Modification Monday: Amande Love


Modification Monday: Amande Love |

Original Pattern: Amande Tee

Knitter Extraordinaire: Revi (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Kept the stripes going around the back of neck for bigger impact, reduced neckline depth, and continued the sleeve striping the entire length of the sleeves. For more great details on her mods, check out her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: The original design has a lot of clever elements around the shoulders and back of neck, but Revi really kept the magic going with her modifications. As a knitter, I find the shaping to be absolutely fascinating, and the striping itself invites you to look closer- there are subtle purl rounds in there, as well. The texture completely enhances the stripes, which are the magic of this mod. Think of other striped sweater pattern you have seen- are there ways you could add more stripes to the upper body (or conversely, the lower body) that would suit a particular pattern? What about looking at the yoke in a whole new way, with the shaping that this pattern has?

I hope you are feeling as inspired as I am, after seeing this gorgeous sweater!

Modification Monday: Amande Love |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

For a laugh- How to get a Regency-era beach body.

Crazy talk- speculating on huge changes you could make with your family, without the commitment of actually making them. Sometimes just having the conversation can be perspective-altering, even if you never make the the change your are (crazily) talking about.

Three little words to overcome perfectionism.

Feeling like you could use a few more friends? Here’s a simple idea on how to rejuvenate a dormant friendship, rather than go out and meet new people.

Why self-compassion works better than self-esteem.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars|

These super soft cream cheese chocolate chip cookie bars are to die for. If you have been craving a big ol’ soft chocolate chip cookie, but really thick, then you should make these. But invite other people over- otherwise you’ll be tempted to eat the whole pan yourself. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Chicken Pasta Skillet |

I love easy dinners that come together quickly and are family friendly! This chicken Parmesan pasta skillet does just that- 6 ingredients, and you’re good to go. I add spinach to mine, though- I’m always looking to get more veggies. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Cinnamon Roll Smoothie|

I loooove cinnamon. And this cinnamon roll smoothie tastes so good- perfect if you have a sweet tooth like me, and like your smoothies to be full of good-for-you ingredients but taste like a treat. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here. 

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Constellation Slippers |

This would be such a great gift idea- hand embroidered slippers with a meaningful constellation on them- like their Zodiac sign constellation. The slippers don’t have to be expensive, either- the ones in the DIY post are the $2 from Ikea. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Knitted Bag|

This Aspen Mountain Bag knitting pattern is calling to me. The bulky texture, the simple design, and then some great leather handles…. plus for all you sewers out there a great opportunity to line it with some favourite fabric. Free pattern, too! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

I’m still in England! Been spending a lot of time with family (Guy’s family all live here, and there’s been a lot of people to see!) But hoping to do some sightseeing soon. the weather has been pretty good though!

For Weekends and Travels: Knitting Tool Organization

Before I flew to England, I packed my newly finished Kveta shawl. I meant to get photos beforehand, but it just didn’t happen. More accurately,  I let it ‘not happen’, so that I could have an excuse to pack it and bring it to England. No doubt I’ll get some use out of it, and then I’ll have an excuse to take finished knit photos somewhere that feels … not exotic, but definitely out of our ordinary.

Knitting Tools on the Go |

But those photos will be another day. I wanted show you the mini tool organizer that I brought with me. These photos aren’t from England, they are from when we were at the cottage at the beginning of the month. I take my knitting tool organization while traveling pretty seriously, since it’s so frustrating to have forgotten something at home, and it’s not always easy to find  replacement wherever you are. Anytime I overnight somewhere else, I bring my knitting and the mini organizer. There are so many different things that we crafters have to help keep our notions and tools organized, I’m very curious to know what you guys use when you are going away for vacation or a weekend.  Do you bring absolutely everything, or scale down for just your project? How do you organize tools that you bring with you?

My in-laws’ cottage has this cream coloured broadloom carpet in the bedroom that is brilliant for photo backdrops. If I ever get carpet installed it will be that exact same broadloom. My home has tough-as-nails laminate flooring in a dark mahogany that is nice in real life but lousy for photos.

Knitting Tools on the Go |

The little bag of stitch markers fits in there just fine, but then you wouldn’t have seen them hiding in there! The mini organizer coordinates nicely with my project bag, too:

Knitting Tools on the Go |

Even the stitch markers match!! Happy accidents. Doesn’t that all look so clean and tidy? If you think that mini organizer is something you could use, you can find them here, although my particular fabric is currently out of stock.
Oh, and of course, nothing within 5 feet of me is ever as clean and pristine as what’s in the photo. Here’s what’s just outside the frame…..

Knitting Tools on the Go |

That’s real life, of course! Adorable and messy, all at the same time.

Modification Monday: Peach Modified Boxy

Modification Monday: Peach modified Boxy |

Original Pattern: Worsted Boxy

Knitter Extraordinaire: Bintou (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed the gauge from worsted to DK, shortened the length dramatically,  and added a cable panel. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I envy Bintou. She not only knit this utterly amazing sweater in quite possibly the most perfect colourway that is of course dyed in France, she also lives in Paris, surrounded by knitting. But the sweater, we’re here to talk about the sweater! Bintou previously knit the fingering weight version of this pattern, so she had a good sense of where she could make modifications on her next go around. I love the central cable panel, it looks great in this shorter version (It wouldn’t have worked as well on the oversized without seeming a bit of a racing stripe) and the proportions in the DK are all on point. I wish I had this sweater in my closet! If you looked at this pattern before and thought the original had too much fabric, consider this great mod.

Modification Monday: Peach modified Boxy |

Pin ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

I could have sworn it was only Tuesday… this is what happens when you trying to get a million things sorted before flying out to another country on the weekend! The four of us are going the England to introduce James to his British family, and give Lila some much needed face time with her cousins, who are all of a similar age. We are also going to be in Spain for a bit- we’ll see how all that travelling with the little ones goes!

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Back to school- how to form good habits (or help your partner or kids form good habits!).

Our daydreams and illusions feed our souls- And a lot of literary greats have always known it. Here’s Virginia Woolf’s take on it. 

This is clever- takes what books you loved as child, and makes a grown-up reading recommendation.  Or of course, you could re-read your childhood favourite!

Overcoming the obsession to shop. I struggle with this, even though I’m the first to say I’m not a ‘stuff’ person. I go to the mall to get one thing, go in 15 different stores, come home will all sorts of stuff.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Peaches and Cream trifle |

I love trifle, it’s probably one of my favourite  desserts, and the varieties are endless. This on makes the most of the end of season peaches and taste light and fresh. It’s one of those desserts that is immensely satisfying yet doesn’t sit heavy. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here. 

Pin Ups and Link Love: Ricotta Zucchini Meatballs |

For those of us doing Meatless Mondays or are vegetarian (or just genuinely like to get a bit more veg in our lives) this one’s for you- ricotta and zucchini ‘meatballs’. The recipe is easy-peasy, and they are crazy delicious. I think i actually prefer them to normal meatballs! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY MAcrame Necklace|

I didn’t think this would really be that easy, since it looks fairly detailed in the photo, but I read the whole tutorial and now I think it’s an easy one! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Keep Your Sweater Hem from Flipping Up |

Knitters! Ever have the problem with a sweater you’ve knit and the hem keeps flipping up? The Craft sessions maps out why it happens and offers a couple different solutions to knitting a hem that doesn’t flip up. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Packing Tips|

I don’t know if anyone else is travelling soon, but I have started packing and am using a bunch of these tips if you are- like how every bottom you pack should match every top you pack.  Pinterest link is here, and the original packing 20 outfits into a carry on post is here.