Modification Monday: Jasmine Hat

Original Pattern: Jasmine Scarf

Knitters Extraordinaire: Alice (Ravelry ID, website)

Mods: Using the stitch pattern from the popular scarf pattern, Alice incorporated it into a hat design instead. Full details – including a chart on how she did the crown decreases-  can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: When you see a stitch you love but it’s in a knit that you might not wear, why not use the stitch in something else? Alice did just that, taking the beautiful caliper cable from the Jasmine Scarf pattern and incorporating it into a hat instead. Alice is a pattern designer, so the details are well thought out, and she has made it super easy to knit one just like it for yourself (thanks Alice!) by following the info on her project page.  The results are stunning.

If you see a cable of textured design that you love in one type of knit, why not think about how to incorporate it into another design, like a hat? Don’t let the crown decreases make you nervous – in a smaller knit, it’s a good opportunity to experiment with how to make the design narrow in a way that you like, and you can always rip back a bit if it isn’t working and try something new. Hats are a great knit to experiment with! And look how beautiful the results can be.

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I basically stayed in bed all last week, so this week is my first in trying to get things a little back on track. I’m still exhausted all the time and coughing a lot, but I can do a bit more every few days, and that is encouraging. Thank you so much for all your encouraging notes, messages, and well wishes, I really appreciate it!

While lying in bed, I was thinking about mini skeins (as one does)- are there any mini skein yarn clubs out there? Does anyone know of any? Let me know in the comments if you do!

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Trying to cut down on your phone addiction? Try setting it to grayscale.

For any freelancers, or people who email freelancers – this is for you.

6 fairy tales for the modern woman.

Is everyone you know sick too? Here are 8 natural remedies to help combat cold and flu.

How having a personal policy can help back you up when life’s awkward situations come up.

My Favourite Pins This Week

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These cookies. Because pecans, dark chocolate and white chocolate chips together in a cookie is absolute bliss. Also, I can’t get enough cookies. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

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A dinner recipe where everything is baked on one pan all at once? Sign me up! This is really easy and very adaptable, although I find that microwaving the sweet potatoes for 5 mins in advance gets them a little softer at the same time as all the rest of the veg. Chicken and veggies in any combo is always a hit in my house, and the kids would eat a truck if I put ranch dressing on it. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

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I made these peanut butter breakfast bites recently thinking that the kids would like them for snacks – James won’t even try them for some weird reason, but Lila loves them! Now I always have some in the fridge (and you have to keep them in the fridge, or they will totally fall apart) and they are perfect for snacking even as a grown up! I had some while writing this post, actually. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is right here.

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I have come to a bizarre realization recently – I don’t know much about what makes me happy.  I can name a few things off the top of my head, but when it comes to making the most of day-to-day and loving the little things, I sometimes need to be reoriented. If you also could use a little reorienting, this was a good post. Pinterest link is here, and the original post can be read here.

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This is a weekend project I’m planning on doing with the kids this weekend- rainbow heart sun catchers. Honestly, I just want to look at the window and actually see some colour, the days are so dreary and grey lately! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone. I hope you are staying healthy and taking care of yourselves! Make sure to find some time to do something this weekend that is just for you.

If you would like to see previous Pin Ups and Link Love posts, you can find them all here

Modification Monday: Copse Reimagined

Original Pattern: Copse

Knitter Extraordinaire: Matthew (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Instead of the cabled rectangular wrap, Matthew used the cable design and Incorporated them fully into a sweater of his own design (no, there’s no pattern! I know, it’s amazing and I want one too). Also, to get gauge he held 3 strands of fingering weight together, to give a wonderful marled effect. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I don’t know about you, but I totally swooned when I saw the cables of Copse, but winced when I saw the yardage and thought that I really don’t think I’ll wear a gigantic cabled stole much. But Matthew, intrepid knitter that he is, decided to incorporate the cables into a sweater of his own design. While this sort of undertaking isn’t for the faint of heart, a good guide would be to find another cabled sweater pattern that is in the same gauge, and substitute the cables. With results as incredible as this, that’s a lot of motivation to try it out!

UPDATE: See the comments below from Matthew with tips on how to try something like this for yourself!

Chocolate Nephele Sweater-in-Progress

I haven’t even posted about a bunch of knits finished in 2017, but I’ll catch up eventually. Right now I want to talk about the Nephele pullover I started in December. I’ve loved the look of the Nephele sweater since I first saw it – it has a simple, chic design to it and the dramatic cable is definitely the star of this sweater show.  And a cozy bulky weight knit is just what I need right now – we’re deep in winter, and needing all the cozy sweaters we can get!

I took the above photo with some of the things Lila likes to read lately – A Perfect Place for Ted is an adorable book about a dog looking for a home and has all sorts of knitting goodness in it, Davy the Day Bat is a sweet book about a mixed up bat (and Lila is obsessed with bats!) but is unfortunately put of print, and then we have a storybook of Lila’s own creation – Jungle Superhero Saves Cat from …. I’ll ruin the surprise, from a tree. The jungle superhero saves the cat from a tree.

This photo was taken just before the holidays, I’m almost done it now! I’m loving knitting it- the travelling cable is amazing, and the bulky weight is actually a really quick knit – or would be, if I spent more time knitting over the holidays. I should be done very soon, the pattern is so easy to follow, and given the cold temperatures lately, I’m very excited to wear it. It is knit in the round from the bottom up, and currently I’m on the sleeves, so it’s the home stretch. I struggle taking photos of sweaters in progress when they are bottom up, it’s so hard to convey what’s happening when you can’t see the finished product yet, but I know that it’s going to be great.

The yarn I’m using is Delicious Yarns Frosting in ‘Chocolate‘, a chunky weight superwash merino that is so amazingly soft! I’m loving it so far, it’s knitting up beautifully, and I wish you could reach through the screen to squish it.

Longtime readers no doubt noticed that there was no Modification Monday post yesterday. Sometimes I have them done before the weekend and they are all scheduled and ready to go, but this wasn’t one of those weekends. I ended up in the hospital on Friday night, and got to spend some quality time there. I had been wrestling with what I thought was a bad chest cold for a couple of weeks, but assumed it would pass. Turns out I was wrong – I have pneumonia. If you follow me on Instagram (and if not, you should- all kinds of behind-the-scenes stuff gets posted there!), you probably saw the photo on Instagram stories of my charming IV pole while I was still in the hospital.  I’m back home now, full of antibiotics and painkillers, but I feel like this:

So…. I’ll be moving at half speed for a while. I’ve heard mixed results on the timeline for recovery form pneumonia, but none of them were quick.

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Why we shouldn’t shield children from the dark side of the human experience.

5 words to help you relax: Just do what you’re doing.

How to stop self criticism.

18 habits that will improve your life in 2018. Oh man, If I could manage to do more than 3 of these, I would be so happy!

5 books billionaire CEOs think everyone should read before they die. Jeff Bezos was the surprise twist on this list, but I’m intrigued by all of them.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I know I was posting about avocado recipes last week, but I’m not over my avocado kick yet at all – these chicken and avocado burritos are a perfect quick dinner, quick lunch, quick anything. And sooooo satisfying. Pinterest link is here and the original recipe can be found here.

Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean I’m ready to give up eating cookies, people! This recipe couldn’t be easier, because it starts with a box of cake mix. It’s still baking from scratch if you put it in the oven yourself, right? Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

Trying to eat breakfast, or a healthier breakfast? Or just want chocolate and peanut butter for breakfast? Yeah, I only put my hand up for the last one too. Fortunately this chocolate peanut butter breakfast shakes is healthy, easy, and tasty, so it checks ALL the breakfast boxes. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is right here.

I suppose this is a great idea for kids’ dress up activities, but who doesn’t just want to have a cat or fox mask for themselves sometimes? Now you can whip one up in no time with this wonderful free crochet pattern. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

If you are a bit sad that you’ve put away all your holiday decorations (sniff, sniff), why not take the opportunity to craft some new decor with pom pom flowers? Them look whimsical in mason jars, and would be fun to have in surprising little corners of your house where real flowers or plants won’t hack it. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY can be found here.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! Anyone getting up to anything crafty this weekend, or trying something new?