Modification Monday: Oracle Dress

Original Pattern: Oracle

Knitter Extraordinaire: Tanya (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Transformed the circular shawl pattern into a lace dress. Excellent detailed information and photos can be found on her project page, which can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Turning a shawl into a dress is no small feat, but it is a brilliant way to make a dress that is truly one of a kind.  Tanya has knit a few dresses by converting shawls, so she has her technique down and I highly recommend you read her notes on how she achieves it if you are interested in doing the same. I love the way Tanya incorporates some of the lace from the skirt into the shoulders and waist of the dress provides a great repeating element – no doubt one of the most fun aspects of knitting a dress from a shawl is deciding which elements to carry up the top of the dress. Her results are spectacular!

 

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

I love these photoshopped images of renaissance painting subjects into modern surroundings.

“I dressed like my skinny best friend for a week to prove that style has no size.”

Why the dishwasher in the restaurant is the most important job in the whole place. 

“Why I love my paper dictionary”. I so feel the same way.

I love rosé wine, so I have some conflicting feelings on this essay: Rosé is exhausting.

My Favourite Pins This Week

If you have never tried baking fresh fruit into a cookie before, you are in for a treat (ha! so literal!). These raspberry chocolate chip cookies are easy to make, and taste so fresh and amazing. Definitely worth trying. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

These sheet pan cauliflower fajitas are so easy, and make pulling together a full meal that much faster- you have the veggies roasting in the oven while you make the rice or wrangle kids/read a magazine. Plus, it feels so good to have a hearty veggie dinner, doesn’t it? Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

if you were looking for a great end of summer cocktail, it doesn’t get any easier than this. It’s basically a few extra grocery store finds chucked into a glass of rose – serve it and then talk about the interesting article you read about Rose (link in the top section), and your summer get together will be a brilliant hit. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

I love this Sally Webb painting, the texture of the thick paint just completely makes this. Pinterest link is here, and the original link can be found here.

And just in case no one has told you today:

Pinterest link is here, and the original link is here.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

Finished Knit: Golden Hour

I’d like to tell you about this sweater I knit. Because it is awesome.

Pattern: Golden Hour

Yarn: Spirit Trail Fiberworks Sunna in ‘Pink Sand’

Needle Size: 3.75 mm (US 5)

Mods: Added faux seams for stability. You can read how I typically do this here, if interested.

 

I could rave about my Golden Hour sweater all day. It is my most favourite pullover I’ve ever knit, and I am already planning on knitting this pattern again (I have the yarn and everything, but that will be a future post!). I love the neckline, the fit, and the yarn is so wonderfully soft and perfect for pullovers that are worn next to the skin.

If you compare the original pattern photo with my photos, you’ll see a couple of differences- one is the yarn overs at the raglan increases, which are oddly not in the pattern, and that the original looks more oversized. I chose to knit a smaller size, and while I can wet block quite a bit more length into it (the silk in this yarn helps with that), I actually popped it in the dryer when it was a bit damp because I thought it was too long on me, and it worked out perfectly. I know that it is pretty much sacrilege to put yarn this decadent into a tumble dryer, but I like to live dangerously. There is an Audre Lorde quote that I like to think of at moments like that – “I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.” It’s an excellent life motto, or even just a knitting motto, should you find yourself in need of one.

I adore the asymmetrical chevron design. I love how they travel up the sleeves, and I love how they look on the front of the sweater. I never knew I could have such strong feelings for chevrons, but here we are. In chevron love.

The neckline for this sweater is a boatneck, which I adore. There is something elegant about then line it creates, and I can bend over with the kids as much as I want and not be flashing anyone. Not that you can tell in any of these photos! It was so windy, and I had spent a solid twenty minutes on doing my hair so I was definitely wearing it down, but now I realize you can’t see the front of the neckline in full in any of my photos – just my hair, going crazy, or my hands trying to hold it down. But I do have a photo of the back of the neckline, to show off the perfect little back of the neck button. I accidentally messed up which side was which, so mine does a tiny cable cross, but I like the effect. Happy accidents, am I right?

Guy took these photos when we were in England, and I think he did an amazing job. There were so many great shots that it was hard to pick just a handful, even with all the wind and the crazy hair. But of course, not every photo turned out like an introspective magazine shoot for whatever actress who ‘is so tired of the game, you know?‘. You know what that means, right? An outtakes post!

Welcome Back Modification Monday!

Hello everyone! It’s so hard to believe that the end of August is already here, summer has blown by so quickly. Already the edges of the leaves are burnished, and there are more leaves on the ground in the parks than I can remember typically seeing at the end of August. I’m not ready to let go of summer just yet, even though it is officially September at the end of the week, and Lila starts Senior Kindergarten next week. That rushing sound that you just heard? The month of August, whizzing right by.

But I’m back! I must confess it felt so good to take the summer off. My finger seems to be mostly healed up, I’ve got some finished knits to share, and Knitted Bliss is back in full swing. Which means…. Modification Monday! And I think you are going to love this Mod:

Original Pattern: Anonymous Shawl 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jennifer (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed the yarn weight from DK to fingering weight, and adjusted the single-colour shawl pattern to use 3 colours. Details can be found on her project page here, and her blog post about the shawl, here.

What Makes This Awesome: It can be challenging to combine colours when the original pattern is a solid colour and doesn’t offer any ideas on how (or where!) to change colours. But Jennifer pulls off the colour changes beautifully! She started with a palette of three colours that looked great together, which featured two tonal yarns and one more variegated yarn.  Combining the dark red and black yarns into a striping section has a wonderfully rich subtlety to it, and allows the more variegated yarn to simultaneously stand out, and pull all there colourways together. The result is stunning! For your own knitting, think about some of the skeins in your stash that might look beautiful together. Then take a look at patterns that might be a good fit, even if they don’t call for more than one colour. Are there interesting ways you could combine your skeins in the pattern, and make something completely new?

 

Summer Vacation

Last summer, I felt really overwhelmed with a lot of big decisions and transitions, and it’s amazing when I see how different my life is now from then. But one thing is the same – I’m feeling the need for a break. I’ve decided to take a little summer vacation from blogging. I promise I will be back mid-August!

In the meantime, you can find me on Instagram here,  Pinterest here, and on Facebook here.