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


Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Homemade Pop Tarts:

I’m a little obsessed with the idea of making homemade toaster pastries- this recipe looks amazing, and so perfect for the weekend.

cross stitch sweater DIY:

I love the cross stitch upcycle idea- talk about a great way to take a blah top and make it incredible!

limoncello & prosecco raspberry cocktail

This beautiful limoncello & prosecco raspberry cocktail is starting to look just right for spring….

zucchini fries: Pin Ups,

I love zucchini fries, and these super skinny ones give fantastic results.

Naomi Okubo: Pin Ups,

I’m a little obsessed with Naomi Okubo, a Japanese painter who does these stunningly beautiful paintings that are like a visual excerpt of pattern and light.

FO: Diode Hat


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Remember this hat when it was a WIP and my cat was being a good sport about modelling it?

Now it’s an amazing FO,  with only a little bit of cat hair on it.  Presenting the Diode Hat! I loooove it. It is the perfect hat for actual winter- the double brim and tight gauge do a great job of keeping the cold and wind out, much better than most knitted hats. I feel like all my future hats are now going to have a double brim, so that my sensitive ears stand a chance of staying warm. This is now my warmest knitted hat. Ever.  If you knit this (and I totally recommend that you do), you don’t want to go down to fingering weight for this- you want sportweight, so that the fabric is a lot more likely to keep out the wind.

Diode Hat

Pattern: Diode Hat

Yarn: Briggs & Little Sport in Fawn

Needles: 3 mm (US 2.5)

Mods: none.

These photos were taken in front of a rock face in Sudbury, Ontario. I know someone will wonder about this sweater I’m wearing, but sadly I have no info- it’s a store bought grey cardigan I borrowed from my cousin, I didn’t even check the label to see from where. All I know is it’s at least a couple years old. But it also has a nice texture!  It’s a texture bonanza on the blog today.

I generally am not a bobble fan, but teeny-tiny ones like this barely count as bobbles. They are very easy to do, and at this size and gauge, they actually look chic.  And look how pretty they are on the decreases! Like a constellation. 

Diode Hat |

I normally don’t choose a soft brown like this for my knits, but I’m trying to add more neutrals to my wardrobe. And this hat is definitely proving to be a cold weather staple for me.