Modification Monday: Laika Surprise Hoodie

Modification Monday: Laika Surprise Hoodie |

Original Pattern: Laika

Knitter Extraordinaire: Tanya (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Turned the mesh cardigan into a pullover version. Great details can be found on her project page,  here.

What Makes This Awesome: First off, Tanya has knit several variations of Laika, so I was spoiled for choice among her amazing modified versions. I chose this one because I loved the ‘simple’ conversion of taking a cardigan pattern an changing it to be a pullover. Tanya kept the main body stitch count the same in the front as in the back after working the neckline, and made additional small changes for increases and decreases while working top down to ensure pattern consistency (all details on her project page). If you were thinking of modifying a cardigan pattern to be a pullover, Tanya’s project page can help provide some ideas of what to consider when making adjustments- like side faux seams for ensuring stitch consistency and underarm stitch count.  I love Tanya’s resulting pullover hoodie- it looks comfortable, easy to wear, and so very pretty!

Modification Monday: Laika Surprise Hoodie |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Have little boys in your life? Here are some very valid  reasons why you might consider buying them a doll for the holidays.

What if we didn’t go around trying to limit each other because things ‘might not work out’?

Might as well make some room for the holiday things! Here is a great guide for decluttering your home, with worksheets and a checklist.

From the wisdom of Gretchen Rubin, here are 5 easy habits that help strengthen relationships with spouses, family, and friends.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Baked Brie with Cranberry and Walnuts |

Need an easy appetizer idea? Or maybe you just really feel like eating cheese and crackers for dinner (no judgement, I’ve done it before). Either way, this super easy baked brie with cranberry sauce and walnuts is sure to please. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: S'mores Cups |

Am I the only one that thinks that S’mores are perfect for wintery treats, and not just campfires? These oven baked s’mores cups are little bits of heaven, and I guarantee that if you brought them to a party or a cookie exchange, they would stand out from the usual holiday treat crowd. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Giant Paper Snowflakes |

I love these giant paper snowflakes, they would be so pretty for indoor decorating. They are made the same way as normal paper snowflakes, but using a big roll of butcher paper, to provide the right size (big rolls of craft paper would work, too). Pinterest link is here, an the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: How to Choose a Sock Heel |

Sock knitters, take note! Here is a mini guide on choosing your perfect knitted sock heel, for either toe up or cuff down. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Crochet Beaded Necklace |

I’m not much of a crocheter, but I can definitely crochet a chain- which is about all the crochet skills you need to whip up this beautiful beaded crochet necklace! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

December is rapidly disappearing, and I’m feeling very behind on my holiday prep, what with having a newborn. I’m trying to just take it easy, it’s still difficult for me to get out and do anything, but I’m hoping in the next few days I’ll be able to get out more and run some errands.

Review: Take Heart Collection

Pom Pom Quarterly has just released their first capsule collection,  Take Heart: A Transatlantic Knitting Journey, designed by Fiona Alice. The collection features 11 accessory patterns that are perfect for chilly weather. The collection is available both in print and as e-book.

I’m a big fan of accessory collections that stay within a season- it makes for a cohesive, practical design aesthetic. This whole collection was so appealing to me because in the cold weather, every single one of these patterns would be so wonderful to wear right now! I’ll review four of my most favourite patterns from the collection, although it was hard to pick just four- I would wear/knit all of these designs.

Review: Take Heart Collection |

Martinique Beach

This beautiful worsted weight stranded cowl is knit in the round with four different colours, and can worn looped around the neck once for dramatic effect, or twice for extra warmth.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You love colourwork, dramatic cowls, and aren’t afraid of provisional cast ons or grafting.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: you never wear cowls, or aren’t a fan of colourwork- although imagine what this could look like in monochromatic shades of grey and white….

Review: Take Heart Collection |

Caswell Bay Hat

This DK weight hat features twisted stitches and an asymmetrical cabled arrow design, and the instructions are both fully written and charted. And the collection also features a pattern for matching fingerless mitts!

You Should Totally Knit This If: You love working twisted stitches, and are looking for a hat design that is both eye catching and a little more challenging.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You were looking for a nice, mindless knit that you could just relax with. The instructions and chart are very straightforward, but you’ll need to keep an eye on the pattern.

Review: Take Heart Collection |

Three Cliffs

A DK weight wrap that is perfect for chilly days. The simple design (written, not chartered) is fully reversible arrow design of ribbing and garter.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You have been looking for a shawl to knit that is unfussy and perfect for casual, everyday living.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You are easily bored with ribbing. Because there is indeed a lot of ribbing.

Review: Take Heart Collection |

Queensland Beach

A beautiful worsted weight cabled headband that is perfect for keeping your ears warm in the cold weather. And you can’t ask for a faster knit!

You Should Totally Knit This If: You love cables, headbands, and having toasty warm ears on windy days.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You aren’t into cables, or if the provisional cast on and grafting will put you off. Although in a headband, it is a very small amount of grafting.

I recommend checking out the full  Take Heart: A Transatlantic Knitting Journey collection– it is full of toasty warm knits that are perfect for cold weather, and possibly even for a quick gift knit before the holidays, too!

Modification Monday: Halligarth Sweater

Modification Monday: Halligarth Sweater |

Original Pattern: Halligarth

Knitter Extraordinaire: Birgit (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the fingering weight shawl lace pattern as a starting point, Birgit created this laceweight pullover using the lace stitch, and added contrasting i cord edging to the cuffs, hem and neckline for contrast. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Isn’t it always so impressive when someone takes a stitch pattern from a completely different type of pattern (in this case, a shawl) and transforms it into an entirely different concept? I love how the original shawl’s lace looks into this pretty pullover, and Birgit’s decision to liven up the palette of the sweater with a bold contrasting i cord trim at the neck, hem and sleeves- a nice pop of colour. Are there any stitch patterns you particularly love that might look good in sweater form? This is an all-over lace, but you could also experiment with a center lace panel down the front, or the only on the sleeves.

Modification Monday: Halligarth Sweater |

P.S. This isn’t the first time Birgit has been featured on Mod Mondays- her previously featured sweater was so popular she wrote out the pattern for it!


Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Is company coming over? Here are the best speedy ways to fake a clean house.

I despise daylight savings time, and research  backs up my feelings on the subject.

I love this list of 26 things everyone should do once a year. Some really great stuff on this list, and not just the usual ‘take a trip somewhere awesome!’ sort of advice that doesn’t work for everyone’s bank accounts.

20 reasons to be happy & hopeful about humanity, the future, the world… everything.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Avocado Caprese Salad |

I know salads are not traditional winter fare, but this delicious avocado caprese salad is really satisfying and full of healthy goodness. Perhaps the perfect work lunch? Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Skinny Double Chocolate Muffins |

Skinny double chocolate chip muffins with no sugar- the sweetness comes from ripe bananas in the batter. So perfect for when you are dying for a sweet treat, but want something healthy. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: How to Make Pom Poms in Bulk |

Has holiday crafting got you knitting lots of hats and things that really need a lovely pom pom? trouble is, it takes time to make each awesome one. But if you ever thought that there must be a way to make pom poms faster, you are in luck- here’s a great tutorial on how to make pom poms in bulk. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Owl Print |

I love this little Owl print- perfect for kids or adults! Who doesn’t want to be told they are terrific? Pinterest link is here, and the original source is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: How to Cross Stitch on Paper |

 I love this great tutorial on how to take a cross stitch design and work it on paper- the step by step approach to this shows you exactly how to do it, and would be amazing for making framed stitched prints or cards, don’t you think? Plus, a great crafty kit idea! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.