Pin Ups: My Favourite Pins of the Week

I love Pinterest. It is truly inspiring to open up Pinterest with a fresh cup of tea in my hands and take in the vista of beautiful tiled images in front of me. Gorgeous clothes and jewellery,  fun DIY ideas, tips and tricks for every single things you could possibly be into. I love pinning, it’s the best visual bookmarking tool yet.

Sometimes it can be a bit much, though- if you don’t have time to scan hundreds of little images and follow through on the links. So I’m going to start do a weekly round up of my favourite pins with you guys every week, a variety of things that I’m currently loving.

And if you want to find me on Pinterest, click the little blue ‘P’ on the top right, beside the tabs.

This week I’m loving:

Wee Wednesday: The First Birthday Party

We held Lila’s first birthday party with family up north in Sudbury this past weekend. It was a learning experience, most notably by the fact that we took so few photos, it was a total photography fail.

I don’t know what happened. It’s like we forgot cameras existed, or that we’d want to take certain shots. So the hard-to-source, non-disney character kitty-themed birthday party napkins, plates, and decorations? undocumented. Lila’s awesome pink sparkly chuck taylors? Not a photo to be found.  A single family photo of the three of us? Nope. A photo of the wonderful brunch spread, complete with hash browns, sausages,  bacon, scrambled eggs, pancakes, maple syrup, fruit and mimosas? Not a shot.

 Which is interesting to think about- it seems it’s a hallmark of the times that if you did something awesome and didn’t photograph it to death, it feels like a loss. In reality, there are probably only five photos of my first birthday (and judging from those grainy, late 70s photos, I was not having a good time), and yet it is still clear I was wearing a frothy meringue of a pink dress, a party hat, and a look of pure misery.

But here are the shots we did get, either on our camera, or a family member’s camera, or a cell phone snap (subtext: quality will vary!):

I have two uncles with birthdays around the same time as Lila’s, and in my family we tend to batch our birthday celebrations. Although according to Lila’s face, she’s not happy about sharing the limelight. I made Lila a delicious banana cake (recipe here), to look like her favourite toy, a little plush hand puppet kitty (which you can see in the bottom left photo, actually). Lila is normally a great eater, but she just picked at her brunch spread. That is, until the cake came out:

That top left photo is probably my favourite of all her cake eating shots. She ate two pieces!  Although there are so many good shots that we didn’t get, here are a couple of Lila playing with some of the decorations. You can see a little of the kitty-theme in them:

Modification Monday: Simple Twist

Original Pattern: Simplest Sweater

Knitter Extraordinaire: Mary (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Added length to create a tunic, worked in reverse stockinette and added a dramatic cable for visual interest. Project page is here.

What Makes This Awesome:  Mary was smart to choose a really simple original pattern to modify, because it was a great backdrop for her to get creative with her knitting. Changing it up from stockinette to reverse stockinette gives the tunic lots of texture, and adds to the drama of that big, bold cable on the side. She took this sweater from simple to stunning!

WIP: Lotus Honey

The last time I was in Sudbury, I paid a visit to Sweet Yarns, a really wonderful little shop in the south end that has a great selection of yarns and a really friendly vibe. I went to get a replacement needle for a project I was working on, and ended up chatting with their knitting group while I browsed the yarn, and ended up taking home a couple skeins of Malabrigo Rios in ‘lotus’, specifically to make the Honey Cowl:


This cowl, particularly the bigger size that I’m making, is a lot of mindless knitting, which is great- it’s the kind of project you can do while carrying on a conversation, and it’s a nice fit for yarns with a lot of colour shifts, which often look so attractive in skein form and then become a bit of a mess when you try to knit anything with them. However, it’s not my only knitting project on the go, since I often like something a little more challenging for when I’m feeling like a super knitter. But more on my other projects later.

While trying to get photos, there was a little helper who was eager to get in on the action:

See how some stitches are already coming off the needle? Good helping, Lila!

Happy First Birthday, Lila!

Once year ago today, at this time, our darling little Lila arrived in the world, and changed my world forever. Lila, you are not a perfect baby, but you are the perfect baby for us. We love you more than you will ever know!