A Few Of My Favourite Things: July Edition

Disclaimer: I haven’t purchased the sweater pattern or embroidery-hoop jewelry mentioned in this post, so I can’t give an opinion on whether I feel the pattern is well-written or attest to the quality of the jewelry. If you have this pattern, or this jewelry, let us know what you think in the comments. The straws were purchased by me with my own money. None of these products were given to me for the purposes of review. All opinions in this article are mine and I have not received any form of payment or compensation. The links in this article are not affiliate links, I don’t benefit in any way if you click them.

Sometimes on my travels throughout the world wide web I come across something so cool that I stop scrolling and stare for a few minutes.  The most recent thing that stopped me in my online tracks is this sweater, Ocean Waves by Hilde Sørum:


Ocean Waves photo credit: Hilde Sørum

Ocean Waves photo credit: Hilde Sørum

Is this gorgeous, or what? It’s in my queue. It’s available in English and Norwegian, so if Norwegian patterns are easier for you to read, you’re in luck!

A couple of weeks ago I came across a new-to-me-maker who makes awesome knitting jewelry with mini embroidery hoops! 


photo credit: MikiElliottDesigns

photo credit: MikiElliottDesigns

How cute are these?  MikiElliottDesigns makes them and I think they would be an amazing gift for knitters. It’s taking all my willpower not to order all the mini embroidery hoops on Amazon and spend my days using leftover sock yarn to make these. They can be brooches, earrings, necklaces, bookmarks, keychains...the possibilities are endless.  

Lastly, my family jumped on the no-more-plastic-straws bandwagon last year and earlier this year we finally found our new favourite metal straws

photo credit: amazon.ca

photo credit: amazon.ca

They’re inexpensive, they come both straight and bent, and they include washing brushes. We’ve been using them for about 6 months. I’ve only lost 1 so far (that’s really good for me). So, if you’re still looking for straw-alternatives, highly recommend them.

Have you tried any of these products? I’d love to know what you think!

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things...

Disclaimer: The sweater pattern, yarn, and toothbrushes were purchased by me with my own money. None of these products were given to me for the purposes of review.  All opinions in this article are mine and I have not received any form of payment or compensation.  The links in this article are not affiliate links, I don’t benefit in any way if you click them.  

I thought I’d share some of the knitterly things that have been making me happy lately!

Right now I ‘m in love with this sweater by Kate Oates.

Antilogy photo credit: Kate Oates

Antilogy photo credit: Kate Oates

Antilogy is really well-written, and it’s graded for lots of sizes. I think this will be a great wardrobe addition for those in-between days when it’s too chilly to dress for warm weather, but too warm to dress for chilly weather. It will be gorgeous over a tank top with jeans or capris.

I’m making mine in this fabulous yellow yarn by LakeKnitYarns. Which brings me to my next favourite thing…

photo credit: me

photo credit: me

I am loving this yellow yarn from my friend, Christa at Lake Knit Yarns. She dyed the yellow for my by special request. I’m on a mission to add a few colours to my wardrobe that I don’t usually wear, and yellow is one of those colours. This worsted weight yarn is dyed on her Shorleine Worsted base. This is an eco-processed yarn. It’s non-felting, but the process to make it non-felting is new and is less harmful to the environment than the traditional method of creating superwash yarn.

Also, it’s really nice to feel the instant gratification that comes from knitting with worsted weight yarn. I knit so many socks in fingering weight yarn, that I forget how quickly thicker yarns (especially with the lace pattern in Antiogy) knit up.

I also have a small sock crush on Emma Kerian’s new sock pattern, Not Your Average Cat Lady Socks. They’re absolutely adorable, and if you love cats and colourwork you should check them out. I haven’t seen the pattern, so I can’t tell you much about it, but the finished product is adorable! This colourwork pattern would make a great mitts and hat combo, too!

Not Your Average Cat Lady Socks photo credit: Emma Kerian

Not Your Average Cat Lady Socks photo credit: Emma Kerian

Lastly, while not kntting related, my family and i are loving our bamboo toothbrushes. We picked these up on Amazon and have just opened our 3rd box. Bamboo is kinder to the environment than plastic and won’t end up in our oceans. These toothbrushes also use less packaging, and are (surprisingly) less expensive than the plastic toothbrushes we were using. We are currently using these ones (the numbers are great for making sure we don’t mix them up) and we’ve also used these ones, and we’ve loved them both.

photo credit: amazon.ca

photo credit: amazon.ca

Have you used any of the favourite things I mentioned? I’d love to hear your opinion if you have.