Modification Monday: Botanical Hat

Original Pattern: Botanical Yoke Pullover

Knitter Extraordinaire: Sandra (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the ribbed cable yoke from the pullover as a guide, Sandra created this gorgeous hat with the same yoke chart. Great details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: You what is wonderfully forgiving for sizing when knitting a hat? Ribbing. And when the hat is basically all ribbing with some cables thrown in you’ve got a really stretchy hat that is going to work for a whole variety of head sizes. Sandra’s idea to take the ribbed cable yoke from the pullover (which she has knitted before) and turn it into a hat is SUCH a great idea! If you have a copy of the pattern, her project page is full of great details on how to make this hat if you would like to follow.

Plus, what a great idea to try something different with  a pattern you have already purchased and enjoyed! Now I feel like ribbed cables must be super fun to knit, right?

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Clouds in unexpected places. I adore these, so magical.

Why busyness is the new laziness – you don’t have to think about what you are doing with your life and if you are actually happy if you are constantly busy.

Workism is making us miserable. I don’t know if anyone is actually surprised by that.

This satire on people who aren’t on social media is hilarious, and SO true.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Rainbow sandwiches! Full of delicious veggies, and if you squeeze in a bit of chicken or ham, I won’t tell anyone. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe (more like sandwich assembly instructions) can be found here.

These chocolate and toffee bars are wonderfully indulgent, and are perfect for when a cookie isn’t indulgent enough, but cake is too much (and not handy). Dessert bars are probably one of my favourite desserts, but they tend to be unsung because they just are that photogenic. But I think you can see how delicious these are via the photos, right? Right. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

If you are feeling the urge to destash in some Easter- appropriate way, how about these cute little pom poms? There’s a full DIY that shows you how to get that egg shape, and they are so pretty in the soft rainbow of colours. Pinterest link is here, and the full tutorial can be found here.

I love the vintage chic of these DIY embroidered necklaces, they are so pretty. The kits for the frames need to be purchased either form Etsy or your local craft store, but they look so very worth it. Full tutorial for the embroidered designs requires you sign up for the free newsletter, but it’s probably worth it (and you can unsubscribe if you aren’t enjoying the newsletter). Pinterest link is here, and the full tutorial link can be found here.

Thanking instead of apologizing -what a fantastic idea. Pinterest link is here, and the original instagram source is over here.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!! xo

Modification Monday: Modified Rye

Original Pattern: Rye

Knitter Extraordinaire: Tyne (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Used twisted ribbing for the cuffs, and a twisted ribbing frame for each side of the garter stitch panels, adjusted the instep for a better fit. Great details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: When you know how you like to knit your socks and then come across another pattern that you want to try, you have two choices- knit the socks just like they are written in the pattern, or make a few tweaks and modifications so that you know the socks will fit exactly the way that you like your socks to fit. Tyne went for the latter option, and customized her sock with the more defined twisted ribbing, and carrying that details down to better frame the garter stitch section. She also worked her instep in a way that works for her, making slight variations to the pattern to have a heel flap that works for her.

Sock knitters, take note- while it’s good to try new techniques, if you know you love a certain detail in your socks, why not modify a sock pattern to incorporate all your favourite elements? I do a similar  thing when I knit garments- I often add a faux seam for added stability, even though the patterns hardly ever call for it. And I’m always glad I do it, even though it seems like a small detail. Whatever you need to do to make your knits just right!

I don’t knit socks often because I struggle with the toe pockets (picture an axe blade-  that’s how my feet are shaped), but one day, I will find my perfect toe pocket- and then I will modify ALL sock patterns I knit for my perfect to pocket!

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My apologies for missing Mod Monday earlier this week- I was under the weather last weekend, and when I woke up it was Monday. Ever have that happen to you? I’m feeling better, though! So back to our regularly scheduled programming…

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Well done, Pinterest! This is exactly how big social media sites need to respond to the spread of misinformation.

As a devoted Instagrammer, this made me laugh.

I love this questionnaire, what a fun way to get to know someone. I love it when people ask me thoughtful questions, I think that’s true for most people!

The not-so-stranger. We all have them, and there is something wonderful about each and every one.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Friends, do you ever make pizza at home? I love pizza, and but I don’t often make it- those little make at home pizza kits in the bakery section of the grocery store do not seem to call my name. But! I have changed my mind for this. Because brussel sprouts on a pizza mean that OF COURSE this is super healthy, and you still get to have pizza, and there is bacon but it’s okay because brussel sprouts. Right? Right. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found over here.

Peanut butter oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies! I don’t think I need to say anything else, because COOKIES! Should you need a nudge towards cookies, might I suggest swapping out the chocolate chips for white chocolate chips, walnuts, peanuts, chopped up caramels, whatever strikes your fancy? Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is right here.

I love these beautiful floral pom poms, and the tutorial makes them look completely doable! So pretty for spring, don’t you think? I’m half afraid to show this to Lila, I bet she’ll want to make a million of them for a garland! Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

The recent new blanket pattern from Purl Soho is so gorgeous! They are selling kits, but the pattern is available online for free. I haven’t knit mitred squares before, but I love the gradient effect of seeing them all together like this. Pinterest link is here, and the free pattern and its can be found here.

Looking to diversify your reading? How about a trip around the world via novels? This is a great list to get inspired to read books from loads of different countries. If you feel like you’ve been in a reading rut lately, this world tour via books is great way to bust through it! Pinterest link is here, and the full post is here.

What are you up to this weekend? I’m taking the family to Prince Edward County, and I think the kids are going to love it. We went in the summer, but this will be their first time there in the winter, and there’s been a LOT of snow!

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

There is a book coming out at the end of the year about Swiss cat ladders, and I’m fascinated.

Just a reminder, if you are feeling frustrated about something.

Against minimalism: why filigree and ‘being extra’ entrances the eye when it comes to architecture.

What I say when I don’t know what to say. Except that one about someone’s job being hard I’ve read that SO MANY TIMES that if anyone ever says it to me, I know instantly that they’ve read that piece on the internet. But everything else on that link is solid gold.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Technically, this is a breakfast recipe, but I vote that this be dinner instead. Crispy potatoes with bacon, eggs, and garlic chili oil make these so much more than just a standard breakfast. If you are like me – NOT a morning person- this is probably a lot of effort for breakfast, but would be am amazing weekday dinner, don’t you think? Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here.

I absolutely love KIND bars- those nutty chocolatey bars that are somehow healthy and completely addictive. You can make your own at home for a fraction of the cost, plus you can customize- extra chocolate drizzle, anyone? Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here. Don’t let the brown rice syrup stop you- google substitutions, you can use honey or maple syrup, in slightly different quantities.

Isn’t this crochet cactus pouch completely adorable?! I love it, and I bet it would make  a great gift, too. Or keep it for yourself because you also deserve pretty things. Pinterest link is here, and the free pattern can be found right over here.

No matter where you are in life, sometimes we hit a rough patch and things get hard. If you are feeling that way, here’s a great list of actionable things that can make a big difference in getting you back on track, reoriented, or whatever it is that you need. And if you are feeling good- maybe just bookmark it for the future, just in case. Pinterest link is here, and the full post is here.

Aren’t these completely stunning?! These are painted eggshells, painted with watercolours and gold – I wish I could see this exhibit in person, it looks so beautiful. Pinterest link is here, and more details about the artist and the installation can be found here.

Have a beautiful weekend, everyone! Are you up to anything fun? Any projects you’ve got on the go that you are obsessing over?