Link Love: My Favourite Things This week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

The anatomy of annoying.

This rocking chair can knit you a hat.

Don’t let your career define who you are.

This was such fascinating quiz on what the best solutions are for climate change – and I thought I knew my stuff, but I only scored 34.4%. I had no idea what sort of activities have the biggest impact!

Not a surprise at all, but unpaid internships at companies feed into income inequality. So if you are in a position to pay an intern, please do so.

My Favourite Pins This Week

You what I love? Tacos. And you know what’s even better? Taco salad! All the tastiness of a taco, but in salad form, so you feel like you are totally being healthy. And you are, because there’s definitely lettuce in there. Also, taco salad is so delicious, and if you haven’t made it before I really recommend! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

This spiced zucchini and carrot bread tasted like dessert that is perfect for fall, but is definitely using up those carrots and zucchinis you probably have in your fridge. And when cake has tiny grated veggies in it, it’s totally healthy and you should totally have a second slice. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is right over here.

How adorable is this crochet hanging basket?! I mean, putting a super cute puppy in it doesn’t hurt either, but this would be so amazing for storage, plants, toy baskets, laundry bags, etc. Pinterest link is here, and the full crochet pattern is here.

I love the DIY for these simple felt roses, they are so beautiful and would look lovely as headbands, hair elastic decorations gift toppers, ornaments, or anything else you can think of! You’ll definitely be spending some time tracing out the template and cutting out the felt, but it’s really simple- an ideal craft for while watching a movie or binging a new show. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

 

This is worth printing out an putting somewhere where you can see it every day. Because our lives are built by our actions and what we do, not what we say we are going to do. This is tagged as @hellooctober but I did a deep dive on both a twitter account of that name and an instagram account of that name, and didn’t find the original source- so it may have been deleted. But hey, this is still worth having. Pinterest link is here.

 

Modification Monday: Portuguese Purl Linus with Tiny Tassels

Original Patterns: Linus and Tiny Tassels Shawl

Knitter Extraordinaire: Daphne (Ravelry Profile)

Mods: Daphne changed the Linus part of the pattern to use Portuguese style purling, and added the tiny tassels for the edging. Details and more photos can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Daphne learned a new style of purling in a workshop, and decided that she would give it a lot of practice – so she converted the Linus shawl to use the Portuguese style of purling, and knitted it that way, while also adding the tiny tassel edging from the Tiny Tassels shawl. When you learn a new technique in a workshop, casting on for a project that will help you practice those skills is SUCH a great idea, especially when it results in such a pretty shawl like this!

I bet a lot of us are guilty of learning a new technique at a class or a workshop, and then never practicing it again.. so the next time you are looking to learn a skill, why not plan for a project right afterwards that will really give you a chance to use everything you just learned?

 

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

That was some radio silence on my end, wasn’t it? My apologies for the blog going quiet – I had some unexpected personal/family issues that took up alllllllllll my bandwidth, and I was barely online in any capacity, much less blogging. But I’m getting back to the things I love, slowly. One of which is this space. So… hi. I’ve missed you. Glad we’re hanging out again. 🙂

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Little ways that micromastery can help you unlock your gifts.

What are you secretly good at? Loved the comments on this!

I love Sarah’s newsletter, and this is a great one – the ceilings we place on our own worthiness. The term ‘brotato’ alone is completely worth it, and is now part of my personal lexicon.

This was interesting, and logical- the more fast food you drive by on your daily commute, the more likely you will be overweight.

Decades after Chernobyl, a vodka distillery is trying to create jobs in the area and start using the surrounding land- enter Atomik vodka. While grain grown in the area does have trace amounts of radiation, the distilling process to convert it into alcohol removes it.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Peaches are in season and this grill chicken with peaches is amazing. Sweet, savoury, and utterly delicious. The window for perfect peaches is small, so make this while you can! Also, nectarines substitute beautifully here instead of peaches, if you prefer. Pinterest link is here,  and the full recipe can be found here.

Have you experimented with almond flour in your baking? It’s a wonderful way to deepen the flavour and richness of baked goods, and these almond flour and chocolate chunk cookies are a perfect version of that. Almond flour is easy to find at most grocery stores, too! Pinterest link is here, and the delicious cookie recipe is over here.

Scrunchies are EVERYWHERE, and I was really excited to see Quince & Co release this free pattern for knitted scrunchies. Talk about a wonderful stashbuster! They also look so lovely in the kestrel yarn as posted, but hey- we work with what we’ve got, right? Pinterest link is here, and the full pattern is here.

This crochet shawl pattern (free!) look SO perfect for fall – I love the textured stitches. And you could do so much with different colour combinations.  Pinterest link is here, and the full free pattern is over here.

If you have medium to long hair, a topknot is an easy, casual or dressy hairstyle for when you just can’t even with your hair. I love this tutorial for the easiest perfect topknot- I’ve tried, and it’s pretty foolproof. Pinterest link is here, and the tutorial is here.

 

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! I hope you are all happy and healthy. xo

Modification Monday: Soldotna Stash Buster

Original Pattern: Soldotna Crop 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Dominique (Ravelry Profile)

Mods: Lengthened the sleeves, body, and added the charts to the hem and cuffs while stashbusting! Details and lot sof great photos can be found in her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I am always really excited about a knit that helps tame a bit of stash, aren’t you? And what a gorgeous sweater  from that stashbusting! Adding to the length (Tip: Measure the length of your favourite sweater- that’s the length you want), and the sleeves makes this a great cold-weather sweater. I love the extra detail on the sleeves- a bit of freestyling from chart ideas that were not in the original design! Dominique adjusted the different designs to make sure she had enough of each colour that she was stashbusting, an important consideration.

If you are looking to stashbust while doing colourwork, consider freestyling the design or adjusting colours in order to use the amounts you have of the colours that you’re combining- having the colours echo in multiple places of the sweater helps the design feel really cohesive, like at the neckline and again at the hem or cuff. And of course, Look how lovely it can be!

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

5 ways to bring more fun to your life.

Ideas for hosting a summer dinner party without breaking the bank. Because going broke just to have friends over is no fun for anyone.

France has made it a law that grocery stores have to donate edible food instead of throwing it away, which not only helps to feed needy citizens but also diverts waste from landfills. Brilliant!

How to make your house smell amazing without lighting a candle. Although I find the candle the easiest, you can’t beat that fresh-baked-cookie smell!

My friend Loulou has begun teaching me to crochet and she blogged about our afternoon session, which was so awesome. I highly recommend tapping friends with other creative skills to teach you something new!

My Favourite Pins This Week

These tzatziki fish tacos are a fantastic summer meal, and whip up fast on weeknights, too. The addition of the tzatziki sauce makes these even more delicious! Don’t feel like making your own sauce? I hear you. Store-bought is how I roll, too. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

Summer desserts are best when they feel light and fruity, don’t you think? This pavlova is easy, light, delicious, low in sugar, high in protein and you can use all kinds fo summer fruit in place of cherries, if you want. Pretty perfect by my standards! I’ve made pavlova a bunch of times, and it works out great- but not if it’s got to sit in a humid environment for too long. So while I love these picnic photos, I’d recommend only having it outdoors for less than half an hour. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is right over here.


Looking for an easy breakfast smoothie idea? THis coffee and oats smoothie is PERFECT. Only 4 ingredients, and it’s delicious! And caffeinated, if you are an addict, like I am. Pro-tip: (from me, because I am a self-described smoothie pro) use a frozen banana for a more milkshake-y feel. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is right here.

These gorgeous crochet baskets looks like not only a great stashbuster (you could definitely use more than one colour!) but the perfect catch-all containers for pretty much everything Pinterest link is here, and the free crochet pattern can be found here.

I love this pretty, minimalist circular shelf idea, and it’s actually made from a bamboo steamer basket! I especially like that it only takes 5 things to make this project, start to finish. Hooray for quick weekend projects, right? Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

 

Any weekend plans, my lovelies? We are going to drop off the kids at my parents’ house before flying to St. Lucia- I have to go for a conference (I know, I know – such a hardship!) and then I’m sticking around for a couple days afterwards, because it’s St. Lucia. Guy was very quick to say he was coming, too! Anyone been to St. Lucia and have tips on the must-see things? Looking forward to getting some travel knitting done!