Modification Monday: Traveler’s Hat for James

Original Pattern: Traveller’s Hat

Knitter Extraordinaire: Megan (Ravelry ID, YouTube Channel)

Mods: Adjusted the gauge, added a row of eyelets after the ribbing, and added length. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love it when knitter’s adjust gauge, because if you know you have the perfect yarn but it isn’t the right gauge, it’s worth making adjustments. I love the addition of the eyelets after the ribbing, and that Megan customized the length for a slouchier hat. If you know the style of hat that best suits you, absolutely go ahead and adjust a hat pattern to suit your style- make it shorter if you prefer a beanie style, longer if you prefer a slouchier fit.  I love how Megan’s turned out!

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

I am woefully behind on my blogging for 2017- I could use another month of this year just to play catch up! But oh well, such is life. I guess I’ll just have to work extra hard in January! I have lots of big things in store for Knitted Bliss in 2018, and I hope that you will love it all.

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Getting uncomfortable to make big strides in 2018.

17 tiny changes that will make life more interesting.

The courage to be yourself: e.e. cummings on art, life, and being unafraid to feel.

Questions to reflect on 2017, and questions to ask yourself to get pumped up for 2018.

My Favourite Pins This Week

This year we will be spending New Year’s Eve at a friend’s party, and I’ll be bringing these- drunken strawberries. Soaked in rosé, rolled in sugar and frozen, it’s hard to get much easier than this, or more festive. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

If you would prefer something savoury to make to celebrate at home or bring to a gathering, what about this bacon cheddar cheese dip? Brilliant with chips, crackers, chunks of bread… anything, really. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

Planning a small new year’s day brunch? How about keeping it simple and only serving one sweet and one savory, and providing lots of fresh fruit? This brunch idea is pretty inspiring. Plus, tiny pancakes on a stick is always going to get my vote. Pinterest link is here, and the lovely brunch (with recipes!) can be found here.

Feel like getting your craft on this weekend? If you are packing up the holiday decorations and things are feeling a little blah, why not craft some of these stunning felt flowers? Great links to tutorials for each, and felt is so much fun to work with. Pinterest link is here, and the original post with links to all the flower tutorials can be found here.

 

And if you are looking for  the perfect new phone wallpaper to remind yourself how awesome you already are –  here it is. Pinterest link is here, download it for free here.

I hope that this weekend is a wonderful one for all of you. I’m not sad to see 2017, I’m looking forward to 2018. I feel like it’s going to be an incredible year – for all of us. Big hugs, friends. See you in 2018!

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

The most hilarious wildlife photos of 2017.

What did you learn this year? A great round up of comments, and an excellent subject to reflect upon.

Luck is a long string of yeses.

The good, the bad, the family: 7 tips for family togetherness.

How to make the best decisions, every time. I don’t know if I always agree with this, but it is an interesting idea!

My Favourite Pins This Week

If you are looking for an easy and super delicious meal to keep on hand in the fridge during the chaos that is the holidays, consider the low carb chicken curry salad recipe. It’s great on it’s own, or in a pita, or in a sandwich – and keeps in the fridge for about 4 days. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

I adore hot chocolate, and these cookies are very addictive! The mini marshmallows are great, but if you can’t find the mallow bits,  try either getting a hot chocolate mix that has them already in it, or a local bulk store like Bulk Barn or Trader Joes. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

It’s not too late to turn a boring old wooden bowl into something shiny and new! Anything you put into this is sure to look even more beautiful against the gold leaf interior. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY can be found here.

I love the graphic quality of this super bulky jacquard throw pillow, and it knits up very quickly on 15mm needles. Plus you could customize the colours to match your decor! Maybe a good project to whip up over the holiday break? Pinterest link is here, and the full pattern and DIY can be found here.

I know it’s a little self serving, but if you missed it- peanut butter hot chocolate is truly a treat worth making for yourself! I’ve always been a  sucker for peanut butter and chocolate together. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here. 😉

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! I hope that you are done your shopping, and getting to relax a bit over the coming holiday break. There won’t be a Modification Monday this Monday, as I’ll be taking Christmas off. See you next week!

The Best Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate Recipe

This is a special double post today- I have a free super quick mitten pattern for you that would make a perfect holiday gift, AND I have a recipe for the best peanut butter hot chocolate you’ve ever tried! First, the Hot Chocolate Mittens:

I initially had chosen a different yarn and design concept, but sometimes the yarn has other ideas! If you follow me on Instagram, you no doubt saw the first skein of yarn I was hoping to work with, but I think it will be much prettier in a different pattern one day. Instead this Berroco Noble skein  in ‘Dahlia’ turned out to be the perfect yarn for these mittens. And at the super bulky gauge taking only most of a single skein, these were a lightening-fast knit that is perfect not only for yourself, but for any last minute holiday gifting. And did I mention the cozy factor? Because truly, they are the coziest mittens I own.

You can get the pattern for the Hot Chocolate Mittens right here for free – Enjoy!

And now for the recipe!

If you haven’t tried Peanut Butter & Co gourmet peanut butters before, you are in for a really special treat. With eleven different flavours and blends it is a big step up from the typical jar of boring old peanut butter. What is so great about using a peanut butter like this one from Peanut Butter & Co is that it’s already a bit sweet, so you don’t need to add much sugar to the hot chocolate recipe. Plus, it’s still delicious on toast, all by itself.

When it came time to top my peanut butter hot chocolate, I opted for big marshmallows and some chocolate chips. I know marshmallows and whipped cream are the typical topping for hot chocolate, but if you truly love chocolate, I really recommend the chocolate chips – they stir in beautifully and add a little extra hit of chocolaty goodness. A note on the chocolate- obviously, much like the peanut butter, the better quality your chocolate the more delicious your hot chocolate will be, but I just used those same chocolate chips and it was super delicious. Isn’t it great when a recipe comes together with the things you already have in your kitchen?

While it would be difficult to convince anyone that this is a really healthy recipe, I would like to point out that between the milk and the peanut butter, it is really high in protein. And protein is so important to your health! So while not exactly health food, you can indulge knowing you are doing your body a bit of good.

Prep time: 2 minutes. Cooking Time: 15 minutes. Yield: 2 large mugfuls of hot chocolate.

Ingredients:

3 cups of milk (26 fl. ounces)
1/2 a cup of chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips (60 g)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup Peanut Butter & Co White Chocolate Wonderful® peanut butter

Directions: Melt the chocolate into a saucepan of milk on medium-low heat. Stir in sugar and vanilla extract. Stir in the peanut butter really well; then pour into cups and enjoy! Top with marshmallows, whipped cream (or chocolate chips!) as desired.

Substitutions:

  • use vanilla flavoured soy milk instead of regular milk; omit additional vanilla
  • use 1/3 cup cocoa powder instead of dark chocolate. Not as smooth, but still good!
  • use 1/4 cup of agave nectar if you are avoiding refined sugar

When you try the recipe, drop me a line and let me know what you think! Peanut Butter & Co. has a lot of different flavours of peanut butter, like Mighty Maple and Pumpkin Spice – they would be great substitutions in this recipe, too.

*This is a sponsored post from Peanut Butter & Co.® All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I developed the recipe and mitten pattern for this post. 

Modification Monday: Tree of Life Throw Pillow

Original Patterns: Tree and DNA Scarf

Knitter Extraordinaire: Graig (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the cabled designs from the tree pattern and the SNA scarf, Graig combined them into a throw pillow. Details can be found on his project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Knitted throw pillows are a brilliant way to add more knitting to your decor (other than just leaving WIPs around, like I do…) and a small scale way to experiment with more adventurous techniques, like the amazing cables that comprise the tree cable design. Graig did an amazing job of putting together the two different cable patterns – and a seed stitch back, too!  The seed stitch panels on the front help balance the design and frame the DNA cable, and which helps make the back of the cushion feel like carefully considered part of the design. The result is timeless and so beautiful.