Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This was a fascinating essay on how the internet has given fans the idea that they deserve to shape the art they love.

Productivity isn’t just about what you do- it’s what you don’t do. After reading this, I felt like I just found a missing puzzle piece on a jigsaw I’ve been trying to solve for ages.

Sometimes pausing for 3 seconds before reacting can transform the conversation you are having, and possibly turn your whole day around.

1,300 sheep terrorized (okay, they just sort of wandered about) a small Spanish city after their shepherd fell asleep. Let the counting sheep jokes begin!

I have been forgetting to link to these- I was asked by the amazing Taddle Creek magazine to read a couple poems for their podcast, and it’s always interesting to hear a poem instead of just reading it on the page. Here is a podcast of my poem that imagines a young, pre-Wizard of Oz Dorothy, seeing a tornado for the very first time.  And then here is the podcast of my reading about a tourist’s experience of going to an Irish whiskey distillery.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Spaghetti with basil and tomatoes | knittedbliss.com

A fresh summer pasta? Heck yes- full of roasted cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. The toasted breadcrumbs are worth the effort, too! If you are watching your carbs, you could substitute half the pasts for spiralized zucchini noodles. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Blueberry and Lemon Loaf Cake| knittedbliss.com

Blueberry and Lemon Loaf- I love lemon loaf all year round, but now that blueberry season is almost upon us, and I had a nice batch from the grocery store recently. Blueberries and lemon go together so well, don’t you think? Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Summer Satchel | knittedbliss.com

This cute summer bag is made from two woven placemats, can you believe it? I love how it looks, so great for summer. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Flower Photography| knittedbliss.com

This is a very clever tutorial on how to take more dramatic photos of flowers using a flashlight… and it has me wondering what else the techniques could be applied to. I wonder how knitting of skeins of yarn would look lit like this? Pinterest link is here, tutorial is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Ugly Bridesmaid Dress Paintball| knittedbliss.com

I think this is the most fun idea for a bridal shower, birthday party, or just some random weekend- you and a bunch of friends get some of the ugliest old bridesmaid dresses you can find (hello, thrift store finds!) and then go play paintball in them. I’m totally going to do this one day, this sounds freaking awesome!! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

What sort of plans have you got this weekend? My parents are coming to visit (Lila is so excited), and we are going to be visiting the Toronto islands again this weekend! I’m going to ask for a high chair for James this time, so he can’t get my hamburger. 😉

Outtakes: Golden Rose

This is pretty much what getting blog photos looks like, when we are doing it with the kids:

Golden Rose Outtakes | knittedbliss.com

We were on the Toronto islands for the day, one of my favourite places to visit (I prefer Ward Island, but Center Island is where all the kiddie attractions are). In the photo above, I was lying on the ground trying to recreate some of the magical composition that we had for this photo from my Pemba mitts and headband. Except Lila assumed that I needed help, lying on the ground. Such a thoughtful child, and very concerned that I be comfortable. So she wanted to assist by holding my head.

Golden Rose Outtakes | knittedbliss.com

Unfortunately, even with all the ‘help’, we couldn’t quite manage to get the sort of photo for the cowl that we were aiming for. Another time! Lila also assisted with sourcing props (which you can see in action on the ‘official’ finishing knit photos, here):

Golden Rose Outtakes | knittedbliss.com

Golden Rose Outtakes | knittedbliss.com

Lila loves that flower headband, even though it’s a bit big for her. James is 6 months old now, and thankfully can’t walk or crawl. I don’t know what I’m going to do when there’s two of them running about. But right now he is really, really into my food. If he sees me eating anything, he wants some of the action. For example:

Golden Rose Outtakes | knittedbliss.com

Do you see how his pudgy little baby hands are hanging onto the bun for dear life? Mere seconds after this shot, he had successfully ripped off most of the bottom bun, stuffed handfuls of it into his sweet little face, gummed a bit, and then spat it all out in a slimy, disgusting bread pellet.  He still has no teeth, but we have begun working on solids, and we are doing baby led weaning, which I did with Lila and worked really well for us.  I’m glad I had the foresight to take off the cowl before eating, because otherwise James would have put his burger-covered hands all over it!

Those were the outtakes! It was a lovely day, but I think next time we will try to do photos when we have childcare. Much faster, and much easier!

Finished Knit: Golden Rose

This cowl is so perfect for summer in so many ways. The colour, the lace…. I bet you don’t think about cowls for the summer, but summers still have some chilly nights (and days, who am I kidding?) here in Toronto.

Golden Rose Cowl | knittedbliss.com

Pattern: Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis 

Yarn: The Blue Brick Rose Ombre 

Mods: None.

Project page on Ravelry can be found here.

I love my Golden Rose cowl. This pattern had been in my queue for a while, not only because I love how it looked but because the construction looked far more interesting than a typical cowl. The design didn’t disappoint- it begins with a shawl-like construction, and then is joined to work in the round. the result give that great slouchy front, and shaping that sits perfectly around the neck or on your shoulders without having to keep pulling on it or moving the fabric around. It’s like you get to put it on and forget about it.

Golden Rose Cowl | knittedbliss.com

Haha, as if you could forget you were wearing something as wonderful as this. The lace can be repetitive, but using a gorgeous ombre like this was so much fun- the colour shifts are so beuatiful. The ‘Rose’ colourway from The Blue Brick is a wonderfully sunny gradient, you can see the roses that inspired it in the photo with the yarn. What I especially love about this colourway is that even if you think you can’t wear yellow, it still works- an ombre that has yellow in it but isn’t right near your face is flattering for a lot of people. If you like yellow but think it doesn’t look good on you, this is a good colourway to wear.

Golden Rose Cowl | knittedbliss.com

I especially like choosing something a bit brighter to wear in the summer, something with a little more colour to it. This fit my goals perfectly! As for the photos, a couple of things were very clear to me after seeing them- 1. I need a haircut so badly, I can’t even remember exactly when I last cut my hair- September? October? Yikes. 2. I wish I had put on some lipstick for this. I know not everyone likes make up, and to be honest I rarely wear lipstick, but I feel that I could have used a little pop of colour. But hey, the cowl adds lots of colour, too!

Oh man, have I got loads of outtakes for this! We took waaay more photos for this than we normally do, mainly due to trying to do the photo with the kids while on Toronto Island, which is a place that I adore but was so sunny and bright it was very difficult to find shady spots for photos. And Lila was very involved! An outtakes post will follow later this week.

Golden Rose Outtake | knittedbliss.com

Modification Monday: Myrna

Modification Monday: Myrna | knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern: Myrna

Knitter Extraordinaire: Simone (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  Simone lengthened the body of the cropped cardigan, swapped out the ribbing for garter stitch, and added pockets lined with gingham fabric. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome:  I absolutely love how this cardigan transformed with the garter stitch! It looks so cozy and gives a very different look than the original ribbing- less dressy and a lot more casual, like a perfect weekend cardi. I particularly like Simone’s decision to have such deep garter edging on the hem of the sweater, it helps add length and provided a great framework for Simone to work in some fabric pockets, which she sewed. This is a great idea if you want to add pockets to a sweater but are feeling uncomfortable with the added bulk that knitted fabric can sometimes add. Plus what a fun way to use a pretty fabric. I know a lot of knitters also sew… do you have some scraps of a precious fabric that would be a beautiful pop of colour on some pockets?

Modification Monday: Myrna | knittedbliss.com

Pin ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

How to stay soft in a world that sees softness as weakness. I wish we honoured that softness in a professional work environment.  And if you are feeling like that softness won’t ever be honoured, then perhaps you need to read these 5 tips for getting through a rough day.

Apparently bright yellow books are increasing in book cover design because it most easily catches your eye when scrolling through Amazon. This article made me wince a bit- I prefer beautiful book covers, not ‘the loudest’.  I do like a colourful spin on a book, though.

Six questions a personal stylist would ask about your wardrobe. These are great for really thinking about what you love best in your wardrobe, and how to get more of that. Rather than having a closet full of clothes and feeling like you have nothing to wear.

I had a laugh over this – 10 Things You’d Never Guess by Looking at my Instagram Photos. I’m positive this is absolutely everyone with an instagram account, including me.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Breakfast Pizza | knittedbliss.com

Stop everything- did you know you can legitimately have pizza for breakfast and have it be a healthy choice? You can! And hey, it’s also a very tasty dinner. I recommend picking up a pre-made pizza crust to make life easier, and if you make the pesto ahead of time, it’s a tasty addition to all kinds of things. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Popsicle Cookies | knittedbliss.com

How cute are these little popsicle cookies? Even if you think you have no icing skills, these are easy-peasy. You definitely want to use lots of fun colours, though- that’s what makes them so appealing! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Pineapple Mimosa  | knittedbliss.com

Summer is a great time for cocktails outdoors, and I highly recommend the pineapple mimosa, which comes together with 3 ingredients- sparkling wine, pineapple juice, and a lemon lime soda. Voila! Pinterest link here, recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Pineapple Bag DIY  | knittedbliss.com

I am super in love with this sweet pineapple bag. Here a kid is wearing it, but imagine a bigger version on a grown up- hello, perfect beach bag!! It’s worth seeing how this comes together, even a non-sewer like me thinks this looks pretty easy. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Stamps| knittedbliss.com

If you have ever wanted to carve your own stamps for all sorts of projects, this is a great tutorial on how to do it. Summer feels like the perfect time to experiment with stamping projects, doesn’t it? I love the idea of stamping on some cotton tea towels, or maybe linen napkins. Pinterest link is here, and the original tutorial is here.