Pin Ups: My Favourite Things on Pinterest This Week

Pin Ups: Pork CHops with Roasted Grapes| knittedbliss.com

This was easily the most popular dinner I’ve cooked in a long time- Seared pork chops with roasted grapes. Sounds strange, I know, but it’s so amazingly delicious that Guy declared (between mouthfuls) that marrying me was the best decision he ever made.  it was also super easy to pull together in about 20 minutes.

Pin Ups : Fox Cupcakes | knittedbliss.com

Two words, people- fox cupcakes. My day got infinitely better when I saw these, and I’m pretty sure it’s how I want to celebrate my next birthday.

Pin Up: MOrse Code Bracelets DIY | knittedbliss.copm

I love these pretty seed bead morse code bracelets, this DIY looks so easy and fun. I need to expand my seed bead collection, I think. I want to try these!

Pin Ups: 7 Quick and Easy Hairstyles | knittedbliss.com

Here are 7 easy hairstyle ideas that can have you looking well groomed in no time. I particularly like this half-up mini bun, and the barely there braid (through the link). They all look like they will work for shoulder length hair and longer.

Pin Ups: Yarn Substitution Generator | knittedbliss.com

If you haven’t heard of yarnsub.com before today, get ready for something awesome. yarnsub.com is website where you put in the name of a yarn, and it tells you all of the other yarns that are similar- and not just the names, but how they are similar, gauge, and deails about the construction and fibers. So if your pattern calls for an expensive yarn, or a discontinued yarn, or maybe you just want to know what your options are- this site is about to blow your mind.

New Patterns- at 50% Off!

As it is now 2015 (anyone else still getting the hang of writing 2015 on their paperwork/cheques/etc.?), it means that the two exclusive patterns I designed for the 2014 Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club are now available for purchase!  I’m a fan of easy to wear accessories, and both patterns fit this bill. They are designed for single skeins of fingering weight yarn, so if you have been looking for some great one-skein projects, maybe these are just for you.

Laramidia 

A dramatic and deep lace edging on a stockinette body that also features delicate ‘stripes’, created by holding the yarn in front for some rows.  Requires approximately 420 yards of fingering weight.

(Side note: look how dark my hair was last February/March! I forgot I had dyed it darker then.)

Laramidia Collage| knittedbliss.com

This  crescent shape shawl has a beautifully raw, rolled edge at the neckline that I love. The weight of the lace will prevent it from rolling much, but if you really dislike rolled edges, then you could work a 2 stitch garter edge from the beginning to prevent rolling and increase an extra 2 stitches into the body of the shawl to compensate.

Causerie Hat and Mitts 

Lots of fun cables, and the decreases at the hat’s crown remind me of fountain pen nibs. The set of both takes one skein of fingering weight, so if you are knititng just the hat or the mitts, it will only take half a skein (approximately 200 yards).

Causerie Hat and Mitts | knittedbliss.com

This pattern includes directions for both the hat and the fingerless mitts, and I also created a video to show how to do the knitted-on cuff, should that be a new technique. It’s not difficult, I promise! But if you don’t want to do the knitted-on cuff, a simple ribbed cuff would look great, too.

 Both patterns are for sale for $6 each, but because we’re all friends, let’s have a new-release discount! For 2 days only (starting today, ends midnight EST on January 22nd)) both Laramidia and Causerie are on sale for 50% with the coupon code: knittedbliss.  That’s only $3!  Total bargain, right? That’s what friends are for.

Get Laramidia here- don’t forget your coupon code! 

Laramidia | knittedbliss.com

Get Causerie here- don’t forget your coupon code! 

Causerie Hat and Mitts | knittedbliss.com

Modification Monday: FIlijokus Test

Modification Monday: filijokus | knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern: Filijokus 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Chantal (Ravelry ID)

Mods: colour blocked  the body of the sweater, customized the shaping and sizing, changed the neckline neckline, added stripes in the collar, hem, and cuffs. More details on her modifications can be found on her project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love the stripes and solid elements of this sweater- the colour combo would be amazing for destashing some gorgeous yarns that would look great together!  Chantal’s striping of the collar and cuffs provides a nice bit of contrast that balances out the body nicely.  I love the solid lower sleeves and contrast pop of colour on the body. It’s a fun, pretty sweater that looks fantastic.

Modification Monday: filijokus | knittedbliss.com

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things on Pinterest This Week

Pin Ups: Best bread recipe | knittedbliss.com

Before I had Lila, I used to bake my own bread regularly. That has fallen off a bit since I just don’t make the time to bake like I used to (probably because Lila wants to ‘help’ and I’m nervous about using the oven when she is nearby). But this perfect every time classic bread recipe has me thinking it’s time to get back to bread baking.

Pin Ups: Hot Chocolate Cookies | knittedbliss.com

I love hot chocolate (I’m drinking one right now while drafting this blog post, actually), and the idea of these hot chocolate cookies that also have marshmallows sound so freaking amazing. Because I love hot chocolate with marshmallows , which sadly are not in my hot chocolate at the moment. Come on Starbucks- you offer whip cream, why not marshmallows?!

PIn Ups: Fabric Decoupage Bowls | knittedbliss.com

If you have some scraps of a fabric you love, you should consider making these beautiful fabric decoupage jewelry bowls.

 

Pin Ups: Marsala Yarns | knittedbliss.com

As many of you know, Pantone has offered up Marsala as the Colour of the Year for 2015. If you are wanting to knit some on-trend garments or accessories this year with the ‘it’ colour, a knitter and blogger has helpfully put together this awesome round up of yarns that meet your Marsala needs.

Pin Ups: Boost Creativity | knittedbliss.com

Was one of your resolutions this year to be more creative? Doesn’t matter what sort of field you are in, creativity is a muscle that is worth exercising. Here’s a great roundup of ideas to get more creative.

FO: Stripey Socks

Striped Socks | knittedbliss.com

Pattern: Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock

Yarn: Zenitude Raye Self Striping Sock Yarn, in If You Think You Can, You Can!

Needles: 2.75mm (US 2) 9 inch circulars. The only way I enjoy knitting socks is on the tiny circs. Have you guys ever tried the small circulars before? They aren’t for everyone, but they are worth trying. I love them.

Striped Socks| knittedbliss.com

Notes:  This was my first time using a self striping yarn, and I loved this yarn- the colours were beautiful. I loved the gold and turquoise, it was the kind of colourway that made knitting a super simple sock so very enjoyable. Except for the toe pocket…. now, you guys know I’m not a big sock knitter, and I’ll tell you why- I have wide toes. Not freakish hobbit feet (well, a little hobbit-esque, not that you can tell since I’m wearing socks and they are containing my weird feet in all these photos). But most toe pockets are just not made for us wide-toed people, and I find that it just doesn’t work for me. It’s not really obvious in the photos due to the magic of aggressive wet blocking- it hides a world of knit woes. There’s nothing wrong with the pattern, but I feel like I need to do some research on other types of toe pockets that will better fit my wide toes. Since the great moth devastation of 2013, all my hand knit socks are gone, so it’s time to rebuild.

Striped Sock Collage | knittedbliss.com

This series of photos is the beginning of Guy and I working on trying to take really good indoor photos. It’s dark by the time I leave the office, which only leaves weekends for photos. And as much as I love my home, there are no big windows letting in loads of natural light, which poses it’s own set of challenges.  I think it’s worth persevering even though it feels a lot more staged, because it’s nice to have a photo shoot where I’m basically just lounging around in bed rather than bundled up for the deep freeze sort of winter that we’ve been having here lately. Even if it did mean I had to shave my legs for the photos (hey, it’s winter- I get lazy). A normal FO photo shoot would be us running around outside for ten minutes snapping as many as possible and then sorting out the good, the bad, and the ugly once we can see them on a laptop.

Striped Socks | knittedbliss.com

Oh, and you guys remember the cardigan I’m wearing, right? I still love it. Probably as much as I’ll still be loving these socks a couple years from now, too.