You may remember that a few weeks ago we released a series of prints with Natalie from written by natalie. We wanted to make one of them really special, so we combined a print with what we know best – crochet!
SO…are you ready for a simple DIY that will up your crafting game?!
The tools you need are simple: a pencil, a ruler, a craft hole puncher, white craft paper, green worsted weight yarn, and a 3mm crochet hook.
Begin by downloading the free printable from our shop, and printing it on the white craft paper, using the guidelines provided in the download instructions.
Using the ruler, mark 5cm lines around all four sides of the page. Make sure to keep a 1cm margin around all four sides, to make sure that the paper does not tear when you begin to crochet around the edges.
Once you’ve created your markings, use the craft hole puncher to create holes where you’ve marked with the pencil. Continue doing this until you’ve created holes around the entire page.
Using the hook and the green yarn, *insert the hook in the hole to draw the yarn through, making a single crochet. Chain 2, then repeat from * Continue doing this until you’ve gone around the entire paper. We chose to go around the paper for 5 rounds to create a thick border. This part is up to you.
Hi y’all!!! We’ve missed you so so much. Anna & I have been crazy busy these past few monthshalf yearlife for the longest time ever, but we’re back at what I’m hoping is close to full force! For one, Anna got freakin’ MARRIED. Yessss, one half of the HANK & HOOK leading ladies is now off the market for good. Ok I digress.
We’ve been all over the place, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is our desire to create.. as cheesy as that sounds. And we’re here to share the love with another FREE pattern!
As I’m writing this, it’s freezing rain over here in Toronto and I just want to go home and cuddle with my kitties… and knit. We hope you feel the same way because I’m here to introduce our first knitted headband pattern, the currently unnamed headband (stay with us for the whole post and you won’t be disappointed).
It only takes two balls of Wooly Bully Alpaca to make and it’s a relatively straightforward and quick knit. Aren’t those the best? Work hard for a few hours and the outcome is a fabulous new accessory you’ll get compliments on wherever you go (if I can say so myself, he he he).
We love this yarn because it knits up a fuzzy texture that’s warm and a beautiful contrast to the cables that run along the piece. Without further ado, let’s get to what you’ll need to start the project, shall we?
Repeat rows 1-22 three more times and then bind off, leaving a tail about 15” long (we like to use the tail for seaming).
Prepare the piece for joining by lining up the cast-on and cast-off edges together, with the right side facing up. Using the horizontal invisible seaming method, sew the cast-off edge to the cast-on edge with the 15” tail and a tapestry needle. Weave in any loose ends. You are now done!
P.S. We love how you can wear it as a neckwarmer/snood too. Doooo it.
Wait, don’t go yet! There’s more. We’re doing an awesome giveaway where you can WIN the knitting needles and the yarn used for this project. Remember how I said we’d give you more info on the Unnamed Headband? Well, we need a little help. Head on over to our Instagram and give us your best shot at what we should call this awesome headband. It’s a win-win for everyone.
♪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!
Until I met my partner (Ahmed), I hated sci-fi movies and shows. I know, I know, hate is a strong word. But it’s the truth. I just never cared for nor understand the allure. It didn’t help that no one in my family was into sci-fi, so really I had no reason to even try. For 25 years I was in the dark.
But then I met Ahmed.
He started off slow with me. My first “sci-fi” was Harry Potter. The fact that I considered this sci-fi shows you the extent of my ignorance (and how much reculturing was in store for him).
Fast forward 5 years, 2 days, and a Battlestar Galactica binge (my favourite sci-fi show), I turned to Ahmed 3 days before The Force Awakens premiere and said: “I should make you a Star Wars hat.” I think all of his work culminated in this one statement: He felt proud.