Modification Monday: Fair Isle Collared Pullover

Modification Monday: Fair Isle Collared Pullover |

Original Pattern: Aesa Pullover and Graph 53 Latvian Mittens 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Tanya (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Use the structure of the Aesa pullover, and the mitten chart  from the Latvian mitten pattern, with all sorts of colours. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This modification Monday is certainly a showstopper! I love Tanya’s amazing combination of 13 (!!!!) colours in the fair isle, as as well the wonderful deep red at the collar. The mitten chart is pretty in just two colours, but it goes to a whole new level with the wonderful combination of colours that Tanya used.  The overall effect is something more like a work of art, with great attention paid to the shades of reds and blues, and how well they work with the other colours involved. This is the kind of knit that reminds me that while it’s easier to do a stranded design in just two colours, it’s worth it to reach a little further and bring in more colours for a more detailed and beautiful result. Inspiring knits like this get me thinking about how much impact even a small knit with lots of colours could have.

Modification Monday: Fair Isle Collared Pullover |


Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Ever wonder how a Zen master would respond to hate mail? Well, here you go.

What negative thinking does to your brain.

 How understanding your energy can increase your productivity.

And the winner of the digital copy of Knit Play Colour is…. Stefanie! I’ll be in touch with you later today Stefanie!

Pin Ups and Link Love: SAlted chocolate almonds |

Salted chocolate almonds- easy, addictive, and sort of healthy, right? There’s protein and vitamins, so I vote yes. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Teriyaki Chicken Casserole |

Chicken teriyaki casserole- perfect for leftover rice and adding some frozen mixed veggies and some chicken (of course). An easy weeknight meal, much lighter than take out! I find that when I make rice, I tend to make big batches and freeze it, because it thaws and reheats so well. If you do the same, then this is probably right up your alley. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Make your Own Tea |

My fellow tea drinkers! Have you ever wanted to create your own flavoured tea blends? Here is a tutorial on how to create just the right tea for you. I love blended teas (and spend waaaay too much money at David’s Tea to prove it), so I love the idea of doing this. Wouldn’t it be fun to get some fellow tea drinkers together and all bring s a few ingredients? I see a tea lovers afternoon of specialty blends! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Knits for Life Studio Tour |

I am completely and utterly blown away by the beautiful studio space at Knits for Life. It’s worth clicking through the original post to see all the inspiring photos. It’s like a knitter’s dream home! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: You've Got This |

Just in case you need a reminder that you totally have got this, here is a free printable!  Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

It’s Canadian Thanksgiving here this weekend, so I hope my fellow Canadians have a good long weekend! I’m looking forward to a turkey induced coma and more pie than you can shake a stick at. I have no idea why Canadian and American Thanksgiving are so far apart, it feels strange to think that we’re the only country doing that this weekend.

The Instagram #CraftyBlissChallenge Wrap Up!

#CraftyKnitsChallenge |

Some of you might be wondering how the #CraftyBlissChallenge  wrapped up, especially if you aren’t on Instagram yourself! Melissa and I were totally blown away by all the amazing photos, and lots of people participated, which was super fun. I loved scrolling through the hashtag and seeing all the great photos, the interesting interpretations of the prompts, and while I try to keep my instragram fed from getting to hectic, I couldn’t help but end up following lots of new-to-me people. There were 1000+ photos tagged, and 71 people made it all the way through all 10 days- woohoo! Melissa and I agreed we would each do a random number from the list of those who completed all ten days, and send a little gift to that person as a thank you for participating – @demelomonica was my lucky winner, and @noodleknits was the winner for Melissa!

Here is a very small sampling of some of the awesome photos shared– and if you’d like to see more, click on the #CraftyBlissChallenge and see all the wonderful photos!

#craftblisschalange wrap up |

It often felt like we were all at a party, and had this shared thing in common- it was so easy to comment on  other people’s photos, chat about what we were doing and seeing, and interact in a new way. When Melissa and I chatted about it after it had ended, we were so happy with how it turned out! We also liked that she and I were in different time zones, so it felt like it helped us spread out some of the love and not just have it all be active during a certain time of day.

As for myself, it was the first time I ever made it all the way through an Instagram challenge, probably because it was only 10 days rather than the usual 30. These were my contributing photos to the prompts:

#craftblisschalange wrap up |

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I don’t usually post every day, so it was really interesting to experiment with a daily posting schedule. It felt like a little creative exercise! And the thing with  creative exercise is that it leaves you feeling a bit more alert, a little more interested in the world around you. It was a fun shake up. I think it might be fun to do it again ,maybe in the spring! Now that we have the hashtag, we should really make the most of it, don’t you think?

By the way- if you haven’t entered  to win a digital copy of Knit Play Colour, what the heck are you waiting for?!

Pattern Collection Review: Knit Play Colour

  IK_KnittedBliss_SEP2015-1 I first heard about the Knit Play Colour collection in the summer, and was excited to speak with Louise about the project– and even more excited that she was reserving some sponsorship space for the collection launch, you can see the link on the right!–  because she was describing exactly the sort of collection that I wish had existed. A book that had pattern recipes for accessories that worked for a wide range of gauges, and could easily incorporate other elements like stripes, beads, interesting colour changes, and had lots of ideas for how to handle those hard-to-resist skeins of colour variegated that then become very difficult to find a good pattern for. But I think Knit Play Colour solves all of that.
The collection features ten patterns all by Louise Zass-Bangham, plus ideas and directions for ‘playing’ with each. You can order a digital copy or a print copy- print copy is available here, and the digital copy is available for purchase here.
I have a tough time picking favourites  out of this collection, because each is such a choose-your-own-adventure that it’s possible for a hundred people to knit the same pattern and have them all look quite different from each other. But these are pretty compelling:
pattern by Louise Zass-Bangham, photography by Jesse Wild.

pattern by Louise Zass-Bangham, photography by Jesse Wild.

This is a pattern that impresses the heck out of me. It shows you exactly how to make a skein of yarn that seem like it won’t knit into anything pretty — no matter how hard you try — into a gorgeous and super wearable knit. It’s all about pairing it with a ‘yarn tamer’ colour that helps provide balance.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You have ever bought a yarn that was so pretty and bright in the skein but proved to be too crazy every time you tried to swatch.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You don’t like cowls. Because you don’t even need to take a crazy coloured skein, you could easily do this in a soft grey and cream, and would be drop dead gorgeous. So if this isn’t for you, then it’s probably more about the cowl than about the yarn.
pattern by Louise Zass-Bangham, photography by Jesse Wild.

pattern by Louise Zass-Bangham, photography by Jesse Wild.

Flight of Colour

A shallow triangular scarf with lots of garter stitch, this is great for stash busting, handspun yarns, as well as using mini skeins. You could have subtle or dramatic stripes, depending on your style. You could also incorporate just two colours or as many as you’d like.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You love stripes, and stashbusting makes you feel awesome.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: Stripes are not your thing, you aren’t into triangular scarves, or if you have no need to stashbust.
pattern by Louise Zass-Bangham, photography by Jesse Wild.

pattern by Louise Zass-Bangham, photography by Jesse Wild.


This wrap pattern suits yarn weights from DK through to Chunky,  has has lots of luscious cables the fade out into stockinette. Wrap is worked lengthwise, so you can make it as long or as short as you want.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You love cables. Because clearly, there are cables.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You don’t like cables. I think you can see why that would be important.
pattern by Louise Zass-Bangham, photography by Jesse Wild.

pattern by Louise Zass-Bangham, photography by Jesse Wild.


I’m a little biased on this one, since I’m actually knitting it right now and really enjoying it. I love the pattern as soon as I saw it, because the texture seems to handle variegated yarns so well.  Pattern includes directions for both a fingering weight version and a DK version.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You have a skein of variegated fingering that you have no idea what to do with, or a couple of DK skeins that you would really like to knit up into textured scarf.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You aren’t that into scarves, or if you aren’t into textured knits. Don’t let the variegated yarns fool you- this would be lovely in a tonal or a solid, as long as you like texture.
Knit Play Colour Review |
I’m knitting it up in Cold Spring Creations 2 ply merino sock yarn in the ‘Acorn’ colourway, and I feel like the colours are just perfect for fall. This is the kind of project that is so enjoyable- the pattern is interesting but memorize, and I’m using a yarn that has a lot of visual interest, so I really enjoy working on it. Plus, it’s great purse knitting.
 Would you like to win a digital copy of the Knit Play Colour collection? Heck yeah! I’ve got one digital copy to giveaway- please leave a comment here letting me know which pattern you are crazy about, and what elements of ‘play’ you’d like to incorporate. entries will close midnight tomorrow night (Thursday, Eastern TImezone) with the winner announced on Friday!

Product Review: Jordana Paige Cora Bag

Review: Jordana Paige Cora Bag |

This is the Jordana Paige Cora Handbag. Yes, that Jordana Paige. I first heard about her products when I got my Jordana Paige Tool Butler, which I use to corral all my circulate needles and dpns, and is still in great shape without a single problem- all the zippers work, nothing got loose or shabby, structurally as sound as the day I got it. When you have a product from a company that has already been serving you well, and then they tell you about their awesome new handbag… well, it didn’t take me long to jump at the chance to review the Cora Bag.

First, let me tell you a bit about what sort of purse person I am. I like a bigger purse, the kind that I can throw a lot of things into. I’ve tried tiny purses, but they just aren’t me.  I end up carrying an additional tote bag, which makes no sense. I also strive for an effortless sort of chic look (I don’t always nail it, but hey- I try), and I live in a big city and want to look like I’ve got it together, even if really I’m just carrying around toddler snacks, a wallet, more lip balm than anyone could possibly need, and some yarn. This is what I look like most of the time:

Review: Jordana Paige Cora Bag |

Except not always walking through pretty gardens, that’s just for the sake of the photos. Oh, and if you are wondering about the cowl, it’s this one!

I. Love. This. Purse. I didn’t even know how much I was going to love it until I started using it, and now it’s my every day purse. Every friend I’ve seen since I started using it has commented on it, and then I immediately show them how the front unzips into a clutch, and how all the cool pockets are fantastic, and look at how much yarn I can carry around with me, etc.

Review: Jordana Paige Cora Bag |

Look at how awesome the zip off clutch is! I carry crayons and a colouring book and assorted toddler things in the clutch part, but hey- that’s just what my life is about these days. Except in these photos- Guy’s parents were visiting and they looked after Lila while we popped out to get some photos.

Review: Jordana Paige Cora Bag |

This bag is ideal for someone who likes a chic purse that can totally hold it’s own in a crowd of Kate Spade or Coach bags, but has all the pockets and compartments for your knitting, wallet, and the hundreds of little things you would normally keep in your bag. It’s ideal for someone who likes classic lines and some style.  If you prefer small bags, are super casual, or are just a grab-your-wallet-and-go sort of person, this probably isn’t for you.

I had mixed feelings on the price at first- I’m frugal, so this is definitely at the high end of what I’d pay for a purse, but now that I have it, I think it’s worth even more. When I’m going to be spending a bit more (usually coats, boots, and purses- things I use and wear in heavy rotation) I think about it in terms of cost per wear- how much use I’ll get out of the item. The more I wear it, the more it’s worth spending a bit more for something well made that will actually last. I’ve had the bag for a few weeks, so I’ll report back on how it’s lasting at the end of the season. The bag is made of a vegan leather- it has a great crosshatching to it that holds up well to a close inspection. The internal fabric is sturdy, and not a single knitting needle has punctured it.

And  it’s excellent at hiding a baby bump:

Review: Jordana Paige Cora Bag |

I have a bunch of hilarious outtakes, and even though I normally just do those for knits, I’m thinking of sharing them. Feel like seeing some hilarious photos of me hamming it up with a purse?