Modification Monday: Pa’s Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum Slippers

Modification Monday: Rum-Pa-Pum Thrums |

Original Pattern: Cadeautje

Knitter Extraordinaire: Debbie (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Debbie added ears, and classic sock money colouring and details to add personality to the thrummed slipper pattern. You can check out the details on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love how Debbie took this pattern’s cute factor to a while new level by incorporating some classic sock monkey appeal. the stripe at the cuff, the intarsia mouth, and the added on ears and button eyes create a whole new dimension to the pattern. In keeping with the sock monkey idea, it was wise to choose thrums that closely match the main yarn colour, which prevents the design from feeling overwhelmed. Why knit slippers when you can knit amazing sock monkey slippers, right? I have this pattern in my queue, and this fun take on it has me looking at a bit differently now!

Modification Monday: Rum-Pa-Pum Thrums |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

An anonymous photographer is mocking the typical hipster Instagram account by using Barbie dolls and all the hashtags that go along with it. You can read one of the many articles on it here, and check out the instagram feed here. It’s so spot-on, I laughed for ages.

We must say no in order to say yes to the things that matter to us. 

A short video of all sorts of animals and the funny ways they sleep!

I really enjoyed this compelling first hand account of a dad who let his career take the backseat to his wife’s, and took on the majority of the childrearing their two sons. I totally want to high five this guy- perhaps when more men experience what working women experience, there can be a greater collective push to working structures that help both moms and dads be the parents they want to be.

And guess what? I did my first Periscope last night- a little mini book review of Handknit Holidays: Knitting Year-Round for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Winter Solstice , a book I’ve had for ages. It was my first test run, and afterwards I figured out how to turn my smart phone tripod around so that I can have the camera vertical instead of horizontal, but I think it went pretty good for a first try. I’m on Periscope as knittedblissJC, and the video is ‘live’ for 24 hours (so you still have another 13 hours to watch it). If you don’t have Periscope but are curious what I blathered on about, no worries! You can check it out here, but again, only for another 13 hours.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Peach Cupcakes |

Peaches are in season for such a short amount of time, so why not whip up a batch o these peach cupcakes with peach frosting? Fresh peach puree (directions are included for making it) gives these amazing cupcakes their peach-perfect flavour. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Peanut Noodles and Chicken |

Easy and fast thai-inspired peanut noodles with chicken. So much healthier than restaurant pad thai! And leftovers would make a great take-to-work lunch, too. Pinterest link is here,  and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Animal Socks |

Ever since Sarah Wilson instagrammed about these amazing socks, I have not been able top get them out of my mind! I’m totally snapping up the pattern that includes directions on how to knit the kitty, owl, and panda variations (the designer has the pattern for the koala, fox, and pig socks, too!). And they don’t just have cute animal faces on them- they have meow, hoot, or rawr on the heel and at the bottom of the foot! Worth clicking through to check them out in all their photographed glory. Pinterest link is here, and the original Ravelry link is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Mobile |

This pretty driftwood and felt ball mobile is so pretty, and would look great in a variety of colours or rooms. Who says mobiles are just for kids rooms?! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Twisted Ponytail|

I love this easy twisted ponytail idea. It’s basically a riff on a french twist, but with fewer bobby pins and a more casual vibe. Do you think you’d like to try it? Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Guy is going on a camping trip with some friends, so Lila and I are all set for some serious mommy-daughter bonding time. I’m planning on making those cat marshmallows from last Friday’s Pin Up post, too!

Instagram: a #CraftyBlissChallenge

I love Instagram challenges, and I’m excited to be co-hosting one with Melissa from Miso Crafty Knits. We’ve put together a totally doable (meaning: short) Instagram challenge, with some fun prompts that I hope you are going to love.

CraftyBlissChallenge |

Thanks to Melissa at Miso Crafty Knits for the fabulous photo above! 

 What is an Instagram Challenge, you might ask?  An Instagram challenge is a series of daily prompts for a set number of days. The prompts are meant to inspire you to engage in the world around you a little differently, and take a photo to share on your Instagram account. There is no ‘right’ way to interpret a prompt, they are meant to be a little bit vague so that you can interpret them any way you like!

Why you totally want to do this: For starters, it’s really fun to see all the different ways people can translate the same word or phrase with a photograph. when you click on the #CraftyBlissChallenge hashtag, you automatically go to a feed that shows all the photos tagged with that special hashtag- so you’ll be able to check out all kinds of interesting and awesome photos from other knitters and crafters. You will probably even find some new people to follow who regularly post photos that you really enjoy.

How to participate: For starters, you’ll need an Instagram account (which is free). Then for 10 days (from September 18-27th) you just take a photo or share one via your Instagram account and tag it with our special hashtag- #CraftyBlissChallenge.  DOn’t forget- if your account s set to private, we can’t see your images- so maybe, if you are feeling ever so kind, you could adjust them to public for just the duration of the challenge- then we can heart your beautiful challenge photos!

Would you like to see the prompts for each day? Of course you would!

#CraftyKnitsChallenge |

I hope some of them already have your mind buzzing, thinking up things that you could share and tag! Melissa and I will be on it every day, checking out all the photos with the hashtag, and sharing our own. Plus, for those of you who post for all 10 days, two lucky (and randomly selected) participants will win some knitterly goodies! As if sharing all the pretty wasn’t enough motivation, right? Have any of you participated in an Instagram challenge before?

And if you want to get a jump on things, you can check out my instagram feed here, and Melissa’s instagram feed here.

In other social media news, I’ll be trying out a live Periscope broadcast tonight (not sure what time yet, but probably around 8 p.m. EDT) and be talking about knitting books from my personal collection. My periscope handle is knittedblissjc. Once it’s completed it’s available for 24 hours to view, so I’ll be sure to post about it again tomorrow!

Modification Monday: The Tenth Doctor

Modification Monday: The 10th Doctor |

Original Pattern: Sally the Eco Fairy

Knitter Extraordinaire: Nikki (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the fairy pattern as a starting point, Nikki revamped the pattern to recreate David Tennant’s depiction of Doctor Who (the 10th doctor). Her project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love it when we get really into a particular movie, tv show, or book and want to recreate the characters in knitted form, or knit something that is like what they would wear. Nikki’s wonderful Doctor Who doll is such a great tribute- she knit the body in the colours that were matching his typical costume, and added in details. I love the embroidery on the tie and she absolutely nailed the hair! And if you are a big Doctor Who fan, you probably want to check out her knitted version of Rose Tyler, also using the same original pattern as this Doctor Who!

Are there any beloved characters that you would love to recreate in knitted form? The original pattern is a great basis for lots of fun tributes!

Modification Monday: The 10th Doctor |

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

I loved this list of 21 books to read when you need a laugh. I’ve read several of them, and then found some more I’m going to reserve at my local library!

Thanks to Susan for this great link- a woman set about to live her life according to Pinterest for a week, with some very mixed results. I laughed, I nodded in agreement, and now I want to try the scotch tape/winged eyeliner thing.

I’m a little late to the party with this one, but did you guys see this hilarious photo series of famous photos, recreated with John Malkovich?

I found this blog post on The Craft Sessions about Motherhood and the need for personal creativity so moving, honest, and accurate. Any fellow mamas out there will likely be nodding their heads in agreement.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Marshmallow Cats |

 The second I saw these, I was instantly obsessed. Sometime this weekend I’m gettings some edible markers and some lollipop sticks, and making these. I’ll pretend they are for Lila, but really, I’ll be making them for myself. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Coffee Lemonade|

Okay, have you guys heard about iced coffee lemonade? It’s a real thing, and apparently it’s utterly delicious, and even ahs tonic water?! I’m so intrigued. I really want to try it, maybe this is the weekend I’ll give it a whirl- it’s supposed to be hot here! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Veggie Fritters |

Sweet potato and zucchini fritters- baked! Normally fritters are fried (and so freaking delicious), but this version has loads of veg and you bake them in the oven. Easy, delicious, and veggie-tastic. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Knitted Rainbow Blanket |

I know it’s just a garter stitch striped blanket, but I’m loving this rainbow blanket on a simple white bed. Rainbow anything always looks fun, and squishy garter never goes out of style. Pinterest link is here, and the original post (with the free pattern) is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY rainbow backpack |

I love the watercolour effect on this backpack, and it’s all achieved with fabric markers and a spray bottle of water. Such a pretty effect! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

It’s a long weekend here in Canada, but I’ve got a busy one planned with lots of family stuff. Is it a long weekend in other countries, too?