A Labour of Love

Sunny Baby Blanket

So….about 8 months ago I decided to make a baby blanket for my cousin’s new baby boy.  It turns out I thought I was a better knitter than I actually am so after starting and then abandoning two slightly difficult patterns, I landed on this Sunny Baby Blanket Pattern I found on Pinterest.   I figured the blanket would take me a few weeks but, inexplicably it took me 7 months to finish.   I can’t say why – I worked on it a little every week.  The kids kept telling me to just give up and move on but I didn’t – I persevered.   I was finally able to finish it and gift it last week.  What a relief!  He’s almost 1 now and the blanket still isn’t perfect despite my efforts but I felt good about completing it and my cousin knows the blanket was a labour of love.  I hope she’ll tell the little guy how much I love him.    And I hope my kids learned a lesson too –  slow and steady is ok, not perfect is ok, and keeping going was better than quitting.

zabin

The Joy of Gardening

Joy of GardeningIn the middle of May, I attended a Creative Aging Symposium put on by The Creative Aging Society of Calgary and the breakout sessions were diverse in nature  – gardening, choral singing, collage-making.   It was a celebration of the different forms creative expression can take.  So while this site is primarily dedicated to the love of the fibre arts – I wanted to acknowledge that creativity can be about so many things.

Over the last few weeks, I have turned my attention to our garden.   I took the advice of the landscaper and my daughter’s teacher and with no previous gardening experience, we “threw in some seeds and plants” and started watering away.   We also picked out flowers to pot and worked on putting our arrangements together.   What a joyful activity to do with the kids!  When we got our first zucchini flower, the first beans and carrot sprigs sprouting, the joy and awe we collectively felt was indescribable.   There is a connection to the earth and nature.

I hope to use the colours and the beauty the garden brings as inspiration for a future knitting project.   May you also find joy in nature!

zabin.

THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB

Radiant hook colour.jpg

 

We hear it all the time, the importance of the right tool for the job – especially important in carpentry, and mechanics – but, pish posh, we aren’t here to build houses and engines. We want comfort, joy, design – am I right? My tools are important to me. Specific scissors and trimmers for cutting paper. Specific scissors for cutting yarn, and threads. Never shall the two crossover, do you agree? Is there such a thing as a right tool for crochet? Let’s explore.

 

Recently I decided to try a wooden crochet hook from Knitpicks, in their colourway – Radiant. What I noticed immediately were the vibrant hues! Admittedly I was first attracted to the colour, so I know colour will get me every time.  The colouring truly is so wonderful, and that’s a plus right there! The next thing I noticed was the deep set of the hook – I wondered how that would affect my crochet style? What I learned is the deep cut makes for a lovely pull through, and hardly ever drops my stitch. Now, that is a hookers dream, right? For me the wood feels lovely in my hands too, so smooth, and warm. I never want to put it down – but that’s a ‘makers’ problem anyways. Radiant deep hook

Is there a right tool for crochet? I bet the answer is more in what is right for you. I went for colour first, I learned that the deep hook was a plus. The feel of wood in your hands is truly lovely. If you’re feeling blah about your tools, go on and give a wooden one a try. Look for a deep set hook, and if you are into colour, then there are many to choose from.

 

Happy making for the joy!

Trina

 

 

 

The Best Gifts Are….Handmade

TulipAbout a year ago, Trina purchased a new DSLR camera.   When she showed me some of the pictures she was taking, I was immediately drawn to a close-up shot of tulips.  The vivid colors lightened my mood and the abstractness of it was just the kind of art that I prefer.   I had said to her at the time that she really needed to consider doing something with that picture….blowing it up, framing it, hanging it on a wall somewhere.   We have talked about that picture many times over the year and it is often the thing that will get the creative juices flowing.   So imagine my absolute delight when Trina decided to gift me the tulip picture, stretched on canvas for my birthday this year!   It hangs right above the desk in my office and will be the source of inspiration for many projects, I imagine.

Bday Card

I think what we both learned from the picture is that inspiration can come in so many ways and art is in the eye of the beholder.  Trina didn’t necessarily think to do anything with the picture when she first took it.   But from my point of view, it was a work of art.

Of course, she accompanied the gift with a handmade card which was a work of art in and of itself.  The detail is incredible and it’s obviously made with care.  I have card-envy – my card making skills are not quite as good but I aspire to make beautiful cards one day.   I think I will repurpose this and use it as a bookmark.

This gift was incredibly meaningful – I think the best ones are those that come from the heart and are made with love.   Thank you, Trina!

The Mother’s Day Crafter

SPAAAH Wash ClothDo all mom’s love spa days? We can’t say for sure, but what we do know is it may be tough for Mom to get away for the day to the spa – sure she deserves it but let’s be honest – that isn’t everyone’s reality, right? We became a fan of home spas for budget and time reasons. It’s lovely to steal some time in a day, just for you, with a luscious smelling product to sooth away any troubles.

At DotesnDaisy we love to mix up our crafts, and our pleasures. Quite often the net result is an ease in our troubles too. A few moments with a crochet hook, or knitting needles, a cup of fragrant tea or the scent of a pleasant candle nearby can really smooth away our troubles.

If you’d like to gift your Mom some ‘at home spa time’, we have a few ideas for you. The basis for this idea is that either you are a crafter, and will make her an item we suggest as part of the gift – or, you gift your crafty mom the items so she can make something for herself. We have a free pattern for a luscious “Spaaah Day Wash Cloth” to help you on your quest.

If you go the gift route, perhaps you’d like to add a jar of fabulous sugar scrub? We have you covered – head to Greater Goods in Bridgeland to nab a jar of this small batch scrub made in Airdrie by Lamb’s Soap Works.  Pictured here, the amount is generous, and the aroma pure ‘spa-aah’. Round out the gift with a few balls of crochet cotton and let the pampering begin.

Scrub and Spa Cloth

Since we are looking to pamper Mom – do try the Shine worsted weight cotton from Knitpicks.com There are so many lovely colours to pick from. The colours used in this post are Green Apple and Blush.

Wishing all Moms a fabulous Mothers Day!
Trina, and Zabin.