Finished Knit: Trailblazer Scarf

Finished Knit: Trailblazer |

Pattern: Trailblazer

Yarn: Cold Springs Creations Merino Sock yarn in ‘Acorn’ (check out the add on the right sidebar- if you use the code KNITTEDBLISS15 you’ll save 10% off any yarn purchase in the shop!)

Needles: 3.75 mm (US 5)

I was so excited to start on a project from Knit Play Colour, as the collection looks so solid and the perfect solution for beautiful variegated skeins that need a lot of texture to really show how well they knit up. This Trailblazer scarf was the perfect one-skein project for this pretty skein of Cold Springs Creations yarn in ‘Acorn’.  I love the shape of this scarf, it has that gentle crescent shape that makes it almost a shawl, but with all the easy wearability of a simple scarf.

Finished Knit: Trailblazer |

This pattern was really easy to memorize, which made it a perfect ‘purse project’- one I could keep in my bag and knit on my way to and from work, or anywhere I had a spare moment. The garter section and easy mesh really show off the yarn without feeling like the variegation obscures the details of the knit at all. Which is exactly what I wanted!

Finished Knit: Trailblazer |

I am a big fan of the colours of autumn- I never tire of what seems like a magical transformation from green leafy forests to a riot of yellows, oranges, and reds, russet browns, and how you can see all these colours sometimes in a single leaf. The transformation never fails to make me marvel.  I love this colourway, it totally captures the beauty of fall.

Finished Knit: Trailblazer |

Speaking of transformations, I’m almost complete with mine- I’m 3 weeks from my due date, feeling absolutely huge (although Guy assures me I am not huge, I’m pretty sure he’s legally obligated to say nice things to me right now). Stairs absolutely kill me-  if I go up a flight of stairs (and I have two levels in my house, so this is a daily occurrence) I often have to sit down for a minute to catch my breath. I also have totally stopped wearing ‘real’ shoes- I’m favouring this style of slippers at the moment, and they totally rock.  The lack of real shoes is related to the fact that every time I have anything salty, my hands and feet get really puffy. Ah, pregnancy!

Finished Knit: Trailblazer |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Have you seen this stunning modern doll house? I’m not even all that interested in doll houses, but now I want to be shrunk down and live in this space.

Sleepy baby hedgehogs napping in a muffin tin. You’re welcome.

It’s not totally a fact yet, but apparently drinking champagne prevents dementia and alzheimer’s! I’ll start planning to stock up on the bubbly so I can have my daily quota when retired.

Here is some life advice from 10 smart humans, and I think it is 10 quotes of awesome.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Chocolate Cherry Cake |

This super easy black forest cake recipe is show stopping, but so much easier than you can possibly imagine- the cake is made from box mix, and there are great directions for decorating the layers. If you love chocolate and cherries, this cake is perfect for you. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Perfect Chicken|

I would never have thought that cooking chicken in milk would work out, but I trust Jamie Oliver. And this is bloody amazing. The recipe is simple, it’s a one pot dish, and it just might be the best chicken you’ll ever have. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Paint By Number Pillow|

This DIY paint by numbers cushion looks amazing- and the tutorial comes with a download for the template for you to follow along. You can paint the whole thing and fill it in entirely, or only paint half of the numbers, for a true paint-by-numbers look (which is shown in the project photo above). Pinterest link is here, and original tutorial is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: How to Take a Better Photo |

Ever wish you felt more comfortable when the camera is on you? Here are some great tips on how to feel more yourself when the camera is pointed at you. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Messy Half Braid |

I love this casual weekend braided hairstyle, perfect for medium length or long hair. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

The weekend is almost here! What are your plans? I’m looking forward to some relaxing, and getting in some serious knitting, hopefully!

Review: Wool & Wire Stitch Marker Jewelry

I love the idea of knitting-themed jewelry, but have a hard time finding items that I’d actually wear- jewelry is such a personal style choice, you know what I mean? I choose my jewelry based on how it looks first.  While I often have looked at knitting related jewelry, I never found anything that I liked enough that I would wear outside of a knitting event. So when Alana from Never Not Knitting sent me images from the Wool & Wire collection, I felt like I finally saw something that I could wear anywhere. The day we were chatting about it, I was actually wearing a necklace very similar to the one that they have in stock! I jumped at the chance to try it out.

Review: Wool & Wire |

I opted for the necklace, which comes with one beautiful crystal stitch marker,  and I added on the set of 3 additional stitch markers, which feature faceted crystals and freshwater pearls (in these photos, I put the 3 stitch markers on, and removed the original- 4 stitch markers was getting a bit crowded). The design for keeping the stitch markers as the pendant is simple but really effective (see that silver coil like a snail’s shell?), I never once felt like a stitch marker was going to come off on it’s own or get lost anywhere. I also tried it with a few other stitch markers that I had, and they all stayed on (although not all of them looked as good as these).

Review: Wool & Wire |

This line is totally for you if you often thought that stitch markers are as pretty as jewelry, or ever wished that your stitch markers were jewelry. And if you like silver jewelry, of course! For someone who loves jewelry as much as I do (and really, you never see me without some jewelry on), it’s strange that pretty much every day of my life is accessorized by a black hair elastic on my wrist, isn’t it. 😉 I always forget to take it off for photos!

Review: Wool & Wire |

The Wool & Wire line has the  silver necklace (like I’m wearing), as well as a linen cord version. There is also a shawl pin, scissor fob, and bracelet option (I really love the bracelet) – all with the space to feature beautiful stitch markers.  You can shop the collection  here or here.

Review: Wool & Wire |

Modification Monday: Color Block Affection

Modification Monday:  Color Block Affection |

Original Pattern:  Color Affection 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Bea (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Instead of working the shawl in stripes as the original pattern states, Bea worked each section in a solid colour. Exact details can be found on her project page here, and if you don’t read French, you can cut and past the details into Google translate for a clearer picture, as she wrote great directions to her mod.

What Makes This Awesome: I am utterly in love with this wonderful colour blocked version, it is such a simple concept but yields such stunning results! Bea chose three colours that work beautifully together, and by working each section as a solid colour rather than striped, gives this shawl a totally new look. The solid section emphasize the shaping of each panel, and using the same colour for the top crescent and the edge mean the total effect is one of well-planned design.  That simple detail of having the same colour at the beginning and edge makes the shawl look more complete than if she had used 4 different yarns.  I love the final result!

Modification Monday:  Color Block Affection |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles This Week:

A fantastic person essay on respect for those brave enough to put themselves out there.

How knitters are bringing back the independent wool industry in the United Kingdom. 

Living simply can do more than just help tame your spending- it help you be more creative.

Although I used to roll my eyes at gratitude stuff, this is really true- gratitude is a force.

My favourite pins this week:

Pin Ups and Link Love: Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna |

This butternut squash and spinach lasagna is full of veggie goodness, and yet still checks all the boxes for cheesy, warm comfort food. This recipe calls for precooked lasagna noodles, but I prefer using the ones that don’t need to be pre-cooked, and they absorb the liquid while baking in the oven- I’ve never had them fail yet and it’s way easier.  Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Dulche du Leche Cheesecake Bars |

If you are looking for an indulgent (but smaller portioned!) dessert, look no further than these dulce de leche cheesecake bars. All the awesome deliciousness of cheesecake and dulce de leche, but not in a gigantic, restaurant-sized wedge of cake that will leave you feeling bloated. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Woodland coffee sleeves |

I’m crazy in love with these adorable woodland themed coffee cup cozies! Why use a cardboard sleeve when you could use an awesome cozy with a fox, raccoon, or owl on it? and the little cabled ribbing is such a great detail. Pinterest link is here, and the free pattern can be found on the original post, here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Gold Twig Hair Clips |

I love these pretty gold twig hairpins, I think they would be pretty for winter parties. You basically find some interesting small twigs, glue them to hairpins, and spray paint them gold. I bet you could even give them a coat of nail polish and really customize the colour to match whatever outfit you’d like. Pinterest link is here, and original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Chai Liqueur |

This creamy chai liqueur would be perfect to have on hand for upcoming cocktail season, or even make a great hostess gift! I look forward to the post-baby time in the future when I can give it a try, it looks amazing- apparently it is perfect for cocktails, or in hot chocolate, or in coffee!  Gotta love versatility. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

We’ve got prenatal workshop this weekend, and I need to get some photos of some recent finished knits- what about you guys? what are you up to this weekend?