Avocado Toast!

So it’s down to this — avocados and lattes.

The so-called millennial generation has come of age at an interesting moment in history.

They’ve graduated and job-hunted in the wake of the most devastating financial downturn since the great recession. Ultra-low bond yields have created an environment where borrowing instead of saving up to buy large items might not have been a bad strategy — sorry, Mom and Dad. And as they navigate through that challenging environment, the uber-wealthy can’t help but weigh in that everything would be fine, if only this generation weren’t so damn indulgent.

Just ask Australian millionaire Tim Gurner. Here’s what he had to say about why young people have been slow to buy homes down under:

“When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn’t buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each.” You can watch the whole  interview here.

That’s right. Blame the avocado toast.

Well, you know what? Take a big bite, Mr. Gurner.

Avocados aren’t really very expensive, but they’re delicious. And they’re not to blame for poor job prospects, the oil crash, the Great Recession, outrageous student loans and fees or the fact that a lot of people want the freedom that comes with renting.

Plus, as a banana-hating millennial, I’ve got to get my potassium somewhere…

Anyway, just a little rant to say this: Let them eat toast! Or, at least crochet it!

xo Jacquie

P.s. What did you make this week?

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Historical Threads

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This is a little story about some yarn…

I arrived home from a tough day at work to find a squishy brown package on my doorstep. Could it be?! It was!

Each year I participate in the RedditGifts Yarn Exchange — it’s basically a global secret Santa for yarn lovers to swap fibres. Obviously, that’s right up my alley.

Well, this year, my yarn Santa sent me a beautiful array of yarns with a pattern to knit socks — I’m a beginner knitter so this was very exciting! The colours are so vibrant and I couldn’t be more excited to get to work… but wait. It gets better.

The other exciting thing for me was that the yarn comes from Custom Woolen Mills, which is a textile museum in Alberta, Canada. This place grows (on sheep, of course) and processes wool on machinery used back in the industrial revolution. That pretty amazing and special — wouldn’t have had the chance to work with yarn like this without the exchange!

I’m also really interested in the history of fibre arts, so I was extra excited to receive this package.

I’m not sure if I’ll actually make the socks that the pattern suggests, of if I’ll whip something else up… stay tuned.

So, what did you make this week?

xo Jacquie

Caron Cakes Peacock Shawl

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Ooh, that trendy yarn. Caron Cakes and I have a complicated relationship. I bought a bunch of them.  I love the colours. But I really don’t like the abrupt colour changes. They bother me.

Caron Cakes:

Still, one project that I’ve really enjoyed making and wearing  (!) has been the Pineapple Peacock Shawl whipped up with a 5.5 mm hook in the Key Lime colourway. It’s a great free pattern and the cake it the perfect length for this piece!

It’s been ages since I made something for myself. Quite pleased with this one!

So, what did you make this week?

xo Jacquie

The Eva Blanket

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“It looks like a tie he’d wear.”

That was my favourite comment about this blanket, which I made for a highly fashion-forward co-worker and his new baby girl, Eva.

It’s a corner-to-corner pattern made with Snuggly Wuggly yarn and a 4.5 mm hook. Easy as pie, but so satisfying to make. The border is rows of HDC, and then a shell border of 5 DCs. I did the border right over all my stray ends, which saved me having to weave them in (my least favourite task.)

I loved this blanket — it was almost hard to let go… until I met sweet baby Eva!

So, what did you make this week?

xo Jacquie

Dress Me Up Pretty Pinafore

 

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Who me!? Just a sweet little pinafore here.

I really wish I’d taken a few more snaps of this pretty little pinafore made with Isaac Mizrahi Craft’s Little Red yarn (made by Premiere Yarns).

It was so soft and sweet. It went to the baby next door. Baby Isla! Welcome to the world!

The little scalloped sleeves rippled nicely, and I included a couple of white pearly buttons at the back to close the neck. Just too cute!

The pattern came from this video, and I added a little grey stripe at the bottom for extra flair.

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So, what did you make this week?

xo Jacquie