Modification Monday: Zig When I Should Zag

Original Pattern: Strokkur

Knitter Extraordinaire: Nelly (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  Changed the lopi style pullover into a cardigan, with a more graphic yoke. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I don’t know about you, but I’m always impressed when someone takes a pullover pattern and turns it into a cardigan! The original yoke design was lovely, but sometimes you want to simply a design to have just one contrasting color.  I love the bold zigzag on the yoke that Nelly went with, it looks modern and a bit edgy, which is an unusual combo in a lopi-style sweater. The result looks so wearable, and so cozy! Isn’t it fantastic?

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Are we living in a culture of flakes?

Paper is a wonderful technology.

These 11 songs/sounds will increase your focus and productivity.

An adorable nerdy love song, with a ukulele AND a kitten!

Let’s not stop with the cute – here’s a photo of a hedgehog wearing little knitted socks.

And if you missed it – the 2017 Knitter’s Gift Guide is full of great ideas for every knitter you know… and probably all sorts of things you are going to want people to get for YOU.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Have we talked about how much I love this broccoli salad? Because everyone in the family eats it, which is a miracle.  Plus, there’s bacon- which instantly makes everything amazing. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

I don’t have a single weekend between now and the end of the year that doesn’t have some sort of party or gathering happening on it. Bringing a tasty dish to someone’s house is the best way to say thanks for hosting, and that’s when I want to make something decadent, like these salted caramel brownies. Because I can’t be trusted to be alone in the house with a whole pan of these. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

What a clever idea, to do a dip dye (with food colouring, no less!) over knitted and crocheted items! This would work best on light-colour items of course, but what a great way to refresh some items that might be looking a bit grey and grungy from wear. Very clever! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

How sweet is this felt alpaca ornament?! I adore this felt craft, and wouldn’t it be cute to make a whole herd of these, with different coloured scarves? They would make excellent gift toppers, too. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

Thanksgiving might be over, but it’s important to express our thanks to those we love all year long. here are 11 budget friendly way to show appreciation – Pinterest link is here, and the original post can be found here.

Today we are celebrating James’s 2nd birthday, and have a fun weekend planned of putting up the tree and getting the house decorated for the holidays – expect my Instagram account to be a bit busy this weekend! Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

2017 Knitters Gift Guide!

The 2017 Knitter’s Gift Guide is here!! Looking for some gift ideas for a fellow knitter? Or maybe you need to send some gift ideas to your loved ones, who have no idea what to get you. Just email a link to this page to your family and friends, and let them know what you want this year (you should totally do that). Here is the place to find ideas for every budget, and every knitter!

Here are my top picks for knitterly gifts this year!

(a note on the items: I chose all the items on this page, and none of them are sponsored or prearranged.  All items are available to purchase online,  therefore all items will have additional charge for shipping. Prices are shown in US funds.)

Someone Special- You’re Probably Besties or Related: $60-$50

A great knitted tee kit, a pretty skein of yarn and a project goody bag, a dyeing kit for that person who has always wanted to try their hand at dyeing, and a mitten knitting kit because it’s still going to be cold for quite a while.

top left: We Are Knitter Goa Tee Kit, $52.50

top right: Dutch Inspired Yarn Kit, $55.30

bottom left: Greener Shade Starter Dye Kit, $57.63

bottom right: Mitten Kit- Comes in 3 different pattern choices, and 7 different colour combos, $55 per kit

 

 

Hooray for Gifts! $40-$25

An adorable knitting kit, a sheep lover’s dream mug, a yarn bowl that is a work of art itself, a bright & happy interchangeable needle roll  (because who wants to keep their interchangeable needle set in a plastic case? ).

top left: Make Your Own Mercat/ Purrmaid Knitting Kit, (also comes in Blue/Grey), $33.10

top right: White and Purple Sheep Mug, $26.03

bottom left: Interchangeable Knitting Needle Case/Crochet Hook Case, $30

bottom right: Hand Painted 18k Gold Yarn Bowl, $38.95

 

Something for Every Knitter you Know and Love: $24-$15

A project notebook perfect for designers (check out all the great photos of the inside of the book, with lots of graph paper), an elegant sheep necklace, the perfect cotton canvas tote, and an art print that is is as beautiful as your knitting.

top left: Knitter’s Project Notebook, $15

top right: Brass Sheep Necklace, $15.30

bottom left: Love Knitting Tote, $15

bottom right: Watercolour Knitting Painting, $24 for 8″ x 11″ size

 

Stocking Stuffers- $5 – $20

Stitch Markers 

You can never have enough stitch markers!  Whatever the knitter’s style- minimalist or loves colour –  there are stitch markers to suit:

top left: Beekeeper’s Stitch Markers, set of 12 for $5.00

top right: Mug Stitch Markers, set of 4 for $16.23

bottom left: Silver Toned Cat Ear Stitch Markers, set of 8 for $8

bottom right: Snag Free Stitch Markers, set of 7 for $10

 

Enamel Pins

Enamel Pins are all the rage- perfect for coats, project bags, and just about anything you can think of! How can anyone resist these?

top left: Tanis Fiber Arts Enamel Knitting pins, $10 each

top right: Yarny Sheep Pin, $12

bottom left: Knitting Needles and Yarn Pin, $9.50

bottom right: Gold plated Enamel Sheep and Alpaca Pin set, $18 for both

 

And that is the 2017 Knitter’s Gift Guide, full of goodies that I secretly hope I get, too! What did you like the most? Anything you hope you’ll be getting this year? Don’t forget to send links to those that might be looking for gift ideas for you!

Modification Monday: Camper dans les Dunes

Just a reminder that today is the LAST DAY to get 50% off all my patterns!! Use the promo code knittedbliss.

Original Pattern: Blue Danube

Knitter Extraordinaire: krumel (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Modified the original long sleeved sweater pattern to be a sleeveless dress! Plenty of great photos and more information can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: There is a lot to love about this stunning knitted dress, don’t you think? First of all, I constantly forget that you can basically just lengthen a sweater (especially a top-down pattern like this one) and try it on as you go, adding in waist shaping and adjusting for hips as necessary. That’s the best part of using a top down pattern for a dress, you know exactly how things are turning out as you knit it.

Secondly, for those in warmer climates and prone to sweater envy, what a brilliant idea to take a sweater pattern and make it sleeveless! Or even short sleeves! Just because a knitting pattern has full sleeves doesn’t mean you have to knit them. I’m in awe of this stunning dress – so pretty, and perfect for warmer weather or climates!

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Pattern SALE!!

First the big Black Friday news – All of my patterns are 50% off this weekend! Use the promo code knittedblissYou can find a huge array of Black Friday/Cyber Monday knitting related sale info going on here.

 

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

30 items to get rid of before December 30th.

“without hope, and without despair.” How creative work gets done.

100 questions to spark conversation around the dinner table.

And on the topic of holidays, choosing holiday traditions that serve you.

Apparently putting up holiday decorations early makes you happier!

My Favourite Pins This Week

‘Tis the season for slow cooker meals, am I right? The best thing about slow cooker recipes are chucking everything in, setting it and coming back hours later to a beautifully cooked dinner. This Slow cooker coconut chicken curry has loads of flavour and features plenty of fall veggies. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

Oatmeal chocolate chip peanut butter cookie bars. I don’t think I need to say anything else, really. Except don’t be home alone with a pan of these. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipes is here.

I love this DIY polymer clay tray idea, the colours could be customized for any style of decor, and it’s just plain pretty. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post can be found here.

If your go-to hair style is a ponytail, then take a look at these three ideas for ways to make your ponytail a little fancier. The above is my favourite, but they are all cute! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

The season for gifting is coming up, and I don’t know about you, but we all end up giving (and getting!) some things that we end up keeping but never using. how about some gift ideas that give happiness, and not clutter? I love these suggestions (and I’m always down for a magazine subscription or a food gift!), and I think you will too. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.