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Knitting, crafting, and all-round awesomeness. 2017-11-17T16:39:35Z
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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:39

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Careers should not define our identity. How micro actions can help us make big changes in our lives. How to deal with a professional setback. A holiday survival guide for introverts. The one thing you need to lead a more joyful life? Gratitude. I know, I know- I

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Outtakes: Gesture Sweater

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:00

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If you saw last week’s post on my wonderful new Gesture Sweater, then you have likely already seen some good photos of just how beautiful this sweater can be. Now let me show you what it looks like when I’m clowning around High Park with the kids! Look at us, making a little family totem

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Modification Monday: Lempster

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:00

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The winner of the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible giveaway is….. Stephanie Young! Congrats, Stephanie! Original Pattern: Lempster Knitter Extraordinaire: Dala (Ravelry ID) Mods: Changed out the central cable design, swapped in a honeycomb stitch, added waist shaping and lengthened the sleeves. I highly recommend checking out the project page, which is full of great resources, links

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Like going for brunch but hate waiting for a table? Meet the 11:47 a.m. theory. Not a morning person? Me neither. But here are 5 great ideas on how to make mornings more tolerable. Currently I only do 2,3, and 5 (although my #5 is not lavender soap),

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Finished Knit: Gesture Sweater by We Are Knitters

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 11:03

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The Gesture Sweater kit from We Are Knitters in complete, and I’m utterly besotted with the results. A deliciously cozy burgundy sweater that is perfect with everything that is wonderful about fall. The big star of the Gesture sweater is that stunning cable that travels down the center of the front, back, and sleeves. It

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Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible Review and Giveaway!

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:00

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The Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Patterns by Hitomi Shida is already a huge bestseller on Amazon  (UK friends, this book launches on Amazon.co.uk on November 10th!), and I can’t say I’m even a bit surprised. Japanese stitch dictionaries have long been treasured by knit designers and knitters looking to branch out their skills,

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Modification Monday: Market Day Mashup Sweater

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Market Day Knitter Extraordinaire: Karen (Ravelry ID) Mods: Using the stranded cowl design as a starting point, Karen changed the gauge to worsted weight and incorporated the fingering weight cowl design elements into the top down, round yoke sweater. Details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: So

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 20:27

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week How to deal with feeling stuck. Pantone has given Prince his own shade of purple, and it is beautiful. An interesting read on how to know if you are settling. How to be more present. A fascinating look inside one of the first capsule towers of Japan, built

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Modification Monday: Faded Leftovers Antler

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Antler  Knitter Extraordinaire: Gen (Ravelry ID) Mods: Using the leftovers from her Find Your Fade Shawl, Gen created this fantastic Antler sweater. details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: How many people have had loads of leftovers from making a Find Your Fade, or another large scale

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Combating your inner critic. I loved these little affirmations from Lenny Letter. If you have a bad cold like I do right now (ugh, I feel awful!) Then perhaps you might like to read 6 ways to help get rid of a cold overnight. I’m very dubious about

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Modification Monday: The Prismatic Hat

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: The Prismatic Scarf Knitter Extraordinaire: Sevil (Ravelry ID) Mods: Using the scarf stitch pattern as a starting point, Sevil created a hat instead. Great details (with stitch counts!) can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: Generally, I follow a formula for winter accessories that helps keep things looking

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:13

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week You will be happier if you let yourself feel bad. Is craftivism self-indulgent? An interesting read. On sexual harassment. If you need some cheering up after the first three reads, here are some photos of a hedgehog on a camping trip. There was a great mini interview on

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Modification Monday: Psychedelic Lapsus

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Lapsus Knitter Extraordinaire: Marion (Ravelry ID) Mods: Knitted the top down open cardigan bottom up instead, all in one piece. She also added button bands and a collar, and set in sleeves instead of the original drop shoulder. Even added a small pocket! Details can be found on her project page, here.  

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week How information overload robs us of our creativity. To de-stress, try talking to yourself in the third person. Every female lead in every romantic comedy, written by a man. This ballet rotoscope is so hypnotically beautiful. My Favourite Pins This Week If you are loving all things pumpkin

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Road Trip? Plan for Yarn Stops

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:00

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Fellow knitters, do you know about the Ravelry Road Trip Planner? You enter in your starting point and then destination, along with how far off the route you are willing to drive to get to a yarn shop: It then churns out a list of every yarn shop in the Ravelry database between your Point

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Modification Monday: First Colorwork Sweater

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: 164-23 English Afternoon Knitter Extraordinaire: Nunu (Ravelry ID) Mods: Changed the original 4- color stranded design into a 2-colour design instead. Details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: How many of you have looked at a great colourwork design, and found it a bit too intimidating to

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Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Lila is currently obsessed with watching videos of fruit bats on YouTube. They are surprisingly adorable! Here’s one eating a banana, and here’s one with a bunch of baby fruit bats swaddled like burritos and using little pacifiers. You can strengthen your resiliency, just like any other muscle.

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Modification Monday: Tantramar Cardi

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:00

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Original Pattern: Tantramar Toque Knitter Extraordinaire: Tanis Lavallee (Ravelry ID, Blog) Mods: Using the chart from the original hat design, Tanis improvised a child’s steeked cardigan. More details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: Sometimes playing around with colourwork can be as simple as finding a great design, and

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 22:18

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Looking for some ways to simplify your life? Here are seven suggestions, all of which are fantastic. This was  a fascinating look at emotions, and how different cultures experience different emotions – for example, in Tahiti, there don’t have a word for sadness. This was an interesting perspective

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Modification Monday: Royale

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Georgetown Knitter Extraordinaire: Melissa (Ravelry ID, blog) Mods: Changed the original plain collar for a cable pattern from Norah Gaughan’s Cable Sourcebook. Great details on how she substituted the cable chart can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: So many of us come across amazing cables in stitch dictionaries,

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