Alright, so haven’t just been scurrying around painting and renovating secretly. I have been knitting!

I suffered a bit of a setback with a rather dumbass move a few weekends ago. I had been scrubbing the kitchen with Vim and got down to the sink and stove. I reached into the sink before realizing the stovetop would be a better choice – it would dirty the sink after all. Right, I’m so clever. So I reached over to pick up the heavy metal burners of my gas stove – forgetting of course that not one minute prior, said stove was my primary source of heat in this less-than-insulated box. Ohmyfuck, hot ! It took nearly 30 minutes for the nauseating pain to go away. 20 minutes later there was no feeling at all, and it turns out that the little spot on my finger is not so much burned as cooked.

Ow! Ow! Fuckity! Ow!

Ow! Ow! Fuckity! Ow!

Yeah, gross. I nearly puked again.

The not particularly awesome healing process has hindered me quite a bit.  It’s been two weeks and only just healed enough to pick up any knitting. I didn’t entirely waste my time, although I have watched more t.v. this month than anytime in the past year or so. I brushed up on some new knitting techniques and bam! I can knit in the round on double pointed needles now. I found a tres terrific green yarn that perfectly matches a pashmina I wear. I’ve even given a hand at writing my own pattern. Turns out my brain can wrap itself around a pattern much more easily when there’s no need to worry about the wrong side. If all goes well, I should be able to finish at least one tomorrow.

This means faster project turnout, very exciting!

Anyways, here’s a few scarves I managed to get done before branding myself.



I really like this scarf, and it was easy to make. The yarn is pretty fun, there’s a white version as well that I’m going to knit up into a scarf named Icicle (Is it bizarre that I name my scarves? Probably not considering my favourite rabbit is Finnegan Cabbage Esq., and his offspring were Hannibal and Brutus. I like naming things. Don’t even get me started on baby names.) This is a greyer version of that  yarn, hence Greysicle.

Gypsy Scarf

Gypsy Scarf

I like how this scarf looks in this picture, but it’s a little washed out with the sun. This is a better representation of the colour.


looks like this

It’s really light and meshy, but long enough that you can wrap it around enough to be warm. The twisted drop stitch is responsible for the meshiness, as well as the fact that I used needles slightly larger than the gauge of the yarn. I used the same technique on this last one.


Peasant Scarf

I finished this number at May’s house, hence the fabulous photo-op. Anyways, as per usual these are available for sale. If you’re interested, just hit me up in the comment section. As for me, I’m off to whip up a fabulous pair of wrist warmers, or ‘pulse warmers’ technically since I haven’t mastered a thumbhole yet (I just figured this out yesterday, give me a break!) If I can figure out a ruffly finish I’ll be set to start putting some up on the e-shelves ASAP.
Woot! Progress!

Delicious and Nutritious (Sort of…)

So it’s winter. How the hell did that happen? Seriously, the last thing I remember I was roasting on a back porch in North Carolina waiting for seven layer nacho dip to be ready. I hate winter. Josh is looking forward to the snow, and I’m sure I’ll have much more fun when I’ve got his enthusiasm to get me out of the house and out to some of the awesome Toronto winter fun there is to be had. It’s just that on my own I’d far rather stay in and complain.

One good thing that comes out of cold weather is that I’m less motivated to go outside and spend all my money on Thai food and sangrias. I’m more likely to stay inside and start cooking up some feel good soups that I can freeze and heat up again easily for my lazy, bitchy days.

Cauliflower is one of my favourite soups to make, because it’s easy to make it thick without adding potatoes (I do try to keep starch to a minimum). But it can get kind of bland, so I spruced up an impromptu recipe with a fun twist.

First I started with your basic Bechamel sauce.


You start by melting a stick of butter (1/2 cup) in a large pot, and heating it until it browns slightly.


When it’s bubbling, turn the heat low and whisk in a half cup of flour.


Whisk away any lumps.


Add one cup of milk.


Continue whisking until evenly heated and blended. Allow to thicken but not curdle. Remove from heat if necessary.


And thus you have your basic white sauce, your base for most thick soups or sauces. From this point you can pretty much wing it and have fun with different variations of what you like. I often throw in whatever is in my fridge. What I had this time was cauliflower, onions, celery and garlic.


Onions are a great way to thicken up a soup without adding a ton of flour or starchy potatoes. If you don’t want too strong an onion flavour, add them thinly sliced right at the beginning. For a more prominent flavour, add them later in the recipe or try sauteeing them first, depending on what kind of texture you’re going for. Personally I like my soups thick enough to lay bricks with, but that’s just me.


I added one cup of water and four cups of vegetable stock for the broth. You can adjust this to your preferences. I also added two cubes of frozen basil, equivalent to about two teaspoons of chopped fresh basil.

Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for about half an hour or until veggies are tender.


Now this is where I have the electronic advantage, because this is the point where you’d ordinarily have to ladle the soup into a blender and whir it smooth bit by bit. I’m far too lazy for that, and so I have a hand held blender that I just plug in, turn on, and stir around until I’m happy with the result.

Kind of like this one, except not as pretty.

If you don’t have one of these, I highly recommend them. Who wants to wash a blender? Not me, I value my fingers greatly.

Anyways, if you’re anything like me, a delicious thick soup is simply not enough without a ton of cheese.




When all is nice and melted, spoon into your favourite cold-weather feel good bowl.

And now for my favourite soup twist as of late:


Delicious, delicious pesto!!! Yay pesto! Stir a spoonfull into your soup, top with an extra bit of shredded cheese and voila!


It is totally delicious and you have my permission to hit people who want you to ‘share’.

In other news, I am having better luck with my lace knitting. It’s fuzzy lace knitting, but still going well. Peep the begginings of a fuzzy winter stole.


It will be much more exciting when it’s finished and blocked, but that’s how it looks for now.

As for right now, I think I’m going to start chipping away at the bottle of Southern Comfort that Talea got me for my birthday (among other, less alcoholic things). I’ll be back…at some point this week.

A Very Crafty Update

Word to my internet peeps, yo!

So what’s been going on with my crafty endeavours that I was oh so gung-ho about? I haven’t forgotten! Remember my lime green basket weave scarf? That miserable cotton yarn that turned out so pretty but wreaked havoc on my poor fingers? Yeah, that one. Well someone at work bought it to give as a Christmas gift! He just so happened to be looking for a lime green accessory for someone who is very into lime this season. Worked out well for me! Take that cotton yarn! Not to be outdone, I picked up a robin’s egg blue version of the same yarn and have been proceeding to kick its ass just as hard as the first project kicked mine.

I present, my weeks-in-the-making attempt (and fairly succesful I think) at a lacey twist on entrellac. I got the pattern here and just had to make it. It’s also inspired me to try my own hand at writing a pattern, hopefully you’ll see it soon. As for this number, I am a little beyond ridiculously excited to wear it around Christmas shopping cause it looks fan-fricking-tastic.




Seriously, once I finish this thing, I’m going to be known across the city as “that crazy girl who keeps talking to strangers about how she knitted that goddamned scarf.” I care not. I love it.

In other news, I did not have time or real desire to do anything crazy creative for Hallowe’en. I’ll save that for next year, when I’ll – fingers crossed! – be with Josh. Dudes, can you just imagine what sick creations the two of us will come up with? But as for this year, I was quite thrilled to go trick-or-treating with Talea, May, and the wee ones.

Check out the rad pumpkins I carved for them!




Hehe, that’s my signature.

Next up on the crafty agenda:

A stockinette stitch scarf made of this very pretty stuff:


A seedstitch scarf made out of this yarn, and I’m going to try to figure out a way to do star-shaped cutouts. A perfect Christmas scarf! Woot!


I wish I could knit faster!

Less typing, more knitting! I’m off to get crafty folks, I’ll be back in a few days with a story about a douchebag. It’s a good one! Mahahaha, suspense.

Cotton Kicks My Ass (But I Kick Back!)

Oh my freaking God, I finally finished the lime green basketweave scarf!!!

All praise the gloriousity that is my lime green basketweave scarf!!!

This yarn…it…tried to kill me, honestly. I’ve had it for EVER and this is the third time I’ve tried to knit something with it. It’s just so fussy, so splitty, and it’s 100% cotton, so it doesn’t glide like your cheap acrylics. It’s a bitch, plain and simple, and so unforgiving of any mistakes.

This yarn, it kicks my ass.

Oh, but it’s pretty! It’s oh so pretty and bright and vibrant! And so full of cottony goodness! So I fought and I fussed and I missed busses to stop and carefully undo six rows of what I had thought to be meticulous knitting and purling, and do it up all over again. I had already knit a third of a scarf in a seed stitch pattern, with nifty little bobbles running up the side in sets of three. But again, so unforgiving! – and the itty bitty flaws of the knitter I was six months ago drove me up the wall until I finally undid it all and wrapped it up to wrestle with again another day.

And this time, dammit, I was good enough and focused enough to take the most unforgiving (but so pretty) yarn and neatly loop it together in such a way as to produce a pretty fantastic scarf.

Go me!

*Gives finger to yarn* Take that, bitch! Think you’re tough? I bought your ass in BLUE! That’s right, a magnificent cyan! Coming soon, yo.

Somebody stop me!!! But no, not really.

Oh God, I just spent $300 on yarn and other crafty things. Why? Because I just remembered that my grandmother taught me how to mod podge and surely there are more fun things to make than plastic swans covered with ugly fabric. Decorative bowls anyone? Yes please! Also, the fuzzy green waffle pattern scarf seen in the last post will now be available in a deep orange (think ING direct without the accent) and a smokey grey. I am high on creativity! And cookies.

In other news, while I am still going to learn HTML, I have decided to get my nerdy friend May to build my website for me. I figured, since the applications to build a website cost a few hundred anyways, and this is what May does for a living, why don’t I just go pro? So she’s all on board, and I’m hoping that will be up and running within a couple of weeks, but that all depends on a number of variables of course.

Wait, what, raspberrykoala? What the dealio?

Okay, so about two years ago I stumbled across a picture on the intermanets of a koala sticking out its tongue in raspberry fashion. And the name Raspberry Koala came into my head, and I immediately thought it would be a fab name for a line of handbags or something. Lo and behold! Here I am crafting things, and so Raspberry Koala will be my line. Go me!

Until the website is up, since I’m churning stuff out fairly quickly at this point, I might put a sale page on this here site so y’all can take a look at what I’ve made and let me know if you’re interested in anything.

Internet pimping!

*shakes booty*

Look at Me Go! Photos Ahoy!

Dudes, I am awesome when I get motivated to get shit done, and what better motivation than trying to get closer to a sexy piece of loving man? I know right? So since you’ve last heard, I have picked up a copy of Creating Web Pages for Dummies, which teaches HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver, etc., so that’s exciting. I’m just cracking into it now, so I can’t display my mad coding skillz yet but at least it’s becoming less foreign and frightening. And as Talea pointed out today, I’ve kind of become a graphic designer on the side since I like to create productive projects for myself at work to increase sales. I’m making info packages and brochure type documents left right and centre, and I’m doing it all on friggin’ bitch-face Microsoft Word. We all know what a pain in the ass that program is, so imagine how much easier I’ll be able to get all my pretty visions out once I know how to use the far superior tools of Dreamweaver and whatnot. Awesome.

I can, however, show you some other stuff I’ve been working on, which is my fun knitty projects! I’m planning on whipping up a batch of scarves, ’cause they’re oh-so-fun accessories (really, knitting sweaters may be impressive, but…no, no knitted sweaters for me) and because I can whip them up in a hurry. If I’m going to sell things, I better be able to produce them quickly, right? Then I’ll make a stop down to the public crafty type venue (I’m totally spacing on the name) where you can rent machinery you couldn’t possibly afford on your own, like super awesome sewing machines that I’m hoping/presuming can sew up fun tags and stuff. Tag ’em all up and by the time I’ve got the website up, I’ve got a decent headstart on virtual shelf filling goodness.

Check it out, yo! (Oh, and there’s some fun other stuff mixed in there too.)

Green Waffle Scarf

Green Waffle Scarf

This here’s a super fuzzy green scarf I made with a really simple pattern that Talea taught me. I’m so in love with this yarn! It’s called Sean Sheep and I’m so embarassed to say that I got it at Walmart, but I checked their website and it seems the gigantic bastards have exclusive distribution rights or something. Alright assmonkeys, I’ll play your game. I have to find more, I’m so amazed at how soft this yarn is without costing me an arm and/or leg. Any start up knitters out there, I’m totally pimping this stuff. I really hate the damn Walmart association, but I can’t pretend not to like the stuff. Hate the game, not the player.

Blue Wavy Scarf

Blue Wavy Scarf

This is a scarf that is a duplicate of a scarf I actually made for myself last fall, my first completed knitting project ever! The first one was a burgundy colour, and I had wanted to make a series of brightly coloured ones. You can’t see the shape too well in this photo cause it’s all pile up (on the super gorgeous flower carved wooden box Josh sent me for my keepsakes, awwwww), but the sides wave in and out. You can see better in this pic, I think.

Blue Wavy Scarf

Blue Wavy Scarf

Damn my shaky hands. I’ll probably model it at some point when I’ve got someone else to take a picture, but you get the idea. It’s kind of wooshy. Anyways, it’s just increasing and decreasing, but I thought it was kind of awesome that I came up with the idea all by myself 🙂

This is the next project:

Lime Green Basketweave

Lime Green Basketweave

This is actually a product of some mild math, an expansion of a smaller version of this pattern that I found…somewhere, I went on a crazed pattern collection binge one day, Google is awesome! You’d be amazed at the collection of pattern creators out there. Some of them sell their patterns (and kudos to them, cause I haven’t been able to come up with anything other than skinny-wide-skinny-wide = wavy), some are just spreading the crafty love. Anyways, in future, I will make sure to pay attention to see if someone has requested a credit for their knitty genius, but hopefully I’ll be able to create some of my own.

Future Projects

Future Projects

My stash of yarn, with patterns already assigned. I think I’m going to bead the shit out of that super crazy fuzzy pink stuff (as opposed to that slightly crazy fuzzy pink stuff and the sleek and shiny pink stuff) and do a simple pattern but randomly switch needle sizes, so it comes out kind of funky and uneven and net-like, in a sexy trendy fun kind of way. And I’m going to try my hand at a sort of quilt scarf by knitting patches of that shiny pink and purple stuff on the left and stitch them together to make a piecework scarf. I’m excited to see how it turns out.

My Office

My Office

My itty bitty place. There is a bedroom, but I gave it to the bunnies.

A Bunny! A Bunny named Brutus!

A Bunny! A Bunny named Brutus!

I’m actually kind of in love with the concept of small, compact living, although one of those itty bitty Swedish designed bunkers with bookcases for stairs to a loft bed might be a bit nicer than a teeny apartment with unsticky floor tiles. But I’ve got my TV, my futon (not craptacular, as a matter of fact, it’s pretty and awesome with drawers) my awesome blue trunk that Talea and I dragged up my stairs when we found it on the curb (Scavenging, go! I dragged that dresser under the TV up too, it holds all my shoes!) my fan and space heater cleverly filed away, my clothes dressers that are out of sight and obviously the bathroom. Peep my tiny kitchen! I’m so used to prepping food on a square foot of counter space that even when I bought a table for more space, I covered it with a mini indoor garden. I still really love having the extra shelf space underneath.

I think I’m going to make one of my first “How To Be Awesome” instructional videos all about cloning (and possibly stealing) plants. For someone who’s never really done much in the way of gardening, I seem to be doing okay! The last time I remember ‘gardening’ up until very recently was wanting to invite all my kindergarten friends over to see the carrot patch (also itty bitty) I had successfully grown in a decorative barrel in my grandmothers back yard. I even drew up invitations saying “Come See My Carrot Patch.” My mother and grandmother humoured me, but the baby hippie tea party was not to be.

The big one is from work, we apparently had too much greenery at reception. And when it outgrew the little pot, I potted it with soil in a bigger one. No point in tossing the little pots, so I decided to try my hand at planting some snipped leaves and seeing if they’d take root. So far so good! I’ve started two others with those brightly coloured leaves there from a big tropical plant I bought that I still don’t know the name of (seriously, if you recognize it, let me know what the hell it is).

The gnome is named Wally by the way, Josh sent it along with the carved box and other goodies. And when I went downt to visit, he gave me a little carved squirrel too, since he knows how much I love squirrels (but won’t let me have a flying squirrel for a pet, harumph!) One day I’ll be able to put them in a real outdoor garden.

He also got us some matching tattoos, for any newcomers out there who haven’t seen them yet 😉

Well that’s pretty much what I’ve been working on the past week and a bit. And right about now is way past my bedtime, (plus Josh is online, so I’m going to spend some time with him first ’cause we’ve both been busy working our asses off lately) so I’ll check in with y’all later.