WIP: Water Bottle Holder

Hello there!

So I’ve been working on a couple of crochet projects off and on lately and this one is a holder for my new water bottle (which I love; it keeps water fridge-cold even after sitting in a hot car for hours, and it says “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” on it with an awesome nature design — Canada Day sales at Superstore for the win!).

A half-done crocheted water bottle holder lies flat on a desk.
It looks kinda sad in this photo, with no water bottle to snuggle.

I figure I’ll need it when we go away on our annual Labour Day Weekend trip — we go glamping and often it’s very hot. Need to stay hydrated! And I won’t be carrying a purse around with me because I’ll probably be in a swimsuit for most of the weekend.

There’s not really a pattern to this — I’m making it to fit this particular water bottle, so it’s a bit loosey goosey. But I am going to tell you what I did for it so you can try to replicate it if you like!

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FO: Legwarmies

A long, long time ago (in a galaxy far away? No it was right here on Earth) I started a pair of legwarmers for my niece.

It took me so long to make any progress on them, that by the time I was anywhere near imagining being finished, her legs were too big for them.

So I decided to make them for my nephew! But by the time I started nearing the end of them AND the time of year he might actually be able to wear them, he was too big. I didn’t foresee him getting much use out of them, truth be told.

So instead the leg-warmers went to the new baby of my husband’s best friends.

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I swear I’m alive

Where have I been since December?

I totally planned on posting about my new planner as soon as I got it all set up and ready. But then school happened.

Yes, school. I returned to post-secondary school this January to start a year-long program for a Medical Office Assistant certificate. The certificate will allow me to work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and alternative health clinics (massage therapy, chiropractors, etc).

I’m really excited about this new path I’m on, and I think the career I’m going for is a great fit for me. That said, school has been grueling.

I worked my butt off this past semester. It’s true. I have no more butt. It totally paid off: I got straight A+s in all 5 of my courses, and made it onto the Dean’s List. This will mean good things when I go searching for a job.

I have the summer off and then I’m back in school in September, with another 5 courses, this time five days a week instead of four.

My planner will be getting very heavy use.

It got very heavy use in Winter Semester too, of course, but since the semester ended I haven’t been doing much. I’ve been sleeping and working as many freelance hours as I can to make rent. But mainly sleeping. I haven’t written much of anything down in my planner, and the last habit tracker I did was in April. (I have been sticking to my habits though! Very proud of myself there.)

Honestly, I can’t believe it’s the end of June already. This year — and life in general, honestly — is going by so fast. My mom has a huge milestone birthday at the end of this month (70!!), I’m turning 32 in August, and my husband hits 37 two weeks after my birthday.

The summer is already half-over, and I am way behind in so many things.

What I’m not behind in, though, is procrastination with crafting. Ok, to be fair, a couple of things I made were birthday gifts for my mom. But otherwise…yup, completely avoiding other things that need to be done via crochet and knitting.

Well. There are worse ways to procrastinate.

Eventually,
Katje

DIY Planner: the later months of the year

I really did not post much this year, huh? Now watch me scrambling, trying to make up for it in the last month. Classic Katje!

So early this year I posted about my DIY planner made with an IKEA catalogue and crafting tape. I did not abandon that project! Actually as time went on, I expanded my sources for creating the collage. I cut up some old Barefoot Books catalogues to create more collages, and for December I’m using part of a wildlife calendar. (As of writing this, I still have not done December. Talk about behind.)

I also got washi tape in addition to the dollar store crafting tape I was using. The month collage pages of my planner look pretty awesome.

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FO: Meat Popsicle

“Sir, do you classify as human?”

“Negative, I am a meat popsicle.”

One of the best lines in one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time.

As mentioned, our nephew is named Korben — so this Christmas I’m going all out with the Fifth Element inspired gifts. Not only is he getting a stocking with the symbol of the four elements on it, but I also crocheted him a “stuffed animal” that he can cuddle with…except it’s a popsicle. Made of meat.

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FO: Scrappy Granny Shawl

I made this back in August, but didn’t post about it, because I’m terrible at blogging. We’ve established this. ;P

The pattern can be found here. I used scraps of whatever I had in my stash, and my trusty 6 mm crochet hook, and managed to hook it up in a matter of days. It was a quick decision to make it, as my mom and I were going to be seeing my aunty for her birthday and I wanted to make her something.

I also bought a couple of skeins of yarn for it, mainly for the edging, because I was running really low on any one stash yarn and I wanted the edging to be uniform. I really wish I could remember what the yarn was called, but I have lost the wrappers that went with it, and my memory is the worst. I do know it was chunky and had sparkly bits in it and I got it at Michael’s. It might have been Lion Brand?

Oh HO! I have just done a Google Image search for sparkly yarns and found the one it was — Bernat Satin Sparkle in Amethyst*. Apparently it says it’s worsted, but the one I got feels pretty chunky. Anyway, it is really nice and sparkly, and I did pick up 2 skeins in Amethyst and one skein in a dark red color which I think was called Cabernet.

In the pictures you can see my mom modelling it after I photographed it lying on our motel bed in Sechelt. (We were there for the Festival of the Written Arts, and my Aunty happened to be there at the same time, so we met up.)

As for my aunty’s reaction…it was a HUGE hit. 🙂

*(Links to Amazon from here are affiliate links — I get a small commission if you end up buying from Amazon after clicking the link. You don’t get charged extra.)

Currently working on: still crocheting the popsicle for Korben and doing 2 knitting orders right now. (I sometimes sell my knitting for extra cash around this time of year.)

FO: The Fifth Element Christmas Stocking

Wow, long time no write. Sorry about that.

I have been insanely busy for a while now, and for a bit I wasn’t really doing any projects (except my planner, which I will be blogging about again). However, the past few months has seen me knitting and crocheting like a fiend! Especially because Christmas is coming up.

A project I’m about 99% done with is a new Christmas stocking for our nephew, Korben, who just turned a year old. Yes, his name is from the movie The Fifth Element, and you’ll see his stocking references the film as well….

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Turning my DIY Planner into a part-time Manifestation Board using an IKEA catalogue, glue, and crafting tape

Hey everyone! Hope your holiday season and your January were pretty good.

It’s been a while since I’ve been on here….January was mostly reserved for me recovering from 2016, and I fell ill a few times. The rest I had was sorely needed, and I hope to have more energy and focus in the near future.

One thing I’ve been working on a bit is my DIY planner. I started this project in 2016, hoping to have it ready by 2017 but that didn’t happen. So I’ve been working on it in January and now February, trying to get it mostly complete sometime soon. So far I’ve got all of February written out and the March title page.

I decided I wanted to do something special with the title pages, and it occurred to me I could do mini-manifestation boards, especially as I’ll be looking at my planner every day.

Manifestation boards, or vision boards, or treasure maps, are something I’ve toyed with off and on since I was in high school and we made one as part of youth group at church. This was years before “The Secret,” and to be honest I’m not a huge fan of the ideas from The Secret or its followers. I believe that desire is a powerful tool, but not as all-powerful as some followers of The Secret seem to believe it is. There are lots of situations we simply cannot change by force of will alone.

However, I do believe that what we interact with on a regular basis does have an effect on us, so seeing (or hearing, touching, smelling, etc) something everyday will work some sort of magic in our lives, for good or for ill.

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Top Books for Budding Environmentalists

Hey everyone!

So, in light of the fundraiser I’m holding for Standing Rock and against the Dakota Access Pipeline, I thought I’d do a post about books for young environmentalists.

I was raised in BC, on the West Coast, and my mother is very environment-conscious and has been most of her life. It never occurred to me that others might not recycle, or see the earth as something beautiful, valuable, and worth saving. When I got older and encountered mindsets that were anti-earth, it was quite the culture shock, to put it mildly.

I realized that it was no accident I grew up an environmentalist — it was due to the work of my mom, and the type of region I lived in. (BC is pretty hippy, and there are a lot of environmentally-minded folks here. In fact, it used to be illegal to recycle in Powell River several decades ago — but a group of residents still did it, breaking the law because they knew it was the right thing to do for the earth.)

So if I want to raise my own future kids to be environmentalists, or instill those same values in the children who are in my life, then I need to work at it. Books are a great start.

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Standing with Standing Rock

Hello everyone!

How is your November treating you? I hope things are going well.

I wanted to talk to you today about something very important to me, that I think is probably important to you too.

Right now in North Dakota the Dakota Access Pipeline is trying to lay itself across tribal lands and the Missouri River, against the wishes of the Standing Rock Sioux (whose lands are closest to where the pipeline will be, and who stand to suffer the most damage when there is a leak) and pretty much everyone else who lives in that area.

The Water Protectors are standing strong against DAPL, and are fighting to keep their water safe for future generations.

Access to clean water is a human right, but unfortunately not a human reality for many Native communities across Canada and the US (or other communities that are predominantly marginalized, such as Flint, Michigan). The Water Protectors are working tirelessly to protect access to clean drinking water for this generation and future ones.

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