Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

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I jumped up and down after I found out that Lena Dunham has read my book and included it in her Thanksgiving edition of Lit Thursday. She said very flattering things!

Because reading makes you smarter and more successful at life. Fact.

Knitters who want to help the Women’s March on Washington (in the US) on January 21st should contribute a hat! Full details here.

In case you have trouble remembering (as I often do), this moment is enough.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Cheese Stars |

Cheese stars! puff pastry is my new baking best friend, and these cheese stars are super simple  and easy to customize. try you favourite types of cheese, some spices or herbs, and make them yours! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: 3 Ingredient Shortbread |

What I love most about this simple shortbread recipe (other than the fact that it only has 3 ingredients) is that it uses brown sugar instead of white sugar, which gives them a much richer taste. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Best Knitted Decorations |

Got some scrap yarn and a yearning to knit up some holiday ornaments or decor? Then you should relive this post which has my favourite picks for all kinds of holiday decor- ornaments, garlands, stockings, and decorations. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love:DIY Needlefelted Pillow |

I love needle felting, and this is such a clever way to apply it to a pillow case! Would make a great gift idea, don’t you think? Pinterest link is here, and the tutorial is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Burn|

I love this quote, it has so much passion. Pinterest link is here, sadly I can’t find the original source for this image.

What have you all got planned this weekend, my lovelies? We are going o be celebrating James’s first birthday, and I’ll be doing a poetry reading. Not at the same time, but due to scheduling, it will actually be the same day!

2016 Knitter’s Gift Guide!

The 2016 Knitter’s Gift Guide is here!! Looking for some gift ideas for a fellow knitter? Or maybe you need to send some gift ideas to your loved ones, who have no idea what to get you. Just email a link to this page to your family and friends, and let them know what you want this year (you should totally do that). Here is the place to find ideas for every budget, and every knitter!

Here are my top picks for knitterly gifts this year!

(a note on the items: I chose all the items on this page, and none of them are sponsored or prearranged.  All items are available to purchase online,  therefore all items will have additional charge for shipping. Prices are shown in US funds.)

Someone Special- You’re Probably Besties or Related: $77-$45

An elegant and minimal bit of knitting themed jewelry, A (beginner friendly) big granny square crochet gift pack with 20 colours of yarn,  A gorgeous trundle bag that is perfect for keeping the couchside knitting under control, and a big cozy cowl kit. Hellllloooooo, holidays!!

2016 Gifts for Knitters |

top left: Sterling Silver Knitting Needle Ring, $45.87

top right: Crochet Beginners Kit, Granny square DIY pattern with 20 cotton colours and  tote, $76

bottom left: Wool Trundle Bag with Sheep Design, $58

bottom right: Hanki Snood Knitting Kit (choice of 20 colours), $70

Hooray for Gifts! $47-$25

A knitting kit, some amazing wall art, a yarn bowl that is a work of art itself, and the best interchangeable needle roll around (because who wants to keep their interchangeable needle set in a plastic case? ).

2016 Gifts for Knitters |

top left: Wool and the Gang Josie Gloves Kit, $28 (I knit these and love them!)

top right: Interchangeable Needle Organizer in Midnight, $36

bottom left: Cube Yarn Bowl, $32.63

bottom right: Knitted Lemon Watercolor 13 x 13″ size (comes in other sizes), $36

Something for Every Knitter you Know and Love: $24-$15

A perfect tool tin, a brilliant pattern collection for unapologetic colour lovers (patterns for adults, kids, accessories and the home!), a cheeky tote bag and a stunning calendar. Your knitting friends are so freaking lucky that you have such great taste!

2016 Gifts for Knitters |

top left: Knitter’s Standard Tool Tin, $20

top right: Mad Colour Print Book + Digital Download, $23 (see all 16 patterns here!)

bottom left: Llama Rama Tot Bag, $16

bottom right: 2017 Tanis Fiber Arts Yarn Calendar, $18

Stocking Stuffers- $15 and under

Stitch Markers 

You can never have enough stitch markers!  Whatever the knitter’s style- minimalist or loves colour –  there are stitch markers to suit:

2016 Gifts for Knitters |

top left: Square Simply Solid Stitch Markers, set of 2 for $3.06

top right: Medium Agate Snag Free Stitch Markers, set of 12 for $12.16

bottom left: Flying into the Storm Stitch Markers, set of 8 for $12

bottom right: Fruit Cupcake Stitch Markers, set of 5 for $12.50

Other Stocking Stuffer Ideas: 

All natural sheep soaps, gauge ruler, stunning stitch holder and a lovely mug- there’s the stocking perfectly stuffed!

2016 Gifts for Knitters |

top left: Goat’s Milk Sheep Soap, $6 each

top right: Large Gauge Swatch Measure, $14

bottom left: Copper Stitch Holder/Shawl Pin/ Stitch Marker Keeper, $5

bottom right: Entwined Short Mug, $7 (I have this mug and I love it!)

Bonus: Gift Ideas for Budding Knitwear Designers

The Fashionary is perfect for sketching out ideas and designs, critical to submitting knitting pattern designs to publications and a must have for many designers! A good stitch dictionary that has directions for working certain stitches flat, in the round, top down or bottom up; and a great resource for those who love to design colourwork. The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns is so thorough, their patterns will be a hit!

2016 Gifts for Knitters |

top left: Fashionary Limited Red Edition, $26

top right: AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary: 200 Knitting Motifs, $25.48

bottom left:  Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary: 150 new stitch patterns to knit top down, bottom up, back and forth & in the round, $20.36

bottom right: The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns, $21.80

And there we have it, friends! 2016 Knitter’s Gift Guide, full of goodies that I secretly hope I get, too! What did you like the most? Anything you hope you’ll be getting this year?

Modification Monday: Aran Xanadu

Modification Monday: Aran Xanadu |

Original Pattern: Xanadu Snowflake Cowl 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Stefanie (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the gauge to make it much bigger and reduced the pattern repeats. Details can be found on her Ravelry project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I think I need to make the disclaimer, the original pattern is my design. But even if this wasn’t my pattern I would still love this mod, because it shows how amazing things can be when you blow up fine knits into heavy weights! Stefanie cleverly worked up this fingering weight pattern in Aran weight, which changes delicate designs into something bolder, more graphic. If you are looking at a stranded design and think that it might be too much of a time investment, consider making it in a heavier weight yarn- aran weight, or even bulky.  stranded designs (and lace!) are totally transformed. If you don’t typically look at stranded designs because of the fine gauge, consider supersizing!

Modification Monday: Aran Xanadu |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

I love this idea so much. Check out The Compliment Project. is having a huge contest to win $1,000 worth of sock yarn! It’s open to both Canadian and US residents, so if you live in either of those and fancy a lifetime supply of sock yarn, you should enter!!

Cats wearing hats made from their own fur. Yup.

Do you take photos of people, or are relying on a significant other to take your blog photos? Here are some great tips on how to get the most flattering photos.

We all know that practicing gratitude is a surefire way to improve our happiness and satisfaction with life, but easier said than done, right? Here’s 11 ways to practice gratitude without a gratitude journal.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love | Cookie Brittle |

Cookie brittle is a thing! Flaky, crumbly and buttery, this is a delicious take on the humble chocolate chip cookie. Plus, I think cutting things into triangles looks like such a pretty idea, and so much more inviting than squares. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love | Leftover Patties |

Got leftovers? Check out these mashed potato and stuffing leftover pancakes, perfect for combining leftovers into new flavours. Bonus points if you sneak a little flaked turkey into them. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love | Brandy Apple Cocktail |

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a cocktail in my round ups, but this Brandy Apple cocktail is super easy and delicious, and you could leave out the brandy for an alcohol-free version. A perfect festive beverage for the the season! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love | Yarn Embroidery |

How pretty is this embroidery? This single ply laceweight yarn with slight tonal variations looks absolutely magnificent as  a detail on these jacket cuffs. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is from Instagram, here.

Pin Ups and Link Love | How to Hygge |

Have you heard about Hygge, the Danish art of making the most of winter and being super cozy? I highly, highly recommend this post which gives a great overview of the key elements of Hygge, and 20 ideas on how to get your Hygge on this winter. If you find winter dull and dreary, then this approach just might change your mind. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here. Are you Hygge-ing? If so, tell me what you are doing!

How is it the weekend already?! I feel like I blinked and this whole week just disappeared. This weekend, we are going to put our Christmas tree up, and I’m super excited! We actually haven’t bothered getting a tree for the last 7 years (we’re always out of town for Christmas),  but now that Lila is older I think it’s time. Coming soon- my mini stocking advent calendar update! Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

#CraftyBlissChallenge Wrap Up!

Did you participate in the #craftyblisschallenge? It was so much fun! 117 people completed all 10 days of prompts (woo hoo!) And participants contributed over 1200 photos in this round. So amazing! It took me a while to count through everything, and figure out exactly how many people had completed it. I used a very unscientific method of going through loads of photos and entering names on a spreadsheet.

Here were the prompts:

#craftblisschallenge Fall 2016 |


Even though the prompts were created by Melissa and I, some were still harder than others! How to pick a favourite project? And look up has so many options. Here were my photos:

CraftyBlissChallenge Wrap Up |

You can see these photos and read the descriptions in my Instagram feed here. 

Thank you everyone who participated, even if you didn’t finish all ten days. It’s such a wonderful feeling of camaraderie and friendship to be doing the challenge all together, and even though we might not ‘know’ each other. There’s intimacy in talking about our favourite projects, why they mean so much to us. Glimpses into each other’s lives that we don’t normally share. It’s not just pretty pictures, it’s meaningful. It’s beautiful on a different level.

If you haven’t checked out the hashtag already, read Melissa’s wrap up which featured some great photos from a small selection of participants.

We even had two winners for yarn prize packs! Chantel of Mudpunch (if you love gorgeous striped sock yarn, you need to check out her shop) has offered a skein of her beautiful yarn as a prize!! The winners have been picked and they are:

 Melissa and I will be doing it again in the spring, and we will try to be organized enough to have sponsors so we can share pictures of the prizes in advance (planning, I hear it’s a good thing). If anyone would like to sponsor a prize for a winner for the spring Instagram challenge, send me an email!