Modification Monday: Lorna’s Long Distance Hug

Modification Monday: Lorna's Long Distance Hug |

Original Pattern: Nurmilintu

Knitted Extraordinaire: Linda (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the proportion of lace and garter sections in the shawl. Project page with great details on how she achieved the look can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Sometimes it’s the simplest of mods that can really have a big impact on a knit. Linda changed the proportions of the garter and lace sections of this shawl pattern, and it makes a huge difference on the appearance of this shawl. With more lace, it has a more delicate, ethereal vibe to it. This is a great idea if you want to make a shawl mod but don’t know where to begin! Choose a pattern that has some lace in it, and play with the ratios. Maybe add in stockinette, garter, or linen stitch sections to break it up, and see what you think. This is especially easy if you have already knit the pattern once before, and you feel comfortable with the lace. Try it for yourself!

Modification Monday: Lorna's Long Distance Hug |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

The winner of the Wool Me Tender  giveaway from Wool and the Gang is….. Ane Marie! Her comment:

Ooh. I love the bulky. Way more my speed than a fingering shawl, and I love the look. Dragonfly would be my choice of color. I might just be a total copy cat and knit the same pattern you did!

Congratulations, Anne! We’ll be in touch soon to coordinate the details.

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Loved this post of killer career advice from smart women.

I wrote a guest post recently on Eucalan about how to pack light when travelling with kids. It was  very awesome to try out their travel products, they were a godsend while we were in England and Spain.

I secretly believed that audiobooks didn’t have the same sort of benefits as ‘real’ books, but science says I’m wrong! As far as your brain is concerned, audiobooks are not ‘cheating’.

I hear stories almost every day of Syrians doing good, kind things all over the world (confirmation bias at it’s finest!), so the crazy cat lady in me wants to weep over the incredible kindness of the cat man of Aleppo. Don’t worry dog lovers- people are helping them too!

A close friend of mine recently published a poem in The New Yorker, and I’m so freaking proud of her!

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies |

It’s that time of year! Pumpkins are everywhere, and everything has pumpkin in it! These pumpkin cheesecake cookies us a little bit of pumpkin and cream cheese to make these super soft and totally seasonal. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Pesto Chicken and Veggies |

I hate doing dishes and I love easy dinners, so this one-pan pesto chicken and veggies is right up my alley. Only 6 ingredients! Asparagus wasn’t handy, so green beans went in instead. Totally worked! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Crochet Cactus |

I adore little cacti, but I oddly can’t keep the real ones alive- it seems I really overestimate how much water they need, every time. But you can’t kill this super cute crocheted cactus (free pattern, too!) Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Yarnbombing |

The idea of yarnbombing has always appealed to me (one day, I’m totally going to turn the local stop sign into this), but I was blown away but how delicate and beautiful this yarn bomb is.  Pinterest link is here. The original source is difficult to find (this is apparently the original source, but the site isn’t easy to use and I couldn’t find it), but it apparently is somewhere in Paris.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Balance |

Finding balance is always really tough, but this little bit of wisdom really nails it, don’t you think? 😉 Pinterest link is here, but I sadly couldn’t find the original source. If anyone knows, please share!

I’m in Fredericton  at the University of New Brunswick this weekend for a poetry festival, and really looking forward to it. If you are in Fredericton and would like to come out, I’m reading on Sunday at 8 (a terrible time slot, I know) and I would love to meet you! Knitting is totally allowed, of course.

Giveaway!! Wool Me Tender Shawl & Yarn Review

Cold weather is coming, but me and my big grey shawl are ready.

Wool Me Tender Shawl |

Pattern: Offhand Lace

Yarn: Wool and the Gang Wool Me Tender

Needles: 10 mm (US 15)

My project page on Ravelry is here. 

This is the second of 3 (really!) shawls I’ve knit in the last couple of months. This is the thickest and coziest one, by far. Wool and the Gang is mostly famous for their wonderful knitting kits. I’ve used Wool and the Gang before, and I loved the mitts that I made- they turned out great and I still wear them.  This was my first time just freestyling with the yarn, and I was really pleased with it. I’ve probably wanted to knit some bulky weight shawls for ages,  and this was the perfect time to make it happen. The yarn was perfect – 100% Peruvian wool, single ply, and  strong. The thickness was consistent throughout.

Wool Me Tender Shawl |

I don’t normally wear my hair in a topknot, but it was raining that day and we had to do photos.  I got pretty wet on our way! Toronto has a lot of underpasses that are beautifully painted, so we figured  we would just shoot photos by one. Except… you actually have to get out of your car and get to it, since parking in an underpass isn’t usually allowed.

This particular mural was prettier just outside the covered part of the underpass. It wasn’t raining quite as hard then, so we stood in the drizzle for these photos. It was more fun than you’d think- something about choosing to stand in the rain and just embracing it. I couldn’t put my jacket down, so in all these photos, it’s bunched up between my knees.

Wool Me Tender Shawl |

Wool Me Tender Shawl |

The awesome folks at Wool and the Gang offered to do a giveaway – two skeins of Wool Me Tender in the color of your choice! So nice, right?  To enter, leave a comment letting me know which color you would choose, and what you would make with it. They could be two different colours, too! Comments close Thursday night at 10 p.m. EST!

Wool Me Tender Shawl |

p.s.- When I was setting up the links I noticed they are having a 30% sale on all their kits until Friday– if you were thinking of trying out one of their wonderful kits, this would be a good time.

Modification Monday: Abanu the Giraffe

Modification Monday: Abanu the Giraffe |

Original Pattern: Noah’s Ark Giraffes

Knitter Extraordinaire: Stephanie (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed to knit the pattern in the round, changed gauge, modified the ossicones, added felted details and changed the mane. Excellent details for similar results can be found on Stephanie’s project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Stephanie has done some fantastic details and modifications on this adorable giraffe. I love the bobble mane, it looks wonderful and is no doubt a tidier solution for knitters that struggle with applying fringe to toys (I have totally struggled with this myself!) The more rounded head also looks cuter, and the needle felted heart on the arm (click through her project page for lots of great photos) is such a loving detail. And such great colour choices! Hard to imagine a cuter giraffe than this.

Modification Monday: Abanu the Giraffe |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Recently I’ve been trying to figure out how to talk to Lila about race and racial diversity, and I found this article to be really helpful.

A great review of my new poetry book– I’m particularly pleased to have it described as ‘Anna Karenina gone furious’.

I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breath looking at these Pinterest baby photo fails.

15 Canadian words that should be more prevalent. I was surprised by this list! Naturally I knew them all, but had no idea that they weren’t in the American lexicon.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Chocolate Streusel Coffee Cake |

A super simple chocolate streusel coffee cake recipe. It’s one of those recipes that has a box of cake mix as an ingredient, but I like that sort of thing- sometimes I feel like making things from scratch, and sometimes I just need a dessert to serve people as quickly as humanly possible. This is definitely in the latter category. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Mexican Stuffed Peppers |

I love stuffed peppers. When I was in my first year of university and had the residence meal plan, Wednesday were stuffed pepper days and they were my favourite meal all week.  Healthy and full of protein, this is an easy weeknight recipe. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: How to Chop and Freeze Basil |

My basil plants are huge and bushy, but fall is coming! If you also have basil in your garden and want to freeze it, this is a super easy video on exactly how to harvest your basil and enjoy fresh basil in your cooking all winter long. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Crocheted Tote|

I feel like there have been a lot of really quite chic crocheted bags lately, I’ve been really impressed. This tote looks modern and cozy, just right for fall and winter. Pinterest link is here, and the original post can be found here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Imagine Quote |

This is so true- just imagine how different we would feel, act, and be if we obsessed over the best parts of ourselves? I wish I could find the original source, but the best I can do is an Instagram rabbit hole. Pinterest link is here, Instagram rabbit hole is here.