Modification Monday: Peplum Sweater


peplum sweater

Original Pattern: Water’s Edge Cardigan

Knitter Extraordinaire:  B (Ravelry ID

Mods: Changed the original 3/4 sleeved cropped cardigan to a long sleeved pullover, with a longer body with waist decreases, scoop neck, and lighter gauge. Project page can be found here

What Makes This Awesome:  The revamped proportions of B’s peplum sweater are so chic and spot on- the longer length of the sleeves and body work really well, and the scoop neck seems like the perfect neckline with a peplum hem- the round shape echoes the round flounce of the peplum. The result is a drop-dead gorgeous sweater- very wearable, very flattering and oh-so-chic. I am normally not into peplums, but I would wear this sweater any day of the week, no question. It’s beautiful!

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Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Ever since I saw these amazing raspberry bars on Pinterest, I’ve been craving them- and they are easy to make, as they use raspberry jam! No need to wait for seasonally fresh berries for these beauties.  If you like cereal bars (nutrigrain, etc.) you’ll love these.

paper flowers

Maybe it’s because spring is take so darn long to get here, I’ve been loving seeing paper flower tutorials popping up- these paper chrysanthemums are jaw-dropping gorgeous. The original post is in Spanish, but if you view the link on Google Chrome, it will translate the page into English for you.


I love delicious, warm bread-y pretzels. This recipe is ticking all the right boxes for me, and includes a cheddar and rosemary dipping sauce recipe!


I’m totally in love with this bright purple eye make up that Rachel McAdams is sporting. I’m thinking of trying to be more adventurous in make up colours, and this bright purple looks so pretty to me.


An adorable hedgehog, wearing a hat. The cuteness!

Life At-A-Glance: Scenes from Instagram

I was late to the Instagram party, but now that I’m here, I’m having a great time! I’ve thought it would be fun to share some photos from my Instagram  in case any of you wonderful readers aren’t on Instagram and would like to take a look at what I’m posting behind the scenes. I add photos to my instagram on average about once every two days, which isn’t quite as much as I’d like, but I find that I’m often so in the moment, I don’t think to take a picture. Or it’s nighttime, and the photos are super challenging.  How about you guys- do you have an Instagram account, or have any favourite subjects for your Instagram feed? Let me know your user name in the comments so I can find you, too!

Instagram Collage March 2014

Top row, left to right: At a friend’s book launch on the weekend, brunching at Barque (our favourite bbq joint), Lila’s first pigtails(!!!), my moms’ monkey bread.

Middle Row: My cards from  porketta bingo, Guy and I mattress shopping (A whole other story- we bought a new one, and we aren’t sure if we like it- how long does it take to break in a new mattress? Anyone have some advice? ), Lila watching a koi fish pond projection on the floor at the  Ontario Science Centre, my first manicure in about a decade (and I’m so crazy in love with it, I went out and bought the nail polish to do it at home! Wish I felt this strongly about the new mattress….).

Bottom row: A snap of Guy and I are the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on our 5th wedding anniversary,  gallery collection from the AGO, fun party lights and a DJ spinning at the AGO, and Guy teaching Lila how to take cell phone snaps- we’re still working on less-blurry selfies.

Modification Monday: Flaky Crust(mas)


snowfklae sweater

Original Pattern: Baby Blanket Snowflakes, and Drop Shoulder Sweater, and Ski Sweater in Colour

Knitter Extraordinaire: Pacasha (ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Incorporated 3 (!!!) different patterns to customize this gorgeous  kid-sized snowflake sweater. Details on her project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome:  I have so much respect for Pacasha, who really went all out  using 3 different patterns to get this amazing snowflake pullover for her daughter.  She steeked, grafted, customized and used pretty much every knitting skill out there to make this amazing sweater. In reading her notes, it’s clear she really thought it out. and even though it’s kid-sized, how many f you would totally wear an adult-sized version? I know I would!

snowflake sweaters

New Pattern: Causerie Hat & Fingerless Mitts

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This new pattern is Causerie, a double pattern for a classically cabled hat (beanie style) and fingerless mitts with a ribbed cable cuff. The pattern is exclusive to Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club (2014), and memberships are available all year round. You can also get just a pattern membership, and get exclusive access to all the club patterns for 2014! A very affordable option, if you are a knitter on a budget.

Causerie Collage

The Fingerless mitts have a knitted-on cabled cuff, which might be a new technique for some. it’s super easy, but hard to understand at first without a visual. So I’ve made a handy little video, that shows exactly how to knit-on the cabled cuff to the pattern.