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.

Lila Lately: 2 Years Old

Lila is such a little character now, so much her own self. It’s amazing to see a child develop from a cuddly newborn snugglelump (sure, that’s a word) to a little person who definitely has her own opinions on things.  She’s able to do the stairs on her own (while holding onto a banister, and with supervision), she can stand on a stool and likes to watch herself brush her teeth in the mirror, we’ve started potty training (it’s not going well), and she recently even tried out rollerblades:

Wee Wednesday: Toddler Rollerblades| knittedbliss.com

But it’s the daycare pick up that really rocks my socks, though. That little face. When we walk home from daycare, hand in hand, and she looks up at me and smiles and  tells me what she wants to do next – “build sandcastles” or “visit puppies dog park” or “catch the ball” or “crackers please”. That’s the stuff parenting dreams are made of. Of course, it’s not all pigtails and  cuddles- there are the tantrums, every night she wails despairingly at the prospect of having to go to bed, despite ample warning and a very orderly routine that never deviates.

Wee Wednesday: Lila Lately | knittedbliss.com

That photo on the top right? Yeah, we don’t actually have a chalkboard wall. That’s a regular wall. Seems to be some pretty hard-wearing paint, though- the chalk washes right off.

She had her annual MRI recently, and this morning we had our follow up appointment that had good news- the brain lesion hasn’t grown at all, and it doesn’t seem to be interfering with her development, so we will have another follow up when she is 3 and we’ll see how its going. She is doing so well, I hardly ever think about it any more, which is good.

Earlier this summer Lila was a flower girl in my cousin’s wedding! I’m sure many of you can imagine what a lottery it is, trying to guess whether a 2 year old is going to make it up the aisle. We got her a book about being a flower girl and practice petals and a basket, and tried to really practice it. She liked the idea, but often wouldn’t do it on command, but on the big day she totally rocked it! Guy was at the back of the church and let her loose down the aisle. She tossed some petals on the floor from her flower girl basket, decided that wasn’t happening fast enough and then dumped the basket upside down into a lovely pool of petals; then went running up the aisle shouting “Lila Flower Girl! Lila Flower Girl!” I scooped her up when she got to the front of the church and sat her down in the pew. Not to mention she was a total dancing queen on the dance floor at the reception! I wish I got better photos of that, but it was tough- famously poor lighting at wedding receptions, plus a fast moving target.  Oh well. Can’t nail every photo, right?

Wee Wednesday: Lila Flower Girl | knittedbliss.com

 

Modification Monday: Norwegian Hat

Modification Monday: Norwegian Hat| knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern:Frosted Alpine Hat 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Corinne (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed up the colourwork to feature a snowflake fair isle design, and higher contrast edges and details. Plenty of great details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This was a great way to approach a mod- Corinne had knit the original hat pattern a few times, and decided to try something new with it.  As she was already familiar with the pattern, it was a great way for her to get started with a modification- she originally wanted to include the snowflakes on the ear flaps, but it wasn’t working out and she ripped back to keep them green. The colours are great, as well- the high contrast black and white give a lot of pop again the green, and d I like the black  edging around the bottom of the hat.  Her notes show the thought she out into this and the changes she made along the way, and the result is a truly fantastic hat!

Modification Monday: Norwegian Hat| knittedbliss.com

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

***Don’t forget today is the last day to get a copy of the Nashira pattern for 50%! Use the code: knittedbliss when you checkout to get it for only $3.***

Pin Ups: S'mores Rick Krispies| knittedbliss.com

Don’t you love it when two favourites are combined into one awesome dessert? yeah, me too. S’mores Rice Krispies!!!

Pin Ups: Tomato Basil Soup| knittedbliss.com

This lovely recipe for tomato basil soup with cheese tortellini is delicious! You have to do a lot of scrolling through many photos to get to the recipe (like pretty much every recipe these days), but it’s well worth it.

Pin Ups: DIY Instagram Frame| knittedbliss.com

I love this DIY instagram photo frame-  who doesn’t want to spend a little more time looking at their favourite instagram shots without string at their phone? This one repurposes a generic larger frame, and the outer rim is brightened up with washi tape. Speaking of washi tape….

Pin Ups: Washi tape office supplies| knittedbliss.com

This awesome post has me wanting to cover pretty much every office thing on my desk in pretty washi tape. I’m going to bring my washi tapes into the office next week and get cracking on prettifying all my things.

Pin Ups: Daily fruit and Veggies| knittedbliss.com

I love this visual guide for getting your daily amount of fruit and veggies- there is something about actually seeing a photo of how much that really is that has helped me focus on getting more of my daily quota.

Pattern Sale: Get 50% of Nashira!

Hey all you awesome knitters- until end of day on Friday, I’m offering 50% off the Nashira pattern, which means you can get it right now for only $3!

Use coupon code: knittedbliss

Long time blog readers, you know I don’t do pattern sales very often, so this is pretty special. I thought it would be a nice time  of year to do this, as most of us are  beginning to feel the coolness in the evenings, and soon Fall is coming. Nashira is a great scarf/shawl for keeping the chill away. It’s definitely better for warmer weather in the laceweight version here:

Nashira| knittedbliss.com

The laceweight version took about 500 yards of Tanis Fiber Arts Mulberry Silk Silver Label, shown here in ‘Dove’.  Check out the pattern page on Ravelry here. 

And if you totally want to get ready for winter, here is an easy modification for Aran weight:

Nashira| knittedbliss.com

The Aran weight version took about 500 yards of Aran weight, seen here in Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label in ‘Deep Sea’.

I also like how different these projects look, with one being in a solid colour, and the other with more tonal variety. Coupled with the gauge difference, it makes for two very different looks from one pattern. Which version are you going to make?