Sad News

Our beloved hedgehog, Bruce Quillis, passed away. It appears to have been a combination of age and her weight (the vet said our hedgie was at a higher risk for fatty liver disease because she was not so into veggies but was very into mealworms, which is the hedgehog equivalent to a cheeseburger). Also, we bought an older hedgie that needed to be re-homed, not a young baby hedgie.

I talked to BQ every day, taking care of the daily needs and just generally checking in. I’m  in the habit of looking over at the cage every time I pass by, and it breaks my heart to look at the now empty space. Guy cleared away her cage, wheel and toys while I was sleeping to spare me the painful task. He also buried her in the garden under a tree. Oh yeah- turns out Bruce was a girl, not a boy. that was a news flash at the vet office a while back!

Goodbye, Bruce Quillis. You were much-loved.


Wee Wednesday: Almost 3 Months

It’s amazing that in 3 short months, Lila has gone from new born:



to this:

And she’s so funny…
Baby Bear Comic2
At least I think so. That series of shots in the comic were all taken sequentially, I didn’t change the order at all. She loves that bear!

Modification Monday: Simplified Caftan Pullover

Original Pattern: Caftan Pullover

Knitter Extraordinaire: Susan (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed the neckline and corresponding motifs, narrowed the sleeves, and adjusted overall length. Project page with more info can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: The original pattern was lovely, but Susan read the reports of other knitters who said that it didn’t wear as well in real life as it looked in the photo. So, she made adjustments- changed the neckline to a simple scoop and altered the motif as well as narrowing the sleeves for a more streamlined fit. The result is a beautiful, easy-to-wear sweater with all the elements that attracted her to the design in the first place. Something to keep in mind the next time you see a pattern you love, but might not be practical for day-to-day life!

Modification Monday: Diagon Alley

for July 3rd

Original Pattern: Diagonale

Knitter Extraordinaire: Sannah (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the lace shawl as an inspiration point, Sannah created this top-down raglan featuring mirrored lace sleeves to keep the pattern consistent. Project can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome:  I was blown away by this sweater when I saw it- it looks so gorgeous! diagonals aren’t often used in garments, so transferring the lace shawl design onto the raglan sweater makes for a very striking garment. Knit up in a fun, bright hue like this, and Sannah has a knockout of a sweater! I absolutely love it.

New Look!

Bliss has got a brand new look! It’s long overdue- as much as I loved my old
blog look and layout, it was time for something fresh. The tabs are the biggest
change- you’ll find information on specific features in the tabs, and you can
find me on Pinterest, Twitter, Ravelry, and Flickr on the little round buttons
in the top right.
The tutorial tab is functional, but I’m not
100% with how it’s playing out just yet. Right now only the Upcycled Cardigan
is listed there, but I’m planning on more in the future, which will likely change
how things are organized on that tab.  Other
than that, it’s how I’d envisioned!  Big
thanks to Guy, who did the heavy lifting on the technical bits, like those
pretty tabs that change colour when you hover your cursor over them.  
For my fellow Canadians, happy Canada Day! and for all the non-Canadians, I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!