Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Combating your inner critic.

I loved these little affirmations from Lenny Letter.

If you have a bad cold like I do right now (ugh, I feel awful!) Then perhaps you might like to read 6 ways to help get rid of a cold overnight. I’m very dubious about the wet socks thing, has anyone tried it?

This made me laugh. And really, every working male should read it.

If your Pinterest Boards are a crazy mess and you barely look at your old pins anymore, perhaps this will be helpful – 6 ways to get organized with Pinterest.

My Favourite Pins This Week

This one pot greek chicken and lemon rice is a wonderful weeknight dinner, and the recipe includes lots of great tips for getting the rice to liquid ratio just right sot hat it all comes together¬† perfectly. I don’t know about you, but I struggle with my rice making skills, so I can use alllllllllll the help. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

I love this brilliant baking trick about baking things on a cookie sheet / sheet pan instead of a more traditional baking pan. The post also includes a great brownie recipe! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

If you have one of those gradient mini skeins sets of yarn hanging around, or just want to scrapbust, then this pattern for some perfect fingerless mitts might come in handy. Pinterest link is here, free pattern can be found on Ravelry here.

Fall definitely seems like a great time to make rag rugs – take a look at the old clothes from summer that you know you won’t wear again, or perhaps kids have outgrown, and consider making one of these adorable rag rugs! Pinterest link is here, and the post round up can be found here.

Speaking of cozy things, feel like getting your Hygge on? Here are some lovely ideas for adding some Hygge joy each day in November. Pinterest link is here, and the original post can be found here.

 

What are your weekend plans? We have a busy weekend ahead, with sleepovers, dinners, and a kiddie Halloween party on Sunday – I’ll be the one face down in the bowl of mini chocolate bars, if you need me. Here’s hoping that your weekend is full of fun things and tasty treats!

 

Modification Monday: The Prismatic Hat

Original Pattern: The Prismatic Scarf

Knitter Extraordinaire: Sevil (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the scarf stitch pattern as a starting point, Sevil created a hat instead. Great details (with stitch counts!) can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Generally, I follow a formula for winter accessories that helps keep things looking pulled together- 2 of the items should match/be the same colour. No more. But when you knit a lot of your own accessories, it can be hard to think of how you are going to pair things up- hats with scarves or mittens, etc.¬† And so few of the awesome pattern out there have matching hats or mittens! But – check out Sevil’s clever idea. She took the stitch pattern for the popular scarf, and turned it into a hat, with great notes on her project page. Even adding in a contrasting stripe and crown, doesn’t it look fantastic?

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

You will be happier if you let yourself feel bad.

Is craftivism self-indulgent? An interesting read.

On sexual harassment.

If you need some cheering up after the first three reads, here are some photos of a hedgehog on a camping trip.

There was a great mini interview on my writing process – check it out!

My Favourite Pins This Week

If you are trying to do a few more meals without meat (and really, we should all be trying to do that), you should try these spicy cauliflower burgers. Easier that you would think, and you can skip the spice if you prefer your burgers on the non-spicy side. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post can be found here.

How adorable is this Halloween cake?! I’m a big fan of Halloween things that are not-so-scary, and this chocolate cake is just right. Colourful frosting and candy eyes are all you need to pull this off, so even those amoung us who feel our cake decorating skills are less than great, you can achieve this. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

Have lots of single skeins in a variety of yarn weights? I loved this recent post on Zen Yarn Garden for all sorts of free knitting patterns that take only one skein. Pinterest link is here, and the original blog post can be found here.

This simple embroidered cacti purse is so pretty, and would make a great gift, don’t you think? Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

I’m a big fan of the Yes and Yes blog, and this post about making yourself 25% more uncomfortable has been staying in my mind- it’s definitely true that discomfort leads to growth, and there are often wonderful things to be found on the other side of that discomfort. Pinterest link is here, and the original blog post can be found here.

Sorry for the delay in the post today, folks. I am on a train to Windsor for Bookfest, and I thought that I could do all kinds of work with the onboard wifi… turns out the wifi is terrible! Live and learn, right folks?

 

Modification Monday: Psychedelic Lapsus

Original Pattern: Lapsus

Knitter Extraordinaire: Marion (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Knitted the top down open cardigan bottom up instead, all in one piece. She also added button bands and a collar, and set in sleeves instead of the original drop shoulder. Even added a small pocket! Details can be found on her project page, here.

 

What Makes This Awesome:¬†Sometimes you see a knitting pattern that has a design detail – in this case, the great two colour stitch design of the original design – but you want a different sort of sweater. Marion did a great job of starting with the original, but making it totally the way she wanted by customizing every step of the way. The button band and collar are a great addition, as well as the pocket – you can tell it’s just the right size for a smart phone! It looks fantastic on her, don’t you think?

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

How information overload robs us of our creativity.

To de-stress, try talking to yourself in the third person.

Every female lead in every romantic comedy, written by a man.

This ballet rotoscope is so hypnotically beautiful.

My Favourite Pins This Week

If you are loving all things pumpkin this season, you will love these Pumpkin Crumb Cake Muffins, which are like amazing little pumpkin flavoured coffee cakes! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

Have you tried grilled fish tacos yet? Fish tacos are one of my favourite things to get in a restaurant, and they are really easy to make at home. Much healthier to grill the fish, too! The lime cabbage slaw is also delicious in these. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

 

Fixing a mistake in lace knitting can be extremely intimidating, and often results in ripping back rounds or rows. But what if you could just fix the one area that had the mistake? This is a great post that takes you through the process of fixing mistakes in lace knitting. Pinterest link is here, and the original post can be found here.

I love this modern crochet baby blanket, comprised of little triangles. Full free pattern is there, and there would be so many great colour combinations that you could come up with- and even make a bigger one for a bed, if you wanted. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Feel like you haven’t quite accomplished some of the goals you set out for 2017? This is a great way to reboot for a 90 day action plan to do a final push on whatever you really want to do this year. 2017 isn’t over yet. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Have a lovely weekend everyone! Anyone have any fall plans, like apple picking or pie making? I so want to go apple picking!