Finished Knit: Delineate Tank

Delineate Tank |

These are lovely photos, aren’t they? When I edit them, I bump up the contrast and the warmth and suddenly they look so good I forget that I actually don’t like how this top looks on me.

Delineate Tank |

But that is a damn fine back of a top, isn’t it?  Ah well. It was a fun knit.

Pattern: Delineate Tank

Yarn: Spirit Trail Fiberworks Sunna in ‘Pink Sands’ 

Mods: Added a split hem approximately 2.5 inches, which I worked in k2 p2 ribbing.

Let’s start with what I love: The yarn. I would knit with this yarn any day of the week, it was really heavenly to knit with. The Sunna base is a merino/cashmere/silk blend, so you know it is crazy soft and makes me want to squeal a bit when I squish it. The pattern was easy to follow, with the charts cleverly designed to change the size of the design as you went on with the knitting. It did mean you had to look at the charts the whole time, but that was fine- the stitch was interesting and I loved watching the design develop. I wasn’t crazy about the way the straps were worked at the shoulder. It involved doing short rows to angle them and provide some shoulder shaping, but for straps I don’t feel it’s necessary and I don’t think did anything to really improve the fit or the way they laid on my shoulders.

I am also really happy with the split hem, it worked out exactly how I wanted it to and I will definitely do this again to a future pullover.

Delineate Tank |

So … I’m not crazy about how it looks on me. It’s fine, sure. It’s okay. But I’m not settling for fine and okay these days.  I want to love this tank top. But I don’t. It’s a fit problem, really. To be pretty blunt about my body type, I am ‘curvy’ in that I have a small waist in relation to my bust and hips. For a top to fall loosely around my midsection means the proportions have to be just right, or I look bigger than I really am. I noticed this is particularly true after I’ve had my kids, because my bust is bigger than it used to be, probably because I haven’t ever gone back down to the weight I was BK – ‘Before Kids’. It’s tough to figure out if I will or not. Wow, I’m really oversharing here, aren’t I? It’s hard to have a conversation about fit without getting into the nitty gritty of body type and style preferences.

Delineate Tank |

That back shot up at the top? I literally have a handful of this top in my hand in front of my stomach, so that we could take a photo of the back without any of it sagging back there. So now I know- A line tops, not for me. Which is a shame, because this was a lovely knit.  And if you have been looking for a great A-line summer knit that is perfect for wonderfully round tummies that don’t want anything showing where your waist begins or ends, I would highly recommend.

While it’s never fun to frog, I have to admit I’m looking forward to knitting with this yarn again! I had an extra skein I didn’t end up using for this, so I’m going back to Ravelry to shop through the patterns and see how this yarn might be a lovely tee or even a light sweater. Because I really, really want to knit this yarn into a garment I want to wear all the time.

Coming soon- outtakes!

Finished Knit: Golden Rose

This cowl is so perfect for summer in so many ways. The colour, the lace…. I bet you don’t think about cowls for the summer, but summers still have some chilly nights (and days, who am I kidding?) here in Toronto.

Golden Rose Cowl |

Pattern: Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis 

Yarn: The Blue Brick Rose Ombre 

Mods: None.

Project page on Ravelry can be found here.

I love my Golden Rose cowl. This pattern had been in my queue for a while, not only because I love how it looked but because the construction looked far more interesting than a typical cowl. The design didn’t disappoint- it begins with a shawl-like construction, and then is joined to work in the round. the result give that great slouchy front, and shaping that sits perfectly around the neck or on your shoulders without having to keep pulling on it or moving the fabric around. It’s like you get to put it on and forget about it.

Golden Rose Cowl |

Haha, as if you could forget you were wearing something as wonderful as this. The lace can be repetitive, but using a gorgeous ombre like this was so much fun- the colour shifts are so beuatiful. The ‘Rose’ colourway from The Blue Brick is a wonderfully sunny gradient, you can see the roses that inspired it in the photo with the yarn. What I especially love about this colourway is that even if you think you can’t wear yellow, it still works- an ombre that has yellow in it but isn’t right near your face is flattering for a lot of people. If you like yellow but think it doesn’t look good on you, this is a good colourway to wear.

Golden Rose Cowl |

I especially like choosing something a bit brighter to wear in the summer, something with a little more colour to it. This fit my goals perfectly! As for the photos, a couple of things were very clear to me after seeing them- 1. I need a haircut so badly, I can’t even remember exactly when I last cut my hair- September? October? Yikes. 2. I wish I had put on some lipstick for this. I know not everyone likes make up, and to be honest I rarely wear lipstick, but I feel that I could have used a little pop of colour. But hey, the cowl adds lots of colour, too!

Oh man, have I got loads of outtakes for this! We took waaay more photos for this than we normally do, mainly due to trying to do the photo with the kids while on Toronto Island, which is a place that I adore but was so sunny and bright it was very difficult to find shady spots for photos. And Lila was very involved! An outtakes post will follow later this week.

Golden Rose Outtake |

New Yarn: Biscotte Yarns Griffon

Whoa, how is it almost the end of the week? That long weekend really messed with my ability to keep track of time and suddenly, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday night I realized that I needed to get posting! I did get some FO photos on the long weekend of the cowl that I’m working on in this video and previously blogged about here, but I need to go through them all. A quick glance at some of the photos made me realize I desperately need a haircut, I’m not looking my best these days. But Lila was very happy and  involved– there will be an outtakes post, for sure!

At about 8:15 p.m., after both the kids were put to bed, I popped out my front door to photograph this beautiful yarn from Biscotte Yarns:

Biscotte Yarns Griffon |

That is Biscotte Yarns Griffon, an Aran weight yarn in Gris Gris (grey) and Farfadet (green), with an awesome combination from both resulting in the self striping skein in the middle. Guys, this yarn is so freaking soft and squishy, I just want to rub it against my cheek all day. Not pictured: my pajama pants and t-shirt, which is seriously how I stepped outside my front door. But I looked both ways first to make sure none of my neighbours were out. Then I plucked some little flowers off my flower planters, put them onto the yarn because flowers and yarn are a wonderful combo, and stealthily took some photos before scampering back inside.

Let’s get a closer look at the squishy softness, shall we?

Biscotte Yarns Griffon |

This beautiful yarn is destined to become an R&R Hoodie for baby James. I’m thinking I might do stripes, or possibly a speckled fade effect between colours, like this one. I need to do some swatching!

Also- isn’t it awesome to be able to take a photo outside after 8 p.m. and it’s still daylight?

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Links I Love This Week:

I’m a little obsessed  Noisli, with this new-to-me sound mixer that allows you to custom blend different sounds for either relaxing or productivity, with 16 different sound options (and volume controls for each one) to custom blend your perfect mix of noise hath will help you amp up your productivity, or get you super relaxed.

10 ways to boost your brain power– some quick and easy, some take a bit more time. But I think there’s something for everyone on this list.

Part of living more simply means building patience and practicing contentment no matter where you are at on the journey.

A moving account of what it is really like being a single parent.

Are newsletters the internet’s new safe space for women? A great article about how women are finding new ways to carve out female spaces to share thoughts and discoveries.

Pins I Love This Week:

Pin Ups and Link Love: Zucchini Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies |

Zucchini oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! I get to eat way more of them because there are vegetables in them, right??? The recipe declares them gluten-free, but that is because the recipe calls for gluten-free flour- I’m confident regular flour works just fine, if you are good with gluten. Other than that, the recipe is is full of good ingredients, for a healthier take on a chocolate chip cookie.  Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Gnocchi and Pomodoro Sauce |

Gnocchi with Pomodoro sauce is one of those great comfort foods that is just perfect for this time of year, and the recipe comes together easily. If you are in a rush for a weekday meal, skip the step with broiling the cheese for a crusty top- the recipe is still delicious without it, but it does add any extra tasty element. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Crochet Pumpkin Cover DIY |

I’m totally not into scary stuff (even those Halloween Simpsons episodes sometimes creep me out), so I was pretty smitten with this DIY crochet cover for a pumpkin. Who says halloween decorations can’t be pretty? Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Stitch Markers|

If you are anything like me, you lose stitch markers all over the place. I loved this tutorial on how to make your own- I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m making my supply list so that I can get everything I need for them! I’d love to try this. Pinterest link is here, and the original tutorial post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Beauty Quote |

I love this quote- so often we’re wishing that this was different about our face or body, or wish we could change X… but really, confidence in who you are is one heck of a badass beauty treatment. Pinterest link is here, and original post is here– side note, that’s a cool site where you can make your own text/image overlays!

Tomorrow I’ll be posting some silly photos from the outtakes from this post– I know I don’t normally post on weekends, but I hope you’ll enjoy! Have a beautiful weekend, everyone!

Product Review: Jordana Paige Cora Bag

Review: Jordana Paige Cora Bag |

This is the Jordana Paige Cora Handbag. Yes, that Jordana Paige. I first heard about her products when I got my Jordana Paige Tool Butler, which I use to corral all my circulate needles and dpns, and is still in great shape without a single problem- all the zippers work, nothing got loose or shabby, structurally as sound as the day I got it. When you have a product from a company that has already been serving you well, and then they tell you about their awesome new handbag… well, it didn’t take me long to jump at the chance to review the Cora Bag.

First, let me tell you a bit about what sort of purse person I am. I like a bigger purse, the kind that I can throw a lot of things into. I’ve tried tiny purses, but they just aren’t me.  I end up carrying an additional tote bag, which makes no sense. I also strive for an effortless sort of chic look (I don’t always nail it, but hey- I try), and I live in a big city and want to look like I’ve got it together, even if really I’m just carrying around toddler snacks, a wallet, more lip balm than anyone could possibly need, and some yarn. This is what I look like most of the time:

Review: Jordana Paige Cora Bag |

Except not always walking through pretty gardens, that’s just for the sake of the photos. Oh, and if you are wondering about the cowl, it’s this one!

I. Love. This. Purse. I didn’t even know how much I was going to love it until I started using it, and now it’s my every day purse. Every friend I’ve seen since I started using it has commented on it, and then I immediately show them how the front unzips into a clutch, and how all the cool pockets are fantastic, and look at how much yarn I can carry around with me, etc.

Review: Jordana Paige Cora Bag |

Look at how awesome the zip off clutch is! I carry crayons and a colouring book and assorted toddler things in the clutch part, but hey- that’s just what my life is about these days. Except in these photos- Guy’s parents were visiting and they looked after Lila while we popped out to get some photos.

Review: Jordana Paige Cora Bag |

This bag is ideal for someone who likes a chic purse that can totally hold it’s own in a crowd of Kate Spade or Coach bags, but has all the pockets and compartments for your knitting, wallet, and the hundreds of little things you would normally keep in your bag. It’s ideal for someone who likes classic lines and some style.  If you prefer small bags, are super casual, or are just a grab-your-wallet-and-go sort of person, this probably isn’t for you.

I had mixed feelings on the price at first- I’m frugal, so this is definitely at the high end of what I’d pay for a purse, but now that I have it, I think it’s worth even more. When I’m going to be spending a bit more (usually coats, boots, and purses- things I use and wear in heavy rotation) I think about it in terms of cost per wear- how much use I’ll get out of the item. The more I wear it, the more it’s worth spending a bit more for something well made that will actually last. I’ve had the bag for a few weeks, so I’ll report back on how it’s lasting at the end of the season. The bag is made of a vegan leather- it has a great crosshatching to it that holds up well to a close inspection. The internal fabric is sturdy, and not a single knitting needle has punctured it.

And  it’s excellent at hiding a baby bump:

Review: Jordana Paige Cora Bag |

I have a bunch of hilarious outtakes, and even though I normally just do those for knits, I’m thinking of sharing them. Feel like seeing some hilarious photos of me hamming it up with a purse?