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

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: Fun Hangers| knittedbliss.com

I love the idea of having fun with your clothes hangers, especially when they would be as complimentary as these! Wouldn’t it be a great little pick-me-up when you are getting dressed every morning? Those are happy-inducing hanger upgrades, for sure. As easy as a bit of paint and some sharpies!

Pin Ups: Lazy Casserole | knittedbliss.com
I had to go scrolling through the Pin Ups archives, because I was sure I would have posted about this by now- this is actually one of my favourite lazy weekend recipes! Lots of chopped up fall veggies,  chopped up sausages, chuck it all in the oven. It’s easy, it’s delicious, it’s amazing.

Pin Ups: Apple Rose Tart | knittedbliss.com

I’m dying to try this recipe- an apple rose tart. It looks like the prettiest tart I have ever seen, and would be so impressive if you were having people over.  You should totally have some people over this weekend!

Pin Ups: Crockpot Pumpkin Spiced Latte| knittedbliss.com

And since you are having people over to dazzle them with your awesome apple rose tart, why not just make them think you are the bestest person ever and whip up a crockpot full of this very easy pumpkin spiced latte? The recipe is perfect for a group!

Pin Ups: Easy Crown Braids | knittedbliss.com

Those people you are inviting over this weekend, who will be dazzled with your rose apple tart and endless pumpkin spiced lattes? (Man, I hope your friends don’t get jealous easily) Might as well go for broke and wear your hair up in these super easy crown braids- Some  ponytails, transformed into braids, then wrapped around and pinned into place.

Modification Monday: The Talented Mrs Fox

Modification Monday: Adult Fox Sweater | knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern:  Fox in the Snow Mittens 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Nele (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  Using the stranded fox design from the mittens, Nele incorporated it into a lightweight cardigan. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This stunning sweater is exactly why I do Modification Monday posts: Nele saw this previous Mod Monday of the awesome modified fox baby sweater, and decided that she needed to have a grown up version. A modification of a Modification Monday? Heck yeah!!! And Nele nailed this grown up version perfectly- I love the bright highlighter yellow at the cuff,  the light grey stripes between the fox heads are subtle but interesting, and the proportions of the overall cardigan (one she made up!) are just right. This is the kind of sweater that whenever you wear it in public, someone asks you where you got it. And then Nele gets to say, ‘Oh, this? I made it.’ And the person who asked is utterly crushed because they don’t knit and now they know just how terrible that really is. So… in summary: knitting is awesome, and this sweater is super awesome.

Modification Monday: Adult Fox Sweater | knittedbliss.com

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: flower photo| knittedbliss.com

This is such a sweet way to add a little zip to a photo- adding faux flowers to a printed photograph.

PIn Ups: Bear Cookies| knittedbliss.com

Do you have a bear shaped cookie cutter? If not, you’ll want to rush out and get one, just to make  these adorable cookies.

PIn Ups: Pear and Bacon Grilled Cheese| knittedbliss.com

But maybe you should have a sandwich first, before you start baking, May I recommend a delicious pear and bacon grilled cheese?

Pin Ups: Knitting Trick| knittedbliss.com

For those of you who absolutely despise weaving in ends at any cost- here is an easy little trick to knit them right into your work.

PIn Ups: How to take your own photos| knittedbliss.com

And if you would like to get some great FO photos, but don’t have anyone to take pictures of you, why not just do it all yourself? You might feel a lot more comfortable. This guide has some great tips on how to take great shots using just you, your camera, and a tripod. I might also recommend a remote control for your camera, but you could just set the timer.