Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

You cannot dodge the ups and downs of being human. A great read on how we must commit to our big goals, even when it’s hard, even when we don’t want to.

Feel like reading some great short stories? Here’s a link to 14 fantastic short stories you can read over your lunch break. Assuming you eat lunch in front of your screen, like I do. 😉

Learn to love the necessary hard work that comes with pursuing your goals.

I know I don’t usually post on the weekends, but tomorrow (Saturday!) I’ve got a pattern review of the new Brooklyn Tweed Wool People 9. Come back tomorrow to check it out, and if I didn’t cover the patterns you wanted to know more about, let me know in the comments and I can reply with more details.

San Francisco Peeps!  I’m doing a knit night meet up with Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting while In San Francisco on July 5th– I’d would so very much like to meet my fellow knitters there! If you are local, please check out this link- it has all the info on the great class that Alana is teaching on Sunday afternoon, and more info about the meet up in the evening!

Pin Ups and Link Love: Pixellated Socks |

I adore these pixellated socks that just came out from Purl Soho. They look like they would be amazing with a busy variegated yarn and a solid yarn, as well as soft colours like these. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Maple Glazed Bundt Cake |

It’s Canada Day next Wednesday, and this maple glazed bundt cake is a Canadian homage to both maple syrup and our beloved donuts! Even if you’re not Canadian, if you liek cake and maple syrup, I bet you’ll love this. Pinterest link is here, the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Turkey and Spianch Stuffed Mushrooms |

Super healthy turkey and spinach stuffed mushroom caps- perfect for a side or an appetizer, and sooo flavourful! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Granny Square Tutorial|

These pretty pastel flower granny squares are so lovely, and would make a great crochet project to chip away at.  The pattern and loads fo great step-by-step photo tutorials are all in the link. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Quote |

Heck yeah, Laura Ingalls Wilder. You nailed it. Pinterest link is here, ‘original’ post (it’s a tumblr, I’m not convinced anything original is on tumblr) is here.

We are going to a friends cottage for the weekend, and I’m really looking forward to it! Anyone else have fun aandrelaxing plans for the weekend?


  1. Kat   •  

    As always, great roundup! I loved the pieces about ups and downs and necessary hard work-and I’m really looking forward to reading through those short stories 🙂 Plus, stuffed mushrooms? YUM. Definitely going to need to try those out.

  2. Wanda   •  

    Super roundup! I love having a few short stories for my work lunches next week; thank you! I’ve read 4 of them and totally agree that they are wonderful. 🙂 Also, I think I pinned all the above pins this week myself – oh, I cannot wait to make those socks, just trying to figure out the color combo I want to do. And I love wise words from one of my childhood faves, Laura Ingalls Wilder. she was also a knitter – of course.

  3. Alicia   •  

    Oh man, thanks for those first few links! I know what I’ll be reading when I need a brain break today…

  4. Renee Anne   •  

    Ah, next weekend……..depending on Husband’s thoughts, I may be able to get there for part or all of it 🙂

    • Renee Anne   •  

      Totally replying to myself: I got in to the class so I’ll at least be there for that 🙂

  5. miss agnes   •  

    Oh, I so want to knit these new Purl Bee socks, turns out I have gorgeous purple yarn in light and dark shades perfect for that project. I should really start learning crochet for real, there are so many lovely things to do. My plans for the week-end are a big barbecue by some friends’ pool tomorrow, with plenty of kids. Sunday will be relaxing and packing my kids’ suitcases. Have a great week-end.

  6. Keren   •  

    Thought provoking post. Thank you for sharing. Do you think it’s worth fighting for doing what you love as a business? Or is it best to have a job that pays the bills and spend your free time doing exactly what you love without it having to be profitable etc. I sometimes think one way and sometimes the other.

    My weekend plans are to get in as much knitting and crafting as my heart desires, before the workweek begins. Hope you enjoy your cottage stay weekend!

  7. Those socks rock.

    I wish I could cruise down to meet ya all in SFO…a six hour drive for me…next life, I suppose…but definitely enjoy your trip!

  8. Andi   •  

    Yet another brilliant list.
    Thank you for the short stories link. Like you, I have lunch at my desk and these are the perfect for a little getaway in the middle of my day.
    The Laura Ingalls Wilder quote…brilliant.

    Your weekend sounds lovely. Enjoy and soak it in!

  9. Loulou   •  

    mmm, that maple cake is getting pinned by me pronto!

    Great to see a bit of crochet here! I can attest to the granny square pattern from Dada’s Place. I used it to make the front of a sachet cover, with an inner cushion that could be refreshed as needed with essential oils. It is a lovely square, although it is a little tricky to make.

    I love short stories and am looking forward to checking out that link.

  10. Bekah   •  

    Love the links! Especially that quote from Laura Ingalls Wilder – I’m actually distantly related to her… nice to know a love of simple things runs in the family!

  11. Diane   •  

    I too saw and love those socks on Purl Bee. I am about to start knitting my very first pair (ever) of socks. And it’s so hard resisting this pair. But for my first pair I’m following a toe-up pattern of plain socks. If they turn out well then I hope to try these beauties. Lovely blog, btw.

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