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Modification Monday: Ten of Hearts Cardigan

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Ten of Hearts Cardigan  Knitter Extraordinaire:  Jenn (Ravelry ID) Mods: Modified the original vintage pattern to be as seamless as possible, and adjust the main ribbing. Details with great notes on the modifications can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: Vintage knitting patterns are notoriously tricky for being

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Chronically tardy people  have these traits in common. Many of us are losing the ability to deep read, and are just skimming– and it’s changing capacity for empathy and critical thinking. Movie and tv show ideas for when you are having a bad day/week/year. This poem. I’m excited

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Finished Knit: Remix Cardi

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 11:00

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I finished my Remix cardigan in the summer, and then proceed to wear it all the time. Ravelry project page is here.  Pattern: Mama Vertebrae Yarn: Berroco Remix Light in ‘Smoke’ This pattern has been in my queue for ages. I love that it is written for all sorts of yarn weights, but this was

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Modification Monday: Striped Cardigan in Plum

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 12:00

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The winner for the Jimmy Beans Wool Smartstix giveaway is….. Melissa!! Melissa, you should have an email from me in your inbox right now… congrats! On winning, not on getting an email from me. that would be a weird thing to congratulate someone on. I send emails all the time. Original Pattern: Mon Petit Gilet

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 13:49

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week If you haven’t already entered the Jimmy Beans Wool Smartstix Needle giveaway, head on over and enter! Four ways to make your space feel clean inside of 15 minutes. This was thought-provoking: If you figure out a way to satisfactorily complete 8 hours’ worth of tasks in 10

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Review and Giveaway: SmartStix Knitting Needles

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 11:00

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When it comes to knitting or crochet, it’s easy to get all caught up in the yarn and not spend much time thinking about our needles. other than my general preference for metal needles, I haven’t bought new knitting needles in ages- I felt like I had everything I needed. When Jimmy Beans Wool first

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Modification Monday: Igawa

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 11:00

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  Original Pattern: Igawa Knitter Extraordinaire: Kaetze (Ravelry ID) Mods: Instead of following the directions for the asymmetrical design, she used the same directions for both sides for a more even design, and reduced some of the fabric in the oversized fit. Great details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 14:30

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Why the buttons are on different sides for men’s and women’s shirts. How to come out stronger after a season of change. Against chill – why being chill about everything leads to people walking all over you.  This is the most Toronto news story I’ve read in a

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Life Lately: New York City with my Mom

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 15:02

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My mother is the sort of person who starts asking what I want for Christmas on September 1st, so it wasn’t that surprising that 6 months ago she told me that she wanted to do something special for my birthday and why don’t the two of us take a trip to New York City? My

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Modification Monday: Gray Fig Chrysocolla

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Chrysocolla Knitter Extraordinaire: Karen (Ravelry ID) Mods: Changed the crew neck sweater to a v-neck, reduced the amount of bobbles, completely redid the sleeves. Great details and lots of notes can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome:  Knitters, you know how bobble knitting can be a love or

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Why we say “okay” – the history of the most spoken word in the English language. While we sleep, our minds go on an amazing journey. We consistently underestimate the power of gratitude. I’m off to write some thank you notes….. Ask for what you want. You just

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Modification Monday: Strathen Raglan

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Strethendrick Knitter Extraordinaire: Jennifer (Ravelry ID) Mods: Changed the boxy, oversized long sleeved sweater with drop shoulders into a closer-fitting raglan with short sleeves. Details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: The original sweater is jaw-droppingly gorgeous, but it’s a serious colourwork commitment and that can be

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 11:00

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My mom and I are in New York City together, and today is her birthday- so Happy Birthday to my mom! If you want to keep up on our adventures, head on over to Instagram- my stories in particular will have lots of snaps. My Favourite Articles and Links This Week This opinion piece in

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Modification Monday: One Tree Mitts

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: One Tree Heel Socks Knitter Extraordinaire: Joan(Ravelry ID) Mods: Changed the original fingering weight sock design to a worsted weight fingerless mitt, and flipped the design upside down. Details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome:  Fingerless mitt season is coming, and these mitts are a perfect example

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 15:22

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Austin Kleon’s perspective on when strangers on the internet criticize him. This was hilarious- especially the burrito one. Another funny find- ridiculous book title anagrams. Goats like it when you smile at them. Omg I want a pet goat! Ae you a night owl? Maybe your sleeping habits

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August: Book Reviews

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 11:00

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I just noticed that I accidentally skipped July’s book reviews! Blame it on summer vacation mode, but I hope you did a lot of reading over the summer, things that made you feel like you saw something of the world, be it the external world or the interior, psychological one. My reading list sort of

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Modification Monday: Lil’ Parachutey Top

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Parachutey Knitter Extraordinaire: AnMiwe (Ravelry ID) Mods: Changed the original oversized layering tank top to a tie-back halter crop top.  Details on her modifications can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: Those hot weather summer knits are few and far between, but I love AnMiwe’s modified top to

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 13:16

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I passed my motorcycle course! I’m very excited, and did really well on the test. The next step is to actually get a bike. I’m looking at Vespas, and while I know I can get similar looking european-style bikes, my heart really is set on a (of course, more expensive) Vespa. But I also have

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Modification Monday: Day of the Socks

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 11:00

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Original Patterns: Elske and Calavera Mittens Knitter Extraordinaire: Matkailijakirppu  (Ravelry ID, blog) Mods: Matkailijakirppu combined the Elske sock pattern and lengthened them, incorporating the Day of the Dead Skull designs from the Calvera mittens. Details and great photos can be found on her project page here. What Makes This Awesome: Mitten and sock patterns are great opportunities

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 11:00

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Motorcycle school update – I did pretty good! It was incredible just how differently the class was at this different training school, and I felt a lot more comfortable. Although some of that may just be I’ve had more riding time, and like anything in life, the more you do it the better you get.

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