Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: Coffee Smoothies|

These three awesome coffee-based smoothie recipes are perfect for breakfast- they have fruit, protein, and that all-important caffeine hit. The coffee creamsicle one is my fave!

Pin Ups: Caramelized Peach & Oat Pancakes|

And while we’re talking about breakfast, these  peach and oat pancakes are so perfect for weekends.

Pin Ups: Fresh Tomato sandwich|

Another light meal would be these flavourful and fresh toasted tomato and cream cheese open face sandwiches- perfect for all those fresh tomatoes that are in season, and the cream cheese has added fresh herbs, if you have lots of those in your garden, too.

Pin Ups: Sewn Book Clutch|

I don’t sew, but if I did, I would be dying to make these  zipper book clutches. Maybe I’ll tap a sewing friend to make one for me- they look so awesome! And I feel would be very fun e-reader cases, too.

Pin Ups: Awesome kitchen|

I’m dreaming of redoing my kitchen, and this shot is so inspiring for me right now- I love how bright, fresh and casual it looks, and yet absolutely lovely. And the old-school green chalkboard wall! Love it.  I think this is pretty close to my ideal kitchen, assuming that there is a double oven somewhere just outside of this shot.

FO: Lady Bat

FO: Lady Bat Sweater |

Pattern: Lady Bat 

Yarn: Adriafil Cheope

Needles: 3.75 mm (US 5)

Mods:  I went for a slightly shorter sleeve, and slightly less ‘bat wing’. I did this by following the directions as written, but only increased to 88 stitches. This does make for a slightly shorter sweater, but I compensated by knitting 2.5 inches of ribbing at the bottom hem, which helped add in the length that would have been there if I had increased as directed in the pattern.

I’ve got nothing but a rave review here- I’m crazy about the pattern, I’m crazy about the yarn, I’m crazy about the results.

FO: Lady Bat Sweater |

I was surprised at how versatile this sweater looks- I could totally wear this to work in the summer, and it would look equally great with jeans, shorts.   The neckline is super flattering (I love a good boat neck!) And I suspect I can even wear this into the fall with a t-shirt underneath, for a little extra warmth.

FO: Lady Bat Sweater |

I totally recommend this yarn, by the way- the cotton has a nice sheen, and it has great structural integrity. Meaning, it didn’t change at all after wet blocking and didn’t grow to humongous proportions like some yarns do.  I think this might be my new go-to summer cotton. The weight is just right for a knit with a bit of drape to it.  And I love the colour- it’s exactly what I wanted. I couldn’t have asked for anything more, really. This was a slam dunk. It even was a pretty fast knit, except for the bit where I got the flu for a week in the middle. It was one of those too-sick-to-knit ones, so…. that added a week onto my finish time.  I recently travelled to Calgary for work (I mentioned it on Twitter and Instagram, so some of you already know that!) and I got quite a bit of knitting done on the plane.  By the time I landed back home, it was almost done.

Photo outtakes from this photo shoot will go up on the weekend! We shot at a playground with Lila, so expect a lot of outtakes featuring scenes like below: 

FO: Lady Bat Sweater|

All glamour, all toddler, all the time!  There was also a portion where Lila managed to get the camera away from us, and took some shots. Coming soon!

Modification Monday: Alice in Wonderland Dress


Modification Monday: Alice in Wonderland Dress|

Original Pattern: Alice in Wonderland
Knitter Extraordinaire: Cathy (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Raised the neckline, shortened the cabling section, and turned the top into a dress. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: You might remember seeing Cathy before, as she is no stranger to the modified pattern (check out her previous Mod Monday post here). I love her take on the original top pattern. The dress turned out beautifully, and is a great reminder that so many tops can actually make great dresses, especially ones like this that already have waist shaping involved.  Cathy’s dress is a stunning example of just how good a sweater dress can really be. I haven’t knit one yet, but knititng a sweater dress (I do have store-bought ones) is definitely on my must-knit list!

Modification Monday: Alice in Wonderland Dress|

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

A little quiet around here, as I was away for work (in Calgary!), and just got back super late last night. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t find a few moments here and there to explore some of the things I liked best on Pinterest this week!

Pin Ups: cucumber pasta |

This summery pasta dish replaces a  lot of the noodles with cucumbers, with lots of tomatoes and arugula; which makes for a lovely and summery pasta that doesn’t feel too heavy afterwards.

Pin Ups: baked fruit |

And while we’re eating our greens, how about some truly amazing baked fruit for dessert? If you haven’t had it before, it’s really amazing- the heat caramelizes the natural sugars in fruit, adding depth and a really rich flavour that has to be tried to be believed. I recommend!

Pin Ups: flower garnishes |

Has your garden or potted flowers gone a little crazy? maybe some of those blooms would look  just right floating in a lovely beverage? The link also comes with cocktail recipes to compliment the flowers.

Pin Ups: DIY organized Drawers |

If you are trying to tame your drawers (like I am), these covered upcycled cereal boxes would be a really pretty idea. I totally need to do this- even my cutlery drawer is starting to look more like a junk drawer in the spaces round the cutlery caddy.

Pin Ups: colourful bookcase |

I am crazy about this bookcase- I love the coloured, patterned papers covering each box, and that they are all different and bright- this would work for more than just a kid’s room, too!  I’m thinking kitchen, or a bright bedroom. Takes the standard Ikea bookcase to a whole new level.


Modification Monday: Amortentia Cowl

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Original Pattern: Unleaving 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Kessa (Ravelry ID,  blog

Mods:  Changed the original scarf pattern to a cowl, and added the lace edging to both sides. More details can be found on her project page,  here

What Makes This Awesome: I love how luxurious this looks when done up in a cowl with the lace on both sides- so feminine and pretty. The extra-wide central panel helps add to the luxury factor, and looks wonderful draped around the neck or the shoulders. Looking at how beautiful Kessa’s version is makes me think of all the options you could do with this- how different lace edgings and a different stitch for the center can give entirely different looks. A great mod like this has me looking at scarf patterns in a new light, that’s for sure!

Modification Monday: Amortentia Cowl |