Modification Monday: DownEast Modified

Original Pattern: Down East 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Carol (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the gauge from Bulky weight to aran, knitted a smaller collar to have more warmth at the neck as this sweater was being knit for a donation. Great details on the mods can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: On top of making such a gorgeous sweater for charity, I love how this pattern looks at the smaller gauge and with a more structured neckline. It looks so cozy and perfect for cold weather! The offset cable that is the star of the pattern, and Carol kept the same element of the original design, and I love how it looks in the slightly smaller gauge. The details seem to have that extra pop, don’t you think? And I love the thumb hole details on the longer sleeves, with the turned cuffs. This has got to be the toastiest sweater ever!

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

In a recent interview on Dax Shepard’s podcast, Armchair Expert, his wife Kristen Bell shared a tip for combatting her depression: Before she allows herself to succumb to negativity, or get into a really bad mental space, she goes through a “to-do” list of action items she can do to make herself feel better. And we should all do that!

The best love stories? Best friend love stories.

And while on the subject of friendship – Books that celebrate female friendships. There’s even a series about knit night friends!

A commuter’s ‘delay scarf’ was bought by a German train company. Each stripe represents that day’s commute!

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pulling together a delicious pasta meal out of the contents of my pantry and fridge? Heck yes. I didn’t have the fresh parsley (but really, I bet it would be awesome) and instead added some chopped spinach for a bit of colour (truth is I add chopped spinach to everything because I’m always trying to work my way through the entire container and fail every single time). Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

I always feel like I could just say – brownies and put up the links, because I’m quite sure that if you are into brownies the way I’m into brownies, I don’t really need to say anything else. But let’s pretend I need to sell it- the peanut butter chips and amazing and the hint of espresso adds depth and richness to the chocolate to make these even more utterly satisfying. Also- brownies. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe can be found here.

if you ever wanted to play around wit hmaking pom poms with deliberate colour pooling but felt that some were too advanced, this rainbow pom pom tutorial is a great place to start. It’s pretty much foolproof and will give you a pretty pom no matter what- plus you’ll learn a lot about khow yarn placement can affect pooling and design. Pinterest link is here, and the full tutorial is here.

This free hand embroidery design is so lovely, and a great project for branching out your stitch skills, even if you are a beginner. Plus, who doesn’t need a reminder that they are enough? Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

If you bought a pretty planner for the new year and aren’t using it as much as you thought you would, here is a huge list of different things you could track and put into your planner to help keep you organized, motivated, and on track. Some of them are pretty obvious (go ahead and skip the first three), but the ones for monthly to dos and goal setting are great. Pinterest link is here, and the full list is here.

It’s a long weekend here in Canada, so happy long weekend for those who have one!

Modification Mondays: Sipila

Original Pattern: Sipila

Knitter Extraordinaire: Stephanie (Ravelry ID, Website)

Mods: Added decreases through the body for less of an A-line shape, modified the sleeve decreases and the sleeve colourwork charts. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: The original pattern has a breezy oversized A-line cut, and Stephanie’s mods to slim down the fabric through the body work great for her frame.

I think every knitter who does colourwork will, at some point, mix up the colours they are using with the chart. Especially when you are using a dark yarn on the light part of a colourwork chart! When Stephanie found that happening to her on the last sleeve, she decided to go with it and then switch it back when she got to a point in the chart where she could do so easily. Check out the photo below to see the mirror images of the chart. I love that she kept it – it is surprisingly difficult to pick out unless someone has pointed it out, and it doesn’t detract from the beauty of this sweater at all!

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This woman ran 19 miles of a marathon carrying a lost puppy.

I love this idea of a depth year, what do you think?

7 signs you aren’t drinking enough water.

I’ve heard a lot about the Pixar animated short film, Purl. Then I watched it and was actually disappointed…. I would have preferred it if Purl wasn’t female. As it is, I feel like it’s saying that women are practically a different species? I don’t know, it’s probably just meant to be cute and I’m reading too much into it….

My Favourite Pins This Week

You guys know how I love easy, colourful dinners! This gnocchi and veggies sheet pan meal is a great way to get something wonderful going for dinner without a lot of effort. If you haven’t tried gnocchi before, it’s in the same part of your grocery store as the regular dried pasta, and it is amazing- I like it a bit crispy, so this over version is perfect! Very satisfying. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

Bust out the icing tips! I love this idea to pipe pretty little flowers on top of sugar cookies. If you were feeling rushed, you could even use store-bought sugar cookies instead of baking your own, and I love how these could be completely customized. If you aren’t strong in the icing game (I’m not either) give it a try anyway- it’s a perfect way to practice and they look so good regardless of what happens… and if they turn into a total mess, put two together and make sandwich cookies. 😉 Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe and tutorial is here.

I love smoothies, and this new-to-me recipe for a carrot cake smoothie is so good! I hadn’t tried to put carrots in my vitamix before, but it totally works- and if you are worried, you can grate the carrots for it and it works out great. I skipped the maple syrup, so there was no added sweeteners and I still thought it was soooo delicious! Pinterest link is here, and you can find the recipe right over here.

I love this super quick crocheted applique upcycle to a sweater! Perfect for Valentines Day, but I think it looks great any time. With the chunky yarn, it’s a fast project, too. Pinterest link is here, and the full instructions are here.

Speaking of crochet, how pretty are these little crocheted daisies? It’s a free pattern, and includes a tutorial on how to do the wire stems, as well. Would be so pretty as a garland, or as a little bouquet, don’t you think? Pinterest link is here, and the full tutorial is here.

Have a gorgeous weekend, everyone! One of my sisters-in-law and her family are visiting from England this weekend, so we are planning to get out and show off our beautiful city! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Modification Monday: Pine Mittens

Original Patterns: Quo Vadis and Skogafjall

Knitter Extraordinaire: Lisa (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Lisa combined the Quo Vadis mitten pattern with the charts from the Skogafjall sweater yoke for great results. Details on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Putting a stranded sweater yoke design on mitten is ALWAYS a good idea! I’m a big fan of taking the beautiful charts of some of those wonderful  sweaters and scaling them down and experimenting with mittens, hats or cowls. Look at these simple but lovely mittens – the shaping is from Quo Vadis, and the charts are from Skogafjall. What makes this work so well for sizing is that the original patterns are similar gauge, and the yoke of the sweater is not too long for the length of the mitten. There’s  great way to get a perfect fit!