Mini FO: Coffee Sleeve

This little project was actually knitted last year, and then I finally got around to embroidering the flowers on it recently.

 The pattern is totally made up on the fly- just a stockinette sleeve with a seed stitch border, and some blue flowers embroidered for a bit of colour and detail. I really love embroidery!

Saturday we had a little party to celebrate Guy’s permanent residency visa. I baked up a storm- I made gluten free brownies, maple leaf sugar cookies, Canadian wildlife sugar cookies, mini cupcakes with maple leaf sprinkles, and mini quiches. Then I had to finally cave and buy pre-made nanaimo bars and butter tarts, because I had spent sooo many hours in the kitchen and I was just plain exhausted. I took some photos of the cookies, but I decided to kick back with some sangria and enjoy the party, so sunbsequently did not do much picture taking. But here are the wildlife cookies:

I’m seriously proud of all of them, but everyone loved the foxes the best.

And while we’re on the subject of wildlife,  I have to share with you all some of the cutest little photos I’ve seen in a while:

This is a little orphaned fawn that Taylor’s mom (you might remember Taylor from this post) is taking care of, with the help of her pet German Shepard!! Everything about these photos just wrings my heart, it’s all so adorable. The second shot even has, inexplicably, gratuitous kittens wandering around. So much cuteness!!!

Modification Mondays: Composed Mitts

Original Pattern: Composed Mitts 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Lynn (Rav Id, Blog)

Mods: Lynn used two sections of the original pattern’s colourwork chart and knitted up these lovely flowered handwarmers.

What Makes This Awesome: It was such a simple mod, but by paring down the busy colourwork of the original pattern to two key aspects of the design, Lynn created this lovely floral version of the mitts, which just seem so romantic- I feel like I could definitely imagine an Austen-esque heroine wearing these! So gorgeous. Check out her project page here.

Obsessing Over Agathe

In my ongoing love of all things St. Denis, I’m obsessing over my next target from the latest issue of the magazine- the Agathe Pullover.

(photo filched from St. Denis magazine, issue 2)
I love everything about it. The simple silhouette. The stripes. The way it looks fabulous with jeans, on the beach, in the sunshine. I tend to really love classic wardrobe staples, and this sweater is hitting all the buttons. I think this would be a lovely, Zen knit… full of stockinette and some stripes to keep it interesting. Except…. have you seen the colour options for St. Denis Nordique?! I can’t bloody decide! These are the colour combos I’m looking at so far: 

So… each row of three is a potential combo that I like. The first colour in the row represents the main sweater colour, while the other two would be the contrasting stripes.  I like the idea of a pop of colour, but I tend to gravitate towards neutrals; they suit my lifestyle (and me, and my wardrobe).I’m leaning towards the top two, but I’m not sure if I have the combo right. What do you all think? I could use some advice.

Modification Mondays: Improvised Skinny Empire

Original Pattern: Skinny Empire

Knitter Extraordinaire: Erin (Rav Id)

Mods: Changed the neckline, sleeve construction, empire waist detail, and added a gull lace stitch to the hem of the pullover.

What Makes This Awesome:  I think that this was such a brilliant idea- she knew she wanted to improvise a pattern that would create a super flattering knit and didn’t use a lot of yarn; she knew she wanted to change the neckline and add lace to the bottom. I think by really clearly laying out what you want to change (see her ‘goal’ box on her project page), it’s easier to develop a game plan on how, exactly, you’re going to make those changes! And the final result is amazing- the neckline is perfect, the lace detail at the hem adds great interest to the piece. The resulting garment is just so, so pretty. I would wear this with everything!

Her project page, with great details on her modifications, can be found here.

What I’m in to Now: the Alchemy of an Attitude Adjustment

This is the beginning of a new semi-regular feature on Knitted Bliss- What I’m in to Now. The idea is to pull together books, music, movies, and who-knows-what-else into a lovely mood-collage on some unifying idea. For example, today’s is the alchemy of an attitude adjustment.

I re-watched one of my favourite films recently, Enchanted April.

It was made in 1992, and I hope one day they digitally remaster it for HD or whatever they do these days, because it deserves it. The film follows 4 women who are dissatisfied with their lives in different ways, and they take a transformative holiday in Portofino, Italy. The holiday helps them think about their lives differently, and in their reframing, they find happiness.

Next up is this soon-to-be-everywhere-if-it-isn’t-already book:

I’ve been reading The Happiness Project, and all I can say is- WOW. I’m pretty confident that every woman I know over the age of 28 would find that this book speaks right to the very core of everything they think about themselves. This is the chronology of one woman’s odyssey to improve herself, her life, and her relationships with those she cares about most. It’s fascinating- the way that women take on so much, and then feel guilty or somehow dissatisfied with what they feel they aren’t doing. Isn’t that so typical of us, though? We do so well, but yet we want to do just a bit better.

While I’ve been reading, I’ve been steadily working away on the Athyrie pattern from St. Denis 2- It is the perfect knitting sidekick that keeps my fingers busy while I’m reading.

One of my favourite bands is The National. There is something about the lead singer’s voice, it’s just… velvet. Let me leave you with a couple videos from their most recent album, High Violet, which has pretty much been playing non stop in my ipod for over a month now.

The National – “Bloodbuzz Ohio” (official video) from The National on Vimeo.