Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Move over Hygge and make some room for Lagom: The Scandi concept of balance and moderation.

44 quick tips to become the most productive person you know.

Indie yarn businesses and yarn store owners, take note- A look at the hot trends and the future of knitting for 2017.

Forgive yourself for not being perfect. Then do it again tomorrow.

Obituaries for teenage girls if they actually died when they said they were dying.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Chicken, rice and veggies- it all comes together in one pot for a perfect weeknight meal. This recipe uses a pressure cooker, but has a link to the normal way to cook, if you don’t have a pressure cooker. Hooray for easy dinners! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

I was pretty late to the puff pastry party, but I am a convert! I keep some puff pastry in my freezer at all times, it’s great for making little sweet or savory empanadas/hand pies with leftovers. This is puff pastry dessert pizza has  nutella and berries and could easily be any shape or size that you wanted it to be. Plus, it goes from a bunch of ingredients to a finished dessert in 30 mins. Not too shabby! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

I love this idea for finishing a blanket (or curtains!) with a bit of colourful yarn embroidery. Super easy, and you can customize the colours to fit your decor. Imagine how lovely this would look with a gradient or a variegated yarn! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

I’m loving this sweater from the newest issue of knitty.com, in particular because it does a great job of taming variegated yarn, and the details of this lends itself to lots of potential modifications- a gorgeous cowl or mittens, a gradient used instead of variegated, and that’s just the tip of the knitting iceberg! Of course, the original pattern is also lovely. Pinterest link is here, and the original pattern is here.

Maybe it’s the new year, but I feel like I want to shake up the art on my walls, particularly the living room. I love the idea of creating a gallery wall, and this post had some of the best, and most realistic ideas I’ve seen. Maybe you are also thinking of changing up your wall art? Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

I’m a little embarrassed that it hasn’t really occurred to me before, but if you are interested in seeing what else I pin, you can check it out here.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! I hope you have fun, and are staying healthy!

 

18 comments

  1. Pamela   •  

    Thanks for sharing the concept of lagom! I’ve been hearing about hygge for several years now, and always feel a little like it’s just another way to get people to consume more stuff (go buy candles! redecorate!). Lagom sounds like a much more reasonable approach – and one that we can enjoy all year round.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Pamela, I totally hear you- I love the concept of Hygge, because who doesn’t want to cuddle up and stay warm, buy you are so right- it’s really about making sure you buy throw blankets and fuzzy things and candles and thick socks etc. The idea of Langom’s ‘just enough’ is very appealing to me right now- especially after the excess of the holidays!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  2. DWJ   •  

    Totally want to make Boston Tea Party! What an awesome sweater pattern. I love posts like these because everyone has such different perspectives and it’s so interesting to see what other people find.

    • Julie   •     Author

      It’s so true! I’m on Pinterest a fair bit as I also do Pinning for my clients, and I find stuff on client boards that never show up on mine and vice verse- Pinterest is truly a vast sea of ideas! Sometimes quite overwhelming. So glad that you love that Boston Tea Party sweater, just like I do!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  3. Jessica Lane   •  

    I’m definitely going to start following you on pinterest! Mine is @barefootbysea 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration, as always my friend! Have a great weekend!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Jessica,

      I’m following you on Pinterest now too- thanks for leaving your handle!! I hope you are having a great weekend. 🙂

      J.

  4. Susanne   •  

    Great links this week! I especially loved Interweave’s article on the knitting trends for 2017 – a lot of that really rang true for me as well. I want to try to use more eco-friendly, local, sustainable yarns that were grown as close to home as possible – “getting back to the source”! We’ll see how that pans out, because I also have a weakness for Knitpicks :).

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Susanne,

      It’s interesting to see that overview of the trends in knitting, I agree! I’m really happy about the push to local and sustainable production, as well as the thicker yarns. But I share your weakness for KnitPicks! A rainbow of colours that are exactly what you need in any base and shipped straight to your door in any quantity…. that’s a convenience factor that isn’t going to be easy to give up.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  5. Danette Bartelmay   •  

    Oh My! I’m thinking that delightful puff pastry heart might be my Valentine dessert for Knit Night this year ❤️
    Thanks Julie❣️

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Danette,

      Oh, that would be so delightful!! I’ma huge puff pastry fan, I feel like I just figured out how easy it was in 2016, and now I always have some in my freezer. So delicious!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  6. Stefanie   •  

    I wonder if Knitty has some kind of feed I can subscribe to. I’ll see if they’re on Bloglovin’.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Stefanie,

      I didn’t find it on Bloglovin’, but if you find it, let me know! I generally don’t seem to have it on my radar unless it pops up in my facebook- I do follow them on facebook.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  7. Ramona   •  

    I just made the Instant Pot Chicken & Rice. So easy and it was deeeeelicious!

    • Julie   •     Author

      I’m so glad you liked it!! I love rice dishes, this one is a new fave. 🙂

      Cheers,

      Julie

  8. Laura   •  

    Thanks for sharing my Lagom post!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Laura,

      I enjoy your blog, was happy to spread the word! Thanks for introducing me to Lagom!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  9. miss agnes   •  

    I had to remove my Pinterest app because of login issues, and I forgot to put it back on. Seems I am spending much less time on Instagram and Pinterest these days.
    Thank you for reminding me of knitty, which had totally disappeared from my radar. This sweater is just gorgeous, and another great stashbusing project if you use different colors on different rows.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Agnes,

      it’s funny, Knitty had disappeared from my radar as well- but they do have good patterns, and free patterns often invite more adventurous knitters to tinker with them- I guess we tend to buy patterns that we like as they are, but free patterns we often feel like we can be more creative with them.

      Cheers,

      Julie

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