Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

I’ve been in Prince Edward County this whole week on vacation and it’s been so beautiful, so relaxing, with perfect weather. I’ve been posting a bit on Instagram and in my Instagram Stories, but I will do a blog post on it soon!

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

McDonald’s and Starbucks are joining forces to build a fully recyclable, compostable cup of the future within the next three years. Yay!!

This 20% space rule makes so much sense, but is kind of blowing my mind.

I want to be as cool as these grandmas of instagram.

Finding inspiration- offline.

My Favourite Pins This Week

 I eat a lot of salads in the summer, and I love when they have fresh fruit (except apples, I really dislike apples in salads for some reason). The window for perfect nectarines is short, and it’s worth making the most of it – you could also sub in for peaches instead if you prefer. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe with dressing can be found here.

If you love s’mores and are look for a really show-stopping summer dessert, look no further- I got you. this is the mile high s’mores pie, which looks like the most fun summer birthday dessert ever- imagine finishing off a meal with friends and presenting this gorgeous, still ON FIRE s’mores pie?! Amazing. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is right here.

I adore these Blackberry Socks- the little details of the photos are worth checking out, the berries are done with gold flecked yarn and they look amazing! Pinterest link is here, original Ravelry project page can be found here.

Love the sculptural look of big, dramatic leaves in a vase? Then I think you’ll like this DIY for adding a bit of copper foil (or gold or silver foil, if you prefer) to the foliage- faux foliage, of course! So if you have a black thumb, no worries- fake plants often look really convincing these days, it’s worth a look if it’s been a while since you checked out the fake flowers and plants aisle of your big crafts store. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY can be found here.

This DIY for small gauge wire rings is so much easier than you would think, and the result is so pretty and delicate- perfect for gifts for friends, or making a whole bunch for yourself in every bead style and colour that suits your fancy. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

Modification Monday: Flax Meets Honeycomb

Original Pattern: Flax Light 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jurga (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Adapted the Flax Light sweater pattern to feature a honeycomb eyelet stitch on both the front and back of the sweater. The stitch is from “A Treasury of Knitting Patterns” by Barbara Walker.

What Makes This Awesome:  Flax is a fantastic, simple pattern that can work really well as a blank canvas, as Jurga can attest! I love the rich texture of the honeycomb eyelet stitch she chose, and it’s great that she incorporated it on both the front and the back of the sweater. Those stitch dictionaries that you have bookmarked? Why not take a look at a stitch that really calls to you and see if it could become a sweater, just like Jurga’s sweater? You will have to take stitch count into consideration, but when you find a stitch that has a repeat that works well with your stitch count, you’ll have found your match and be knitting yourself a sweater with a stitch you love!

 

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Love, thy name is slow roasted onion dip. A love story with a recipe and a happy ending.

On recycling plastic.

This online interactive paper art thing is strangely compelling. Turn your sound on low and give yourself about 5 minutes to play with it.

I love these 23 Anthony Bourdain quotes.

Winners of the 2018 travel photographer of the year contest. Some drop dea

 

d gorgeous shots that show how beautiful things can be from unexpected angles.

My Favourite Pins This Week

As someone who loves recipes that aren’t really about cooking, These antipasto skewers are perfect to bring to a party, serve at a gathering, or just make for a snack or dinner when its too bloody hot to cook. And you can completely customize so you only use your favourite things! But remember- colour is important, you want enough visual variety so that they aren’t just white cheese and meat, which, while tasty, tends to be mighty blah to the eye. Pinterest link is here, and the full ‘recipe’ can be found here.

But if it isn’t too hot to turn your oven on (hi central air conditioning, you sure are gorgeous!), might I suggest these nutty brownies? I could say something about the vitamins and minerals found in diverse nuts and apparently cashews are good for combating depression, but really nuts and chocolate are SO good together. The sweet, the crunchy, the nutty- it’s delicious. Pinterest link is here and the full recipe is here.

If you have been growing fresh thyme in a pot or in your garden, might I suggest a summer cocktail of orange & thyme gin & tonics? light refreshing, citrus and herbs tend to work together really, really well. Not a cocktail person? orange and thyme are also delicious muddled in a glass with sparkling water. Pinterest link is here, and the cocktail- how-to is here.

I’m super in love with the Lydia Lace Tank, and I think I’ll be casting on for one soon- I plan on making a few modifications (I’ve had two kids, I’m beyond the ‘go braless’ stage of my life), but it looks so cute and perfect for this HOT HOT HOT summer we’ve been having. Pinterest link is here, Ravelry pattern page is right here.

This floral paper is not my fave, but this DIY picture frame nightlight is a beautiful idea and completely customizable depending on the paper you use. And it looks so easy, too! Pinterest link is here, full DIY can be found here.

It’s hard to believe that we are brushing up against the middle of July- I know summer goes quickly, but it definitely seems to be moving fast! This weekend we are checking out a lights festival with the kids this weekend, and I hope it goes well- It’s either going to be incredibly magical or a total kids-crying meltdown disaster. Maybe a little of both? I’ll share some photos on Instagram over the weekend!

Have a great couple of days, I’ll see you on Monday – for Modification Mondays, of course!

Remix Cardigans: Knits in Progress

I’m knitting summer cardigans, and I can’t wait to wear them – even though knitting them is pure pleasure.

I have fallen pretty hard for Berroco’s Remix yarn, which is made of 100% recycled fibres and seems to get softer and softer the more I handle it. Once I heard that Berroco is having a KAL for the new pattern collection for their Remix yarns, and I had to join in- because even though I don’t need an excuse to start knitting a sweater with this yarn, having a general goal to finish helps me tremendously in actually finishing the knits on time! The KAL is going until the end of August, if anyone is interested in joining.

I’m one sleeve and some ribbing away from finishing the Mama Vertebrae cardigan, and I’ve swatched for my Beachrock Cardigan, in the worsted weight. I did share a photo of my Mama Vertebrae last month on Instagram when it was just at the beginning:

I’m almost finished my Mama Vertabrae cardigan, which is knit in Berroco Remix Light (a DK weight) in ‘Light Smoke’. My Beachrock Cardigan is in Berroco Remix (worsted weight) in ‘Mist’. But the colourways are SO different. I mean, really. they couldn’t be more different:

You see?! The Mist colourway (on the left, of course) is a pale greyish blue with tweedy flecks of white and grey and aqua. The Light Smoke colourway on the right is a light grey with white and black tweedy flecks. Totally different. Couldn’t be more different! Maybe a little easier to see in this photo:

It’s taken me a little longer to cast on for Beachrock than I typically take- I’ve struggled with the swatching. The pattern calls for a 4.5 mm needle, but my swatch came out too large, so I swatched again – properly this time, in the broken rib stitch like the pattern called for- and my gauge still came out a bit big- 19 stitches for 4 inches instead of 20 stitches for 4 inches. I’m not willing to knit the worsted weight yarn on a 3.75 mm needle (the fabric will be too stiff), so I’m going to make a couple of slight tweaks to the stitch count to accommodate the extra stitch every 4 inches. Fortunately, the pattern looks like it will be pretty forgiving in terms of fit, and I’ll be checking on the measurements the whole way to make sure that I stay on target for sizing.

it’s been a really hot summer here in Toronto, which I’m loving- I still take my knitting everywhere, and there are always lots of cool, air conditioned cafes to knit in! Apparently I take this task very seriously.

 

Modification Monday: Marion

Original Pattern: Marion

Knitter Extraordinaire: Cortney (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Lengthened the cropped cardigan pattern, adjusted waist shaping for a more relaxed fit, added more buttonholes to accommodate longer length. Lots more details  and photos can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Customizing your cardigan is a great entry point on modifying a knitting pattern! Cortney’s idea to lengthen the cropped cardi worked out great, as she kept working in the cable pattern for another repeat. The original pattern is very fitted, and for a slightly more relaxed fit, Cortney didn’t work as many waist decreases which helped the cardigan keep its shape without being snug. I love her final version- it looks so pretty and wearable, in any season!