DIY // The Force Awakens – His & Hers Toque

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I have a confession.

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.

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DIY // Winter Wonderland Hat & Scarf

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.

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5 Yarn Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Let’s face it, many of us are living in micro apartments where every square micro-inch of real estate is meticulously planned and double-booked. If you are a knitter/crocheter who collects yarn and lives in such a space, you’ll likely need a portable system for organizing and displaying your stash. On top of that, you need to think about integrating it into your overall home décor while managing the appearance of clutter.

So, I’m always on the lookout for ways to show off my stash in a 500 square foot apartment, while managing clutter AND trying to leave room for my fiancé Ahmed’s hobbies (video games and all the gadgets that come with it). I’ve rearranged our place so many times that Ahmed has had to ask me 2 weeks in a row, “Anna, where do we keep our plates?” Oops.

Here’s a roundup of 5 storage ideas for your yarn & tools:

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