Wee Wednesday: Alpaca Farm Adventures

It was Canadian Thanksgiving this past weekend, so we took some time to go up North to Sudbury and spend time with family. Lila was particularly excited that her godfather made her a real wooden hockey stick, cut to her size, capped and taped just right. She thought it was the coolest! Here she is, learning some new ball hockey moves in the driveway: Wee Wednesday: Hockey and Alpacas | knittedbliss.com

Lila has always been very interested in balls and the different types used in different sports, so I suspect she might be pretty handy with sports when she gets bigger. Lord knows where she gets it, I’m certainly not the slightest bit sportsy.

On our way back down south to Toronto, we stopped to visit Zenitude‘s (her real name is Lise) alpaca farm in northern Ontario, where we proceeded to take a million photos of these super adorable alpacas. Because how can you not take a million photos when confronted with so much cuteness? It was a grey and rainy day, but fortunately the rain held off while we got to spend time with these sweet tempered beauties:

alpaca3 Alpaca Collage Wee Wednesday: Alpaca Farm | knittedbliss.com

I can’t believe I’ve never been to an alpaca farm before. Alpacas are very well suited to the Canadian climate, since they are used to extremes and are hardy for the cold winters in their home country of Peru.  Lila thought they were some sort of sheep at first, and kept saying ‘baa baa’, but then eventually we got her used to the idea that these were alpacas. It was so amazing, and somehow a little magical. I could have stayed there all day.

Lise and I

But what is also interesting is that Lise has a shop right in her home, full of roving,  yarn, kits, knitted and felted items, soaps… a real treasure trove of so many different things, many of which are made with the wonderful alpaca fiber. On the labels, she even writes in which alpaca the fiber came from! I did pick up some new treasures, but I haven’t snagged photos of them yet (too busy going through a million alpaca photos and loving every single one). More to come!

Zenitude | knittedbliss.com


Modification Monday: Cotton Candy

Modification Monday: Cotton Candy | knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern: High Plains 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Becky (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Resized the gauge, and also adjusted the overall size to be smaller, suitable for a tween. Great details on the modifications can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: It can be really hard to find good patterns for tweens, so I love Becky’s approach on resizing this beautiful pattern to suit her daughter. She adjusted the gauge, and reduced the number of stitches overall to get this streamlined shape that fits her daughter perfectly (bonus photo points for including an adorable kitten!) Her pattern notes are great for the details you need to consider when you are downsizing, and the final result looks fantastic. So fantastic, it’s kitten-approved!

Modification Monday: Cotton Candy | knittedbliss.com


Looking for a previous Mod Monday poncho? Check out this one. Or another Mod that would be great for a tween- Nerdy Neiman.

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Oatmeal | knittedbliss.com

I’m a little obsessed with oatmeal lately, especially something super easy like this slow cooker pumpkin oatmeal. There’s even apples in it, and the spices make it smell like pie! Put it all together before your go to bed, wake up to an amazing oatmeal in the morning. This recipe makes a lot, too. If you make this tonight, your family could have this for breakfast all weekend.

Pin Ups: How to Layer a Latte| knittedbliss.com

Ever wonder how fancy cafes get that layered latte look? Me too. Now, you can do it at home, and totally make your own layered latte. But you’ll need to pour it into a clear mug or glass, of course.

Pin Ups: Decorating with Plants | knittedbliss.com

Now that the weather is getting cold, I’m trying to move as many of my plants from the outside patio inside, and this guide has been really inspiring me. I love the idea of unified planters, and layering them on tables.

Pin Ups: DIY Leaf Garland | knittedbliss.com

Or alternatively, if you aren’t big on live plants, this super easy autumn leaf garland would be so pretty for any autumn event (I’m looking at you, Thanksgiving!). Fun fact: it’s Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend. Turkey time!

Pin Ups: Article Clubl | knittedbliss.com

This idea is brilliant- getting together and having an articles club. So low pressure, you could read the articles over breakfast or at lunch or on your way to the gathering. I would love hearing everyone’s different opinions on the articles, and discussing them over snacks and drinks. Now that it’s getting colder, I’d love to do this every couple of weeks.

Modification Monday: Morphology

Modification Monday: Morphology| knittedbliss.com

Original Patterns: Custom Fit and Apis Dorsata

Knitter Extraordinaire: Kim (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Using the custom fit as a basis for the sweater, Kim added the honeycomb design from the Apis Dorsata scarf across the body (front and back) and sleeves.  For details, see her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: While a sweater that is engineered to fit you perfectly is always a good idea,  and I love the textured honey comb pattern that Kim chose, especially the way she applied it! Having it as a visual interest detail  asymmetrically on certain parts of the front, back and sleeves makes it even more interesting than if the stitch had been used all over the whole fabric. The result is a truly one of a kind sweater that looks amazing!


Modification Monday: Morphology| knittedbliss.com


Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: Salted Caramel Almond Butter | knittedbliss.com
I’m pretty sure that this salted caramel almond butter is the best hostess gift ever- made with no sugar, and all natural ingredients.  It might even be too good to part with- better make an extra jar for yourself.

Pin Ups: Sour Cream Cheddar and Chives Drop Biscuits | knittedbliss.com

These sour cream, cheddar and chive drop biscuits are perfect for a brunch, or as a side to dinner. Come to think of it, they would be perfect for Canadian Thanksgiving, which is next week… yum!

Pin Ups: DIY dry erase| knittedbliss.com

This is a fun idea for a DIY dry erase board, and you could have a lot of fun wit the type of photo- pets or a group family photon come to mind.

Pin Ups: Upcycling Knitting garments| knittedbliss.com

This is a great, simple tutorial on converting a commercially made thrift store sweater into a cowl, and the tips on sewing with knitted fabrics are invaluable.

Pin Ups: Kindness | knittedbliss.com

I love this print. I love the gentle reminder that the days are always better when we throw kindness around like confetti.