Interweave – Not Just Magazines & Books!

Look what arrived in the mail yesterday!

Like Water for Chocolate

This is the “Like Water for Chocolate” kit I ordered less than a month ago, and it was a SWEET, SWEET deal.  The good news? It is still on sale!  13 skeins of Cascade 220 100% wool, the novel to read, AND a digital copy of the magazine with the afghan pattern in it!

And guess what!! They are having an awesome sale for the long weekend with tons more stuff on sale, too… I’m just heading over to decide what to splurge on.  The links are on the right side of the page if you want to browse, too.

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Flash Sale at Interweave!

**Interweave has a 1-Day Flash Sale Happening on August 15th/2015! You can save 40% on many items in the store. Click through and see what bargains you can find!**

NOTE: The Flash Sale has ended, but you can still save 15% on your order if you click through and use the coupon code you can see on the tab to the top right on my blog.  I am now an Affiliate of Interweave, and if you click through from my blog to make purchases I will earn a small commission, which will help me continue making new Patterns.


So many great crafting magazines, books, online resources, and supplies are available at Interweave that you can spend hours browsing through their website…then go back again and find so many more things to read and look at! Whether you knit, bead, weave, spin, paint, work with paper, crochet, quilt, sew–or a combination of these crafts!–you’ll find patterns, kits, free e-books of information and how-to’s, and countless other interesting finds.

like water for chocolate book cover

A few days ago, I ordered Like Water For Chocolate Crocheted Afghan Kit from Interweave which includes Piecework Magazine (digital edition), the novel “LIke Water for Chocolate” that inspired the afghan, and all the yarn needed to make “Tita’s Kaleidoscope Afghan”–the pattern is in the magazine!  My kit will be here any day now, and I’ll be sure to share my excitement when that happens!  The kit is on sale at Interweave for just $91.33–a really incredible deal, as you get 13 skeins of 100% Cascade 220 wool yarn with the kit! (100g/201m skeins, worsted weight).

#Interweave #FlashSale #KnittingDaily #CrochetToday #crochet #patterns #knitting

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Fibre of a different sort!

I’ve taken most of my busy summer off from Fibre Arts like pattern writing, knitting, & crocheting, to enjoy planting and caring for a small urban vegetable garden.  It is part of my renewed efforts to live a healthier, more active lifestyle that incorporates more fresh, locally grown, fibre rich food–you can’t get much fresher or local than your own back yard!  I dug up the lawn at the back of my small lot, and planted most of my garden on the Victoria Day long weekend in May.  Here is a May 28th photo of the garden partially seeded and planted, and a photo taken in late July (standing at other end of garden).

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When I was digging, it seemed larger than about 14 X 25 feet!


It is so rewarding when your garden starts to really flourish!

The teepee trellis (which I made 3 years ago from 2 to 3 inch already-dead alder saplings collected from a country roadside) has provided a steady supply of snow and shelling peas, scarlet runner beans, lettuce/radish/carrots planted inside, plus the seed pods from daikon radish, which are a delightfully spicy, crunchy addition to salads and stir fry.


Snow peas & tall telephone peas, Scarlet Emporer Runner beans


The Teepee trellis is about 8 feet high…but that isn’t high enough to keep the Scarlet Emporer runner beans from reaching higher in the sky! The poles are popular perches for small birds & dragonflies.

I decided to plant some more veggies, so I dug up 2 other small areas.


Ready to plant!

The first area I added, I dug about 2 feet deep, lay branches and twigs in the bottom then put on the grass sod, upside down; I replaced the soil and added some dirt from my haphazard compost heap (I just toss all my scraps and twigs and so on into a corner of the yard, and once in awhile I mix it around a bit.)  I planted slicing cucumbers, sunflowers, tomatoes, and a few handfuls of assorted lentils, beans and peas.  Here is a more recent photo of the same area, taken from the other side. The tomatoes, in the centre, are about 5 feet tall already! The pumpkin plant is starting to sprawl and take over the middle area.

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Sunflowers, slicing cukes, pumpkin, tomatoes…and a pot with herbs

The 2nd area I added is in the ‘front’ yard; I planted a package of seeds my grandchildren gave me, a “3 Sisters” pack from West Coast Seeds:  Golden Bantam Corn, Japanese Red Kuri Squash, and Scarlet Runner Beans.  I added a squash-family-seedling from the compost pile, plus some kidney beans, Russian Kale, and peas.

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Newly planted 3 Sisters Garden

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West Coast Seeds “3 Sisters” seed pack: Red Kuri squash, Golden Bantam Corn, Scarlet Runner beans; plus Russian kale, kidney beans

Here are some more recent photos of the garden! So many hours of work go into even a small garden like this! The only garden tool I have is a D-handle spade…and a wagon I use instead of a wheelbarrow as it is kinder to my back.


pickling cukes: planted at the request of my oldest granddaughter, so I could make each of the 3 oldest grandchildren their own jar of pickles!


yellow bush beans and “mystery peas” from saved seeds


Roma cherry tomatoes


the pole beans outgrew their pole supports!

I had extra Scarlet Emporer runner bean seeds, so I planted them at the front of the house–the shade helps keep the porch cool, the humming birds and bees love the  flowers, and I am harvesting more beans!


The Scarlet Emporer runner beans provide shade for the porch window behind them.


Scarlet Emporer runner beans, planted behind the heritage irises and a couple of tomato plants, cling to netting I strung up over the bamboo blind. There are also sugar peas and 2 volunteer squash or gourds climbing up with them!

I deliberately left the photos uncropped, so you can see the “brown” lawn…Vancouver Island suffered from drought conditions this summer, and water conservation included no watering of lawns.  Next year I’ll put in a drip watering system so that I conserve more water .

I am currently battling powdery mildew on my summer squash & spaghetti squash plants.  Do you have tips for how you prevent or ‘cure’ it? I don’t use fungicides.  I’m trying a spray of 1 Tablespoon baking soda/1 Litre water–I hope I salvage the plants so they will continue production… and prevent its spread to nearby pumpkin and cucumber  plants.


Oh no! A very virulent influx of powdery mildew. Will baking soda/water spray save my plants?!!

I’ve really enjoyed spending time every day out in my garden.  As well as having fresh picked produce every day, I’m been able to freeze small amounts for future use and share a little with family members.  The digging, weeding, picking, and walking around admiring my little plot has provided exercise; the satisfaction I get from producing my own food is something I savour; and the beauty I find in the flowers, leaves, birds, insects, and the vegetables themselves is food for the soul.  I’m already planning next year’s garden!


Dwarf Gray Sugar ‘Cabbage Pea’ has been grown since before 1773. …what beautiful flowers! Left to mature and dry, they make wonderful soup peas, too.


Lovely white blooms on the volunteer potatoes which sprouted from the compost dirt I spread along my pumpkin/black beans row.


My new Fig Tree is ‘hiding’ in the corn to keep it partially shaded.


Green Dragon long slicing cucumber.


The Teepee Trellis has lasted 3 years already; made from already-dead, small 2-3″ alder poles that are about 8 feet long, held together with haywire, cotton twine, and the beans and peas that climb to the sky.

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Victoria’s Secrets Mini Mystery

The instructions for the mini mystery have now been uploaded, so if you have pre-purchased please check your email or Ravelry messages for the update link.

If you’d like to purchase Victoria’s Secrets, you may do so by clicking on the photo of Queen Victoria…you will be whisked away to the Ravelry pattern store!

(c) The Royal Hospitals; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

(c) The Royal Hospitals; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Today is Queen Victoria’s birthday, and this little design is a small and humble homage to her.  She reigned long and sometimes gloriously–and even non-Commonwealth members of the western world know that extended period as the Victorian era, whether referring to literature, fashion, sociology, or many other facets of ‘civilization.’

I hope that you enjoy this little design–I certainly have!  Please get in touch if you need any help or find any errors.

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Victoria’s Secrets KAL CAL

Sign up now for “Victoria’s Secrets” mini mystery: you can knit it, crochet it, weave it, or sew it! From now until the 31 May/2015 it is just $1.00, instead of the regular price of $2.95–use the coupon code found on the pattern page.  One pattern will show you all these options to make a quick little accessory based on a Victorian sewing pattern!  You can use any yarn, with the right sized needles or hook–because you will cast on or make the beginning chain a certain length, instead of a specified number of stitches :) You can use weaving sticks to make them…or upcycle a felted wool sweater; try making a shabby chic/boho set, too!

Victoria's Secrets sign up

If you want to purchase a set of weaving sticks they are $4 each in sets, minimum of 4 sticks

(4 for $16, or 6 for $24, 8 for $32): hand made from local Comox Valley wood. Ships within 7-10 days.  For the Victoria’s Secret pattern I am using 8 weaving sticks.

These are handcrafted from Vancouver Island reclaimed wood sticks, each one is unique and special! No two are identical, and will have slight bends and some will have some inner bark left on.  Just send me a private message on Facebook and I’ll get back to you with a Paypal invoice that includes shipping to your postal code/zip code.  Weaving sticks are easy to use and a lot of fun for making scarves, too! Even young children can use them.

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They are fun for making “skinny scarves” using as few as 4 sticks; you can use several strands of yarn at once to make weaving really fast!  Great stashbusters! There are more photos here on my Facebook page.

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Happy Mother’s Day! Free Pattern today only

Geillis Cloth no starch2Geillis Cloth no starch An easy and fun way to make a d’oyley that you don’t have to re-starch! This would be pretty framed, too.  See this FaceBook post for how to get the pattern free only today May 10/2015 ~ Happy Mother’s Day!

no starch Geillis d'oyley

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Life of a Monarch Butterfly Playset

This cute little playset will help you teach your young children about the life cycle of Monarch butterflies and how the shortage of one little plant—the Milkweed wildflower—can impact a whole species. I hope this project will help raise awareness of this issue and encourage people to plant Milkweed: plant a little or a lot, and the Monarch Butterflies will thank you by visiting your balcony or garden!

monarch collage

I loved the #knit4monarchs April Fool’s Day video from the David Suzuki Foundation bringing awareness to the #gotmilkweed campaign to help bring back the Monarch Butterflies by planting milkweed wildflowers. As I’m an older, single woman on Disability Benefits I find it impossible to donate funds to organizations that I really feel are doing vitally important research and conservation work…but I CAN knit & crochet and I CAN design patterns–so I designed this cute kids toy which will, I hope, do 2 things: help raise funds for the David Suzuki Foundation; & help kids learn a little about the Monarch Butterfly life cycle in a fun and interactive way!

Coming soon: more playsets to help support other organizations that are helping our planet and all its inhabitants, whether they fly, walk, or swim!

WCFA flutterby

NOTE: I am not associated or affiliated with the David Suzuki Foundation in any way.  The “Life of a Monarch Butterfly Playset” is unknown to their organization and is solely my idea.  The funds I donate from selling my pattern will be a personal donation made just as you may go to their website and donate to the Foundation.  If at any time I stop donating 50% of the profits from pattern sales of this design I will remove the statement of intent to do so from the pattern and sales listings.


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