Modification Monday: Triangles

Modification Monday: Triangles |

Original Pattern: Nakahi Shawl

Knitter Extraordinaire: Katy (Ravelry ID, website)

Mods: Adapted the triangle shaped shawl into a rectangular lace top. Details are on her project page, which is found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Katy had knit the Nakahi shawl before, and loved the lace, so she wanted to adapt it into a poncho-style top that would have side closures with buttons This is really fitting for a couple of reasons – it’s so much easier to make changes to a pattern you have already knit once before, and also Katy makes beautiful bamboo buttons, so she wanted to knit something that would speak to that side of her craft, as well! I’m so impressed with how well this turned out- knitted lace in boxier shapes with a lot of drape are perfect for summer, where they can make great layering pieces.

When making a modification, there’s often things that crop up that you didn’t anticipate. For example, Katy cast on for this about 5 different times trying to get the set up right. Also when the neckline came out bigger than she wanted, rather than ripping back she cinched it up in the finishing stage. If your necklines ever come out bigger than you would like, this is always an option, as well. There are different methods, like threading the stitches on yarn and cinching it that way, or by crocheting a chain around the neck and ensuring it is tighter than the original neckline.  Katy’s top is beachy perfect for summer, or even as a fall layering piece over a longer sleeved tee.

Modification Monday: Triangles |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

What you read matters a lot more than you think.

I loved this Mario TV talk about being multi-passionate. I think it will resonate with a lot of you.

Why shopping is a bad hobby, and what you should do instead. I don’t think of myself as much of a shopper, but I’m totally #5.

And with all the unbelievably sad things happening around the world these days, this was a great little post about how we are all the same. Although I will note that the two people involved are both white and speak English.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Rainbow Stripe Cookies |

These rainbow sugar cookies are so simple, and they make me happy just looking at them. I don’t know if I could always get my stripe that straight, but I’m going to try one day and find out. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Zucchini Pizzas|

Mini zucchini pizzas! Tasty and perfect for snacking without getting too full. If you are attending any summer barbecues or parties and wanted to bring something, these would be fantastic as an appetizer or hors d’oeuvres. Because really, I don’t think you are going to get too full off little slices of zucchini. Even with cheese. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: How to Make Frose |

This is the first summer I’ve heard of Frosé, which is a frozen wine slushie made from rosé wine. Oh yes, you read that correctly- wine slushies are now a thing! All you need is your wine, ice, some salt, and a plastic bag. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Socks for Speckled Yarn |

I loved this little round up of ideas for socks knit with speckled yarn. I love the speckles!! Totally need to get some speckled yarn in my life, these socks are so inspiring. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Embrodiery Hoop Notions Caddy |

What a pretty idea for  little notions, especially if you like to sew! Also great for using up small bits of fabric that you love and can’t bear to part with. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

It’s a long weekend here in Canada and we are heading to the cottage! I’m not looking forward to the ridiculous long weekend traffic that is sure to occupy the first couple of hours of us being on the road, but hey. Each car will have people just like the ones in my car, trying to go somewhere fun, too. I’m hoping to get all sorts of modeled knit photos this weekend (James can’t wait to wear his toasty warm hoodie in this crazy heat!), and I’m excited to have some proper finished knits to share soon! I wish you all a lovely weekend, friends.

Knitting Update: Fresh Off the Needles

Remember this post? Well, the R & R Hoodie is finished, and so is the Delineate tank! If you follow me on instagram, you probably saw this shot of my Delineate tank having a lovely bath before wet blocking (And yes, I totally wiped down my faucet to make it so shiny just before taking this photo):

Knits in Progress |

That is knit in Sunna from Spirit Trail Fiberworks in the ‘Pink Sands’ colourway. A little bit of dye came out in the water, but it wasn’t enough to cause any problems and hasn’t changed the colour of the top at all.

And here is the R & R Hoodie, all pinned out (still drying):

Knits in Progress |

I’m loving how the Biscotte Yarns in Griffon (talked about here) has knitted up. This is three different colourways blended together (one of them being the self striping middle!), and the pattern was great. I’m going to add some little ears to the top of the hood, but I want to put it on James first and make sure I get the positioning right. I also need to sew in the zipper! This will be my first time sewing a zipper into a knit, but I feel confident about it. While it seems absurd to knit a heavy baby sweater in the crazy heat that has engulfed Toronto,  I know it will get cool again one day, and I deliberately knit this a bit big so that he can get some wear out of it. Tanis reminded me in her recent post that it’s better to err on the side of bigger than smaller, so that you get to see your squishy baby in it more than a few times before they outgrow it!

I’m also working on a shawl, can you believe it? I hardly ever knit shawls.  I’m already thinking of another one, so perhaps the shawl bug has come to bite me at last! I was fortunate to get my hands on the just-launched Berroco Millfiori, in the Viola colourway:

Berroco Millefiori |

And it looked so darn good in the pattern photos for Kveta, that I decided to start knitting one exactly like it:

Berroco Millefiori |

This is the pinnacle of a mindless knit. It’s a two skein project, and you basically knit the first skein while increasing, and when you run out of yarn, you join the second ball and start decreasing. I love how easy it is, and I can pick it up and put it down at a moment’s notice. Which makes it perfect for my current knitting situation, which is often knitting with small children around.  Or in the car:

Berroco Millefiori |

Speaking of which, we will be road tripping this weekend so I foresee some quality car knitting time in my future! And I will hopefully get some finished knit photos of both the tank and the baby hoodie this weekend.

Modification Monday: Scummy Ebb

Modification Monday: Scummy Ebb |

Original Pattern: Ebb

Knitter Extraordinaire: Momo (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the original crew neck, short sleeved,  7-colour striped dress into a long sleeved, turtle neck, gradient shift tunic. Project page with great details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Everything Momo makes is drop dead gorgeous and highly inventive, just reading through the details of any of her projects is an inspiration to any knitter considering making modifications.  This one has a lot of great features, and shows many different ways to change up a pattern. First, just because a sweater has a crew neck doesn’t mean you have to keep it that way. Adding additional fabric to the neck, like this turtle neck (or you could do a cowl/funnel neck) is a great way to amp up the cozy factor of any sweater! I love how Momo created the gradient shifts by blending together different colours of yarn,  holding two strands together of different shades to achieve the blending effect. She even added pockets! A beautifully warm and cozy sweater for those chilly fall and winter days. Which are hard to imagine right now, but as you know- winter always comes back around!

Modification Monday: Scummy Ebb |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

A huge thank you and internet hugs all round for the amazing comments (both on the blog or individual emails) that I got after getting really honest yesterday. I teared up reading some of your words. While I know that I am not the only one going through this; it was so, so good to hear your stories and what you are struggling with, too. Not because I’m glad others have these sorts of challenges, but because personal struggle inherently feels isolating precisely because we don’t talk about it much. I’m responding back to everyone, hopefully before the weekend is up.

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Here are six ideas on sparking happiness. Especially useful read if you are feeling like life is not that awesome at the moment.

How to plan a vacation. I’m a big fan of the tip that involves ‘packing a uniform’. Helps keep packing under control and you always look pulled together.

Assuming you are not going away with small children, here is a great idea to add depth, meaning, and art to your vacation- keep a journal while on vacation. I totally want to do this. But then again, I want to do everything.

If you are trying to put yourself out there a bit more, here is a good read about getting outside your comfort zone.

I loved this poem about raccoons by Dani Couture. Toronto has a lot of raccoons that cause all sorts of havoc, and I secretly love those little masked bandits.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Lemon Zucchini Cupcakes |

Lemon zucchini cupcakes! I love cake with zucchini in it. I pretend its all about the veggies but really I’m stuffing my face with cake. It’s the definition of win-win. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Veggie Lovers Pasta Salad |

I love pasta salad, but only when it has truckloads of veggies in it. Not those wimpy kinds that are mostly noodles with a few flecks of bell pepper. This salad is the pasta salad of my dreams. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Rustic Floral Display |

I love summer flower bouquets made from garden flowers and wildflowers. It’s like a visual meditation, just looking at them. Here is a great guide for putting together a rustic floral display for your home. They are calling it a wedding flower guide, but that seems far too narrow of an approach for this. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Crochet cats |

I regularly find myself saying this, but I swear one day I’m going to learn how to crochet! And when I do, I’m crocheting these adorable kitties first. Free pattern, too! Pinterest link is here, original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Travelling with Yarn|

And this is totally me any time I spend a night anywhere but my own home. Pinterest link is here, and while the source is clearly this site (they were smart enough to include their address in the image!), I can’t find the direct link on their site.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! I hope the sun is shining and you are feeling content.