Modification Monday: Beekman Tavern

Modification Monday: Beekman Tavern | knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern: Beekman Tavern

Knitter Extraordinaire: Susan (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Revamped the neckline, raised the back with short rows, and created a funnel neck. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: The neckline of a sweater has a massive impact on it’s wear-ability- if you don’t feel comfortable in it, or you don’t feel it’s flattering on you,then you probably aren’t going to wear the sweater much. And if you’ve spent all that time knitting a beautiful modern aran like this one, you want to wear it. Susan cane up with a great solution- the original neckline wasn’t working for her,  so she added a bit more coverage at the back of the neck with short rows, and added this beautiful funnel neck. The style works perfectly with this sweater- timeless and flattering, just like an aran should be.

Modification Monday: Beekman Tavern | knittedbliss.com

 

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I’m already in love with these lemon meringue pie bites! They come together with just 4 ingredients, and have all the flavour but far fewer calories ( assuming you don’t eat them all in one go- and they are pretty tempting). And you guys know what a sucker I am for lemony desserts, even though winter isn’t a typical time for them.

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This easy mocha protein smoothie is a great breakfast shake or afternoon snack  that will keep you going until dinner time. Only 4 ingredients and you’re in smoothie heaven!

Pin Ups: Easy Weeknight Chicken Pot Pie | knittedbliss.com

An easy, weeknight-friendly chicken pot pie recipe? Heck yes! Let’s hear it for winter comfort food. Don’t let the word casserole fool you, that just means it’s one big pot pie and you get to dish it out.

Pin Ups: Marbled Boxes | knittedbliss.com

I’m crazy about these boxes covered in marble contact paper. Because who knew storage boxes could look so chic and glamourous? Great DIY in the link.

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Okay, I know it’s the end of February and you probably all have calendars sorted, but I just saw this free printable 2015 3D calendar, and I am going to print it out and make it for my desk. It’s so freaking cool.

Have a great weekend, everyone! I hope you get to do lots of knitting, crafting, reading, or whatever you most want to do.

All Sorts of Stuff: Life, WIP, and a New Pattern in the Works

I got knocked on my ass a couple weeks ago with an illness that went through our entire little family: Lila got it, then Guy, then me. Lila had flu-like symptoms over a weekend, but didn’t seem too bad, after a little children’s Advil she perked up.  A couple days later, Guy started to feel something coming on, and then a day later Lila woke up with red spots all over her face. Now, Lila is all up-to-date on all her vaccinations, so even though there have been reported cases of measles in Toronto, I thought it was chicken pox (which I had been vaccinated against as a child but still got around the same age Lila is now).

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my little broadway baby, after her weekly toddler dance class

I’m going to tell you right now- it wasn’t measles. But that didn’t stop the doctor from sending us to the hospital for tests, since her symptoms so closely mimicked measles, and Guy and I were developing similar symptoms. There had been a confirmed case of measles in someone who had only one vaccination (apparently you need two to be fully immune- I know so much more about measles than I ever wanted to know!) so we had to get top-up shots, they had to run loads of tests, and they had us in an isolation room in the hospital for the entire day.

We were eventually allowed to go home, but told to keep ourselves quarantined- which was fine because at that point no one was feeling very well. We went to bed and stayed there for a week with the worst virus I have ever had the misfortune of coming across. Not to get too gross here, but my throat was so swollen I couldn’t take a deep breath and I was having to chug glasses of water through the pain. I fantasized about being able to drink big gulps of ice cold water.  It was bloody awful.

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But hey, at least it wasn’t measles, right?

Having been bed ridden, all projects were on hold while I was sick. I’d been working on a couple new designs, one of which I’ll show you today:

Hyperballad Cowl  knittedbliss.com

If you follow me on any social media channels you’ve seen this cowl  (and it’s previous iteration) as part of a Nice & Knit Knitalong I participated in. The pattern will have two sizes: this one is the single skein DK (about 220 yards), and I’m working on a larger one that will take 2 skeins. It’s called Hyperballad, after one of my my favourite Bjork songs.

Next up, this is almost the zebra from Savannah Chaps pattern by Barbara Prime, which I adore- I totally want to knit all the animals (the pattern has directions for a zebra, elephant, rhino, and a tiny mouse creature)!  I adore knitting toys, they are so addictive. Now if I could just keep Lila from running off with various zebra limbs, I’d be able to get this all sewn together and photographed. That’s what’s new around the KB household – I hope you are all  getting enough sleep, eating well, and staying healthy!

Zebra WIP | knittedbliss.com

Modification Monday: Orange Tabby

Modification Monday:  Orange Tabby | knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern: Peter Rabbit 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Maureen (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the rabbit pattern into a cat by changing the head piece to be wider in the middle, adding ears and a tail, and changed the gauge from DK to Aran. More details and adorable photos can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I’m totally feeling knitted toys lately (does anyone not think knitted toys are cute?), and this adorable tabby was such a cute modification on the original rabbit pattern. Like so many things, the details are what make it- I love Maureen’s decision of having the paws white, and she made a sound choice for the  tonal orangey hue for the main part of the cat.  Even the white tipped tail is perfect on this sweet little cat.

Modification Monday:  Orange Tabby | knittedbliss.com

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And the winner of the Artistic Differences Pattern Collection is……   Lisa! Congratulations, Lisa !!!

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I love this ornate-looking mug, which is done with oil-based sharpies (not the typical ones, which I can personally attest do NOT stay on your dishes at all) and looks so impressive. I’ll need to get some oil-based Sharpies next time I’m at an art supply or craft store.

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This step by step walkthrough of a pretty topknot is so helpful- I’ve never been able to pull it off before, but somehow follow these steps made mine look a lot more chic than usual.

cauliflower

Love chinese food? Then you should try this Kung Pao Cauliflower, a wonderfully easy make at home version that is perfect for when you are trying to eat more veggies. Which as you know, I am always trying to do (often failing, but always trying!)

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Nutella chocolate chip blondies. I don’t really need to say anything else, do I?

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I’m super in love with this bright , cheerful hat from Hands Occupied that clearly identifies what it is. In case you were confused. Free pattern, too!