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?

Modification Monday: Little Bumblebee Cardi

Modification Monday: Little Bumblebee Cardi |

Original Pattern: Little Coffee Bean Cardigan 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Tracey (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Added a fair isle bee design, and text to the back of the cardigan, and shortened the sleeves. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Oh, the details. A great hand knit is all in the details, right? The original striped cardigan does allow for infinite variety, and I love Tracey’s take on this, with the great colour scheme and the little bees interspersed with hearts, but the back takes the cake (see below).  I love it when you see words in knitting, and it’s the kind of detail that works so well for baby and kid knits. The shorter sleeves give it some great versatility for mixed temperatures- it can be layered over long sleeves, or over a light dress. And with a cardigan this cute, I’m pretty sure it’s getting a lot of wear!

Modification Monday: Little Bumblebee Cardi |

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things on Pinterest This Week

Here’s what I’ve been loving this week:

Pin Ups: spaghetti squash with pesto |

 regular readers  will know that I’m always trying to get more veggies, so this amazing twice-baked spaghetti squash is pitch perfect- seasonal, delicious, and full of veg!

Pin Ups: Zucchini Blondies |

Just like these Zucchini blondies- because if there are veggies in your desserts, you get to eat more of them, am I right?

Pin Ups: Upcycled Sweatshirt|

I’m not big on sewing, but this adorable upcycled sweatshirt is so fun and sweet, and would be just as cool on a grown up, too.

Pin Ups: Winter Capsule Wardrobe |

I love the idea of a perfect 20 item capsule wardrobe, especially for winter. Especially in these colours- I wish I could find more winter lilac shades!

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