Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Doomscrolling is exhausting, isn’t it? Let’s try joyscrolling.

20 Soothing short video clips to help you destress through the day.

This was a fascinating read on how the attack on the Capitol building in the US will have long term and far reaching impact.

I loved this little news story about indigenous makers learning new crafts, and making little clothes for their cats. I wonder if my cats would wear little clothes?!

My Favourite Pins This Week

I love a one-pan dinner idea, and this is a good one. I especially love a balsamic glaze, this is super easy and not difficult to sub in and out different veggies based on what you have on hand, and it’s a great dinner! Side note- I don’t mention this, but I often microwave my veggies before roasting them in the oven. I find that it helps them along to getting deliciously tender, because I’m disappointed when I have an otherwise great dish but the veg feels a little undercooked. Anyway, if anyone else also feels that way, I often pop the veg into the microwave for about 4-5 mins first before roasting them, and then they always turn out perfectly. Back to the recipe! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is over here.

Like me, perhaps you found that you had a bunch of candy canes left over after taking down your tree (no judgement if you didn’t put one up, or if it’s still up, or whatever you’ve got going on- you know what’s best for you!). I went looking for a recipe that would help use up candy canes, and -presto!- here is a great shortbread recipe that didn’t need a lot of ingredients, required crushed candy canes, and is freaking delicious. So, if you have candy canes left over, this is a winner! I also think it could be really good with crushed up butterscotch candies, as well – if there’s more hard candy kicking around your home. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is right here.

Do you feel like you could use a little more sunshine in your life? How about crocheted sunshine pillows for your couch or bed?! I love this cheerful, sunny, and free crochet pattern idea. Get your craft on! Pinterest link is here, and the full pattern can be found here.

This beautiful crescent moon polymer clay dish would be a fun weekend craft! It’s not originally in English, but putting the link into google chrome has the option to translate into English, and I think the English translation is perfectly clear. The gold painted details on this really make it, don’t you think? So pretty. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is over here.

It’s a challenging time for a lot of us right now. I’m waaaaay over my head in the strictest lockdown we’ve had so far -stay at home orders are to only go out for absolute essentials-  with mandatory at-home online learning for the kids. Their schedules are shockingly complex, with each having rotating daily schedules that require a minimum of logging in and out at different times every day, and they need a lot of support to get through the days.

I’ve found daily gratitude practice to be really helpful for me, actually. Because really, there are so many things I can be grateful for, and it helps me be patient with this strange, liminal, in-between time when I feel like I should be really productive but it feels impossible.

I know it won’t always be this way. And there are some things I appreciate so much more now, like always having a fridge full of food, feeling safe at home, and being healthy. I’m grateful the library is still allowing for hold pick ups, that there are so many good books in the world, and that at least there is so much technology and communication during this time to help. Anyway, here is a link to this pin, which is just the lovely, calm image above.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone.

xo Julie

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

How to talk to white friends or family about white privilege.

I love this – listening to forests around the world. A nice way to enjoy the woods if you can’t get outside.

The stories behind Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s most famous collars and jabots.

I’m a big fan of Austin Kleon’s work (and blog and newsletter) and this is a great post he wrote – full of links- on the 100 things that he loved in 2020. Because there are always some good things.

My poem from Vallum Magazine is the poem of the week! I’d really appreciate if you gave it a click and a quick read. 🙂

 

My Favourite Pins This Week

This broccoli, cheddar, chicken and rice casserole is soooooo delicious and perfect for cold weather dinners. Casseroles are awesome, guys! I never make them so when I do, I’m always impressed by how amazing they really are.  It’s basically comfort food in an oven dish, and ideal for weekends- it freezes well, too! But honestly, if you live with a few other people, you’ll probably get through this dish really quickly. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found over here.

Sweet, salty, not a lot of ingredients, perfect for snacking- and there’s a lot of healthy stuff in here so you won’t feel like it’s a terrible indulgence. It will just be a really satisfying sweet treat of a square or two. Or three. Oops, now the whole pan is empty! Guess you’ll just have to make another batch? Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

Have you ever grown your own sprouts? It’s a lot easier than you’d think, and would be a fun thing to try this January. This is a really cute DIY for turning plain bowls into sweet little sprout cups, along with the full how-to for growing your own sprouts – watercress is used in this example here, but would also work well with pea shoots (which I love and think are super delicious!). Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

Feel like knititng some nice, easy socks? Either because you are just learning or you need a nice palate cleansing pattern that your brain doesn’t need to stress over? Then these wonderful socks from Tin Can Knits are just the ticket. Rye Light are a fingering weight sock, free pattern, ranging in size from kid to adult. Making these socks is a pretty solid life choice, really. And they would be so pretty in a tonal or a variagated yarn, too! Pinterest link is here, and you can access the free pattern here.

These crocheted succulents are so pretty! It’s a free pattern with instructions on how to tint the tips of the leaves for the colour shading, which is such a great detail that really adds the final touch. Imagine a little bowl or box of these! So pretty. Pinterest link is here, and the free crochet pattern is over here.

 

Well, what a week, right everyone? I’m ready to take it easy this weekend. Here’s to recharging our batteries, and making time for the things we love.

xo Julie

A New Mod Monday: Vintage Habs Cardi

It’s been a while, but check out this amazing modification!

Original Patterns: Gramps and Spice 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Allison (Ravelry profile, Instagram)

Mods: Alli combined the top-down Gramps cardigan from the cast on through the yoke, and then began integrating aspects of the Spice cardigan after putting the sleeve stitches on holders. Buttonband and garter stitch shawl collar are from Spice, as well. Additional details involved having a chenille vintage team logo made, and adding suede elbow patches. Great notes can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Alli wanted to create a vintage, letterman-style cardigan for her Habs-loving (that’s the Montreal Canadiens hockey team!) for her Dad, for Christmas. There are so many thoughtful details on this project, but I also love that she started out thinking to make some changes on the Gramps cardigan pattern before Spice came out as a new pattern, and she decided to integrate those details as well. Who says you have to have the whole modification completely planned out before you start?

This is a brilliant idea for anyone who loves the vintage look of these classic cardigans. You could customize the colouring based on whatever team (or even school!) you’d like. I really think the logo makes it (Allison commissioned it from a punch needle shop on Etsy), and it’s a great detail, along with the stripes on the opposite sleeve. I love how this looks- and of course, her Dad loves it too!

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Facts don’t change minds. But friendship and proximity does. This is a fascinating and important read.

How to purge your closet without regrets.

This museum of favourite and beloved smells is so fascinating. What would be in your museum?

Remember how everyone went and ordered loads of antiracist books in the summer? Here’s how that went for indie booksellers.

I love this bittersweet photo series of viewing other people’s christmas trees through windows.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I love this delicious feels-like-takeout dinner for vermicelli noodles and veggies, and it is perfect for winter weeknights! It’s very flexible on the veggies involved, too- you could easily make some substitutions or add chicken or tofu to this. I think you would love it. I like mine with a bit of hot sauce, but you do whatever works for you! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is right over here.

There’s a small window of time when peppermint in everything make sense, and that time is upon us! These white chocolate and peppermint cookies are perfect for some holiday snacking, espeically if you do what I do and smash up some candy canes instead! Waaaay more festive. And then you can enjoy these with all your candy canes, possibly in front of a holiday film or three. So good! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

If making some ornaments is on your seasonal wish list, then I have three ideas that could easily be made this weekend, or in a couple of evenings- there’s still time!

These DIY felt mitten ornaments are so pretty, and of course could be made in any sort of cheerful coloured felt that you have on hand. You could even add beads or sequins to the embroidery if you want to add a little sparkle. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

This fluffly little owlet ornament is so freaking adorable! It’s crocheted with a faux fur novelty yarn, which is very fun, but I bet could also be done with some strands of mohair held together, too. Pinterest link is here, and the full crochet pattern is over here.

For a great round up of some beuatiful knitted ornaments, these pretty lace snowflakes from Tin Can Knits are wonderful, and knit up quick. There are also some other ornament ideas in the post, including drop ornaments, mini stockings, and baubles. But these lace snowflakes are so dreamy, don’t you think? Pintrest link is here, and the full post is over here.

It’s been REALLY cold here in Toronto this week, so it’s definitely felt a little more like the holiday spirit- Guy and I even recently watched a holiday movie,  Happiest Season. I wanted to love it- I adore Dan Levy! But it wasn’t as funny as I had hoped, and the love interest seemed like not that great of a person, really. Anyone have any great holiday movie recommendations? The funnier the better!

New Free Pattern – Taddle Creek Mitts

A quick, cozy gift idea that can also stashbust? Definitely.

Pattern: Taddle Creek Mitts

Yarn: Berroco Mercado (about a quarter skein of two colours)

Needles: 4.5mm (US 7)

These are a VERY fast knit and a quick gift idea that works well for stashbusting leftover bits of aran weight yarn, and are big enough to be unisex. If you have smaller hands or would like to make these for someone with smaller hands, I’d suggest going down a needle size and switching to a worsted weight.

I’m feeling very fortunate to have a second essay and knitting pattern in Taddle Creek magazine, because there are not a lot of places that are cool enough to be receptive to literary and crafty hybrids! You can find the essay I wrote- all about my thoughts on this pandemic time- and the free pattern here.

Free Knitting Pattern - Taddle Creek Mitts | knittedbliss.com

I’m a huge fan of fingerless mitts, because you can still use your devices or easily have your fingers free, but they definitely help keep your hands warm. I often keep a couple pairs in my purse for this exact reason- I can layer them over or under a pair of mittens or gloves in the winter, and in the spring or fall they are great for when it’s a bit colder out than you expected. That happens to me ALL the time, actually. I’ll think it’s going to be fine, but then I’m out longer than I thought or suddenly it’s windy, and I’m freezing. Every extra bit of cozy helps!

Free Knitting Pattern - Taddle Creek Mitts | knittedbliss.com

If you missed the scarf that was the first part of this pair, the blog post is here!

It would be great if you could give it a like on Ravelry, and maybe even add it to your queue, if you are so inclined. The same goes for the matching scarf if you are feeling generous! 🙂