WIP: Starry Starry Sunset

WIP: Starry Starry Sunset Shawl| knittedbliss.com

It was tricky to get photos of things that were similar in colour to my work in progress, but embroidery threads, a striped cushion, and one of Lila’s toys helped with the colours. 

When I was in England, I heard about a great yarn shop in the north (not that far from Manchester) called Black Sheep Wools. I would have loved to have gone up there, but there wasn’t time during my visit to get up to that part of the country. Next time! However, they do offer some great shipping and I got a kit to make Starry Starry Night  (kit was first previewed on my instagram),  which I’m totally loving:

WIP: Starry Starry Sunset Shawl| knittedbliss.com

The yarns are Rowan Fine Lace in Cobweb, and Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe in California Sunset. It probably seems a little counter-intuitive to be knitting with mohair in the summer, but laceweight projects are so perfect for this time of year (and also easy to take on the go, since it weighs practically nothing!). I have a finicky, love/hate relationship with shawls- they are fun to knit, but tricky to actually wear. So if I’m going to knit a shawl it has to tick the right boxes for me, namely:

1. I’ve got to love the colours. If I don’t love the yarn, then nothing else matters. This grey plus bright pinky-orange is a fun combo that somehow really works for me.

2. The pattern has to be something my brain can handle right now. Sometimes I like them intricate and requiring lots of focus, sometimes I want something super easy and relaxing. This is in the ‘easy and relaxing’ category, which is how summer knitting should be, am I right?

3. I have to envision how I will actually wear the shawl. You know- in real life, with clothes that I already own. I feel like this is going to look great with a grey tank top/t-shirt and jeans.

How about you? Do you have certain criteria when you decide on a knit?

Modification Monday: Kai-Mei Cardigan

Modification Monday: Kai-Mei Cardigan | knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern: Kai-Mei

Knitter Extraordinaire: Erika (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Created a top down raglan sweater and featured the lace from the original sock pattern, and changed the gauge from fingering to worsted. More photos can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome:  This is a great idea that I highly recommend to other knitters out there who want to modify a pattern– find a great lace stripe pattern you love, and incorporate it into a simple sweater. Erika’s take on this is perfection! I love the single stripe on each side of the button bands in the front, and the double stripe in the back provides balance to the design. No matter if you are coming or going, all anyone will see is how gorgeous this sweater is.

Modification Monday: Kai-Mei Cardigan | knittedbliss.com

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

I know I’ve been rather quiet lately, I’m still feeling a bit off. But I’ll be back to my old self soon, I hope! In the mean time, I’ve had some requests about getting blog posts via email, so there is now a  box to sign up, on the side bar right over there ——-> (but slightly lower).

Pin Ups: lace elbow patch diy| knittedbliss.com

I love these lace elbow patches, they are such a sweet detail, and look so easy to do.

Pin Ups: Lemon & Raspberry Cheesecake Tart| knittedbliss.com

This raspberry lemon cheesecake tart looks surprisingly easy, once you read the recipe. What an impressive summer dessert!

Pin Ups: Sweet and Spicy Galzed Chicken| knittedbliss.com

These sweet and spicy glazed chicken drumsticks look sooooo good. And there’s even directions on how to skin the drumsticks before cooking, too.

Pin Ups: chignon updo | knittedbliss.com

I love this chignon, it looks so easy, and perfect for summer- work, weddings, whatever you are getting up to.

Pin Ups: easier lemonade | knittedbliss.com

I love this recipe for making fresh lemonade that is not about squeezing- you blend the whole lemon, then strain! It’s so much faster than squeezing.

 

Modification Monday: Stripy Hitchicker

Modification Monday: Stripey Hitchhiker| knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern: Hitchhiker

Knitter Extraordinaire: Yvette Rose (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  Changed the shawl to a stripe pattern using three different colourways, and used an i-cord edging to hide the yarn changes. Great details are on her project page, including step by step instructions for the i-cord edging, can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: This pattern looks amazing in the bold solid stripes that Yvette Rose chose, and her solution for hiding the colour changes (and avoiding weaving in all those ends) is brilliant. The i-cord edging camouflages the carried yarn, so she not only didn’t have to cut the yarn and weave it in,  it produced a wonderfully professional-looking edging. If you are thinking about add stripes to a shawl pattern (or blankets/scarves), this is a great technique to keep in mind.

Modification Monday: Stripey Hitchhiker| knittedbliss.com

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: Braid DIY| knittedbliss.com

This is such a great (and pretty!) new take on a braid, and looks super simple. I’m actually wearing my hair like this right now, I like it so much.

Pin Ups: Fish Taco Bowls | knittedbliss.com

These fish tacos bowls are awesome- I love the deconstructed approach, and using rice (or quinoa) instead of wraps makes it gluten free, too (for those of you who can’t do gluten!). And if you aren’t feelin’ spicy, you can omit the cayenne and chili.

Pin Ups: Pink Lemonade Cupcakes | knittedbliss.com

Pink Lemonade just screams summer… so I bet these pink lemonade cupcakes would be pretty spectacular at your next barbecue.

Pin Ups: Gorgeous Living Room | knittedbliss.com

I adore this living room: the high contrast walls, the clean lines, the little hits of colour… amazing.  And you know what look great in that living room? These lamps:

Pin Ups: Lampshade upgrade| knittedbliss.com

I love this simple lampshade upgrade, it looks like such a pretty way to take a dull little light into something really striking.  Can you believe it’s just paper plates?!