Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

***Don’t forget today is the last day to get a copy of the Nashira pattern for 50%! Use the code: knittedbliss when you checkout to get it for only $3.***

Pin Ups: S'mores Rick Krispies|

Don’t you love it when two favourites are combined into one awesome dessert? yeah, me too. S’mores Rice Krispies!!!

Pin Ups: Tomato Basil Soup|

This lovely recipe for tomato basil soup with cheese tortellini is delicious! You have to do a lot of scrolling through many photos to get to the recipe (like pretty much every recipe these days), but it’s well worth it.

Pin Ups: DIY Instagram Frame|

I love this DIY instagram photo frame-  who doesn’t want to spend a little more time looking at their favourite instagram shots without string at their phone? This one repurposes a generic larger frame, and the outer rim is brightened up with washi tape. Speaking of washi tape….

Pin Ups: Washi tape office supplies|

This awesome post has me wanting to cover pretty much every office thing on my desk in pretty washi tape. I’m going to bring my washi tapes into the office next week and get cracking on prettifying all my things.

Pin Ups: Daily fruit and Veggies|

I love this visual guide for getting your daily amount of fruit and veggies- there is something about actually seeing a photo of how much that really is that has helped me focus on getting more of my daily quota.

Pattern Sale: Get 50% of Nashira!

Hey all you awesome knitters- until end of day on Friday, I’m offering 50% off the Nashira pattern, which means you can get it right now for only $3!

Use coupon code: knittedbliss

Long time blog readers, you know I don’t do pattern sales very often, so this is pretty special. I thought it would be a nice time  of year to do this, as most of us are  beginning to feel the coolness in the evenings, and soon Fall is coming. Nashira is a great scarf/shawl for keeping the chill away. It’s definitely better for warmer weather in the laceweight version here:


The laceweight version took about 500 yards of Tanis Fiber Arts Mulberry Silk Silver Label, shown here in ‘Dove’.  Check out the pattern page on Ravelry here. 

And if you totally want to get ready for winter, here is an easy modification for Aran weight:


The Aran weight version took about 500 yards of Aran weight, seen here in Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label in ‘Deep Sea’.

I also like how different these projects look, with one being in a solid colour, and the other with more tonal variety. Coupled with the gauge difference, it makes for two very different looks from one pattern. Which version are you going to make?

Modification Monday: Colorwork Wyeth

Modification Monday: Wyeth Cardigan|

Original Pattern: Wyeth

Knitter Extraordinaire: Liz (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed out the textured arrow design for colourwork instead, and only did 4 arrows, including changing some of the directions. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: You would never know this was Liz’s first sweater, would you? I wish I had this sweater in my closet, I love the colourwork arrows, and the overall palette that she chose for the sweater and contrasting arrows is simple and classic. And talk about a great idea, switching out a textural design for colourwork! I need to look at designs in a new way now, and consider changing a textured design for a colourful one- I absolutely love how her sweater turned out.

Modification Monday: Wyeth Cardigan|

FO Outtakes: Lady Bat Plus Toddler

Outtakes: Lady Bat |

These are some of the outtakes from  our playground FO photoshoot for the Lady Bat sweater (for the official photos, check out the FO post, here) . It was a challenging shooting with Lila scampering about and still keeping an eye on her, but that’s just life with a two year old. I actually think we would use this location again for a another photoshoot, it was at least a fun time!

Outtakes: Lady Bat |

 I don’t think I’d have used this photo even if I wasn’t being photobombed- the skirt is bunching weirdly. Maybe if I cropped it?

Outtakes: Lady Bat |

I think my legs look very weird at that angle in the above shot, so it was a no-go as well.

As seen here, Lila got a hold of the camera during what must haven been a weak parenting moment:

Outtakes: Lady Bat |

Clearly it was not in autofocus mode. I then used my smartphone (that’s the blurry rectangle in my hand, above) to put on this video, which then sparked a park dance party:

Outtakes: Lady Bat |

but the light was fading fast anyways, so after a bit of dancing, it was clearly time to go home.  I hope you enjoyed the outtakes!

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: Coffee Smoothies|

These three awesome coffee-based smoothie recipes are perfect for breakfast- they have fruit, protein, and that all-important caffeine hit. The coffee creamsicle one is my fave!

Pin Ups: Caramelized Peach & Oat Pancakes|

And while we’re talking about breakfast, these  peach and oat pancakes are so perfect for weekends.

Pin Ups: Fresh Tomato sandwich|

Another light meal would be these flavourful and fresh toasted tomato and cream cheese open face sandwiches- perfect for all those fresh tomatoes that are in season, and the cream cheese has added fresh herbs, if you have lots of those in your garden, too.

Pin Ups: Sewn Book Clutch|

I don’t sew, but if I did, I would be dying to make these  zipper book clutches. Maybe I’ll tap a sewing friend to make one for me- they look so awesome! And I feel would be very fun e-reader cases, too.

Pin Ups: Awesome kitchen|

I’m dreaming of redoing my kitchen, and this shot is so inspiring for me right now- I love how bright, fresh and casual it looks, and yet absolutely lovely. And the old-school green chalkboard wall! Love it.  I think this is pretty close to my ideal kitchen, assuming that there is a double oven somewhere just outside of this shot.