In Three Things

Three Things V.7

Just a quick post today to share a couple of links and photos and things in groups of three. Why three? Well because it’s a nice round number and I like it 😉


Three Sewing Projects I’m About To Start:
1.) The new Rumi Tank/Dress by Christine Haynes – I had to buy a few cheap tank tops this summer for camp and the one I’ve been wearing the most looks an awful lot the version B of Rumi, so when I saw the pattern I couldn’t wait to scoop it up!

2.) The Driftless Cardigan by Grainline Studio – I bought this pattern ages ago and while I did pick up some knit fabrics specifically for boyfriend cardigans such as this one, I’ve yet to set aside the time to add Driftless to my handmade wardrobe. Hopefully the Fall weather will be here soon for an extra dose of motivation!

3.) Leggings – Just leggings. Any leggings. I pushed pause on the me-made leggings adventure because I had enough store-bought leggings at the time and I wanted to spend the effort and money on handmade things I actually needed. Well now my leggings are getting pretty stretched out and ratty looking so I think it’s time to start replacing my Old Navy ones (emphasis on the old).

Three Songs Stuck In My Head:
1.) Though my music taste has grown to be quite eclectic over the years, Pop Punk will always have a special place in my heart. It’s the genre I most identified with in High School and that tends to stick with you always. I still have a huge soft spot for bands like Blink 182, so I have to say I’m 100% on board with the “pop punk’s not dead” revival. I may or may not be seeing them live next month and I’m super excited about it (insert all the teen angst heart-eye emojis!! #OMGmarkhoppusandmattskiba)! This is one of their new songs.

2.) Speaking of comebacks/revivals, the new Monkees song is so freaking cute!

3.) “Get Better” by Bleachers – An uplifting indie rock anthem to get you through the day.

Three Knitting Patterns I’m Swooning Over:
1.) These comic book style fingerless mitts by Annie Watts are so awesome!

2.) I really need to attempt colorwork soon so I can eventually knit an epic pair of socks like these! Wow!

3.) Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without a hat pattern so here’s a new one by Okanagan Knit Co that I really love.


Three Yarns Companies I’m Swooning Over:

1.) Republic of Wool

2.) Spun Right Round – Renee is in my neck of the woods!

3.) Druzy Rising

Three Fabrics I “NEED” aka Want Very Badly:
1.) This brown and black sweater knit from Hart’s Fabric – Perfect for Driftless!

2.) This yarn dyed slub hatchi jersey knit that matches my Sleep Season Slouch hat!

3.) This medium weight cotton/polyester blend sweater knit that’s described as “extremely soft and luxurious” – Yes please!

Three Things Going On In My Life:
1.) I just got home from another fantastic week at the children’s dermatology camp where I volunteer. It’s a super special place for me and I’ve been going back for 13 summers now (14 if you count the year I attended as a camper). I wrote a blog post about it two years ago.

2.) If you’ll allow me to get all obnoxiously gushy here for a moment, I also recently celebrated a one year anniversary with my current “life adventuring partner” (I’ve never really liked the term “boyfriend” as an adult). I’ve known James for over a decade but reconnecting with him around this time last year was exactly what I needed to lift me out of a dim streak. There’s nothing like meeting someone who can constructively dump all your proverbial baggage onto the floor and then stand by you as you face it, learn from it, and then neatly fold it up and tuck it away. Personal growth doesn’t come without a push and I’ll never be more thankful for that kind of encouragement, even when it shattered my comfort zone. I want everyone to have a person like this in their life. It’s pretty awesome stuff <3

3.) My tendinitis is back full force and I start physical therapy on Thursday as a positive step towards getting better for good. My doctor suggested some nerve tests and possibly surgery too but we’ll see how things progress. If you have any personal experience with this I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions! I’m trying to take it easy with crafting and blogging but it’s so hard to distance yourself from the things that you love and want to do everyday!


Three Things I’m Watching:
1.) How to Find Your Passion/Purpose via Shots of Awe on YouTube. This short clip inspired me so much and I actually did sit down and work out a formula for myself. I’m certainly on the right track to winning at life. YASSSSSSSS!

2.) Professional Yarn Dyeing at Home via Craftsy – I bought this class on sale last month and it’s so informative! Absolutely perfect for a beginner who’s obsessed with the idea of dyeing their own yarn. I can’t wait to buy the supplies to actually give it a try! Who wants newbie hand-dyed yarn for Christmas? 😉

3.) I found a new BBC show called The Living and the Dead that I’m liking so far. It’s an eerie, Victorian era supernatural period piece (you had me at supernatural period piece) and the costumes are fantastic!

Three Photos I’ve Taken:
1.) Photo one is a classic example of Lucille passive aggressively demanding attention. I was trying to take pictures of one of my Spoonflower prints but that was apparently an unacceptable thing to be doing. I needed to be petting her instead, which I did very shortly after this photo was taken. How could I ever deny that little face?!

2.) Photo two is a promo shot that I never really used. It features the fabric labels I had made several months ago via Dutch Label Shop. They’re such an amazing quality! I highly recommend them.

3.) Photo three is another unused promo shot of my fancy new business cards I designed and purchased through Moo Printing. I’m highly impressed with the quality of their products and would highly recommend them as well if you’re a Maker Boss in the market for that sort of thing!

That’s it for today. What are some of your “Three Things” lately?


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  • jannapyj

    I saw the 3 things title and knew I was about to hear 3 new great songs. I wasn’t disappointed! :o)

  • Yllerris

    As a long time tendonitis battler I’d say try occupational therapy also. Kinesio tape and bracing the joints and tendons has made it more feasible to continue sewing for as long as possible, without surgery. It also helps to modify tools to make them help out arms and hands. Even small adjustments make a big difference. A good occupational therapist can help sort out what helps and what doesn’t.

  • How much do I love that there’s an inclusion from a company (the Okanagan Knit Co.) right here in my very own neck of the woods included in this delightful post (Kelowna, where they’re based out of, is only an hour north of us). Seeing that just made my whole afternoon. 🙂

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

  • jennifer miller

    Well, first of all, congratulations on your anniversary! I’m anxious to see your upcoming projects unfold, and I’m holding good thoughts for what are going through physically, especially at such a young age. Arthritis is my nemesis at this stage, and can be quite debilitating. Love your three photographs. Lucille is adorable, and I just may be able to pet her little head one of these days….. 🙂

  • Nicole

    I love your new business cards- so pretty and crafty looking!
    The Artyologist

  • Jennifer Hill

    Congrats re anniversary! I’ve had those mitts pinned for ages now. My eldest daughter would love them, so I should give them a go, but I’m enjoying the relative simplicity of plain and textured knitting at the moment. The Living and the Dead!! Anything with Colin Morgan is worth watching imo. Unfortunately a second series hasn’t been commissioned, which is a shame as it ends really well. The last episode is great; a bit more like that in the earlier episodes would have seen it come back I think. Love the photo of Lucille! Jen

  • Theresia

    Hi, love reading your blog 🙂
    Not cool that your tendinitis is flaring. Have you ever looked into the Autoimmune Protocol? It is an elimination diet for anything inflammation related. It might be worth a look to see if it might suit you. I can swear by it for other inflammatory conditions (eczema, sinus issues, arthritic symptoms, lupus and Hashimoto’s).
    I hope you can find an approach that suits you! You are inspiring in the way you adapt your creative pursuits to what your body is telling you it needs 🙂

  • I love these posts 🙂 Have you tried acupuncture for your tendinitis?

  • Linda (aCraftyScrivener)

    Oh my! I just favorited allll of your knit patterns – those comic mittens are PERFECT for my just turned 14 yo- and I have yarn in my stash that will work- going to cast on tonight! Brilliant you!

  • I’m sorry to hear about your tendinitis! 🙁 I suffer from disc degeneration in my c6/7 (bottom of my neck) and have a bone spur there, which has caused damage to the nerve root that controls my right arm and hand. It sucks big time, and I’ve spent a lot of the past 5/6 years in pain and taking some fairly serious meds. But, I’ve found that it DOES get better if you try to stay positive, and try things that may help. So far I’ve had some nerve tests and an MRI (which weren’t pleasant – particularly the MRI! I’m claustrophobic) and they’ve tried various therapies, including acupuncture, local anaesthetic injections, cortisone injections, and an experimental therapy they’re currently trialling, but the thing that seems to work the best for me is chiropractic – I was so skeptical, but it’s really done the trick!

    I second Mary, I use my mouse in my left hand, and I also have a standing desk where I sew, to reduce pressure on my neck. Obviously we don’t have the same issue, but I just wanted to give an example of how it’s worth trialling different ways of working to see what improves your symptoms. I’ve had to come to grips with the idea that my neck and arm may never be 100% better, and I may need surgery when I’m older, but I refuse to have them work on my spine at the ripe old age of 32! I really hope the investigations give you more answers, and that your symptoms improve with the physical therapy! Good luck!

    (Also, congratulations on your one year anniversary!)

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  • Mary Roberts

    I suffer, but not as badly, as you do from tendinitis. Years ago a physio suggested learning to do some daily tasks with my left hand. With a lot of practice I did. I now use a mouse with my left hand, which, given how much time I spend on computer is a life saver. It means I can do hand sewing and other things. This was the first big one, now I can use a rotary cutter in both, iron, and use knives. Never mastered scissors but what I have learned to do has made a big difference. After seeing friends have surgery for carpal tunnel and back injuries and the results being less than satisfactory I’ve endeavoured to stay away from such solutions as much as possible. You are a joy to read and am pleased you have a partner who appreciates your talents.