Modification Monday: Heid Sheep on Mittens

Modification Monday: Heid Sheep |

Original Patterns: Peerie Flooers and Sheep Heid

Knitter Extraordinaire: Beverley (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Using the general pattern for Peerie Flooers and  switching out the design for the Sheep Heid charts, Beverley created these mittens to match her original Sheep Heid hat. Details for the mitts can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I am a believer in having 2 matching winter accessories (more than 2 gets a little too matchy-matchy), and Beverley did a great job of looking at her wonderful hat, and deciding it needed matching mitts. This is a great example of how you can often switch out charts on other patterns that are written for colourwork, provided you are willing to make a few stitch adjustments to get the repeat working with the different stitch count. That is the real tricky part, but can often be managed by either compressing or expanding on the sections in between the chart repeats, or by changing gauge.  Fortunately both the hat and mitts are the same gauge, and Beverley was able to get the charts working great for her wonderful custom sheep mitts. Such an awesome set, don’t you think?

Modification Monday: Heid Sheep |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

I love this idea of spreading positivity and empowerment to creators whose work we enjoy.  I’m all for the Tell Her movement.

I’m so guilty of this- stop buying failure insurance.

There are really only 4 habits we need to work on that will guarantee us a better life.

I just ordered a kitchen timer (I know, too lazy to go to the store) because of this article.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Cadbury Thumbprint Cookies |

Cadbury mini eggs are one of my top three favourite corner store treats (Oh Henry and Kit Kat are the other two), so when I saw these cookies, I knew they would be perfect! Cadbury chocolate thumbprints. These cookies seem to just shout spring. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Easy Enchilada Cups|

What is it about shrunken down food that is so visually appealing? These mini enchilada cups would be great for parties, or as a side dish, or even as a main- Four of these and that probably makes one whole enchilada, right? Let’s just pretend that it does. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Raspberry Lime Smoothie|

As someone who adores both raspberries and limes, this smoothie checks a lot of boxes for me- a short list of ingredients, and none of them seeds (I just can’t get into seeds of any kind in my smoothies). And frozen raspberries makes it so much easier to pull this together when fresh raspberries are out of season. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Crochet Bead Tutorial|

I love this elegant, minimalist necklace with the crochet covered wood bead- the full tutorial for crocheting around a wooden bead is here (scroll down for the English translation). Pinterest link is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: 8 Photo Tips|

Looking to up your photo game? Here are 8 great tips for improving your photos, beyond just ‘use natural light’.  Really specific, interesting ideas that I hadn’t thought of before (#6 is my favourite). Pinterest link is here.

I hope everyone has an amazing long weekend! Lila is super excited for the Easter Bunny to come, it’s all she’s been talking about.  I hope everyone gets to have a relaxing long weekend!

A New Pattern: Animal Pot Cozies

If you are like me and can never be bothered to re-pot those pretty little mini daffodils, crocuses, or other plants that you pick up, then I highly recommend these knitted animal pot cozies:

Animal Plant Cozies |

You could make one from cast on to finished the embroidery in a couple of hours, they are that quick. They are also perfect as coffee sleeves, too!  Can’t knock that. The bunny is very appropriate for this time of year, but I think I like the teddy bear the best – her white muzzle is so cute.

I know that lots of people get a little unnerved when it comes to the faces, so here are a some tips for embroidering faces onto your knitting:

  • If it doesn’t look good, you can take it off. Just snip the embroidered yarn off, and try again. It’s not permanent.
  •  Sew your ears on first, it will help guide the placement of the face details. The eyes look best about half an inch down from the edge, and spaced near the inside edge of the ears.
  • The eyes are three stitches each, and it helps to think of the symbol for a centered double decrease:  Both of those shapes make great eyes.
  • The nose is embroidered by stitching a triangle, and then just stitching horizontally over top of it.
  • Have fun with the mouth- all three of these critters have different mouths, to show variety. The kitten has a big smile, the bunny has a small smile, and the bear is serious. If you don’t like how your mouth is turning out, cut the embroidery off and try again. It might take a few tries. At least, it usually takes me a few tries before I get it the way I want!

Full directions for this free pattern  an be found on Stitch & Unwind. I’d love it if you could Pin it, tweet it, or just generally tell every knitter you know about it. Because hey, cheery knitted animals keeping plant pots cozy is bound to lighten up anyone’s day!

Kitten, bunny, bear pot cozy |

Find them on Ravelry here.

Modification Monday: Fair Isle Fiesta

Modification Monday: Fair Isle Fiesta |

Original Pattern: Corrie Fair Isle Vest

Knitter Extraordinaire: Holly (Ravelry ID, website)

Mods: Using the colourwork charts from the vest pattern, Holly knit this  fair isle fiesta cowl in the same gauge, spacing out the fair isle with bands of white. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: What a fantastic idea- to let fair isle breathe! Holly simplified the original charts by reducing the number of colours from 9 to 6, giving her cowl a more cohesive colour palette. Six colours still provides a lot of variety, but stays with the greys and blues. Adding the bands of white gives this knit such freshness and lightens up what originally was a visually heavy design.  Breaking up the original vest pattern is a great way to really appreciate the individual fair isle designs- when they aren’t all together, they become much easier to see. I absolutely love Holly’s interpretation, it feels fresh and light! Now I want to knit one, too.

Modification Monday: Fair Isle Fiesta |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Feeling overwhelmed? Here are 10 things you can do to help feel more in control.

Here’s another 10 things to read, watch or listen to when you are feeling frustrated with something in your life.

Looking to try some meditation but you’re kind of busy? Here’s a 6 minute walking meditation you can do walking from one place to the next.

By the way, Interweave is having  a $1.99 back issue blowout sale, which is pretty awesome- most issues have over 20 patterns, so that’s an exceptionally good deal. Shop the Magazine Blowout Sale at Interweave here, most of the knitting magazines start on page 2.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Easter Cake |

One of my favourite things about Easter is the treats! This amazing Easter basket cake is more like a cake hack than a recipe- you can totally use a store bought chocolate cake, or just make it from a mix. The instructions walk you through the great decorating that is sure to impress. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Cheesy Black Bean Loaded Sweet Potatoes|

When was the last time you had a loaded, baked sweet potato? A fun dinner idea, this is loaded with protein and fresh ingredients- poached egg, arugula, cheese and black beans. Healthy and deeply satisfying, sign me up! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Banana Cream Cheese Cake Smoothie |

I’ve been trying to eat more protein lately in an effort to shed the rest of the baby weight, and it feels like that’s the only time I ever eat cottage cheese, since I’m not a huge fan. But! I found this great smoothie recipe that uses it, and I’m a happy convert- high in protein, and delicious. I recommend! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Simple Sewn Notebook Case |

I love this simple sewing idea to whip up a notebook and pencil case- for those of you falling hard for the adult colouring books, this would be perfect! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Star Wars Eggs |

And one last Easter-themed idea- Star Wars eggs! This is a great tutorial for painting Star Wars character eggs, and naturally she chooses to do it on wooden eggs, for durability. Such a great idea, and think of all the other films/tv shows/ characters you could do! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.