Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Why walking is the most underrated form of exercise.

A fascinating look at intricate, historical lace. Thanks to Meredith for the link!

Stop telling women they have imposter syndrome.

13 low-contact ideas for starting to socialize again.

I’m going to be increasing the price of my embroidery kits in June (adding a bit more to the kit contents, as well as making the packaging more retail-friendly for wholesale), so if you would like to grab a kit before the price goes up this is the perfect time! 

My Favourite Pins This Week

My family all loves asparagus, so this dish is definitely a winner and perfect spring pasta dish that is at once really on season but also really comforting. I skip the pine nuts, they look great but honestly I have a favourite premade pesto sauce so I just use that and make it that much easier. A great weeknight dinner! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is right here.

If you love lemon and cinnamon rolls, that then bright and delicious lemon rolls are going to be your new favourite thing-lighter tasting than the classic cinnamon counterpart. Prefect for a weekend brunch, or dropping some off at a friend’s house! Because trust me, they are going to be a huge hit for whomever is lucky enough to try them. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is over here.

These pretty hanging terrariums are such a great idea- they would be pretty in your place (surely you’ve got a spot that would work?) or make a sweet gift that is actually quick to make! Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY can be found here.

For the crocheters among us, how pretty is this summery tank top? I love the tie straps, and the easy, body-skimming shape looks ideal for hot weather. It’s a free pattern, too! Pinterest link is here, and the full free crochet pattern is right over here.

I’ve been hearing from just about everyone (and I’m in this camp too!) just how hard it is to get stuff done these days, which is perfectly logical. But – if you are looking to get stuff done, then this is a great list for tackling those things! Making things as easy as possible to get it done really helps me, as well as the tip about avoiding social media until you do the thing- because social media is way too distracting sometimes! Pinterest link is here, and you can read the full post here.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! It’s been raining for what feels like a week and half here but it’s supposed to be decent weather for the weekend, so there’s hope. Cheers to all the things that you love doing, and making the weekend just right for you.

xo Julie

 

 

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Misinformation is poised to become one of the biggest crises threatening our world, but there is actually a website that has already figured out exactly how to stop misinformation. It’s not easy, but it’s proven that it works. A fascinating read!

Feeling a little stuck in a rut? Here are 16 things that are great to try.

The incredible transformation that happens when you decide you are enough.

The parts of quarantine we want to keep.

Fascinating visible mending.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Friends, how do you feel about pineapple? Because I love it. And I’m a big fan of adding pineapple to savoury dishes! This is a delicious sweet and salty dish is wonderful for a fun, healthy dinner that is full of summery flavour. If you love pineapple, you’ll probably love this dish. Full of veggies (I always add more), and if you don’t have/want to grill, you can modify it! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is over here.

Lemon shortbread cookies!! You all know how much I LOVE all lemon desserts, and these are nice weekend baking project that yields delicious results. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe can be found here.

These little pigs are completely charming to me, and I’m not quite sure why! I love how they would be perfect for a bit of stashbusting, but they also seem like they would be cute ornaments, or fun little toys for kids, or possibly on a keychain? Tiny crocheted cuties would be fun in lots of ways! Pinterest link is here, and the full free crochet pattern for them is right over here.

This is such a cool technique for drawing yarn up and over your knitting, and yields such pretty results! Definitely worth a try to shake off the doldrums with your knitting and trying something a little new. Pinterest link is here, and the great video tutorial can be found here.

I am dreaming of outdoor spaces looking as beautiful and magical as all of these! I know a lot of us probably spent some time and energy in beautifying out outdoor areas last summer, but here in Toronto we’re still looking at a lot of ‘local’ time this summer, and I’m definitely still planning on continuing to make my patio as pretty as I can- starting with the ideas here! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here. I feel like I need some better outdoor lighting and possibly an outdoor mirror? So pretty.

Hard to believe it’s almost May! It’s been a very busy April around here- I had a lot of project deadlines, and with the kids home for the mandatory online learning, it’s been a LOT. Here in Toronto the Covid numbers are still high, and so we are looking ahead to when the curve starts moving downwards. Also, I got vaccinated! It was a happy, surreal moment.

Have a good weekend, friends. If you’re on the struggle bus, know that you are not alone!

xo Julie

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

I am finding this photo tour of an English garden to be deeply soothing. Just so beautiful.

Interesting- the case for great fake plants. I’m so intrigued! I so have a couple of fake plants that I inherited from the previous owners of my town house (I assume they were part of the staging? no idea) and they do look quite good, I think.

Be more realistic with the time you have. I’m terrible at this- I always think it will take me half the time to do something that it actually does!

I absolutely love this gorgeous beaded sculpture that honours the kids and staff at Sick Kids hospital– The Anishinaabe artist, Nico Williams, has created something truly spectacular. I have a lot of admiration and love for indigenous beadwork, and this is an incredible example of the modern art that is being done with this medium today.

I had an wonderful chat with Cabin Boy Knits on their vlog, and it was SO MUCH FUN! I hope you’ll give it a watch and enjoy, it was funny and clever and their questions were wonderful. Kits for the cowl can be found here!

My Favourite Pins This Week

Foil pack dinners are a quick and easy way to pull together a delicious, healthy meal with minimal time spent in the kitchen. This honey dijon chicken and veggies option is easy to make and also easy to substitute different veg for whatever you have on hand. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe and directions can be found here.

As a die-hard dessert lover with a weakness for all the citrus desserts, these creamsicle cookies are perfect! A wonderful weekend baking project, and a tasty treat for yourself or for leaving on someone’s doorstep as a little gift. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is right here.

I love this DIY for creating a matte faux ceramic finish for containers, and would be beautiful on plant pots, too! The DIY starts with a white utensil holder, which is weird because her original didn’t really look that different from the finished result, but this would be an amazing upcycle for something that is functional but just not your colour or style. Pinterest link is here, and the video DIY is here.

I love this super cute crocheted Pusheen (a famous cartoon cat, like a modern Hello Kitty, for those that are wondering what/who Pusheen is)! It’s a cree pattern too, which is so generous. You can save it for yourself on Pinterest here, and check out the awesome free crochet pattern here. 

I really love these alternatives to ‘How Are You?’ because it’s hard for most people to honestly say good, even though that is definitely my automatic reply whenever I’m asked. These questions allow room for people to talk about the challenges of our current time, ina more open way. Great ideas here! Pinterest link is here, and I original found it here.

 

Have a great weekend , everyone! Today we are celebrating Lila’s 9th birthday (can you believe it? I keep thinking she is this small). We just had a virtual birthday party on Zoom (hello second pandemic birthday for Lila), but it went well. Wishing I could share a slice of cake with you all!

xo Julie

Knit City Cowl is LIVE!

I was excited to design a new cowl that would be different from what I’ve been seeing lately – something warm but airy (because is fun to knit!) but also a modern, graphic lace that felt unfussy and modern. The arrowhead lace on this cowl is exactly what I wanted, and I find that the cowl looks good no matter what sort of jacket and style you’ve got!

The cowl is A shaped (funnel shaped?) with means it’s wider at the bottom than the top. I find this helps the cowl to sit really well and fall the way it should, without getting stretched out and too loopy.  i’ve worn both of these quite  bit, and I’m really happy with how I never feel like I need to be adjusting it. The design is full charted, and written out.

This design was sparked when I met Christopher of Cabin Boy Knits, and he wanted to have a special design for a gorgeous luxury base that he was working with, which is a merino, qiviut, cashmere and silk blend that is so incredibly soft! If you haven’t come across Cabin Boy Knits before, he is a Canadian Dyer that focuses on natural dyeing using botanicals. For these two colourways, the pink is dyed with Brazilwood and the blue with the Indigo plant. And he’s made a beautiful kit for both the yarn and the pattern!

The kit comes in two colours, Snowbird (a medium blue) and Constant Craving (Deep Rosy Pink). Included in the kit (which is adorably packaged in a little log cabin box, there’s also a hardcopy of the pattern (also an option to add a download for a pdf version either by email or via Ravelry), and a really clever knitting project notebook that is ideal for tracking your various WIPs. lots of great prompts for tracking cost, yarn weight, yardage, and something I find really useful- where you’ve got it stored! I can’t be the only one with various knits and yarn stored all over the place.

The kit would be an ideal gift for yourself, an upcoming birthday, or Mother’s Day. And if you want it for yourself, be sure to send someone the link as a major hint for what would make you happy!

You can also get just the pdf if you prefer – You can buy the pdf for the cowl either on my website in my shop, or on Ravelry. Your choice! And if you aren’t currently in the market for a fun new cowl pattern (what? gasp!)  and happen to be on Ravelry, giving it a heart on Ravelry and adding it to your queue also helps boost it’s visibility on Ravelry, which is already really crowded with patterns.

I hope you enjoy! If you have any questions about it, let me know!

Want to (Virtually) Hang Out on Saturday?

 

I’m launching a new pattern with Cabin Boy Knits this weekend, as part of Knit City Virtual! So, first up- come and hang out with me and Jamie & Christopher (Cabin Boy Knits) for FREE this Saturday- this is the page with the zoom link and the time info (1 pm Eastern time, 10 am pacific time). Did I mention it’s totally free? Come hang out with us.

Knit City was supposed to be in Montreal Canada last March, but was cancelled in the first wave of the world shutting down due to Covid (although we were all still calling it coronavirus back then). We put this project on hold while we all were reeling from what the impact and timeline of the virus might be.

And here we are, a little over a year later- Knit City has gone virtual this weekend, and I’m going to be virtually hanging out at the Cabin Boy knits trunk show, just like I would have been in real life in the booth – wearing this awesome cowl, having people try on the awesome cowl, and answering any questions you might have!

As a warm up, you can watch an awesome video of us having a fantastic chat here – as well as some sneak peeks at the cowl and some forthcoming embroidery kits!

Let’s chat a little bit about the cowl, shall we? The cowl is an arrowhead lace, which to me is a very modern, graphic sort of lace that I’m not seeing in patterns much lately. The cowl is funnel shaped, so that it hanged beautifully and doesn’t require you to constantly fiddle with it. The pattern is fully chartered and written out, so whichever your preference, the pattern has you coverered. I’m a smaller-built human, and the lace is super stretchy, so the cowl can also go over my shoulders, like a capelet. Which gives a really clear look at the lace detail:

You can check out the kit – which  come adorably packaged in a sweet log cabin box, and includes a hard copy of the pattern (you can get a digital download as well), a skein of this incredibly soft qiviut and shetland wool in the colour of your choice, as well as a brilliant notebook for tracking details and notes for your knitting projects!

Here’s a photo of the Snowbird colourway and the notebook, you’ll be able to see the blue version at the trunk show on Saturday. And the notebook that is already cleverly laid out to track your knitting projects! (Basket and mug are my own, not the way the kit comes packaged. I just really like photo props!)

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday! Set an alarm on your phone, you won’t want to miss it!

-Julie