Modification Monday: Beekman Tavern with a Vintage Twist

Modification Monday: Beekman Tavern with a Vintage Twist |

Original Pattern: Beekman Tavern 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Liz (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Raised the neckline, shortened the sweater and modified for negative ease. Details of Liz’s sweater can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Liz hit upon all the key criteria for sweaters with a vintage flair- crew neck, hip length, and negative ease-  and set about making the changes necessary to create this gorgeous and ultra-flattering pullover.  Changing the proportions of the sweater give it an entirely new appearance. And the bright colour is just the icing on the cake! Even if you aren’t planning on making a sweater with a more vintage vibe, think about what it might look like with a different neckline, or shorter (or longer?) hemline, with less (or more?) ease. One pattern can have a lot of different looks, if you are willing to play with it.

Modification Monday: Beekman Tavern with a Vintage Twist |

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: Colourblock Sugar Cookies |

I’m crazy in love with these dipped colour block cookies- so many possibilities! You could coordinate them with a party colour scheme or theme, or any holiday or occasion. white black and orange and they would even be perfect for Halloween. I feel like this cookie recipe and technique are about to become a staple in my kitchen.

Pin Ups: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Smoothie |

I am obsessed with this chocolate chip oatmeal cookie smoothie. It taste like a milkshake, but is healthy and breakfast appropriate. You’re welcome.

Pin Ups: Sprinkle Easter Eggs|

I love these DIY sprinkle Easter eggs- such a fun idea and a fraction less messy than dying them. You could even add a sealant over top when you are done, and use them for decorations year after year.

Pin Ups: BLT Pizza |

This bacon, lettuce and tomato pizza  is an easy and tasty weeknight meal, and a fun way to have a BLT without actually having a sandwich!

Pin Ups: DIY tassel bracelets|

I love these bright and pretty DIY bracelets with tiny tassels- it looks pretty easy, and would be perfect to make any outfit seem a little more fresh and springy.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Knit in Progress: Fuzzy Mitten Mystery KAL 2015

My first mystery knitalong (abbreviated to KAL) is underway and I’m already really enjoying it- the Fuzzy Mitten Mystery Toy KAL is so much fun. Mystery KALs require you to have faith and a love of surprises, since it can be very difficult to tell what it will look like while in progress. Each week another part of the pattern is revealed, and because it’s a toy, it’s easy to fit in knitting each week’s clues into my schedule, no matter how busy I get.  Before the first clue was revealed, Barbara talked about what colours and weight of yarn would be necessary for the pattern.  She recommended a light green and a dark green (leading to much early speculation on the mystery KAL ravelry chat thread- a crocodile? A lizard? a frog? A turtle? Gecko? Iguana? More names of different lizards that I don’t actually know? But therein lies the fun of a mystery knit. Starting out and not knowing what it’s going to be, but trusting the designer and having fun with the mystery. This is what the critter looked like after the first 3 clues:

Knit in Progress: Mystery Toy Knitalong |

I’m a big fan of Rowan Handknit Cotton for knitted toys, it doesn’t pill and it machine washes really well (perfect for toys).  I intended to use stash yarn for the toy, but I was in a local yarn store and came across it, and couldn’t resist- I had to buy it. It was just the right shade of green.

The first clue started with a a rain hat and rain boots, which I knit in a contrasting yellow. I love that about Barbara’s toy patterns- she always has really cute accessories and clothes for each of her toys. I know that the hat and boots won’t be the last of the accessories for this knit (and if there is a coat I’m thinking of adding in some colourwork for a bit of fair isle style).

For the photos, I dressed Lila’s toy panda in the yellow rain hat and boots:

Knit in Progress: Mystery Toy Knitalong |

I took these photos before last week’s clue was revealed (which was the critter’s head!) so now it is pretty much revealed to be a turtle. I haven’t knit the head yet, but will be very soon. When taking these photos, my cat Yarn was napping nearby.  I figured she would happily get involved in the photos:

Knit in Progress: Mystery Toy Knitalong |

Knit in Progress: Mystery Toy Knitalong |

Knit in Progress: Mystery Toy Knitalong |

Okay, maybe not quite so happily.At least the panda looked happy.

Modification Monday: Matchbox

 And the winner of the Inspiration Knits shawl pattern giveaway is…. Jenna,
for her comment:

I’ve got some Panda Silk DK that would be lovely for the Fresco pattern…it’s a coral and teal variegated…or some beautiful SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock in Tourmaline I picked up on a recent trip for the Painted pattern! I love patterns that are so versatile when it comes to yarn choice :)

Congratulations, Jenna! You’ll be getting an email from me shortly.

Original Pattern: Briquette

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jennifer (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the solid colour, hooded sweater into a scoop-neck pullover; and worked stripes into the diagonal garter section. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This modification is a great interpretation of the original pattern- the stripes really emphasize the diagonal garter section, and the simple scoop neck makes this sweater a little more versatile– I could see it pairing nicely with a skirt, as well. Jennifer’s stripes are such a great idea that are super flattering and are ever-so-slightly ombre- she’s used three different colours to have a subtle shift from a natural cream to a cool light grey to the final blue stripe at the bottom. Jennifer’s plan worked perfectly here, and maybe you might want to consider looking into your stash and seeing if maybe you’ve got some great colours to make some cool stripes in your next knitting project, as well- and don’t be afraid to mix up the texture, either!

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things on Pinterest This Week

  Pin Ups: Easy Spaghetti Carbonara |

This spaghetti carbonara is delicious and super easy-  I made it for dinner for us earlier this week and we all loved it! I particularly like that this recipe doesn’t call for separating the egg yolks. I also added some spinach to get a bit of veg into the mix, as well. There were zero leftovers, and Guy requested that it become a weekly staple. So if you like pasta and bacon, give this a whirl. 

Pin Ups: Amazing Carrot Cake |

Understand but perfect, this carrot cake is always a winner. This recipe has lots of spice and a healthy portion of unsweetened applesauce and lots of grated carrots- it’s practically healthy! (in my dreams, I know).

DIY Message Hairpins |

Talk about  a fun, grown up pasta craft- these DIY message hairpins involve gluing little alphabet pasta to a bobby pin, and lacquering with nail polish. Such a fun idea!

Pin Ups: watercolour wall art |

This is a great project for adults or kids- creating big bubble prints that are pretty enough to hang on your wall. Plus you can customize the colours to work with your decor.

Pin Ups: Rainy Cafe Soundtrack |

And you know how a low level of noise, like in a cafe, helps stimulate creativity and focus? Well, here’s a rainy cafe soundtrack to get your focus on. You can even customize how much ‘cafe’ and how much ‘rain’ you want to hear. It’s pretty addictive, I’m listening to just the rain right now.

And if by chance you missed it- My Easy Easter Hot Chocolate with Peeps!