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.


Modification Monday: Plum Ulysse Hat

Original Pattern: Stockholm Scarf

Knitter Extraordinaire: Nikoletta (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the stitch pattern from the original cowl pattern, Nikolette created a hat to match her cowl.  Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: When it comes to winter accessories, we have three main categories: neck, head, and hands. Us knitters love to have a different woolly thing on each of those three, but when it comes to feeling a little more pulled together, having two items that match can make a stylish difference. Starting with a pattern that you love and making one item – like the Stockholm scarf here – and then using the main stitch pattern on another accessory is a brilliant way to look pulled together all winter long. I love The hat that Nikolette made to match her cowl, it turned out perfectly!

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Careers should not define our identity.

How micro actions can help us make big changes in our lives.

How to deal with a professional setback.

A holiday survival guide for introverts.

The one thing you need to lead a more joyful life? Gratitude. I know, I know- I suck at practicing gratitude as well, but whenever I get back into it, it’s amazing how well it works.

My Favourite Pins This Week

These broccoli, cheddar and rice fritters are such a snap to make, and utterly delicious – even for kids! Although my kids eat broccoli (James is obsessed, he will eat a whole head of it if I let him), you could substitute spinach or cauliflower if you need a veggie with a more mild flavour. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe link is here.

Like banana bread, but could use a change? These banana chocolate chip cookies are fantastic- the perfect thing to make when you find yourself with two overripe bananas. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.


I feel like this new sock pattern (free!) deserves a lot of attention, because of it’s endless potential – the charts could be used on all sorts of things, the stripes could be perfect for stashbusting, and the are really just as cute as cute gets. Pinterest link is here, and the Ravelry pattern link is here.

If some of you are itching to start holiday crafting, but like your crafts to yield elegant, trans-seasonal results, then I highly recommend this antique mercury glass DIY. Super easy and the results are gorgeous – and who doesn’t’ like a little extra sparkle around the holidays? Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

I really like this 30 day kindness challenge idea. Not every idea is going to work for everyone (Toronto doesn’t have parking meters that work that way, for example), but doing even half of these, or doing multiple days of the ones that are easiest for you, would yield big results. Pinterest link is here, and the original post can be found here.

Have a gorgeous weekend, everyone! I hope you stay cozy and get to do the things that you most enjoy.

Outtakes: Gesture Sweater

If you saw last week’s post on my wonderful new Gesture Sweater, then you have likely already seen some good photos of just how beautiful this sweater can be. Now let me show you what it looks like when I’m clowning around High Park with the kids! Look at us, making a little family totem pole.

With James fully mobile and prone to running off (can you believe he will be turning 2 in a couple of weeks?!), the biggest challenge was keeping track of him while trying to get photos. Sometimes this worked, sometimes we just followed him through the bushes and took photos along the way. Oh wait, there he goes again….

Other times, he just wanted to do what his mommy was doing. Because obviously if mommy is standing on a log, then he must also stand on the log. Or at least attempt to get onto the log:

And even if they were distracted long enough to get out of the shot, then I was distracted, because Lila and James are just so freaking funny and adorable. I have no idea what they were doing off camera here, but clearly I thought it was awesome:

Most of the time spent trying to get photos of the sweater went quite a lot like this:

Then at some point they managed to get super interested in some sticks or leaves or something like that, and we got some photos. Although I thought it would be a brilliant idea to throw some leaves up in the air and somehow they would magically float down around me while I gave my best blue steel into the camera lens, and it would look spectacular. I was dead wrong –  This is how you get leaves and dirt in the face, people. In the face.

This is probably a good time to remind you that there are way better photos to be found on the original finished knit post over here (there’s even a coupon code!).

* This is part three of a short series of sponsored posts for We Are Knitters. I chose the pattern kit and the colour, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Modification Monday: Lempster

The winner of the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible giveaway is….. Stephanie Young! Congrats, Stephanie!

Original Pattern: Lempster

Knitter Extraordinaire: Dala (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed out the central cable design, swapped in a honeycomb stitch, added waist shaping and lengthened the sleeves. I highly recommend checking out the project page, which is full of great resources, links and tips on how she made the finished version.

What Makes This Awesome: In the vast world of cable knitting, there are a lot of options. Any time you are looking at a sweater pattern with cables, there is always the opportunity to change out the cables for something else. The central cable of the original pattern is a show stopper, but it isn’t the only options- I love Dala’s choice to work the center panel in a honeycomb stitch, Which adds a great bit of texture to balance out the side cables. I also really like that she lengthened the sleeves, as the original pattern’s 3/4 length sleeves seemed to be a bit off balance with the dramatic cables.  Fantastic results!