FO: Honey Cowl

Honey Cowl:

Pattern: Honey Cowl

Yarn: Malabrigo Rio in ‘Lotus’, 2 skeins 

Needles: 5 mm (US 8)

Mods: None, made the larger sized cowl option.

Notes: This is one of those mindless patterns that is easy to chip away at over time, which is pretty much what I did- I was surprised to see on my Ravelry project page that I first cast on for this over a year ago! There were long lulls, where I didn’t work on it at all. but whenever I needed a mindless project to chip away at, this was an easy knit to pick up.  I used up all of my 2 skeins of yarn; just kept knitting until I only had enough to finish up the edging.

I was inspired to make this cowl after featuring this amazingly simple but really striking modified Honey Cowl on Modification Mondays a while back. I loved how it looked in the two colours together, but I didn’t really have those sorts of colours kicking around in my stash. So I used it as an excuse to do a bit of yarn shopping.  You can see that the Lotus colourway I went with still has lots of the deep pink and greyish-blue tones that I liked from the modified project.

Honey Cowl:

I’m not surprised at all by how successful this pattern is- it works, in any weight of yarn, in any kind of colourway. Solids, tonals, or busy variegations, the texture just works with it all.  It’s very easy to learn, so it’s even suitable for new knitters.  I especially love how this works up with the Malabrigo Rios, the yarn is so cuddly soft and perfect to wear against the neck.  We took FO photos fro this cowl at the same time as this hat, so you might recognize the sweater and the backdrop! It was still cold then, so it was nice to cuddle up in a great cowl like this.

Honey Cowl:


Modification Monday: Zephyr Morning

Modification Monday: Velvet Zephyr

Original Patterns: Zephyr and Velvet Morning 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Julie (Ravelry ID

Mods: Preferring to knit top-down, Julie used Zephyr as the cardigan design, and added the Velvet Morning colourwork charts to the body only. Project page can be found here

What Makes This Awesome: This is a great lesson for anyone who has fallen for a colourwork chart- you don’t have to knit that exact pattern just to use the chart! Julie used a cardigan design that she knew and loved, and added length and the colourwork charts to the body. The result is similar to the original design, but totally customized for the kind of knitting that Julie wanted to do- top down! A great solution, and the sweater looks beautiful.

Modification Monday: Velvet Zephyr

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

dip dye shoes:

I love this DIY idea for making a pair of cheap canvas shoes into something awesome. How perfect for summer!

Paremsean and herb Madeleines:

These Parmesan and herb madeleines are a great idea for adding a little flair to your dinner, and are so delicious. So a total win, really. I don’t know why you aren’t rushing off to make these right now.

grapefruit, carrot & ginger smoothie:

This bright orange smoothie is full of good stuff- grapefruit, carrots, and ginger. Lots of vitamins to add kick to your day!

cupcake cones:

And now that you’ve had vitamins, here is my favourite guide for how to bake cupcakes in ice cream cones, the easy, no hassle- way.

DIY wall decals:

These DIY wall decals are amazing, and it looks like the blogger will be making templates for more animal shapes soon!

5 Small Goals for Spring

I know it seems like this is quite tardy, but spring has been taking it’s sweet time getting around to visiting Toronto, Canada.  I’m still wearing a hat  in the morning and evenings.  So, since there are finally so leaf buds on the trees, I’m ready to start welcoming spring! These are the things I’m going to try sometime between now and June 20th:

5 goals for spring: A lot of the inspiration for these 5 things has come from previous Pin Up Fridays Pinterest round ups, since there are so many inspiring things out there, this is my way of making more of an effort to try them out.

  1. For trying out out 3 new hairstyles, I am very guilty of wearing my hair down almost all the time. In the winter I justify it by saying I can’t really do anything with my hair that won’t be crushed by a hat, but now that it’s warming up, there’s no excuse!


  1. I’ve seen some very tasty looking recipes on Pinterest for waffle donuts and little cakes, and there are even more on my pinterest boards for both sweet and savory treats, so who knows what I’ll go with! Maybe I’ll try a few different ones.
  2. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this very modern take on a bright eyeshadow, and I think spring is a perfect time to play with fun colours in your make up. I’m going to be brave and try purple eye make up, and see how it goes.
  3. A coffee cozy is a great way to use up small bits of leftover yarn, try a new stitch or technique you haven’t tried before, and then you don’t need to get a cardboard sleeve (it’s a small thing, but one less thing being thrown away/recycled). I like the idea of some fun, bright coffee cozies. I don’t know why, but I’m convinced they make you a teensy bit happier when you see them.
  4. I’m specifically loving the macrame planters that I’ve been seeing lately, like this one. I think my home could definitely use a hanging plant.

What about you? Are there any fun plans or activities you want to try?

Modification Monday: Sweet-o-fude

Modification Monday

Original Patterns:Hitofude Cardigan and Sweet Dreams Shawl


Knitter Extraordinaire: Susan (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Using the lace details from the shawl, Susan revamped the original cardigan to feature the lace of the shawl.  Details can be found on her blog, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Talk about an amazing cardigan! lacy cardigans seem so perfect for summer, and a great way to dress up an outfit.  Susan’s clever adaptation of the shawl lace into the cardigan was challenging, because it was not as simple as swapping out one lace chart for another. She had to find ways to work around the shaping, by adding to the lace pattern on the fronts rather than in the original cardigan’s body.  The result? Quite possibly the prettiest cardigan I’ve ever seen!

Modification Monday