How to Wear a Colour You Think You Can’t Wear

Casu Cowl | Darn Good Yarn |

Pattern: Casu Cowl

Yarn: Darn Good Yarn Worsted Weight Merino in ‘Samabyon’

Needles: 5mm (US 8)

It’s so easy to believe a limiting idea – “I’m not good with numbers”, or “I can’t wear that colour”. But when was the last time you actually checked to see if that was true? For example, after my last post about this cowl in progress, I heard a fair number of comments that this was a colour that some felt they couldn’t wear. Which got me thinking, what if I can’t wear peach either?!

Casu Cowl | Darn Good Yarn |

I spent a fair bit of time thinking about that. I’ve long thought that I can’t wear yellow, but I knit this cowl years ago and I still wear it. What crazy rules are these, that we can’t wear colours that we find attractive?! I’m not buying it. I believe that there is a way to wear any colour, for anyone, but it depends on some different factors.

Keep Cools with Cool, Keep Warm with Warm

I’ve figured out the trick, and it was with this yarn and this cowl that I finally figured out what makes any colour work for your skin tone – if your skin tone is cool, choose a cool shade colour you like. And if your skin tone is warm, then choose a colour with warm undertones.

Go With a Tonal or Variegated

If it’s a colour that you think you can’t wear, don’t go for a flat version of it- go for a tonal, or some subtle variegation. The other shades and tones that are in the skein will help you feel more confident about the colour, and also makes for more fun knitting!

 Wear Lipstick

I know it sounds a little silly, but wearing a lipstick that is similar to the colour (and undertones!) you are wearing can make a big difference. Here I’m wearing a peachy pink lipstick, and I think it works with the cowl. If the colour you want to wear is not in the realm of typical lipstick colour, then stick with undertones only – if the colour you are wearing is green, purple, or blue, wearing a pink lipstick that has the same undertones as your skin, it will look good.

Casu Cowl | Darn Good Yarn |

Everything Goes with Black

Really. Whatever you colour you think you can’t wear, just pair it with black. It works.

Knit Socks!

If you love a certain yarn colour, but really think that it won’t work no matter how much lipstick or black you are wearing, then knit socks. It never matters if your socks work with your skin tone. Socks are for your own personal enjoyment, you knit them in whatever colour strikes your fancy – cool or warm undertones be damned.

Casu Cowl | Darn Good Yarn |

This is the first time I’ve knit with a peachy yarn, and I love it- this is a fantastic single ply that doesn’t pill easily, and the colour has SO much depth. It isn’t a flat peach shade at all, but has gorgeous, subtle variegation with peaches, pinks, pale lavender, and even delicate buttercup (I love sneaking in a bit of yellow!). Remember what the yarn looks like? Let me jog your memory:

Darn Good Yarn works with local women in Nepal and India to pay a living wage to help support their families while working from home.  The ability to work from home means that many of these women can work while caring for their children, and there are few opportunities for women to work from home in many of those areas. Darn Good Yarn’s products help families eat better, have proper medical care, and send their children to school.  There is something incredibly wonderful about supporting craft businesses that are working to make the world a better place. And on top of all that, they have the most affordable yarn of the month club I’ve ever seen.

So the next time you are squishing a beautiful skein of yarn but thinking that it’s a colour you can’t wear, think again. I bet you CAN wear it. And if you love it, you should wear it!

This is part two of a two part sponsored post series by Darn Good Yarn. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

Modification Monday: Ingrid Director’s Cut

Original Pattern: Ingrid Pullover

Knitter Extraordinaire: figolilo (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Figolilo added the colourwork from the hem to the cuffs of the sleeves, as well as steeked the entire pullover to make it into a cardigan! Added a button band too, of course. Details and lots of photos can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Don’t you love how happy she looks in her new sweater? I personally haven’t steeked a sweater -yet!- but what a fantastic idea for transforming a pullover into a cardigan. If you find that cardigans just work for your lifestyle and wardrobe more easily, why not take a pullover pattern that you love and try it as a cardigan? I also think that this would be a brilliant idea for a pullover that turns out a bit too small. Imagine being this happy in your new cardigan – worth the trip to steektown, don’t you think?

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

The terrifying future of fake news. Guys, it’s just going to keep getting worse.

Jane Austen used pins to edit her manuscripts – as she was revising, she would write out revised sections on a new piece of paper, but mark where the new material would be in the original manuscript with a pin.

The town that found a way to drastically reduce illness, through community. Turns out, loneliness and isolation will eventually kill you.

7 secrets of better sandwiches from awesome chefs.

How to fall asleep faster by worrying on purpose.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Ever get tired of chicken for dinner? Me too. And I love shrimp, they are surprisingly easy to cook and you can buy them peeled and deveined, so that they are even easier. This recipe is really quick and so delicious! Easy to substitute rice instead of pasta, if you prefer. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

Oooh, my grandmother used to make these, and they are little squares of heaven – part cookie, part fudge, and entirely delicious. I adore chocolate and peanut butter together, so I find these bars are so very satisfying. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe post is here.

The second I saw this, I was instantly delighted- who wouldn’t be super happy to get a donut bouquet? This would be a fun thing to do for a friend’s birthday, something fun to bring to a party, or even just a gathering with friends – and you get to pick out their favourite donuts from whatever local bakery that works best for you. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is right here.

This is so brilliant- how to transfer images using packing tape! I know you can buy transfer paper and print it that way, but transfer paper isn’t always the sort of thing people have kicking around at home, but I bet you have packing tape! This looks quite, easy, too. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY post is here.

Are you the kind of person who is easily annoyed? I’m fine, unless I’m tired… and then everything and everyone annoys the heck out of me. So if you ever get annoyed, you might find this helpful. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Have an amazing weekend, everyone! Are you getting up to anything crafty, or trying out a new recipe? I’m always looking for new ideas!

Review and Giveaway: Alice Starmore’s Glamourie

There’s no one else designing at the artful calibre of Alice Starmore. She’s been designing knitting patterns and written books for decades and yet every time a new one comes out I’m amazed at how she manages to completely top the previous one. Remember her Colourwork charts, her Tudor Roses, and her Aran knitting books? So you can guess I was very interested to learn that she had a brand new book full of incredible designs based from Scottish fables, called Glamourie.

Glamourie is filled with wearable art, and divided into two main sections – the first is filled with stories of Scottish legends by Alice’s daughter, Jade Starmore, who also took all the stunning photographs. Alice has designed intricate, incredible costumes that go with the fables, one-of-a-kind pieces that I look forward to oohing and aaahing over in a museum one day, they are that detailed, that incredible.

Below, from left to right: Costumes for The Hare, The Selkie, and The Calleach.

But let’s be real- there is a limited audience for knitted costumes. Which is why the book features photographs of the stunning costumes, but the pattern section features more wearable takes that are inspired by the costumes. For example, The Raven:

I doubt many of you are in need of a fully hooded Raven dress, but the poncho version has much more wearable drama. There are also patterns for a cardigan version, as well – you can customize the amount of ‘feathers’ you want, and can even leave them off entirely. I love the shaping at the sleeve cuffs, personally. There is a limit to the images I can share with you guys in this post (so many incredible details in the patterns, I have to be really careful not to accidentally show any part of the pattern pages online!), so I recommend you check out the cardigan versions on their original site.

There are 9 fables in the book, and 9 corresponding costumes which you can see here, but there are 13 patterns in the book – The Hare story has a pattern for both a cardigan and a hat, and many of the others have variations in the patterns that can give them entirely different looks. I particularly like the Damselfly cardigan (below) and the Otter pullover and its variations (one of which is shown below), as well as the Selkie cardigan, which I can imagine would look amazing in a million different colour combinations and gradient yarns.

This book is ideal for designers looking to incorporate more details into their knits to help them stand out, as well as anyone who thinks that knitting is ALWAYS a wearable art, and should be celebrated as such. I’ve had this book for a few weeks now, and I’m constantly going back to it, turning the pages and getting lost in the stories and details of this fantastic knitted universe that Alice and Jade Starmore have created. If there was a quintessential knitting coffee table book, this is it.

Dover Publications has very kindly offered a coupon code for 20% off a copy of Glamourie – follow the link and use code WRBT at checkout! If you have a birthday coming up, maybe send this link to someone who needs a gift idea for you? *wink wink*.

And they have generously offered to giveaway one copy to Knitted Bliss readers!

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Entry for the giveaway will close on Saturday, March 10th at 11:59 p.m. EST. The winner will be announced on Monday, March 12th!

**This is a sponsored post from Dover Publications. All opinions are entirely my own.

February: Book Reviews

And just like that, it’s the last day of February. Time for this month’s reading list! if you are looking for your next great read, perhaps something from this month’s round up will strike your fancy. I loved the comments from last month, so many people had great suggestions and shared what they are reading, too – If you have read any of these, or want to recommend a book, please share in the comments!

Best Fiction of the Month: Little Fires Everywhere

February Book Reviews |

Little Fires Everywhere came highly recommended for just about anyone I’ve talked to that has read this book, and I’m going to add my voice to the chorus of praise. It centers around a particular family with four children in a well-to-do neighbourhood that also own a rental property, and how a series of events from the past and present collide when they rent to a single mom and her teenage daughter, who both become socially entangled in the lives of all four children. If you read and enjoyed The Mothers, this is thematically similar, but with even more fascinating characters.

Best Nonfiction: Worn Stories

February Book Reviews |

This was an enchanting collection of essays, many famous individuals- all about one memorable item from their wardrobe that holds special significance to them. As someone who can remember exactly what I was wearing when anything significant happened in my life, this really spoke to me. I showcased this one on Instagram recently, because it’s given me a great idea for exploring the stories behind our knits and the things we make. I’m just pulling together some general guidelines, and then I’m going to be looking for guest posts on the subject. If you think you would be interested in writing a guest post like this, let me know!

Currently Re-reading: A Field Guide to Getting Lost

February Book Reviews |

I first read A Field Guide to Getting Lost about 4 years ago, but almost all of Solnit’s books hold up wonderfully through multiple re-readings because she weaves together history, culture, personal stories, and philosophy in such an artful way that just makes sense. After all, getting lost is the precursor to finding ourselves. One of the many memorable passages:

“I love going out of my way, beyond what I know, and finding my way back a few extra miles, by another trail, with a compass that argues with the map…nights alone in motels in remote western towns where I know no one and no one I know knows where I am, nights with strange paintings and floral spreads and cable television that furnish a reprieve from my own biography, when in Benjamin’s terms, I have lost myself though I know where I am. Moments when I say to myself as feet or car clear a crest or round a bend, I have never seen this place before. Times when some architectural detail on vista that has escaped me these many years says to me that I never did know where I was, even when I was home.” 

Crafty Book I’m Loving: The Year of Cozy: 125 Recipes, Crafts and Other Homemade Adventures

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I’m not sure how I stumbled across this book, but I just took it out of the library for a second time, so I think I’ll need to buy a copy soon. It’s divided up by the four seasons with chapters for each month of the year, and in each month there is a collection of seasonally appropriate crafts, recipes, and other ideas, like how to enjoy early mornings, or picnicking in the fall instead of the summer. I particularly liked that nothing about the book felt too trendy, so it feels like it will age well and still be useful years from now.  The author (who is the blogger at A Cozy Kitchen) is a dog lover, so there are some doggie-friendly crafts and recipes, too!

Lila and James are Loving: 10 Little Ninjas

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Lila likes to pretend she can read all the words, and James loves to listen to it and comment on the illustrations: “Wace Caw!!” (I love that his R sounds are still so babyish). This sweet book is a take on the infamous No-More-Monkeys-Jumping-on-the-Bed theme, but each number counting down features children in silly costumes getting up to mischief on what looks like a very long journey to sleep. It’s a sweet bedtime story that’s getting a lot of repeated readings around here lately! Ideal for ages 2-6, so if you have little ones or are looking for a gift idea, this might be a great choice!

I can’t believe tomorrow is the beginning of March! What are you guys reading, anything wonderful?



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