Work in Progress: Shaw Hill| of trees and cats

Some beautiful autumn colours that so remind me of the tweed flecks in the yarn (taken from the window of a plane on a recent work trip to Quebec City), and my handsome kitty, Gatsby. He totally matches! 

Some of you who follow me on Instagram saw that actually I have two WIPs on the go, but today I’ll just talk about Shaw Hill,  a wonderfully lush cabled cowl that I’m super excited to finish! After rambling about my craving for a tweed yarn in this post, I can now say that I really adore this tweed yarn, which is Adriafil Scozia. It’s crazy soft, and I love the variety of colour in the tweed flecks-  if you look closely you can see little bits of bright green, fuchsia, turquoise, as well as the usual tweedy bits of cream and brown. I’ll definitely be using this yarn again- I’d love to knit a whole sweater in it.  And look at that lovely sea of rippling cables! It’s so squishy soft, and I haven’t even blocked it yet. I’m planning on doing FO (finished object) photos this weekend, hopefully there will still be some pretty leaves on the trees- they have been dropping pretty fast around here.| Shaw Hill WIP


Modification Monday: Mini Fold and Turn

Modification Monday: Toddler Fold & Turn |

Original Pattern: Fold & Turn

Knitter Extraordinaire: Melinda (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: After knitting herself one, Melinda thought it would be a great shrug for her daughter.  Project page with details for making the toddler size can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: While checking out the other FOs of Fold & turn (my most recent FO) I came across Melinda’s adorable modification to make a mini one for her toddler, and I instantly loved it- the construction does stay on the shoulders well, so it would be good for a busy little toddler who needed a little extra coziness while getting down to the business of playing and exploring the world.  Her notes for the toddler size are great, and just look at the super sweet result! Plus, it’s the same yarn as her original one, so now mom and daughter have matching ones. The cute factor is through the roof!

Modification Monday: Toddler Fold & Turn |

FO Outtakes: Ninja Turtle Edition

For knitters, it’s a well-known moment. You finish your precious knit, the one you’ve been slaving away for hours, for weeks. You adjust it, feel good about the fit, then turn to whomever you live with and say, “what do you think?”

So when I played out this very typical scene in my own home, Guy sort of chuckled and said, “you look like a ninja turtle.”

Okay, it’s big and green, and the back shape is a little turtle shell-like, I can see that. So we decided to have a little fun with that:

FO Outtakes: Forest Fold & Turn |

While I found the big stick lying around, we added the blue Michelangelo Leonardo (apparently my memory of TMNT isn’t as good as I thought it was- even though I remember being really into them when I was a kid!) mask post-production. I don’t just walk around with that sort of thing in my pocket. But maybe I should. Props are fun, right?

FO Outtakes: Forest Fold & Turn |

Those were the only two where I was hamming it up deliberately. This next one didn’t work because I as clearly over-channeling my inner glamourous supermodel:

FO Outtakes: Forest Fold & Turn |
It’s not an unflattering photo, it’s just waaaay too much. There’s glam photos, and then there’s overkill. This is definitely the latter. This next one is okay, but when I’m laughing really hard, it’s the opposite of the overkill shot above. After all, it’s good if you can see molars in a photo, right? And eyes all crinkled up into small little caterpillars? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

FO Outtakes: Forest Fold & Turn |

Those are this knit’s outtakes, I hope you had a laugh!

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

This is a weekly round up of the things I liked best on Pinterest this week. I hope you enjoy, and will try some of them for yourself!

Pin Ups: eggplant pizza|
These Julia Child eggplant pizzas are just the thing to get more veg into you and your family. I love eggplant (also called aubergine), although I know not everyone agrees! You could also substitute portobello mushroom caps, I bet.

Pin Ups: Marshmallow Blondies|

And for dessert, how about these super easy marshmallow blondies? They are so, so good.

Pin Ups: Upcycled Sweatshirt|

I love this upcycled top idea, about appliqueing fabric to a baseball tee or sweatshirt. You could even knit something custom, to fit the item you are upcycling!

Pin Ups: Dip Dyed Vase|

And speaking upcycling, this is a gorgeous way to class up a thrift store vase. The blog is in Dutch, but  your browser can translate it into whatever language you like- I love the internet.

Pin Ups: Glass Houses Art|

This art installation is extraordinarily beautiful. I would love to come across something like this! It’s like the beauty of the outdoors is amplified.

FO: Forest Fold and Turn

Fold & Turn Shrug Cardigan |

Fold & Turn Shrug Cardigan |

Pattern: Fold & Turn 

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Jade

Needles: 4.5mm (US 7)

Modifications: As I have a small frame, I knit it slightly smaller, by not knitting the body quite as wide. I knocked off about 2 inches from the width, and I’m happy with that.  Fold & Turn Shrug Cardigan |

Thoughts: I really wish I had chosen a different yarn. There’s nothing wrong with Swish Worsted per se, but something about it seems so blah looking with all the stockinette- it’s a yarn probably better suited to cables and texture. I originally chose it because I’m craving dark, rich forest greens lately, and this was the colour I was going for, but I wish I had knit this in a tweed or a marled yarn. Which isn’t to say I wouldn’t knit this again- I love the pattern, and the overall result is lovely. This was a super simple knit, and I love the shape of it. The pattern was well written, with diagrams to help understand the simple yet clever construction.

Fold & Turn Shrug Cardigan |

I would say this is a hybrid cardigan-shrug that has a batwing silhouette (which I clearly am loving this year) and really perfect for throwing on for a little extra coziness. It’s super easy to wear, and does what I love my knits to do best- turn jeans and a tee shirt into an actual outfit that looks great.  A fabulous necklace doesn’t hurt, either.

Fold & Turn Shrug Cardigan |

The one I’m wearing is a vintage find that I adore and which I oddly have never, ever received a single compliment on. I’m not fishing for one, but you all know what I’m talking about- I think we all have one thing that we wear and love, yet has never really been acknowledged by anyone else as the spectacular awesome thing that we know it to be. Do you have something that you love to wear like that? Something that you love, but doesn’t seem to strike a chord with anyone else?

P.S- I’ll do the outtakes post this weekend, there are some funny ones!