Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: Braid DIY|

This is such a great (and pretty!) new take on a braid, and looks super simple. I’m actually wearing my hair like this right now, I like it so much.

Pin Ups: Fish Taco Bowls |

These fish tacos bowls are awesome- I love the deconstructed approach, and using rice (or quinoa) instead of wraps makes it gluten free, too (for those of you who can’t do gluten!). And if you aren’t feelin’ spicy, you can omit the cayenne and chili.

Pin Ups: Pink Lemonade Cupcakes |

Pink Lemonade just screams summer… so I bet these pink lemonade cupcakes would be pretty spectacular at your next barbecue.

Pin Ups: Gorgeous Living Room |

I adore this living room: the high contrast walls, the clean lines, the little hits of colour… amazing.  And you know what look great in that living room? These lamps:

Pin Ups: Lampshade upgrade|

I love this simple lampshade upgrade, it looks like such a pretty way to take a dull little light into something really striking.  Can you believe it’s just paper plates?!

Modification Monday: Motorcycle Top

Modification Monday: Motorcycle Top |

Original Pattern: Miss Holloway

Knitter Extraordinaire: Mona (Ravelry ID)

Mods: changed the crew neck dress pattern to a turtleneck sweater, changed the design to a knitted spider motif. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome:  I already loved the great dress pattern, but Mona’s take on it is edgy and awesome. I love the turtleneck with the short sleeves, and the spider design is awesome- I’ve seen great knitted motifs like this but always wondered how you integrate them into your knitting, but this top shows exactly how fun they can be.  I love how this turned out!

Modification Monday: Motorcycle Top |


Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

PIn Ups: Paper Magnolias |

I love the idea of making these beautiful paper magnolias on found branches. Such a gorgeous DIY.

Pin Ups: brigadeiros|

These easy  Brazilian brigadeiros are a fun  and tasty way to get into the World Cup spirit!

Pin Ups: Garlic & Mushroom Quinoa|

Garlic mushroom quinoa is a fast and easy veggie meal, or an excellent side dish to a meaty main. And so, so delicious.

Pin Ups: Julia O'Neil|

I’m crazy in love with these orange paintings by artist Karen O’Neil. I want one.

Pin Ups: How to energize without caffeine|

Trying to cut down on your caffeine intake? Yeah, me too. I hate that I need so much of it to get me through the day, but with these tips, I’m beginning to cut down.

FO: Coolbreeze, Paris Style

I don’t know why, but shades of pink with black always seem a bit French to me, hence ‘Paris Style’. Maybe it’s the classic Coco Chanel I’m thinking of.

Coolbreeze Toddler Cardigan |

Pattern: Coolbreeze Baby Cardigan  (fun fact: that is a 6-month old Lila modelling the sweater in the pattern shot!)

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK in Natural, Charcoal, Royal Flush, Petal (discontinued) and Sweetheart.

Needles: 4mm (US 6)

Mods: I upsized this a bit to be more toddler sized, and give Lila  bit of room to grow. When I buy her clothes, I usually buy a 3T, since she is delightfully chubby. This meant that I knit the whole thing with 4mm needles, lengthened the body, and decided to try to stash bust a bit with the extra colours, and changed the striping pattern to use them. I added contrasting button bands in Charcoal and Royal Flush, and added  both of those colours to the cuffs of the sleeves, as well.  I think that the size turned out exactly as I wanted- it gives her some room to grow and still enjoy this cardigan in the fall. 

Notes: I love this little sweater.   It’s a really versatile pattern,  making it easy to adjust the stripes for the colours I wanted to use, and since the stitches are picked up for the collar and button bands, it was easy to change up the colours. This was my first time doing more than one colour for the button band (I was running out of Charcoal), but I like the bright pop of Royal Flush (a very cool toned red)  button band underneath.

The fun kitty buttons have been in my stash for a while (more than a couple of years), after I saw them on Ebay and had to have them, even though I had no idea what I would use them for. Turns out, they were a perfect match for this cardigan. I even had exactly the right amount.

Coolbreeze Toddler Cardigan |

We did all the photos for this cardigan when we were in England (you can see she had on different pants in a couple of them), and it was chilly enough that she got a lot of wear out of it already, which is great. I got a kick out of the pair of photos below, where you can see little Lila being photographed front and back by Guy and I:

Coolbreeze Toddler Cardigan | At least she was pretty oblivious to all the photos! Which is great, because we probably take her photo almost every day, just for fun.

Modification Monday: Twigs and Willows Jumper

Modification Monday: Twigs & Willows |

Original Pattern: Twigs and Willows 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Ariel (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed the original cardigan pattern to a pullover instead, adjusted shaping to customize, and worked set in top down sleeves. More details and helpful links can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: If you have never modified a sweater before, you would be wise to follow Ariel’s great  information and ideas in her modified Twigs & Willows. She took a beautiful cardigan pattern, and adjusted all the shaping to suit her figure, and it looks amazing as a pullover- very classic. I love this gorgeous sweater, and I tip my cap to the smart knitter who absolutely nailed how to modify a sweater. And looks how great her top down set in sleeves look in the picture below. Way to go Ariel!

Modification Monday: Twigs & Willows |