Modification Monday: Tree of Life Throw Pillow

Original Patterns: Tree and DNA Scarf

Knitter Extraordinaire: Graig (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the cabled designs from the tree pattern and the SNA scarf, Graig combined them into a throw pillow. Details can be found on his project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Knitted throw pillows are a brilliant way to add more knitting to your decor (other than just leaving WIPs around, like I do…) and a small scale way to experiment with more adventurous techniques, like the amazing cables that comprise the tree cable design. Graig did an amazing job of putting together the two different cable patterns – and a seed stitch back, too!  The seed stitch panels on the front help balance the design and frame the DNA cable, and which helps make the back of the cushion feel like carefully considered part of the design. The result is timeless and so beautiful.

 

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

I loved this round up of the best TED talks of 2017, particularly #2 and #5.

The #1 thing to keep in your freezer– heck yes.

How not to get caught up in the materialism of the holidays.

How to restart a bad, annoying, or unproductive day.

How to accept a compliment.

My Favourite Pins This Week

A wonderful weekend brunch idea – a delicious bacon and spinach quiche with a sweet potato crust! Tons of veg and very high in protein, I’ve also made this as a weeknight dinner, but only when I have time to start it an hour early- because this definitely takes a full hour to make. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe post can be found here.

My mom makes these and they are my absolute favourite – salted milk chocolate and peanut butter blondies. I manage to eat most of a pan all by myself every time! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post can be found here.

This beautiful braided planter is made by using clay to to make the braid, and applying it to a pot while it’s still malleable. Doesn’t it look fantastic? With a pretty plant tucked inside, this would be a great DIY gift idea, or just a pretty project for any time. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

These fabric holiday napkins are made festive by the adorable iron-on design! The DIY post includes the download. You can make it at home with a printer, or bring it to a printing shop to print onto iron-on transfer paper. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY can be found here.

For lovers of natural holiday decor, this evergreen start idea is so elegant and perfect for outdoor decor- you glue down greenery springs (boxwood, rosemary, etc.) onto stripes of wood glued into a star shape. While the post calls for balsam wood being cut, I recommend using popsicle sticks for small starts and chopsticks for bigger starts- so much easier and no wood cutting required. Pinterest link is here, and the original post can be found here.

Have a wodnerful weekend everyone! I need to finish my holiday shopping, and I think we are going to do some ice skating. What sort of activities are you getting up to?

Modification Monday: Pumpkin

Original Pattern: Monochrome Pullover

Knitter Extraordinaire: Riimium (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the neckline from a turtle neck to a crew neck, made her own yoke chart, as well as lengthened into a tunic. For great details – and the chart for her yoke! – check out her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: You know how I love it when people change out the yoke! What I love is how Riimium took her inspiration for the yoke from several different sweaters, and combined elements into something entirely her own. And while she was knitting it, she still made changes and refined it, and then updated the chart afterwards to reflect those changes. The crew neck is nice and simple for a yoke with as much detail as this, and I love the tunic length- so versatile! While not really about a modification, I love her colour choices, too. A lovely mod!

 

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

15 ways to instantly improve your mood this holiday season.

No more guilty pleasures! “When you find things you genuinely enjoy, don’t let anyone else make you feel bad about it. Don’t feel guilty about the pleasure you take in the things you enjoy. Celebrate them.”

Did you lose someone this year? Perhaps this might be helpful- how to hold grief through the holiday season.

I love Susannah Conway’s Unraveling the Year workbooks, and she just launched the one for 2018. It’s a free download, and I highly recommend.

Speaking of free downloads, you all saw the free cowl pattern I designed for Eucalan, right?

My Favourite Pins This Week

This mozzarella chicken in tomato sauce hits all the right spots for me this season- hearty, delicious, and weeknight fast (because I’m never going to be the person who loves spending an hour cooking dinner). Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Fudge is one of those things that seems to really be a big deal around the holidays, and I can never resist it when I see some on a dessert tray! This chocolate peanut butter fudge is super easy and comes together with just 4 ingredients. How can you miss? Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post can be found here.

Love DIY gifts and projects, but think you aren’t artistic enough to pull them off? Then feast your eyes on this super simple and super adorable bunny mug DIY! Trust me, even if you can barely draw a circle, you can make this cute-as-pie mug. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY can be found here.

I am crazy in love with this pom pom wreath and pine garland (you could use fresh pine or fake, your choice). Now, the original DIY is using a hula hoop for the circle, but I think you could probably trot on over to your local craft store and get a smaller wooden hoop, if you need something that would fit on a door. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

I love the idea of gift baskets, but the commercial ones you buy in stores are 80% filled with packaging/stuff you instantly throw away. It’s easier than you think to put together your own little baskets, and you can customize exactly what goes in them for the right person, or the right theme! Great details on 6 different basket ideas can be found here, and the Pinterest link is here.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone! We have two different holiday parties this weekend, so I’ll definitely be doing some of these hostess gift ideas to bring to the parties. I hope you are all staying healthy and cozy!

Free Pattern: Eucalan Lattice Cowl

This is the Eucalan Lattice Cowl, which is knitted up in two colours of worsted weight yarn and shown here in Kristin Omdahl’s Be So Brave yarn, 100% American wool (worsted weight) in colours ‘Picket Fence’ and ‘Plymouth Rock’. This was my first time using Be So Brave Yarn – it is a very matte yarn that is very well spun, even thorough and gives great stitch definition. Which is ideal for a textured stitch like the lattice stitch!

I created this pattern for Eucalan, and you can get it for free (as an instant download) by signing up for their newsletter here.

Want to view the pattern on Ravelry and add it to your queue? Find it here.

I personally like having a variety of cowls to choose from during the cold weather, and this sort of design is one I could see knitting up in all sorts of colours. the contrasting colour in particular (that is the dark grey in the photos) would be great for one of those busy variegated yarns that is challenging to work with.

The length is long enough that you can wear it as a single dramatic loop, or you can double it up to really get cozy. I prefer to wear my cowls loose, but if you want to block out the coldest of temperatures, doubled up is the way to go.

This is a surprisingly quick knit- the worsted weight goes quickly, and if would be ideal to knit up for a holiday gift or just to stashbust some lovely worsted weight in two colourways that you feel would look great together. There’s a lot of variety in how this can look- a more subtle contrasting colour would focus on the texture, or imagine two contrasting gradients! I liked the graphic quality that this cowl took on knit in such strong contrasting colours, but still goes with just about anything.

I hope you enjoy, and I really look forward to seeing other knitters interpret this pattern with all sorts of fun colour combinations and choices!