November: Meet the Sponsors!

Hi Everyone! Come check out this month’s super-talented sponsors:

 Name:  Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe

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What She is All About: Alicia hand crafts deliciously scented lotion bars and lip balms with all natural ingredients, and it’s very suitable for those with sensitive skin. I love that it’s all paraben-free!

A Few of my Favourite Things, from left to right: Chipotle Caramel lotion bar- I mean, that sounds so good you can practically smell it through your screen. The Passionfruit and Rose lip balm is indulgent , and Alicia also offers a fall sample set (very good for travel sizes, gifts, or if you just can’t decide)  Sweet Sheep is throwing in a FREE full-sized lotion bar for every order over $10 in November.

Name:  Never Not Knitting

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What She is All About: Alana designs beautiful knitting patterns that often have a very natural vibe- especially in her books/collections, such as Coastal Knits, Botanical Knits, and Botanical Knits 2. Also, you’ve probably noticed that she sometimes uses a very familiar looking model… as evidenced in the sidebar!

A Few of my Favourite Things, from left to right: The Shawl Collared Cowl is perfect for this time of year, and is a wonderfully quick knit. Autumn Vines Beret is a gorgeously cabled hat that is flattering for almost everyone, and the Playful Stripes Cardigan  is available both in a kid’s sizes and adult sizes. And in the sidebar, I’m wearing Plum Tree Slouch.

Name:  Tanis Fiber Arts

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What She is All About: Tanis has an extraordinary selection of stunning hand dyed yarns, kits, and patterns. If you’ve been reading Knitted Bliss for a while, you know that Tanis and I go way back!

A Few of my Favourite Things, from left to right: The Lady Sunnyside cardigan has two different cable options in the same pattern, Aurora is true to it’s name, full of colours from the night’s sky.  And since it’s getting pretty chilly, you might want to think about mittens- those are the Snowfling mitten kits, which are available in 4 different colour combos, and also include a skein for knitting the inner layer in a contrasting colour!

Name:  Andrea Sanchez

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What She is All About: Andrea focuses on timeless garment designs for women and babies and kids (seriously, the size range for her baby/kid sweaters is awesome!)

A Few of my Favourite Things, from left to right: Beech Street Vest which is so perfect for layering, and the Firefly July Pullover which is the very definition of trans-seasonal (and my personal fave). For the little ones, the hooded Lighthouse Keeper  cardigan is adorable, and I love the toggle closures and the pockets (size range from 6 months to 12 years).

Name:  Fuzzy Mitten 

November Fuzzy Mitten Collage

What She is All About: Barbara focuses on  patterns for adorable knitted toy animals, as well as clothing for them. I personally have knitted 3 of her animals in the past- Tiger, Squirrel, and Pug.

A Few of my Favourite Things, from left to right: Spacebot pattern, which includes the spacebot, jetpack, and robokitty; Siamese kitty with dress (there are great clothing bundles also available for purchase, if you know a little one who likes to dress their toys), And Backyard Bandits, a steal of a pattern that includes the badger, raccoon, and fox options (and a little roast chicken for them to eat!).

Name:  Zenitude 

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What She is All About: Lise focuses on scrumptious hand dyed yarns, roving, and rolags. And she has her own alpacas, which I visited here.

A Few of my Favourite Things, from left to right: a beautiful thrummed mitten kit in soft pastels, peachy pink hand dyed roving that is perfect for all sorts of handspinning or thrumming, and this self striping superwash sock yarn I am actually using right now, and love it!

Pin Ups: My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups: Last Minute Halloween Party|
Happy Halloween! Are you having some people over this evening or on the weekend? Still not sure what that’s going to look like? Then check out this post on easy and fast last minute Halloween decorations for a party that don’t look too scary.

Pin Ups: pumpkin pie french toast|

I love this pumpkin pie french toast- it’s so easy and it tastes amazing!

Pin Ups: DIY Hair Pins|

This DIY for simple beaded hair pins looks so interesting, and what a pretty idea for hair- and possibly a great gift idea for those of you into crafting your own holiday gifts.

Pin Ups: Easy Angel Hair Pasta|

This very easy (and full of flavour) pasta dish is a great weeknight go-to: it comes together in 20 minutes, and who doesn’t love fresh basil and cherry tomatoes?!

Pin Ups: knit elbow patches|

I’ve got to find a sweater in my wardrobe on which to add these great knitted heart elbow patches- so adorable! And I bet smaller ones would look great on kid sweaters, too.

Work in Progress: Shaw Hill| of trees and cats

Some beautiful autumn colours that so remind me of the tweed flecks in the yarn (taken from the window of a plane on a recent work trip to Quebec City), and my handsome kitty, Gatsby. He totally matches! 

Some of you who follow me on Instagram saw that actually I have two WIPs on the go, but today I’ll just talk about Shaw Hill,  a wonderfully lush cabled cowl that I’m super excited to finish! After rambling about my craving for a tweed yarn in this post, I can now say that I really adore this tweed yarn, which is Adriafil Scozia. It’s crazy soft, and I love the variety of colour in the tweed flecks-  if you look closely you can see little bits of bright green, fuchsia, turquoise, as well as the usual tweedy bits of cream and brown. I’ll definitely be using this yarn again- I’d love to knit a whole sweater in it.  And look at that lovely sea of rippling cables! It’s so squishy soft, and I haven’t even blocked it yet. I’m planning on doing FO (finished object) photos this weekend, hopefully there will still be some pretty leaves on the trees- they have been dropping pretty fast around here.| Shaw Hill WIP


Modification Monday: Mini Fold and Turn

Modification Monday: Toddler Fold & Turn |

Original Pattern: Fold & Turn

Knitter Extraordinaire: Melinda (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: After knitting herself one, Melinda thought it would be a great shrug for her daughter.  Project page with details for making the toddler size can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: While checking out the other FOs of Fold & turn (my most recent FO) I came across Melinda’s adorable modification to make a mini one for her toddler, and I instantly loved it- the construction does stay on the shoulders well, so it would be good for a busy little toddler who needed a little extra coziness while getting down to the business of playing and exploring the world.  Her notes for the toddler size are great, and just look at the super sweet result! Plus, it’s the same yarn as her original one, so now mom and daughter have matching ones. The cute factor is through the roof!

Modification Monday: Toddler Fold & Turn |

FO Outtakes: Ninja Turtle Edition

For knitters, it’s a well-known moment. You finish your precious knit, the one you’ve been slaving away for hours, for weeks. You adjust it, feel good about the fit, then turn to whomever you live with and say, “what do you think?”

So when I played out this very typical scene in my own home, Guy sort of chuckled and said, “you look like a ninja turtle.”

Okay, it’s big and green, and the back shape is a little turtle shell-like, I can see that. So we decided to have a little fun with that:

FO Outtakes: Forest Fold & Turn |

While I found the big stick lying around, we added the blue Michelangelo Leonardo (apparently my memory of TMNT isn’t as good as I thought it was- even though I remember being really into them when I was a kid!) mask post-production. I don’t just walk around with that sort of thing in my pocket. But maybe I should. Props are fun, right?

FO Outtakes: Forest Fold & Turn |

Those were the only two where I was hamming it up deliberately. This next one didn’t work because I as clearly over-channeling my inner glamourous supermodel:

FO Outtakes: Forest Fold & Turn |
It’s not an unflattering photo, it’s just waaaay too much. There’s glam photos, and then there’s overkill. This is definitely the latter. This next one is okay, but when I’m laughing really hard, it’s the opposite of the overkill shot above. After all, it’s good if you can see molars in a photo, right? And eyes all crinkled up into small little caterpillars? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

FO Outtakes: Forest Fold & Turn |

Those are this knit’s outtakes, I hope you had a laugh!