Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

And the winner of the SweetGeorgia Giveaway is…… Vanessa, who commented:

“The colour capturing my imagination is nightshade. The pattern I would love to wear the most is the Amara cardigan. I think the placement of the vertical lines of cables is gorgeous.”

(Comments are selected via random.org, but I thought it would be nice to share the comment, too!)

I know I’m woefully behind on blog posting, since we arrived back Sunday night. The kids have been getting up at 5 a.m. every day since, and it’s meant being pretty much done for by 8 p.m.! But we are slowly getting back on track, and I’m trying to get through a mountain of email. I have a family trip post coming up, and an FO post coming, too! But in the meantime:

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

The importance of writing it down. Not matter what ‘it’ is.

Always put your own mental health first. I’m pretty sure every woman on the planet needs this reminder.

Someone needs to figure out a way to mass produce these– I totally want one!

Have a problem that is really weighing on you? Here is a great guide on how to solve it. For real.

My Favourite Pins This Week

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Pear season has just begun, and I’m so excited! Even though we are a hardcore berry family (I’m totally the mom in the grocery store ponying up the big bucks for raspberries in January), I adore pears, they are one of my favourite fruits. This pear and nutella chocolate tart is an easy but really sophisticated dessert. Pears are really high in fiber and full of vitamins, so from a health perspective you should totally eat this dessert. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe can be found here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Cajun Chicken & Rice | knittedbliss.com

I love a good weeknight supper idea, and you guys know how much I love rice. This cajun chicken rice dish is perfect for a busy weeknight, and checks all my inner must-have boxes- it’s easy, fast, and has veggies and protein. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Apple Cider Sangria | knittedbliss.com

If you are already mourning the loss of classic summer cocktails like sangria, how about whipping up a batch of this apple cider sangria?  It’s easy and a special treat for fall gatherings. Plus it has pears in it! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Holographic Coasters| knittedbliss.com

I love how these coasters are somehow really simple and yet really sophisticated. The DIY looks dead easy, too- perhaps a great gift idea? Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Wilson Shawl | knittedbliss.com

Little Church Knits recently released this pretty shawlette (free pattern, and I was instantly smitten- it looks like a great little knit to whip up, and the contrasting trim means you can use up a leftover skein (or more accurately, probably half a skein ) of a special yarn. Pinterest link is here, and the original pattern post is here.

Have an amazing weekend, friends!

Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol. 2 Review & Giveaway!!!

The recently released (fresh off the internet presses yesterday!) Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol. 2 collection contains 12 patterns: 3 cardigans, two shawls, one cowl, one scarf, one wrap, one hat & cowl set, one pullover, and one fingerless mitts pattern. You can purchase patterns individually, or the whole eBook collection via their website here or Ravelry here. I’ve long been a fan of Sweet Georgia’s amazing colour collections, and their pattern collections always feature brightly coloured knits. If you prefer your knits more muted, they also have a wide range of colours for those of us that sometimes prefer colour on the darker or softer side.

Here are my top picks from this collection!

Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol 2 Review | knittedbliss.com

Amara, by Linda Marveng

Amara is a wonderfully cabled DK weight cardigan knit from the bottom up.  The back is particularly lovely, so I recommend checking out all the photos. Although the length is a bit odd to me, I personally feel that making this about 4 inches longer would make this a knockout. Cables are both written and charted, none of the cables involve more than 6 stitches total.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You love cables. I mean, really love cables.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: ‘At the same time’ instructions are your kryptonite. The phrase is mentioned 6 times in the pattern.

Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol 2 Review | knittedbliss.com

Edale, by Corrina Ferguson

A gorgeous fingering weight shawl that takes two skeins of fingering to give it the great size you see in the photo, and allow you to wrap it a bit more than your typical shawl. Patterns is fully written out as well as charted, and is full lace- meaning, both sides will have yarn overs.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You have been wanting to knit a bigger triangular shawl because the single skein ones are too tiny. And if you like audio books, so you can listen while you look at your knitting taking shape.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: The only way you are willing to knit lace is with ‘resting rows’. And if you were looking for a mindless knit, then you better keep on walking.

Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol 2 Review | knittedbliss.com

Runlet, by Sarah Brunenberg

This is my top favourite in the collection! A very wearable pullover that cleverly combines sportweight yarn and translucent stripes of SweetGeorgia’s Silver Mist laceweight in a mohair and silk blend for a bit of decadence. This one is cropped, but you could easily add an extra 4 inches to the body with one more skein of SweetGeorgia Superwash Sport. It also features my favourite design detail of the moment- a split hem!

You Should Totally Knit This If: You are looking for a pullover that is simple in design but has clever details. And if the mohair/silk stripes had you at ‘hello’.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: If you hate short rows, and your idea of a perfect sweater is a top down raglan, because everything else feels too fussy for you.

Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol 2 Review | knittedbliss.com

Shelburne, by Fatima Hinds

Knit from the bottom up, this textured cardigan is knit mosaic style, meaning that you only work one colour at a time and slipped stitches and yarn placement create the intricate details. If you wanted to knit a garment that was as easy to knit as it is easy to wear, this would be a great choice.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You love texture and the look of colourwork, but the idea of knitting it intimidates you.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You’d rather leave the inside riddled with fringes of yarn than weave in your ends. or if you find the elbow length sleeves an odd choice for fall (but you could lengthen them, of course!)

I’m sure you noticed the word giveaway in the blog post title, right? Aren’t giveaways exciting! SweetGeorgia has offered one lucky Knitted Bliss reader a free pattern from the collection of their choosing, as well as a skein of Bulletproof sock yarn in the colourway of your choice. All you have to do is check out the colours on SweetGeorgia here, and leave me a comment letting me know which colourway you are craving for fall, and which pattern from the collection you think you wold wear the most.  Admittedly none of the patterns from this collection are single skein, but that’s okay- you can do a lot with a great skein of SweetGeorgia Bulletproof Sock!

And if you can’t wait (or aren’t feeling lucky), move quickly and you will get individual patterns for 30% off! No coupons code needed, but that’s only until midnight tonight  September 14th (SweetGeorgia time, which is west coast time). Entry to win a skein here on this blog post closes 10 p.m. (EST) Thursday, September 15th, with the winner announced on Friday Sept 16th.

Also, today is my mom’s birthday- happy birthday, Mom!!!

Modification Monday: Sproutlette

Modification Monday: Sproutlette | knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern: Sproutlette Dress

Knitter Extraordinaire: June (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Upsized the pattern to fit her daughter, changed the gauge for her own worsted weight handspun, omitted the leaf detail at the neck, and changed the edging to picots. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: It’s happened to many of us knitters. You see a baby pattern that you love and then wish it was in a bigger size (maybe even in your own size!). June cleverly set about using the original fingering weight pattern to make this beautiful dress featuring her a gradient roving she spun herself. Spinners will no doubt tell you it’s not always easy to find the right pattern for special skeins, so I love June’s solution – customize. I especially love the picot edging, which gives the top portion of the dress a little special something that was needed after removing the original pattern’s leaf design.

By knitting the fingering weight baby dress at a worsted weight and changing out some of the details, The result is perfect for this handspun and so perfect for a little girl. Although I’m pretty sure anything she knit with it was going to be a knockout!

Modification Monday: Sproutlette | knittedbliss.com

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Psst- I’m still on our big family trip, and if you are interested in seeing a few photos, you can find them here.

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

I loved this- 10 extremely precise words that describe certain feelings, and yet don’t exist in the English language.

88 more truths I’ve learned in life. I think #73 might be my favourite, I want put that on a post it and stick it on the mirror. I struggle with #70 on a nearly daily basis and I have no idea why.

Ever hear of a zibaldone? It was the 13th century’s answer to Tumblr.

I totally agree with this, and try hard to support even though I’m always waaaay behind on my blog reading: 6 things we need to do if we love blogs and podcasts.

I had such a laugh over this.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: SAlted Caramel Butter Bars| knittedbliss.com

Salted Caramel Butter Bars. I don’t really think I need to say anything else, do I? Few ingredients, dead easy, tastes like butter and awesomeness….. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Coconut Curry Chicken| knittedbliss.com

Continuing on the super easy recipe ideas, here’s a slow cooker supper for basil coconut curry chicken that is soooo good over rice. I love slow cooker suppers- dumping things into a crock pot, setting a timer and walking away is my idea of cooking. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Hallway Revamp| knittedbliss.com

Hallways are often neglected in a home’s decor (including mine!) so I loved this recent post on how a simple revamp can make your hallway brighter and more personal. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Cat Ice Cream | knittedbliss.com

And if you are looking for hallway art ideas, I adore this cat ice cream print. There’s quite a lot of Society6 that I love, but since there is so much great stuff, I get overwhelmed and then never end up pulling the trigger on any of it. One day, though. One day. If you are more decisive than I am, the Pinterest link is here and the original source is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: 12 inspiring Icelandic Sweater Patterns | knittedbliss.com

I loved this round up of 12 inspiring Icelandic Sweater patterns. It really is as the title suggests- inspiring! Now I want to knit an Icelandic sweater. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! We are on the final couple of days of our England/Spain trip…. it’s been wonderful trip, but it will be even better to get back home and get these kiddos back on their routines!

Modification Monday: Amande Love

 

Modification Monday: Amande Love | knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern: Amande Tee

Knitter Extraordinaire: Revi (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Kept the stripes going around the back of neck for bigger impact, reduced neckline depth, and continued the sleeve striping the entire length of the sleeves. For more great details on her mods, check out her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: The original design has a lot of clever elements around the shoulders and back of neck, but Revi really kept the magic going with her modifications. As a knitter, I find the shaping to be absolutely fascinating, and the striping itself invites you to look closer- there are subtle purl rounds in there, as well. The texture completely enhances the stripes, which are the magic of this mod. Think of other striped sweater pattern you have seen- are there ways you could add more stripes to the upper body (or conversely, the lower body) that would suit a particular pattern? What about looking at the yoke in a whole new way, with the shaping that this pattern has?

I hope you are feeling as inspired as I am, after seeing this gorgeous sweater!

Modification Monday: Amande Love | knittedbliss.com