Vacation Report: England and Spain

 I don’t think little kids actually enjoy travelling, generally speaking. The routines are off, everything is different (different beds, different food, different environment) and kids don’t find that invigorating and exciting until they are probably tween or teenagers. Traveling internationally with kids is not for the faint of heart, but overall, our trip was fantastic. There were definitely some rough parts but overall it was worth it.

Which is just too bad for my kids, because we intend to keep dragging them around to various places, and I trust that when they are older they will look back on it and think it was a grand adventure. Like so many things in childhood that our parents make us do, they turn out to be good decisions.

But I love this hilarious photo of Lila on the plan prior to take off. Just scarfing down chips, wearing her jammies, and rockin’ with her penguin headphones:

Traveling with Kids: England and Spain |

Something I learned from this trip- no more red eye flights with small children. It’s just too hard on everyone. I think Lila slept for a total of an hour on the flight to England, and James for about 3 hours. I think Guy got about an hour’s sleep, and I got about half an hour. Who wants to start a vacation like that? I’ll be looking into how to break up the flight so that we can fly during the day next time.

We got to spend some great quality family time in England:

Traveling with Kids: England and Spain |

Traveling with Kids: England and Spain |

Then we flew from Bristol to Barcelona:

Traveling with Kids: England and Spain |

Traveling with Kids: England and Spain | Traveling with Kids: England and Spain |

Some close friends were getting married in Spain- the couple that introduced Guy and I! They have been together a very long time and decided it was time to make it official. I went to the bachelorette party, Guy went to the bachelor party, we had a few days to explore the city and then we went to Girona for the wedding. It was … breathtaking. Hands down the most beautiful, most fun wedding I’ve ever been to! Including my own, but I have a theory that when it’s your own wedding, it can be hard to relax and enjoy since you are in the eye of the storm.

They rented a villa in the countryside, complete with it’s own salt water pool. The views were spectacular, and the whole thing was nothing short of magical. We put Lila and James to bed in the evening in the main house, and then danced all night under the stars with our friends. There were other kids too- all the parents took turns checking on them all night long.

Traveling with Kids: England and Spain |

Something fun we did with Lila was we gave her my old digital camera, a point-and-shoot that is about 8 years old but has always been pretty reliable. It was fascinating to look through her pictures and see the trip from her perspective. There were loads of photos, many of them blurry because she had smudged the lens and I wasn’t always remembering to clean it off. Also a huge number of photos of toys. Here are my top pics from her shots:

Traveling with Kids: England and Spain |

 The blue bunny is on a pair of leggings we got for her in England, and she was absolutely fascinated.  I would check on her and find that she was just staring at her pants (there are a variety of woodland animals on them). Not a single photo of any of the sights. I wonder how old she will be before that part of the trip begins to interest her?

Finished Knit: Kveta Shawl

Finished Knit: Kveta Shawl |

I’ve said so many times that I’m not really a shawl person, but the Kevta shawl made me change my mind.

Finished Knit: Kveta Shawl |

Pattern: Kveta

Yarn: Berroco Millefiori in Viola

Notes:  This yarn is from Berroco’s new fall release, where they launched all sorts of new yarns and new patterns. I was fortunate to get to pick a project to knit, and I instantly fell for Kveta. The yarn sold me- I’ve already gushed about it in previous posts here and here, and it’s probably because I’m surprised by how much I like a yarn that has this much variety in it. The colourful bits are silky, the black bits are woolly. There are loads of colour changes but it somehow stays quite consistent. Also, it looks mighty fine with my favourite jacket.


The shawl has a great construction in that you ‘knit’ the fringe as you go, at at the end, you drop the stitches and get the fringe sides. Although I did find the snipping (otherwise they are big loops) to be a little time consuming, but it as worth it. A 2 skein shawl with all this Zen garter stitch was really great to keep in my purse and just knit away at during free moments.

Finished Knit: Kveta Shawl |

I have a lot of time these days for simple knits. Lately James has taken to trying to crawl up the stairs a million times a day, and I was finding it frustrating. So I stashed a stockinette project on the stairs and now when James starts crawling onto the bottom step, rather than feeling like ‘oh, here we go again…’ I’m glad that he wants to go. I can knit a few rows while I sit on the stairs below him,  so that he can’t fall.

Finished Knit: Kveta Shawl |

Some anglophiles might notice that I’m near the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, England in these photos! I’m working on a post about our recent vacation, with all sorts of photos. I think sometimes going through the photos after the trip is one of my favourite things- it’s like reliving all the best bits all over again.


Modification Monday: Fluorite

Modification Monday: Flourite |

Original Pattern: 113-17 Jacket with pattern on yoke 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Tanya (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Modified to be top down instead of bottom up, longer sleeves, adjusted the details on the yoke to pick out the elements that she liked best, and repeated lace section near hem of sweater. Very thorough details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: High faves to Tanya for taking such great notes for her top down mod- anyone looking to do the same could easily follow her instructions on her project page.  I also love how she manipulated the striping yarn she used to get wider colour stripes, and used them to enhance the lace sections of the sweater.  This attention to detail is especially impressive when you realize that the hem, sleeve cuffs, neck, and button band  are all part of the same gradient section. A brilliant detail!

I have seen this cardigan before, but something about this great combination of mods makes me feel as though I’m seeing it for the first time. It’s just so beautiful.

Modification Monday: Flourite |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

And the winner of the SweetGeorgia Giveaway is…… Vanessa, who commented:

“The colour capturing my imagination is nightshade. The pattern I would love to wear the most is the Amara cardigan. I think the placement of the vertical lines of cables is gorgeous.”

(Comments are selected via, but I thought it would be nice to share the comment, too!)

I know I’m woefully behind on blog posting, since we arrived back Sunday night. The kids have been getting up at 5 a.m. every day since, and it’s meant being pretty much done for by 8 p.m.! But we are slowly getting back on track, and I’m trying to get through a mountain of email. I have a family trip post coming up, and an FO post coming, too! But in the meantime:

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

The importance of writing it down. Not matter what ‘it’ is.

Always put your own mental health first. I’m pretty sure every woman on the planet needs this reminder.

Someone needs to figure out a way to mass produce these– I totally want one!

Have a problem that is really weighing on you? Here is a great guide on how to solve it. For real.

My Favourite Pins This Week


Pear season has just begun, and I’m so excited! Even though we are a hardcore berry family (I’m totally the mom in the grocery store ponying up the big bucks for raspberries in January), I adore pears, they are one of my favourite fruits. This pear and nutella chocolate tart is an easy but really sophisticated dessert. Pears are really high in fiber and full of vitamins, so from a health perspective you should totally eat this dessert. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe can be found here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Cajun Chicken & Rice |

I love a good weeknight supper idea, and you guys know how much I love rice. This cajun chicken rice dish is perfect for a busy weeknight, and checks all my inner must-have boxes- it’s easy, fast, and has veggies and protein. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Apple Cider Sangria |

If you are already mourning the loss of classic summer cocktails like sangria, how about whipping up a batch of this apple cider sangria?  It’s easy and a special treat for fall gatherings. Plus it has pears in it! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Holographic Coasters|

I love how these coasters are somehow really simple and yet really sophisticated. The DIY looks dead easy, too- perhaps a great gift idea? Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Wilson Shawl |

Little Church Knits recently released this pretty shawlette (free pattern, and I was instantly smitten- it looks like a great little knit to whip up, and the contrasting trim means you can use up a leftover skein (or more accurately, probably half a skein ) of a special yarn. Pinterest link is here, and the original pattern post is here.

Have an amazing weekend, friends!

Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol. 2 Review & Giveaway!!!

The recently released (fresh off the internet presses yesterday!) Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol. 2 collection contains 12 patterns: 3 cardigans, two shawls, one cowl, one scarf, one wrap, one hat & cowl set, one pullover, and one fingerless mitts pattern. You can purchase patterns individually, or the whole eBook collection via their website here or Ravelry here. I’ve long been a fan of Sweet Georgia’s amazing colour collections, and their pattern collections always feature brightly coloured knits. If you prefer your knits more muted, they also have a wide range of colours for those of us that sometimes prefer colour on the darker or softer side.

Here are my top picks from this collection!

Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol 2 Review |

Amara, by Linda Marveng

Amara is a wonderfully cabled DK weight cardigan knit from the bottom up.  The back is particularly lovely, so I recommend checking out all the photos. Although the length is a bit odd to me, I personally feel that making this about 4 inches longer would make this a knockout. Cables are both written and charted, none of the cables involve more than 6 stitches total.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You love cables. I mean, really love cables.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: ‘At the same time’ instructions are your kryptonite. The phrase is mentioned 6 times in the pattern.

Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol 2 Review |

Edale, by Corrina Ferguson

A gorgeous fingering weight shawl that takes two skeins of fingering to give it the great size you see in the photo, and allow you to wrap it a bit more than your typical shawl. Patterns is fully written out as well as charted, and is full lace- meaning, both sides will have yarn overs.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You have been wanting to knit a bigger triangular shawl because the single skein ones are too tiny. And if you like audio books, so you can listen while you look at your knitting taking shape.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: The only way you are willing to knit lace is with ‘resting rows’. And if you were looking for a mindless knit, then you better keep on walking.

Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol 2 Review |

Runlet, by Sarah Brunenberg

This is my top favourite in the collection! A very wearable pullover that cleverly combines sportweight yarn and translucent stripes of SweetGeorgia’s Silver Mist laceweight in a mohair and silk blend for a bit of decadence. This one is cropped, but you could easily add an extra 4 inches to the body with one more skein of SweetGeorgia Superwash Sport. It also features my favourite design detail of the moment- a split hem!

You Should Totally Knit This If: You are looking for a pullover that is simple in design but has clever details. And if the mohair/silk stripes had you at ‘hello’.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: If you hate short rows, and your idea of a perfect sweater is a top down raglan, because everything else feels too fussy for you.

Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol 2 Review |

Shelburne, by Fatima Hinds

Knit from the bottom up, this textured cardigan is knit mosaic style, meaning that you only work one colour at a time and slipped stitches and yarn placement create the intricate details. If you wanted to knit a garment that was as easy to knit as it is easy to wear, this would be a great choice.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You love texture and the look of colourwork, but the idea of knitting it intimidates you.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You’d rather leave the inside riddled with fringes of yarn than weave in your ends. or if you find the elbow length sleeves an odd choice for fall (but you could lengthen them, of course!)

I’m sure you noticed the word giveaway in the blog post title, right? Aren’t giveaways exciting! SweetGeorgia has offered one lucky Knitted Bliss reader a free pattern from the collection of their choosing, as well as a skein of Bulletproof sock yarn in the colourway of your choice. All you have to do is check out the colours on SweetGeorgia here, and leave me a comment letting me know which colourway you are craving for fall, and which pattern from the collection you think you wold wear the most.  Admittedly none of the patterns from this collection are single skein, but that’s okay- you can do a lot with a great skein of SweetGeorgia Bulletproof Sock!

And if you can’t wait (or aren’t feeling lucky), move quickly and you will get individual patterns for 30% off! No coupons code needed, but that’s only until midnight tonight  September 14th (SweetGeorgia time, which is west coast time). Entry to win a skein here on this blog post closes 10 p.m. (EST) Thursday, September 15th, with the winner announced on Friday Sept 16th.

Also, today is my mom’s birthday- happy birthday, Mom!!!