Modification Monday: FIlijokus Test

Modification Monday: filijokus |

Original Pattern: Filijokus 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Chantal (Ravelry ID)

Mods: colour blocked  the body of the sweater, customized the shaping and sizing, changed the neckline neckline, added stripes in the collar, hem, and cuffs. More details on her modifications can be found on her project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love the stripes and solid elements of this sweater- the colour combo would be amazing for destashing some gorgeous yarns that would look great together!  Chantal’s striping of the collar and cuffs provides a nice bit of contrast that balances out the body nicely.  I love the solid lower sleeves and contrast pop of colour on the body. It’s a fun, pretty sweater that looks fantastic.

Modification Monday: filijokus |

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things on Pinterest This Week

Pin Ups: Best bread recipe |

Before I had Lila, I used to bake my own bread regularly. That has fallen off a bit since I just don’t make the time to bake like I used to (probably because Lila wants to ‘help’ and I’m nervous about using the oven when she is nearby). But this perfect every time classic bread recipe has me thinking it’s time to get back to bread baking.

Pin Ups: Hot Chocolate Cookies |

I love hot chocolate (I’m drinking one right now while drafting this blog post, actually), and the idea of these hot chocolate cookies that also have marshmallows sound so freaking amazing. Because I love hot chocolate with marshmallows , which sadly are not in my hot chocolate at the moment. Come on Starbucks- you offer whip cream, why not marshmallows?!

PIn Ups: Fabric Decoupage Bowls |

If you have some scraps of a fabric you love, you should consider making these beautiful fabric decoupage jewelry bowls.


Pin Ups: Marsala Yarns |

As many of you know, Pantone has offered up Marsala as the Colour of the Year for 2015. If you are wanting to knit some on-trend garments or accessories this year with the ‘it’ colour, a knitter and blogger has helpfully put together this awesome round up of yarns that meet your Marsala needs.

Pin Ups: Boost Creativity |

Was one of your resolutions this year to be more creative? Doesn’t matter what sort of field you are in, creativity is a muscle that is worth exercising. Here’s a great roundup of ideas to get more creative.

FO: Stripey Socks

Striped Socks |

Pattern: Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock

Yarn: Zenitude Raye Self Striping Sock Yarn, in If You Think You Can, You Can!

Needles: 2.75mm (US 2) 9 inch circulars. The only way I enjoy knitting socks is on the tiny circs. Have you guys ever tried the small circulars before? They aren’t for everyone, but they are worth trying. I love them.

Striped Socks|

Notes:  This was my first time using a self striping yarn, and I loved this yarn- the colours were beautiful. I loved the gold and turquoise, it was the kind of colourway that made knitting a super simple sock so very enjoyable. Except for the toe pocket…. now, you guys know I’m not a big sock knitter, and I’ll tell you why- I have wide toes. Not freakish hobbit feet (well, a little hobbit-esque, not that you can tell since I’m wearing socks and they are containing my weird feet in all these photos). But most toe pockets are just not made for us wide-toed people, and I find that it just doesn’t work for me. It’s not really obvious in the photos due to the magic of aggressive wet blocking- it hides a world of knit woes. There’s nothing wrong with the pattern, but I feel like I need to do some research on other types of toe pockets that will better fit my wide toes. Since the great moth devastation of 2013, all my hand knit socks are gone, so it’s time to rebuild.

Striped Sock Collage |

This series of photos is the beginning of Guy and I working on trying to take really good indoor photos. It’s dark by the time I leave the office, which only leaves weekends for photos. And as much as I love my home, there are no big windows letting in loads of natural light, which poses it’s own set of challenges.  I think it’s worth persevering even though it feels a lot more staged, because it’s nice to have a photo shoot where I’m basically just lounging around in bed rather than bundled up for the deep freeze sort of winter that we’ve been having here lately. Even if it did mean I had to shave my legs for the photos (hey, it’s winter- I get lazy). A normal FO photo shoot would be us running around outside for ten minutes snapping as many as possible and then sorting out the good, the bad, and the ugly once we can see them on a laptop.

Striped Socks |

Oh, and you guys remember the cardigan I’m wearing, right? I still love it. Probably as much as I’ll still be loving these socks a couple years from now, too.

Modification Monday: Worth Two in the Bush Gloves

Modification Monday: Worth Two in the Bush Gloves| knitted

Original Patterns: Endpaper MittsBird and Vine Mitts

Knitter Extraordinaire: Maria (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using two different fingerless mitt charts, Maria made these one-of-a-kid full gloves, with the bird and vine design on the palm of one glove only. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I have never made full gloves before. but these look amazing. I love that Maria used a different chart on the inside/palm of one glove, and even carrie dthe inside design on the pinky, as wel. When she was weaving in all the ends, she found a way to do it that helped keep her fingers extra warm and reduce the risk of fingers catching on any of the floats from the stranded part of the design that is on the top of each finger. The result is incredible!

Modification Monday: Worth Two in the Bush Gloves| knitted

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things on Pinterest This Week

Pin Ups: Banana Breakfast Bars |

I’m sort of obsessed with these banana breakfast bars- they are a bit sweet for actual breakfast (for me, anyway) but are a great little low sugar treat that taste sooo good. And you could easily substitute the chocolate chips for nuts, if you wanted to make it even healthier. I recommend!

Pin Ups: Mexican One Pot Quinoa |

Hate doing dishes? Like healthy easy suppers? Then this is for you. One pot Mexican Quinoa is an easy weeknight supper that’s got lots of healthy stuff, and doesn’t leave you with loads of dishes when you’re done. I’m always really happy when I come across an easy, fast low-maintenance supper idea.

Pin Ups: Stencilled shirts |

I love this idea to use stencils and fabric paint to give old tops a new lease on life. especially in this silvery fabric paint, it looks really modern.

Pin Ups: INstead of Kitchener Stitch |

For those of you looking to upgrade your knitting skills, I love this video tutorial for doing a crochet bind off in place of where you would use kitchner stitch- it wouldn’t work for everything, but it would be a nice detail on booties or at the toe of socks.

Pin Ups: Perfect Mug |

This mug says it all. I want it!