Modification Monday: Tantramar Cardi

Original Pattern: Tantramar Toque

Knitter Extraordinaire: Tanis Lavallee (Ravelry ID, Blog)

Mods: Using the chart from the original hat design, Tanis improvised a child’s steeked cardigan. More details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Sometimes playing around with colourwork can be as simple as finding a great design, and putting it on a different type of knit. Tanis used the harts from her Tantramar Toque pattern to create this great graphic design on a zipper front cardigan for her eldest son, and the results are so cozy and fantastic! Doesn’t he look so pleased with his sweater? While not everyone knit sweaters, you can also do the reverse- if you see a great colourwork design on a sweater but prefer to knit accessories, how about using the design on a hat, or a cowl? Or even mittens? Playing with the scale of a stranded design can give it a whole new look, just like this awesome cardigan.

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Looking for some ways to simplify your life? Here are seven suggestions, all of which are fantastic.

This was  a fascinating look at emotions, and how different cultures experience different emotions – for example, in Tahiti, there don’t have a word for sadness.

This was an interesting perspective – minimalism is just another boring product wealthy people can buy. “The only people who can ‘practice’ minimalism in any meaningful way are people upon whom it isn’t forced by financial or logistical circumstances.”

How to Work with Assholes: A survivor’s Guide.

My Favourite Pins This Week

For days when you want to just eat chips and dip, may I suggest this amazing roasted cauliflower dip? Very satisfying, and perfect for gatherings. Or you could eat it yourself. No judgement. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Can’t decide between cookies or s’mores? Now you don’t have to choose (the struggle is real, folks). These don’t take that much effort or ingredients, and are a snap to make in the oven. Perfect for slumber parties, girls night, the weekend… you get the idea. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Now that the weather is cooling off, I’m totally feeling the cozy blanket vibes. I love this loose cabled throw, it looks perfect for cuddling up on the couch and watching a movie. It’s a free pattern, too! Pinterest link is here, and the link for the original pattern can be found here.

I don’t know about you, but I still struggle with evenly picking up stitches for a neckband. if you feel the same, you should check out this link- Pinterest link is here, and the original post can be found here.

I’m super jealous of that sweet little lamb. I would love to curl up on a comfy sheep! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone! I know that this Friday post is late- I’ve been travelling to Fredericton New Brunswick for a poetry event, and won’t be back until Tuesday. But there will be a Mod Monday like usual. have an amazing weekend!

 

 

Modification Monday: Royale

Original Pattern: Georgetown

Knitter Extraordinaire: Melissa (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed the original plain collar for a cable pattern from Norah Gaughan’s Cable Sourcebook. Great details on how she substituted the cable chart can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: So many of us come across amazing cables in stitch dictionaries, and I know so many of us have been really interested in that particular cable or combination, but didn’t know how to apply it? Melissa had a great solution- using the lovely but very simple Georgetown cardigan pattern, she swapped out the plain collar and used a cable design that she really liked, and flanked it on either side with some ribbing. It’s an elegant and simple way to balance out the complexity of the cables, and adjust the stitch count to match the original stitch count for the collar. Each cable version would look very different, and of course you could try lace as well.  Time to revisit all those cable designs you’ve bookmarked over the years!

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Japan has a cat cafe train!

8 things you are probably spending too much money on.

How to trick yourself into feeling awake after a bad night’s sleep.

Trying to make a big change or struggling to cultivate a new habit? Why lifestyle changes are so hard.

Don’t make your cakes from scratch? Me neither. Here are 9 great ideas on how to take your boxed cake mix game to a whole new level.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I’m quite a fan of cauliflower, it’s such an easy way to get more veggies. These cauliflower and quinoa bites are surprisingly easy and don’t take a lot of ingredients- and they are delicious! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Grilled pound cake and peaches! If you love all things barbecue, it’s worth a late season treat like this. And you haven’t lived until you’ve had grilled pound cake, it’s so much better than I would have thought. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Have you got a stockpile of plastic bags? Me too. What about making ‘plarn’, plastic yarn? Perfect for turning into sturdy knitted or crocheted tote bags. Talk about recycling! Pinterest link is here, and the original tutorial can be found here.

I have mixed feelings about the gigantic shawl trend (I’m a small person, lots of fabric makes me look like a child playing dress up), but this Cliquant Shawl is pretty compelling- I love the simple shape and design, it seems flattering and easier to wear than some of the more colourful versions I’ve seen. What do you think? Pinterest link is here, and the original Ravelry pattern page is here.

Have you been feeling a little down? It happens from time to time for all of us. Here are 101 great ideas for cheering yourself up, should you need it. Pinterest link is here, and the original list is here.

 

Have a lovely weekend, everyone! It is going to be a scorcher here, so I’ll  be making sure the kiddos get lots of splash pad time at the park. See you Monday!

 

 

New Pattern: Alicorn Cowl

The latest edition of Knitty just dropped – and I have a new cowl pattern in it!

Alicorn Cowl

The yarn I used for the pattern is June Cashmere laceweight (100% Kyrgyz cashmere) in ‘Silver Bell’. If you haven’t knit with cashmere before, I really recommend- especially for a knit like a cowl. Considering how delicate the skin is around your neck and chest, the buttery softness will be a welcome treat! This super soft cashmere cowl can be knit in two sizes – a smaller single skein version for those that like a simple cowl, and a double version that takes 2 skeins for those that like to double loop their cowl or have more versatility when wearing it.

Single skein version:

 

Double skein version, worn as a single loop or a doubled up:

The pattern is really very simple, and would be fine for a fairly new knitter as well- there are only four different stitches in the whole thing – knit, purl, yarn over, and slip slip knit (ssk). That’s it! The twists are really just a travelling ssk, so it looks more complex than it really is.

I hope you will help me get the word out about this new free pattern- give it a like on Ravelry, or add it to your queue! There are so many new launches in the fall, it’s hard to see all the amazing patterns that come out around this time of year.

If you are wondering about the name, an alicorn is another word for a unicorn’s horn, and the gentle swirl of stitches on the cowl mimics the appearance of a spiral horn. A luxurious cashmere cowl that has swirls like a unicorn’s horn… what could be more magical than that?

If you are interested in trying out the June Cashmere yarn I used for the pattern, they are offering a $5 shipping discount when you sign up for their newsletter! Always nice to save five bucks where you can.

What do you think of the cowl? Any preference for the single skein or double skein version?