Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: DIY watercolour mugs| knittedbliss.com

This is such a great idea- the watercolour motif is done with nail polish. With the popularity of nail art for the last little while, I bet lots of us have loads of nail polish kicking around to try this, and the results are gorgeous.

Pin Ups: Herbed grilled cheese| knittedbliss.com

Is your garden producing so many fresh herbs you don’t know what to do with it all? Here is a tasty, simple solution- the fresh herb grilled cheese. So delicious!

Pin Ups: Lemon and Zucchini Loaf | knittedbliss.com

And while there is an abundance of fresh produce, how about some delicious lemon zucchini bread for dessert?

PIn Ups: Recovered Stool| knittedbliss.com

I love this thrift store stool revamp- what a gre way to incorporate some cozy knits into your furniture. If you don’t knit, you could get a great thrift store sweater, and if you do- you could custom knit something spectacular.

PIn Ups: Instagram vs Reality | knittedbliss.com

This cheeky comparison of how instagram photos get crafted to give the illusion of a life well lived is so spot on. I totally do this stuff. It’s funny how crafting a digital image is pretty much about staging shots and having it look ‘natural’.

FO: Starry Starry Sunset Shawl

Sunset Shawl | knittedbliss.com

Pattern: Starry Starry Night

Yarn: Rowan Fine Lace in ‘Cobweb’, and Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe in ‘California Sunrise’

Needles: 5mm (US 8)

Notes: No modifications, previously blogged as a WIP here, when I first got the great little kit. Project page can be found on Ravelry, here.

I do not often wear (or knit) triangular shawls because I find them hard to actually wear. But this one is different, for two reasons:

1. the size. a really big shawl is a lot more versatile and I had fun tying the ends together and then wrapping the tail around me and tucking it into the knot, which gave it this awesome gathered look that you see if the majority of these photos.

2. the all over star stitch design with the thin stripes makes this a very modern shawl indeed, and I think it looks best when the rest of the outfit is unfussy and clean- a simple tee or tank top (that’s a vest for the UK readers ;) )  and jeans allow for a big, beautiful shawl to really be the main accessory.

Sunset Shawl | knittedbliss.com

This was a fun photoshoot. Sometimes it’s hard- I’m not in the mood to be photographed, or Guy isn’t in the mood to be a photographer, and when it’s forced it’s so much harder. but then there are days where it’s bouncy fun, and the wind is wild and Guy is making funny comments to make me laugh, so we move from this:

Sunset Shawl| knittedbliss.com

to this without missing a beat. Because hey, photoshoots should be fun.

Sunset Shawl| knittedbliss.com

There were lots of silly outtakes for this shoot, the wind and the mood we were in, it just made for some silliness. I’ve thought about doing outtake posts before. Is that something you think you might want to see? The silly, cutting room floor sort of shots? 

Modification Monday: Axis Mundi Mitts

 

Modification Monday: Axis Mundi Mitts | knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern: Oak Grove

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jane (Ravelry ID

Mods:  Changed the top center cable to bobbles, and added a cable to the side seams, as well as changed up the way she knit them (two at a time!).  Details on her  modifications can be found on her project page, which can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Even though I’ve actually knit this pattern myself, when I saw Jane’s mitts the changes look so much at home that I had to toggle between the original pattern and her project page to see all the differences (which is worth doing). I love the bobbles, they look perfect next to the oak leaf motif.  And the small faux cable along the sides are a nice touch, and help frame the oak leaf after removing the original cable.  The whole effect is so pretty!

Modification Monday: Axis Mundi Mitts | knittedbliss.com

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: frozen banana pops| knittedbliss.com

These, my friends, are DIY banana split pudding pops. Doesn’t that just look like the epitome of summer on a stick?

Pin Ups: lemon celery parsley salad| knittedbliss.com

And after you’ve eaten so many amazing banana split pudding pops, maybe you need to have a super delicious salad like this amazing lemon, celery and Parmesan salad. try it, I think you’ll love it.

Pin Ups: DIY pet portraits| knittedbliss.com

I’m dying to try this very easy-looking  pop art pet portrait DIY. I can totally see my cats done up like this, and would be so fun to have bright colours on the wall.

Pin Ups: braided updo| knittedbliss.com

I want to try this gorgeous braided updo. Just so pretty.

Pin Ups: literary t shirts| knittedbliss.com

I love pretty much everything at the Out of Print shop, which specializes in original classic book cover art on tote bags, t shirts, and more. I’m dying to order a t-shirt, but I’m having a tough time deciding! Maybe this one, or this one, or this one? Hmmm.

WIP: Lady Bat Sweater

WIP:  Lady Bat | knittedbliss.com

From left to right: close up of a statue at Queen and University (Toronto), close up of rain on a picnic table, Toronto’s CN Tower, as seen from Toronto Island. 

I know I should be posting about FOs (because I have two, I swear- just no photos yet), but I have wanted to cast on for the gorgeous summer sweater, Lady Bat- and summer’s running out, so I wanted to get a move on.

Pattern: Lady Bat

Yarn: Adriafil Cheope

Needles: 3.75 mm ( US 5)

I love it so far and can already imagine wearing it, with great summer shorts, feeling all casual and carefree. Isn’t this one of the best stages of knitting something, when you are already imaging how great the knit will be, and how you will wear it all the time, if only you could knit faster! This is the first time I’ve used Adriafil Cheope yarn, and it’s working out great- I love the silvery light grey, and it’s got amazing stitch definition, which you need for the zigzag lace in this pattern:

WIP: Lady Bat Collage | knittedbliss.com

The lace is unblocked, but you can still see how crisp the definition is with this yarn- I’m excited to see how it plays out with the final FO!

I’m not as far along as I’d like to be, but I’m hoping to be done really soon. I want to already be wearing it!