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the perfect blendship!

This weekend is the Friendship Bracelet Workshop

Embroidery floss is the traditional medium of the friendship bracelet!
I think we might get experimental with mini skeins too!

I look forward to this upcoming crafternoon.  Here are the details:

Friendship Bracelet Workshop
Sunday May 27, 1-3:30
$30, materials not included
children of all ages are welcome
call to register 416 533 5648
more on friendship bracelets here

All morning I’ve been “down the rabbit hole”.  This is how I describe the phenomena of being swept away from web link to link, with no visible end.  Eventually you take pause and wonder how you arrived at where you landed.  This time spent in the hole I have no regrets about.  I learned so much.
I think it started here ↓These instructions on how to make a garter stitch tab at the beginning of your shawl project may not interest everyone, but I urge you all to check out Tricksy. This site is replete with interesting things like this↓
It was just the other day, I was admiring the well-marked  paper pattern I was working from.  Decorated with chicken scratches, check marks, and circles, it was full of the history of my knitting adventures.  I wondered to myself how folks with iPads managed to follow a pattern, unable to draw pictures and make notes where necessary.  I mumbled to myself “I bet there’s an app for that”, and of course there is.  A PDF reader in fact.  Read about it here
I will never get the hours back I spent playing with this Chart Maker, but I don’t care!

I also found, in no particular order:

this very useful head/hat size chart

a tutorial on how to weave in ends which includes weaving into ribbing stitch!

a how-to decode decreases: how to make them, how they look, and when to use them.

There was more
but I think that is quite enough for today!
Apologies if you get trapped in the rabbit hole.

Craftily yours


I thought I would share this little nugget that I discovered on the blog called Honestly WTF.  It delivered me into a whirlwind of nostalgia and revery of summer crafternoons when I was but a fledgling.  

I think this craft might be the catalyst for hours of entertainment for me and my niece this summer at the cottage.  If you (like me) need a memory jog on how it is done you can check out this great friendship bracelet tutorial here 

Today my longest-time and bestest-friend gave me these: the prettiest of all flowers.  She got them for for being a smarty pants.  She’s a Doctor now, a full fledged PHD, but still delivering flowers and joy to her old pal.  
I picked out these colours of Valdani hand dyed embroidery floss using this sweet bouquet as inspiration.  Valadani floss is available at the Knit Cafe in all affable and chummy colours – enough for all your friends!