Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favorite Things This Week

I’m addicted to this pep talk generator. Tiny paragraphs of advice that seem to apply to just about everyone and everything.

baby goats! in handknit sweaters! (thanks to Loulou for sending me the link)

I enjoyed this article on Man Repeller about the expectation of how women should set their faces, lest they should be accused of RBF (‘resting b*tchface’). I we don’t have a problem with men having serious faces when going about their lives and doing things that aren’t that interesting or funny, why do we feel that women should always look happy and approachable?

Pin Ups and Link Love: Veggie Jambalaya |

This vegetable jambalaya is a fantastic dish for using up all sorts of veggies, and is even really tasty in a wrap, as well! Protein, veggies, and it’s a great budget meal, as well. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: VPeanut Butter Cup Brownies|

Peanut butter cup crack brownies! If you like peanut butter cups, this is going to be one crazy delicious treat!  It also includes honey roasted peanuts, and rice krispies. Whatever your candy bar craving, these are probably going to take care of it. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Pencil Upgrade|

Even though it’s been a long time since i was in school, I still love all the new school and office supplies that are released around this time of year, and the great DIYs that pop up with them! This pencil makeover is a great idea to create pretty and personalized pencils that you will want to reach for the next time you need to jot something down. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Recovered Notebooks|

In real life, sometimes it can be hard to find notebooks as pretty as the ones you see on the internet. This tutorial shows a great way to cover your simple composition notebooks with a little bit of sewing and some fun fabric. I love this idea! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Wine and Peach Cocktail|

And for those of us clinging to the last days of summer, May I suggest you try this magnificent wine and peach cocktail? Because I can’t have one right now, and I really want to know other people are enjoying this heavenly beverage. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

I hope you’ve all had a great week, and have some fun plans for the weekend!

Outtakes: Fergus Mitts

When it comes to doing finished knit photos for the blog, i find there is a direct correlation between how well the photos turn out and how silly we’ve been during the shooting. The sillier, the better. I think the goofing off relaxes both Guy and I, so it’s that much easier to to get photos that feel happy and relaxed. And besides, who isn’t happy when you have flowers for antlers?

Outtakes: Fergus Mitts |

Lila very much enjoys being a part of the photos now, she wants to play with the props that I’ve brought out, such as these beautiful Puffin in Bloom Classics. She took a real liking to the yellow Heidi one, although she is still a bit young for a book without pictures, I think it won’t be long before we can start reading chapter books at night before bed.

Outtakes: Fergus Mitts |

Outtakes: Fergus Mitts |

The funny thing about getting Lila more involved with the photos is that while it makes it harder to take then quickly (she is often moving, or causing me or Guy to move, so there’s a lot of blurred shots!) , it makes taking photos more of a fun family event. Lila was so excited that she got to play with the special books, and she was interested to figure out how the tripod worked, and really wanted to get involved. It was a sweet experience.

Outtakes: Fergus Mitts |

I also forgot to include a shot of the Bijou Basin Himalayan Trail skein in ‘Fergus’. I nestled it in the pot of pansies I have by the front door, and it looked right at home among the blooms. Now that I’ve knit the mitts I have a little bit leftover (about 30 yards) I’m thinking of making  a headband to go with the mitts, something to take a bit of chill away from my sensitive ears as we move into fall. I can’t get enough of this yarn, or the colour!

Outtakes: Fergus Mitts |

If you want to see the ‘official’ finished knit photos, you can check them out here, and my Ravelry project page is here.

I hope you enjoyed the outtakes!

Finished Knit: Fergus Mitts

Finished Knit: Fergus Mitts |

Pattern: Pink Grapefruit Mitts

Yarn: Bijou Basin Himalayan Trail (Yak and Merino) in ‘Fergus’ 

Needles: 2.75 mm (US 2)

Ravelry Project Page is here. 

Mods: I went down a needle size, because the yarn originally called for in the pattern has a high twist, giving it more elasticity while knitting. in order to make sure I got the right size, it was worth going down a needle size for a yarn that has a less elastic ply.

I was pretty blown away from the Bijou Spun Himalayan Trail yak/merino yarn. This was my first time using yak fiber, and it was incredibly soft, and incredibly strong. There is some great natural texture from combining the yark and merino fibers, and the plying reminds me a lot of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, only stronger.  It’s still August, but I can already see that these are going to be an easy favourite for fall.  They are so soft, and I absolutely love the colour! ‘Fergus’ is a wonderfully rich, cool-toned burgundy that I love.

Finished Knit: Fergus Mitts |

The yarn has a slight halo effect that almost makes it look like they aren’t in focus in photos (we did three different photo shoots for these mitts, convinced we were having a problem with the focus!), but it’s actually just the wonderfully soft texture of the yarn that gives it that look, while still having great stitch definition. The best of both worlds, if you ask me.

Finished Knit: Fergus Mitts |

I decided to knit an older pattern of mine, Pink Grapefruit Mitts, from back in 2011. It’s such a neat experience to knit a pattern that you designed a while ago, because it feels completely new – I certainly didn’t remember how to do any of the details or even the featured stitch, so I followed along like it was a completely new pattern designed by someone else. And I loved it! I think sometimes when you design a pattern, you get so caught up in trying to get it right and sorting out the tricky spots and trying to make it clear and concise that it’s almost impossible to enjoy it as a knitting pattern anymore.  Giving it some time and then knitting it made me appreciate the pattern so much, and I feel like I got it right. Of course, there are no patterns out there that are perfect for every single knitter, but this one was just right for me, and I loved the thumb gusset. I am definitely going to use that thumb gusset again in a future design, it was so easy and looks so subtle.

Finished Knit: Fergus Mitts |

Lila was very interested in participating in the photo shoots (all of them!) and we have some awesome outtakes for a follow-up post. And you know how much I love outtakes! 😉

Finished Knit: Fergus Mitts |

Modification Monday: Margot

Modification Monday: Margot |

Original Pattern: Margot 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Kelly (Ravelry ID,  blog)

Mods: Changed the gauge from sportweight to Worsted, adjusted overall fit for a more form fitting shape with added bust darts. Project page with more details can be found  here 

What Makes This Awesome: I love that Kelly found this beautiful yarn that she wanted to knit with, and went for a great way to modify a sweater- She swatched and figured out that if she followed the pattern for the small size (generally), it would come out in her size with her worsted gauge. To get the close fit she was looking for, adding shaping around the bust is a brilliant idea and this projects was the first time she tried the technique! What is so effective about Kelly’s modifications for a more fitted sweater is that it fits great without being too tight, shows off the yarn exactly as she aimed, and got a fantastic fitting sweater for her efforts. A total win.

Modification Monday: Margot |

p.s. Kelly’s sweater reminds me of when I knit this sweater, which I adore! Must be the colours.

Pin Ups and Link Love: MY Favorite Things This Week

I loved this essay by Mindy Kaling on getting killer confidence. She felt like she flubbed a response when a young girl asked her how to get more confident, so she wrote all about it.

This beautiful photo series show a wolf and bear are the best of friends. I love reading stories of interspecies friendships, it shows how our need for connection and companionship is present in all living things.

Had a rough day, and it’s 4 p.m. and you’re ready to just throw in the towel and watch Netflix until bedtime? Today is not over yet.

How the Do What You Love movement for work isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. A very interesting article about how DWYL is overworking more people and paying them less. I had such conflicting thoughts when I read this!

And the winner of the amazing Blue Sky Alpacas Royal Petites Babies kit is…… Bonnie, who chose Emilie the elephant! Congratulations, Bonnie! I’ll send you an email to get your address.

Pin Ups and Link Love: California Sandwich |

I’ve only recently heard about a California sandwich, and I’m totally on board- so fresh, so tasty, and so healthy! Can all my work lunches be this awesome? Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Strawberry Cake Balls|

Chocolate covered strawberry cake ball truffles. Oh yes, this is a thing! This recipe is easy-peasy, and look how pretty the results are. Plus you could easily improvise with the recipe- any colour cake, any colour chocolate coating. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Faux Latvian Braid|

I’m a fan of all the great techniques on TECHknitting, and this is a great on for a faux Latvian braid effect, applied to stockinette with a crochet hook.  What I love about this technique is that you don’t have to decide to do it while you are knitting, you can easily add it on as a decorative detail afterwards. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Wall Stencil |

This is such a simple and pretty way to paint an accent wall. And I think it would be so great in a bathroom, too! Everything is prettier with gold stars on it, right? Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Backyard Dinner Party|

In the last weeks of summer, wouldn’t it be great to host  a backyard dinner party? Oven baked pizzas, blooms from the garden,  some candles…. we’ve got to make the most of the good weather while it’s still here, right? Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! We’re scheduled to have beautiful weather here, and I’m hoping to spend lots of time outside, soaking it all up. How about you? What have you got going on this weekend?