February Edition: Meet the Sponsors!

 It’s a love month for the sponsors here at KB, and I’ve been scanning through and admiring all the pretty, trying not to spend all my money buying everything.

 I hope you enjoy!

Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe | knittedbliss.com

Name: Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe

What She is All About: Alicia makes luxurious all-natural lotion bars and lip balms using skin-loving ingredients like lanolin, cocoa butter, almond oil, and vitamin E and mango butter. Just reading that makes me want to slather myself in all the good stuff she has in her shop.

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Down by the Bay lotion bar is a citrusy and leafy scent with a hint of sea salt, perfect for pretending that winter isn’t happening. Vanilla Mint lip balm has peppermint oil, which  is thought to increase alertness and relieve headaches; and Winter Gardenia lotion bar is a pretty white floral with hints of lilac and jasmine.

Zenitude Collage | knittedbliss.com

Name: Zenitude

What She is All About: Lise  weaves, felts, dyes her own yarn and roving, and specializes in bright and happy thrummed kits and self striping sock yarns. And she has an alpaca farm!

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: I love this bright pinkish red and blue striped sock yarn, in ‘You Attract What You Are, so Be Your Best!‘ I also think they have some spiderman coolness going on with them, as well. This thrummed mitten kit pairs a lovely bright tortoise roving with a leafy green, and they look so pretty together. Then there is  this gorgeous bright roving in gradient orange-lavender- bright pink, which seems like the perfect antidote to a dreary winter.

Tanis Fiber Arts | knittedbliss.com

Name: Tanis Fiber Arts

What She is All About: Tanis has an amazing range of hand dyed yarns in tonal and variegated colourways, all available in a variety of bases and weights. She also has lots of great patterns, and beautiful notebooks and totebags.

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: That lovely yarn is the ‘Dove’ colourway, which is a smokey pale grey with shades of lavender and blue; her annual Year in Colour Club has a patterns-only option that just became available (And you can peek at the first pattern of the year!).  The Ombre Cardigan is knit with laceweight held double, so it knits up surprisingly quickly and allows for the colours to blend.

  Andrea Sanchez Designs | knittedbliss.com

Name: Andrea Sanchez Knits

What She is All about: Andrea specializes in a wide range of  beautiful, flattering-on-everyone patterns for the whole family, and all patterns have a great size range.

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: The adorable Tide Pool pullover is great for little ones from sizes 6 months to 12 years, and is also part of a collection that she put out of 5 adorable kids patterns bundled together for great value, if you like to knit for little ones. The Plum Blossom tee is flattering for a wide range of figures, and is the kind of top that I would wear all year round- underneath a cardigan or a blazer in the winter time, and as a tee in the summer time.  Short sleeves aren’t just for summer! Or if you are feeling adventurous, you could add sleeves. The Pugsley hat comes in sizes for babies, toddlers, kids and adults- so if you know anyone who would look this cute in a pug hat, you owe it to them as a gift!

Fuzzy Mitten Collage | knittedbliss.com

Name: Fuzzy Mitten 

What She is All About: Barbara designs some of the cutest stuffed toy patterns around, and has patterns for all sorts of clothing for them, too! They are great value, as every pattern comes with instructions for more than just the animal- there’s always something for them to wear, or an accessory or two.

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: The adorable Pug with Anorak, which I knit for Lila when I was on maternity leave and is still one of the cutest little toys I’ve ever made.  My latest obsession is her Savannah Chaps collection, which includes the patterns for all three animals ( Zebra, Rhino and Elephant) in one.  Then there is the supercute Panda with a t shirt and cape- who says pandas can only be black and white? This adorable little dude would be such a great stash buster for smaller leftover skeins, for the t shirt, cape, and possibly even if you made him a non-traditional colour like blue or purple!

  Knit Circus Collage | knittedbliss.com

Name: Knit Circus

What She is All About: Jaala specializes in extraordinary long gradient colours, which  can be customized for whatever pattern you are thinking of (perfect for sweaters, shawls, or cowls). She also has genius striping gradient sock kits, and  some gorgeous cowl and shawl kits in her Etsy shop. 

A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: I love ‘greyellow’ together, and this custom gradient ‘Brass and Steam’  is perfect- plus you can get it in variety of bases, weights, and yardages. That kind of customization is pretty special.  These custom gradient striping socks in the Cunning Folk colourway are dyed to match, so both socks come out the same! That’s pretty impressive. you just have to decide if you are starting at the outside or the center of your yarn cakes- you get two, one for each sock. And then the are her lovely handpainted skeins-  This is Tiny Princess, a lovely pale lilac to deep purple skein. And because this is Knit Circus, you totally get to choose your base/weight yarn, like always.

There you go- a lovely round up of the latest and greatest in their shops- Please check out the many beautiful things they all have on offer! Do you have any favorites that you see?

Modification Monday: Merry Stella

And the winner of the copy of Arm and Finger Knitting: 35 no-needle knits for the home and to wear is… Cassandra! Congratulations, Cassandra!

Modification Monday: Merry Stella | knittedbliss.com

Original Patterns: R&R Hoodie and Talia 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Laura (Ravelry ID) You might remember her previous amazing Mod Monday here, which then inspired this grown up version, here!

Mods: Changed the gauge from Aran to Fingering Weight, eliminated the pockets, and changed the solid colour of the R&R Hoodie into the colourwork charts of Talia socks. More photos and details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Laura has a knack for beautiful colourwork, and this sweater is no exception. I love the colours chosen, it is well balanced and the challenge of working the yoke and hood is  sorted by having this section in a solid, with the detail of carrying the colourwork up the center back of the hood. the Let’s take a look at how it looks with the hood up, shall we? Prepare yourself for some epic cuteness:

Modification Monday: Merry Stella | knittedbliss.com

Pretty freaking adorable! And let’s face it- I’d wear this sweater. It’s beautiful, for a baby or a grown up.

Arm & Finger Knitting: Book Review and Giveaway!

Have you guys been hearing about arm knitting lately? There have been a few videos and tutorials popping up, but this is the most comprehensive book on the subject:

Arm & Finger Knitting Book  Review | knittedbliss.com
Arm and Finger Knitting: 35 no-needle knits for the home and to wear

 I was really impressed with this book. I know you can do arm knitting for cowls and scarves, but it wasn’t until I saw all 35 of the patterns in this book that I was really struck by how much you could do with these techniques. First of all, there are clear and well-photographed instructions for how to get started with arm knitting, and finger knitting (I didn’t even know about finger knitting before this book! Did you guys know about finger knitting?!) and how to make t-shirt ‘yarn’. All the directions are really straight forward, very suitable to first time arm and finger knitters (like me).  There are even projects in different categories, some wearable and some for the home. My favourite wearable ones are:

Arm & Finger Knitting Book Review | knittedbliss.com

Clockwise from top right: Stack ‘Em Up Bangles, Layered Loop Necklace, Infinity Scarf, and Beaded Leather Necklace.

I thought that doing these projects would just eat up yarn, but I was pleasantly surprised by how little yardage most of the projects take- the infinity scarf pictured above takes only 282 yards of yarn.  I’m also so inspired by the idea of doing some of these projects with upcycled t-shirt yarn, which makes me feel like I could be crafting and clearing out my closet at the same time.

There were also lots of great projects for the home, and my favourites are:

Arm & Finger Knitting Book Review | knittedbliss.com

Clockwise from Top Right: Comfy Stool Topper, Twisted Stitch Lap Blanket, Nautical Sailor Knot Pillow, and Handy Storage Tubs.

 That stool is truly the solution on how to fix every ugly stool out there. And for the blanket, I didn’t even know you could do cables with arm knitting! I’m convinced that arm knitting counts as cardio. It does, right? Don’t spoil my fantasies if it doesn’t.

So, you want this book. Not only do you get to make amazing new knits- you’re learning a new technique, possibly cleaning out your closet to make t-shirt yarn, and it’s practically cardio.  Now, you can definitely go and buy a copy (it available most places, and there is an Amazon link under the title page up top), or you could (maybe, possibly, fingers-crossed) win a copy here!

To enter: 

1. Check out all 35 of the amazing patterns on Ravelry, here.

2. Leave a comment on this blog post letting me know if you have ever tried arm knitting or finger knitting, and which pattern you would most like to make.

3.Contest closes at midnight on Sunday night (Eastern Standard Time) and I’ll post the winner on Monday morning.

And I recommend taking a peek at Laura’s excellent crafty blog,  Made Peachy. She knits, crochets, and does all the crafty things you can possibly imagine. There are lots of fun and original tutorials, too.  It’s worth checking out!

There are still a couple more stops on this wonderful new book’s blog tour:

arm knitting tour

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things on Pinterest This Week

Pin Ups: Zucchinis Pizzas | knittedbliss.com

Super easy mini zucchini pizzas. How amazing are these? I feel like these would be equally awesome as a little appetizer at a party as it would be a kid friendly snack. Or an adult friendly snack. Basically, if you like pizza and need to eat more veggies, this is for you.

Pin Ups: Valentines Day Truffles | knittedbliss.com

These truffles look delicious and easy, and the sanding sugar could be tinted any colour you like (using food colouring). Because tasty truffles should be for all occasions, not just Valentines Day. But if you wanted an easy Valentine’s treat, the this would be pretty perfect!

Pin Ups: Chocolate Berry Smoothie | knittedbliss.com

A super healthy chocolate raspberry smoothie, that has lots of protein and flavour? Sign me up.  I find this is a really easy snack to whip up, and helps me in the evening when I’m craving something sweet, but still want to be healthy.  But if you are a morning smoothie person, it would be equally tasty!

Pin Ups: DIY Cat doll toy | knittedbliss.com

I am utterly charmed by this DIY cat doll made from a pair of socks. It’s worth clicking through to see not only a really comprehensive instructions for the cat toy, but also to see photos of an adorable toddler playing with it, and the clothes made to go with it. It’s pretty cute!

Pin Ups: Getting Things Done Daily Printable | knittedbliss.com

I’m a total sucker for amazing daily lists that help me manage all aspects of my life, and this great free printable is fantastic- I love that you can help track your water intake, and even a space for doodling. My only beef with it is that the the to do section seems small- or maybe I just have big handwriting? Still, I love the concept and layout.

WIP: Marigold Socks, and a New Yarn

I’ve been a fan of Liesl’s blog, Buckaloo View, for a while (back when it was called Liesl Made). She sews, she knits, she raises chickens. It’s a lovely little view into a rural life that I find interesting, especially her forays into natural dyeing, using plants from her garden. So I was pretty excited to get my hands on this sportweight yarn:

Buckaloo View Yarn | knittedbliss.com

It’s dyed with marigolds from her garden. Isn’t that awesome?  Swoon.

Buckaloo View Yarn | knittedbliss.com

It’s not quite available for sale just yet- I think Liesl is testing out some bases and working out the details, but I’m so interested to see where she goes with it.  As you guys all know, I’ve been thinking about  my quest for a better sock toe,  so I decided to knit another pair of socks. I’m loving this sock so far. The pattern is an easy two-round repeat, and since I just came off a pair of simple stockinette socks, I wanted something with a little more visual interest this time around.  When I get to the toe area, I’ll be trying some of the suggestions that you guys left in the comments on the striped sock post and on twitter, in my quest for the toe pocket that suits my wide toes.

WIP: Marigold Socks | knittedbliss.com

Boy, can you ever see the lighting differences from the outdoor, winter-grey-sky shots of the yarn in skeins, to the bright indoor shot of the knit-in-progress! 

Also, it is practically medicinal to be knitting with such a sunshiney, bright, happy colour like this in January; when the depths of winter have really sunk in and it feels like we might be wearing scarves and long underwear forever. I thumb my nose at you winter! I am knitting bright yellow socks.