Modification Monday: Brothers Socks

Original Pattern: YinYang Kitty Ankle Socks

Knitter Extraordinaire: Dani (Ravelry ID, blog/podcast)

Mods: Added deeper ribbing at the ankle, changed the colouring and added instarsia face details to mimic a Siamese cat’s face. Project page can be found here, but more information can be found on her wonderful podcast, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Knitting AND a Kitten?! I know, your Monday just improved by leaps and bounds. That sweet kitty in the photo there is Teddy, Dani’s cat, and her mom has Teddy’s brother, Merlin. In honour of those feline brothers, Dani knit up the ankle sock pattern while modifying the cat colouring and adding intarsia face details to change the somewhat generic grey and black cat faces into a personalized project that looks so sweet, and even cuter than the original pattern! Wouldn’t it be great to knit a pair of these socks with custom colours to reflect your kitty? I have two cats, so I could do one sock with with a variegated black/brown to reflect my tabby, and the other a soft gingery orange to reflect my gigantic ginger fluffball. Even if you don’t have cats yourself, these would a perfect knitted gift idea for the cat lover in your life.

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Why everyone should want more walkable streets. Heck yes!

This is the kind of easy dinner party I could actually pull off.

Here are 10 excellent self care ideas. If you are feeling stressed or anxious, this list is for you.

We all know knitting with two strands held together helps eat up an overly large stash, but these blankets are gorgeous and look like they could completely decimate the stash– which I desperately need! Now, to plan for a blanket….

My Favourite Pins This Week

Creme Brulee is one of my all-time favourite desserts, so I was very intrigued by these creme brulee cookie bars. They do have a lot in common with the classic dessert, and are surprisingly easy to make – only 8 ingredients. As a reference, I discarded another cookie recipe I was considering because the cookies had 10 ingredients and then the icing had 6 ingredients. I might have time for that when my kids are older. But I’m not going to worry about it, not when tasty desserts like these creme brulee bars are in existence. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Steak and veggies that are all made on one pan? Sign me up. This is great recipe that makes putting together a steak dinner really easy, even though I personally never think of steak when I need to think of a quick meal. And steak on a weeknight is such a treat! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

The perfect stashbusting sock- doesn’t matter how much or how little of leftover yarn you have squirreled away, these choose-your-own-adventure socks are sure to help eat up all those little odds and ends – you can combine colour sin little fair isle stripes until your heart’s content! Pinterest link is here, and the Ravelry pattern page is here.

I’m so in love with the wool embroidery on this gauzy top, and I pinned this because I dream of doing a DIY just like this – it looks so fresh and perfect for summer. Pinterest link is here, but I couldn’t find the original source. Anyone else with better google-fu able to find the original source?

I love bright and playful interiors, especially when it looks like someone actually lives here. This home tour was so inspiring – Now I want a bright couch and a graphic rug! And all those prints….. Pinterest link is here and the original post is here.

Am I the only one who felt like Friday sort of snuck up on them? I have no idea where this week went, but I’ve had a cold so I guess I was sniffling through most of it. I hope you are all managing to avoid a spring cold, and that you have a lovely weekend!

Modification Monday: Caragh’s Cashmere

Original Pattern: North Shore

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jennifer (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed up the design on the yoke using charts from selections Alice Starmore’s Charts for Color Knitting, combining two different charts to make the new yoke. Details can be found on her project page and her blog post, here. The blog post in particular has good points about what to consider when choosing to substitute charts for a yoke.

What Makes This Awesome: Jennifer’s daughter Caragh loved her North Shore so much, she asked her mom to her one- but really soft and with a geometric design on the yoke. Jennifer happily knit her daughter this buttery soft cashmere version, with a yoke  that is comprised of two different charts. I know it actually looks like three different ones, but Jennifer cleverly inverted the top chart colour values to frame the central diamond motif. For a finishing touch that looks so wonderful (worth clicking over to view the close up photos of the yoke) she duplicate stitched some small white details to the center of some of the ‘spokes’ that are in the design. I love how this sweater turned out so much- I wish I had one just like it! Good thing I have the same Alice Starmore book. 😉

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Financial tips I wish I knew in my 20s – still applicable now. Although I wish I had known all that stuff in my teens (am I the only one who thinks that financial planning and budgeting should be a mandatory high school course?)

How to stop procrastinating – the 20-10 rule is the only way I get anything done.

Treating yourself is not the answer. So many true things in this!

Five regrets of the dying. This was a lovely read and a good reminder about what is actually important.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Lo Mein is surprisingly easy to make, and you can totally use spaghetti noodles. If you love Chinese food like I do, this is a great weeknight supper idea. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

An unusual dessert idea- pan friend cinnamon banana slices. Very easy to do and delicious on their own, but a might fine addition to a bowl of oatmeal or some french toast. If you have the time this weekend, give it a try! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Finger crochet, what a great idea! I love this video for making a finger crocheted market tote. Looks so beginner friendly. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

By the way, I did a shoe upcycle for Cut Out & Keep, and you can read all about how super easy it is to paint on your shoes! I did these very easy gold stripes on a cheap pair of flats, and I love how they look. You can make them as simple or complex as you like! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Also, if you remember my pom pom loving post from last week, I’m really into om poms. I loved this very timely round up  of all the ways pom poms are popping up on things this spring! Pinterest link is here, and the original link is here.

Guy passed his citizenship test!! They then did the interview to verify his reasons for being here, the national equivalent of the ‘and what are your intentions towards my daughter’ line of questioning. Now we just wait for his ceremony notification! I’ve very excited for the ceremony.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

Secret Project Reveal: Kleenex Mittens!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this photo of me working on something secret:

Those were red mittens as a prototype for Kleenex Mittens! Kleenex® Canada wanted a special mitten that had a pocket in them for a packet of their tissues, so that you could use the tissues without taking your mittens off.  It was late in the season, so it was a very quick turnaround, but I really enjoyed the project. I hope they do a commercial in the fall, or reboot this one- watch it here! 

The mittens are a very quick knit, as they are made with a super bulky yarn and designed to be very beginner-friendly. They are knit in the round until the slit for the tissues, then knit flat, then knit in the round again to finish off the top of the mitten. Inside is a pocket where you can slide in a packet of tissues, so there is no exposed skin anywhere- even if there are no tissues in the mitten.

The slit is on the side of the mitten near the thumb, and the pattern has directions for to make a tissue pocket mitten for either the left or right, depending on your preference. I’m kicking myself for not taking photos or a little video when I had the mittens, although I have small hands and knit large sizes as they knew that men would be wearing the mittens in the commercial. I had Guy try the mittens on several times during construction to make sure they would fit!

Pattern is available for free from Ravelry in both English and French: Find it here!

Many thanks to Agnes of for the French translation, and to Heidi of Hands Occupied who is currently working on turning the knitting pattern into a crochet pattern.

Stay warm, everyone! Hopefully winter will be over soon. And I’ve already been jealously eyeing the spring flowers popping up on the European instagrammers I follow…. sigh.