Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

The winner of the Laura Nelkin ornament kit is…… Sandi! Congrats Sandi! I’ll send you an email soon to get your address.

My Favourite Articles & Links This Week

This made me laugh so hard I actually cried. An accurate, very hilarious, recounting of what all maternity clothing stores are like.

I know how often we are all plagued by a nagging, doubting voice, but what if it all worked out? 

The cold weather is coming! Or maybe it has already arrived where you are…. regardless, here is a great roundup of 29 ways to enjoy the colder months. I loved this list- rather than dreading winter, I feel like there are lots of things to look forward to!

My Favourite Pins This Week


Pin Ups and Link Love: Apple Cream Cheese Appetizer |

This caramel apple cream cheese spread is the perfect fall party appetizer- sweet, different, and involving fruit (so it’s practically healthy, right?!)  And maybe you don’t need a party, just a weekend family treat. Because you know everyone is going to love snacking on this! Pinterest link is here, and original recipe link is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Pumpkin Swirled Mashed Potatoes |

Mashed potatoes can get a little blah, but not this beautiful pumpkin swirled version. The pumpkin can be prepped a couple days in advance, so the extra step doesn’t’ add hardly any time to putting this dish together. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Paper plants DIY |

Are you one of those people that can’t keep plants alive for more than a couple of weeks? Then maybe this DIY is just right for you. I am seriously in love with these brightly coloured paper plants, potted in tiny containers using rice as ‘soil’.  Wouldn’t these be fun at your desk, or in a corner where the light is never quite right but you want to have a pop of something bright? Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here. 

Pin Ups and Link Love: Cardamom Hot Chocolate |

Longtime readers will know that I love cardamom, so this cardamom hot chocolate recipe is right up my alley. I’m pretty much always game for hot chocolate , and I especially love it from scratch- there’s something magical about the subtle alchemy of combining milk, chopped chocolate, and a handful of ingredients that make the hot chocolate that little something special. In this case, the cardamom is a lovely, spicy touch. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Crocheted Ice Cream Cones |

I’m smitten with these little crocheted ice cream cones- if you know any little kids that like lay food, I think these would be a perfect gift for them! The post has full instructions for making them. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

I don’t generally like to wade into politics or current news events here on Knitted Bliss (I like keeping it positive!), but  since last Friday, it has felt hard not to talk about the tragic events happening all around the world, and the different ways we feel affected. this is pretty much what I think. And it’s okay if you don’t agree, there is room enough in the world for varying opinions.

Fear is the enemy. And we fear what we do not know, what we do not understand. I believe that the horrible tragedy that happened in Paris was perpetrated by individuals acting out of anger because they have lived sad lives filled with fear and violence and do not know how to rise above it. They have used religion as a tool for creating even more violence and fear, and that is never okay. Nothing justifies their actions, nothing at all.

But the result is a challenge, a challenge for all of us- we must rise above it. We must not let the fear they have given us twist our minds into thinking that there is any country or religion out there where everyone is the same.  There are damaged, violent individuals belonging to all races, all religions, all countries. To then link this fear to the horrible humanitarian crisis that is affecting many countries now with the millions of refugees fleeing this very same sort of terror in their home country… seeing on the news what happened in Paris in one night and then realizing that’s what happens almost every night to the men, women, and children in Syria gave me a fresh perspective. What if that was where I lived? It’s disappointing to hear so many places want to close their borders to a group of people desperate to avoid the same violence we have all found so horrible.

Review: Brooklyn Tweed Capsule Collection

Brooklyn Tweed’s latest offering is a beautiful capsule collection entirely designed by the very talented Olga Buraya Kefelian. This collection has 8 patterns with a lot of diversity in them- a pullover, poncho,  cardigan, dress, cowl, fingerless mitts, hat, and a lace wrap- you can check out the full lookbook here, or view them on Ravelry here. Olga’s knits feature a lot of clean lines that draw inspiration from architecture and art, with each one does feel like  a mini masterpiece.

Here are my favourite four from the collection:

Review: BT Capsule Collection Olga Buraya-Kefelian |


A stunning, high-drama cardigan with lots of drape and a split v at the nape of the neck. The worsted- weight cardigan is worked flat from the bottom up, and is all about the angles and asymmetrical hem. Design is fully charted.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You love lace and cables together, have no problem with charts, and can handle when you need to decrease in lace stitch.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You aren’t sure how you feel about taking on a more advanced knit, or if you wanted to watch anything with subtitles while knitting this. Although the sleeves should be an easy bit!

Review: BT Capsule Collection Olga Buraya-Kefelian |


This worsted weight poncho/pullover is a great layering piece for the cooler months. Worked from the center out for each side, it’s unique construction and gorgeous cables create a beautiful design that is sure to get compliments.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You love cables,  knitting from the center out even at large circumferences, and wearing ponchos.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: The idea of knitting (or wearing) a large knitted circular garment isn’t appealing to you.

Review: BT Capsule Collection Olga Buraya-Kefelian |


The fingering-weight Jujika Cowl features ultra modern colourwork that is sure to look good on everyone. It’s long enough to be looped around the neck twice for added warmth, or worn singly as a striking accessory.  There are two options for closing the fold, so it can be more advanced for a seamless look (grafting) or a simpler bind off (joinery). Instructions for both are included in the fully-charted pattern.

You Should Totally Knit This If:  You love modern colourwork motifs and knitting in the round. And if you are a cowl lover, this gives you the best of both the long cowl and short cowl worlds!

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If:  stranded designs are not something you enjoy, you never wear cowls, or if modern motifs are not your thing.

Review: BT Capsule Collection Olga Buraya-Kefelian |


This fingering- weight scarf/wrap  comes with instructions for three different sizes so you can customize just how big you want it to be. Featuring an intriguing geometric lace motif, the pattern is knitted on both right and wrong side rows, and is fully written and charted.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You adore lace, especially lace scarves and wraps that are rectangular. You don’t worry about needing ‘resting rows’ on the wrong side of your knitting.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You are looking for something to knit while watching tv. Or if you find knitting rectangular anything too repetitive.

It’s been a busy week here at Knitted Bliss- don’t forget to check out this weeks’ Modification Monday,  the awesome goodies from the Meet the Sponsors post, or the giveaway for a Laura Nelkin ornament kit from the Holiday Knitting Roundup!

Round Up: Knitted Holiday Decorations

It’s that time of year- decorations are coming!!  Don’t worry, you still have time to knit something. Maybe you have an ornament swap with people from work, or maybe you want to up the knitted goodness in your home for the holiday spirit. These fantastic knitted ornaments are sure to knit up quickly, and possibly even help tame the stash- or maybe you needed an excuse to get some fun new yarn?


Holiday Knitting: Knitted Ornaments|

Top row, left to right: These little bear ornaments (free pattern) are highly adaptable into other animals- it’s worth clicking through the projects to see how cute they look as bunnies and cats, too! These fair isle mini mittens  (pattern $4.99) are perfect for stash busting and for fair isle lovers. And how adorable is this tiny seal and little Inuk (free pattern)? It’s the kind of miniature  ornament that is sure to delight.

Middle row, left to right:  This pattern includes how to knit five different snowy characters (pattern $4), perfect for  decorations! And if you like beading (or would like to try) then look no further than this delicate snowflake ornament, which is part of a 5 pattern e-book ($12) for different beaded snowflakes and baubles. Or how about this super cute- and sort of startled looking- penguin ornament (free pattern)?

Bottom row, left to right:   For those that love their traditional Christmas pudding, this is the perfect ornament (free pattern). And if you like traditional Christmas balls, I think you’ll find this one satisfying (free pattern). Finally, what knitter wouldn’t love a little knitting basket (free pattern) to hang from their tree?

And for extra special knitted ornaments, pick something that your friend or loved one is absolutely crazy for- do they like unicorns, or Star Wars? See if you can find a little toy pattern that would be just right shrunk into ornament size, for the fan in your life!

***There’s a kit giveaway at the end of this post, scroll down for entry details!***


Any of these beautiful garlands could also easily convert to individual ornaments, or you could start them off as ornaments, and as you add to the collection, create your own garland!

Holiday Knitting: Knitted Garlands |

Clockwise from top right: This advent style garland  (free pattern) features 24 individual mini ornaments, each delicate and lovely.  These mini Christmas stockings (free pattern) are completely in my queue, and I have some mini skeins that are just right for them- I can’t wait to get started! I have visions of knitting 24 of them to use as a little advent calendar for my little ones.  I love these old school Christmas light bulbs (patter is $3), I bet they would look wonderful just about anywhere. Then there is this absolutely darling garland of little tiny elf clothes (pattern $3.99)- I can image kids going crazy for this! Finally, we have a classic and lovely garland of mittens (free pattern) that would be perfect for stash busting. You could knit them solid, striped, or use your own designs on them.


A knitted stocking would be a wonderful keepsake for so many years to come. No matter what your style- simple and sophisticated, or colourful and a bit wild- there are stockings that would be just right for you and your family.

Holiday Knitting: Knitted Christmas Stockings|

Clockwise from top right: Spindleknitter’s Stockings (free pattern) are a colour option with lot sof choose-your-adventure style charts to mix and match. For those who like their Christmas with a side of minimalism, these simple striped stockings (free pattern) are just right. Another colourful option are the Cascade Christmas Stockings (free pattern), which also have mix and match elements (perfect for using up odds and ends!). Then we have the Falling Snow Stocking (free pattern), classic with snowflake fair isle motifs. Last is the Arlo Stocking (free pattern), personalised and simple with a light touch of stranded work around the cuff.

Home Decor

Seasonal home decor is best when it’s meaningful and easy to incorporate into your home- I think some of these projects would be just right!

Holiday Knitting: Knitted Christmas Decor|

Top row: Are you a wine lover? If so, I bet you have corks. and what better way to honor your love of wine then to dress them up? You could dress them up as adorable elfin korknisse (free pattern), or as little pint-sized pine trees (free pattern). Middle row: And if you are an animal lover, this knitted deer (free pattern) would be so lovely- knit in different gauges, you could have a whole family of deer! Add some beans or rice to the feet to help weigh them stand up on their own.  Or maybe you would prefer something smaller? How about this trio of super sweet holiday mice (free pattern), that would look lovely on a tablescape or a mantle, or even as ornaments. Bottom row:  why wear an itchy fake fur Santa hat when you could be wearing a beautifully made, handknit Santa hat (free pattern)? And finally, this simple and chic snowman (free pattern) would look love hanging from a door, or perched on a mantle or table.


Laura Nelkin, the designer of the beautiful beaded snowflake ornament featured at the top, has offered one lucky winner a kit (which includes the pattern, beads/supplies and directions) for either the stars pattern or the lights pattern (see below). As someone who has made one of Laura’s kits before, I can assure you that even if you have never tried beaded knitting, the kits are super straightforward and really easy to learn from.  To enter please leave a comment on the blog letting me know which kit you would most like – stars or lights- and where you would like to hang the finished product. this giveaway will be open until Thursday, Nov. 19th at midnight (EST), and the winner will be announced on Friday’s post. Good luck!

Holiday Knitting: Laura Nelkin| Holiday Knitting: Laura Nelkin|

Meet the Sponsors: November Edition!

It’s a whole new crop of beautiful goodies from the Knitted Bliss sponsors! Take a look at all this month’s awesomeness:

Meet the Sponsors: Fuzzy Mitten |

Name: Fuzzy Mitten 

What She is All About: Barbara designs utterly adorable knitted animal toys, and has patterns for all sorts of clothing for them, too! They are great value, as every pattern comes with instructions for more than just the animal- there’s always something for them to wear, or an accessory or two. All are exceptionally priced, and I doubt you’ll find anything cuter or as good a deal for knitted toy patterns. She is currently running a mystery KAL of a new little creature and an outfit- It’s just been revealed, and is so awesome!

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right:  The newest pattern available is the super adorable Fudge the Dog, which was originally exclusive as a kit in Knit Now Magazine, but is now available for individual purchase! I loved this pattern so much the second I saw it, I actually ordered the magazine and kit from the UK, just so I could have it. Next is this sweet little baby orangutan, which looks perfect knit in a rusty orange yarn that has some fuzziness to it, and the there is this baby penguin, who is all ready for the winter ahead!

Meet the Sponsors: Sweet Sheep |

Name: Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe

What She is All About: Alicia makes luxurious all-natural lotion bars and lip balms using skin-loving ingredients like lanolin, cocoa butter, almond oil, and vitamin E and mango butter. If you haven’t tried a lotion bar before you are missing out! it’s non-greasy and great for air travel (none of this liquid limit problem on planes, where the air is super drying).

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: This Tropical Surprise soap has a honey base and smells like the exotic vacation that you wish you could take right now.  Alicia makes some of my favorite lip balm ever, and this classic lavender scent is super moisturizing.  Then for her lotion bars, you have to smell Carnation– it’s not at all fussy, but spicy and sweet.

Meet the Sponsors: Bijou Basin Ranch |

Name: Bijou Basin Ranch 

What They Are All About: Carl and Eileen have a family-run Yak ranch in Colorado. They sell amazing yak fiber and yarns that are both 100% yak and blended with other fibers (like bamboo or merino) to give the yarn strength and variety. And if you haven’t tried yak fiber before, you are missing out- it’s very soft and very good for those that have wool allergies. And if you want free shipping (who doesn’t want free shipping?!) Use the coupon code “KNITBLISS” at checkout!

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right:  The Oddessy Cowl Kit  is one spectacular kit- it contains 1-2 skeins of yarn in the colourway of your choice, a stunning project bag, needles, pattern (by Laura Chau), stitch markers and allure fine fiber wash. That’s quite the kit! Like to knit with laceweight? This rich Pomegranate colourway of Seraphim laceweight (95% angora, 5% viscose) is perfect for winter lace knitting. Then there are the Lhasa Wilderness (yak and bamboo blend) fingering weight custom colourways from Lattes & Llamas, this rich and earthy ‘Treasure’ colourway is so inspiring.

Meet the Sponsors: Cold Springs Creations |

Name: Cold Springs Creations

What She is All About: Megan hand dyes gorgeous tonals and variegated yarns in a variety of fingering weight bases (some with luxurious cashmere, some with a bit of sparkle), as well as laceweight and DK. Lots of fresh, original colour combinations to be found in her shop, with some brights and some dark and mysterious. And you can use code KNITTEDBLISS15 for 10% off your order, big or small!

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Hand dyed sparkle sock yarn in ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, which is a blend of merino, nylon and stellina; and absolutely beautiful.  Then there is the super soft merino cashmere sock yarn in ‘Equidistant’, such a fresh and pretty variegated yarn.  And for those that are really into blues, this ‘Skylight’ colourway in merino sock yarn is pretty bloody awesome.

Meet the Sponsors: Knit Plat Colour |

Name: Knit Play Colour, by Louise Zass-Bangham

What She is All About:  Louise has created a really inspiring collection (both as an e-book and printed book) of ten accessory patterns, all of which include a variety of techniques or ideas to alter them and make them entirely your own. If you have always wanted to try modifying knitting patterns but didn’t quite know where to start, this is the collection for you.

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: The Affinity Shawl has lots of options- stripes, stripes with a variegated yarn, lace, or beads! The Trailblazer scarf is a perfect shawl/scarf hybrid, with a gentle crescent shape – can be knit in fingering or DK, and I’m really biased about this one because I just knit it and I think it’s utterly fantastic. The Resonate Cowl has lovely undulating waves, and could be knit in stripes with two colours, or use mini skeins, or destash and use up some compatible colours. Lots of options!

Meet the Sponsors: Ludmyla Designs |

Name: Lyudmyla Knit Designs

What She is All About: Lyudmyla designs cozy accessories with lots of texture for little ones, like hats and cowls and blankets; but her size range is very inclusive- almost all her accessories are sized for baby, toddler, children, and adults. And she has a coupon code for Buy 1 pattern, get one free- code: Buy1Get1Free . 

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Leave-Me-Not is a beautiful lacy shawl with a pretty leaf motif is timeless and would be a perfect accessory for just about anyone. The Hug my Tight cowl is a fascinating knit with great thick cables, and you know it would look awesome peeking out from your winter coat. The Straight Arrow hat is the ultimate hat for everyone- sizes run from baby all the way through to adult, and is completely unisex. It’s going to be your new go-to hat pattern.

This is just a small sampling of all the amazing things that the sponsors have to offer, I urge you to click on over and see what sort of goodies you are about to start craving!

Modification Monday: Min Ulla Slipper Socks

Modification Monday: slipper socks |

Original Patterns: Min Ulla Scarf and Toasty Socks

Knitter Extraordinaire: Anne (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Combined the scarf pattern for the stranded design into the leg, and used a heart chart of her own design as well as the toasty socsk pattern for the foot. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Anne has found a great simple sock pattern (toasty socks) that she enjoys knitting, fits her feet, and provides a great blank canvas to allow her to play around with the design. Using the great fair isle charts from the original scarf pattern, she incorporated those into the leg, adding length. And the finish touch? The red soles and hearts! Knit up in a classic red and white colour combo keeps the design from seeming too busy or overwhelming.  Wouldn’t these be so toasty to wear this winter?

Modification Monday: slipper socks |