WIP: Forest Fold & Turn

You know that feeling- you see a sweater, and you have to have it. That’s how I felt when I saw Fold & Turn, which looked so comfy and cozy and perfect for the chilly weather ahead that I bought it within 5 minutes of it popping up in my Ravelry feed. I spent ages trying to figure out what yarn (and not just brand, but should it be tweed? tonal? solid? marled?) and colour, and in the end settled for a colour I’m completely craving right now- a rich, dark forest green.
WIP: Fold & Turn | knittedbliss.com

All my WIP- inspired dark green things are bookish, it seems! And man, those Penguin book cover postcards (seen here and here on my instagram feed) sure came in handy when I was trying to find things that really had the shades I was looking for. 

The Yarn is Knit Picks Swish Worsted in ‘Jade’. It’s my first time using this yarn, so if anyone has used it and can report back on how it holds up over time, I’d love to hear it! I have been knitting and knitting and knitting for ages- this is a big knit, although it doesn’t look it, all squished up in the photos below. Even though it is taking a while,  I love how simple and zen the knitting is! Beginner knitters who know how to knit and purl and use dpns- this is totally within your grasp. Experienced knitters- this is a great project to chip away at while in a dark movie theatre or watching films with subtitles. As long as you have patience, and like stockinette!

Fortunately, I  really do like stockinette. So I’m happy plugging away at this:

WIP: Fold & Turn| knittedbliss.com

The construction is clever- it’s basically a gigantic rectangle that is then partially seamed and then the sleeves are knitted on in the round. I’m almost done the body, so I’m really looking forward to the seaming and then the sleeves! I can’t wait to wear this.

Modification Monday: Fireside Asymmetrical Sweater

Modification Monday: Asymmetrical Fireside| knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern:Fireside Sweater

Knitter Extraordinaire: Valerie (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  Changed the cardigan fronts to be asymmetrical, and also changed the gauge. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: When the weather turns cold, you’ve got to have a cozy, wonderfully warm sweater to snuggle up in, and this loos so perfect for that. I love how Valerie set about making this asymmetrical! She also faced a lot of challenges with getting gauge, and also needed a large bust size than the pattern had, but swatched, persevered, and smartly used a larger needle size and a slightly heavier weight yarn. And when you read the details on her project page, you’ll see that she also made mods that involved increasing and decreasing with cables. Oh yes, you read that right! But when you see this stunning sweater, doesn’t it look all so worth it? It turned out perfectly. I’d be so ready for winter in a sweater like this!

Modification Monday: Asymmetrical Fireside| knittedbliss.com

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

And the Faux Taxidermy Knits Giveaway winner is… comment 17, Tahnee! Congrats, Tahnee!

Pin Ups: Honey Coffee| knittedbliss.com
I made this coffee last weekend, and it was freaking amazing! I even forgot to put in the vanilla and it was still a spectacular cup of coffee that really is perfect for weekends (you know, when you have a bit more time to fuss over your cup of coffee). If you like coffee, I highly recommend this recipe.

Pin Ups: Cauliflower Nuggets | knittedbliss.com

I go through stages where I buy cauliflower all the time and enjoy transforming into non-cauliflower-like things. These cauliflower nuggets are next on my hit list.  Anything that is like a chicken nugget but filled with veggie goodness has to be tried.

Pin Ups: Nectarine & blueberry Pie | knittedbliss.com

There’s still loads of peaches and nectarines in the markets and grocery stores, so there is still time to whip up this delicious Nectarine and Blueberry Pie with Oat Crust. Delicious, and the colour of fall, really.

Pin Ups: DIY Ombre Painting | knittedbliss.com

Got  some art supplies and about 20 minutes? Then you should totally make this. I love this simple DIY Ombre Painting.

Pin Ups: Success | knittedbliss.com

Sometimes we need a reminder of what helps us amp up out own personal success rates. This is a good list, and something I want to work on for myself.

Review and Giveaway: Faux Taxidermy Knits

Faux Taxidermy Knits | knittedbliss.com  I remember very clearly receiving the email about this new book- I was sort of grumpy that day, and I felt like it had been ages since I had seen anything sort of new with knitting patterns, you know what I mean?  And then this landed in my inbox, and I was immediately charmed- it’s a Fox scarf!! No one can be in a bad mood if they are wearing a fox scarf, am I right? And as I flipped through the digital pages of this new book, there was plenty more to love. Here are just a few more of the patterns I’m utterly smitten with: 

Faux Taxidermy Knits | knittedbliss.com

 How about some badass polar bear mittens?

Faux Taxidermy Knits | knittedbliss.com

maybe a crocodile make up bag/clutch/book cozy?

Faux Taxidermy Knits | knittedbliss.com

A tiger rug!!  Wouldn’t’ this be amazing in a kid’s room?

Faux Taxidermy Knits | knittedbliss.com

I need these bear coasters in my life. Nothing says cozy like bear coasters.

The trick with all these adorable knits is that they are so high impact, a little goes a long way. You don’t need to be ‘someone who wears this sort of thing’ to wear this sort of thing- or you can skip the wearable section and go straight to the cool home stuff, like that amazing tiger rug (kids would naturally love this, but I also think it would be fun as a bedside rug as well- and could be done in just black and white, for that Rare White tiger look!). If I had a teensy bit more time before today, I totally would have knit some bear coasters. Although then I suspect I’d have to wrestle them away from my two-year old, who would naturally want to have them for herself.

If you live the UK, you can absolutely get a copy already- you can buy it from the publisher here. And it you live in Canada or the US, it’s coming out really soon- check it out on Amazon.ca or Amazon.com. And you can get an e-copy  where you happen to be here. But hey, would winning a copy be especially awesome? Heck yes, it would. The folks at F+W are very kindly offering me a hardcopy of this great new book to give away to one lucky winner! To enter: please leave a comment telling me which knit you most would like to make from this book (you can see a few more on the Amazon links, for the preview pages). You can also get bonus entries by tweeting about this giveaway, and commenting on Facebook- that’s a potential 3 entries! The comments will close on Thursday, Sept. 18th at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. the lucky winner will be announced on Friday. Good luck!

There are still a couple more stops of this adorable blog tour, be sure to check out the other blogs!

Modification Monday: Caramel Twin Set

Modification Monday: Twin Set | knittedbliss.com

Original Patterns: Caramel  and Maja-Kiito

Knitter Extraordinaire: Regina (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed the gauge to knit a summery, lightweight version in linen, and added a matching tank top to make a twin set. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome:  Regina did something so very smart with this modification- she made a different weight version of two knits she had already knitted before. Modifying a pattern that you have already knitted once before is definitely easier, and gives you a lot of insight into how you can most effectively make changes. I love this summery, linen version that she chose to do; and the matching tank top was created by following the pattern for the back portion only for Maja-Kiito. I love the idea of taking a pattern (or patterns!)  and knitting them in an opposite weight-  taking a worsted weight and making it lightweight and  airy for summer, or summery pattern  done up in a warm Aran weight. Looking at knits as inspiring as this great twin set has my mind racing!

Modification Monday: Twin Set | knittedbliss.com