, yesterday at Meinhardt`s (over priced fancy grocery store that sells DE-LISH-US macaroons) I was sort of blankly staring at the person in front of me, admiring their cowl and figuring out how I could make up a pattern for the same when the person turned and….ohhh, hello SIR, I like your man-cowl. So you`re wearing cowls now are you boys? Alrighty then, hipster fox with a cowl it shall be.

Of course, no hipster photo op would be complete without the requisite old-timey moustache pic……

I`m a crafty fox, seeee. And I got this stach, seeee. (read that in an old timey villain voice)

I`m a crafty fox, seeee. And I got this stach, seeee. (read that in an old timey villain voice)

And if the fox is going to do it…..

Mwaaaa haaaa haaaa!

Mwaaaa haaaa haaaa!

We then headed out for the day and, of course, we took foxy with us for some city adventures. (note: my apologies for the poor quality of many of my photos lately – I`ve been taking lots of pics with my iphone which just don`t look as nice when inserted here.) Every time I tried to get a pic of Thomas and Foxy, Thomas would turn Foxy to look at him so there were a lot of shots of Foxy`s tail in different parts of the city.

Dudes

Dudes

It was an exhausting, but fun, afternoon. Sullied only by a brief pit-stop at the doctor`s to find that I have strep throat, booooo. Nothing that a hot tea (and antibiotics) won`t cure.

Foxy had a latte. Skinny, obv.

Foxy had a latte. Skinny, obv.

Later, I made a mini-foxy to mail to a friend. I`ll post a tutorial for the little guy this weekend some time. Here are a few pics of Foxy and his little friend and of mini-fox, staring out at the rainy day and wishing he could have a city adventure like Foxy did. Sigh Some other time mini-fox.

 

Buddies!

Buddies!

I should have crocheted a tiny tear for his little cheek

I should have crocheted a tiny tear for his little cheek

 

 

 

 

 

 


1 Comment

March Madness

Was March only 4 days long this year? It feels like it was. It was a total blur of final papers, final assignments and final exams that happened to coincide with the most amazing spring weather that Vancouver has seen in a good long while, making final papers, final assignments and final exams super hard to concentrate on. But………it`s done! School is over (*high five*)! No more homework, no more books, blah, blah, blah. I am now, officially able to tend to all your trauma needs. I might make myself a giant pin that says ASK ME ABOUT SEPSIS because I know more about it, down to what is happening to your every cell, than I ever planned on knowing. I was happy knowing all about hearts for my 4 years in cardiology but am looking forward to considering some other organs in the ER.

I did manage to sneak in a few sunny hours in the fresh air with the kidlet before my final exam. Here`s proof.

We started with a little side walk chalkin`which involved the creation of an elaborate, if utterly confusing, city for a tiny garbage truck to travel around, doing it`s thing…..

City Planner Numero Uno

City Planner Numero Uno

The first thing he drew was a coffee shop. Hmmm, where does he get the idea that everyone needs coffee before they start work?

The first thing he drew was a coffee shop. Hmmm, where does he get the idea that everyone needs coffee before they start work?

Now get to work!

Now get to work!

sidewalk chalk 1 (6)sidewalk chalk 1 (1)

My plans to “go all out” with Easter decorating began and ended with this……

Bun Bun. This was about all the creative energy I could muster.

Bun Bun. This was about all the creative energy I could muster.

This cool and stylishly leaning child was enamoured of Bun Bun though so my meagre efforts were worth it.

This cool and stylishly leaning child was enamoured of Bun Bun though so my meagre efforts were worth it.

Just before Easter weekend, my sister and my niece and nephew arrived from Arizona. Thomas hasn`t seen his Aunty Lizzie and his cousins since he was a teeny babe so, understandably, he was super excited and super curious about them. We sat, in giddy anticipation, watching the big screen that shows people coming out of the luggage area before they come out to the arrivals area. For an entire Air Canada flight from Hong Kong, he asked “Is THAT my cousins??!?!?!?!” about EVERY. SINGLE. PASSENGER. “No, Thomas, that is two little old women. Your cousins are two kids, with red hair.” He would promptly forget my description when the next passenger came through, and so it went. After a while he just started yelling “COUSINS!!!!!” randomly, until at last the right little red heads came running. Amazing! I love airports.

They brought some seriously nice sun with them from Arizona and while I holed up in a coffee shop studying, they all had a sweet day at the beach.

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

Cousin!

Cousin!

New buddies!

New buddies!

and the park…..

Concentrating hard on a giant hole that needed digging.

Concentrating hard on a giant hole that needed digging.

park (3)

Just swangin`

Just swangin`

park (1)

park (4)

If the amount of fun they had in their first few days corresponds to the amount of sand they brought home in their collective shoes, then I would say they had a, literal, mountain of fun.

We made use of Thomas`s bunk beds while the fam was visiting which meant a lot of early mornings that started with a little head popping up over the foot of the top bunk……..

Mama? Mama? Mommy? Moooommmmmy? Mom? Mommy? Are you awake? Mama? Mommy? Mom?

Mom? Mom? Mom? Mom? Mom? Mom? Are you awake? Mom? Mom? Mom?

More of Cousin Week 2013 to come!


11 Comments

Where DOES the time go?

Hey! Know what day it is? If you guessed that it’s a day that I should be studying, then you`re absolutley right! If you guessed that for every 20 minutes I study, I spend another 5 30 minutes crafting up something cute, then, right again and you know me too well! Here is a little project that I whipped up in precisely the amount of time it should have taken me to memorize my Advanced Cardiac Life Support Algorithms! While that means I will be up late tonight doing what I should have been doing today, I will do so with the knowledge that tomorrow, my car keys and Blackberry will be carried in style (until I promptly lose them somewhere because I usually just put them in my pocket and will likely forget that the clutch is mine and leave it on a table at the hospital). Ah well! Here is the clutch with hand-made fabric button that I made and the tutorial for both the clutch AND the button. Yup, two-for-one today.

A cute little crochet clutch with a DIY fabric button!

A cute little crochet clutch with a DIY fabric button!

xo

x


Leave a comment

It`s that time again!

I`m back in school and working in the ER and have a million assignments and volumes of articles to read so, I should be doing this……

Hard(ly) at work. If I were doing any work though, it should probaly be on my terrible jokes.

Hard(ly) at work. If I were doing any work though, it should probably be on my terrible jokes. (source)

What I am actually doing is this….

Crochet leaf earrings. Just like the title says.

Crochet leaf earrings!

Yup. Making things I don`t need. If you feel the need to abandon the things you should actually be attending to and make a pair yourself, the tutorial is here.

xo


8 Comments

I`ve got this one covered

Has your e-reader (or ipad, or camera, or cell phone) been complaining about the cold recently? Why not make it a crochet cover? If you`re saying “because I can just buy one for pretty cheap” I do see your point BUT that will rob you of the satisfaction of being able to say when people ask where you got your cool cover,  “You can`t have it! It`s mine! I made it! I`ll know if you steal it because it`s an original and I can see the mistakes I made on it! Go away and stop asking me about it! Go!” You want to be able to say that right? Of course you do so let`s continue.

In order to begin this project you will need:

A) to know how to crochet. I find, without this essential component, that the cover is really difficult to make. You`ll just end up with something like this

It`s covered with wool and has a button, true, but it lacks that certain je ne sais quoi that an actual crocheted case possesses.

It`s covered with wool and has a button, true, but it lacks that certain je ne sais quoi that an actual crocheted case possesses.

B) Worsted weight wool (with a contrasting colour unless this is strictly a utilitarian piece or your device simply will not be seen in anything embellished), a 5mm crochet hook, a button, and a darning needle.

Still life entitled Wool, Size 5mm hook, Button and Darning Needle. Also, coincidentally, all the supplies you`ll need for this project.

Still life entitled Wool, Size 5mm hook, Button and Darning Needle. Also, coincidentally, all the supplies you`ll need for this project.

C) The Pattern, which is as follows (please note that I have never written out a pattern before so if it is confusing, please message me and I`ll try to help you out.). This pattern uses Moss stitch or Seed stitch – I`ve seen it called both and don`t honestly know what the actual name is. I am Team Moss stitch but if you strongly believe I`m wrong and you are Team Seed stitch then let`s just get our teams together and meet up in an alley and have it done with once and for all, West Side story styles, ok? Ahem, the pattern…..

Chain 26

Row 1: sc in 4th chain from hook, ch1, skip next stitch and sc, ch1 in following stitch

continue sc, ch1 in every other stitch until you reach the last stitch and sc, ch3, turn

Rows 2 – 54: sc in first visible chain space, ch1. Repeat sc, ch1 in each chain space across row. In last stitch, sc, ch3, turn.

How to start row 2 and each row thereafter

How to start row 2 and each row thereafter

Row 55: Repeat the sc, ch1 in each chain space across row but in the last stitch sc, ch1 and then begin to sc all the way around your piece (down the left side, across, up the right side and across) with 2sc in each corner.

Do a row of single crochet all the way around the piece.

Do a row of single crochet all the way around the piece.

Once back to the top left hand corner, ss to the next visible sc (see below) and leave a long (about 50 inches) tail for sewing the sides together.

Just like I said

Just like I said

Fold the piece in half and starting at the top left corner, join your edges with a whip stitch. To make it more visible I`ve used a contrasting colour in the picture. When I get to the fold, I just run the thread across on the inside of the cover and then start up again with a whip stitch at the bottom right hand corner. Tie off and weave in ends.

Comme ca!

Comme ca!

Join a contrasting colour at the top right hand corner and sc all the way around the top opening. Do a second row of single crochet and when you get half way across the back of the piece, chain 20 and slip stitch back to the next sc on the cover to make a loop for your button (see pic).

Comme ca!

Comme ca!

Tie off and weave in ends. Attach button and……

A cosy cozy for your Kindle!

A cosy cozy for your Kindle!

Voila! No longer will you have to cover your e-reader with a mitten, leaving yourself with only one mitten and your e-reader looking, well, ridiculous frankly.

I actually decided to line mine as I had some material that matched perfectly and I like those kinds of details. I chose the simplest possible way to do it : when the piece was just one long strip, before folding it and stitching up the side, I cut a long strip of material to the same dimension (plus 1/4 inch for a seam allowance), sewed a seam around all four sides, lay in pattern side up over the crochet piece and stitched just the top and bottom edges to the crochet. It works well but leaves it looking a little unfinished.

See what I mean? Tsk, tsk, tsk. That`s what I get for being lazy.

See what I mean? Tsk, tsk, tsk. That`s what I get for being lazy.

I have since lined items using this tutorial and avoided that unsightly gap.

Here are some of the variations I`ve tried (I do only have the one e-reader but I take it out with me to bars and parties so it has to have several different “outfits” if you will.)

For garden parties and girly events

For garden parties and girly events

Everyday casual.

Everyday casual.

Not, strictly, an e-reader cover but rather a camera case cover which is the same pattern, only smaller. Unless your camera is the size of an e-reader or vice versa.

Not, strictly, an e-reader cover but rather a camera case cover which is the same pattern, only smaller. Unless your camera is the size of an e-reader or vice versa.

So, there you have it folks.

“Case” closed.


6 Comments

Let there be light! Box

I made a light box! I workshopped a few titles for this post: “I have finally seen the light. Box.” and “Blinded by the light. Box” and while they are all terrible and not even puns, I am happy with my choice. I trust you find it hilarious? No?

I`m getting sidetracked. I scoured the internet (ie. looked on Pinterest) for a DIY light box tutorial and after finding several hundred and looking at the first two I saw, I made one and I LOOOOOOOVE it! How have I not done this sooner? Gone are the days when you can look at my pictures and think to yourselves “Look how dirty her windows are,” “That laundry in the background needs folding,” “Is that a diaper? On the kitchen table? Get yourself together woman!” Actually, those days aren`t gone because the light box is fairly small and try as I might, I can`t fit Thomas in it so you will still be able to sneak peeks at the disarray that is our home in countless pictures – but my crafty things will look pretty!

Check this out!

Coffee filter flower, expertly photographed by an amateur.

Coffee filter flower, expertly photographed by an amateur.

Not bad for a cardboard box, dollar store tissue paper, bristol board and a clamp light!

This looks better that this

I like this image much better than the original in the previous post.

I`m on the fence about this one. Ha! Get it? Because of the fence prop!

I`m on the fence about this one. Ha! Get it? Because of the fence prop!

Look at these regal fellow. What do deer have to do with necklaces you say? Nothing! Nothing at all! It`s just fun to play with props!

Look at these regal fellow. What do deer have to do with necklaces you say? Why nothing! Nothing at all! It`s just fun to play with props!

Oh deer! A hunter must be in our midst.

Oh deer! A hunter must be in our midst.

I blame this guy. I think he may have been jealous as he was left out of the lightbox photo shoot. Poor Buzz.

I blame this guy. I think he may have been jealous as he was left out of the light box photo shoot. Poor Buzz.

The next step will be to change out the backgrounds to add a little more colour because looking at all these images posted here, it is lacking any vibrancy. I will experiment and show you the results. I know that you are all (and by you I mean my dad and sisters whom I force to read this blog by sending endless texts asking what they thought. I am so lame.) holding your breath and waiting on the edges of your seats so I will do this with my usual attention to timeliness – see you in February!

xo