Modification Monday: Starman

Modification Monday: Starman |

Original Pattern: Poppy

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jennifer (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the Poppy doll as a starting point, Jennifer customized the details to mimic David Bowie’s famous alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. Jennifer has done a lot of very cool mods with this pattern- check out her Wolverine, Deadpool, Hermione, Prince, and Billie Holliday! Also included notes on the outfit and accessories. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Knitting a David Bowie doll is pretty freaking awesome. Take a close look at the hair on the doll, below- it’s not just one colour, but a variety to add depth and keep it from looking clownish. The duplicate stitch on the face is beautifully done, and I love the costume! Using a self patterning sock yarn for the outfit helped give the variety in colour needed without lots of fiddly colourwork. I’m so impressed with Jennifer’s attention to detail, down to the bracelets. The dolls is a simple design, but with Jennifer’s key details on the aspects that matter most, it’s unmistakably David Bowie. It’s worth checking out her other knitted figures (link above in the Mods section), they are really impressive!

Modification Monday: Starman |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

In life, here are 10 things worth doing badly.

Looking for your next summer read? Mrs. Darcy has put out her 2016 reading guide- it’s mostly fiction based, but if you are looking for something new to read, you might find it in one of her 6 categories.

I’m a sucker for Mochimochi Land’s little knitted videos. This new one features two alpacas and a sheep trying to get apples.

Do you want to learn how to crochet? Here are some amazing beginner videos that cover everything you need to get started.

You might be doing a bit more entertaining now that the weather is nice- here are 10 tips to make it easier to host gatherings. I have so much trouble with this, I never feel like my home is clean enough, or big enough. But reading these tips reminds me that my friends don’t really care about how clean my house is or what it looks like.

My Favourite Pins This Week

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Wait, let me get this straight- you can slice bananas, dip them in chocolate, freeze them and they magically turn into the BEST THING EVER?! I used to think I had a good childhood, but clearly I have been deprived. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Sweet Potato Toast |

Also in the category of things that have blown my mind recently- you can slice sweet potatoes and cook them in the toaster and then spread stuff on them.  Really! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Animal Cookie Pillows|

I adore these bright and happy animal cookie pillows. Those multicoloured mini pom poms masquerading as sprinkles just make me smile. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Seven photo display ideas |

It is always worth the additional effort to get photos printed, and here are seven great ideas for displaying them in your home. These ideas have really inspired me to do another round of printing off some photos! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Ankle Sock Knitting Pattern |

Sock knitters! Do you knit awesome summer socks like these in the warmer months? I totally want to make these, they are so perfect for sneakers. Free pattern, too. Pinterest link is here, and Ravelry link with download is here.

Have an amazing weekend, friends! I hope you get to do lots of crafting, and enjoy some nice weather.

New Yarn: Biscotte Yarns Griffon

Whoa, how is it almost the end of the week? That long weekend really messed with my ability to keep track of time and suddenly, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday night I realized that I needed to get posting! I did get some FO photos on the long weekend of the cowl that I’m working on in this video and previously blogged about here, but I need to go through them all. A quick glance at some of the photos made me realize I desperately need a haircut, I’m not looking my best these days. But Lila was very happy and  involved– there will be an outtakes post, for sure!

At about 8:15 p.m., after both the kids were put to bed, I popped out my front door to photograph this beautiful yarn from Biscotte Yarns:

Biscotte Yarns Griffon |

That is Biscotte Yarns Griffon, an Aran weight yarn in Gris Gris (grey) and Farfadet (green), with an awesome combination from both resulting in the self striping skein in the middle. Guys, this yarn is so freaking soft and squishy, I just want to rub it against my cheek all day. Not pictured: my pajama pants and t-shirt, which is seriously how I stepped outside my front door. But I looked both ways first to make sure none of my neighbours were out. Then I plucked some little flowers off my flower planters, put them onto the yarn because flowers and yarn are a wonderful combo, and stealthily took some photos before scampering back inside.

Let’s get a closer look at the squishy softness, shall we?

Biscotte Yarns Griffon |

This beautiful yarn is destined to become an R&R Hoodie for baby James. I’m thinking I might do stripes, or possibly a speckled fade effect between colours, like this one. I need to do some swatching!

Also- isn’t it awesome to be able to take a photo outside after 8 p.m. and it’s still daylight?

Modification Monday: Cloudy with a Chance of Sunrise

Original Pattern: Rachel

Knitter Extraordinaire: Laura (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Created a gradient effect with the sweater using three different shades of grey and three different shades of pink. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This is one of the best gradient effects I’ve seen that wasn’t achieved with a gradient yarn! If you have ever wanted to create a gradient effect on your knits, Laura has very kindly written out exactly how she achieved this effect on her project page to blend the colours together, which you will find extremely helpful if you are looking to make your own gradient effect on just about any type of knit , big (cardigan, maybe?) or small (mitts!). While it does take 6 different yarns to achieve it, with a result that looks as good as Laura’s beautiful sweater who wouldn’t want to give this a try?  It really is a beautiful sunrise of a sweater.

Modification Monday: Cloudy with a Chance of Sunrise |

Laura has a real knack for modifications- she has been featured on modification before! Check out her amazing baby sweater mods here and here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This essay is a very interesting take on Marie Kondo’s famous book about tidying up our homes, and opened my eyes as to why maybe telling women that we can only really be fulfilled and happy if our homes are in order and every item in them sparks joy is kind of a crap idea.  “Life truly begins only after you have put your house in order,” writes Marie Kondo. But isn’t this exactly the mindset that women have been battling for generations, a modern take on the suffocating maxim that “a woman’s work is never done”? We have long been oppressed by the deep-seated cultural expectation that our leisure can only begin once our domestic obligations have been met. ”  

The most fun way to improve every aspect of your life? celebrate small things.

This short video of how rainbow sprinkles are made is awesome, watching the big batches of all the colours coming together is strangely hypnotic.

And because the internet is basically the biggest distraction on the planet, how to use distraction to your advantage.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I’m really feeling the super easy recipes this week- they barely even qualify as recipes!

Pin Ups and Link Love: Easiest Casserole Ever |

I read this ‘recipe’ for a casserole this past weekend and it completely blew my mind with it’s total simplicity and it’s proof of one of the biggest culinary truths- that if you slow roast anything with bread and cheese, it will be utterly delicious, no matter what. Pinterest link is here, and the original ‘recipe’ can be found here.

Pin Ups and Link Love | Frozen Blueberries |

It doesn’t easier thank this- covering blueberries with your favourite kind of yogurt, then popping them in the freezer. If you haven’t tried it before, here’s the step by step- it’s so much more delicious than you would believe. Try it with peach yogurt, or lemon flavoured yogurt! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Peach Lemonade Ice |

All-natural peach lemonade ice- one peach, juice from a lemon a bit of sugar or stevia, and blend it with ice- amazing summer frozen beverage is now yours! I bet this works just as well with apricots and nectarines, too. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Paper Hyacinths |

feel like crafting something pretty? How about these paper hyacinths, perfect for spring? Super easy, and possibly even good for older kids to make, too. Plus you use a knitting needle to curl the paper, and I bet you have one of those on hand! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Denim Bag |

For those of you looking to upcycle some denim and do a little bit of sewing, this cool denim bag could be yours. And with a pair of jeans, you could make a bunch of them! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Have a wonderful long weekend, friends! I’m looking forward to relaxing around the city, maybe taking a day trip to the island, and hopefully getting some photos of some new finished knits!