Pin ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

How to stay soft in a world that sees softness as weakness. I wish we honoured that softness in a professional work environment.  And if you are feeling like that softness won’t ever be honoured, then perhaps you need to read these 5 tips for getting through a rough day.

Apparently bright yellow books are increasing in book cover design because it most easily catches your eye when scrolling through Amazon. This article made me wince a bit- I prefer beautiful book covers, not ‘the loudest’.  I do like a colourful spin on a book, though.

Six questions a personal stylist would ask about your wardrobe. These are great for really thinking about what you love best in your wardrobe, and how to get more of that. Rather than having a closet full of clothes and feeling like you have nothing to wear.

I had a laugh over this – 10 Things You’d Never Guess by Looking at my Instagram Photos. I’m positive this is absolutely everyone with an instagram account, including me.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Breakfast Pizza |

Stop everything- did you know you can legitimately have pizza for breakfast and have it be a healthy choice? You can! And hey, it’s also a very tasty dinner. I recommend picking up a pre-made pizza crust to make life easier, and if you make the pesto ahead of time, it’s a tasty addition to all kinds of things. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Popsicle Cookies |

How cute are these little popsicle cookies? Even if you think you have no icing skills, these are easy-peasy. You definitely want to use lots of fun colours, though- that’s what makes them so appealing! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Pineapple Mimosa  |

Summer is a great time for cocktails outdoors, and I highly recommend the pineapple mimosa, which comes together with 3 ingredients- sparkling wine, pineapple juice, and a lemon lime soda. Voila! Pinterest link here, recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Pineapple Bag DIY  |

I am super in love with this sweet pineapple bag. Here a kid is wearing it, but imagine a bigger version on a grown up- hello, perfect beach bag!! It’s worth seeing how this comes together, even a non-sewer like me thinks this looks pretty easy. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Stamps|

If you have ever wanted to carve your own stamps for all sorts of projects, this is a great tutorial on how to do it. Summer feels like the perfect time to experiment with stamping projects, doesn’t it? I love the idea of stamping on some cotton tea towels, or maybe linen napkins. Pinterest link is here, and the original tutorial is here.

Finished Knit: Elf Doll

Finished Knit: Elf Doll |

Ravelry project page can be found here.

This little doll is the result of the Fuzzy Mitten Mystery knitalong, and the pattern turned out to be an adorable little elf! It was so fun to work through the clues. The pattern also included a little cape and boots, but I haven’t knit them- I wanted to give it to Lila, and give her age, little accessories often go missing. I’ve already had to replace the ribbon in the onesie that the elf is wearing. Although Barbara recommended sewing it int he middle so that it can’t be pulled out, which is a great idea.

Finished Knit: Elf Doll |

The little details for this dolls are clever- there’s different options for the hair, and of course you could add all sorts of different options, but I  really wanted to use that yarn for her hair, and I didn’t have enough to add a longer hairstyle so I chose to do two small buns underneath her little pointy elf ears. If you look closely, you’ll see the little leaf pockets, a detail I really love and are fully functional. I considered knitting some wings to add on and turn the elf into a fairy, something I might still do, but I was struggling to get the shaping right and realized I’d have to attach them to the outfit rather than the doll, otherwise the clothes wouldn’t work.  Perhaps I could knit the wings and add little arm loops, so that they could be worn and removed?

Finished Knit: Elf Doll | This doll is 17 inches in length, and really quite sweet. I prefer to knit toys in cotton yarns for durability, but the hair and onesie are leftover merino from previous projects. If you enjoy knitting toys, I would highly recommend this pattern. I can see it having a lot of versatility, and with different hair and styling, it can easily be a boy instead of a girl.

I finished assembling the whole thing while in the car driving up north this past weekend, and I just reached back and passed the doll to Lila without saying a word. She calls it her Anna doll! She just saw Frozen for the first time a few weeks ago, and now everything has to be Frozen related. She will also now only wear clothes with Frozen characters on them. Sigh…. but at least she loves her new knitted doll!

Finished Knit: Elf Doll |

Modification Monday: Starman

Modification Monday: Starman |

Original Pattern: Poppy

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jennifer (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the Poppy doll as a starting point, Jennifer customized the details to mimic David Bowie’s famous alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. Jennifer has done a lot of very cool mods with this pattern- check out her Wolverine, Deadpool, Hermione, Prince, and Billie Holliday! Also included notes on the outfit and accessories. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Knitting a David Bowie doll is pretty freaking awesome. Take a close look at the hair on the doll, below- it’s not just one colour, but a variety to add depth and keep it from looking clownish. The duplicate stitch on the face is beautifully done, and I love the costume! Using a self patterning sock yarn for the outfit helped give the variety in colour needed without lots of fiddly colourwork. I’m so impressed with Jennifer’s attention to detail, down to the bracelets. The dolls is a simple design, but with Jennifer’s key details on the aspects that matter most, it’s unmistakably David Bowie. It’s worth checking out her other knitted figures (link above in the Mods section), they are really impressive!

Modification Monday: Starman |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

In life, here are 10 things worth doing badly.

Looking for your next summer read? Mrs. Darcy has put out her 2016 reading guide- it’s mostly fiction based, but if you are looking for something new to read, you might find it in one of her 6 categories.

I’m a sucker for Mochimochi Land’s little knitted videos. This new one features two alpacas and a sheep trying to get apples.

Do you want to learn how to crochet? Here are some amazing beginner videos that cover everything you need to get started.

You might be doing a bit more entertaining now that the weather is nice- here are 10 tips to make it easier to host gatherings. I have so much trouble with this, I never feel like my home is clean enough, or big enough. But reading these tips reminds me that my friends don’t really care about how clean my house is or what it looks like.

My Favourite Pins This Week

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Wait, let me get this straight- you can slice bananas, dip them in chocolate, freeze them and they magically turn into the BEST THING EVER?! I used to think I had a good childhood, but clearly I have been deprived. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Sweet Potato Toast |

Also in the category of things that have blown my mind recently- you can slice sweet potatoes and cook them in the toaster and then spread stuff on them.  Really! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Animal Cookie Pillows|

I adore these bright and happy animal cookie pillows. Those multicoloured mini pom poms masquerading as sprinkles just make me smile. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Seven photo display ideas |

It is always worth the additional effort to get photos printed, and here are seven great ideas for displaying them in your home. These ideas have really inspired me to do another round of printing off some photos! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Ankle Sock Knitting Pattern |

Sock knitters! Do you knit awesome summer socks like these in the warmer months? I totally want to make these, they are so perfect for sneakers. Free pattern, too. Pinterest link is here, and Ravelry link with download is here.

Have an amazing weekend, friends! I hope you get to do lots of crafting, and enjoy some nice weather.

New Yarn: Biscotte Yarns Griffon

Whoa, how is it almost the end of the week? That long weekend really messed with my ability to keep track of time and suddenly, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday night I realized that I needed to get posting! I did get some FO photos on the long weekend of the cowl that I’m working on in this video and previously blogged about here, but I need to go through them all. A quick glance at some of the photos made me realize I desperately need a haircut, I’m not looking my best these days. But Lila was very happy and  involved– there will be an outtakes post, for sure!

At about 8:15 p.m., after both the kids were put to bed, I popped out my front door to photograph this beautiful yarn from Biscotte Yarns:

Biscotte Yarns Griffon |

That is Biscotte Yarns Griffon, an Aran weight yarn in Gris Gris (grey) and Farfadet (green), with an awesome combination from both resulting in the self striping skein in the middle. Guys, this yarn is so freaking soft and squishy, I just want to rub it against my cheek all day. Not pictured: my pajama pants and t-shirt, which is seriously how I stepped outside my front door. But I looked both ways first to make sure none of my neighbours were out. Then I plucked some little flowers off my flower planters, put them onto the yarn because flowers and yarn are a wonderful combo, and stealthily took some photos before scampering back inside.

Let’s get a closer look at the squishy softness, shall we?

Biscotte Yarns Griffon |

This beautiful yarn is destined to become an R&R Hoodie for baby James. I’m thinking I might do stripes, or possibly a speckled fade effect between colours, like this one. I need to do some swatching!

Also- isn’t it awesome to be able to take a photo outside after 8 p.m. and it’s still daylight?