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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 15:01

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Anyone else feel like the weeks are cruising by at warp speed? Between work, writing, 3 rounds of family visits and two birthday parties for Lila (the family one last weekend and the ‘friends’ one this weekend), plus the long weekend I feel like I’m gulping for air most days. But hopefully after this weekend the

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Modification Monday: Wanderling

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Wanderling Knitter Extraordinaire: Lino (Ravelry ID) Mods: Changed the pullover to a full cardigan, added striping at the cuffs and hem, and eliminated the pocket. Details can be found on Lino’s project page can be found here. What Makes This Awesome: The original pattern is beautiful,  but Lino really improved on it with her gorgeous

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Loved this hilarious take on the email responses we wish we could write. This is a long read, but I was riveted- we expect gratitude from refugees, but do we deserve it? If you are interested in the Pantone 2017 colours (full roster), here is a great post

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Modification Monday: Garri Sweater

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Garri Sweater Knitter Extraordinaire: Jimi (Ravelry ID, blog) Mods: The pattern was originally a bottom-up pullover, but Jimi re-engineered it to be a top-down cardigan. She knit it in the round and steeked, adjusting gauge and shortening the waist to suit her frame. Project page with more details can be found here. What Makes

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Focusing on wholeness instead of happiness. If you often get take out for dinner (that’s us! What would we do without our weekly pad thai?) Then you are going to love this tip- I’ve never thought of it before and it is genius. Totally what I’m going to

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Book Review: Knitting in the Nordic Tradition

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:00

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Knitting in the Nordic Tradition is the recent English translation of a classic Danish knitting book. This book is not for beginner knitters – the patterns are not patterns so much as they are charts and recipes, and would be ideal for designers or knitters who are looking to develop a deeper understanding of the

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Modification Monday: Raro Chooks

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Cooped Up  Knitter Extraordinaire: Tanya (Ravelry ID) Mods: Changed the pullover to a cardigan! Made it a bit smaller to fit her daughter, changed twisted ribbing for the hem and cuffs, and steeked the sweater and added a button band. Great detailed information can be found on her project page, here. What Makes

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 14:01

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week This was fascinating- how an agoraphobic artist sees the world without leaving home. This was not that surprising, but still very interesting- transgender men commenting on workplace sexism, having lived on both sides of the coin. I loved this very short story from Leonard Woolf’s memoir. It reminds

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Knits in Progress: Two Very Different Sweaters

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:00

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One of my unofficial knitting goals this year is to knit more garments, and I’ve begun with two completely different sweaters– one top-down pullover, the other a bottom-up cardigan –and I’m loving both of them so far. Let the sweater knitting begin! The first is Golden Hour, knit in Spirit Trail Fiberworks Sunna in ‘Pink

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Modification Monday: Brothers Socks

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: YinYang Kitty Ankle Socks Knitter Extraordinaire: Dani (Ravelry ID, blog/podcast) Mods: Added deeper ribbing at the ankle, changed the colouring and added instarsia face details to mimic a Siamese cat’s face. Project page can be found here, but more information can be found on her wonderful podcast, here. What Makes This Awesome: Knitting AND a

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Why everyone should want more walkable streets. Heck yes! This is the kind of easy dinner party I could actually pull off. Here are 10 excellent self care ideas. If you are feeling stressed or anxious, this list is for you. We all know knitting with two strands

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Modification Monday: Caragh’s Cashmere

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: North Shore Knitter Extraordinaire: Jennifer (Ravelry ID, blog) Mods: Changed up the design on the yoke using charts from selections Alice Starmore’s Charts for Color Knitting, combining two different charts to make the new yoke. Details can be found on her project page and her blog post, here. The blog post in particular

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Financial tips I wish I knew in my 20s – still applicable now. Although I wish I had known all that stuff in my teens (am I the only one who thinks that financial planning and budgeting should be a mandatory high school course?) How to stop procrastinating

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Secret Project Reveal: Kleenex Mittens!

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 18:08

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this photo of me working on something secret: Those were red mittens as a prototype for Kleenex Mittens! Kleenex® Canada wanted a special mitten that had a pocket in them for a packet of their tissues, so that you could use the tissues without taking your

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Modification Monday: Summer Rose

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:00

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Original Patterns: Autumn Rose Pullover and Child’s Panel Gansey Knitter Extraordinaire: Misa (Ravelry ID) Mods: Misa used the Autumn Rose colourwork pullover as the road map, but substituted the charts for the Child’s Panel Gansey. Details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: Two things are happening in this sweater that I

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Pin ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week This essay was wonderful- a woman who was fat shamed tracked down her trolls and confronted them: “By just blocking and deleting when someone makes an abusive comment or when someone sends an unsolicited portrait of their genitals, we’re tacitly saying that’s acceptable. No one sits around the

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I’m Obsessed With My Pom Pom Maker

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 11:00

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Somewhere on Instagram, I came across the Pom Maker feed and fell instantly, madly in love with their adorable wooden pom pom makers and beautiful pom poms. I had to have one! The fact that it was entirely made of wood seemed especially attractive to me – until then, I had only ever seen plastic pom

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Modification Monday: Locksley Hat Mdification

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Locksley  Knitter Extraordinaire: Andrea (Ravelry ID, blog) Mods: Using the design from the Locksley sweater pattern as a base, Andrea created the hat version. Great details with lots of info on the crown decreases and can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: Andrea knit this stunning sweater for

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Struggling with perfectionism? 6 habits to help overcome perfectionist tendencies. Empowering quotes about women aging. The first one by Cameron Diaz is lame, but the rest are sooo good. Wait, cute flats made from recycled water bottles? Genius! The deeper reason we can’t remember people’s names after meeting

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Knitting Book Review: Alice Starmore Must-Have Classics

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 11:00

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In our current time, it’s increasingly tempting to keep our patterns digital. I know I certainly have more than my fair share of purchased PDFs that I have knit but never printed off. But there’s a special place in my heart for knitting books, and I think they are a frugal knitter’s friend. If you would knit

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