Modification Monday: Antlers Fingerless Mitts

Original Patterns: Maine Morning Mitts and Antler Hat

Knitter Extraordinaire: Patti (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the Antler hat pattern and the Maine Morning mitts as her guide, Pattie created these Antler Fingerless mitts. details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Ah, the antler cable. It looks good on everything, don’t you think?  And you know how much  I love fingerless mitts, too. What I find particularly interesting about these mitts is that a full mitten pattern exists with the same cable, but Patti wanted something more customized with a slightly different sized antler cable, and the hat has just the ticket- the antler cable size changes as you knit from the brim up to the top. Starting with a stitch count she was familiar with, and the Maine Morning Mitts as a backdrop for the thumb gusset, she used the classic cable to make the customized mitts match her hat.

The antler cable is brilliant on so many things – and just about perfect on these fingerless mitts.

From the Mod Monday Archives: You can see another great cabled mod to create a matching set here, And another fantastic cabled fingerless mitt mod here!

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Camouflage knitting!

Hilarious and so accurate – Towards a bra-free Instagram Experience. My feed is full of fitness ads, because I recently clicked on a bunch of yoga and pilates workouts as a cardio-free way to try to get a bit of exercise (slowly!) back into my life while I’m recovering. Now every time I open Instagram, women are planking or in warrior pose. But then there’s books and yarn, so I guess it all works out.

On feelings of inadequacy, envy and comparison- “what if we said, ‘she’s beautiful but so am I’?”

I’m always on the lookout for productivity ideas, and this is one of the better lists I’ve found recently- 9 time habits that will make you super productive. I especially love the emphasis on figuring out the bedtime that works best for you, not turning on the TV 2 nights a week, and having afternoon tea. because scheduling in a meaningful break does make you more productive.

My Favourite Pins This Week

You guys know how much I love chicken and avocado together (James loves it too- he often toddles into the kitchen chanting, ‘awoe-cado, awoe-cado!’) And this is a super easy idea for lunches or quick dinners  – and there’s no rule slaying you have to use these specific ingredients, go with whatever you have on hand that might work together. no chicken, but have some steak or tofu? Go with that. Not an avocado fan? Skip it, add some dice bell pepper if you want a bit more veg, etc. Pinterest recipe is here, and the full recipe is here.

These Reese peanut butter cup chocolate truffles are super easy and only have 5 ingredients! The recipe calls for a bit of shortening in with the chocolate you melt to coat the truffles, but I’m not a shortening person, and can attest that normal butter works just fine. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

How cute are these leftover yarn holders?! It’s a free print out from Picot Pals- you print them out onto cardstock, and decorate your llama, and wind your leftover yarn! I love these. Pinterest link is here, and the original post with the print out can be found here.

Speaking of leftover yarn, what a great way to use up small bits of yarn, and crochet this incredible hat! Free pattern, too- Pinterest link is here, and the original pattern can be found here.

I can’t imagine needing eight different desserts all at once, but if I did, this is genius!! Totally worth watching the very short video, and clicking through to see the full post. What a clever idea. Pinterest link is here, and the original post can be found here.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone! My energy levels have been really low lately, so I plan on doing some champion napping, and possibly checking out the City of Craft Valentine’s Pop Up this Sunday – I love perusing artisan anything, so this is right up my alley. We’ll see if I can stay awake long enough to make it!

Modification Monday: Dog Sweater

Original Patterns: Honeypie hat and Maine Morning Mitts

Knitter Extraordinaire: Parkdale (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Incredibly Parkdale didn’t use a dog sweater as the base for this – she used the child sized hat brim for the dog sweater neckline, and the thumb gusset increases form the Maine Morning Mittens as the method for the chest increases after the neck. Then, she used basic sock toe decreases for the general shaping towards the pack of the sweater. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: If you look at Parkdale’s other projects, you’ll see that she has knit the Honeypie hat and the Main Morning Mittens before, as well as all sorts of socks. This meant that she was thinking about patterns she was already really familiar with in new ways. Her goal was to create a top-down dog sweater so she could check the fit as she knitted, and she couldn’t find an existing dog sweater pattern that was top down, super bulky, and had the chest and back separated so that it could be buttoned on. This was a very important detail, because that sweet pup is a rescue from Mexico, and does not let anyone but Parkdale touch her paws, so a sweater that fully buttons on was a must for times when someone else needs to walk her.

Speaking of being a rescue pup, Parkdale got this cutie from DIBS (Dogs in Better Spots), a non profit that helps homeless and abandoned dogs from Mexico (and sometimes Canada and the U.S.) find their forever homes. Three cheers for rescuing wonderful dogs in need!


Pin Ups & Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

A fascinating look at how standardized (hahaha) clothing sizes became what they are today.

Not everything you love to do has to be a side hustle.

Simple ways to brighten someone else’s day.

If you enjoy crossword puzzles, then you will love this fascinating long read about how they are made and who decides which words can or cannot be used.

Ever wonder what sort of novels they read in North Korea? Wonder no more!

My Favourite Pins This Week

I know, it’s cold out and no one wants to eat salad when it’s cold outside, but let me try to change your mind! I love strawberries in salad, and the hot chicken (definitely serve it when the chicken is hot) helps warm the whole dish up. Besides, when was the last time you had a bowlful of colour for dinner/ Because this salad is not only delicious, it’s darn pretty, too. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe can be found here.

I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day, but who doesn’t love heart shaped desserts?! These homemade heart shaped pop tarts are so charming, I totally want to make them! And if anything heart shaped makes you want to gag, I’m sure the recipe would totally work for rectangles, triangles, whatever strikes your fancy. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

I am dying to try this gold leaf purse upcycle, because it looks like it can make any sort of cheap looking purse instantly fabulous with the addition of those brushed gold spots. And of course, you can customize the metallic colour – wouldn’t silver, copper, or even roe gold look cool? And of course, this can look so different depending on the colour of the purse itself. Inspiring! Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

I normally hate pinning anything that doesn’t go back to a decent source, but I am utterly besotted with this wintery pine needle and bead embroidery. The link goes nowhere (it will just download the jpg to your computer if you click on it) but I’m still entranced – it looks very simple to replicate. Wouldn’t this look amazing on a coat, or a sweater? Pinterest link is here.

Crocheters! How cute is this little amigurumi bunny with a hoodie?! The pattern is free, and I feel like if you got start now, you could probably make a small army of them in time for Easter. And so many colour variations for the bunnies and the clothes! Pinterest link is here, full pattern is here.

I’m starting to feel a fair bit better and have begun doing normal things (like leaving the house) again! I’m still really tired (and still have the lingering cough), but it’s more manageable. I’m still taking it pretty easy, but it feels good to be getting out once in a while. Here’s hoping that the weekend is wonderful for all of you, and that you are all staying healthy!

January: Book Reviews

This is a new feature I’ve planned for 2018 – a monthly reflection of a handful of books that I read in the past month that I thought would be worth sharing.  If you follow me on Instagram, you already saw a recent photo of a couple of these books in a recent post! it seems like that you and I have a lot in common, and if I read voraciously, I bet a lot of you do too- so why not share some of the books I most enjoyed recently?  If you have read any of these, or have some great recommendations of your own, let me know in the comments!

Currently Re-reading: As It Is in Heaven

As It Is in Heaven is one of the few books I re-read every few years. The prose is sometimes overwritten, and in the author’s quest to grapple with the big issues of life, death, and love it ends up coming across heavy handed in places, but I still love it. I first read it a long time ago when I was still living in Istanbul and English books were expensive to come by, but I fell for the wintery setting, the lush Irish landscape, and the utterly charming cast of characters in the town where most of the book is set. It’s comfort food in book form. It’s not the best thing you will ever read, but it soothes me. And I do think that it’s best enjoyed in the winter – don’t read this book in the summer or it will feel all wrong.

The One I’m Still Recommending to Just About Everyone: Station Eleven

I’m not usually one for post-apocalyptic fiction at all, but a good portion Station Eleven is set in Toronto (where I live!) and focuses on a travelling troupe of actors who perform Shakespearean plays at the various settlements that spring up after a massive virus wipes out 95% of the world’s population in a very short time frame. I binge-read this, it was that hard to put down! Same goes for everyone I’ve lent it to – it’s seriously addictive, fascinating to think about, and you will want everyone else to read it so that you can talk about it with them. I wish I had written it.

Crafty Book I’m Loving: Plum Dandi Knits

This is the combined effort of Alicia Plummer and Melissa Schaschwary, who have combined their knit design efforts in the past. Plum Dandi Knits features 23 patterns for a whole range of gorgeous knits that are what I would consider to be the sort of knits I want in my handmade wardrobe – lots of gorgeous sweaters, mitts, cowls, and accessories that make me want to snuggle up in every single knitted thing in this book. I already have a bunch  of the patterns in my knitting queue!

Cookbook that Actually Makes Me Want to Cook: Smitten Kitchen Every Day

I’m not much of a cook, but I do enjoy recipes that are easy, healthy (most of the time), and don’t involve more than ten ingredients – which means Smitten Kitchen Every Day just might be the only cookbook I need. If someone said I could only bring one cookbook to the (well-stocked with groceries) desert island, this is the one I would pick. I love the recipes and have already committed a few of them to memory, it covers a lot of ground in terms of meals types and has lots of great breakfast, mains, veggie, and dessert dishes.  Everything I’ve made from it has been absolutely delicious, and exactly how I wanted it to turn out. And that doesn’t always happen for me in the kitchen.

I’m Still Mulling Over: Women & Power

Women and Power is a short book (even shorter once you realize how many illustrations/photographs are in it) but it is an excellent exploration of the very timely- yet ancient- practice of how women are silenced and kept from accessing powerful roles in government, business, and work outside the home. It’s the kind of book I recommend everyone read – not only can you easily devour it in a single sitting, but it very clearly illustrates how any time a woman has achieved a certain amount of power, she is frequently vilified for it, or accused of being ‘manly’ or ‘unfeminine’. Touching on ancient Greece, the Trump election, Hilary Clinton; after you read it you will definitely want to talk about it, and likely press it into the hands of other smart, courageous women that you know and love.

Have you read any of these? Do you have a comfort book that you re-read, or a new book that you are dying to tell everyone about? Please share!


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