Pin Ups: My Favourite Things on Pinterest This Week

Pin Ups: Super Easy Tiramisu |

Guy made tiramisu this week using this recipe, and it was amazing. Super easy, super delicious. And who doesn’t love tiramisu?  If you are bringing dessert to a party (or if you are American, thanksgiving!) then maybe this is just the ticket.

Pin Ups: Snowboard Martini |

And if you are hosting and possibly making cocktails, I have rave reviews for this snowboard martini recipe- don’t let the blah photo fool you, I mixed these by the pitcher for my 30th birthday party (which was a quite some time ago now) and I still get requests for the recipe.

Pin Ups: Chicken Soup with Stars|

If you are one of the many buried under cold weather and/or loads of snow, perhaps this amazing chicken soup is just what you and your family needs. After all, who wouldn’t be cheered up by having stars in their soup?

Pin Ups: colourful necklace |

And oddly in the exact same colour palette as the soup above, is this super cute DIY necklace idea, which I’m dying to try- I bet you could even use laceweight or fingering yarn instead of embroidery floss, if you were so inclined.

Pin Ups: Paris Views |

These Paris apartment views are beautiful windows into  life in Paris, although you don’t nee dot feel like a creepy voyeur- the photos are all staged with permission of the apartment owners, although I wonder how they came to decide what they would be doing when the photos would  be taken- or maybe they just agreed on a date and time when they would be photographed?  They are strangely fascinating.

Wee Wednesday FO: Toddler Honey Cowl

Toddler Honey Cowl |

I swear I did brush her hair a few minutes earlier, i don’t know what happened. 

My great and tremendous love of cowls meant that it was really just a matter of time before I decided to make one for Lila. I found this mystery skein in my stash (you can see it in a photo from this post back in 2011, but you can’t see the tag…. it feels like a merino/silk/maybe alpaca blend), and it was just right for a super quick toddler cowl. I wasn’t actually sure if she would wear it, so I wanted it to be a really fast knit. Who wants to spend weeks on a knit that might never get worn? But lucky me- that totally didn’t happen. She actually likes it! She doesn’t wear it like this normally- it’s worn with her winter coat, to help keep her little neck cozy. But I caught her in an unusually cooperative mood.

Toddler Honey Cowl |

Remember the goat? As featured in this post

Pattern: Honey Cowl 

Needles: 6.5 mm circulars (US 10.5)

Mods: To make the toddler size, I cast on for 52 stitches, knit 3 rounds of ribbing, then followed the stitch pattern. Details can be found on the Ravelry project page, here. Here’s a shot that is a bit boring, but at least you can see how it looks flat. She’s been wearing it every day for a couple weeks now, so the  yarn is getting a little fuzzy with wear.

Toddler Honey Cowl |

This was the quickest knit ever! After one evening of a bit of a false start, I adjusted my stitch count, and knit the whole thing in a few hours. And to complete this knitting miracle, I said to her, “Stand here by these plants, and let mama take your picture!” And holy miracles, she actually did it! She stood where I told her to and let me take her photo! Here’s where I said, “Smile, sweetie!”

Toddler Honey Cowl |

Ah, forced toddler smiles.

Modification Monday: Höstlöv Mittens

Modification Monday: Hostlov Mittens |

Original Pattern: As Leaves Begin to Fall 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Susanne (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Modified the charter leaf design on the hat for mittens instead. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: The hat is gorgeous, but seeing these mittens makes me think that they should totally be a set!  The chart adjusts well to a traditional mitten structure, and I love how Susanne even carried it through on the thumb, as well.   The alignment of the pattern looks perfectly centered, and the effect is balanced and so well thought out. And that contrasting orange of the leaves and stems? It’s from a yarn she dyed herself, from mushrooms. Pretty amazing!

Modification Monday: Hostlov Mittens |

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things on Pinterest This Week

Pin Ups: brussel sprouts and bacon |

Now this is the way to serve brussel sprouts- on an elegant skewer and ribboned with bacon. I’d love to have a couple of these at the side of my plate.

Pin Ups: dyeing yarn with food colouring|

As I’ve been thinking more about trying some dyeing, particularly over dyeing skeins in my stash, and this tutorial on trying it with food colouring looks amazing. It’s in French, but easily translated by right clicking on the age.

Pin Ups: DIY gift pancake mix |

This is such a perfect DIY gift for instant cinnamon pancake mix-for hostess gifts, thank yous, or for Christmas- and what makes this different is that it’s actually easy (just add water to the jar, shake and pour). I would love it if someone handed this for me as a gift, and that’s my criteria for giving gifts- it’s got to be something I’d like, too!

Pin Ups: snowball cookies|

Speaking of holiday goodies… these Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies are super simple, only take 7 ingredients, and bake in a flash. You totally want to make these cookies, trust me.

Pin Ups: clay bowls |

This DIY for clay ring bowls is absolutely beautiful and easy- I don’t think I even knew I needed a ring/jewelry bowl in my life before seeing these, but now I wnat to make a hundred of them and put them everywhere.

Fare Thee Well, Adelia Mittens

It is with much sadness that I report that last night,  due to a variety of transit woes that left me flagging down a taxi and then rushing out of it, I lost my Adelia mitts.  I don’t remember which taxi company it was, and some phone calls this morning have yielded nothing. I’m sad, especially because I don’t think I realized until they were gone that they were my favourite mittens, the ones I wore the most- I liked that they were stranded, it added some extra warmth without being too bulky, and they matched my dark green coat perfectly.  There was cashmere in the yarn. They were perfect.

I knit these while pregnant with Lila, and the project page can be found here.

I think, if I root around my stash, I still have yarn to make another pair. I could make them again, but I have to admit I don’t often re-knit the same pattern, and there are so many awesome stranded mittens out there in the world, maybe I might think about doing a slightly different pattern- I’m considering the following:


Elephant Mittens. I love the neat design to them, although part of me wonders if I especially like them because of the fun, bright, highlighter shades used for the contrast.


Anstruther Mitts. These might fun to use up some leftovers for the extra couple of colours for a bit of a brighter mitt, and are very classic and timeless. I like the rounded tip, too.


Snowfling mittens. I love the snowflake design, but these are DK, so I’d use different yarn the original lost mittens. Not really a hurdle, though. The pattern also comes with instructions for knitting a liner, and I may or may not, depending on how I felt about them when the outer one was finished.

What do all of you think? Re-knit the original, or try something new? Any of the above patterns you think are totally the one I should go for next?