Pin Ups: My Favourite Things on Pinterest This Week

Here’s what I’ve been loving this week:

Pin Ups: spaghetti squash with pesto |

 regular readers  will know that I’m always trying to get more veggies, so this amazing twice-baked spaghetti squash is pitch perfect- seasonal, delicious, and full of veg!

Pin Ups: Zucchini Blondies |

Just like these Zucchini blondies- because if there are veggies in your desserts, you get to eat more of them, am I right?

Pin Ups: Upcycled Sweatshirt|

I’m not big on sewing, but this adorable upcycled sweatshirt is so fun and sweet, and would be just as cool on a grown up, too.

Pin Ups: Winter Capsule Wardrobe |

I love the idea of a perfect 20 item capsule wardrobe, especially for winter. Especially in these colours- I wish I could find more winter lilac shades!

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Outtakes: Shaw Hill Cowl

Lila recently became enamoured with this stuffed goat, which we picked up at a recent Ikea trip. She thinks it’s a lamb, and sings Mary had a little lamb when she cuddles it.  It’s her new BFF.

Somehow, during this photo shoot, she decided that I should hold the goat, so that she could get a large reed and whip that around:

Outtakes: Shaw Hill |

That last shot is me saying, “wait a minute, why am I holding this goat?!”

Oh, and here she is hitting me with the reed:

Outtakes: Shaw Hill |

Kids love nature, especially dirty nature that can also be used as a weapon. Also, she is in focus and my blurry self is making a facial expression that can best be described as derp.

Outtakes: Shaw Hill |

From left to right: toddler photobombing, me trying to catch her (see how she still has the reed in her hand?), and then successfully catching her! But still, she’s clinging to that dirty reed thing. It took some convincing to get her to put it down.

I hope you enjoyed the outtakes! Oh, and if you missed the official photos for this awesome cowl, they can be found here.

Finished Knit: Shaw Hill

Shaw Hill Cowl |

Pattern: Shaw Hill

Yarn: Adriafil Scozia in colourway 32

Needles: 8 mm circulars (US 11)

Mods: None, except needle size. Project page can be found here.

Notes: This was a total win for me. I adored the yarn, it was so soft and so awesome and I totally fell in love with the bright colours in the tweedy flecks, there’s no doubt in my mind I will use this yarn again. And the pattern! I love cables, I love cowls,  so this was just all kinds of awesome. And when you’re knitting a pattern you love with a yarn that feels amazing in your hands… the thing practically knits itself.

Shaw Hill Cowl |

I’m a fan of cowls that are big enough to pull over your shoulders like a caplet*, And this did not disappoint. It’s easy to ensure that this will fit around your shoulders, regardless of your size- the cables are knit flat, so you can measure them around your shoulders any time, then grafted together before picking up stitches for the ribbing edge. This sort of construction allows for you to totally customize the fit for whatever would suit you best.  You could even add in an extra cable repeat, if you wanted a bigger/longer cowl.  I think this might be the first project I’ve knitted with cables along the edges, and I love how it looks! Must knit more like this. Or, you know, maybe this design over and over again, in some different colours.

Shaw Hill Cowl |

I know what you are asking yourself right now- ‘The cowl is nice and all, but what the heck is she doing with that stuffed goat?’ And the answer is related to this rambunctious little monkey:

Shaw Hill Cowl |

The Outtakes post is coming very soon- let the stuffed goat be a little teaser for the silliness that ensued!

* I hate referring to them as capelets, they are so far from capes and so much closer to cowls, in my opinion. But I do like to think of them as being like the pretty caps of mushrooms. 

Modification Monday: January Passion

Modification Monday: January Passion |


Original Pattern: Passion 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Irene (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the gauge from bulky to aran, and changed the original turtleneck pullover into a scoop neck cardigan. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: The original pattern is great,but I love Irene’s mods to turn this into a beautiful cardigan. The cables are too pretty to have only on a bulky sweater for deep winter, and  cardigan-izing it and adding the simple scoop neck means it can be worn through more seasons than the original pattern, giving it more versatility. Knitted up in a great neutral colour like this one and the result is an instant classic!

Modification Monday: January Passion |

November: Meet the Sponsors!

Hi Everyone! Come check out this month’s super-talented sponsors:

 Name:  Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe

Sweet Sheep Collage |

What She is All About: Alicia hand crafts deliciously scented lotion bars and lip balms with all natural ingredients, and it’s very suitable for those with sensitive skin. I love that it’s all paraben-free!

A Few of my Favourite Things, from left to right: Chipotle Caramel lotion bar- I mean, that sounds so good you can practically smell it through your screen. The Passionfruit and Rose lip balm is indulgent , and Alicia also offers a fall sample set (very good for travel sizes, gifts, or if you just can’t decide)  Sweet Sheep is throwing in a FREE full-sized lotion bar for every order over $10 in November.

Name:  Never Not Knitting

Never Not Knitting Collage |

What She is All About: Alana designs beautiful knitting patterns that often have a very natural vibe- especially in her books/collections, such as Coastal Knits, Botanical Knits, and Botanical Knits 2. Also, you’ve probably noticed that she sometimes uses a very familiar looking model… as evidenced in the sidebar!

A Few of my Favourite Things, from left to right: The Shawl Collared Cowl is perfect for this time of year, and is a wonderfully quick knit. Autumn Vines Beret is a gorgeously cabled hat that is flattering for almost everyone, and the Playful Stripes Cardigan  is available both in a kid’s sizes and adult sizes. And in the sidebar, I’m wearing Plum Tree Slouch.

Name:  Tanis Fiber Arts

TFA Collage|

What She is All About: Tanis has an extraordinary selection of stunning hand dyed yarns, kits, and patterns. If you’ve been reading Knitted Bliss for a while, you know that Tanis and I go way back!

A Few of my Favourite Things, from left to right: The Lady Sunnyside cardigan has two different cable options in the same pattern, Aurora is true to it’s name, full of colours from the night’s sky.  And since it’s getting pretty chilly, you might want to think about mittens- those are the Snowfling mitten kits, which are available in 4 different colour combos, and also include a skein for knitting the inner layer in a contrasting colour!

Name:  Andrea Sanchez

Andrea Sanchez Collage |

What She is All About: Andrea focuses on timeless garment designs for women and babies and kids (seriously, the size range for her baby/kid sweaters is awesome!)

A Few of my Favourite Things, from left to right: Beech Street Vest which is so perfect for layering, and the Firefly July Pullover which is the very definition of trans-seasonal (and my personal fave). For the little ones, the hooded Lighthouse Keeper  cardigan is adorable, and I love the toggle closures and the pockets (size range from 6 months to 12 years).

Name:  Fuzzy Mitten 

November Fuzzy Mitten Collage

What She is All About: Barbara focuses on  patterns for adorable knitted toy animals, as well as clothing for them. I personally have knitted 3 of her animals in the past- Tiger, Squirrel, and Pug.

A Few of my Favourite Things, from left to right: Spacebot pattern, which includes the spacebot, jetpack, and robokitty; Siamese kitty with dress (there are great clothing bundles also available for purchase, if you know a little one who likes to dress their toys), And Backyard Bandits, a steal of a pattern that includes the badger, raccoon, and fox options (and a little roast chicken for them to eat!).

Name:  Zenitude 

Zenitude Collage|

What She is All About: Lise focuses on scrumptious hand dyed yarns, roving, and rolags. And she has her own alpacas, which I visited here.

A Few of my Favourite Things, from left to right: a beautiful thrummed mitten kit in soft pastels, peachy pink hand dyed roving that is perfect for all sorts of handspinning or thrumming, and this self striping superwash sock yarn I am actually using right now, and love it!