WIP: Lady Bat Sweater

WIP:  Lady Bat | knittedbliss.com

From left to right: close up of a statue at Queen and University (Toronto), close up of rain on a picnic table, Toronto’s CN Tower, as seen from Toronto Island. 

I know I should be posting about FOs (because I have two, I swear- just no photos yet), but I have wanted to cast on for the gorgeous summer sweater, Lady Bat- and summer’s running out, so I wanted to get a move on.

Pattern: Lady Bat

Yarn: Adriafil Cheope

Needles: 3.75 mm ( US 5)

I love it so far and can already imagine wearing it, with great summer shorts, feeling all casual and carefree. Isn’t this one of the best stages of knitting something, when you are already imaging how great the knit will be, and how you will wear it all the time, if only you could knit faster! This is the first time I’ve used Adriafil Cheope yarn, and it’s working out great- I love the silvery light grey, and it’s got amazing stitch definition, which you need for the zigzag lace in this pattern:

WIP: Lady Bat Collage | knittedbliss.com

The lace is unblocked, but you can still see how crisp the definition is with this yarn- I’m excited to see how it plays out with the final FO!

I’m not as far along as I’d like to be, but I’m hoping to be done really soon. I want to already be wearing it!

Modification Monday: Sea Glass Sweater

Modification Monday: Seaglass Sweater | knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern: Sea Glass Cardi 

Knitter Extraordinaire:  Grace (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Made a long sleeved pullover version of the original cardigan, plus added a bit of positive ease for a more relaxed fit. Full details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome:  The original cardigan is pretty, but I find this breezy, casual take on it looks so spot-on for summer. The key detail on this is the longer sleeves, which help the balance the sweater against the large section of lace that is completely unbroken once you eliminate the original cardigan’s button band.  Everything on this mod looks just right!

Modification Monday: Seaglass Sweater | knittedbliss.com

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

croissant  Pin Ups: strawberry and cream sandwich| knittedbliss.com

This, my wonderful friends, is a croissant stuffed with balsamic strawberries and whipped cream cheese. It is light, flavourful, and so freaking amazing you’ll want to eat it every single day. I highly recommend.

Pin Ups: Make your Cooler cooler| knittedbliss.com

Summer typically means busting out the cooler, but let’s face it coolers are ugly.  But did you know that with a few little hacks, you can make yours look as chic as this? I especially love the rope handle.

Pin Ups: BLT pizza | knittedbliss.com

I’m sort of crazy about this BLT pizza idea. it looks really fresh with the chopped raw lettuce on top for some added crunch, and I think I could talk myself into believing it’s healthier, too.

Pin Ups: Bunny Pillows| knittedbliss.com

I’ve known you can get photos printed on fabric, but I never quite realized you could then make animal pillows if you printed photos of your pets (or any animal at all, really). I love this, and totally want my couch to have animal pillows now.

Pin Ups: smores menu | knittedbliss.com

Did you know you can make different kinds of S’mores? Because I didn’t, and this pretty much blew my mind. Summer has totally leveled up for me!

5 Small Goals for Spring: Completed!

5 goals for spring: knittedbliss.com

In May, I established 5 Small Goals I set out to accomplish in Spring, even though I was getting a late start. I’m pleased to have accomplished all of them before the end of June! Although getting photos of them was trickier.

I did indeed try 3 new hairstyles (I actually tried 4, but only got photos of 2), although I’ve discovered getting photos of hairstyles is surprisingly difficult. Neither Guy nor I really know how to go about photographing the back of a head particularly well. Especially because if you are going to take photos of your hair, you have to do it as soon as you finish styling, otherwise it looks super disheveled and messy within about 45 minutes (maybe that’s just me?). One of the unphotographed ones was this cute and very easy braid  from a previous Pin Ups Friday post, which I will definitely be doing again.

Hair Collage| knittedbliss.com

The faux french braid was on this Pin Ups Friday post, as well. The bun with the red bobby pins was something I just sort of made up- I painted the bobby pins with nail polish, and I’ve seen several photos around the internet of people configuring them in interesting ways in their hair. So I thought I’d try it out! I do think it’s a fun detail, I would do it again.  Side note: painting bobby pins with nail polish is very addictive.

Cake Waffles| knittedbliss.com

I made waffle iron cakes! They were amazing! I highly recommend. It was a fun way to make little cakes, and everything seems more magical when you add rainbow sprinkles.

Experimenting with Purple Eye Makeup| knittedbliss.com

I have now not only tried purple eye make up, I love it! Again, this was hard to photograph, without looking very bizarre. I have a whole new respect for beauty bloggers who get such great shots of their make up all the time- it is not easy. I probably do this purple eye make up look about once a week now, and it feels really nice to use something other than my standard neutral browns for eyeshadow.

coffee cozy| knittedbliss.com

Coffee cozy- I made one! And I love the colours. This is the sneak peek, I’ll do a blog post talking about it in more detail very soon.

macrame plant holder| knittedbliss.com

As for the macrame, I made a simple macrame planter I had posted about on a previous Friday Pin Ups post, and I love how it turned out. It looks simple and modern.  I used the instructions that I featured on this previous Friday Pin Ups post.

And there you have it! I find these seasonal challenges to be a fun way to explore new things, and actually try out my favourite ideas from the Friday Pin Up posts. I know it’s the middle of July, but I wonder if it’s too late to start a 5 Small Things for Summer?

Modification Monday: Vale Cardigan

Modification Monday: Vale Cardigan | knittedbliss.com

Original Pattern: Vale

Knitter Extraordinaire: Beata (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods:  Made a steeked cardigan version of the cape, with twisted rub cuffs and button plackets, and stockinette sleeves. Her project page can be found here and more details on her blog post, here.

What Makes This Awesome:  You may recognize Beata as the brains behind the insanely gorgeous Hedgehog Fibres yarns, based out of Ireland; so it’s no surprise that she’s not only clever with colour, but also with modifying knits.  This cardigan is beyond stunning- I love how she took the beautiful cables of the original cape design and saw in it a perfect cardigan.  With such complex cables, the stockinette sleeves are a nice balance, and the twisted rib for the cuffs and button band echo the rich texture of the cables.  I wish I had this cardigan in my closet (and I doubt I’m alone on that).  Slam dunk, Beata!

Modification Monday: Vale Cardigan | knittedbliss.com