FO: Forest Fold and Turn

Fold & Turn Shrug Cardigan | knittedbliss.com

Fold & Turn Shrug Cardigan | knittedbliss.com

Pattern: Fold & Turn 

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Jade

Needles: 4.5mm (US 7)

Modifications: As I have a small frame, I knit it slightly smaller, by not knitting the body quite as wide. I knocked off about 2 inches from the width, and I’m happy with that.  Fold & Turn Shrug Cardigan | knittedbliss.com

Thoughts: I really wish I had chosen a different yarn. There’s nothing wrong with Swish Worsted per se, but something about it seems so blah looking with all the stockinette- it’s a yarn probably better suited to cables and texture. I originally chose it because I’m craving dark, rich forest greens lately, and this was the colour I was going for, but I wish I had knit this in a tweed or a marled yarn. Which isn’t to say I wouldn’t knit this again- I love the pattern, and the overall result is lovely. This was a super simple knit, and I love the shape of it. The pattern was well written, with diagrams to help understand the simple yet clever construction.

Fold & Turn Shrug Cardigan | knittedbliss.com

I would say this is a hybrid cardigan-shrug that has a batwing silhouette (which I clearly am loving this year) and really perfect for throwing on for a little extra coziness. It’s super easy to wear, and does what I love my knits to do best- turn jeans and a tee shirt into an actual outfit that looks great.  A fabulous necklace doesn’t hurt, either.

Fold & Turn Shrug Cardigan | knittedbliss.com

The one I’m wearing is a vintage find that I adore and which I oddly have never, ever received a single compliment on. I’m not fishing for one, but you all know what I’m talking about- I think we all have one thing that we wear and love, yet has never really been acknowledged by anyone else as the spectacular awesome thing that we know it to be. Do you have something that you love to wear like that? Something that you love, but doesn’t seem to strike a chord with anyone else?

P.S- I’ll do the outtakes post this weekend, there are some funny ones!

Modification Monday: Wisp Top

Modification Monday: Wisp Top | knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern: Wisp 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Olga (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Made two ‘wisps’ and seamed them into a lightweight top, also changed the gauge. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome:  It’s something that seems so simple as an idea, I’m amazed I don’t see more of it (and that I haven’t tried it myself- I’ve got to try this!). Olga made two wide rectangles and seamed them together to make this breezy  tee. Upping the gauge to Worsted weight also helps make the tee a bit more substantial, and looks great. Think of all the great rectangular shawls and scarves that you love- and now think how amazing they would like as a top! This totally has my mind turning, I’d love to do something like this.

Modification Monday: Wisp Top | knittedbliss.com

 

Want to see more rectangular shawl mods from the Knitted Bliss archives? Check out this tank top, and this cardigan.

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: Apple Pecan Pie | knittedbliss.com
I loved this idea the second I saw it- pecan pie baked into apples! That means it’s practically healthy, right? That’s what I’m going with.

Pin Ups: No Carve Pumpkins | knittedbliss.com

 I love these felt decorated, no-carve pumpkin ideas. and would be very cute with little ones, too! I think the owl one is my fave.

Pin Ups: Sweater Pillow | knittedbliss.com

Also sort of Halloween-y, this fun upcycled sweater idea- turning an old sweater into a cushion, with an embroidered skull. And if skulls are totally your thing, then this could be an all-season decorative pillow!

Pin Ups: Raspberry Meringue Sandwiches| knittedbliss.com

These raspberry meringue sandwiches with whipped chocolate ganache  look soooo good. And would be perfect for a party or to give as a little hostess gift.

Pin Ups: Sharpie Wall | knittedbliss.com

This black wall decorated with a gold sharpie just blows my mind. I love how it looks.Could you imagine doing this as an accent wall, or maybe in a small powder room? I love it, it’s so high-impact.

Wee Wednesday: Alpaca Farm Adventures

It was Canadian Thanksgiving this past weekend, so we took some time to go up North to Sudbury and spend time with family. Lila was particularly excited that her godfather made her a real wooden hockey stick, cut to her size, capped and taped just right. She thought it was the coolest! Here she is, learning some new ball hockey moves in the driveway: Wee Wednesday: Hockey and Alpacas | knittedbliss.com

Lila has always been very interested in balls and the different types used in different sports, so I suspect she might be pretty handy with sports when she gets bigger. Lord knows where she gets it, I’m certainly not the slightest bit sportsy.

On our way back down south to Toronto, we stopped to visit Zenitude‘s (her real name is Lise) alpaca farm in northern Ontario, where we proceeded to take a million photos of these super adorable alpacas. Because how can you not take a million photos when confronted with so much cuteness? It was a grey and rainy day, but fortunately the rain held off while we got to spend time with these sweet tempered beauties:

alpaca3 Alpaca Collage Wee Wednesday: Alpaca Farm | knittedbliss.com

I can’t believe I’ve never been to an alpaca farm before. Alpacas are very well suited to the Canadian climate, since they are used to extremes and are hardy for the cold winters in their home country of Peru.  Lila thought they were some sort of sheep at first, and kept saying ‘baa baa’, but then eventually we got her used to the idea that these were alpacas. It was so amazing, and somehow a little magical. I could have stayed there all day.

Lise and I

But what is also interesting is that Lise has a shop right in her home, full of roving,  yarn, kits, knitted and felted items, soaps… a real treasure trove of so many different things, many of which are made with the wonderful alpaca fiber. On the labels, she even writes in which alpaca the fiber came from! I did pick up some new treasures, but I haven’t snagged photos of them yet (too busy going through a million alpaca photos and loving every single one). More to come!

Zenitude | knittedbliss.com

 

Modification Monday: Cotton Candy

Modification Monday: Cotton Candy | knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern: High Plains 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Becky (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Resized the gauge, and also adjusted the overall size to be smaller, suitable for a tween. Great details on the modifications can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: It can be really hard to find good patterns for tweens, so I love Becky’s approach on resizing this beautiful pattern to suit her daughter. She adjusted the gauge, and reduced the number of stitches overall to get this streamlined shape that fits her daughter perfectly (bonus photo points for including an adorable kitten!) Her pattern notes are great for the details you need to consider when you are downsizing, and the final result looks fantastic. So fantastic, it’s kitten-approved!

Modification Monday: Cotton Candy | knittedbliss.com

 

Looking for a previous Mod Monday poncho? Check out this one. Or another Mod that would be great for a tween- Nerdy Neiman.