Modification Monday: Phoebe Flappybat

Original Pattern: Marisol the Knitted Mouse

Knitter Extraordinaire: Sara (Ravelry Profile)

Mods: Using the toy mouse pattern as a starting point, Sara made this adorable knitted bat stuffie! Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Lila adores bats, and when your kid loves something, it becomes pretty special for you as well- so I basically squealed when I saw this fantastic bat modification! When knitting a toy, the best parts are often in the details, and Sara did a great job of making the details of this little bat clever and special- I love the garter loop feet so that the bat can be hung upside down, and the contrasting darker ears and nose look so good. Even the wings (she links to another modified pattern that inspired the wings) are well thought out and have lovely shaping details!

Knitted toys are perfect for stashbusting, trying out new techniques, and whipping up a quick knit. If you haven’t made one in a while, maybe this summer is the perfect time?

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

You are allowed to take up space.

How to make every day feel like the weekend. Really great ideas here!

Hilarious phrases from around the world. Funny how many of them involve one’s bottom, regardless of culture!

Travelling this summer? Get some disinfecting wipes and read this.

 

My Favourite Pins This Week

It’s ice cream season! And if you’d like to eat some ice cream every day (who wouldn’t?!) Try this dairy-free peach ice cream, made from blending frozen peach slices with non-dairy milk and honey. Sooooo good! Works great for making your own popsicles with those freezer moulds, too. Pinterest link is here, and the very easy recipe is here.

This grilled sweet potato and bacon salad is incredibly delicious and perfect for summer – you can get your grill on, and this salad is very filling and a wonderful combo of a little sweet and salty, while eating vegetables. Total win! Pinterest link is here, full recipe is over here.

Not everyone drinks alcohol, and there are lots of reasons you might want to mix up afun, summery drink that you can have just before driving a car. This is great round up of all sorts of summery mocktails that are delicious and perfect for summer, but without alcohol. Pinterest link is here, and the full list (with links in the drink’s name to the recipe) is here.

Crochet water balloons! How have I never heard of these before?! You use a thick and squishy yarn, crochet them, and they are completely reusable – they work like a sponge, absorbing a lot of water and giving a delightful splat anywhere they land- including when landing on some squealing kids! Pinterest link is here, and the free pattern and tutorial is here.

This jute rope basket with the gradient copper looks so fantastic, and is pretty easy- a couple dollar store items, and some jute rope, and you are probably good to go! Laundry baskets, planters, baskets for yarn! I should make a bunch of these. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is right over here.

 

Have a gorgeous weekend, everyone!

Modification Monday: Ripple

Original Pattern: Ripple Bralette

Knitter Extraordinaire: Melanie (Ravelry profile, website)

Mods: Lengthened the original design, and instead of working ribbing all around, Melanie worked a lace stitch she found in a Japanese stitch dictionary. Details are on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I’ve got this same pattern in my queue, and loved finding this gorgeous mod of it! Melanie lengthened the design to be more of a crop top than a bralette (the pattern looks very easy to customize), and then she really went for it and changed the back to a beautiful lace design that she admired from a Japanese stitch dictionary. Such a beautiful, incredible idea – especially for those larger lace panels that you see and would love to knit!

The benefit of keeping the ribbing on the front half (or you could reverse it, the back half – although then you would have to consider how your design would work with the shaping at the top front) means that the knit will still have the fit designed for the original pattern, but gives you room to play around with other stitch ideas as well- I think this pattern just moved to the top of my queue!

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This knitted light installation is spectacular.

7 tricks for a perfectly packed suitcase. Because I bet most of us have a trip or two coming up this summer, right?

5 ways to strengthen your creativity while at work. This is a great list! Perfect for countering those it’s-gorgeous-outside-but-i’m-stuck-at-work vibes.

It’s mosquito season, people. And As someone who got no fewer than 20 bites last weekend, perhaps you would also like to read this list of great natural mosquito repellent that actually keep bugs away, but without hosing yourself down in really scary toxic chemicals. I actually used the lavender oil (mixed with vodka and decanted into a spray bottle so I could spray everywhere without getting oil spots on my clothes) when I was pregnant, and it worked great. You have to reapply about every half an hour, as a heads up.

My Favourite Pins This Week

This lemon berry trifle is really easy to through together, and trifle is always the best dessert- there are no rules! Don’t have blueberries? Use whatever berries you want. Don’t have vanilla pound cake? Buy a chocolate cake, use that. Want to add sprinkles? Have at it! But- if you do like to follow the recipe, this lemon blueberry trifle is a gorgeous summer dessert. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

This summer gnocchi recipe is perfect for weekends – the grilled corn and veggies have such depth, and I’m crazy about pesto in anything, really. This recipe is still delicious if you skip some of the ingredients, as well- I didn’t miss the walnuts or the zucchini, and it was still amazing. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is right over here.

I love this modern looking mini pom pom cushion cover DIY- it’s just tiny poms glued down in that great pattern, and the pillow sham is from Ikea. You could do this in any colour combo you want! I do like how elegant it looks in the same colour, though – matching the pom poms with fabric.  Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY can be found here.

Ever since I saw this incredible DIY with the crates on the wall, I’ve been in love. It looks so elegant and high impact! I love the dark crates, but it could also be a bit less geometric and high contrast painted a soft white, as well. And then the plants in them! Just completely gorgeous. In my fantasy future house, this is totally happening. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is over here.

I really love this quote. I tumbled across it on Pinterest, but I did a google image search and have not been able to find the original source to give proper credit. If anyone knows where it originated, please share! Pinterest link is here.

To my American friends, have a lovely long weekend! I hope you have fantastic weather and loads of fun with family and friends.  For the rest of us, I hope we all have good weather a fun, too! I’ve been finding it hard to squeeze in knitting time lately, but hopefully I get more done this weekend.

Modification Monday: Spellman Sweater for Johanna

Original Pattern: Spellman Sweater

Knitter Extraordinaire: Heather (Ravelry Profile)

Mods: Adjusted the adult sweater to be suitable for a child size, also making it short sleeved. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: If you are lucky enough to have a child in your life that is super jazzed about handknits, You have to knit for them! I love this short sleeved version – which would be a great summer mod for kids or grown ups. Adjusting an adult sweater pattern for a child size is usually much easier if you are working with a top down pattern, so that they can try it on as you go and ensure a good fit.

Starting with the smallest pattern size and being careful to check your gauge is an ideal way to approach this project. If the smallest size of the pattern is way too big, you can experiment with reducing your gauge (smaller needles, and thinner/lighter yarn) and checking your swatch. If you need a refresh on gauge and swatches, Tin Can Knits has a good one!