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Knitting, crafting, and all-round awesomeness. 2018-06-15T11:00:18Z
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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week A New York Times opinion writer shares what’s she’s learned about time management. The lucid trade off point has really stuck with me. Reading poetry is more popular than ever. “What happened when I ate the best brain foods for a week” – I don’t even like salmon,

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Modification Monday: Tegna Goes Cardigan

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Tegna Knitter Extraordinaire: Sandra (Ravelry ID) Mods: Lengthened the sleeves, and added an extra 7 stitches through the center to steek into a cardigan. Project page can be found here. What Makes This Awesome: The very popular short sleeve pullover looks so different as a long sleeved cardigan, and I love it! For

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:29

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week How to consciously improve your friendships. 10 bad habits that are costing you money. Our obsession with performance data is killing our performance. This is brilliant- scarves (and exercise!) for everyone! Our phones are addictive, absolutely. Here’s how Google is trying to make smartphones less addictive, how Apple

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May: Book Reviews

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 11:00

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This is a little bit late — last week I was swamped with last minute projects and opportunities that I couldn’t pass up! I read a lot in May, and here are my favourites from the month…. Best Novel of the Month: Warlight Disclaimer: I’m a huge Ondaatje fan. I went to the launch of

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Modification Monday: Sunny Chaika

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 11:00

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Before we get into this ever-so-pretty mod, the winner of The Blue Brick Country House Knits Giveaway is…… Nadja! Congrats Nadja, I’ll be emailing you really soon! And thank you to everyone who entered, there were lots of comments and tags on both the blog post and the instagram post, whew! Original Pattern: Chaika Knitter Extraordinaire:

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week 5 tricks to remember important things. 9 commonly held beliefs that will always trips us up. Reading books can help you crave less sugar. Science! Stress, trauma, and abuse echo down through our DNA at least three generations, researchers have found. Well, that’s not depressing at all. So

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Review and Giveaway: Country House Knits

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 13:53

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Country House Knits is a new collection from  The Blue Brick, featuring eleven patterns (and more!)  for accessories that work across multiple seasons. Lots of cowls, shawls, wraps, and hats with a variety of texture and techniques that are perfect for gradient yarns and ombre yarns. If you are feeling adventurous, you could even use

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Modification Monday: Lacy Boxy

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Cancun Boxy Lacy Top and Boxy Knitter Extraordinaire: Keiko (Ravelry ID, blog) Mods: Using the Boxy pattern as a shape guide, Keiko integrated the stitch patterns from Cancun Boxy instead. Details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: Pattern mash ups, my favourite! I love how Keiko used

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 14:15

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Some quick happiness boosting ideas. I’ve been mulling this over – What compliment do you wish you could receive about your work? Facebook has just unveiled their plans to make the next US election less awful than the last one. Increased transparency around who paid for political ads?

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Outtakes: Shockwave Wrap

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 11:00

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This wasn’t a typical finished knit photo shoot in so many ways, one of which there were not nearly as many ridiculous photos of me where I look like a dork. But I’m still me, so I found ways to let my dork flag fly. I love a good prop. When i’m photographing someone and

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 11:17

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week I’ve been saying this forever, glad to have experts back me up- the correct way to cut a sandwich. The top 10 most uplifting songs in the world, according to science. Did you know that all the sweaters Mr. Rogers wore on his tv show were knitted by

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Finished Knit: Shockwave Wrap

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:00

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I dyed my hair a bit darker but I’m not used to it yet; now every time I see it I’m completely surprised. Oh yeah, I have to tell myself. I forgot about that. Pattern: Shockwaves Yarn: Aurora Sextet from Spirit Trail Fiberworks – Black Cherry, Antique Rose, Garden Party, and Antique Lace Needles: 4 mm (US

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Modification Monday: Blumenpulli

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Sweater with Multicoloured Borders Knitter Extraordinaire: Monika (Ravelry ID) Mods: Changed the drop shoulder construction for a raglan sleeve construction instead. Project page can be found here. What Makes This Awesome: Once you get over all that stranded colourwork – drink it in! – it makes so much sense to adjust the sleeves

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Most of you have probably heard of the van attack in Toronto by a man who was actively trying to kill as many women as he could. Surprisingly (or not) a lot has been written by men about this, and how maybe there is a need for sex

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Modification Monday: Potpourri

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Playdate Knitter Extraordinaire: Laura (Ravelry ID) Mods: Changed the button front cardigan to a drapey open front cardigan, and adding lots of happy stripy colours to stashbust leftover partial skeins. Lots more photos and notes can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: If ever there was a very

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Your drunk self may actually be the real you. Apparently Amazon has just unveiled Alexa for kids- which is sweet and sad and kind of nuts. Could you go without your credit card for a month? 6 ways to handle hard days. How orange (the fruit) inspired the

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Finished Knit: Really Big Lemon

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 06:00

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I feel like this shot has a total 1960’s vibe going on, thanks to whatever combination of Instagram filters I used when I posted this to my Instagram stories yesterday.  Pattern: When Life Gives You Lemons, by Lori Steinberg Yarn: Generic Yellow Craft Yarn- Aran weight, bought from the sale bin at Michael’s Needles: 8mm

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April: Book Reviews

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 11:00

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And just like that, April is done! Here are 6 of my favourite reads from the past month. If you have an recommendations, I’d love to know about them- I’m always looking for new books, especially fiction. I usually reserve recommendations at the library to check them out. Let me know in the comments! Best

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Modification Monday: Color Craving

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Hedgerow Knitter Extraordinaire: Liz (Ravelry ID) Mods: After steeking the cardigan and trying it on, the yoke didn’t fit properly. Liz cut off the yoke, and knitted a circular cabled yoke instead. Info can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: Talk about making lemonade from lemons! Imagine you

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Biblioburro: The donkey library of Columbia. A really sweet 4-minute video, if you have a moment to watch it. How to change careers, according to 3 women who did it. You have 100 blocks of time in a day. How do you want to spend those blocks? This

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