Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

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3 great tips to make a museum or gallery visit even better.

The single best thing you can do for your reading life.

This essay makes me want to get a gigantic statement hat and wear it all winter long.

Can a corporation ‘own’ a colour? This was a fascinating read.

I don’t have airpods, but did you know you can turn them into a makeshift hearing aid?! Very cool.

My Favourite Pins This Week

These crispy quinoa patties me together really easily, and are great snack slash dinner idea- really the hero of this dish is the avocado dip. The quinoa cakes themselves are highly adaptable – you could substitute gluten free breadcrumbs if you are gluten free, add a bit of chopped spinach, and play around with the consistency. And the avocado dip can be used for all sorts of things! Excellent on burgers, sandwiches, and for sweet potato fries. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here.

I love coconut, and these Almond Joy truffles are smaller, bite-sized versions of the classic candy bar. They are so delicious and a great treat to make in the winter months- they aren’t too heavy, and are so very satisfying- if you like coconut, that is! Which I do- I love all things coconut. If coconut is not your jam, I have a whole board of dessert related recipes over here if you are looking for some sweet inspiration. And for the Almond Joy recipe, the Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is right over here.

If your feel like your door is looking a little blah now that you’ve taken down your holiday wreath, what about making this amazing pom pom wreath?! I love the bright, happy colours that are not for any particular holiday, just for making your door as cheerful as can be. Plus, such a great opportunity to destash a bunch of yarn leftovers you might have lying around! Pinterest link is here, and the fully DIY is here.

You guys know I’ve been obsessing over plants lately, and this trellis plant wall is calling my name! I love how it creates a really pretty, interesting green wall with small plants, perfect for if you don’t have a lot of floor space but want to get some greenery happening. Pinterest link is here, and the full post on how to do it is over here.

If you have a closet full of clothes and feel like you have nothing to wear, then this post is for you. It unpacks the various reasons we buy things, how it ends up not working for us, and what we can do to make better wardrobe choices. Highly recommend. Pinterest link is here, and the full post is here.

It’s very chilly in Toronto today, and I hope you are all staying cozy warm, wherever you are! I hope you have a lovely weekend. xo


Modification Monday: Braid and Cable Mitts

Original Patterns: Max Patch, and Tiilda Mittens

Knitter Extraordinaire: Chloe (Ravelry profile, Instagram)

Mods: Chloe adjusted the two mitten patterns, mixing cables from both designs. She also added a double cuff and a Latvian braid, and customized the fit and the thumb. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love Chloe’s buffet-style approach these beautiful mitts! A little of this, and a little of that, and she has customized a wonderful, warm pair of mitts. She made changes that were both planned and that she winged- one of the cables  in the Max Patch mitts, wasn’t showing up well in her yarn choice, so she substituted a cable design from Tiilda instead. She had already planned to modify the cuff to have the extra thickness and the Latvian braid (such a pretty details!), and the rest of the modifications were decided as she went.

Now, not everyone can stomach making changes mid project, but it is a GREAT way to get creative and solve any issues you see cropping up while knitting. Experiment, it’s so worth it.

Also, I read Chloe’s most recent novel, The Immortalists, and loved it (I actually wrote a mini review about it in previous book review post!). So when a writer I admire is also a knitter AND made a great mod, my day is made. 🙂

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

The fires in Australia are horrifying, and while I can imagine how devastating it is for people losing their homes, my heart breaks for all the wildlife. There are so many unique species of wildlife that don’t exist in the wild anywhere else in the world. There is a call out for crafters to help make supplies here, if you would like to help make things like joey pouches, bat wraps, etc. Of course, donating money is the most effective way to help any organization, focused on animals or people- I’ve donated to Wires, which is a well-established (and registered charity) that are specifically trained to rescue wildlife. They are doing important, valuable work.

This list of hilarious tweets about sending work emails had me howling. We’ve all been there.

Got a new planner for 2020? I did, too! Here is a great list of things to put into it right now.

Looking to make some small tweaks to improve your happiness? Here are 31 little resolutions. But I’m not cleaning out my junk drawer (Has anyone genuinely achieved peace and mental freedom via one clean drawer? Asking for a friend).

My Favourite Pins This Week

This creamy shrimp and mushroom pasta is a winter weeknight hero, if you ask me. And if you hate mushrooms- I know they can be a divisive veggie!- You can easily substitute diced onions or chopped spinach instead. Honestly, a lot of other veggies work and it will still be creamy and satisfying! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here.

If you are looking for a lovely dessert from scratch, this easy banana sheet cake with cream cheese frosting is going to be a weekend treat. It comes together easily, and is perfect for if you are having people over- you don’t want to be left alone with this cake for too long! Pinterest link is here, and the full cake recipe is right over here.

This crochet baby blanket is beautiful- the colours!! The palette alone is so inspiring, but I love the modern dots, like little candy buttons. Small fingers will definitely like exploring this beautiful blanket, for sure! Pinterest link is here, and the free crochet pattern is here.

Feeling the urge to upcycle something from your wardrobe? Wanting something colourful, with a little pizazz? This Anthropologie-inspired DIY might be just the ticket. It’s made by glueing on sequins to the sweater, but the tutorial has clear instructions and recommendations for the type of glue, as well as for sequin placement. Fire up a movie or series one evening, get your materials together, and make a sparkly new sweater! Could also be a great idea for a t-shirt or a tank top, too. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is right over here.

If you are looking to get more plants in your life but are finding it hard to figure out what will live in your low-light spots (or just a low-light home in general!) then this is a great guide to all kinds of low-light loving plants that look great and are going to be a good fit for your home. I’ve been in a plant-buying mood lately, so I want to take all these babies home- especially a ZZ plant! Pinterest link is here, and the full guide is here.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone. I hope you make the time to do some things that you really love, and make you feel good. xo

Modification Monday: Paws Hiking Mitts

Original Pattern: Bodie’s Christmas Stocking Chart

Knitter Extraordinaire: Janet (Ravelry Profile)

Mods: Janet took the adorable one and paw print chart from the christmas stocking design, and applied it to a fingerless mitt design. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: What a fun chart for a dog lover to take and turn into gorgeous fingerless mitts! Although at this delightfully long length, more like armwarmers don’t you think? This is such a cute design, and those that have dogs know that some mornings and evenings, those dog walks can be a bit chilly. I love the idea of taking a great chart and incorporating it into a totally different type of pattern-  a great charted design, particularly when it’s a smaller repeat. Cowls and hats are also great accessories to tryout chart ideas.

It’s also fun to experiment with those charts on accessory knits like these fantastic fingerless mitts! If you have a chart you like, knit a swatch, give it a try- you might end up with something wonderful, just like these mitts.

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Ten things I learned in the last ten years, from Wit & Delight. All these lessons are dead on. Ignore the weird photo at the beginning, it has no bearing on the rest of the content.

I also loved Modern Mrs Darcy’s list of things she learned in 2019. Good tips abound!

As someone who loves online shopping, I found this article fascinating – the myth of free shipping.

This essay on Tom Hanks playing Mister Rogers is completely engrossing. I want to see this film so badly but I’m positive I’m going to sob through the whole thing and I have no idea why.

Thinking about making a big change in your life? Read this first.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I love a good sheet pan meal- so easy to prepare! This Moroccan style chicken dish is delicious and probably a great change of pace after the heavy meals of the holidays. This is bright and flavourful. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is over here.

If you are trying to ease yourself off the sugar- I’m almost done eating ALL the leftover christmas chocolate, so I will be trying to ramp down the sugar soon! These chocolate chip cloud cookies are a lighter, less-sugary way to ease yourself off the sugar highs and lows of the season. Plus, they are utterly delicious. If you like meringues, then these will be right up our alley. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is here.

This crochet personal pouch is a brilliant idea- perfect for squirrelling away headphones, little tissues, or tampons/pads. Simple, and a brilliant! Pinterest link is here, and you can find the free crochet pattern here.

If the new year has you itching to decorate your home but the holidays have left you feeling a little light in the wallet, Apartment Therapy has a great round up of ideas on how to redecorate with things you already own. Very clever! Pinterest link is here, and the full post is right over here.

I love this quote from Anthony Hopkins, and I think we could all use the reminder now and then. Pinterest link is here, there are a million of these floating around the internet, but the source of the Pin is here.

Have a gorgeous weekend, everyone. I hope you get some fresh air, and are easing into the new year!