Modification Monday: Royale

Original Pattern: Georgetown

Knitter Extraordinaire: Melissa (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed the original plain collar for a cable pattern from Norah Gaughan’s Cable Sourcebook. Great details on how she substituted the cable chart can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: So many of us come across amazing cables in stitch dictionaries, and I know so many of us have been really interested in that particular cable or combination, but didn’t know how to apply it? Melissa had a great solution- using the lovely but very simple Georgetown cardigan pattern, she swapped out the plain collar and used a cable design that she really liked, and flanked it on either side with some ribbing. It’s an elegant and simple way to balance out the complexity of the cables, and adjust the stitch count to match the original stitch count for the collar. Each cable version would look very different, and of course you could try lace as well.  Time to revisit all those cable designs you’ve bookmarked over the years!

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Japan has a cat cafe train!

8 things you are probably spending too much money on.

How to trick yourself into feeling awake after a bad night’s sleep.

Trying to make a big change or struggling to cultivate a new habit? Why lifestyle changes are so hard.

Don’t make your cakes from scratch? Me neither. Here are 9 great ideas on how to take your boxed cake mix game to a whole new level.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I’m quite a fan of cauliflower, it’s such an easy way to get more veggies. These cauliflower and quinoa bites are surprisingly easy and don’t take a lot of ingredients- and they are delicious! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Grilled pound cake and peaches! If you love all things barbecue, it’s worth a late season treat like this. And you haven’t lived until you’ve had grilled pound cake, it’s so much better than I would have thought. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Have you got a stockpile of plastic bags? Me too. What about making ‘plarn’, plastic yarn? Perfect for turning into sturdy knitted or crocheted tote bags. Talk about recycling! Pinterest link is here, and the original tutorial can be found here.

I have mixed feelings about the gigantic shawl trend (I’m a small person, lots of fabric makes me look like a child playing dress up), but this Cliquant Shawl is pretty compelling- I love the simple shape and design, it seems flattering and easier to wear than some of the more colourful versions I’ve seen. What do you think? Pinterest link is here, and the original Ravelry pattern page is here.

Have you been feeling a little down? It happens from time to time for all of us. Here are 101 great ideas for cheering yourself up, should you need it. Pinterest link is here, and the original list is here.

 

Have a lovely weekend, everyone! It is going to be a scorcher here, so I’ll  be making sure the kiddos get lots of splash pad time at the park. See you Monday!

 

 

New Pattern: Alicorn Cowl

The latest edition of Knitty just dropped – and I have a new cowl pattern in it!

Alicorn Cowl

The yarn I used for the pattern is June Cashmere laceweight (100% Kyrgyz cashmere) in ‘Silver Bell’. If you haven’t knit with cashmere before, I really recommend- especially for a knit like a cowl. Considering how delicate the skin is around your neck and chest, the buttery softness will be a welcome treat! This super soft cashmere cowl can be knit in two sizes – a smaller single skein version for those that like a simple cowl, and a double version that takes 2 skeins for those that like to double loop their cowl or have more versatility when wearing it.

Single skein version:

 

Double skein version, worn as a single loop or a doubled up:

The pattern is really very simple, and would be fine for a fairly new knitter as well- there are only four different stitches in the whole thing – knit, purl, yarn over, and slip slip knit (ssk). That’s it! The twists are really just a travelling ssk, so it looks more complex than it really is.

I hope you will help me get the word out about this new free pattern- give it a like on Ravelry, or add it to your queue! There are so many new launches in the fall, it’s hard to see all the amazing patterns that come out around this time of year.

If you are wondering about the name, an alicorn is another word for a unicorn’s horn, and the gentle swirl of stitches on the cowl mimics the appearance of a spiral horn. A luxurious cashmere cowl that has swirls like a unicorn’s horn… what could be more magical than that?

If you are interested in trying out the June Cashmere yarn I used for the pattern, they are offering a $5 shipping discount when you sign up for their newsletter! Always nice to save five bucks where you can.

What do you think of the cowl? Any preference for the single skein or double skein version?

Modification Monday: The Robin Meets Dotted Rays

Original Patterns: Robin and Dotted Rays

Knitter Extraordinaire: Carmen (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the Robin Shawl pattern to start, Carmen changed the garter wedges to stockinette,  and added yarn overs where the short row turns occurred, which gives the shawl the ‘Dotted Rays’ influence. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: As someone who is not a big fan of knitting short rows, I LOVE this idea of using the typical ‘wrap and turn’ of short rows into eyelets. The combination of the eyelets with the garter edges outlining the wedges creates a fantastic effect, and the shawl looks amazing for it. I love the combination of the stockinette with the garter outlines as well, it was a nice textural decision rather than switching entirely to stockinette. If you enjoy knitting shawls, think about two different patterns that could be combined like this- or possibly even one pattern that could be changed with the addition or subtraction of yarn overs, garter stitch, or stockinette?

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Ask yourself, ‘Can this person do the job 70% as well as I could?’ Then you should delegate.

You never feel fully ready. Leap when you’re almost ready.

Give it 5 minutes before sharing your feedback. 

Why being near the water actually makes us happier.

During the Great Depression, there were women who rode miles on horseback to distribute library books to remote regions.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I’m a big fan of salads that have so much stuff in them, you forget  they are salads. Cue this lemon and herb Mediterranean salad, with big, luscious chunks of avocado, romaine, bell peppers, and more. It’s basically the perfect dinner for those warm September evenings.  Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Do you need a new dessert in your repertoire that is easy and not the typical pie or cake? Then you need to meet the frozen peanut butter cup pie, which is vegan and gluten free – but could also be adapted for regular diets. If you love chocolate and peanut butter together (And I definitely do!) And hey, you could make it super easy and even by a graham crust, and save a bit of time. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

You know how you see old recipe boxes in thrift shops, or possibly you have a beloved recipe box in your family that you don’t really use? What about converting it to a DIY journal calendar? Filled with index cards, it’s the perfect size to jot down a couple of reflections on each day. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

It’s easy to fall into the cycle of just doing coffee, drinks, or meals to catch up with friends, but there are so many other ways to get together with your friends that don’t involve food & drink. So many great ideas here. Pinterest link is here, and the original list can be found here.

If you are having a tough time, you might find some comforting real truth here. I think I need to print this out and put it somewhere I can see it every day. Pinterest link is here, and the original source is here.

Have a gorgeous weekend, my friends. I hope you get to enjoy all your favourite things.