Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

The winner of the Laura Nelkin ornament kit is…… Sandi! Congrats Sandi! I’ll send you an email soon to get your address.

My Favourite Articles & Links This Week

This made me laugh so hard I actually cried. An accurate, very hilarious, recounting of what all maternity clothing stores are like.

I know how often we are all plagued by a nagging, doubting voice, but what if it all worked out? 

The cold weather is coming! Or maybe it has already arrived where you are…. regardless, here is a great roundup of 29 ways to enjoy the colder months. I loved this list- rather than dreading winter, I feel like there are lots of things to look forward to!

My Favourite Pins This Week


Pin Ups and Link Love: Apple Cream Cheese Appetizer |

This caramel apple cream cheese spread is the perfect fall party appetizer- sweet, different, and involving fruit (so it’s practically healthy, right?!)  And maybe you don’t need a party, just a weekend family treat. Because you know everyone is going to love snacking on this! Pinterest link is here, and original recipe link is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Pumpkin Swirled Mashed Potatoes |

Mashed potatoes can get a little blah, but not this beautiful pumpkin swirled version. The pumpkin can be prepped a couple days in advance, so the extra step doesn’t’ add hardly any time to putting this dish together. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Paper plants DIY |

Are you one of those people that can’t keep plants alive for more than a couple of weeks? Then maybe this DIY is just right for you. I am seriously in love with these brightly coloured paper plants, potted in tiny containers using rice as ‘soil’.  Wouldn’t these be fun at your desk, or in a corner where the light is never quite right but you want to have a pop of something bright? Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here. 

Pin Ups and Link Love: Cardamom Hot Chocolate |

Longtime readers will know that I love cardamom, so this cardamom hot chocolate recipe is right up my alley. I’m pretty much always game for hot chocolate , and I especially love it from scratch- there’s something magical about the subtle alchemy of combining milk, chopped chocolate, and a handful of ingredients that make the hot chocolate that little something special. In this case, the cardamom is a lovely, spicy touch. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Crocheted Ice Cream Cones |

I’m smitten with these little crocheted ice cream cones- if you know any little kids that like lay food, I think these would be a perfect gift for them! The post has full instructions for making them. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

I don’t generally like to wade into politics or current news events here on Knitted Bliss (I like keeping it positive!), but  since last Friday, it has felt hard not to talk about the tragic events happening all around the world, and the different ways we feel affected. this is pretty much what I think. And it’s okay if you don’t agree, there is room enough in the world for varying opinions.

Fear is the enemy. And we fear what we do not know, what we do not understand. I believe that the horrible tragedy that happened in Paris was perpetrated by individuals acting out of anger because they have lived sad lives filled with fear and violence and do not know how to rise above it. They have used religion as a tool for creating even more violence and fear, and that is never okay. Nothing justifies their actions, nothing at all.

But the result is a challenge, a challenge for all of us- we must rise above it. We must not let the fear they have given us twist our minds into thinking that there is any country or religion out there where everyone is the same.  There are damaged, violent individuals belonging to all races, all religions, all countries. To then link this fear to the horrible humanitarian crisis that is affecting many countries now with the millions of refugees fleeing this very same sort of terror in their home country… seeing on the news what happened in Paris in one night and then realizing that’s what happens almost every night to the men, women, and children in Syria gave me a fresh perspective. What if that was where I lived? It’s disappointing to hear so many places want to close their borders to a group of people desperate to avoid the same violence we have all found so horrible.


  1. Bronchitikat   •  

    That maternity clothes store . . . Being a bit of a dressmaker I made my maternity clothes. Being a bit of a dressmaker used to be the only way I could get things long enough for my long arms and legs. These days somee clothes shops have realised that ‘tall’ people are actually over 5′ 10″ and not the 5′ 6″ they used to go by!

    As for things to do during winter – round here they’re more likely to involve waterproofs and welly-boots. It does snow, once or twice of a winter, but rarely enough to come even half-way up your winter-thick boot soles!

    As for the food tips, I guess the crocheted ice creams are the only ones we’ll be using! But thanks for the ideas.

    And yes, the thing to do in ‘retaliation’ is to carry on as usual, only more carefully, but NEVER to hate. Most of all NOT to go to war – that’s playing right into ISIL’s hands. It’s what they want us to do. I’m appalled at the number of people advocating escalating the violence against ISIL, or anyone else who appears vaguely Muslim – particularly those in government.

  2. Christie Hoagland   •  

    Thank you for voicing your love and concern for all peoples. My husband and I concur and are sad and ashamed that our state governor is one of those reacting through fear instead of rising above and being welcoming to those who need care and shelter.

  3. Lisa Jacobs   •  

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I am in NY now visiting my mom but have lived in England for over 30 years now. Multicultural societies are a wonderful thing. They bring us such richness. To hear these politicians now using this opportunity to try to stamp out human kindness and open their doors to people in need is just a lame excuse, playing on our fears.

    By the way, I absolutely love your blog. I look forward to your always interesting pins and articles.
    Thank you very much for voicing what needs to be said!
    Good luck with your next birth as well!

  4. Susan Swartz   •  

    Bravo! You said it exactly the way it is.

  5. Carol Isaac   •  

    So well said. It is difficult to listen to the news and hear the fear and hatred. These awful acts were carried out by individuals not a religion, or a race. I hope and pray we as a nation and as human beings can do thevright thing.

  6. Susan   •  

    We have one of those bigoted closed-minded governors where I live. It’s shameful.
    Did you see the video of a French father explaining the attacks to his young son? It’s really beautiful. It’s all over the internet, and here’s just one place to see it:

    On a lighter note, thanks for the link to cardamom hot chocolate. I love strangely spicy things! I will have to try that in the midst of this weekend’s looming snowstorm!!

  7. miss agnes   •  

    Thank you for mentioning Paris, I know it is hard to find the right words. I haven’t, honestly, because they are just so many things we don’t know or are not being told. But yes, the best answer to hate is love and compassion.
    And thanks for sharing the 29 tips for winter, I am dreading it so much this year, don’t know why. But I do love seeing the snow falling (not right now though, please). Have a great week-end.

  8. Bekah   •  

    They all look yummy! I’ve made a spiced hot chocolate mix this year and it is rocking my socks – so delicious! Hmm… I may have to go make a cup of it now!

  9. Alicia   •  

    I love that winter link, so many great ideas/recipes! And thanks for the message of positivity/love. It’s much needed in the world in general.

  10. Jane   •  

    That caramel cream cheese looks so yummy! I look forward to your Friday posts all week 🙂

    And thank you for the eloquent words on the current crises. As someone who came to Canada as a refugee (though not with anything near the trauma the Syrians are now experiencing), I find myself thinking a lot about the families living through this uncertainty and upheaval. I am grateful my family had a safe place to come, and I am saddened when I hear that so many want to turn away those in deperate need.

  11. Amanda Paa   •  

    thanks for featuring my pumpkin swirled mashed potatoes. 🙂 so sweet of you!
    i hope you had a great thanksgiving, and i appreciated the rest of your thoughts on the feelings surrounding the tragedy last week. hug, and love hard right?

  12. I agree 100% my dear! This is exactly why we need a utopian (tropical) isle of peaceful knitters…. Thinking of you in your final week!

  13. Jessica [Havok]   •  

    That maternity article was spot on. I’ve seen some horrendous maternity things at outrageous prices. Half of the stuff I have seen is just…I would never wear it if I was pregnant, it’s just ugly xD
    Then again, I have a maternity top from Target that I bought about four or five years ago that I absolutely love. Was on a clearance rack towards that section but not quite and I loved it and bought it…only to see that the tag said “maternity” once I got it home. And, let me say, there is no way that shirt is cut properly for someone who is *actually* pregnant xD

  14. alexis   •  

    Thanks for not shying away from spreading brave words about the attacks. We write about knitting, so we think -what does that have to do with world events and politics, but this stuff affects all of us deeply.

    I just finished reading Cloud Atlas, and the book ends with a character saying how it’s the world we believe in that comes into being. If we believe that the world is full of danger and hatred than we will make that world come to pass by acting in response to this belief. But if we believe that human goodness, compassion and strength are stronger, then these forces will continue to grow. It felt so apt, reading these final sentences last night with all the current events on my mind. Thanks for speaking up for goodness and compassion.

  15. Anya   •  

    I wish my country (USA) would follow Canada’s lead in letting in more refugees. I have a patient at the medical clinic where I work, a quiet, gentle man who has lived in the US legally for 20 years but still has not been granted citizenship– he’s a refugee from Iran, where he was tortured in jail for a year by the extremist regime there. These people are fleeing that kind of violence, not bringing it with them.

  16. Linda   •  

    Very much appreciate your posts. Lots to read and such great links are offered. Still dreading winter (snow outside now) but loving that little Christmas pud!

  17. Snow   •  

    Excellent post!
    The maternity essay was well written and a great laugh.
    Your essay regarding the latest headlines echo the conversation our knitting group just had-as well as the comment that the world would be a better place if it was run like Ravelry.
    The only Americans that aren’t immigrant refugees or descendants of, are the original Americans-the Native Americans. The very voices raging against refugees and immigrants have forgotten their own ancestors fled tyranny and war also.
    It’s time we remember in addition to being the human race, we are also a humane race.
    As my mother would say, “Put on your manners and use them. People do it for you every day. And if someone forgets, you’ll be there reminding them how to be their best self by setting a good example. “

  18. Julia   •  

    Hear, hear (re: the fear, refugees, and the need to rise above)!

  19. autumngeisha   •  

    Thank you for so clearly stating what is going through my mind, too. Being a refuge of war myself, it is very sad to see many countries being so restrictive of their borders and not offering more aid to the millions of refugees trying to escape violence and danger. My life would be so completely different now if it were not for the kindness and compassion of strangers.

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