Finished Knit: Elmhurst Sweater

This was my pandemic cast on, and I love how it turned out.

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Pattern: Elmhurst

Yarn: Berroco Providence in ‘Cliffwalk’

Needles: 3.5 mm (US 4)

Mods: None.

I cannot say enough great things about this yarn!! I loved it so much, and I’m eyeing the other colourways, thinking of alllllllll the sweaters I want to knit in it.  The yarn is a blend of merino, baby alpaca, and silk, and it is so wonderfully soft! I love that the beautiful little specks of tweed, the colours give this so much depth and interest.

I have been wanting to knit a black sweater for years – black is a solid wardrobe basic, right? but the one other time I started knitting a solid black knit I never finished it (I still have it, one day!). But choosing a black colourway that has lots of visual interest like this meant it was so much easier to knit a ‘black’ sweater! It still feels like a wardrobe basic that i could wear with dress pants for work or jeans on the weekend and would be a great look whichever way I went with it.

The construction is a bottom up raglan, a construction style I haven’t knit in a long time. But it turned out beautifully, and I  loved the mostly stockinette with some pretty details, which meant it was great ‘TV knitting’. I would happily knit this again, it’s such a wonderful classic silhouette and a beautiful yarn. Very happy knitting, indeed.

My ravelry project page for this knit can be found here.

 

And a photo of my cat Yarn, and her beautiful bright green eyes. Isn’t she lovely?

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Looking to fit more reading into your life, even with being at home more? Here are some great tips.

This restaurant is preparing to open up and to help customers sit properly spaced apart, they are using plush pandas. Talk about cute company!

How using what I have has improved my daily life.

Why we get enraged at rulebreakers- and how to handle it a bit better.

This teacher in The Netherlands missed her students so much that she knitted little versions of all her students. So adorable! And the kids loved them! (Presumably on a zoom class chat?)

My Favourite Pins This Week

Taco pasta salad! Because if you like tacos and pasta, this is going to be a win. Also something to do with that can of black beans I know you have in your cupboard somewhere. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

A no bake dessert that has only 5 ingredients? Count me in. These oatmeal peanut butter and chocolate chip squares are super easy, and perfect if you love peanut butter and chocolate together. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here.

The weather is getting warmer, so it’s a great time for the first sangria of the season, and this summer fruit version with rose wine is sure to be a hit. Rose wines can be dry or sweet, so you can still customize to your wine preference. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe/how-to can be found here.

If you ever wanted to try crafting with gold foil, this vase is a great idea! I love how elegant it looks, even though the design is, well, boobs. I’ve never been a fan of body parts as decorative motifs (remember when molars were a design shape that was everywhere? I was so grossed out. Same with eyes.), but this does look really cool! Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is right over here. 

I feel like now is the perfect time for yarn bombing to make a resurgence! How pretty are these summer pom pom flowers?! I can’t find the original source, even after a google image search. If you know, please share! Pinterest link is here.

Have a great weekend, everyone! I hope you are getting some gardening (indoor or outdoor!) going on, because plants make people happy. xo

Heyworth Mitts

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Spring has sprung in Toronto! These are the little crab apple blossoms on the trees by my patio. It’s been a chilly spring, and I took this photo last week while playing outside with the kids. But over the last few days the weather has really improved and there is loads of much-needed sunshine, and the plants and flowers are really getting lush, which is so lovely to see. It’s one of the gifts of this strange time, to slow down and appreciate what we have.

If you are interested in knowing more about these mitts (I knit them two years ago!) you can read more about them here.

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

If you are really feeling ambitious, Kodak has just released the world’s largest puzzle- 51,300 pieces.

A fascinating dive into the meaning of the ‘Karen’ as a negative meme, including it’s origins in black culture.

Gardening is basically the cure for all of society’s ills. Can’t hurt to try, right?

I love these yarn-themed Zoom backgrounds. Represent!

9 rules for better salads. Because there is a reason your salads are never as good as the take away salads.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I miss burrito bowls so much from my favourite lunchtime takeaway place, so I knew this was going to be good. You can totally skip the cilantro if you (like me) think it tastes like soap. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe (easy peasy) is right here.

Feel like getting your bake on? These coffee cake style cupcakes would be amazing! Just like the really delicious coffee cake you would get in a nice bakery, but you will have made it them with your own two hands. And then you get to eat them for breakfast if you want – no one’s going to judge! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

Feel like making your morning cup of coffee a little fancier? Being at home all the time now I really feel like trying stuff like this, it makes things feel more interesting, even if I wouldn’t typically order a snickerdoodle latte in a cafe. But at home? Let’s go for it! The recipe includes ideas for a nutella version, too! Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is over here.

These beautiful coasters are made with white fimo / polymer clay, and I love that you only need to get one colour of paint to make these beautiful blue and white hand painted coasters. The design is really simple, even for those of us who don’t think we’re artistic! These would be beautiful for the summer, don’t you think? Pinterest link is here, and the DIY is here. Oh, and as a side note, if you are wondering where to get supplies for any crafts these days, your local store is probably doing curbside pick up, or you could order off of Amazon or Walmart. But if you can, choose your local store over Amazon – we want local businesses to survive!

You can dye fabric with tissue paper?! Mind. Blown. I love the beautiful, better-than-tie-dye effect that the tissue paper yields. I don’t have a white silk, polyester or satin anything lying around, but I’ll be keeping my eye out to pick something up and try this. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY can be found here.

Have a gorgeous weekend, everyone! It is a long weekend here in Canada, and I’m hoping to get some patio gardening done. Stay safe! xo

Modification Monday: Wolf Azalea

Mod Monday is back! For those that were missing it, honestly there are fewer and fewer modifications that are being documented, at least where I can easily find them.  So if you do come across a great knitted mod, let me know! 

Let’s look at this lovely knit, shall we?

Original Pattern: Azalea

Knitter Extraordinaire: isimlikeafish (Ravelry profile, blog)

Mods: Changed the top of the original strappy tank pattern to be a raglan t-shirt instead. Details can be found on her project page, here. And a note that if you love to read and are looking for knitting with a dash of book review content, her blog is great!

What Makes This Awesome: I love the original pattern, it’s been in my queue for a while- but those little spaghetti straps, they can easily put a knitter off. But here we have such a great solution- knit the shoulders as a cap sleeve tee, and focus on the original pattern details lower down. This is a great idea for anyone who loves a design detail on a tank top, but wants a little more shoulder coverage.

This would be an especially great pattern mash up if you have a knit that you love the fit and look of the shoulders and neckline, and want to incorporate the details from a different pattern into the rest of the body. Now that the warm weather is on its way, maybe it’s time to look at modifying some knits for summer?