Review & Giveaway: Pom Pom Quarterly 5th Anniversary Issue

Pom Pom Quarterly has just launched their 5th anniversary issue, their biggest one yet with 16 patterns and a whole lot of celebrating! This might be a summer issue, but it is full of knits you can wear year-round (I know, you toasty people in the Southern US do not agree with me on year-round knits you can wear), so if you like to knit in the summer to prepare for the cold weather that rolls round eventually, there is a lot here: 4  pullovers, 3 hats, 3 shawls/wraps, 2 pairs of socks, one cardigan, one tank top, one cowl, and one pair of fingerless mitts.

I’m impressed with the range of patterns, it feels like there is genuinely something for everyone here- love cables? Then direct your attention to Anniversaire or Rave. Love a bit of colourwork? How about Bash, Hoopla, or Zazie.  Need some lace in your life? Sevilla is going to rock your world, but also consider Jamboree or Shindig. Just want to relax with a bit of stockinette? Climb aboard Fete and Boum.

My favourites:

Soiree, by Emily Foden.

As soon as I saw Soiree, it went straight into my knitting queue. I love the relaxed fit, the surprise of the cables on the sides and underarm. It is knit in the round from the bottom up with two strands held together- a fingering weight alpaca and a laceweight mohair. I’ll be very interested to see knitters making some different yarn choices with this, but I do love the mohair on this. It just looks perfectly cozy. The bottom hem is meant to have that raw, unfinished look, but if that bothers you, you could easily add a few rounds of ribbing or garter, or even a turned hem.

Anniversaire, by Veera Valimaki.

Seeing this makes me instantly want a golden yellow cabled cardigan in my wardrobe, even though I know that it is probably not the colour for me. I love the asymmetrical cable on the back (go check it out!), and that it’s knit top down- so you can try it on as you go and decide on the perfect length. There are short rows, and with all these cables you are probably going to need a bit of experience to keep it all sorted, but I believe in you.

Hoopla, by Dianna Walla.

I’m definitely on team slouchy hat, so this is something that really speaks to me. I love that it’s worsted weight (you know it will be a quick knit!) and the colour combinations on this hat would be endless- and how great would the contrasting colours look in a gradient skein? Or you could stashbust and use several leftover worsted weight skeins? I foresee a lot of really great finished knits from this pattern.

It’s worth checking out all 16 patterns, although try not to get too distracted by the bright background in the photos. Prefer your patterns digital? No problem, it’s available for purchase right here, and you can buy it straight on Ravelry here. Since I don’t think there are any Canadian knitting publications that are actually printed, and postage in Canada is a fortune (those two points might not be entirely unrelated), I often purchase digital issues of things to avoid paying shipping.

If you happen to be in London (UK) or are going to be in the area around July 14-15th, you should check out Pomfest, a birthday party extraordinaire featuring favourite yarn vendors, guest lectures, and even a KAL. Sadly I won’t be arriving in the UK until the end of the month, but I hope that everyone who goes shares all the lovely fun on Instagram!

The wonderful team at Pom Pom Quarterly is offering a free print issue for one lucky winner! Check out the patterns in this brand new issue here, and let me know in the comments which one id your favourite. Giveaway closes Sunday night, June 4th, at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. One lucky winner will be randomly selected from the comments and announce don Monday!

Modification Monday: Svalbard Cardigan Modified

Original Pattern: Svalbard

Knitter Extraordinaire: Emily (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Change the swingy, cropped open front cardigan into a sleek button up cardigan with a collar, and added more overall length. Details and additional photos can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love Emily’s elegant take on the Svalbard cardigan. It stays true to the original design in so many ways, but forges new territory with the upright collar (how fantastic is the contrasting light blue on the inside?) and the button band. Emily didn’t add any waist shaping, but chose a size that was close to her measurements, she didn’t need to add waist shaping and otherwise stayed with the pattern. Such incredible results!

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Films condensed into a single image- so hypnotizing. Dumbo is my favourite.

Loved this Marie TV video on the two words that help make changing a habit so much easier. I started trying it, and it does work!

I needed this so bad: How to make an unpleasant situation suck less.

If you are thinking of changing careers, you might find this interesting.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I made these cookies last weekend, and they were SO good! I know they don’t look like much, but they taste amazing. I personally find butterscotch to be a very underrated. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

I don’t know how Mexican this  chicken and rice salad is, but it’s delicious. The trick here is the ratio- don’t make too much rice! It’s so much better when there’s less rice, and leaves room for all the other tasty ingredients to shine. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

Lately I’ve been really loving little leather touches with knits. These lovely rustic potholders are so pretty,  with the hemp twine,  and the brass finishings. Pinterest link is here,  and the original post and pattern is here.

I have seen those little brown cardstock boxes in craft stores, but didn’t really know exactly what to do with them. This is a great craft project that is perfect even for those who feel like you can’t really paint anything. The finishing touch are those little knobs,  So pretty. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

I loved this little list of quotes for book lovers. All so true. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Another busy weekend here- Lila has her dance recital, my parents are coming into town, I’m doing a poetry walking tour as part of Doors Open Toronto, and then I think that is the last of the crazy schedule for a bit! My left hand still as the fingers taped up, I tried to knit but not quite there yet. Sigh. A couple more weeks of the splint. Have a great weekend, everyone! Knit a few stitches for me, if you can.

Modification Monday: Prairie Herb Vest

Original Pattern: #07 Fair Isle Hat

Knitter Extraordinaire: Nataly (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the fair isle hat as a starting point, Nataly created a colourwork vest with the same details as the hat. Additional photos can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: How incredible is it to take a far isle design and transform it into a vest like this?  I love that Nataly kept the striped corrugated ribbing from the hat and used it again for the hem and trim on this vest, especially in the proportions- smaller around the armholes and neckline, longer and more dramatic at the hem.  The colours she chose are fun and bright, and show off the wonderful combinations of fair isle stripes through the body.  It can be daunting to try a colourwork modification like this, but if you wanted to try it on a smaller scale, you could do just the hem and the first four inches of the bottom in a fair isle design and knit the rest solid. Or possibly just add the design over the bust? Or pick only three of the fair isle stripes, and intersperse each with sections of a solid colour? When you find a colourwork chart you love, think of the wonderful possibilities it could hold. Just like Nataly’s beautiful vest.


Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Why you need ‘white space’ in your daily routine.

Sad portraits of your recycled electronics.

This was a pretty amazing talk by Glennon Doyle Melton. I’ve watched it a few times now, and it’s so good.

Have you guys heard about this whole eating cold oranges in the shower thing? I’m so intrigued, and I really want to try it out.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Do you love coconut the way I love coconut? I hope so! If you do, then you have to make these cookies, they are incredible. And if you aren’t a coconut lover, but wish to make a coconut lover adore you, then make them these cookies. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

You know how much I love a quick and easy weeknight dinner, and this simple pasta dish is  easily pulled together with pantry staples, fresh or frozen spinach, and some cream cheese (which is a total fridge staple for me). Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

I absolutely love the idea of a tabletop s’mores pot, and this great DIY shows you exactly how to make your very own! The only thing I’m wondering is if you could use a natural candle instead of the pot of fuel? Has anyone tried? I’m not too excited about a little pot of flammable whatever on my table, but a candle or two feels more manageable. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

This adorable kangaroo mama and baby is made from a pair of socks and some accent fabric. Isn’t it the cutest thing? What a wonderful gift to sew for a baby shower, or as a gift for a little one. Or heck, even a fully grown adult who loves kangaroos! Pinterest link is here, and the DIY post is here.

I know this is an almost ridiculous title for a post, but the ideas here are very realistic and doable. I remember when I first took the advice that we need to tell people what our goals are, they very often want to help us achieve those goals, so they do what they can to help (if they are in a position to do so). But no one can help you reach your goals if they have no idea what it is that you want. Great advice in here, no matter what your goal might be. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

 It is the start of a long weekend here in Canada, the Monday is a holiday. I’m hoping to pick out some plants for the planters, and try to do some gardening with Lila, who will be a big help since my left hand is a little out of commission.  Some friends are having a barbecue, and hopefully the weekend will be low key and relaxing. Wishing you all a wonderful, sunny weekend.