Modification Monday: Market Day Mashup Sweater

Original Pattern: Market Day

Knitter Extraordinaire: Karen (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the stranded cowl design as a starting point, Karen changed the gauge to worsted weight and incorporated the fingering weight cowl design elements into the top down, round yoke sweater. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: So much to love here! Karen is an experienced knitter and used to making modifications, and has made several sweaters which provided her with a solid foundation  for improvising the sweater. Karen an amazing job of balancing out the central motif with the smaller bands along the yoke and the sleeves, and adding in the side bands along the central design to help frame it around the body, where there were no horizontal stripes. When you compare the original design tot he sweater, you can see that she followed the striping sequence perfectly, and it worked out so well! A stunning sweater, perfect for Rhinbeck – where she even met the cowl designer, Misa Erder, below:

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

How to deal with feeling stuck.

Pantone has given Prince his own shade of purple, and it is beautiful.

An interesting read on how to know if you are settling.

How to be more present.

A fascinating look inside one of the first capsule towers of Japan, built in 1972.

My Favourite Pins This Week

While I’m not exactly all about the unicorn craze (although my 5 year old is completely crazy for all things unicorn!), I do believe that fun rainbow sprinkles and bit of frosting go a long way to making everything awesome. Enter in Unicorn Banana Bread – full of rainbow sprinkles inside and out. Perfect for anyone who loves rainbows, or needs cheering up via baked goods. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here.


When it comes to food for entertaining, I’m all about the minimal (or zero) cooking to make it easy. Enter in the bread dipping station –  Lots of fresh crusty bread, and recipes for three different flavoured oils for dipping- lemon zest dipping oil, balsamic garlic dipping oil, and red pepper with herbs dipping oil. Add some wine and a cheese plate, and you’ve got yourself a party. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Love this idea for customizing a door mat- and cheery succulents are perfect for combating the dreary weather ahead! Considering that it is based off of clip art, the same techniques could be used for all sorts of images that you could paint onto a door mat. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

Speaking of succulents, I love this little succulent garden idea with the gemstones. So pretty, an what a great gift idea. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY can be found here.

Oh Coco Chanel. So very wise. Pinterest link is here, although the original source is sadly lacking.

How is it the first weekend of November already? The clocks are turning back this weekend, and I’m looking forward to an extra hour to get a little more done. I have so much catching up to do, and I’m way behind on my blogging…. I hope everyone has a cozy weekend!

Modification Monday: Faded Leftovers Antler

Original Pattern: Antler 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Gen (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the leftovers from her Find Your Fade Shawl, Gen created this fantastic Antler sweater. details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: How many people have had loads of leftovers from making a Find Your Fade, or another large scale project? This is a brilliant idea for using a great colour combination for another knitting project. Gen does a great job of breaking down exactly how she used the colour combinations in this top down sweater, and it works out so beautifully. It’s very rare to get a garment out of leftovers, but when you have been working on a large knitting project hat already blends together a great combination of colours, wouldn’t it be great to make a garment with the same combination that you love? I love the result, this sweater looks so cozy, and perfect for weekends.


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?