Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Oops- I thought today was Friday, but it turns out it’s actually Thursday. Oh well, Friday Pin Ups and Link Love come one day early this week! ūüėČ

It’s okay to want what you want, and not ¬†feel guilty about it. ¬†More wisdom from Danielle Dowling!

The uncomfortable truth: No one cares how hard you work. It’s about the results and the output, not the effort.

23 ways to treat yourself without buying or eating anything. Of course, I’m about to tempt you with recipes!

11 little things to be healthier. Some more doable than others (I don’t think I’ll ever be a morning exercise person, but it clearly works for some).


Pin Ups and Link Love: Apple Custard Bars |

I love these apple custard bars, because it’s such a nice variation on a typical apple pie- plus, this comes together without too many ingredients (and only 3 apples!). Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Baked CHicken |

This baked chicken with spinach and artichokes is full of great seasonal flavour, and has lots of veg- plus, it’s really just the prep of getting everything into the pot and then baking it in the oven. Talk about easy! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits |

Just one more recipe that I couldn’t resist sharing- a perfect and easy buttermilk biscuit recipe. It even includes instructions for how to get them sky-high like that, which is all about folding the dough over and rolling it out multiple times, to layer the dough and create air pockets. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Easy Braided Updo |

I’m a big fan of this braided bun updo- super easy, and works with straight or curly hair. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: How to Block a Sweater |

Still feel like you are struggling when it comes to blocking a sweater properly? Here is a guide from Tin Can Knits. Remember, you don’t just block your sweater when you finish it, you probably need to block it after every wash. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

What’s on everyone’s agenda for this weekend? I’m about to plunge headfirst into a solid 10 days of meetings for work (!!!), so my next two weekends are pretty much spoken for. ¬†I’d love to hear about the fun things that you guys are doing on your weekend!

Meet the Sponsors: October Edition

What is it about the fall? It feels like September and October are, hands down, the most crazypants months of the year. And all the awesome fiber festivals that seem to be going on everywhere! Somehow, it feels like it might even be busier than December- which is really saying something. ¬†Halloween is fast approaching, and the second that’s done, everywhere you look will be decorated for Christmas. it’s enough to make your head spin!

Meet the Sponsors: November Edition |

Name: Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe

What She is All About:¬†Alicia makes incredible lip balms,¬†lotion bars and soaps using all-natural and skin-loving ingredients like lanolin, cocoa butter, almond oil, vitamin E and mango butter. I’m addicted to her lip balms, and her new soaps are so amazing- I have a sheep soap that smells like heaven every time I wash my hands. And if you haven‚Äôt tried a lotion bar before you are missing out- they are so perfect for purses and knitting bags, ¬†without any liquid mess.

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Passionfruit Rose would be an amazing scent for a lip balm- indulgent and floral, like a little pick me up. Alicia’s new soaps are so amazing, and these Ocean Mist soap bars are made with aloe and goat’s milk, so it’s super gentle and moisturizing. ¬†And Sweet Almond is great scent for a lotion bar: sweet and desert-like, without being cloying. ¬†Perfect for this time of year, when we want comforting scents.

Meet the Sponsors: November Edition |

Name: Bijou Basin Ranch 

What They Are All About:¬†Eileen and Carl have a family Yak ranch in Colorado (doesn’t that sounds amazing?!) Working with the fiber from both their animals on site and speciality fibers from around the world, they sell amazing yarn,¬†both 100% yak and blended with other fibers (like bamboo or merino) to lend¬†strength and variety. Lately they have been partnering with some amazing indie dyers for unique and exclusive custom colourways, which are pretty spectacular.¬†Plus- they are offering free shipping on all orders when you use the coupon code ‚ÄúKNITBLISS‚ÄĚ at checkout!

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: This yak and silk blend of laceweight in the stunning ‘Glacier’ colourway would be so¬†perfect¬†for a shawl. It’s even¬†custom dyed by Lost City Knits, as bijou Basin Ranch has been partnering with indie dyers for custom colourways that you can only get here. ¬†Another custom colourway that is exclusive is Cinnamon Teal, a yak/bamboo fingering weight custom dyed by Lattes & Llamas. And then we have ‘Cenote’, a beautiful rich teal fingering weight that is a blend of yak and nyol, custom dyed by Miss Babs.

Meet the Sponsors: November Edition |

Name: Cold Springs Creations

What She is All About: Megan hand-dyes beautiful variegated and tonal yarns in a variety of fingering weight bases, as well as laceweight and DK. Lots of fresh, original colour combinations to be found in her shop, with some brights and some dark and mysterious. Use code KNITTEDBLISS15 for 10% off your order, big or small!

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: ¬†This stunning 2 ply sock yarn in the Galaxy colourway is a blend of merino and nylon (for strength), a perfect moody colourway. ¬†Then there is the sparkle sock yarn for a little bit of glimmer ¬†in the Zanzibar Marketplace colourway that looks completely magical. And for a bright hit of fun, check out this merino/cashmere sock yarn in ‘Wonderland’, quite possibly the happiest rainbow yarn I’ve seen in a while!

Meet the Sponsors: November Edition |

Name: Knit Play Colour, by Louise Zass-Bangham

What She is All About: ¬†Louise has created a really inspiring collection (both as an e-book and printed book) of ten accessory patterns, all of which include a variety of techniques or ideas to alter them and make them entirely your own. If you have always wanted to try modifying knitting patterns but didn‚Äôt quite know where to start, this is the collection for you. It’s worth checking out the gorgeous projects popping up on Ravelry!

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Heart Deco is a beautiful cowl with a delicate heart motif, and can be worked in either fingering weight or DK.  Flight of Colour is a stunning striped scarf that is perfect for destashing, or for using up mini skeins- you can use random colour stripes, or repeat two or three colours, as shown here. Shadowlines is a richly cabled wrap that increases the thickness of cables, and can be worked  in any weight from DK to chunky.

Meet the Sponsors: November Edition |

Name: Lyudmyla Knit Designs

What She is All About: Lyudmyla designs cozy accessories with lots of texture for little ones, like hats and cowls and blankets; but her size range is very inclusive- almost all her accessories are sized for baby, toddler, children, and adults. And she has a coupon code for Buy 1 pattern, get one free- code: Buy1Get1Free . 

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: I’m loving this Geo Cowl, with great¬†geometric¬†cables that have a bit of an art¬†deco feel. The pattern ranges from baby/toddler/teen and adult sizes, too! The Leave-Me-Not-Mitts are pretty garter fingerless mitts with a lovely leaf motif (I’m actually knitting these at the moment!), And then the Green Snake hat is full of stunning cables to keep you toasty warm, in sizes from baby all the way to adult.

Meet the Sponsors: November Edition |

Name: Fuzzy Mitten 

What She is All About: Barbara designs some of the cutest stuffed toy patterns around, and has patterns for all sorts of clothing for them, too! They are great value, as every pattern comes with instructions for more than just the animal- there’s always something for them to wear, or an accessory or two. All are exceptionally priced, too- I doubt you’ll find anything cuter or as good a deal for knitted toy patterns. She is currently running a mystery KAL (which I have totally joined- and excited to figure out what the animal might be!)

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: I love this bulky weight Big Teddy in overallsРyou know knitting him up would be super fast, and I feel like those overalls would be awesome in stripes, too.  This sweet little Beaver in a Sweater Coat is an awesome toy, and that sweater is prefect for using up leftover bits of pretty yarn that you know you have been hanging on to.  And then we have this adorable Turtle, with fully removable shell, hat and boots-  I knit one of these, and my toddler loves dressing him up and taking everything off!

I hope you saw some things that really intrigued you and are clicking through right now- I know I am! Some of them have had some recent shop updates and I’m off to check out the new goodies….



Modification Monday: Gemini

Modification Monday: Gemini |

Original Pattern: Christmas in July

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jenn (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Worked her version in worsted weight rather than the original fingering, swapped out the adult yoke chart for the children’s one, and reversed the chart- as the original is intended to be knit top down, and she was knitting bottom-up. Full details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Jenn was working on a bottom-up Lopi sweater (she’s made several stunning sweaters in this style), when she saw the new Christmas in July pattern, and loved the yoke design and decided it was just right for the sweater she was working on. As the pattern comes in both a kid and adult version, there are two charts (yoke depth being very different for kiddos than it is for adults), so Jenn used the children’s chart and reversed it to be worked bottom-up. The result is stunning- I love the colours she chose, and it’s a clever adaptation that looks completely original. Way to go, Jenn!

Modification Monday: Gemini |

Outtakes: Jordana Paige Cora Bag

Guy and I had a lot of fun when taking photos to show the new Jordana Paige Cora Bag, and there were more than the usual share of hilarious outtakes, especially considering that there was no toddler involved this time.

Outtakes: Jordana Paige Cora Bag |

Before the photos, we went to a cafe to get a delicious looking treat and a beverage to use as props in the photos (and as snacks!). The pretty croissant we got as part of the fun props? Yeah, you know I ate the whole thing. Does anyone look good while stuffing their face with pastry? I don’t think so. ¬†Case and point:

Outtakes: Jordana Paige Cora Bag |

But it was a wonderfully delicious almond croissant! Totally worth it.

This is where I kept trying to pull something interesting out of my bag and look like I was naturally interacting with it. Totally natural, right?

Outtakes: Jordana Paige Cora Bag |

Oh yeah. Nailed it.

At one point I was laughing about something, and Guy said it looked like I was laughing at something funny that the bag had said. So then I pretended that the bag was saying funny things.

Outtakes: Jordana Paige Cora Bag |

“No way, you didn’t say that! and then what happened? Oh purse, you tell the best stories!”

Those were the outtakes- I hope you enjoyed! I’m possibly having second thoughts about the posting photo of me biting into the croissant…

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Links I Love This Week:

I’m a little obsessed ¬†Noisli, with this new-to-me sound mixer that allows you to custom blend different sounds for either relaxing or productivity, with 16 different sound options (and volume controls for each one) to custom blend your perfect mix of noise hath will help you amp up your productivity, or get you super relaxed.

10 ways to boost your brain power– some quick and easy, some take a bit more time. But I think there’s something for everyone on this list.

Part of living more simply means building patience and practicing contentment no matter where you are at on the journey.

A moving account of what it is really like being a single parent.

Are newsletters the internet’s new safe space for women? A great article about how women are finding new ways to carve out female spaces to share thoughts and discoveries.

Pins I Love This Week:

Pin Ups and Link Love: Zucchini Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies |

Zucchini oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! I get to eat way more of them because there are vegetables in them, right??? The recipe declares them gluten-free, but that is because the recipe calls for gluten-free flour- I’m confident regular flour works just fine, if you are good with gluten. Other than that, the recipe is is full of good ingredients, for a healthier take on a chocolate chip cookie. ¬†Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Gnocchi and Pomodoro Sauce |

Gnocchi with Pomodoro sauce is one of those great comfort foods that is just perfect for this time of year, and the recipe comes together easily. If you are in a rush for a weekday meal, skip the step with broiling the cheese for a crusty top- the recipe is still delicious without it, but it does add any extra tasty element. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Crochet Pumpkin Cover DIY |

I’m totally not into scary stuff (even those Halloween Simpsons episodes sometimes creep me out), so I was pretty smitten with this DIY crochet cover for a pumpkin. Who says halloween¬†decorations can’t be pretty? Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Stitch Markers|

If you are anything like me, you lose stitch markers all over the place. I loved this tutorial on how to make your own- I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m making my supply list so that I can get everything I need for them!¬†I’d love to try this. Pinterest link is here, and the original tutorial post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Beauty Quote |

I love this quote- so often we’re wishing that this was different about our face or body, or wish we could change X… but really, confidence in who you are is one heck of a badass beauty treatment. Pinterest link is here, and original post is here– side note, that’s a cool site where you can make your own text/image overlays!

Tomorrow I’ll be posting some silly photos from the outtakes from this post– I know I don’t normally post on weekends, but I hope you’ll enjoy! Have a beautiful weekend, everyone!