FO: Autumn in Ombre


Pattern: Ombre Cardigan

Yarn: Tanis Fiber arts Pink Label in ‘Chestnut’ and ‘Brick’

Needles: 4 mm circulars.

Mods: None.

Notes: This is one of those perfect sweaters that you know will be a wardrobe staple. I love the easy fit and clean lines, and the ombre effect is the perfect amount of interest- not too much, not too little. It’s totally a wardrobe classic.


It’s knit using two strands of laceweight held together, which was nice- it knit up pretty quickly and it was fun to watch the colour shifts.  really enjoyed using one of the brand new TFA colourways, too- Brick is a really gorgeous shade, just right for fall. I can tell I’ll be wearing this a lot!

The kitties were really keen on getting in on the photoshoot action (or at least just wanted my attention), but then refused to sit pretty when I tried to include them:

Ombre Cardigan, with cats
Cats. What can you do.

30 in 30: Wardrobe Remix

I first heard of the 30 in 30 Wardrobe Remix from Eliza, a friend and blogger who decided to put her closet to work and create 30 different outfits in 30 days, using only 30 items. She is going to do it again this fall, and I’m going to participate as well- starting tomorrow!

My reasons: I get lazy. I’m not a morning person, and that’s typically when I get dressed, so it’s easy for me to get into an outfit rut and not think creatively at all about what to wear. Also, like many women, I have a tonne of clothes and probably only wear about 2% of my wardrobe in any given week, and I can admit it- I’m boring with my wardrobe. Pants and sweaters, accessorized with a necklace.Yawn.

The rule I’m going to dress by:

  • 30 items, which will consist entirely of visible clothes (obviously undercrackers, socks, etc. won’t count).
  • I’m not including shoes into this, because I’m not a shoe person and I know perfectly well I’ll either wear black flats or rain boots for the next 30 days, without fail. 
  • No outfit can be worn exactly the same way twice. 
  • Accessories are not included, and will be used as much as possible to punch up the existing clothing choices. It’s about time I make the most of all the scarves and handbags I own, for goodness sake.

I’ve been reviewing my Pinterest Style Board to get some ideas of the sort of things I’d like to be wearing, to ensure that those are the items that make the cut for the next 30 days. Let’s see how well I do. I’m giving myself extra credit if I manage to do stuff with my hair, too. Sometimes long hair is such a lazy cop-out, it’s so easy to do absolutely nothing with it.

Modification Monday: Gray Swan Dress

Original Pattern: Evenstar Shawl

Knitter Extraordinaire: Johanna (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  Used the beautiful circular shawl as a starting point for the skirt, and transformed it into a dress, using this pattern as a base for the upper body. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: This is easily one of the most beautiful knitted dresses I’ve ever seen. The skirt is stunning, and the bodice is gorgeous, and I love the tulle underskirt that gives the dress more shape. not only is this picture perfect, but Johanna has created a truly original, one-of-a-kind dress that really sets the bar for what a gorgeous knit dress can be. So impressive!!

Modification Monday: Aidez

Original Pattern: Aidez

Knitter Extraordinaire:Cecile (Ravelry Id)

Mods: Changed up the cables for both the back portion and the front neckband, and added pockets. Project page with great details on the modifications can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I generally feel that pockets make everything a little more awesome, I’m completely smitten with the addition of pockets on this clever mod. I also love how the cables make the sweater look so different- particularly the front neckband. Just goes to show that you can have a lot of fun playing around and substituting cables for a fresh look on a gorgeous sweater.

Our First Home!

G and I are very excited- this past weekend, we finalized the purchase of our first home!! We have bought a two bedroom condo townhouse in downtown Toronto, which we are thrilled about. We won’t be taking possession for a couple of months, but it is exactly what we have been looking for, and we’re so excited. I spend a lot of time going over my Pinterest Home Inspiration Board lately. Here are a few of the real estate shots of our new place (keep in mind this is how it looks currently, none of this stuff is our furniture):

Of course, we’ll decorate the place and make it our own, and the furniture that they have now is not at all like our furniture, but I’m looking forward to making it our own. These are the photos from the main floor, there is an upstairs, but the bedroom photographs are terrible. Today we have the home inspection, and I’m looking forward to going over the space in more detail with G, and talking about some potential furniture placement!

Oh, and here’s a parting shot of little Bruce Quillis. He’s very camera shy, but he feels a little safer when he’s peaking out from his little wooden house.