Modification Monday: Psychedelic Lapsus

Original Pattern: Lapsus

Knitter Extraordinaire: Marion (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Knitted the top down open cardigan bottom up instead, all in one piece. She also added button bands and a collar, and set in sleeves instead of the original drop shoulder. Even added a small pocket! Details can be found on her project page, here.

 

What Makes This Awesome:¬†Sometimes you see a knitting pattern that has a design detail – in this case, the great two colour stitch design of the original design – but you want a different sort of sweater. Marion did a great job of starting with the original, but making it totally the way she wanted by customizing every step of the way. The button band and collar are a great addition, as well as the pocket – you can tell it’s just the right size for a smart phone! It looks fantastic on her, don’t you think?

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

How information overload robs us of our creativity.

To de-stress, try talking to yourself in the third person.

Every female lead in every romantic comedy, written by a man.

This ballet rotoscope is so hypnotically beautiful.

My Favourite Pins This Week

If you are loving all things pumpkin this season, you will love these Pumpkin Crumb Cake Muffins, which are like amazing little pumpkin flavoured coffee cakes! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

Have you tried grilled fish tacos yet? Fish tacos are one of my favourite things to get in a restaurant, and they are really easy to make at home. Much healthier to grill the fish, too! The lime cabbage slaw is also delicious in these. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

 

Fixing a mistake in lace knitting can be extremely intimidating, and often results in ripping back rounds or rows. But what if you could just fix the one area that had the mistake? This is a great post that takes you through the process of fixing mistakes in lace knitting. Pinterest link is here, and the original post can be found here.

I love this modern crochet baby blanket, comprised of little triangles. Full free pattern is there, and there would be so many great colour combinations that you could come up with- and even make a bigger one for a bed, if you wanted. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Feel like you haven’t quite accomplished some of the goals you set out for 2017? This is a great way to reboot for a 90 day action plan to do a final push on whatever you really want to do this year. 2017 isn’t over yet. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Have a lovely weekend everyone! Anyone have any fall plans, like apple picking or pie making? I so want to go apple picking!

Road Trip? Plan for Yarn Stops

Fellow knitters, do you know about the Ravelry Road Trip Planner?

You enter in your starting point and then destination, along with how far off the route you are willing to drive to get to a yarn shop:

It then churns out a list of every yarn shop in the Ravelry database between your Point A and Point B:

It includes yarn shops that are at either end of the trip, which can be a pro or a con. For myself, starting out from Toronto, I’m well aware of the yarn shops that are here. But as I scrolled down through the list, there were so many that were really quite close to the route from Toronto to Sudbury (Sudbury is my hometown, for those keeping track!) that I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of them before.¬† This can also be used for planning to visit yarn stores around vacation spots, and works for anywhere in the world. I entered in information for Melbourne to Sydney, Australia, just to see the results:

 

And it even works if you aren’t road tripping. I tried entering in the same location for the starting point and destination, and it worked just fine:

 

If you are looking for where this cool feature is, It’s sort of hidden under the ‘yarns’ tab, halfway down the left hand side of the page. You have to be looking for it, it’s not that easy to spot.

There you have it- A super easy new way to find yarn shops wherever you happen to going! Any one have any trips coming up? If so, give this a try!

 

Modification Monday: First Colorwork Sweater

Original Pattern: 164-23 English Afternoon

Knitter Extraordinaire: Nunu (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the original 4- color stranded design into a 2-colour design instead. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: How many of you have looked at a great colourwork design, and found it a bit too intimidating to tackle, especially with all those colours? Who says that you have to knit a colourwork design with as many colours as originally specified? Nunu made a great decision in trying this as her first colourwork project- she simplified the palette to one main colour and one contrast colour. That’s it! Talk about making your first colourwork project so much easier to tackle. This isn’t just a good solution for those that are new to colourwork- if you struggle with putting colour combinations together, try the two colour solution.

And for those of you who find the inside of a well made stranded design really satisfying to look at:

And shout out to my fellow Canadians out there- Happy Thanksgiving!

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Lila is currently obsessed with watching videos of fruit bats on YouTube. They are surprisingly adorable! Here’s one eating a banana, and here’s one with a bunch of baby fruit bats swaddled like burritos and using little pacifiers.

You can strengthen your resiliency, just like any other muscle.

10 creative ways to upcycle old textiles.

These fairy tale forests of Yakushima are shockingly beautiful.

My Favourite Pins This Week

It’s crockpot season! And cheese season! Wait, does cheese have a season? I eat it all year round, but if cheese did have a season, it’s definitely fall through winter. So let me tell you about this super creamy, super easy crockpot macaroni and cheese recipe that you are going to love (I’ve tried it without the mayo, also still good). And you know, if you want to crumble some bacon on top of it, I think that might just take it to the next level. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

Super simple treats are always good to have on hand- and these freeze really well, too. These caramel cashew clusters are just chocolate, cashews, and caramels. That’s it. Perfect for gifting, too! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

If you have a rarely used waffle iron like I do, perhaps it’s time to haul it out of the cupboard and make some of these amazing apple cinnamon waffles, and caramel sauce – because everything is better with caramel sauce. Perfect for the weekend! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

I absolutely love this idea for creating a 2D yarn ‘vase’ on a pretty piece of wood to display things. They use fresh flowers in the tutorial, but it would also be lovely with feathers, painted sticks, or photographs. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

If you are looking to crochet some adorable amigurumi fruit – and if you can crochet, then please make me some – Here is a cute round up of all sorts of delightful little foodie things. Pinterest link is here, original round up with links to each is here.

It is Canadian Thanksgiving here this weekend! To my fellow Canadians, have an awesome long weekend. And to everyone that does not have a long weekend, I hope it is still wonderful and full of tasty food and time doing the things you love!