FO: Coolbreeze, Paris Style

I don’t know why, but shades of pink with black always seem a bit French to me, hence ‘Paris Style’. Maybe it’s the classic Coco Chanel I’m thinking of.

Coolbreeze Toddler Cardigan |

Pattern: Coolbreeze Baby Cardigan  (fun fact: that is a 6-month old Lila modelling the sweater in the pattern shot!)

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK in Natural, Charcoal, Royal Flush, Petal (discontinued) and Sweetheart.

Needles: 4mm (US 6)

Mods: I upsized this a bit to be more toddler sized, and give Lila  bit of room to grow. When I buy her clothes, I usually buy a 3T, since she is delightfully chubby. This meant that I knit the whole thing with 4mm needles, lengthened the body, and decided to try to stash bust a bit with the extra colours, and changed the striping pattern to use them. I added contrasting button bands in Charcoal and Royal Flush, and added  both of those colours to the cuffs of the sleeves, as well.  I think that the size turned out exactly as I wanted- it gives her some room to grow and still enjoy this cardigan in the fall. 

Notes: I love this little sweater.   It’s a really versatile pattern,  making it easy to adjust the stripes for the colours I wanted to use, and since the stitches are picked up for the collar and button bands, it was easy to change up the colours. This was my first time doing more than one colour for the button band (I was running out of Charcoal), but I like the bright pop of Royal Flush (a very cool toned red)  button band underneath.

The fun kitty buttons have been in my stash for a while (more than a couple of years), after I saw them on Ebay and had to have them, even though I had no idea what I would use them for. Turns out, they were a perfect match for this cardigan. I even had exactly the right amount.

Coolbreeze Toddler Cardigan |

We did all the photos for this cardigan when we were in England (you can see she had on different pants in a couple of them), and it was chilly enough that she got a lot of wear out of it already, which is great. I got a kick out of the pair of photos below, where you can see little Lila being photographed front and back by Guy and I:

Coolbreeze Toddler Cardigan | At least she was pretty oblivious to all the photos! Which is great, because we probably take her photo almost every day, just for fun.

Modification Monday: Twigs and Willows Jumper

Modification Monday: Twigs & Willows |

Original Pattern: Twigs and Willows 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Ariel (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed the original cardigan pattern to a pullover instead, adjusted shaping to customize, and worked set in top down sleeves. More details and helpful links can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: If you have never modified a sweater before, you would be wise to follow Ariel’s great  information and ideas in her modified Twigs & Willows. She took a beautiful cardigan pattern, and adjusted all the shaping to suit her figure, and it looks amazing as a pullover- very classic. I love this gorgeous sweater, and I tip my cap to the smart knitter who absolutely nailed how to modify a sweater. And looks how great her top down set in sleeves look in the picture below. Way to go Ariel!

Modification Monday: Twigs & Willows |

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: DIY Geometric Holder|

This is such an amazing looking DIY! it’s put together with the mat board, and is a fun hollow shape you can use for a pencil holder, vase, or even a lamp base. I love how professional this looks, and there is even a template included for the shape.

Pin Ups: lemon pavlovas |

I love these gorgeous lemon pavlovas- a light, citrusy dessert like this is perfect for summer. plus, the unstructured approach makes them super easy to assemble. You could even use store-bought meringue nests to make it even faster.

Pin Ups: zucchini Pizza Boats |

Trying to eat more veggies? Of course you are. How about trying  these zucchini pizza boats? Cutting out the bread, adding more veggies, and they look super fun to eat. I’m going to try these with my picky toddler.

Pin Ups: Bust out of Your Wardrobe Rut |

I loved this fun roundup on how to   bust out of a wardrobe rut- it’s a great way to look at your closet with fresh eyes.

PIn Ups: Easy Hairstyle|

I actually tried out wearing my hair like this last weekend, after seeing  this easy tutorial. it’s like a super simplified french braid, I loved the effect.

Taking Stock, Catching Up


I’m back from my UK trip, recovered from the jet lag (well, Lila has recovered from the jet lag- because when you have a have a wee one, you only sleep as well as your kid does!), and ready to get back into the swing of things!  Here’s a round up of some photos from our trip:

England Collage|

Top row, from left to right: Guy and Lila outside our favourite English pub, Lila checking out the local cows, giraffes at the zoo (I adore giraffes), Raglan Castle, Wales. Second row: Paddington Station- London, Bristol’s Watershed, Lila in a big bin of cider at the Weston distillery, and a fun fun WIP with English Roses in the background. Third row: Bristol Cathedral and people enjoying a bit of good weather, the colourful row houses of Clifton, a close up of a beautiful mosaic wall in Bristol, and a Banksy- ‘Mobile Lovers’. Fourth row: a fun colour shadow photo of myself from the Bristol science museum, some amazing scone sandwiches with strawberry jam and clotted cream; one of the buildings at Bristol University, and a very cool art installation at the Bristol Museum, English Magic. And then these gorgeous roses:

English Roses|

If you missed my re view of Beshley Wool in Bristol UK, definitely go check it out.

I read a fair number of blogs (or try to!), and I really enjoyed the Taking Stock post over on Knit Happens, and decided to join in, but with fewer prompts.

Making: a Featherweight Cardigan, finally!

Cooking: The super easy burrito bowls from this post

Drinking: So much tea.  David’s Tea is near my office and I love buying all the delicious new combos they come up with. I often do the Earl Grey Creme, Milk Oolong, and Rooibos Birthday Cake (yum!).

Reading: A Death in the Family, by Karl Ove Knausgaard. Knausgaard is pretty much a modern, Norwegian Proust.

Wanting: to get my butt into the gym more regularly. so that I feel less guilty about paying for the membership.

Wishing: I didn’t need to sleep so much. I’d love to stay up late and get more done, but by 10 p.m., I’m crazy tired. 

Feeling:  Not that great, actually. I’m fighting off something, maybe a cold, definitely throat/sinus related. 

Wondering: how to get more done in the day. Seriously, I need more hours in the day.

Watching:Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. It’s about a glamourous lady detective in Australia in the 1920s (with so many fabulous costumes!) If you like the jazz age and enjoy Downton Abbey, then you’ll like this too, I promise.

Smelling: Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino. A friend gave me a sample (it’s crazy expensive in real life), and this is a heady orange blossom affair. a bit rich for me, but still- it’s fun to try new fragrances.

Wearing: My awesome vintage camera blouse, as seen on this Instagram.

Buying: gifts for Guy. Not only is father’s day around the corner, but it’s his birthday, too! And he’s so hard to shop for. He does that thing where if he wants something, he just goes out and buys it. But if it’s Christmas, or our anniversary, or father’s day, or his birthday, he says “I don’t know….” and then ends up with whatever the heck I can drum up while shopping on my lunch break. 

Disliking:  floral crowns. I just don’t get it. (suddenly remembering my parents have a picture of me wearing a floral crown I made from wildflowers in Ireland when I was 22….) Hmm. I guess I do like floral crowns after all, on twentysomethings. So I’ll revise my answer to be… baby corn. I dislike baby corn.

Giggling: This is cracking me up.  I don’t even know why.

Coveting: a whole new underwear drawer.  I don’t think I’ve been shopping for underthings in a very long time. 

Listening: I’m on the hunt for new music, listening to a lot of Songza playlists (any recommendations?). But I think I’m really liking Foxes.  I love that song I linked to in particular.

Modification Monday: Chrysanths Set

Modification Monday: Chrysanthe |

Original Patterns: Chrysanthemum Jacket and Chrysantheme

Knitter Extraordinaire: Some (Ravelry ID

Mods:  Using the Jacket and double knitted scarf patterns as the basis for her design, Some used the great flowers charts of both to make her hat and matching cowl in laceweight yarn. Details and lots more photos can be found on her project page, here

What Makes This Awesome:  I’m so impressed with this amazing stranded design that Some has used for her hat and cowl!   love how graphic the flowers look in the black and white, and adjusting the gauge to get it all to work. She even originally planned on incorporating another pattern (a hat pattern, you can check it out on her project page), but didn’t quite like how the crown was coming out, so ripped it back and went her own way.  She even worked all this colourwork in laceweight yarn! The set is a gift for a friend, I bet she will get loads of compliments all winter long in this set.

Modification Monday: Chrysanthe |