Modification Monday: Sea Salt Pralines

Modification Monday: Sea Salt Pralines |

Original Patterns: Pralines and Savoy Truffle

Knitter Extraordinaire: Rebecca (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  Rebecca couldn’t decide between two shawl patterns, so she decided to combine them both! Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: It happens to all of us- you love both patterns, and can’t decide which one to knit. But Rebecca got clever, and decided she would use elements from both of the shawl patterns she wanted to knit and combine them into a single shawl. While this concept could really work for any two shawl patterns, It helps that they were somewhat similar from the outset. Rebecca could then use all the parts she liked best of each to make her shawl exactly the way she wanted. So, my fellow knitters, consider this- what two shawl patterns do you love, that you think would look positively smashing mashed up together into a single shawl? Sometimes if you can’t decide, the answer is to knit them both into one!

Modification Monday: Sea Salt Pralines |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This week

 It’s been a weird week for me, as my smartphone completely died and took with it a LOT of photos that I hadn’t backed up. I mentioned it on my last post, but I’m really not over it. I’ve been writing a post all week that was supposed to go with photos that are now lost and I’ve been resisting retooling it, resisting letting go of those lost photos. Not just knitting photos … family photos, photos of the kids. But lesson learned- I will be backing up photos to the cloud as soon as I get a new phone! Guys, if you have a lot of cell phone videos or photos that are precious to you, please learn from my mistake and back them up.

On to some better news!

The winner of the amazing Berroco Yarn and pattern giveaway is…. Karyine!! Karyine, I’ll be in touch shortly to get your address!

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This Instagram account features famous works of art as taking selfies. Hilarious!

If you enjoy precision typing, then this game is for you. It’s oddly addictive, so set aside some time if you are going to play!

Lately I’ve been having a hard time falling asleep at night. If you are struggling with falling asleep too, here’s 5 tips to help fall asleep faster. I’ve been implementing them for the last two nights, and it is working.

So…. Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature. This is a bold new move for the Nobel prize – it’s never been awarded to a songwriter before. I’m not sure how I feel about it.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Stuffed Halloween Peppers |

I’m not the biggest Halloween fan, but these jack-o-lantern style stuffed peppers are pretty freaking awesome! And key, if it wasn’t Halloween, you could just use the recipe and not carve a little face into the peppers. The stuffing? An amazing slow cooker shredded taco chicken and rice filling, easy-peasy and very delicious. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post can be found here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Chocolate Turtle Apple Slices|

Guys, you know what I’m like- if there’s fruit involved, then I’m confident it is a healthy treat.  Even though there’s enough chocolate and caramel on this to pretty much nullify the nutrition… and so very seasonal! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Embroidered Sweater DIY |

I love embroidery on sweaters, and this is a great tutorial on how to embroider a word or phrase on a sweater- either store bought or one you knit yourself, all with using the chain stitch. Pinterest link is here, and the original tutorial can be found here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Painted Pencils|

Feel like your pens or pencils are looking a little blah? Turn inexpensive pencils into something fresh and pretty by painting them. I love the tiny polka dots! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Puppy in Sweaters |

One of my favourite things about the cooler weather? I adore seeing dogs in sweaters. If it’s cold enough for you to wear a jacket, then the puppy needs one too! Presuming it’s a short hair, that is. I imagine huskies and other furry pups don’t quite need the same sweaters. Sadly I cannot find the original post, but here is the Pinterest link.

Have an amazing weekend, my friends! I think we are going to get a pumpkin. Or several pumpkins. I might spend the weekend looking at fun pumpkin decorating ideas, since I hate carving them – a very long time ago I volunteered at an art gallery that had a Halloween fundraiser, and one of my jobs was to carve over 40 pumpkins that lined the walkway leading up the gallery. It looked amazing, but I had an actual bruises on my palms from scraping the insides clean and carving them. Haven’t carved a pumpkin since. But I like the idea of painting them!

Giveaway and Knit in Progress: Berroco Tuscan Tweed

Berroco Tuscan Tweed Harebell |

Ravelry project page is here.

I am actually knitting a sweater, guys! Meet Harebell, a simple top down cardigan that I suspect is about to become the cornerstone of my casual fall and winter wardrobe. I’m knitting it in Berroco Tuscan Tweed in ‘Laurel’, which is suddenly my new favourite kind of green – it’s a grey green, soft and muted. It has small flecks of off white and cornflower blue mixed in, and the result is somehow completely uniform and gives it a heathered appearance.

Berroco Tuscan Tweed Harebell |

So, let’s talk about the elephant in the room – these photos. Not up to my usual snuff! Indoor photos at night are no fun, and my knit-in-progress photo game isn’t strong to begin with. My smartphone completely died a few days ago and took with it several photos of knits in progress, for this and another knit.  Guess who doesn’t back up her photos to the cloud …. clearly I should. I just got a temporary phone today (looking forward to testing out the camera – these photos were taken with a DSLR), but have spent the last 3 days utterly phone-less. I missed Instagram the most.

Lately I’m craving sweaters. Real, cozy, honest-to-fall sweaters that make me feel like I’m being hugged by a sheep. Some might feel that a big stockinette cardigan is a bit dull, but I’m loving it. Simple sweaters are often the ones we reach for the most, I find. Knit in the round from the top down, I’ve only made two modifications – to add a faux seam on each side for stability and structure, and I’m just about to modify the hem to be split. Because ever since this top, I’m obsessed with split hems.

Berroco Tuscan Tweed Harebell |

This Friday, a Tuscan Tweed knitalong (or crochetalong!) kicks off! The ravelry group has juuuuust started, and there’s plenty of time to join even if you don’t get your yarn sorted on Friday. Here is where they are talking about the knitalong (or crochet along!) on the Berroco blog.

You don’t have to knit one of their patterns, you can knit anything you want. I’m planning on joining officially for a single skein project (in the colourway ‘Cherries’), either a hat for James or mittens for me. We’ll see how greedy I’m feeling come Friday! The KAL goes until November 30th, so lots of time to join, or knit a bigger project like a sweater. Come join us!

Would you like to win some yarn to get a little kick-start on the KAL? One lucky duck is going to win ALL THE YARN required for the Berroco pattern of their choosing!!

Berroco Tuscan Tweed Harebell |

To enter:

  1. Check out the new Tuscan Tweed Collection and the new yarn colours for Berroco Tuscan Tweed
  2. Leave me a comment letting me know which pattern is your favourite and which colourway you would love to knit it in!

Contest closes at 10 p.m. Eastern time this Thursday, October 13th (that’s tomorrow, my friends!). Winner will be announced Friday morning. Good luck everyone!

Modification Monday: Orza

Modification Monday: Orza |

Original Pattern: Orza Pullover

Knitter Extraordinaire: Rebecca (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Modified the original pullover to be a zip front hooded cardigan with pockets. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: The original pattern is beautiful with thoughtful details and the cool asymmetrical striping on the arms; but it’s so interesting to see it worked up as a hoodie! Rebecca kept the texture and the stripes consistent throughout, and echoed her colour choices along the zipper band to great effect. The result makes it look very comfy and more casual, and also easier to layer on when the weather turns a bit chilly. A gorgeous mod!

Modification Monday: Orza |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

It’s been a busy (and short!) week for me, with only a few days here in Toronto between my trip to Fredericton last weekend, and gearing up for Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend. I wish fall wasn’t so busy!! Hopefully after this coming weekend of travelling, I’ll be all done for a bit and can get back on schedule.

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This cat has trained a flock of lambs to follow his every move. 

Looking for some spooky (not gory) reads this Halloween season? This list has got you covered.

The importance of vulnerability in friendship.

More rainbow art installations. Everywhere. Because people are happier when they see rainbows. I want to say that’s science, but it might just be my own opinion.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin ups and Link Love: Caramel Cream Cheese Spread |

This caramel cream cheese spread served with apple slices looks like the perfect fall party appetizer. Or a totally legitimate dinner for one. Hey, I don’t judge. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

Pin ups and Link Love: Caramel Cream Cheese Spread |

Sometimes it’s nice to break out of the chicken-or-beef rut of dinner. How about garlic shrimp pasta with sun dried tomatoes in a creamy, spicy sauce? Yeah, it’s pretty tasty. But I love shrimp, and this comes together with few ingredients. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

Pin ups and Link Love: Apron DIY |

While I’m not much of an apron person, I love this DIY idea that is so simple, but looks so good. I’d love to do this technique on cloth napkins, or pillow cases. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

Pin ups and Link Love: Decoupage Tea Set |

This pretty decoupaged tea set would be such a lovely gift, don’t you think? I think you can even get dishwasher safe modge podge now, as well. I love the idea of using the mixed media of both the tissue paper and the porcelain paint. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Pin ups and Link Love: Best Halloween Knitting Patterns |

If you are thinking of knitting some Halloween things, there is still time! This is my round up from 2015 of my top ten picks of the best Halloween decoration knitting patterns! Pinterest link is here, and the original post can be found here.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, my fellow Canadians! And for all my wonderful non-Canadians, happy weekend – I hope it is lovely for you.