Outtakes: We Are Knitters Pacific Sweater

Here are the outtakes from my most recent finished knit, the Pacific Sweater! This came as a kit from We Are Knitters (you can read the whole finished knit post here, and the knit in progress  post here). The sweater is super comfy, but the day we were trying to take photos,  our toddler was not interested in sitting in her stroller.  Which normally wouldn’t be a problem, but cool street art tends to be…. on the street. Where toddlers shouldn’t be running amok.

Outtakes: We Are Knitters PAcific Sweater | knittedbliss.com

Oh yeah, I’m acting so cool in front of street art on a major street in Toronto! I apparently have no shame.  When not pulling silly stunts,  there are quite a few photos of me trying to keep an eye on Lila, who was not interested in the task at hand:

Outtakes: We Are Knitters PAcific Sweater | knittedbliss.com

She kept pulling down the top of her stroller so she could get a head start on being a sullen teenager, and when that didn’t work, she tried to wiggle out of her stroller. I think in the shot above I was telling her to stay in her chair. So we tried bribing her with a croissant:

Outtakes: We Are Knitters PAcific Sweater | knittedbliss.com

One of the few photos where you can tell that my headband, shoes, and tank top underneath are all echoing the black stripe theme. But you see how the top is staying on my shoulders perfectly when I’m crouched down? That i-cord is working it’s magic!

I will also sit nicely if someone gives me a croissant, so I’m glad that baked-goods bribery works for toddlers, too. Because I had the ever-so-important task of looking like this in photos:

Outtakes: We Are Knitters PAcific Sweater | knittedbliss.com

“hello? Is it me you’re looking for?”

Um, yeah. This would be a good time to remind you that there are lots of decent shots over on the finished knit post. Or you can check out the kits here, because that model is definitely working her Blue Steel magic. Or I can offer you a photo of Lila 3 seconds before she successfully wiggled out the bottom of her stroller:

Outtakes: We Are Knitters PAcific Sweater | knittedbliss.com

She also unsnapped the padding from the bar and started whipping it around.  Clearly the croissant counted for nothing!

* This is the final (part 3) of a short series of sponsored posts for We Are Knitters, a super stylish knitting kit company that are good sports to be affiliated with these silly photos and my unruly toddler. I chose the pattern kit and the colour, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

Modification Monday: Soho Dress

Modification Monday: Soho Dress |knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern: Notched Hem Tank Top 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Alina (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods:  Changed the in-the-round tank top pattern to a seamed two-colour dress, added in waist shaping and a contrasting. Project page with excellent links back to her blog posts going through each step can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I don’t think anyone can dispute that this is a knockout dress- I love the clean lines and the way Alina integrated the contrast colour at both the neck and the side panels. Something very key in this mod is that she seamed the dress instead of just lengthening the tank top pattern, which was very smart! Seams help give knitted garments structure, and on a dress structure is very much needed. The seams will help prevent the dress from getting baggy or stretched out, and I love the detail of the contrasting side panels- so slimming! Not that this beautiful model needs it at all. I also loved Alina’s nod to the original pattern by keeping the side panels shorter than the front and back of the dress, it looks so chic. This is the kind of knit that could be worn any time, any decade, and look utterly amazing. A total knockout.

Modification Monday: Soho Dress |knittedbliss.com

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

I don’t have a creative space per se (my couch counts as a creative space, right?), but I love this list of 10 things you need in your creative space. 

If you feel like you have no idea where your time goes, here’s how to reclaim about 1,300 minutes from your week. This is an article version of a great book I read ( 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think ) , and I highly recommend the article as a starting point to tracking where your time leaks are in your life.

I know that we’ve all heard about how sitting for long periods of time is bad for you, but this is a great little video that shows exactly how and why. 

As someone who got back from vacation about 5 minutes ago, I’m biased about how necessary vacations are- and here’s one of the many great articles out there that explains exactly why you need a vacation. 

Pin Ups and Link Love: High Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies| knittedbliss.com

I am dying to try this recipe for high protein chocolate peanut butter cookies- the recipe only has 5 ingredients, and each cookie has about 8 grams of protein. That would a pretty awesome cookie! Pinterest pink is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: 3 Ingredient Tomato Sandwich | knittedbliss.com

Super simple 3-ingredient tomato sandwich is perfect for light lunches or snacks. I’m a big fan, especially when you can get pretty heirloom varieties like in the photos. Pinterest link is here, the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love:  Ideal Living Room | knittedbliss.com

I think this is my ideal living room, I love the double picture rail, and the calm palette. Pinterest link is here, and I think the original is somewhere on this site, but I haven’t been able to track down the original post.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Rock Magnets | knittedbliss.com

This looks like such a fun summer craft- bright, fun painted rocks that you turn into magnets. I love this grown-up take on it using geometric designs and a unifying black and white palette, with bright hits of colour.  Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: How to Have a Better Desk Lunch | knittedbliss.com

I love this post about how to have a better lunch at your desk because I am always eating my lunch at my work desk! I have a coworker who brought in a pretty antique plate and eats her lunch off of it, just because it makes lunch that much nicer. And hey, if you are going to eat while working, you might as well make that as a good an experience as you possibly can. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here. 

Finished Knit: We Are Knitters Pacific Sweater

We Are Knitters Pacific Sweater | knittedbliss.com

I’ve finished my We Are Knitters  Top, and I love it!

Pattern: Pacific Sweater Kit

Yarn: We Are Knitters The Cotton Yarn

Needles: 6 mm (US 10)

We Are Knitters Pacific Sweater | knittedbliss.com

I’ve been really loving the idea of summer sweaters lately, no doubt partially due to our lackluster summer thus far.  This top is perfect for hot days, and the cut is super forgiving for a wide variety of body shapes.  Which is great, since I’m only getting bigger! I’m still at that stage where I just look like I’m gaining weight,  I haven’t had the official ‘pop’ yet, but I can tell the Pacific Sweater will fit well beyond that. Got to love a knit that still looks good if your shape is fluctuating!

As I mentioned in my previous Knit-in-Progress post, the kits start with the pattern, and you have your choice of receiving the pattern in English, French, German or Spanish.  Then you choose your colours- I had 16 different colour choices for the Pacific Sweater, and they have added 4 more new colour choices (I’m loving the  Light Salmon), and it took me ages to decide, but in the end I landed on the can’t-fail classic, Natural.  Not only because it basically goes with everything, but I already knew I was pregnant when I picked it out, and figured that if I played my cards right, this top would be perfect for the summer during pregnancy, and next summer when I’m nursing (this is totally going to hide spit up), as well as beyond! This sort of style is going to be great for all stages.

You can also choose to receive their custom (and so freaking awesome!) beechwood needles (straights, no circulars). They come in the size recommended for the pattern gauge. As for shipping, that’s always one of my first questions when considering ordering from another country, and We Are Knitters offer some extremely reasonable shipping on kits into Canada and the US- under $10 shipping for most kits, and on orders more than $140, free shipping (sadly no Australian shipping, though!).

We Are Knitters Pacific Sweater | knittedbliss.com

I made one modification- I added i-cord ties at the back, because my life is way too busy for perfect posture that will keep it on my shoulders, and I didn’t want to be constantly adjusting it. They worked out perfectly- I love how they look, and the top stays perfectly in place.

We Are Knitters Pacific Sweater | knittedbliss.com

The pattern is very simple and easy to follow, but it counts rows, so that means row gauge must be checked! Also, the pattern only comes in one size- I think that this would work for anyone who would knit a sweater size 34″- 45″, but if you were bigger, I’d recommend going up a needle size or two and ordering a couple extra skeins; and if you are smaller, go down a needle size or two. The yarn is fantastic to work (so many cotton yarns are splitty, but this one didn’t split once) with and really forgiving and when wet blocked, you can block in a bit of length or a bit of width, depending on your needs.

We Are Knitters Pacific Sweater | knittedbliss.com
Getting photos for the Pacific Sweater was challenging, as there was a sulky toddler trying to escape just out of the shots- An Outtakes Post is coming soon!
* This is part two of a short series of sponsored posts for We Are Knitters. I chose the pattern kit and the colour, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

Modification Monday: Mini Wrapped

Modification Monday: Mini Wrapped | knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern: Wrapped Pullover 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jennifer (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Shrunk down the adult-sized pullover to be kid-sized by going down in yarn weight and needle size, and following the smallest adult size. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: It’s not easy to take a grown up pattern and shrink it down, as proportions for adults are so different from the little ones. But Jennifer did a great job with this- she kept it simple, letting a smaller gauge and following the instructions for the smallest size do most of the heavy lifting, not to mention choosing a pattern that would be forgiving on a child.  He daughter fell in love with this design when Jennifer first knit one for herself- and now her daughter can have an awesome sweater, just like mom!

Modification Monday: Mini Wrapped | knittedbliss.com