Modification Monday: Understated

Original Patterns: Understated, with Beeswax

Knitter Extraordinaire: Shannon (Ravelry Profile)

Mods: Added the honeycomb textured stitch from Beeswax to the bottom of the Understated pullover. Shannon also adjusted the neckline, and made great notes on her modifications on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: So many amazing things to love about this sweater- I love the smaller sizing, the deeper ribbing and shallower v-neck, and OF COURSE the gorgeous honeycomb texture stitch on the lower half of the body. What a fantastic way to combine two patterns that you love! What makes this work is that the honeycomb design is graphic, visually interesting, and flows beautifully from the ribbing of the hem. This looks so wonderful, and is a great idea for a stitch design that features cables or travelling stitches. Time to bust out those stitch dictionaries!

Link Love: My Favourite Things This week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

The only question you need to ask yourself when trying to figure out if you want to take (or stay) in a job.

These crocheted shoes are mind blowing.

A very interesting read- a christian man writing about how men need to support women in fighting for their reproductive rights.

The mind can’t actually cope with the vastness of choice that is online shopping – there’s too many options.

My Favourite Pins This Week

A summery pasta that is easy to make and is soooo delicious- the trick is getting those brussel sprouts nice and crispy, and they will taste pretty much like kale chip. So I suppose if you don’t like kale chips, maybe this isn’t ideal. But! If you do – it’s very delicious. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here.

These chocolate chip shortbread bars are easy to make and so delicious- both kids and adult seems to adore these. Because who doesn’t love a buttery, chocolatey, amazing cookie bar?! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is right over here.

It’s sangria season!! I love sangria, because sitting out on my patio on a lovely summer’s evening after work while drinking a glass of sangria is pretty much how I roll. Okay, it’s not exactly sangria season, still a couple of weeks away, but stil. I’m ready. This rose lemonade take on sangria is light and lovely, and perfect for when the weather gets hot. I really do hope the weather gets hot. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is here.

Have some old hoop earrings lying around that could use a refresh? How about this pretty embroidery thread Earring Upcycle? I love how customizable this is, and they look amazing. that tricky outfit that you never seem to have a pair of earrings that really works? This could totally solve that problem. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

Anyone into punchcraft, or just curious about how you do it? f you haven’t tried punchcraft before but want to see what the process is, this video is a great place to start. Looks easy and lovely! Pinterest link is here, and the DIY video is here.

 

Have a lovely weekend, everyone! I hope the sun is shining and the weather is perfect for you!

Modification Monday: Enchanted Mesa Dress

Original Pattern: Enchanted Mesa

Knitter Extraordinaire: 1sunnygrl (Ravelry profile)

Mods: Adjusted the customizable pattern to make it longer, using short rows before the brioche border to create a high-low headline. I made it longer than the pattern and I used short rows before the brioche border to give a high-low hemline. Details on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This dress does a fantastic job of taking the original pattern and experimenting with the shape. The slimmer fit sleeves have the same details as the body of the dress, and the gentle slope on the high-low hem – plus brioche as a hem!! Why are we not doing brioche hems on everything?! The swooping stripes are so great throughout the body of the dress, and allow a great way to play with colour- imagine this in high contrast solids, or gradient stripes… this is a gorgeous and very flattering dress, and would be amazing in almost any combinations of colours.

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Why you should start binge reading right now. I have to agree, binge reading, especially books that tend to fall into the ‘beach read’s category are a snap to read in a day.

Time travelling to the future is exhausting – why big projects feel so BIG.

How to make the weekend feel longer – this is such a great idea!

hahaha, I love this – Idea mist.

Archaeologists discover the world’s oldest break-up letter – and it is awesome! You have until the end of the month to pick up your flax shawls and sandals or else I will donate them to the temple of the moon god.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Who else is excited for easy summer dinners?! I’m over here with my hand straight up, because I love summer suppers. Like this Chicken Tzatziki bowl, which is perfect for grilling, has super easy salad, and honestly, if you aren’t feeling like marinating the chicken, I’ve totally cheated and just brushed greek salad dressing on them and called it a day. Because I’m lazy smart like that. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

These s’mores cookies are more awesome than the usual s’mores cookie recipe, because of one special ingredient- cornflakes. They totally add that graham cracker flavour and feel and are a perfect addition to the mini marshmallows and all the chocolate, of course. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is right over here. You can tell I’m really ready for summer with these recipes, can’t you!

You guys know how I love anything that is basically food on a board, because it is my definitive go-to for when I have people over. This brunch board is so fantastic, and also really cost effective- piling a lot of expensive cheese and other fancy items on board might be easy,but it certainly isn’t cheap. This is a really affordable, easy way to have friends over for brunch. Pinterest link is here, and the full post on how to get your budget brunch board on can be found here.

I completely love this fantastic post by Tin Can Knits on layering mohair over a base yarn. There are so many gorgeous examples of how dimensional the colours can get with this simple technique! And knitting a strand of mohair with another yarn is a great way to get on board the mohair train (totally a knitter thing, this mohair train) but also knit at a larger (read: faster)gauge than the typical laceweight that a single strand of mohair can be. Pinterest link is here, and I highly recommend the original post, here.

How cute is this craft supply shelf?! This DIY starts with a cutlery tray and makes some modifications – doesn’t it look so cute?! I could also see this being a great shelf idea in a kids room, for small toys. Or maybe in a living room with little curious travel finds in them… oh, the possibilities! Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

Why I Went Back to a Full Time Job

Right now I’m on an airplane and flying to London for work, so this seems like a good time to tell you- I went back to a full time job.

This was brewing in 2018, and I referenced it in my reflection on the freelance life in this blog post, talking about what I wish I had known beforehand. I mentioned that my old office had talked to me about going back, and, while it took some time to get the right role set up, I went back full time at the beginning of April. My new job is fantastic, I have a great team that I manage, and there is some fun travel involved (hi London!). It’s a big adjustment, and I am still trying to figure out when I can fit in writing time, and how to suddenly meet the demands of being in an office 5 days a week again. But this is the sort of problem that I am grateful to have. Also grateful to have benefits!

I initially resigned from Stitchcraft Marketing last summer (side note: Stitchcraft is great, me leaving had nothing to do with the job), for what I thought was going to be a dream job – writing a weekly column for a national newspaper. it was supposed to be a really big deal…. but then it never  happened.  I’m not going to go into details, but it fell through before it even began, and I was gutted beyond belief. I actually missed a friend’s barbecue because I started to cry over it one morning and then found I couldn’t stop. there’s nothing that could happen that would make me want to quit writing, but there are some things that make you rethink the schedule of your life plan. That, coupled with the fact that we live in a two bedroom townhouse and James sleeps in a nook outside of Lila’s bedroom means that we really need to get a bigger home in the next couple of years. We have talked about bunk beds, but Lila is 7 so we probably only have 2 years at the most that they could share a room without it getting a bit strange.

There are a lot of things I miss about freelance, specifically the flexibility of my schedule and the time I had for writing. But I also have flexibility in my new workdays, and it’s really about me finding the new rhythm, and getting more diligent about how I use my time, specifically on evenings and weekends. It’s not easy, but I’m getting there.

I also get to ride my new Vespa to and from the office, which alternates between being amazing and being terrifying. And we have started looking at houses which is sort of fun (the prices make it less fun, gulp!). It feels like so much of life is like that lately- both sides of the coin, the good, the not-quite.

Sometimes a step back isn’t a step back at all. Sometimes it’s a step forward on a path that takes you somewhere even better.