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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 11:00

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week I’ll be starting a new feature on the blog soon- Knit Stories. This is going to be a guest post section, so if you think you might be interested, click on over and read all about how to submit! I’m excited to see how this new feature will

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Yarn Harlot - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 01:06

I am pretending that this week is not on fire. (It is.) I am pretending that I am totally organized (I am not) and that everything is absolutely coming together (it isn’t) and that I have all of this well in hand. (Sorry. Just laughed so hard I almost choked on tea.) Joe and I, despite difficulties of a stunning variety, are leaving for our annual holiday on Saturday. We thought we would go somewhere warm, and then somewhere adventurous, and then somewhere we’d never been, and then go on our (now) annual ski trip to Banff, and then we remembered about a few complications, like time and money and family and reality, so now we’re just going skiing, which is totally what Joe loves, and I like it too (although I am getting pretty sick of winter) and it is very hard to complain about the Rocky Mountains, because going there is almost exactly like the beach.  (See title.) I’m busy sorting my work and getting ready to try and take a week off, and I’m going to be absolutely prepared and ready to set aside all the stress of the week and our lives and be great at relaxing. (See title.)  I’ve been knitting something for skiing too – just to be prepared.

Nine years ago, just about, I knit Pretty Thing. I have worn that one a million times, and most recently, I’ve taken to wearing it skiing. It’s the perfect little bit of extra warm softness, tucked between my neck and my ski jacket, and I can even pull it up to cover my chin, cheeks and nose when it’s really cold. It works really well – not bulky, stays where I put it, it’s perfect.

(I love how this picture makes it look like I know what I’m doing. See title.)

It’s so perfect, that it would appear I’ve finally worn it out. The last time I went to put it on, there was a hole.  I know when it happened too – it was just after Christmas when we went skiing and it was -35, and the thing froze solid with ice from my breath, and it snapped as I pulled it up.  (If you do not live in a place where it gets cold enough to actually break frozen textiles, take a minute and hold Canada in your heart.) I came home that day and started thinking about a replacement – though truthfully, I did keep wearing the ratty one until now – like some feral knitter with broken stuff. (I am rather attached to it.) I went through the spinning stash, and found a beautiful batt.

It was from Heidi at the Artful Ewe, about 50g of superfine merino, cashmere and silk.  The perfect little bit for a Pretty Thing.  I spun it up, and plied it,

and yesterday I started knitting it up. (The second Bonfire is finished, if you’re wondering how my faithless needles have wandered again. I’ll show you later, it’s blocking.)

I love how it’s working out, though I think I will forever miss my first one.

A little luck and tomorrow it’s washed, packed and ready to hit the slopes.

(See title.)

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How to Wear a Colour You Think You Can’t Wear

Knitted Bliss - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 11:00

Pattern: Casu Cowl Yarn: Darn Good Yarn Worsted Weight Merino in ‘Samabyon’ Needles: 5mm (US 8) It’s so easy to believe a limiting idea – “I’m not good with numbers”, or “I can’t wear that colour”. But when was the last time you actually checked to see if that was true? For example, after my

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Modification Monday: Ingrid Director’s Cut

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:00

Original Pattern: Ingrid Pullover Knitter Extraordinaire: figolilo (Ravelry ID) Mods: Figolilo added the colourwork from the hem to the cuffs of the sleeves, as well as steeked the entire pullover to make it into a cardigan! Added a button band too, of course. Details and lots of photos can be found on her project page,

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FO | The Thinking Cap Works

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 17:25
A series of non-knitterly things are demanding an extraordinary amount of time and energy, but I wanted to share an update on the Thinking Cap

It's done, and as simple as it is, it's delivering on every front. Soft, stretchy, light but warm, it features one of my favorite slipped rib stitches (Kintra Mitts). Worsted weight yarn meant it knit up quickly, and the simple five stage gradient worked in a mirror pattern (front: black to cream, back: cream to black) allowed me to use up leftovers from previous projects.

Kintra Thinking Cap
Pattern: Improvised
Yarn: Amherst (Valley Yarns)
Needles: US 10 (5 mm)
Yardage: ~135 yards
Size: L (21-22 ins circumference)

I opted for a neutral combo sparked with a touch of burgundy red. As a result, the Thinking Cap coordinates with my Grey Daze shawl ...

and Grey Daze mitts, especially since I typically wear these pieces with a black turtleneck or cardigan.

It also works beautifully with my Dojeling Wineberry kerchief, which because it's so light and adaptable is still one of my all-time favorite accessories, .

The Thinking Cap delivered on the intangible front as well. As you know, I started this quick knit because I was wrestling with different project and WIP options, and wanted to keep busy while I sorted out things. It did its job, and as soon as the cap was off the needles and trimmed, I devoted some much needed attention to the Herlacyn afghan, which has been patiently waiting in the wings.

Who knew a simple little thinking cap would work so well?

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The next one will have ties

Yarn Harlot - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 13:45

Elliot’s new sweater is finished, fits, and is being enjoyed by the recipient.

And while he quite likes the buttons…

He is over the hat.


(Hat: Tiny Lumberjack, Sweater: Elwood,  colour scheme altered to match the hat.)

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February Loves...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 13:29
Hello there! Happy Sunday to you. :) Weren't we just celebrating the new year? Now here I am sharing my February loves because March is here. Crazy! I still haven't gotten used to writing/typing 2018 yet. But I really shouldn't complain as this new year has brought my little part... Andi
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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 11:00

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week The terrifying future of fake news. Guys, it’s just going to keep getting worse. Jane Austen used pins to edit her manuscripts – as she was revising, she would write out revised sections on a new piece of paper, but mark where the new material would be in

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Review and Giveaway: Alice Starmore’s Glamourie

Knitted Bliss - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 11:00

There’s no one else designing at the artful calibre of Alice Starmore. She’s been designing knitting patterns and written books for decades and yet every time a new one comes out I’m amazed at how she manages to completely top the previous one. Remember her Colourwork charts, her Tudor Roses, and her Aran knitting books?

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February: Book Reviews

Knitted Bliss - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 11:00

And just like that, it’s the last day of February. Time for this month’s reading list! if you are looking for your next great read, perhaps something from this month’s round up will strike your fancy. I loved the comments from last month, so many people had great suggestions and shared what they are reading,

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Look Away!

Knit and Tonic - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 00:13
If you're some sort of a knitting purist or something like that, then you might want to look away. Because I just did some major knitting surgery. I've been in a knitting funk, partially because I've spent the better part... Wendy
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Modification Monday: Camaro

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:00

Original Pattern: Camaro Knitter Extraordinaire: Mary Claire (Ravelry ID) Mods: Camaro is originally a DK weight pullover, but Mary Claire revamped the pattern to be a fingering weight cardigan with pockets. Great details and more photos can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome:  Mary Claire knit this in the round

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