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

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This is such a great idea- every hotel should have a book butler!

How to support someone when you are also struggling.

I love these illusions made from everyday objects! So creative, and cute.

The most beautiful people.

My Favourite Pins This Week

When I was in my twenties, I lived a few blocks away from a beautiful little italian restaurant that made an angel hair puttanesca that tasted like absolute heaven. The ingredients for this- I know, there are anchovies! Famously hated anchovies! But they really, really do add a gloriously rich, salty, umami flavour profile to this that takes a really good pasta dish to the next level. You won’t even know they are in there, they are so finely chopped and it’s doesn’t make the dish even remotely fishy. Just a little magical. Of course you can still make it with everything but the anchovies and it will still be a really good dish. I’d just add more olives to compensate. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe can be found here.

I have never tried making a jelly roll style cake before but this one has be absolutely drooling- it looks beautiful, and the step-by-step tutorial makes it look easy! This would be easy, right? I could do this, I think. Possible Easter weekend baking project! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe and instructions are here.

 

This beautiful dogwood flower crochet pattern feels perfect for spring! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to make a bunch of these, and then attach them to bare, discarded tree branches and display them in a vase? SO PRETTY. Pinterest link is here, and the free crochet pattern can be found right over here.

Speaking of DIY spring flowers, you could do the same thing with tissue paper! I think that this would be a pretty craft to try, as well. And depending on how quickly you can crochet, faster too. Pinterest link is here, and the full tutorial is here.

If you are itching to do a home DIY to change up your space, then you should check out this great round up of DIY headboards.  loved so many of them! While some look far more complicated than others, there’s definitely something here for almost every style. Some really beautiful idas- the book one is my fave! Pinterest link is here, and the full list is here.

Have a gorgeous weekend, everyone! It’s been a week of gloriously warm spring weather here in Toronto, but the forecast is now calling for a LOT of rain. Might be a very indoorsy, crafty sort of weekend around here. But I hope that if you are not in Toronto, you have sunshine and can enjoy a bit of spring. One good thing about the rain- at least I know next week the spring flowers will be looking pretty good!

xo Julie

 

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

I had a poem recently featured on Poetry Pause! It’s called Viral, but funnily enough I wrote it years before the pandemic. Give it a read, won’t you?

You saw this jaw-dropping Crochert art installation, right? So fantastic.

Notting Hill is one of my favourite romantic comedies EVER (tied with the original Bridgit Jones movie), so I was pretty excited to see this essay about how it is also really celebrates staying at home.

I can’t begin to describe how much I loved this. “I recommend eating chips.

You know what I did recently? I typed the word ‘Easter’ into the search bar on my blog and found two posts that I had completely forgotten about but are actually still awesome! Check out this post for a great round up of small knitting patterns for bunnies, chicks, lambs, and eggs. And then remember when I made Peeps hot chocolate? It was awesome. I’m going to do it again this year!

My Favourite Pins This Week

The baked feta pasta dinner trend (hard to believe dinner can be trendy, but but it is truly delicious!) is hitting it’s natural evolutiont o have different varities, and this roasted veggie version is delicious and healhy, and you can easily substitute veg as you need. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found right over here.

Now I love mini eggs in all seasons and at any time of year, but if you are looking for a delicious seasonal dessert, this would be a fantastic one. You could use store-bought brownie for the cake portion, or even just omit it all together if you wanted.- pudding or mousse, layers of crushed mini eggs and whipped cream- it’s going to be dreamy no matter what! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is right over here.

Bunny pom poms! Isn’t this so freaking adorable? What a fun little thing to drop off on a friend’s doorstep, or just to make for yourelf and keep near your computer for a work-from-home pet. Pinterest link is here, and the full instructions can be found here.

 

This bright and happy yarn wreath is such a cute idea- it’s made with yarn and an embroidery hoop! You could also make it in a solid colour, like an off white, which would be pretty, too! Possibilities! Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is over here.

I love this adorable – and -easy- embroidered bunny design! The instructions show it embroidered on a tote bag, which is very pretty, but you you ocould embroider this sweet bunny just about anywhere! This is a great way to try out some embroidery, and stitch a sweet, happy design for free. Pinterest link is here, and the full instructions and template can be found here.

 

I hope you all have a great weekend! The last two weeks have been really busy for me- I am at the home stretch of the new spring designs for the embroidery kits, and I had some deadlines to get the samples ready for test stitchers for the past couple of Fridays, which has had me frantically finishing the stitching and the instruction sheets. Also changing up a the packaging a little bit, and adding a needle threader to all kits. Ghat was a harder one to find, since my goal is to have the kits plastic-free nd as environmentally friendly as possible, and most needle threaders are plastic. But I did find some!

  Now the third (there are 3 related new kits coming!) is done and all the test stitchers have their test kits and are stitching! So that feels like there’s a little more breathing room in the schedule. At least for the next little bit! I hope you all enjoy some sunshine, and a good book, and your favourite crafts this weekend.

xo Julie