Mods: Using the ribbed cable yoke from the pullover as a guide, Sandra created this gorgeous hat with the same yoke chart. Great details can be found on her project page, here.
What Makes This Awesome: You what is wonderfully forgiving for sizing when knitting a hat? Ribbing. And when the hat is basically all ribbing with some cables thrown in you’ve got a really stretchy hat that is going to work for a whole variety of head sizes. Sandra’s idea to take the ribbed cable yoke from the pullover (which she has knitted before) and turn it into a hat is SUCH a great idea! If you have a copy of the pattern, her project page is full of great details on how to make this hat if you would like to follow.
Plus, what a great idea to try something different with a pattern you have already purchased and enjoyed! Now I feel like ribbed cables must be super fun to knit, right?
Rainbow sandwiches! Full of delicious veggies, and if you squeeze in a bit of chicken or ham, I won’t tell anyone. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe (more like sandwich assembly instructions) can be found here.
These chocolate and toffee bars are wonderfully indulgent, and are perfect for when a cookie isn’t indulgent enough, but cake is too much (and not handy). Dessert bars are probably one of my favourite desserts, but they tend to be unsung because they just are that photogenic. But I think you can see how delicious these are via the photos, right? Right. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.
If you are feeling the urge to destash in some Easter- appropriate way, how about these cute little pom poms? There’s a full DIY that shows you how to get that egg shape, and they are so pretty in the soft rainbow of colours. Pinterest link is here, and the full tutorial can be found here.
I love the vintage chic of these DIY embroidered necklaces, they are so pretty. The kits for the frames need to be purchased either form Etsy or your local craft store, but they look so very worth it. Full tutorial for the embroidered designs requires you sign up for the free newsletter, but it’s probably worth it (and you can unsubscribe if you aren’t enjoying the newsletter). Pinterest link is here, and the full tutorial link can be found here.
Mods: Used twisted ribbing for the cuffs, and a twisted ribbing frame for each side of the garter stitch panels, adjusted the instep for a better fit. Great details can be found on her project page, here.
What Makes This Awesome: When you know how you like to knit your socks and then come across another pattern that you want to try, you have two choices- knit the socks just like they are written in the pattern, or make a few tweaks and modifications so that you know the socks will fit exactly the way that you like your socks to fit. Tyne went for the latter option, and customized her sock with the more defined twisted ribbing, and carrying that details down to better frame the garter stitch section. She also worked her instep in a way that works for her, making slight variations to the pattern to have a heel flap that works for her.
Sock knitters, take note- while it’s good to try new techniques, if you know you love a certain detail in your socks, why not modify a sock pattern to incorporate all your favourite elements? I do a similar thing when I knit garments- I often add a faux seam for added stability, even though the patterns hardly ever call for it. And I’m always glad I do it, even though it seems like a small detail. Whatever you need to do to make your knits just right!
I don’t knit socks often because I struggle with the toe pockets (picture an axe blade- that’s how my feet are shaped), but one day, I will find my perfect toe pocket- and then I will modify ALL sock patterns I knit for my perfect to pocket!
My apologies for missing Mod Monday earlier this week- I was under the weather last weekend, and when I woke up it was Monday. Ever have that happen to you? I’m feeling better, though! So back to our regularly scheduled programming…
I love this questionnaire, what a fun way to get to know someone. I love it when people ask me thoughtful questions, I think that’s true for most people!
The not-so-stranger. We all have them, and there is something wonderful about each and every one.
My Favourite Pins This Week
Friends, do you ever make pizza at home? I love pizza, and but I don’t often make it- those little make at home pizza kits in the bakery section of the grocery store do not seem to call my name. But! I have changed my mind for this. Because brussel sprouts on a pizza mean that OF COURSE this is super healthy, and you still get to have pizza, and there is bacon but it’s okay because brussel sprouts. Right? Right. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found over here.
I love these beautiful floral pom poms, and the tutorial makes them look completely doable! So pretty for spring, don’t you think? I’m half afraid to show this to Lila, I bet she’ll want to make a million of them for a garland! Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.
Looking to diversify your reading? How about a trip around the world via novels? This is a great list to get inspired to read books from loads of different countries. If you feel like you’ve been in a reading rut lately, this world tour via books is great way to bust through it! Pinterest link is here, and the full post is here.
What are you up to this weekend? I’m taking the family to Prince Edward County, and I think the kids are going to love it. We went in the summer, but this will be their first time there in the winter, and there’s been a LOT of snow!
What I say when I don’t know what to say. Except that one about someone’s job being hard I’ve read that SO MANY TIMES that if anyone ever says it to me, I know instantly that they’ve read that piece on the internet. But everything else on that link is solid gold.
My Favourite Pins This Week
Technically, this is a breakfast recipe, but I vote that this be dinner instead. Crispy potatoes with bacon, eggs, and garlic chili oil make these so much more than just a standard breakfast. If you are like me – NOT a morning person- this is probably a lot of effort for breakfast, but would be am amazing weekday dinner, don’t you think? Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here.
I absolutely love KIND bars- those nutty chocolatey bars that are somehow healthy and completely addictive. You can make your own at home for a fraction of the cost, plus you can customize- extra chocolate drizzle, anyone? Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here. Don’t let the brown rice syrup stop you- google substitutions, you can use honey or maple syrup, in slightly different quantities.
No matter where you are in life, sometimes we hit a rough patch and things get hard. If you are feeling that way, here’s a great list of actionable things that can make a big difference in getting you back on track, reoriented, or whatever it is that you need. And if you are feeling good- maybe just bookmark it for the future, just in case. Pinterest link is here, and the full post is here.