Modification Monday: Mouton Mix


Original Patterns: Dessine-Moi Un Mouton and Spring Lines

Knitter Extraordinaire: Gaby (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Gaby combined the two patterns, using the texture and shaping of Dessine-Moi un Mouton and added in the great stripes from spring lines. Details are on her project page, which can be found here. I highly recommend checking out the additional photos on her project page.

What Makes This Awesome: Stripes are something I often have mixed feelings on- I like my stripes on the thinner side, but the thick and thin mix of stripes that came from the Spring Lines pattern are expertly done, and with the wonderful texture of the original Mouton sweater looks fresh and even a bit delicate.  The texture, classic shaping, and the balance of the striping sequence allow a four-colour sweater to look completely cohesive. This is one of those sweaters that keeps getting better the closer you look- every detail is thoughtful and beautiful. And now I want one just like it!

Modification Monday: Mouton Mix |

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things on Pinterest This Week

I hope everyone has been having a really good week! Here are some of my favourite things from Pinterest this week:

Pin Ups: blueberry yogurt cookies |

These blueberry yogurt cookies are the perfect cookie for spring- light but still a treat.

Pin Ups: slow cooker chicken fajitas |

Slow cooker chicken fajitas are probably the easiest dinner solution ever- so freaking simple, and all you need to do is microwave the flatbreads for 25 seconds and you’re good to go.

Pin Ups: watercolour napkin DIY |

I love watercolour effects on fabric, and this tutorial shows 3 different ways to achieve the effects: diluted fabric paint, fabric dye, or with ink and screen printing paint.

1 apple cider

Here’s the best list of uses for apple cider vinegar I’ve ever seen- I knew about using it as a finishing rinse in the shower for shiny hair, but I didn’t know it could help with seasonal allergies or  as a face mask. Now I need to get some good apple cider vinegar from the health food store (the raw stuff has more of the good-for-you enzymes!)

Pin Ups: Stop Comparing Yourself |

This is a brief but spot-on post about how completely unhelpful that whole “You have the same hours in the day as Beyonce” quote really is.  Since when does comparing yourself to Beyonce help anyone feel good about themselves? Sometimes I find the way I talk to myself in my head is pushing me to try to achieve more, do more, and be more- and then I realize that the reason I’m saying that stuff to myself is because I feel like what I’m doing now isn’t enough.  I have to stop comparing my life to everyone’s beautiful Instagram feeds!

New Pattern: Hyperballad Cowl

It’s finally here! Today is the launch day for the Hyperballad Cowl, and I first mentioned here, with a quick photo of the smaller version. I wanted to design a neww cowl with lots of texture, and some fun cables. Everyone else thinks cables are super fun, right? Let’s take a look at some of the details of the smaller one, shall we?

Pattern: Hyperballad Cowl |

Pattern: Hyperballad Cowl |

Hyperballad comes in two sizes- one smaller version (above) that takes 1 skein of DK weight yarn that is a great small cowl that tucks into your coat, and the bigger version takes 2 skeins of DK and creates a drape-y, cozier version that has a bit more drama to it. Let’s take a look at the bigger version:

Pattern: Hyperballad Cowl |

Pattern: Hyperballad Cowl |

 The pattern is $6 (CAN), and instructions for both sizes are included in the same pattern, so it’s a bargain- and perfect for destashing a skein or two of DK yarn that has been languishing in your stash. Knit the small cowl in one colour, and the the bigger one in another- two totally different looks. Of course, I’ve knit mine in the same colour, so clearly I didn’t take my own advice. But it’s worth seeing the other finished versions that were test knitted- everyone did such a fantastic job!

Hyperballad Collage |

And a shout out to Laura Chau, for the awesome tech editing!

Modification Monday: Grey Memories Cocoon Hat

Modification Monday: Grey Memories Cocoon |

Original Patterns: Cocoon and Green Memories

Knitter Extraordinaire: Erika (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Erika combined the texture from the Cocoon hat pattern and the colourwork  and crown shaping from Green Memories. details can be found on her project page,  here.

What Makes This Awesome: Texture AND colourwork, people! I love it. This hat feels really modern because of the playful mix of a little old-school colourwork and some great texture on the crown, combined with a slouchy silhouette.  Combining patterns  when knititng a hat is a great way to dip your toe into the world of modifying your own knits, because the scale of the project (both in yarn and time commitment) are on the smaller side, and that should give you a bit of confidence to know that even if you didn’t like what was happening as you knit it,you could rip back just a bit and not feel like you’ve lost days of knitting as a result. Of course, it helps to combine two beautiful patterns that you love and use great, timeless colours like the grey and red of this hat. It also helps if both patterns are of similar gauge, but not a dealt breaker- Erika was using patterns of a different gauge here, and the result is amazing.

Modification Monday: Grey Memories Cocoon |

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things on Pinterest This Week

Pin UPs: espresso cookie dough truffles |

Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles. oh yes. it requires 3 tablespoons of espresso (not the powder, the actual liquid, but I feel like you could sub in some coffee if you don’t have espresso handy.

Pin Ups: DIY Wooden Box entryway |

I’m completely obsessed with this DIY for putting together small wooden boxes and adding hooks for the perfect entryway storage that actually looks really good! I don’t know about your entry way, but mine is nowhere near as organized as this. Plus, building your own means you could customize for your space- more vertical instead of horizontal, if that’s what you needed.

Pin Ups: HOw to Turn Jogging Pants into a Skirt |

I don’t sew, but this upcycle has me rethinking the situation. I love these easy-peasy tutorial for turning a pair of jogging pants into a skirt. The tutorial features kid jogging pants, but the waist isn’t changed at all in this refashion, so it would work exactly the same for grown ups, too. Definitely worth a look.

Pin Ups: Asparagus and Bacon Spring Salad |

This spring salad is so on my mind- fresh asparagus, bacon and eggs. Is it weird I want to eat it for breakfast? Must be the bacon and eggs.

Pin Ups: how to stay positive |

And finally, a wonderful round up of  nine ideas on how to stay positive when you are feeling grumpy, mad, or generally down about things. Because sometimes we all need a reminder.

Have a great weekend, everyone! I’m finally going to do my taxes this weekend, so I think I’ll keep that tab on how to stay positive open…