Modification Monday: Ten of Hearts Cardigan

Original Pattern: Ten of Hearts Cardigan 

Knitter Extraordinaire:  Jenn (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Modified the original vintage pattern to be as seamless as possible, and adjust the main ribbing. Details with great notes on the modifications can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Vintage knitting patterns are notoriously tricky for being knit in dozens of pieces and then spending about  as much time seaming it together as you did knitting it. Jenn modified to knit as much of it in the round as possible- such as picking up and knitting the button band and neck stitches rather than knit them separately and seam them on (this pattern is from the 1950s, when apparently knitting separate button bands and seaming them on was a good idea….).

Most knitters enjoy seaming as little as possible, which makes vintage patterns a real feat for modernizing. But it’s worth a bit of effort to tweak and adjust.  The result is gorgeous, and probably a lot more fun to knit!

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Chronically tardy people  have these traits in common.

Many of us are losing the ability to deep read, and are just skimming– and it’s changing capacity for empathy and critical thinking.

Movie and tv show ideas for when you are having a bad day/week/year.

This poem.

I’m excited to try the veggie hot dogs at Ikea! (there’s a sentence I didn’t think I’d ever type…)

My Favourite Pins This Week

Garlic butter chicken with lemon zucchini noodles! A wonderful weeknight meal, but only if you marinate the chicken the night before- then it’s a really fast dish to pull together. Or maybe you’ll give it a whirl this weekend, and not bother with the overnight marinade business. Whatever you decide, this is a flavourful dish that will make you happy you got a zucchini spiralizer. I own two spiralizers, I can never  seem to find either…. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is right over here.

These cinnamon sugar cookies are a great recipe to tuck aside for the holiday baking that is coming up in everyone’s near future, but they are also really easy and the recipe includes directions on the pretty diamond shape. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe can be found here.

Now that pumpkins are popping up at every doorstep (which James loves so much, although it takes longer to walk to daycare now because he has to point out each and every one!), perhaps it’s time for a seasonal cocktail? The white pumpkin almond cocktail is super easy to pull together and made with almond milk, for anyone who is avoiding dairy. Of course, you could use normal milk if you wanted! And the only pumpkin in her eis pumpkin pie spice, so it’s really easy to make. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is here.

This sweet little crochet hedgehog pattern is completely free, and would be such a sweet idea for your desk, or a baby or child, or really and hedgy lover out there (so, me). Pinterest link is here, and the full pattern can be found here.

What does it take to get to the next level, make a bit more money, or push through on a big project? Getting a little uncomfortable. This was a great read on how being just 25% more uncomfortable for a few minutes can have huge results. Pinterest link is here, and the article is over here.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend! My hit list involves getting pumpkins, since I don’t think James can wait much longer to get his own, and Lila definitely wants to pick out her own, too! Anyone else getting pumpkins this weekend?

Finished Knit: Remix Cardi

I finished my Remix cardigan in the summer, and then proceed to wear it all the time.

Ravelry project page is here. 

Pattern: Mama Vertebrae

Yarn: Berroco Remix Light in ‘Smoke’

This pattern has been in my queue for ages. I love that it is written for all sorts of yarn weights, but this was my first time knitting it, and I followed the directions for the DK weight version. It’s sort of a cross between a cardigan and a shrug- the fronts are not wide enough to button up or pull across your front, but it provides excellent coverage for your arms and a little extra warmth if you are feeling chilly. COnsidering that I never actually button up a cardigan, this suits me very well.

I have every intention of knitting this again, and in the future I’d made a small adjustment – I wish the ribbed collar and front bands were longer. You can see in some of these photos a bit too much of the tank top I’m wearing underneath, and I think deeper ribbing would help provide a little more shoulder coverage. It’s good as is, but another 1.5 inches of ribbing would make it perfect. Otherwise, it’s perfect.

It’s interesting to knit up a pattern that seems so simple, yet has so many possibilities. I can see how there are all sorts of potential options and ideas to play with-  ribbing depth on the sleeves, could add stripes or bands of colourwork, textured stitches… so many possibilities!

I’ve gushed about the yarn before in this previous post, but I think this is my absolutely favourite summer yarn. The recycled fibers in Berroco Remix light are so wonderfully tweedy, and I adore tweed yarns. The knitted fabric gets softer with each wear, and the fabric is lightweight and really breathable- if you live somewhere hot that pretty much kills any opportunities for warm sweaters, this would be a nice light choice instead.

I do have a different colourways in the Remix light that I’m planning to knitting this same pattern again- I love the yarn and this pattern together, and I want to get another crack at that ribbing section! Plus it’s top down, so it’s fantastic for trying on as you go. I don’t normally knit patterns multiple times, but I think this one has me. I’ll definitely be knitting it again.  maybe you have a favourite knitting pattern that you love to tweak as well?


Modification Monday: Striped Cardigan in Plum

The winner for the Jimmy Beans Wool Smartstix giveaway is….. Melissa!! Melissa, you should have an email from me in your inbox right now… congrats! On winning, not on getting an email from me. that would be a weird thing to congratulate someone on. I send emails all the time.

Original Pattern: Mon Petit Gilet Raye

Knitter Extraordinaire:  Karen (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Adjusted the neckline by incorporating this pattern, and added in a detail along the bottom of the yoke from this pattern. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Small tweaks can yield big results, as this beautiful cardigan shows. I love Karen’s subtle changes to the neckline to get a better fit, and the detail of the arrows along the lower yoke are just the right size- not too big to overwhelm the two-row gradient stripes. A larger motif would likely throw the small stripes off balance, especially when there is already lots of fun colour in play and zero ease.

A really important takeaway from this modification is that Karen used different patterns for the changes she made, which is a great way to approach modification for  pattern if you are feeling unsure about trying to wing it. Think about other similar patterns that have elements that you’d like to try and are in the same gauge – they are excellent for providing a bit of a roadmap if you are feeling less-than-confident when approaching modifications.

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

If you haven’t already entered the Jimmy Beans Wool Smartstix Needle giveaway, head on over and enter!

Four ways to make your space feel clean inside of 15 minutes.

This was thought-provoking: If you figure out a way to satisfactorily complete 8 hours’ worth of tasks in 10 minutes, should you: A) Get the rest of the day off, or B) Have to take on additional work?

Apparently hand gestures can make you appear more charismatic.

If you happen to be in Waterloo Ontario on Friday October 19th, I’m doing a reading there…. I’d love to see some crafters in the audience, crafting while listening is something I always encourage. 🙂


My Favourite Pins This Week

Looking for some special (indulgent) appetizers for parties or family get togethers? These bacon wrapped mac and cheese bites are the ultimate for comforting party food (if there is such a thing?) and just so darn delicious. Don’t be alone a room with these, they are hard to resist! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

Did you go apple picking and now have tonnes of apples to deal with? Apple desserts are the way to go, and Apple Crumble is one of my favourite fall desserts, and these apple crumb bars are easy and delicious. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is right here.

With hat season approaching – and already arrived in some places- pom poms are definitely pack on my mind. I love this simple trick for making pom poms really fluffy – you use a metal cat brush! Which I already have! But possibly you might want to get a fresh one if you don’t want to add cat hair to your pom poms…. Pinterest link is here, and the details on how to make them super fluffy can be found here.

I love the idea of having a go-to knitting or crochet pattern, so I loved this read from Kim Werker on her favourite crochet pattern that she regularly makes. Do you have a go-to knitting or crochet pattern? Pinterest link is here, and the full post can be found here.

Ever find you get stuck in the rut of making epic to do lists, but struggling to actually do the things on that list? Here is how to stop overplanning and start actually getting things done – the point about figuring out how you actually spend your time is a really good one. Pinterest link is here, and the full post is here.

This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving, so happy long weekend, fellow Canadians! Guy and I are spending one night this weekend in a yurt because a) it was the most interesting airbnb anywhere within driving distance from my parent’s house (northern Ontario, please step up your interesting airbnb listings….) and b) I’ve only just figured out that my mom is super excited to look after the kids for a night if we bring them straight to her.

Any experienced yurters out there? Tips for yurting? I’m just bringing sweaters and books and hiking boots, so I hope I’m covered! Considering the last time Guy and I went anywhere, we were glamping and made friends with all the other couples there (every night we sat around in the communal area with our new friends and laughed until noise complaints filtered in and sent us all back to our fancy safari tents), I assume there will be other yurt-going people who will also like to share some wine and cheese around a campfire?