Modification Monday: Margaret Tudor Top

Original Pattern: Margaret Tudor

Knitter Extraordinaire: Karianne (Ravelry Profile)

Mods: Karianne loved the design, but not the fit, so she customized the charts on a fitted tee instead. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This happens to us all eventually – you see a pattern, usually in some decades-old knitting pattern book (hardcopy, of course) and you see something that makes your jaw drop, but the general garment just isn’t your thing. Maybe the shape doesn’t work for your body type, maybe the shape is too old fashioned, maybe it’s something else entirely. But there are elements that you love, element that you think of long after you closed the book and walked away.

And that’s when you know you have to knit it — or a version of it. Taking a stitch design that you love and working it into a different style of garment is a great idea to work in something you love into a different type of garment (or accessory, this could have been an amazing rectangular wrap, too!), especially if you have a knitting pattern for a top that you love and have knitted before- it can really help with working the new stitches into the pattern more easily.

It’s worth clicking through to the photos on Ravelry to see the close ups of the textured stitches- a gorgeous thistle design, and I can see why Karianne really wanted to work it into a more modern design and a fit that she would wear. It’s beautiful!

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This was such an interesting article- why you never see your friends anymore.

The top ten worst plastic polluters in the world.

These fantastic quotes have been tumbling in my brain all week.

If you have been stumbling through this past week like I have (I hate daylight savings time), here are 34 tips to help wake up feeling refreshed.

Tips to avoid catching a cold. Because man, don’t we all need this right about now?

My Favourite Pins This Week

Okay, I know this sounds a bit weird, but hear me out- how perfect would this be for a weekend brunch? breakfast pizza! cheesy scrambled eggs and crumbled bacon on a pizza base. It’s easy and actually really tasty! Plus, who is the brunch hero, busting out a pizza like this? Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

A super simple dessert idea that works for a party (or really just your own evening snacking, because you deserve nice treats too) are these chocolate dipped clementine segments with sea salt are easy and full of vitamin C so basically they are healthy, right? Right. Pinterest link is here, and the full how-to is here.

If you love crocheted blankets, especially ones that are worked in squares, this is a lovely, simple design that I think looks amazing in a single colour, but would also be pretty in a combination of colours as well! The angle of the center line could be played with as well, for alignment or contrasting shapes! Pinterest link is here, and the full free pattern is here.

Okay, it’s probably time to start thinking about holiday decorations…. and I love this simple white berry felt decoration that you could make singly, or as a garland. I especially like that the directions don’t call for a cricut machine, like SO many felt craft pattern seem to these days! Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

If you feel like the holidays that are a-coming will be super stressful, maybe this 30-day happiness challenge might be just the thing to go into it from a position of strength. Little things can make a big difference, after all! Pinterest link is here, and I tried to find the original source, but all I came up with was this. It might be the original source, but I’m doubting it. If anyone knows where it came from, let me know!

Have a gorgeous weekend, everyone. xo

Modification Monday: Hufflepuff Ease

Original Pattern: Ease

Knitter Extraordinaire: Michelle (Ravelry profile)

Mods: Michelle modified tee Ease pattern to be a Harry Potter inspired Hufflepuff house sweater, with the scoop neck version (no funnel neck) , added thumb holes to the sleeves and customized the sleeve decreases and stripes. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Ah, Harry Potter knits- they are SO satisfying! Not just to knit, but also to see in the wild. I love this Hufflepuff Hogwarts sweater, the customization is phenomenal and it looks so much like what I imagine to be the real Hufflepuff sweaters! Michelle left off the funnel neck of the original design to create a scoop neck, customized the sleeves and added a thumbhole to increase the cozy of a really long sleeved sweater like this. School sweater ideas like this are a fantastic idea- and how cute is the Hufflepuff patch that was added?

It’s worth taking a look at the original design, and seeing how versatile it could be- this scoop neck version show how it can look without the funnel neck, and the ability to add stripes (even selectively like on this gorgeous knit) can change the appearance drastically. Think of the possibilities- maybe even some fair isle designs worked into it? The options are endless….

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

What sounds do you love? This post, plus the reader comments are completely wonderful. 

Whatever you are not changing… you are choosing.

I love this idea- open up a ‘fun & bs’ account for weekend plans.

How to keep in touch with friends and family all over the world – not just creeping them on social media!

My Favourite Pins This Week

Who’s ready for a great slow cooker recipe for dinner? This balsamic chicken with tomatoes and fresh basil is perfect for using up that leftover basil in your garden at the end of the season, and the chicken and tomatoes are so wonderfully tender… perfect with pasta and rice, or just on it’s own! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

You know what is probably the most underrated dessert? Pudding. Specifically, butterscotch pudding. And even more specifically, this apple cider butterscotch pudding is really easy, few ingredients, and gluten-free… pretty perfect, if you ask me. Pinterest link is here, and the very easy recipe is right over here.

If you are not excited to lose a bunch of poppies this remembrance day/veterans day season, may I suggest making a felt one, with a better pin so you can actually keep it? THis way, you can just donate to the box, and skip the disposable poppy. Pinterest link is here, and the full crafty post is here.

Ideas for increasing your attention span- because let’s face it, the more we use our phones, the more fracture our attention span feels. Particularly finding the wifi free cafe! Pinterest link is here, and the full post is here.

I’m so loving this beautiful print. Totally feeling all things tiger these days. Pinterest link is here, and the print can be found here.

It’s my first weekend to just relax in a while, and I’m really looking forward to it! I hope to get some crafting done, maybe finally finish some knitting – it’s been ages since I’ve had an FO!

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

People are reading entire books on Instagram?!

Speaking of books, writers can apply to do a residency at Stephen King’s house in Bangor, Maine- what a neat idea!

How to turn around a lousy, no-good day.

Speaking of things kind of sucking, how to be okay with not being that great at something., and persevering.

I think this post is really getting a reading theme – how to read more!

My Favourite Pins This Week

If you believe that nachos are a great idea for dinner- I convince myself that because there are vegetables in there it is sort of legit – then this mexican seven layer dip might be a great  dinner! Okay, it’s an appetizer, but I think it could also be a family-style sharing dinner. Not saying it’s the healthiest thing ever, but it’s healthier than pizza, right? There’s ground turkey! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is over here.

These fast, easy and delicious little mini muffins taste almost exactly like those cinnamon sugar donuts from little local fairs and street festivals! I particularly like how you can substitute the main part of the recipe for pancake mix, because who doesn’t want this to be fast and easy?! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

If you are looking for a satisfying smoothie that will actually keep you full for more than an hour, look no further. This smoothie is very open to tweaks- I didn’t use the collagen powder, salt or the stevia, and it was still really delicious. Plus you could swap out different fruits and see what you get! I often prefer to add in a drop of coconut extract instead of vanilla extract, it somehow makes smoothies a little more awesome. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is right over here.

This was a really great, in-depth look at reasons why you aren’t motivated – if you struggle with trying to do things that you really want to tackle, this would be a great read to better understand what you need to get motivated. Pinterest link is here, and the full post is here.

I love this balance wheel, it reminds me that self care isn’t all about yoga and face masks, and that it’s about the important things in life. Not that yoga and face masks aren’t important ;). Pinterest link is here. It took me a while to find the original source, but you can see it credited here.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m working all weekend- a conference and then flying to Calgary for a work training- I’m a little tired already! I hope you all have lovely, relaxing weekends and then torture me with instagram photos of it.