Modification Monday: Night Sea Laneway

Modification Monday: Night Sea Laneway

Original Pattern: Laneway

Knitter Extraordinaire: Marta (Ravelry ID)

Mods: deepened the solid collar by adding more short rows, changed the waist shaping and made the skirt rounder than the original tunic version. Great details on all her mods can be found on the project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I’m so impressed with Marta’s dress, which was knit entirely on needles 3mm or smaller! Marta very wisely kept great details on her mods, as a project of this size (remember those tiny needles?) was inevitably going to take a while to knit, so you want to keep track of the changes so that you can mirror them where appropriate- working the second sleeve, or increasing after waist decreases. There are so many great tweaks on this pattern that has worked so well – Marta truly knit a beautiful dress just the way she wanted.

Modification Monday: Night Sea Laneway

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This fascinating article on the ‘Christmas book flood’ in Iceland every year was a wonderful glimpse on a culture of readers, and how the perfect gift to give has always been a book.

Stop saying ‘sorry’ and start saying ‘thank you’ instead.

Love the new Pantone Colours for 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity? Agnes has a great post on yarns that are spot on for this 2016 colour trend.

I found this essay quite interesting- if you’re trying to save print, you’re missing the point.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Easy Rosemary and Sea Salt Flatbread |

This looks like it might be complicated, but it’s one of those ‘cheater’ recipes that involves using pre-made pizza dough as a basis for this recipe, and redone to have it’s own fresh flavour. Anyone would think you made it from scratch! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Funfetti Slice and Bake Cookies |

Any baked goods that have candy coloured sprinkles are always going to induce a bit of happy, and when you have easy slice and bake cookies like this, you can have happy cookies whenever you want! They are dipped in white chocolate in this recipe, but considering my lack of free time lately, I’m going with the the straight up slice and bake. Plus, the batter freezes well- you could slice as many cookies as you need, whenever you want! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Copper Pipe Side Table DIY |

I’m not usually a furniture DIY person, but this side table is so beautiful, and I think would be an amazing weekend project- especially if you already own a pipe cutter (or could borrow one!). Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: How to Knit Intarsia |

 I hear so many knitters express nervousness or dislike for intarsia knitting techniques, but it’s super easy- and here is great photo tutorial on how to do it on both right side and wrong side rows. Pinterest link is here, and tutorial is here. 

Projects shot in the studio

I adore licorice allsorts candy, so this crochet version really tickles me. It would be pretty whimsical and fun to have a small bowlful of these! Pinterest link is here, and the free pattern can be found here.

Considering most of my days are very small in scope lately- trying to feed the baby, clean the baby, get the baby to nap- my plans for the weekend involve running errands and laundry! I’d love to live vicariously through you guys- are you up to anything fun?

2015 Review and 2016 Goals

Knits Completed in 2015:
2015 Collage |

Project listed in their columns, from top to bottom.

Column 1: Sleep Sack for Baby James, Lisette the Lion, Lavender Firefly, Hyperballad (single skein version). Column 2: Xanadu Snowflake Cowl, Fergus Mitts, Rainy Day Turtle. Column 3: Grey Leaves, First Baby Booties, Chromatic Rainbow Cowl, Zippy Zebra. Column 4:  Trailblazer scarf, Seaward Hat, Hyperballad XL  (2 Skeins). Column 5: Grey Mist, Pacific  Sweater, Josie Mitts, Berkshires Headband.

2015’s knitting projects! I actually knit a couple of other things that I haven’t taken photos of yet… which is a tad embarrassing. I just grabbed a quick snap of the Berkshires Headband yesterday so that I could include it in the round up. I also knit another toddler honey cowl for Lila in a different yarn that has long since lost the ball band, but am woefully behind on getting a photo of it. The other is a holiday gift that has yet to be gifted, so there are no photos yet.

2015 was a pretty good year, and saw us expand froma family of 3 to a family of 4 with the arrival of baby James! Blogwise, there were a lot of firsts- first time doing a reader survey, first time doing an instagram challenge, first time doing pattern collection reviews, first time trying Periscope, and my first time writing a longer essay on a book review/ thoughts on crafting lifestyle.

Goals for 2016

Some of 2016 is already structured for me, in that I’ll be on maternity leave giving little James full time care most of the year, and I’ll be putting the finishing edits on my second book of poetry, and we will be travelling to the UK at some point to introduce baby James to Guy’s family. But I do have a few goals I’d like to achieve around those important things!

Book Challenge: I haven’t talked much of my love of books  here on the blog, but will be looking to do that a bit more in 2016. I’m also participating in the Mrs. Darcy 2016 Book Challenge, and will actually be tracking the books I read this year, something I never normally do.

Newsletter: Some people have asked me if I have a newsletter, and currently I do not. As soon as I figure out how to get it started, I’ll get that out there. I’m thinking it will give some sneak peeks, discounts, bonus entries for giveaways, requests for recommendations/advice, and general bloggy goodness on an occasional basis.

Knitted Sock Advent calendar: I have loved these mini christmas stockings for so long, and recently got a great mini sock yarn skeins from Tanis Fiber Arts that is going to be perfect for them. I want to knit 24, as an advent calendar for Lila and James. I imagine putting in little chocolates or lego or something, and I’m excited to start a new tradition for my little family. My plan is to knit two of these mini stockings each month- then I’ll have all 24 by Christmas this year.

 What about you guys? Any plans (large or small) that you would like to work on this year?

Modification Monday: BaaBle pullover

Modification Monday: BaaBle pullover

Original Pattern: Baa-ble Hat

Knitter Extraordinaire: Mary (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the baa-ble hat pattern charts for the yoke and Mary Jane Mucklestone’s “Fair Isle” book for the striped peeries, Mary created cozy warm stranded children’s sweater, which she made for the Help Kids India campaign. Project page with great details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I’ve been seeing a lot of wonderful modification inspired by the charts from this hat pattern, and this children’s sweater is definitely one of the knockouts.  And what a caring, generous thing too donate this sweater to a charity that is important to her.The yoke of this sweater is taken form the original design, and then Mary  echoed the black and white of the sheep with the great peerie stripes. And I love the photo below, which shows how Mary put the whole thing together. I find construction to be a fascinating part of a modification, don’t you think?

Modification Monday: BaaBle pullover

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

How cafes in Greece are helping out the homeless dogs in their neighbourhoods.

Let’s hear it for a messy Instagram feed– not everything needs to be perfectly curated.

5 questions to ask yourself on New Year’s Day… or any day, really.

I love Xandy’s 5 New Years Resolutions for knitters. Even though I don’t actually do New Year’s resolutions, I respect wise knitterly advice!

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Caramelized Onion and Gruyere Tart |

I’m a fan of baking on New Year’s Day, and this caramelized onion and Gruyere tart is just what I want to eat! If you haven’t made a savory pie or tart before, it’s super easy. This recipe is definitely on the easy side of the recipe spectrum. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Homemade Mint Milano Cookies |

Homemade Mint Milano cookies. Heck yeah. I don’t even need to say anything else! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Pincushion |

This whimsical DIY pin cushion totally tickles my fancy. And wouldn’t it be awesome on a sheep? I have a plastic sheep figurine, I’d love to do this. Pinterest link is here,  and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Wake Up Beachy Waves |

 This technique is for those with shoulder length hair or longer, but saves you time in the morning. I actually do a variation of this every single night, but just one bun on the top of my head. I like the effect on my hair, and I also don’t like sleeping with my hair down (it sticks to my moisturizer). Pinterest link is here, original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Lisa ogdon Wallpaper |

I’m crazy in love with this Lisa Congdon wallpaper (and it’s removable! It comes in sheets like contact paper!), and I love how it’s used here as a little accent section with that great rich blue wall. Pinterest link is here, and the original link is here.

Happy 2016, my friends!

Thank you so much for reading, commenting, pinning, or just enjoying my blog, it means so much to me. I hope that 2016 is going to be an amazing year for every single one of you, and that each day has a little firework of joy. Hugs and high fives to you all!