Modification Monday: Blast from the Past

It doesn’t happen often (only one other time!) but I’m fresh out of Mod Mondays today! I got all confused about what day of the week it was, and suddenly woke up to discover it’s Monday. But don’t panic-  I thought about how many amazing, wonderful mods have been featured here in the past; mods that maybe you didn’t see the first time around. So I narrowed in on just the summery Modification Monday posts from 2009 (I know, right? Waaaay back!) .  There are some real gems in here:

Summer 2009 Modifications |

Top Row, from left to right: Apple Leaf Lace Scarf, Anais Dress, Hew.

Second Row, from left to right: Estonian Lace Dress, Featherwieght Meets Minimalist, Petal Halter.

3rd Row, from left to right: OMA Blue Green, Lace Ribbon Camisole, Summer Onesie.

4th row, from left to right: Shetland Not-So-Shorty, Laminaria,  Elaine Blouse.

Enjoy a second– or perhaps this is your first!– look at these beautiful projects. I think I’m still intending to one day make the Bulky weight laminaria and the featherweight meets minimalist!

Pin Ups and Link love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Wish you could read more, but feel like you’re just too busy? How busy people make time to read, and how you can too. 

The dangers of being too hard on yourself. And it’s so hard to stop, isn’t it? We are gentle with our friends and family, but when it comes to ourselves, it’s a different story.

Part of that is, of course, trying to make things perfect. Let’s not wait for perfect.

If you are a Game of Thrones fan, then you are going to love this round up of allllll the Game of Thrones-themed knitting patterns.

Have cats? Love wine? Think your cats should love wine, too? Well, someone has finally created catnip-based ‘wine’, that is specifically for cats. Because you don’t want to drink alone, even if you are the only human in the house.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Strawberry oatmeal Bars |

Healthy treats like these strawberry oatmeal bars are totally worth turning your oven on for! Strawberries are in season and these would be a great little treat to make. They are downright healthy if you leave off the sweetened topping, but I personally vote for the sweetened topping. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Quesadilla Pie |

Chicken and Cheese Quesadilla Pie is another treat worth turning the oven on for this week- It’s all the tastiness of a quesadilla but baked in the oven with a tortilla crust. So cheesy and delicious! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love:Cinnmon Roll Smoothie|

This protein filled cinnamon roll smoothie is great breakfast that tastes amazing but you can drink while you are getting ready. Or while getting the kids ready. And while feeding the cats. And checking your email. So…. can you tell I’m a big fan of smoothies for breakfast? Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Crocheted Flowers|

Mollie Makes has a series of beautiful crochet flower tutorials, and they are stunning! Pinterest link is here, and the original tutorial post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Canvas Wall Art |

I love the simplicity of this white on white dimensional art- made with glue! So many fun things could be done this way- a family surname, an inspiring phrase, or even an image if you can draw reasonably well! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

I think we are going to go strawberry picking this weekend, our first time taking Lila! Hopefully it won’t end up like that time we tried apple picking.

Finished Knit: Rocky Joggers

Because knitted baby pants are so much more awesome than you ever thought possible.

Finished Knit: Rocky Joggers |

 Rocky Joggers 

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering Weight in Sand and a OOAK (you can see the OOAK when I knit it into a cowl here)

Mods: I wasn’t getting gauge- my fabric was coming out a bit big. But going down needle sizes made the fabric too dense, so I knit the newborn size, which worked out perfectly for the 6 month size I was aiming for. Ravelry Project page can be found here.

Notes: Who knew that knitted baby pants would be so freaking amazing?!

Finished Knit: Rocky Joggers |

I’m crazy about these rocky joggers. I started knitting these last September when I was pregnant with James,  and I deliberately didn’t finish them before he was born. I know that seems like an odd choice, but I was worried about the fit (these worries were completely unfounded, they are so forgiving), and it worked out really well for me. James has really long arms and legs (85th percentile for length!), something I hadn’t expected. Long sleeves and long pants are always short on him unless wearing a much bigger size. But since I hadn’t finished knitted the pants, I added a lot more length to them to accommodate his long legs and I’m so glad I did! We still have about 1.5 inches room to grow, and of course the knitted fabric is nice and stretchy.

The waist band has lots of room, and I knitted the i cord waist tie at a larger gauge  so that it would be soft and not hard and lumpy when he was lying down.

Finished Knit: Rocky Joggers |

The pattern is fantastic. I loved that they also included notes about adding extra short rows for the little baby bum section to accommodate cloth diapers! I cloth diapered both my babies, and while I love the diaper choice I made it does indeed add a lot more diaper bulk than disposables. I’ve never had a problem with pants fitting, but I love that this pattern gives the option to add more room.

Finished Knit: Rocky Joggers |

I’m really happy with the contrasting waistband and cuffs, it was a great way to use up some leftover yarn that I adored, and looks so good with the light grey/beige of the Sand colourway. James loves wearing them, especially because the drawstring provides something fun to tug on and play with!

In these photos you can see  James playing with his favourite knitted toys, which is the little Fudge puppy that I knit him, and a knitted hedgehog that was a gift from Erica. She tells me that it’s one of her favourite toy patterns to knit, and she frequently gifts them to the new babies in her life. At this stage, those two are his favourites for being fun and squishy!

If you end up making these, here are a few tips that will help you get a good fit and make for some awesome knitted baby pants:

  • Err on the side of too long. You can always turn the cuffs up or roll them if they need to be shorter, but if they are already too short, the shelf life for these pants is going to be really ‘short’. Ah, puns.
  • If knitting an i cord drawstring, knit a a much larger gauge than you think you need, to make it a soft, squishy tube rather than a thick rope. This will ensure comfort when babies are lying down, on their back s or their tummies.
  • Attaching a safety pin to one end of the i cord and feeding it through the waistband made getting the i cord in there a breeze.
  • These could easily be a great stash busting knit- I opted for contrasting waistband and cuffs, but you could also knit stripes! These would be so amazing in stripes.
  • Choose an easy care yarn that is really soft against baby’s sensitive skin. Superwash merino, light cotton, or even acrylic blends would be ideal. Anything that lets the parents toss them into the washing machine.

Finished Knit: Rocky Joggers |

Modification Monday: A Different Stream Socks

Modification Monday: A Different Stream Socks |

Original Pattern: Waimakariri

Knitter Extraordinaire: Virpi (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Virpi changed out the cable on the sock pattern for a twisted stitch design she found in a Japanese stitch dictionary.  Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: How many of us have thumbed through a stitch dictionary, feeling so inspired but not sure exactly how to use the stitch? Instead of using the original cable of the sock pattern, it was a stroke of genius for Virpi to play around with a different twisted stitch design, and follow the pattern for it to travel around the sock in such an interesting way. You could do the same thing- find a stitch with a similar stitch count (you could make small adjustments with framing stitches or in the body to compensate for an ‘almost’ stitch number), and substitute it in another pattern just like this- swap cables for lace, or twisted stitches for a textured stitch. So many possibilities!

Modification Monday: A Different Stream Socks |

Pin Ups and Link love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

A frustrated English teacher renamed famous poem titles as clickbait, so that the students would actually read them. So hilarious. But if you really want to laugh…..

Read this. Ah, satire. I laughed so hard.

Feeling less than confident these days? You are awesome, but it’s hard to feel that way sometimes. Here are ten ways to feel more confident.  All small things that are doable.

Ever think of doing a mid year review? I have mixed opinions on this.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Crockpot Quinoa Primavera |

Do you guys like to use your crock pot (slow cooker) in the summer? It’s awesome for not heating up your kitchen, and with summer just ramping up, it’s a good time to bust it out of whatever cupboard it’s been hiding in. This quinoa chicken primavera recipe is so delicious- full of protein and veggies… and pesto, which is one of my favourite things to eat.  Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Mini Key Lime Pies |

I love citrus desserts, they just scream ‘summer!!!’ to me. It’s actually a pet peeve when I’m at a restaurant in the summer and their desserts are still the heavy cakes they have during the winter. Anyway, I’m rambling because I adore lime desserts, they are brighter and more flavourful than their lemony counterparts. These mini key lime pies are perfect- they come together in under an hour, and have surprisingly few ingredients- 3 for the crust, 5 for the pie. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Marbling Pots|

This DIY post on marbling large object like planters is fantastic. I love using the painter’s tape to create great lines and the negative white space, and this uses spray paint as a substitute for nail polish, which is the most common way to do marbling (according to Pinterest). But if you want to marble anything big, you probably don’t want to spend that much on nail polish! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Embroidered Magnets|

These embroidered magnets are a clever new use for covered buttons, and perfect for those who love embroidery but feel like they don’t have the time commitment for a larger project. These floral ones are pretty, but you could also do words, animals, all sorts of things. Pinterest link is here, and the DIY post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: One Minute Messy Bun |

I love quick and easy hair styles, and this one minute messy bun is right up my alley. I especially like the idea of putting in a pretty blossom or a neat hair pin to decorate it for something a bit dressier, too. Pinterest link is here, and the original tutorial is here.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends! For me, this weekend will be all about Guy… it’s his birthday on Saturday, and Sunday is Father’s Day!