Modification Monday: Stashbuster Fair Isle Skirt

Modification Monday: Stashbuster Fair Isle Skirt | knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern: Fair Isle Cuffs

Knitter Extraordinaire: Tina (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Took the chart idea from the fair isle mitts and turned it into a fair isle skirt with a drawstring waist. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Fair isle stripes like these are perfect for stashbusting, and for small amounts, the original pattern is great. but if you have a bit more, why not make a beautiful skirt like this?  It has a great winter feel, and I love the detail of the pom poms on the drawstring waist! I love how Tina styled it, too- not only do shorter skirts like this work wonderfully with opaque leggings, but she matched it up with another hand knit- her beautiful blue cardigan. I  bet the skirt could be double as a squishy, drapey cowl, too!

Modification Monday: Stashbuster Fair Isle Skirt | knittedbliss.com

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

I’m not American, so I don’t feel like I should say much about the election results. I will just say that I loved this post about wearing a safety pin to show support and solidarity for those that feel under attack, either for their lifestyle, their skin colour, or being female. 

Leonard Cohen died yesterday. I obsessed over his lyrics and poems when I was in high school, those formative teen years! This might be my favourite of his songs.

This is a great list of positive things, so if you are feeling sad – about the US election, Leonard Cohen, or anything else- here are some great tips.

Also- Baby goats in sweaters!!!!!!!

10 small things you can do to become smarter.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Apple Fries with Caramel Dip | knittedbliss.com

Apple fries with caramel dip. Because let’s face it, we really just want to eat apple pie-style dishes with our bare hands! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Nutella Banana Bread Bites | knittedbliss.com

I love alfredo sauce, but it’s high time it got an update. Fortunately, there is this delicious chicken pasta with creamy lime cilantro alfredo sauce! Soooo good. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Pie Stencils| knittedbliss.com

I love these cheeky pie templates!! Bring on the pumpkin pie. Even if you aren’t American, have pie anyway! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Polar Bear Pillow | knittedbliss.com

This polar bear pillow tutorial is so cute, and you could easily adapt it for other colours of bears! Pinterest link is here, and the full tutorial and pattern can be found here.

 I’d like to end on this quote. We all have an obligation to improve the world around us, no matter where we live. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Nutella Banana Bread Bites | knittedbliss.com

Wee Wednesday: Garter Ear Flap Hat

Finished Knit: Garter Ear Flap Hat | knittedbliss.com

Pattern: Garter Ear Flap Hat 

Yarn: Berroco Tuscan Tweed in Cherries

Needles: 5mm (US 8)

Notes: I am so happy with the Berroco Tuscan Tweed, it’s really won me over. I used about half the skein of Tuscan Tweed in ‘Cherries’, a plummy wine red. The light blue and white tweed flecks provide the tweed, even though describing a deep red yarn with light blue and white flecks sounds pretty dreadful. The blue bits seem to actually work a little magic trick – you can barely see them, but they create a cool undertone to the whole colourway. It’s so subtle and consistent you aren’t even really aware of the flecks themselves, just the depth that they offer in this tweedy loveliness.

Finished Knit: Garter Ear Flap Hat | knittedbliss.com

We had gorgeous weather this past weekend. Hardly any need for coats, and he didn’t even really need the hat. But he wouldn’t be the first baby forced to wear hand knits for a photo op! He was happy though:

Finished Knit: Garter Ear Flap Hat | knittedbliss.com

And drooling! He has six teeth so far, and more are coming in. I so wanted him to stay my little baby for a bit longer, but he is absolutely huge (wearing 18-24 months clothing sizes) and almost walking. In 3 weeks, he will be one year old. I am very familiar with the old adage “it goes so fast!” but oh, how bittersweet the truth of it.

Here’s a shot I snapped one chilly morning last week on the way to kindergarten and daycare, and I just love the look on his happy little face:

Finished Knit: Garter Ear Flap Hat | knittedbliss.com

This is part of the Tuscan Tweed KAL. Normally I’m sane enough to remember I have no time for KALs, but I felt like a little one-skein project was surely so small I could squeeze it in. I have half a skein left, I’m thinking some little mittens to match!

Modification Monday: Frosting

Modification Monday: Frosting | knittedbliss.comr

Original Pattern: #08 Cabled Yoke Pullover

Knitter Extraordinaire: Heidi (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Heidi changed this from bottom up to top down, and also adjusted the neck for a looser, more casual turtleneck. Great details (really, you should read them) can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: You probably know Heidi from her beautiful, easy-to-wear garment designs, so it’s no surprise that she made this utterly stunning sweater modification. Making this top down was very true to Heidi’s knitting style, and allowed her to try it on as she went, especially as she was making a neckline modification. It was very smart to begin with the yoke on a top down modification, so that she could make any other modifications to sleeves and the bod y as she went. The result is a beautiful cozy sweater that looks perfect for winter, with a neckline that looks elegant and comfortable. Perfection!

Modification Monday: Frosting | knittedbliss.com

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This essay about a mother and daughter sharing stories of flashing, groping and other forcible male behaviour in front of their husbands for the first time made me laugh and cry. If there’s anything you can say about the US election this year, it’s that the regular harassment that girls and women receive seems to finally be more obvious to men.

How to hose a dinner party in a tiny space. I never host people because while I love my little townhouse, I know it’s small and I feel like the addition of guest makes it suddenly feel like a hamster cage. But no more! I was really inspired by this article, only because it helps ease my dinner party hosting anxiety.

There might only be 9 weeks left of this year (Crazy, right? I had to triple check my numbers, because I was so sure that I was wrong), but there is still time for you to achieve the goals you set for yourself for 2016.

This tip blew my mind (courtesy of the Modern Mrs. Darcy):

“You can add any web page to your phone as an app icon. Listen up, because this is so useful—and so easy! Here’s what to do: open the website you want in your Safari browser, tap the share button (the middle button at the bottom that’s a box with an arrow coming out) and select “add to home screen.” That’s it! You can do the same thing on android. In Chrome: tap the 3 vertical dots next to the address bar to open options for the website. Scroll down to “add to home screen” and it adds a direct link to your screen.”

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Nutella Banana Bread Bites | knittedbliss.com

Nutella AND banana bread in a mini muffin bite? Sign me up. I’m one of those people that finds mini anything makes me that much me likely to eat it. if it’s small it must be harmless and calorie-free, right? Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Lemon Herb Potatoes | knittedbliss.com

If you also have a bag of potatoes sitting in your kitchen (I can’t be the only one), might I suggest these delicious and very pretty lemon herb roasted potatoes? I’m a big fan of roasted veggies, because if it’s in the oven, it means you don’t have to keep stirring or check on it. You can go do other things until the timer dings, which is my kind of side dish. I will say that to call them ‘lemon and herb’ is a bit misleading, because the only herb in this recipe is parsley. But I just shook on some generic Italian seasoning and they were very tasty. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Photo Pilloe| knittedbliss.com

This is such a great gift idea- a photo pillow! The tutorial is really clear and step by step, although if you don’t have the printer I bet you could get it printed at a print shop onto the sort of iron on paper you need. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Embroidery bouquet | knittedbliss.com

This is such a pretty embroidery design, and it’s completely free- click through for the transfer template and instructions. I wish I did more embroidery, I absolutely love it. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Crochet Blanket | knittedbliss.com

Okay, I know I’m not a crocheter, but did you know you can crochet cables?! Because I did not. Check out this beautiful crocheted blanket tutorial- totally free, and looks perfect for snuggling up on the coach. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Have a great weekend, everyone! I think we are going to try to take the kids to the Royal Ontario Museum this weekend, and otherwise just do our usual things. I hope you are all staying healthy (the stomach flu just finished a tour of our house), and hopefully get a bit of sunshine this weekend!