Monday, December 27, 2010

T-shirt transformations

Last week I picked up two great books from the library on reconstructing old T-shirts. I had a few kicking around in my closet that I liked, but didn't ever wear, and was looking for some inspiration on ways to freshen them up. I'm very glad to report that after two days and not even a penny spent, I've got some great new items in my wardrobe. Check out some before and afters:

Shirt 1 before

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Phone cozy

A while back I got a new phone and decided it needed a cozy little case to keep it from getting scratched in my bag, or cracked from being mashed around in there. Not much more than an hour later I had finished this cute little cozy, made with scrap bits of leftover yarn. It's the perfect size for my phone, and also nestles a camera or iPod! It's super easy to open/close, so I never have to fight with it when the phone is ringing, so it's serving its purpose exactly as I had hoped. I'm planning on making a whole bunch of them to sell, in all different colour and stripe patterns. As a bonus, I've been busy filling custom orders for yoga mat bags, and the sturdy cotton yarn I use for the yoga bags is perfect for these little pouches. High five to reusing scraps and reducing waste! Plus, I can easily modify the size to accommodate iPhones and custom sizes of phones/electronics/whatever. Thanks to a big boxing day sale at my local yarn store, I stocked up on a couple dozen balls of cotton yarn in various colour combinations, and I'm looking forward to knitting up a bunch of yoga mat bags and pouches. If anyone is interested in either, don't be shy!

Friday, December 10, 2010


I've spent the two weeks or so knitting up a scarf for Will to ward of the winter chills. Now that it's finally finished, I'm realizing it's generally not actually that cold in Vancouver, even in winter. Oh well, it's still a cool scarf :)

DIY Cookbook

This week I finally started a little project I've been meaning to do for a while. Since I love cooking, I'm always collecting recipes from websites such as Treehugger and ReadyMade. I also get them e-mailed from friends and family, and occasionally borrow cookbooks from the library and type out a few recipes I want to try. However, keeping recipes stored up on my computer isn't ideal, since I obviously don't want to have it in the kitchen while I'm cooking. So, I got a great little Ecojot notebook (covered with pictures of some underwater allies, of course), a few different colors of pens, and started writing out my recipes.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Be right back.... doing yoga!

I've been largely MIA recently, as most of my time outside of work has been spent inside the yoga studio. I'm preparing to start my yoga teacher training soon, and trying to get in as many classes as possible... In any case, I've managed to get a few projects taken care of in between downward dogs, so stay tuned for a bunch of upcoming posts. In the meantime check out my yoga mat bag: I knit it out of durable cotton yarn years ago, and it's still helping me schlep my yoga mat all over town.