Modification Monday: Chrysanths Set

Modification Monday: Chrysanthe |

Original Patterns: Chrysanthemum Jacket and Chrysantheme

Knitter Extraordinaire: Some (Ravelry ID

Mods:  Using the Jacket and double knitted scarf patterns as the basis for her design, Some used the great flowers charts of both to make her hat and matching cowl in laceweight yarn. Details and lots more photos can be found on her project page, here

What Makes This Awesome:  I’m so impressed with this amazing stranded design that Some has used for her hat and cowl!   love how graphic the flowers look in the black and white, and adjusting the gauge to get it all to work. She even originally planned on incorporating another pattern (a hat pattern, you can check it out on her project page), but didn’t quite like how the crown was coming out, so ripped it back and went her own way.  She even worked all this colourwork in laceweight yarn! The set is a gift for a friend, I bet she will get loads of compliments all winter long in this set.

Modification Monday: Chrysanthe |

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: Gorgeous Bookshelves|

I’m a sucker for well styled book shelves, and these are beautifully done- a great balance of colour, negative space, and decorative objects. As much as I admire these, I know they are unlikely to be mine- I have so many books that my shelves are absolutely jam-packed. But if you have about this many books, wouldn’t it be gorgeous to have them styled just like this?

Pin Ups: Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream|

Lemon angel food cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting- heck yes. Bright flavours like this are so perfect for summer!

Pin Ups: Quinoa Salad |

I love the bright colours in this amazingly tasty quinoa salad- healthy and delicious, you can’t ask for much more than that (well, except cupcakes, but I’ve got you covered).

Pin Ups: DIY Paper Camillas|

 I adore these DIY paper camillas, they are so lovely. Wouldn’t’ they be fun decorations for a party? Or who needs an occasion- they would be pretty any time!

Pin Ups: DIY Yarn Tassel Bedskirt |

This pretty, bohemian yarn tassel bedskirt DIY looks so perfect for summer- what a great way to add some fun hits of colour to a bed!

Modification Monday: Freakin’ Foxtastic

Modification Monday: Foxtastic |

Original Patterns: Fox in the Snow Mittens and Baby Sophisticate

Knitter Extraordinaire: Laura (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the shaping of Baby Sophisticate for shaping, Laura changed the pattern to be worked in fingering weight, so she could use the charming fox charts from the mitten pattern. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I have a thing for foxes to begin with, but this pattern is amazing for so much  more than that- changing the weight to fingering and using the classic Baby Sophisticate pattern opens up so many ideas for paying with colourwork. I especially love the bright pop of lime stripes in between the fox heads, it adds a nice modern bit of bright to this sweater. I absolutely love the result, and want one just like it in my size!

Modification Monday: Foxtastic |

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: chicken roll ups|

Need an easy weeknight dinner? these  quick chicken roll ups are surprisingly easy to whip up after work.

Pin Ups: nanaimo bars|

And Sarah recently reminded me that Naniamo Bars are pretty much the most amazing thing ever. They aren’t a quick bake, but they are totally worth it.

Pin Ups: pretty updos|

With the warm weather coming, you probably want to wear your hair up. This would be a very pretty way to do it.

Pin Ups: bright bathroom |

I’m crazy in love with this bright bathroom. The highlighter colours look fantastic, and keeping them in the lower half to the room make this a very practical way to go bright.

PIn Ups: Maya Angelou |

No doubt everyone has heard of the recent passing of Maya Angelou, and with that comes a remembrance of some of her great wit and wisdom. This one is something I need to be reminded of often

Holiday Yarn Shop Review: Beshley Wools (Bristol, UK)

A wonderful blog reader who lives in Bristol told me about Beshley Wools here in Bristol, UK, and I’m so glad she did- it’s amazing! The shop is perfection- it focuses exclusively on British-produced yarns, including lots of undyed options, and a great selection of weights and colours. It’s been raining quite a bit on this visit to England, so an excuse to be inside is always welcome, especially in such a lovely, friendly shop.

eshley Wools: Beshley Wools:

They also have a great button selection, and specialize in a great collection of British knitting books, and colourwork. The shop also has lovely crafts from upcycled felted wool like the pretty cushion above and sweet birdie  and owl below), which are perfectly suited to the environment:

Beshley Wools: Beshley Wools:

I absolutely loved my visit here, and I wish this was my local yarn shop- it was just such a great environment, and the yarns were all so amazing I wanted to buy everything, but I held back and brought back the following:

Beshley Wools Yarn Haul|

The golden yellow yarn is intended for some cabled bracelets from the new Knitting Smitten Book (which I recently won from Made Peachy  and I’m already totally in love with it!) , the all natural, undyed trio of small skeins in black and again in light grey are likely to be  mitts, or a hat, or one of each. And then the lovely Jamieson fingering weight will be a colourwork project, probably of my own design, but we’ll see!

This is absolutely going on my must-do list every time I come to Bristol; you couldn’t ask for a better shop to procure some super special British yarn.