Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

4 ways to fit decluttering into your schedule, no matter what.

On finding friends who are like-hearted, rather than like-minded.

This is exactly how I feel about spring, too – My least favourite season.

I have a fear of operating rooms (more specifically, I’m terrified of being operated on), and I wish someone had done something like this the two times I’ve had to be in an operating room. That’s the the sort of kindness you don’t ever forget.

12 ways to get out of a slump.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I love seasonal eating (well, I also love eating raspberries all year long, so maybe I’m not totally about seasonal eating….) so I’m craving sprouts on everything. And if you haven’t had sprouts in a while, come join me on the sprouts bandwagon- microgreens add loads of vitamins and are deeply satisfying to munch in a sandwich. I’m not saying that you will be a million times happier after eating this, but at least twice as happy. Eating bagels makes me happy, too. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is right here.

I love going to street festivals for one major reason- there is always a food truck selling hot and fresh mini doughnuts covered in cinnamon sugar. It’s the only time I have them, and they are one of my favourite treats ever. These French Breakfast Puffs are very similar to those mini doughnuts- they are baked in stead of fried, which apparently means that now they are a legitimate breakfast option?! I also love that they are called French breakfast puffs, because now I not only can have doughnuts for breakfast, I’ll feel fancy and French when I do. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe post is here.

If you have a plain purse that could use a little pick-me-up (or thrifted one to experiment on!), this is a great tutorial on using floral appliques on a bag, and adding an embroidery floss (or yarn!) tassel. So much prettier than the plain black, don’t you think? Pinterest link is here, and the DIY can be found here.

Seeing wonderful containers like this totally makes me want to learn to crochet more than a basic chain stitch. I love the leather handles, such a thoughtful detail that really elevates the look of the baskets! Pinterest link is here, and the full pattern is right here.

Sometimes you go out and it’s just like this. No harm in leaving early and getting back to your pajamas. Pinterest link is here, but I can’t quite seem to find the original image – if anyone knows, please share!

It’s a busy weekend ahead- Lila’s birthday party is on Sunday! I also have been working on some upcoming posts to talk a bit about my freelance work, and my processes, for those that might be interested in my work side of life. I don’t know where i’m going to find the time, but I’m hoping to finish the first post from that series and have it ready to go this coming week. Have a wodnerful weekend, everyone!

Finished Knit: Heyworth Mitts

Without a doubt, spring is the perfect season for fingerless mitts. Especially if they are the colour of flower petals.

Pattern: Heyworth

Yarn: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise Blend (70% merino superwash, 20% cashmere, 10%nylon) in ‘Romantisch’

Needles: 3.25 mm and 3.5 mm (US 3 and 4)

Mods: None

Not that you know it from the many, many times I’m willing to take my coat off outside in the winter just for the sake of a good knit photo, but I’m usually chilly. I’m that person who starts wearing tights under their jeans around mid-November and carries on until April. All my sweaters have tank tops or t-shirts under them. Layers are a cold person’s best friend! So when you get cold as often and as easily as I do, fingerless mitts are perfection. I’m always typing, or knitting, or taking photos, and you would think that all that activity would keep them warm, but no — my hands are always cold.

Enter the noble fingerless mitt. The humble, hardworking, utterly perfect fingerless mitt.  I can never seem to have enough pairs of them.

The Heyworth pattern is from Plum Dandi Knits, a pattern collection I recommend back in January. I bookmarked several patterns from this collection, but these mitts are the first things I’ve made from it so far. I’m really happy with how they turned out- they look exactly like the pattern photos (we all know that doesn’t always happen). The only thing I found a little strange is that the increases for the thumb gusset were the reverse of what I would have done- meaning the M1L was done when I would have naturally done a M1R, to have a more defined edge to the gusset. But it works with the highly textured fabric of the mitt, so all’s well that ends well.

This is my first time using Rohrspatz & Wollmeise yarn, and I’m really impressed. The yarn is from a family-run small business in Germany, and is stocked in select yarn stores all over the world, although with the modern wonder that is online shopping, you can easily order from the site and have the yarn shipping directly to your doorstep.  The yarn I chose is from their Blend line, and it’s a butter soft melange of merino, cashmere and nylon. Having anything with cashmere in it on a delicate area like your wrists automatically feels like heaven.

The Blend line comes it more colourways than you can imagine, and I had a really tough time deciding – but it’s funny how we crave those lighter spring colours after a long winter. And this colourway seemed to be the perfect balance between a dusty rose and a pale lilac, and I like that it was a little hard to pin down, it make the eye linger a little longer.

I was blown away by the yardage (364 yards) in a single skein of this yarn- I only used about 25% of it for these mitts, so now I’m thinking of something that coordinates- a hat perhaps, or a small cowl? I’d love to use the same sort of stitch as the mitts. I’m already looking forward to using this yarn again – and I’m kind of kicking myself for not getting a sweater’s worth, because this would be a fantastic sweater yarn. Next time! Or maybe these sets of mini skeins….. I know, I know. so easily distracted.

This is sponsored post from Rohrspatz & Wollmeise. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

Modification Monday: Flight Cardigan

Original Pattern: Seamless Saddle Shoulder Pullover

Knitter Extraordinaire: Uncia (Ravelry, blog)

Mods: Uncia changed the pullover pattern to be an open front cardigan with a cabled front band, and a horizontal cable band at the hem. Her project page has fantastic, detailed notes on how she made this cardigan, check out her project page here.

What Makes This Awesome:  The saddle shoulder is a really under-used construction in knitted garments, especially since it looks SO GOOD! Knitting a saddle shoulder sweater has just moved to the top of my knitting plans. I love Uncia’s take on this, because while saddle shoulder sweaters are not typical (although I suppose the knitted on set in sleeve is a variation), saddle shoulder cardigans are especially atypical. Her goal was a comfy, slouchy cardigan with cabled fronts and hem, and she absolutely nailed it- Everything about this looks so comfortable, but so elegant. And it has pockets! because no comfy cardi is complete without pockets.

Uncia is a master of the mod, by the way- check out several of her previous Mod Monday contributions right here!

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Soo…. China is building a rain making system that is bigger than Spain. I’m not sure if this is an awesome thing that will help prevent catastrophic droughts in impoverished countries, or a terrifying step towards environmental destruction.

If all that Marie Kondo minimalism makes you want to roll your eyes, here’s the antidote to it- Why Minimalism is B.S.

“Cool is an emotional straightjacket.”

3 reasons we seek change.

Excellent ideas on living a more considered life.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I adore tacos in all forms, and these sweet and spicy sriracha chicken tacos are all kinds of awesome. The kids aren’t fans of the spicy, so I don’t cook the chicken with the sriracha sauce, and add it in separately to the grown up tacos- but I love all things spicy, so it works just fine until their little palates develop into the spice lovers I know they will be one day. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Brownies with peanut butter…..not just peanut butter, but peanut butter cups as well! Because I can’t get enough of chocolate and peanut butter together, and adding something to basic brownies takes them into a whole other realm of deliciousness. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe post can be found here.

These DIY paper cherry blossoms are prettier than the usual ones I’ve seen –  I love how they use slightly different shades of pink and paper olive leaves for a more realistic blooming branch effect. Just so pretty! Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is right here.

I can use a sewing machine but am not a big fan of sewing, but this tutorial looks so easy, and is so thorough, it actually makes me want to try my hand at sewing a whole bunch of pouches with all the pretty fat quarters I see online. Maybe I’ll become a sewist yet! Pinterest link is here, and the original tutorial is here.

Friends, if you click on a link for only one thing this week, make it this otter bath mitt! It’s a free crochet pattern, and so unbelievably cute I can barely stand it. The last photo of it wet and covered in bubbles – all the squeals!! Pinterest link is here, and the free crochet pattern can be found here.

What are you guys up to this weekend, any fun crafting plans? I’ve just cast on for a Laramidia shawl. I haven’t knit it in years and I am considering revamping the pattern for other yarn weights. Hoping to get a lot of knitting done!

Modification Monday: Dreyma Inspired Hat

Original Pattern: Dreyma

Knitter Extraordinaire: Lisa (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using elements from the yoke design of the Dreyma sweater, Lisa reworked the original aran weight design into a sportweight hat. Details and lots more photos on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love this mod – it just goes to show that you can extract small elements from a pattern and give it a completely different look. The original design of the Dreyma sweater has a very dramatic yoke, but seeing just a small portion of it on a sleek hat makes it entirely new. When looking at a stranded yoke design and thinking that perhaps it might be too much – too much work, too difficult, just too busy, consider what a knit might look like with only a little bit of that design, just like Lisa. Also, playing with scale can yield really big changes, too- for the original aran weight sweater design, working elements of the same design in sportweight changes how a pattern looks quite a bit.

This idea is so fantastic, I’m going to be looking at stranded yokes very differently from now on- what element of them do I like best, and what would a knit look like if it just had that one element? I’m off to look at stranded yoke sweaters now….