Modification Monday: Caramel Twin Set

Modification Monday: Twin Set |

Original Patterns: Caramel  and Maja-Kiito

Knitter Extraordinaire: Regina (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed the gauge to knit a summery, lightweight version in linen, and added a matching tank top to make a twin set. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome:  Regina did something so very smart with this modification- she made a different weight version of two knits she had already knitted before. Modifying a pattern that you have already knitted once before is definitely easier, and gives you a lot of insight into how you can most effectively make changes. I love this summery, linen version that she chose to do; and the matching tank top was created by following the pattern for the back portion only for Maja-Kiito. I love the idea of taking a pattern (or patterns!)  and knitting them in an opposite weight-  taking a worsted weight and making it lightweight and  airy for summer, or summery pattern  done up in a warm Aran weight. Looking at knits as inspiring as this great twin set has my mind racing!

Modification Monday: Twin Set |

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: Fun Hangers|

I love the idea of having fun with your clothes hangers, especially when they would be as complimentary as these! Wouldn’t it be a great little pick-me-up when you are getting dressed every morning? Those are happy-inducing hanger upgrades, for sure. As easy as a bit of paint and some sharpies!

Pin Ups: Lazy Casserole |
I had to go scrolling through the Pin Ups archives, because I was sure I would have posted about this by now- this is actually one of my favourite lazy weekend recipes! Lots of chopped up fall veggies,  chopped up sausages, chuck it all in the oven. It’s easy, it’s delicious, it’s amazing.

Pin Ups: Apple Rose Tart |

I’m dying to try this recipe- an apple rose tart. It looks like the prettiest tart I have ever seen, and would be so impressive if you were having people over.  You should totally have some people over this weekend!

Pin Ups: Crockpot Pumpkin Spiced Latte|

And since you are having people over to dazzle them with your awesome apple rose tart, why not just make them think you are the bestest person ever and whip up a crockpot full of this very easy pumpkin spiced latte? The recipe is perfect for a group!

Pin Ups: Easy Crown Braids |

Those people you are inviting over this weekend, who will be dazzled with your rose apple tart and endless pumpkin spiced lattes? (Man, I hope your friends don’t get jealous easily) Might as well go for broke and wear your hair up in these super easy crown braids- Some  ponytails, transformed into braids, then wrapped around and pinned into place.

Modification Monday: The Talented Mrs Fox

Modification Monday: Adult Fox Sweater |

Original Pattern:  Fox in the Snow Mittens 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Nele (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  Using the stranded fox design from the mittens, Nele incorporated it into a lightweight cardigan. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This stunning sweater is exactly why I do Modification Monday posts: Nele saw this previous Mod Monday of the awesome modified fox baby sweater, and decided that she needed to have a grown up version. A modification of a Modification Monday? Heck yeah!!! And Nele nailed this grown up version perfectly- I love the bright highlighter yellow at the cuff,  the light grey stripes between the fox heads are subtle but interesting, and the proportions of the overall cardigan (one she made up!) are just right. This is the kind of sweater that whenever you wear it in public, someone asks you where you got it. And then Nele gets to say, ‘Oh, this? I made it.’ And the person who asked is utterly crushed because they don’t knit and now they know just how terrible that really is. So… in summary: knitting is awesome, and this sweater is super awesome.

Modification Monday: Adult Fox Sweater |

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: flower photo|

This is such a sweet way to add a little zip to a photo- adding faux flowers to a printed photograph.

PIn Ups: Bear Cookies|

Do you have a bear shaped cookie cutter? If not, you’ll want to rush out and get one, just to make  these adorable cookies.

PIn Ups: Pear and Bacon Grilled Cheese|

But maybe you should have a sandwich first, before you start baking, May I recommend a delicious pear and bacon grilled cheese?

Pin Ups: Knitting Trick|

For those of you who absolutely despise weaving in ends at any cost- here is an easy little trick to knit them right into your work.

PIn Ups: How to take your own photos|

And if you would like to get some great FO photos, but don’t have anyone to take pictures of you, why not just do it all yourself? You might feel a lot more comfortable. This guide has some great tips on how to take great shots using just you, your camera, and a tripod. I might also recommend a remote control for your camera, but you could just set the timer.

Lila Lately: 2 Years Old

Lila is such a little character now, so much her own self. It’s amazing to see a child develop from a cuddly newborn snugglelump (sure, that’s a word) to a little person who definitely has her own opinions on things.  She’s able to do the stairs on her own (while holding onto a banister, and with supervision), she can stand on a stool and likes to watch herself brush her teeth in the mirror, we’ve started potty training (it’s not going well), and she recently even tried out rollerblades:

Wee Wednesday: Toddler Rollerblades|

But it’s the daycare pick up that really rocks my socks, though. That little face. When we walk home from daycare, hand in hand, and she looks up at me and smiles and  tells me what she wants to do next – “build sandcastles” or “visit puppies dog park” or “catch the ball” or “crackers please”. That’s the stuff parenting dreams are made of. Of course, it’s not all pigtails and  cuddles- there are the tantrums, every night she wails despairingly at the prospect of having to go to bed, despite ample warning and a very orderly routine that never deviates.

Wee Wednesday: Lila Lately |

That photo on the top right? Yeah, we don’t actually have a chalkboard wall. That’s a regular wall. Seems to be some pretty hard-wearing paint, though- the chalk washes right off.

She had her annual MRI recently, and this morning we had our follow up appointment that had good news- the brain lesion hasn’t grown at all, and it doesn’t seem to be interfering with her development, so we will have another follow up when she is 3 and we’ll see how its going. She is doing so well, I hardly ever think about it any more, which is good.

Earlier this summer Lila was a flower girl in my cousin’s wedding! I’m sure many of you can imagine what a lottery it is, trying to guess whether a 2 year old is going to make it up the aisle. We got her a book about being a flower girl and practice petals and a basket, and tried to really practice it. She liked the idea, but often wouldn’t do it on command, but on the big day she totally rocked it! Guy was at the back of the church and let her loose down the aisle. She tossed some petals on the floor from her flower girl basket, decided that wasn’t happening fast enough and then dumped the basket upside down into a lovely pool of petals; then went running up the aisle shouting “Lila Flower Girl! Lila Flower Girl!” I scooped her up when she got to the front of the church and sat her down in the pew. Not to mention she was a total dancing queen on the dance floor at the reception! I wish I got better photos of that, but it was tough- famously poor lighting at wedding receptions, plus a fast moving target.  Oh well. Can’t nail every photo, right?

Wee Wednesday: Lila Flower Girl |