Giveaway and Knit in Progress: Berroco Tuscan Tweed

Berroco Tuscan Tweed Harebell |

Ravelry project page is here.

I am actually knitting a sweater, guys! Meet Harebell, a simple top down cardigan that I suspect is about to become the cornerstone of my casual fall and winter wardrobe. I’m knitting it in Berroco Tuscan Tweed in ‘Laurel’, which is suddenly my new favourite kind of green – it’s a grey green, soft and muted. It has small flecks of off white and cornflower blue mixed in, and the result is somehow completely uniform and gives it a heathered appearance.

Berroco Tuscan Tweed Harebell |

So, let’s talk about the elephant in the room – these photos. Not up to my usual snuff! Indoor photos at night are no fun, and my knit-in-progress photo game isn’t strong to begin with. My smartphone completely died a few days ago and took with it several photos of knits in progress, for this and another knit.  Guess who doesn’t back up her photos to the cloud …. clearly I should. I just got a temporary phone today (looking forward to testing out the camera – these photos were taken with a DSLR), but have spent the last 3 days utterly phone-less. I missed Instagram the most.

Lately I’m craving sweaters. Real, cozy, honest-to-fall sweaters that make me feel like I’m being hugged by a sheep. Some might feel that a big stockinette cardigan is a bit dull, but I’m loving it. Simple sweaters are often the ones we reach for the most, I find. Knit in the round from the top down, I’ve only made two modifications – to add a faux seam on each side for stability and structure, and I’m just about to modify the hem to be split. Because ever since this top, I’m obsessed with split hems.

Berroco Tuscan Tweed Harebell |

This Friday, a Tuscan Tweed knitalong (or crochetalong!) kicks off! The ravelry group has juuuuust started, and there’s plenty of time to join even if you don’t get your yarn sorted on Friday. Here is where they are talking about the knitalong (or crochet along!) on the Berroco blog.

You don’t have to knit one of their patterns, you can knit anything you want. I’m planning on joining officially for a single skein project (in the colourway ‘Cherries’), either a hat for James or mittens for me. We’ll see how greedy I’m feeling come Friday! The KAL goes until November 30th, so lots of time to join, or knit a bigger project like a sweater. Come join us!

Would you like to win some yarn to get a little kick-start on the KAL? One lucky duck is going to win ALL THE YARN required for the Berroco pattern of their choosing!!

Berroco Tuscan Tweed Harebell |

To enter:

  1. Check out the new Tuscan Tweed Collection and the new yarn colours for Berroco Tuscan Tweed
  2. Leave me a comment letting me know which pattern is your favourite and which colourway you would love to knit it in!

Contest closes at 10 p.m. Eastern time this Thursday, October 13th (that’s tomorrow, my friends!). Winner will be announced Friday morning. Good luck everyone!

Modification Monday: Orza

Modification Monday: Orza |

Original Pattern: Orza Pullover

Knitter Extraordinaire: Rebecca (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Modified the original pullover to be a zip front hooded cardigan with pockets. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: The original pattern is beautiful with thoughtful details and the cool asymmetrical striping on the arms; but it’s so interesting to see it worked up as a hoodie! Rebecca kept the texture and the stripes consistent throughout, and echoed her colour choices along the zipper band to great effect. The result makes it look very comfy and more casual, and also easier to layer on when the weather turns a bit chilly. A gorgeous mod!

Modification Monday: Orza |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

It’s been a busy (and short!) week for me, with only a few days here in Toronto between my trip to Fredericton last weekend, and gearing up for Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend. I wish fall wasn’t so busy!! Hopefully after this coming weekend of travelling, I’ll be all done for a bit and can get back on schedule.

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This cat has trained a flock of lambs to follow his every move. 

Looking for some spooky (not gory) reads this Halloween season? This list has got you covered.

The importance of vulnerability in friendship.

More rainbow art installations. Everywhere. Because people are happier when they see rainbows. I want to say that’s science, but it might just be my own opinion.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin ups and Link Love: Caramel Cream Cheese Spread |

This caramel cream cheese spread served with apple slices looks like the perfect fall party appetizer. Or a totally legitimate dinner for one. Hey, I don’t judge. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

Pin ups and Link Love: Caramel Cream Cheese Spread |

Sometimes it’s nice to break out of the chicken-or-beef rut of dinner. How about garlic shrimp pasta with sun dried tomatoes in a creamy, spicy sauce? Yeah, it’s pretty tasty. But I love shrimp, and this comes together with few ingredients. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

Pin ups and Link Love: Apron DIY |

While I’m not much of an apron person, I love this DIY idea that is so simple, but looks so good. I’d love to do this technique on cloth napkins, or pillow cases. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

Pin ups and Link Love: Decoupage Tea Set |

This pretty decoupaged tea set would be such a lovely gift, don’t you think? I think you can even get dishwasher safe modge podge now, as well. I love the idea of using the mixed media of both the tissue paper and the porcelain paint. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Pin ups and Link Love: Best Halloween Knitting Patterns |

If you are thinking of knitting some Halloween things, there is still time! This is my round up from 2015 of my top ten picks of the best Halloween decoration knitting patterns! Pinterest link is here, and the original post can be found here.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, my fellow Canadians! And for all my wonderful non-Canadians, happy weekend – I hope it is lovely for you.

Modification Monday: Lorna’s Long Distance Hug

Modification Monday: Lorna's Long Distance Hug |

Original Pattern: Nurmilintu

Knitted Extraordinaire: Linda (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the proportion of lace and garter sections in the shawl. Project page with great details on how she achieved the look can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Sometimes it’s the simplest of mods that can really have a big impact on a knit. Linda changed the proportions of the garter and lace sections of this shawl pattern, and it makes a huge difference on the appearance of this shawl. With more lace, it has a more delicate, ethereal vibe to it. This is a great idea if you want to make a shawl mod but don’t know where to begin! Choose a pattern that has some lace in it, and play with the ratios. Maybe add in stockinette, garter, or linen stitch sections to break it up, and see what you think. This is especially easy if you have already knit the pattern once before, and you feel comfortable with the lace. Try it for yourself!

Modification Monday: Lorna's Long Distance Hug |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

The winner of the Wool Me Tender  giveaway from Wool and the Gang is….. Ane Marie! Her comment:

Ooh. I love the bulky. Way more my speed than a fingering shawl, and I love the look. Dragonfly would be my choice of color. I might just be a total copy cat and knit the same pattern you did!

Congratulations, Anne! We’ll be in touch soon to coordinate the details.

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Loved this post of killer career advice from smart women.

I wrote a guest post recently on Eucalan about how to pack light when travelling with kids. It was  very awesome to try out their travel products, they were a godsend while we were in England and Spain.

I secretly believed that audiobooks didn’t have the same sort of benefits as ‘real’ books, but science says I’m wrong! As far as your brain is concerned, audiobooks are not ‘cheating’.

I hear stories almost every day of Syrians doing good, kind things all over the world (confirmation bias at it’s finest!), so the crazy cat lady in me wants to weep over the incredible kindness of the cat man of Aleppo. Don’t worry dog lovers- people are helping them too!

A close friend of mine recently published a poem in The New Yorker, and I’m so freaking proud of her!

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies |

It’s that time of year! Pumpkins are everywhere, and everything has pumpkin in it! These pumpkin cheesecake cookies us a little bit of pumpkin and cream cheese to make these super soft and totally seasonal. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Pesto Chicken and Veggies |

I hate doing dishes and I love easy dinners, so this one-pan pesto chicken and veggies is right up my alley. Only 6 ingredients! Asparagus wasn’t handy, so green beans went in instead. Totally worked! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Crochet Cactus |

I adore little cacti, but I oddly can’t keep the real ones alive- it seems I really overestimate how much water they need, every time. But you can’t kill this super cute crocheted cactus (free pattern, too!) Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Yarnbombing |

The idea of yarnbombing has always appealed to me (one day, I’m totally going to turn the local stop sign into this), but I was blown away but how delicate and beautiful this yarn bomb is.  Pinterest link is here. The original source is difficult to find (this is apparently the original source, but the site isn’t easy to use and I couldn’t find it), but it apparently is somewhere in Paris.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Balance |

Finding balance is always really tough, but this little bit of wisdom really nails it, don’t you think? 😉 Pinterest link is here, but I sadly couldn’t find the original source. If anyone knows, please share!

I’m in Fredericton  at the University of New Brunswick this weekend for a poetry festival, and really looking forward to it. If you are in Fredericton and would like to come out, I’m reading on Sunday at 8 (a terrible time slot, I know) and I would love to meet you! Knitting is totally allowed, of course.