Modification Monday: Un-Iced

Original Pattern: Iced

Knitter Extraordinaire: Isabelle (Ravelry ID, Blog, Podcast)

Mods: Changed the gauge and added length to turn a cozy cardigan into a cuddly knitted jacket. Project page is here.

What Makes This Awesome: I don’t think it ever would have occurred to me how wonderfully simple this modification could be- knitting a cardigan at a super bulky gauge and making it longer to turn it into a chic knitted jacket. Plus, the super bulky gauge emphasizes the great texture of the garter stitch borders. This looks gorgeous as a jacket! And I don’t yet have a knitted jacket for the crisp fall and spring days- maybe I’ll have to make an Un-iced, too!

Our Newest Family Member

I would like to introduce you to our newest family member….

This is Bruce Quillis.
He’s pretty awesome. And so gosh darn cute.

This is our first hedgehog as a pet, and we’re pretty excited. We’ve done lots of reading up on proper hedgie care, and apparently they get on well with cats! Quillis is is 1.5 years old. Once we decided to get a hedgie, I wanted to find one that needed to be re-homed, rather than buy one from a pet store or breeder. It’s always so much harder for adult pets to find homes.Yarn is very intrigued by Quillis, but Gatsby hasn’t shown any interest in Qullis at all.

Quillis and Yarn meet for the first time. Not quite a successful meeting of the minds.


Sarah (aka The Sexy Knitter) has recently revamped her site and started a new feature called Getting to Know You, where she interviews knitwear designers. I’m pretty excited to be the first one! You can find the interview here, as well as a super impressive styling spread for my Make Up Your Mind tank, on taking it into fall. I’m so impressed!! I’m familiar with Polyvore but have never attempted to make a set before- this is so inspiring!!

Sarah’s board was all the inspiration I needed to play around in my own wardrobe with wearing this knit into the fall, and she’s spot on: layered with jeans, boots, a cardigan and killer accessories, this is really perfect. Thanks so much, Sarah!!

Modification Monday: Paulie

Original Pattern: Paulie

Knitter Extraordinaire: sneezerville (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods:  Changed the gauge for a lighter and airier summer cardigan, and used the contiguous sleeve method, etc. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Summer cardigans are a lovely wardrobe item, yet I don’t have any. This knit totally makes me rethink that- it’s beautiful, functional, and I love the stripes, textures, and Sneezerville’s trying out the new technique for the sleeves. On top of all that, she used recycled yarn from a sweater she found at Goodwill. Such an amazing summer cardigan!

Recipe: Swedish mead

As I’m sure is no surprise to some of my more long standing reader friends, I’m into Swedish everything- the culture, the food, the design. Lotte Jansdotter has created  a beautiful book that is strikes a perfect note for me- she focuses on small space living, crafting one’s home, and focusing on friends, family, and make the most of what you have. The sketches, the photos, the projects and the recipes are all exactly the kind thing that I love to see; the kind of lifestyle that I try to create in my own life. I can’t recommend the book highly enough, really.

I had lots of fun trying out the recipes, but I was particularly taken with the recipe for Swedish Mead, which I had never seen before and required ingredients that I always have in my kitchen. So I got to work!

Swedish Mead
from Lotte Jandotter’s Handmade Living, with permission


  • 17 cups or 4.25L of water
  • 3/4 cup or 185 g packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup or 185 g of granulated sugar, plus 6 teaspoons
  • zest and juices of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 teaspoon of active dry yeast
  • 18 raisins

Directions: In a large stockpot, bring the water to a boil. Stir in the brown sugar, granulated sugar, lemon juice and zest.  Remove from heat and let cool from hot to warm (105-115F). Stir in the yeast until dissolved. Let stand, uncovered and at room temperature, for at least 12 hours.

Put 1 teaspoon of sugar and 3 raisins in each wine bottle(I used pop bottles, personally), strain mead through a sieve and pour into the bottles. Cap tightly, and store in a cool dark place for 1 t 2 days, until the raisins float to the surface.  Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Swedish mead
I usually forget these things, but if you happen to notice the super fun fox t-shirt I’m wearing, I got it here

 I’ve made a few batches of the mead now, and I honestly love the stuff. It’s so refreshing in the summer, and it was my first time experimenting with making something carbonated. It does have some alcohol in it, but the content is low (depending on how long you let it sit, I suppose!). This doesn’t taste like lemonade- more like a shandy. Served ice cold on a hot summer’s day, I can’t think of anything better:

Swedish Mead