Link Loves: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles This Week

This history of canned food is pretty fascinating!

As someone who just went apple picking with the kids, this was a very interesting read.

7 qualities of a healthy friendship, even as relationships change.

Just a lovely scroll through some mind-blowingly beautiful trees.

There should be a guy (or a girl).

Knitted Bliss Stitching (that’s the embroidery kits I design and make!) turn 1 a few days ago.

My Favourite Links This Week

A frittata is a really easy and delicious weeknight supper idea, and this one is full of autumn flavours and is really versatile- easy to substitute veggies as needed, or types of cheese! Really delicious and perfect for cold weather dinners when you want something fast and comforting. Find the recipe here.

Caramel and chocolate are just so good together, right? Carmelitas  are wonderful weekend baking treat, perfect for dropping off at a friend’s house or sharing wish others. Because you don’t want to be left alone with the pan of these all weekend long, they are far too tempting! The recipe can be found right over here.

How adorable is this little crocheted ghost!? A super cute – and super fast! crocheted freebie that is guaranteed to be more cute than creepy (which is how I personally prefer my Halloween decorations). Find the free pattern here.

If you are struggling with feeling more positive, present, and happy. try these really good mindfulness exercises that help focus your mind on good things, on the present, and it’s great for when you are mindlessly scrolling or caught in a negative thought loop. Definitely worth a try, I find them really good. Read the whole post here.

I love this, such a good reminder. Being good to people is a bigger statement about you than it is about them. Original found here.

How is it already the middle of October? I feel like every time I turn around the weeks are going by so fast. I hope that the days are going just the right speed for all of you, wherever you are.

xo Julie

Link Loves: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles This Week

How jigsaws can improve the quality of your life. Well, good reasons to do more puzzles!

Strange questions professionals have been asked. I loved this list, it was so compelling.

Loved this reminder- the biggest impact you can make on your home decor? Not letting so much stuff in.

3 ways to save your memories so you can let go of the clutter.  I’m working on getting rid of stuff in my home, can you tell!?

The surprisingly complicated history of the frisbee.

My Favourite Links This Week

Great rice side dish

This garlic butter rice and kale is the sort of deeply comforting and warming dinner idea that I really crave in the autumn. There’s a lot of kale hiding in this dish, so it make s a great side dish or a totally legitimate main if you are craving comfort food. A little shredded cheese on top? That’s my gift to you. I recommend a little shredded cheese on top. But I love cheese. Find the recipe (without cheese!) right over here.

Easy baked oatmeal recipe

Baked maple pecan oatmeal, for when you want something that tastes really decadent but is actually healthy! This is a great weekend breakfast or brunch idea, and will make your whole home smell incredible. Plus oatmeal is so good for you- it’s practically a vegetable. I mean, it’s NOT a vegetable, but it’s good for you! SO we should all make and eat this. The recipe is waiting for you, right here.

How to Knit COlourwork

The wonderful women at Tin Can Knits have put together a great guide on getting started with colourwork, and it’s so informative that I recommend for any knitter looking to get more comfortable with reading colourwork charts, managing floats, and all the mechanics of colour knitting. Find it on their blog, here.

 

DIY Sew Your Own shorts

If you are looking to stashbust a bit of fabric and like to sew, how about making these pretty sleep shorts with trim? A beginner friendly sewing project as well as a cute idea! Find the instructions and the pattern here. They would be so cute for sleeping in!

Fall Decor Easy Fall DIY Decor

Now that it’s October, it’s mini pumpkin and decorative squash season! I love how cute these are, but have learned the hard way that if I leave them outside my doorstep, squirrels snack on them and neighbour kids ‘relocate’ them. But inside, they are safe, and amazing to turn into votive candle holders that are so pretty and seasonal. Find a great tutorial on how to make them here.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! It’s a long weekend here in Canada- Thanksgiving weekend! I’m so thankful for so many things, big and small. Even if it isn’t thanksgiving in your part of the world, I hope that you take a moment to feel grateful for the things, no matter how small, that give you joy, or peace, or satisfaction. Wishing you all a cozy weekend.

xo Julie

Embroidery Ideas: Using Your Embroidery in a Quilt Square

I love seeing how people take a craft and really run with it, don’t you?  I was blow away when I saw what a long time knitter and all-round clever crafter Valerie did after she stitched the Cozy Winter embroidery kit. Valerie finished up her kit (you can find it here) and turned it into a quilt square, but she didn’t stop there-

THEN she turned that quilt square into a big project bag!

This is such a great idea for using embroidery as a quilt square, or in larger crafting projects. While there are a couple different ways to display embroidery hoops – hanging on a wall, or on a shelf or table top using a hoop stand – turning the embroidery into something else you can craft with is a great idea. I love how this looks as part of a quilt, and is such a fun way to experiment with putting your embroidery in different location, and using it in different ways. I’ve been planning on doing embroidery kit project bags, and it’s so fun for me to see something like this.

Valerie notes that this turned out to be a really big project bag, suitable for a big blanket or lots of storage, but I think that works brilliantly – sometimes you need those bigger storage options, and when it looks as pretty as this, it’s fine to leave it 0ut on display, don’t you think? You can see it on Valerie’s Instagram here, and she often shares gorgeous photos of all her crafting adventures.

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles This Week

This affirmation quilt.

In defense of being a quitter.

A fascinating look at how we could be rethinking ventilation systems to reduce all sorts of airborne viruses and allergens.

Potty training cows to help decrease greenhouse gases? Why not!

Why fringe-friends are important.

My Favourite Links This Week

If you have a lovely end of season crop of tomatoes and basil, this is a perfect quick dinner for you! Heck, even if you get your ingredients at the grocery store, this is still a really great end of summer pasta dish full of great flavour. Easy to put together and starring fresh tomatoes, basil, and generous dollops of ricotta cheese- you’ll love this dish! Find the recipe here.

Chocolatey, peanut buttery, and with lots of rice krispies and marshmallows, these five-ingredient bars are soooo satisfying! Perfect for ab it of weekend baking, and a tasty little treat for yourself. Find the recipe over here.

I love this super soft-looking crocheted kitty! Although in this colour and texture, it looks like a very cute peanut cat, don’t you think? Something about the pose of it  makes me wonder  if you could make a really big one and use it as a pillow or something! Definitely a high snuggle factor. Find the full crochet pattern for it right here.

If September feels like the start of a new year for you, you might really like this great post about setting personal goals in different areas of your life to feel happier and more satisfied, which pretty much everyone could use, right? There are a lot of great examples in a variety of different categories, and also tips and strategies for setting goals that are actually achievable. Check out the inspiring post here.

How true, right? I found it here. 

The kids are back to school, and it’s been really busy here- lots of routines to get the kids organized while I try to get as much work done as humanely possible while they are in school. I’m not the only one that feels completely burnt out and a bit surprised to suddenly discover its’ the middle of September, am I?!

xo Julie

 

Two New Online Classes- How to Embroider on Your Knits and How to Photograph Your Knits!

I am part of the brand new Sweater Weather festival in the UK (run by the same fantastic crew that have made the Unravel Festival in the UK such a big hit!). The festival is both in person and virtual- meaning, they have workshops and vendors available online, and they have some in person, too. I’ll be doing the online thing, of course- I’m still in Toronto!

Learn to Embroider on Your Knits

Until now, I wasn’t any workshops online, because I’ve really loved the in-person experience so much (back when I would sometimes teach workshops in yarn stores or festivals in person, that is!), an also because I don’t have a lot of space to set up an in-house web studio. But a good friend convinced me to give it a try, and I bought some equipment, and I am giving it a go. If it is a big success, I’ll being offering more online workshops, too! All the workshops are offered in London time, so they are ahead of Canadian and US time. Please google to check your time zone for the correct time!

How to Embroider on Your Knits

So, the first workshop is How to Embroider on Your Knits, which is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to embroider on their knits. Suitable for beginners, or anyone feeling unsure about how to start! I’ll be going through all the steps for getting started, and in real time we’ll all embroider on a hat, sweater, whatever you decide to embroider on – it doesn’t have to be a handknit, you could easily use a store-bought knit as well. And if you know someone who would be interested, send them the link. The registration comes with a full list of materials needed, along with a printable template that you can trace onto your fabric stabilizer (which you can buy easily from any craft store, or online – find it in Canada here, the US here, or in the UK here.)

This is a custom design I made specifically for this workshop- and I think it would look brilliant on a hat brim, a sweater hem, or even done one on each shoulder of a sweater! Of course, you could put this design pretty much anywhere.

Learn to Embroider on Your Knits

Learn to Embroider on Your Knits

Once you start embroidering on your knitting, you’ll see how super easy it is to just keep going! If you admire embroidery on knitwear, this will really start you on a wonderful craft journey. Come join me on Friday, September 10th.

How to Photograph Your Knits for Social Media

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The other workshop I’m offering is one that I have always loved teaching in person, and am busy retooling to work in a virtual setting is the How to Photograph Your Knits  workshop. Normally I love teaching this in person because I pair people up in the workshop and have them take photos of their knits in the class – so they leave the workshop with photos of their knits. That kind of solid immediate payoff feels like workshop gold to me. But in the virtual setting, I can’t quite do that! At first, I hesitated to offer this because I was so fixated on the in-person result of people leaving with knit photos, but some people who have attended past workshops said that it was so full of great information for photographing their knits that even without the paired up photos it was still really worthwhile. I thought about that a long time, and I realized that I actually have a LOT to say about photographing your knits, both on how to be a better photographer and how to be a more comfortable model, flatlays, wip photos, and I have a lot of tricks for taking my own photos! No Instagram husband required. If you would like to elevate your knit photography, for social media, patterns, or just to have lovely photos of yourself and your knitting, sign up for the Saturday, September 11th workshop here.

I think that if you get a ticket of any kind to the festival, you are also able to watch all the talks that are happening! I’m giving one too- a beginner’s guide to modifying your knits. There are a lot of great talks that are happening, they all look SO good!

Will I see you there? If so, let me know what you DEFINITELY want me to cover in whichever class you are in! And I can’t wait to see you.