♪Maybe you’re the same as me
We see things they’ll never see
You and I, we’re gonna live forever ♫
OMG, it’s August already!? It is downright scary how quickly the summer has escaped us. As owners of a growing business, time flies by especially fast as everything is always go, go, go and now, now, now. It doesn’t help that here in Toronto, it feels like summer began not so long ago and we’re winter bound once again (haven’t you heard, ‘winter has come’?).
Anna & I have been working hard to add new and exciting products to our shop, with one of them being Wool and the Gang’s aptly named Shiny Happy Cotton. Let’s just say ‘obsessed’ doesn’t begin to cover how we feel about it. The cotton is soft to the touch, durable, and comes in so many colours that variety is never an issue. There are an endless number of projects you can make with it, with one being…
The Live Forever Tank.
I guess you can say the pattern’s inspired by what I envision myself wearing on a perfect summer day. I can’t imagine anything better than a lazy day spent under the sun with a generous heap of gelato on one hand and a ginormous iced cappuccino on the other.
The Live Forever Tank is an intermediate level knit pattern that features a simple side lace pattern that stops short of your waist, accentuating your curves. The top also comes in two versions: high low or symmetrical. Yes, we love it so much we couldn’t resist making two styles! Knit one in Cinder Blackor True Blood Redfor a sexy and bold vibe, or choose a more neutral colour like Nude Pinkfor a flirty, feminine look. The options are aplenty 😉
Some of you may or may not know, but I’ve been engaged since last summer. Being the ultimate procrastinator though, I’ve been avoiding wedding planning like the plague.. at least up until the past month or so. And now that we I started planning, I can’t stop!
Everyone says wedding planning can be stressful, but as someone who’s had a lot of event planning experience, I never really took those complaints to heart. But oh boy were they right. I mean, it’s not just any event, right? It’s the one day you’ll have forever immortalized via photos/videos/grandma’s photographic memory.
As someone who loves all things DIY (Exhibit A: the blog you’re on right now, Exhibit B: our store), I knew I wanted to incorporate as many crafty elements as humanly possible. The benefits are trifold: have fun (always), save money (sometimes), and ultimately be able to make something that’s a true reflection of myself (definitely).
Thankfully our wedding isn’t until next summer, so that gives me 1½ years to attempt my gargantuan list of things to make:
All stationary: save the dates, invitations, seating chart, table numbers, place cards, wedding program, guestbook, card box, misc. signage
Silk flower aisle runner
All decor (floral wall, backdrops)
All centerpieces and bouquets (started)
Two wedding garters (started)
Doilies for each table
Tablerunner for the head table
If I haven’t gone crazy by then.. A dress for photos
Not all of these projects involve yarn, but many of them do. Here are just a few yarnful projects I’ve made/will be attempting to make this year:
Crochet bridal garters (one to keep, one to throw!)
Photo credit: klschaller on Ravelry
This pattern is easy to follow, even for a beginner like me. It’s a great project for those wanting to try using crochet thread, because it’s small enough that it can comfortably be made in a week’s time. I made the first one, but kinda gave up halfway into the second garter. Anna has amazingly offered to finish the second one for me (OMG I LOVE YOU GIRL). It means a lot, so thank you!!! TIP: If you plan on losing weight for your big day (like me) and are making it well in advance, complete all the steps up until tying the ribbons. This allows you to easily make adjustments if you are planning to go down a size or two. TIP #2: Ribbons tend to fray when cut. To keep the ends from fraying and unraveling, lightly singe each edge.
Photo credit: Pinterest
This is an excellent scrap yarn project! Plus, it elevates a cluster of balloons into an art installation. I’ve already purchased 36″ round helium balloons to hang from the ceiling, but after seeing this, I plan on alternating plain white balloons with these. As you can see from the picture, you can use paper doilies or yarn to decorate. If you have lots of time to experiment, why not combine the two.. and use a crochet doily instead?
Photo credit: condroidle on Ravelry
As much as I want to make a table runner for each table, I just don’t have the patience to see it through. Even the idea of crocheting ONE table runner is driving me up the wall. I though the free Apple Blossom Placemat pattern by Red Heart to be absolutely stunning, so I’ll be using it as a base pattern and elongating it into a tablerunner.
While undoubtedly time consuming, this project should be fairly straightforward to tackle. You basically create the cone shape out of wax paper circles, and then use size 10 crochet thread to create the individual garlands. I’m so excited to start it – I’m sure our guests will love using it as a photo backdrop!
Two crochet projects and no knits? What’s going on? I began knitting this piece a few weeks ago using Debbie Bliss Angel, but am taking an indefinite break from it until I can get more pressing things on my list done. I haven’t decided when I’ll be wearing this (it’s a toss up between our engagement photoshoot this summer or for our first dance). It’s a fun knit, but because it’s lace weight it takes time. I own A Handknit Romance by Jennie, and I can’t get over the intricacy and feminine nature of her designs. Regardless of how long this project takes, I’m sure the result will be stunning.
So, that was just a few of the projects I plan on tackling in the coming months. There’s bound to be both successes and failures and lots of tweaking in between… but I’m soo excited to be sharing this journey with you all!
We can’t believe the year is almost over!! 2015 has been absolutely incredible for us. We launched our store nearly 6 months ago and have grown it into something we believe is truly promising. We’ve learned so much about the crafting business, about ourselves, and have picked up enough skills to survive the apocalpyse (and we’re not just talking about knitting and crochet here).
We’d also like to say a huge, huge THANK YOU. We couldn’t have done this without our amazing friends, families, and customers. Basically if you’re reading this post now, you’ve contributed to the HANK & HOOK brand in some way or another.
We’re super excited for what the new year brings! Trust me, we’ve got a ton in store for you (both literally & figuratively!). We wish you an amazing holiday, full of laughter, love, yarn, and wonderful memories.
It’s an understatement to say we’re totally crushing on Wool and the Gang’s Crazy Sexy Wool in Ivory White. And we’re not just saying it for the heck of it – both Anna & I have added so much of it to our personal stashes, our bedrooms look like mini yarn shops.
So, the idea for this hat & scarf set came to me when I was visiting the fiancé in Winnipeg last month. Being the knitaholic I am, 75% of my suitcase consisted of yarn and needles (#sorrynotsorry). The moment I stepped foot into the city, I felt like I was in a different country entirely because it was oh. so. cold. What to do? Make something warm to wear, of course! My eyes immediately fell upon my stash of Crazy Sexy Wool. Its shade and chunkiness conjured up images of a winter wonderland, which is how I came up with the name for the patterns.
Although we’ve yet to have our first snowfall here in Toronto, it’s never too early to get your knit on, right? Both items are super quick to knit. You only need 1 ball of Crazy Sexy Wool for the hat and another 3-4 balls for the scarf, depending on how long you want it to be.
Guys, where did the time go? It’s already the middle of December, and the final countdown is here: 10 days until Christmas, 11 days until the retail hurricane that’s Boxing Day, and 16 days until New Year’s Eve. We’re supposed to be well into winter, yet here in Toronto it’s still oddly warm (6 degrees celsius / 42.8 degrees fahrenheit).
Thank God for that though, because I’m hoping that means I can wear my hand knits for longer. I’ve been knitting and crocheting non-stop for the past few months, and my closet is quickly running out of space. And it’s no thanks to the amazing Crazy Sexy Wool.