May 31, 2008

Mini boob on a leash!

I was crocheting some otama today when I got the sudden desire to make a bag charm in the shape of a cute little pink boob. Don't ask me why, I just felt like perking up (hah!) my bag a little. It's very boring and black.

Well, it WAS very boring and black. Now it's more fit for summer.

May 30, 2008

Some technical troubles

If the feed behaves wonky, it's because I just subscribed to Feedburner and had a little bit of trouble in the process. It should all work right now, though.

May 29, 2008

I've been busy knitting

3 tawashi patterns I plan on making available within the next few days. I just need to make sure the instructions are understandable.




Yesterday I received my lovely strawberry bag, and a tawashi pattern book as well. I'll make sure to post some pictures of it all together when my antibacterial yarn arrives - there will be so much Japanese happy colorfulness, you might have to adjust your monitor settings ;)

May 26, 2008

Never trust a facehugger, not even a cuddly-looking one!

A few days ago, I came across this pattern for a crocheted facehugger on ravelry.
Of course I had to make one for Jeff, after all, every Alien fan needs their own facehugger toy.

I sneakily printed out the notes and crocheted quietly behind him while he was surfing the web.

The moment I was done, don't you think the little critter jumped me? Luckily I didn't crochet it a brain, so failhugger jumped my ear instead. I'm sorry little guy, that's not the way to do it.

Realizing its mistake (can they grow a brain? Aliens/facehuggers never cease to surprise me with their adaptability), it jumped poor Cthulhu instead. Turns out that being an Elder God didn't help him much in this case.

Now I'm starting to get worried - what kind of terrifying creature will come to life from this? A Cthalien? We might just be doomed, I'm sorry guys.

(On a positive note, Jeff loved his little sneaky critter.)

Doomsday might be coming our way, but at least it will be cute!

May 24, 2008

I fell in love with a chapstick!

The other day I had to replace my chapstick. So far I've been all for Burt's Bees, but for some reason they stopped selling that here - it seems to happen to every single product I really enjoy, must be a conspiracy!

So I went looking for the closest thing. What I found was Lypsyl, a brand I've tried several times before, but never particularly liked. This time they had a version (LypMoisturizer) with beeswax, peppermint, shea butter and vitamin E, so I decided to give it a try. Actually they had several different flavors, I just happen to prefer peppermint.
Turns out it works wonderfully. I have ridiculously sensitive skin, but this one actually moisturizes my lips and stays put for a while. It works!

The design is a huge bonus. First of all, it's larger than most chapsticks out there, and it's oval, which just works better, for some reason. Second, the part that you push up is shaped like a bee. Yes, a bee. Cutest thing ever, and I didn't even see it until after I opened the package, but now I'm in love with it. I'm considering stocking up, in case of this being a limited product, or a zombie apocalypse. You just never know ;)

May 22, 2008

Strawberries!

I just ordered this lovely bag from ebay. It has the same pattern as a bento bag I got last week, and I fell completely in love with it. Since I don't have a knitting bag, that's probably what I'll use it for. Cutest knitting bag ever! It even comes with a little pouch, perfect for stitch markers, scissors etc.

That's all for now, we're leaving soon to buy groceries (oh, how exciting!), because our pantry is completely, utterly empty and sad since we were gone for a week. Poor pantry.

I think I might look for fresh strawberries!

May 17, 2008

Back from Quebec!

I know, I didn't even say that I was going. We left on Tuesday morning and took the bus back on Saturday. Had a great time eating good food, walking around, enjoying the nice weather and stocking up on food stuff we can't get here.
At a Tunisian restaurant I tasted delicious mint tea with orange blossom water, had a nice salad consisting of tabouleh, carrots with orange blossom water, hummus, pickled peppers and a chick pea salad. The main dish was chich taouk, with more of the tabouleh (to my delight) and an insanely spicy harissa sauce that I must get my hands on sometime.

We also went to The Hobbit, as usual. We always go there when we're in Quebec, this time we stopped by twice. If you're ever in Quebec, you must pay them a visit. Very good, affordable food, and the waiters are super friendly. Also vegetarian friendly, if that's an issue.

The first time I had a grilled chicken burger with all sorts of goodies inside. Jeff had deer burger, which apparently also was tasty. The second time (breakfast on Saturday), we both got the breakfast plate with a poached egg, a bagel, veggie paté, fruit salad and large bits of various fresh melons. The perfect breakfast, it took care of my hunger without making me feel too full.

Wow, that was a lot of talk about food! Now I'm hungry again. We DID do other things than eat, really!

Anyway.

Right now I'm working on a few tawashi patterns that I plan on posting. I only need to finish taking the pictures and proof read the patterns, and it will all be ready. Stay tuned, it shouldn't take too long. I just need the sun to come out so I can get some decent daylight here!

May 6, 2008

Sunny side up tawashi

I've made a whole load of tawashi since the last time (they're starting to take over, they're worse than tribbles!) but never got around to taking pictures of them. Today I was too late to get good light, which means that only one picture came out sort of ok: An egg tawashi. Crocheted this time, because even though I shouldn't crochet, I still do sometimes.

The pattern is in Japanese and can be found here, just click on the image to get the pdf.

Now I drool for some of the Japanese tawashi books that a couple of sellers on etsy have available. I need more cute stuff, different cute stuff, I want to fill my kitchen with cute!