Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

I am woefully behind on my blogging for 2017- I could use another month of this year just to play catch up! But oh well, such is life. I guess I’ll just have to work extra hard in January! I have lots of big things in store for Knitted Bliss in 2018, and I hope that you will love it all.

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Getting uncomfortable to make big strides in 2018.

17 tiny changes that will make life more interesting.

The courage to be yourself: e.e. cummings on art, life, and being unafraid to feel.

Questions to reflect on 2017, and questions to ask yourself to get pumped up for 2018.

My Favourite Pins This Week

This year we will be spending New Year’s Eve at a friend’s party, and I’ll be bringing these- drunken strawberries. Soaked in rosé, rolled in sugar and frozen, it’s hard to get much easier than this, or more festive. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

If you would prefer something savoury to make to celebrate at home or bring to a gathering, what about this bacon cheddar cheese dip? Brilliant with chips, crackers, chunks of bread… anything, really. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

Planning a small new year’s day brunch? How about keeping it simple and only serving one sweet and one savory, and providing lots of fresh fruit? This brunch idea is pretty inspiring. Plus, tiny pancakes on a stick is always going to get my vote. Pinterest link is here, and the lovely brunch (with recipes!) can be found here.

Feel like getting your craft on this weekend? If you are packing up the holiday decorations and things are feeling a little blah, why not craft some of these stunning felt flowers? Great links to tutorials for each, and felt is so much fun to work with. Pinterest link is here, and the original post with links to all the flower tutorials can be found here.


And if you are looking for  the perfect new phone wallpaper to remind yourself how awesome you already are –  here it is. Pinterest link is here, download it for free here.

I hope that this weekend is a wonderful one for all of you. I’m not sad to see 2017, I’m looking forward to 2018. I feel like it’s going to be an incredible year – for all of us. Big hugs, friends. See you in 2018!


  1. miss agnes   •  

    Thank you sweet Julie for a beautiful year of thoughtful blog posts, lovely projects and your smile. Looking forward to reading your blog faithfully in 2018.

  2. Rebecca Lately   •  

    Happy New Year! Those strawberries look delicious and beautiful. I must try them!

  3. Corinne   •  

    Thank you so much for always finding these interesting links for us.
    I wish you all the best for 2018 and I am sure these strawberries will help to start the year with a splash!

  4. Brenda   •  

    I wish I’d seen this one before I started working on the Unraveling Your Year questions, which I find a bit… I don’t know. Not quite my thing, in some cases. But I like the idea of some deliberate, guided year-end reflection, and I didn’t really come across anything else that spoke to me, so I went with it. But I like these questions, because they’re fairly straightforward, not too airy-fairy, but still encourage reflection. I will definitely keep them in mind for next year!

  5. Anna   •  

    Oh Julie, I am even worse and haven’t given my blog much love at all. I love your regular items and I might need to start doing something similar next year to keep myself on a schedule.

    Happy New Years to you and yours. As we say in German, I hope you ‘slide well’ into 2018.

  6. Mabel   •  

    Thank you for sharing wonderful information and ideas, we can always use! Looking forward to read your blog as always.
    Happy New to you and your family

  7. Bronchitikat   •  

    Happy New Year, all four of you!

    Why do people insist on giving e. e. cummings capitals when, by his own admission, he ‘couldn’t be bothered to shift for himself’? Otherwise interesting article.

    Meanwhile the questions to reflect on 2017 to get us pumped up for 2018 smacked too much of the ‘here are a few things to get you started on this essay assignment’ for me. But maybe that’s because I’ve been out of formal education more than two-thirds of my life – for all that I enjoyed the time spent in it!

    I did like the sound of the Bacon, Cheddar Cheese Dip. Maybe substitute quark for the soft cheese and fat free fromage frais for the sour
    cream? I did an excellent garlic and herbs soft cheese dip using quark this Christmas. Went down very well.

    Those felt flowers are pretty too.

  8. Stefanie   •  

    Drunken strawberries; those sound wicked to eat! The pancakes on a stick were cute.

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