May 30, 2012

It's not easy being green

Browsing my favourite blogs today, I came across two articles from unrelated and very different bloggers about the reality of green living in our daily lives. Have a look here (Zoe from Slow Mama) and here (Robert L. Peters).

It got me thinking about how the concept of  green living is a modern society phenomenon. Our ancestors didn't need to think about living green because they didn't have the options not to. They walked a lot more, they washed and rinsed by hand, they re-used and repaired and handed down.

Now progress happens because people want to make life easier and more diverse and I am not ready to give up our washing machine or our computer or our road trips. I am, however, glad that there is a collective awareness about the issues of technological progress and a will to incorporate green practices into our daily lives. I don't know if these two balance out. I am certain that not everything that seems or claims to be "green" really is. I am far from perfect in this domain, but I am willing to make a daily effort and I am happy that so many people are as well and, what's even more important, they are passing this willingness on to their children.

What do you think? Are the green living gestures we pose in our everyday life worth it and do you often think about what else you can do?

Photo by Tania (Montreal's Botanical Garden).

May 18, 2012

Crochet update

It's been almost four months since I have picked up crocheting.... and it is addicting in every way. I just wish I took pictures of all the items I made and gave away as gifts. So I want to share a couple of the projects I did manage to snap a picture of as well as some other lovely patterns to try out. 

My first project was the one proposed over at Craftyminx's online Crochet School, which I eagerly followed and still refer to in times of need. Craftyminx dissected a simple wrist warmer pattern for beginners in a video crochet-along. Not only was it a great starter project, the wrist warmers turned out to be very comfy. You can see me sporting them on my profile photo! Although, I must admit that after a week of wearing them in the desert while hiking and camping and a couple of ski trips around here, they are not looking as nice and shiny as they once did. 

I made a headband using the same technique and it also turned out great. And simple!

A more ambitious project was an elephant amigurumi. Inspired by this pattern, I made two elephants: a lime green one for my brother-in-law and this sweetie for my husband:

We love him! He lives on our dresser and keeps himself occupied by sucking up dust bunnies when we're away.

Then I went on a pear kick and crocheted these two guys to hang out in the kitchen. I found this sweet pattern by Planet June here (she always has the most adorable top-quality patterns). Pretty! And very fun to throw around. I'm already thinking of crocheting a bunch of colourful fruit for future kids to play with. :)

And these are all the pictures I have to share right now (totalling three, that's right). I am now crocheting a sun hat for a little girl's first birthday as well as a cami for myself. Will let you know how those turn out!

Here are some yummy crochet items that have caught my attention recently, in no particular order:

La Casa de Coto over on Etsy has some deliciously colourful poufs. Can you imagine lounging in a pile of those?
Inga over at Rockpool Candy boasts this brilliant little rug.
Doesn't this crochet bib necklace look like a fun addition to an outfit?
Back to Planet June for Mop Top Mascots. Mop Tops!!!

So, what do you think? Has any of you been up to some crafting lately? Sharing is good for you (and for my curious self).

P.S. We're due for some good weather this weekend in Montreal. Hope that you will have some sunshine as well. Go out and play!