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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week In a recent interview on Dax Shepard’s podcast, Armchair Expert, his wife Kristen Bell shared a tip for combatting her depression: Before she allows herself to succumb to negativity, or get into a really bad mental space, she goes through a “to-do” list of action items she can do to

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Modification Mondays: Sipila

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Sipila Knitter Extraordinaire: Stephanie (Ravelry ID, Website) Mods: Added decreases through the body for less of an A-line shape, modified the sleeve decreases and the sleeve colourwork charts. Details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: The original pattern has a breezy oversized A-line cut, and Stephanie’s mods

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 13:54

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week This woman ran 19 miles of a marathon carrying a lost puppy. I love this idea of a depth year, what do you think? 7 signs you aren’t drinking enough water. I’ve heard a lot about the Pixar animated short film, Purl. Then I watched it and was

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Modification Monday:

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:00

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Original Patterns: Quo Vadis and Skogafjall Knitter Extraordinaire: Lisa (Ravelry ID) Mods: Lisa combined the Quo Vadis mitten pattern with the charts from the Skogafjall sweater yoke for great results. Details on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: Putting a stranded sweater yoke design on mitten is ALWAYS a good idea! I’m a

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week The 7 ways to hate a book. Speaking of books, this little library made out of a tree stump is pure magic. A brie(f) history of cheese – such a great 5-minute video! A fascinating look at the evolution of the English alphabet. How to make your salads

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Book Review: My Favourite January Reads

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 11:00

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As I think everyone knows by now, I went to Havana earlier this month and fell in love with the city- it’s gorgeous, gritty, and full of hidden treasures and secret beauty. January’s favourites reflect this entirely. The novella that you’ll breeze through but is actually one of the best books ever: The Old Man

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Modification Monday: Lillian Two

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Lillian Knitter Extraordinaire: Mary (Ravelry ID) Mods: Changed the edging, adjusted the fit to provide more coverage in the front, added afterthought pockets, and played with colourblocking. Great details, including full details on her afterthought pockets, can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: Mary has knitted this pattern

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:00

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I’m excited to be teaching a class at The Purple Purl this Sunday- all about how to photograph your knits! It’s sold out, but it’s worth keeping an eye on their class schedule if you are in Toronto- they have loads of great options. I’ve got another class coming up in February- How to Modify

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Swatching with Caron x Pantone

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 15:41

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I’ve been swatching with the new colour of the year, can you tell? These are all the same stitch, one of the carts from Alice Starmore’s Charts for Color Knitting, since whenever I’m playing around with colourwork, I like to try out one of the charts from there. Pantone is the definitive authority on all

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Modification Monday: New Years Cowichan

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: West Coast Cardigan and Selja  Knitter Extraordinaire: Karen (Ravelry ID) Mods: Using the charted design from Selja, Karen knit her West Coast Cardigan with a different stranded design.  She also used a yarn that was smaller than originally called for, and held it double to get gauge. Details can be found on her project

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 15:39

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Hey Toronto crafters- I’m teaching two classes at The Purple Purl soon! Sunday January 27th I’m leading a workshop on Photographing your Knits (read the description and sign up here) and on Wednesday night on February 6th I’m leading a workshop on How to Modify Your Knits (read

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Underneath it All- DK Version

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 11:00

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(Yes, I am standing outside in the freezing cold, leaning against an icy brick wall and pretending that this is completely normal.) I would have happily blogged about this amazing top earlier, if I hadn’t been so sick at the end of November (through the beginning of December!). Then the holiday rush, and suddenly it

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Modification Monday: Snowflake

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Snowflake Knitter Extraordinaire: Mikayla (Ravelry ID) Mods: Knitted the yoke in the round and eliminated the buttons, lengthened the yoke colour portion, and blended in the second colour by adding stripes. Details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: What I loved about this mod, other than the fact

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Modification Monday: Charcoal Chic Mitts

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 05:00

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Original Pattern: Loch  Knitter Extraordinaire: Lisa (Ravelry ID) Mods: Having previously knit the Loch hat, Lisa wanted to knit the mittens to match- but changed the mittens to fingerless mitts that are longer and more customized. Details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: There are a lot of really

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 13:09

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week I had a piece published in The Globe and Mail – I’d love it if you gave it a read! As someone who adores cheese, I think this is a brilliant idea. Also, it means that you don’t end up footing the bill for a pricy cheese all

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Knitting is a Luxury Hobby, But it Doesn’t Have to Be

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 11:00

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Most knitters I know (myself included!) have a huge yarn stash, usually B.L.E (Beyond Life Expectancy), and yet we buy more yarn all the time. Gorgeous hand dyed varieties, special fibers for whatever season, and sweater’s-worth quantities of yarn for knits that we are SO SURE we are going to knit and then somehow never

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week On effort (my thoughts exactly). Something to remember during the holiday season- no expects perfect, but a bit of effort can go a long way.  5 ways to make mornings more tolerable…. if you are not a morning person. Which I clearly am not.  Brilliant ideas for things

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Modification Monday: Gabrielle for the Holidays

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Gabrielle Knitter Extraordinaire: Dana (Ravelry ID, blog) Mods: Adjusted the gauge to a bulky weight, and adjusted the sleeves to be 3/4 length, more fitted, and with a garter cuff to match the shale design. Details on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: I love Dana’s Holiday sweater! Dana wanted to

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week “Why I’ve become a ‘Now’ person.” I loved these Classic cocktail recipes from great books. How to start curating your wardrobe. Because it’s probably time for a purge. Making peace with 2018. Because every year has its own lessons. One mother’s piece on rediscovering her teenager daughter through

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Modification Monday: Gnome Cowl

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 11:00

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Original Patterns: Gnome Mittens and Haid  Knitter Extraordinaire: Matkailijakirppu  (Ravelry ID, blog) Mods: Combining the Haid cowl pattern and the gnome design from the mitten pattern, Matkailijakirppu created this amazing reversible cowl with the original cowl design on one side and the stranded gnome design on the other. Details on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome:

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