• Got Bread?
    Summer Lake Cabin
  • The English Robin
    The English Robin
  • Japanese Maple
    Japanese Maple
  • Waterton Lakes Valley
    Waterton Lakes Valley
  • Magic Mushrooms
    Magic Mushrooms
  • Skywing
    Skywing
  • Fairy Stream
    Fairy Stream
  • Canadian Fall
    Canadian Fall
  • Amethyst Sky
    Amethyst Sky
  • Summer Lake Cabin
    Summer Lake Cabin
  • Stormy Mountain Sunset
    Stormy Mountain Sunset

Category: Crafts

I’m completely yarn obsessed! Almost all posts in this category are about crochet or yarn. ♥


A New Venture: Incyanity Yarn!

A New Venture: Incyanity Yarn!
Yarn in a dyebath.

Yarn in a dyebath.

I have a lot of interests: gaming, writing, art, reading, photography…lots of stuff. On Incyanity I explore them all, and recently it’s been pretty obvious that crochet has been at the top of my list. Crochet is a hobby I didn’t expect; it came out of nowhere at Christmas in 2015 and I’ve really taken to it since then, particularly with Pod Pals and other cute amigurumi. Something else happened too: I developed a love of pretty yarn. As I started to expand into making clothing, I left acrylic behind and began buying “real” yarn, either 100% merino, or merino blended with other fibers. I’m particularly fond of merino/silk and merino/tencel.

During my trip to New Zealand last month I had the privilege of visiting a farm where a very nice lady dyes yarn. All I really wanted was to treat myself to some locally-dyed yarn while I was in the country, but she happily told me why she got started doing it… As we talked, I started to feel wheels turning in my head.

The truth is, in the last two years I’ve bought a ridiculous amount of yarn. Yarn makes me happy. Another truth? Yarn in blends and colors I really love have not been that easy to find. The dyers I buy from come close…but not always close enough.

I thought to myself, What if I dyed yarn in colors I really love?

Then I thought, How many people out there are like me? Maybe they’re looking for the same yarn I am!

When I got home, I started researching. I read so much and watched so many videos about dyeing that I started to dream about it. The more I learned, the more excited I became. Maybe I really could do this. Maybe it could become a new career path! (I’m definitely ready for a new career path.) I talked to some people, I ordered some supplies…and then, last weekend, I was finally able to test it out for myself.


Temperature Blanket: April Update

Temperature Blanket: April Update
April Fool's Day square.

April Fool’s Day square.

I’m back! My trip to New Zealand was amazing. But now, let’s talk about the temperature blanket…

I mentioned at the end of the March update that I would have a pile of squares to do after my vacation. Boy, was I right! Not only have I not done any squares (except for April 1, 2018, shown at right) from the time I was away yet, I haven’t finished the last remaining March squares either, nor any squares for the other April days after I arrived back in Canada. Yikes! :( The main culprit has been the chest cold that came back with me and that it has taken me about ten days to get over the jet lag. Originally I expected to do two or three squares each night after work to get caught up but it just hasn’t worked out yet. Instead, I’ll have to try doubling up on squares during the month of May now that I’m starting to feel better and am getting back to my normal sleep schedule.


Temperature Blanket: March Update

Not a speck of green for St. Patty's Day.

Not a speck of green for St. Patty’s Day.

According to the calendar, it’s supposed to be spring. Supposed to be. The snow flying by the window indicates otherwise, but then, I do live in the Great White North…

March, like February, hasn’t been that fun as far as the weather goes. Snow, and snow, and more snow. And just when we started to think we were done, yep, even more snow! As I write this, southern Alberta is under yet another heavy snowfall warning, with up to twenty centimeters expected. By tomorrow morning it should be done, maybe. We’ll see. I’ve heard a lot of people complaining about this apparent never-ending winter, and Old Man Winter and Mother Nature might just want to stick it to us for a bit longer.

You’d think, having been born here and lived here my whole life to date, that I’d be used to this kind of crap weather. Nope. I’m with the complainers: sick of winter, bring on spring and more colors for my blanket!


Temperature Blanket: February Update

Temperature Blanket: February Update
February 3, 2018 - the birthday square!

February 3, 2018 – the birthday square!

No getting around it: February has been cold. Miserable, actually. According to the news, Calgary has been having the coldest February in twenty-five years. I believe it! There’ve been epic road closures and multiple days of snowpocalypse. We’ve had over four times the amount of snow than what we normally get in February. March is typically our heaviest month for the white stuff so I shudder to think about what might still be coming before spring arrives.

February 3 was my birthday. Instead of going out to celebrate, I holed up inside and watched a blizzard roar past my windows. The overnight low that day was -28°C (-18.4°F) while the high only got to -19°C (-2.2°F). Yuck! But that wasn’t the worst of it! We had more than a few nights that dipped into the -30s. There was a chinook that gave us relief for a few days… On February 13 the high climbed to 7°C (44.6°F). T-shirt weather!


Beginner Crochet: Ten More Tips to Enhance Your Hobby

Ten More Tips I Wish Tutorials Had Taught Me

In August of 2016 I wrote Beginner Crochet: Ten Tips I Wish Tutorials Had Taught Me after I felt I had more or less progressed beyond the very baseline learning phase of the hobby. Since then I’ve been working on improving my existing skills as well trying new things and have picked up another ten tips I’d like to share!

Note: Although several products are recommended in this post, there are no affiliate links.


Temperature Blanket: January Update

Temperature Blanket: January Update
January 12, 2018

January 12, 2018

Whoosh! The first month of 2018 has flown by! (It seems to me that as you get older, time seems to pass by more quickly, which is really a drag.) With almost a full month’s worth of squares done, it’s a good opportunity to show off progress on the blanket.

New Year’s Day was cold(ish): -28°C (-18.4°F) for the low and -7°C (19.4°F) for the high. The high was not bad (setting aside whatever the windchill was that day), but that overnight temp is brr! Perfect for staying in and crocheting! We had a few other really cold days this month, but unless Mother Nature or Old Man Winter decide to take one last swipe at us before February 1, the coldest day for January was the 11th, where the overnight low was -33°C (-27.4°F) and it only warmed up to -23°C (-9.4°F) for the day. Frosty! January 12 was a bit better, with -26°C (-14.8°F) for the low and -13°C (8.6°F) for the high. The warmest day was the 16th: a chinook blew in and we managed to get to 8°C (46.4°F) during the day, which meant all the snow melted and the roads were very sloppy.


Crochet Disappointments

Crochet Disappointments

Disappointments. They happen. Some are minor, like a recipe that didn’t turn out the way you expected, while others seem to drag on forever, like that time you excitedly bought brand new kitchen appliances for the first time in your life only to end up going a month without a fridge because Best Buy couldn’t get its shit together. (Ahem.) Other disappointments are even farther reaching.

In crochet, disappointment is thankfully low-impact and stems from things like seeing a photo of what appears to be a fantastic finished object only to discover the pattern is insanely complex or poorly written (or even worse, it’s knitted), or maybe the yarn you thought was suitable really isn’t, or when you finally have the finished object in your hands (after working hard on it for ages) it doesn’t live up to the photo you originally saw.

I’ve had three such crochet experiences myself so far.


It’s 2018: Temperature Blanket is a Go!

It's 2018: Temperature Blanket is a Go!

2018 has arrived and I’m excited to “officially” begin my temperature blanket. :) In Calgary we’ve been having a deep freeze, so curling up on the sofa to work on this crochet project sounds just perfect.

My goal was to finish all sixty of the blank filler squares that the pattern requires by December 31, 2017 and I did! Truth be told I fell off the “one square a day” wagon after reaching square forty-four due to some other commitments and shenanigans that monopolized my time…and also because making that many black squares over and over and over got really boring (Color! My hook cries out for color!). After Christmas I powered through and got the last sixteen squares made, just under the wire!

Piles of black filler squares.

Piles of black filler squares.


Fall 2017 Pod Pal Auction!

EVE Online Pod Pal Auction

The next Pod Pal auction is here! Bid your in-game ISK for a chance to get your very own Pod Pal, customized to look like your EVE Online character! Don’t know what a Pod Pal is? Check here for details!

Auction Start: 22Oct2017 17:00 Mountain

Auction End: 29Oct2017 17:00 Mountain

Sniper Rule: 15 minutes

Bids must be made as a comment on this post to be eligible. Bids sent via in-game mail, Twitter, Reddit, email, or by any other means will not be accepted.

Starting bid is 2 billion ISK. Minimum bid increment is 100 million ISK. Highest bid by auction close wins!

Winner must transfer 50% of their winning bid to Sakaane Eionell in-game within 7 calendar days of the auction close date. Failure to make payment means forfeiture of the commission slot to the next highest bidder. Winner must also cover trackable shipping from Canada via PayPal, in Canadian funds.

Click here for full details and terms.


Coveted Crochet aka My Work Was Stolen

Coveted Crochet aka My Work Was Stolen
My elephant.

My elephant.

Anybody remember this guy? My very adorable crochet elephant, my first proper amigurumi project that wasn’t for practice, that had no mistakes… I made him in the spring of 2016, not long after I started learning to crochet. I adore that elephant and have been very proud of it. It’s small! It’s cute! It’s huggable!

The company I work for uses an elephant as its mascot. I was so happy with how my elephant turned out that I took it to work to put on my desk. My coworkers love it. Everybody loves it.

Occasionally, the sales guys go on the road to do trade shows and other industry-specific events where we set up a table and hope to build new and expand existing business relationships. After I brought my elephant in, one of the guys asked if he could take it with him to put on the table as a decoration. Sure, I said. That was a huge compliment in and of itself. The professional dudes at work want to use my stuff to help them sell our actual products? Heck yes! Turned out the elephant was a big hit. It attracted people with its adorable cuteness! Yay me! My elephant has since travelled around Canada numerous times with the sales guys. It’s been to places I’ve never been!