Modification Monday: Don’t Fear the Steeker Sweater

Original Pattern: Oranje

Knitter Extraordinaire: Farahnaz (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the buttons to a zippered front, changed the fair isle pattern on the yoke to be a hybrid of deathflake and Brandy’s mitten cuff , and did a four-colour stripe for the body. Project page with full details is here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love that Farahnaz not only changed up the fair isle yoke (and used two different charts for that yoke!), but that she also added stripes! The are no rules saying that you have to pick one or the other, and this cardigan shows that it definitely works. What was smart with this approach is that she used four different colours for the stripes that are all muted shades, so it doesn’t feel busy or detract from the great colourwork at the yoke. Also, this was her first time steeking and doing colourwork- way to go, Farahnaz! Talk about a home run- this sweater knocks it clear out of the park.

WIP: Suncrest

This past Saturday I pitched in at the Tanis Fiber Arts booth at the KW Knitter’s Fair. Guy brought Lila, since she is still exclusively breastfed so we can’t be apart for too long. She’s rocking a great little dress knitted by Auntie Tanis:

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 Tanis is wearing Suncrest, I’m wearing Solaria, and Lila is wearing Clara
Big thanks to Guy for spending almost 8 hours circulating the fair and the parking lot with Lila, sometimes in her carrier, sometimes in her stroller. They were troopers, both of them!

 I’ve recently cast on for my own Suncrest. I’m not too far in, but here it is:

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I can’t say enough good things about the Red Label yarn– I’m a sucker for single ply, and the cashmere and silk… drool. It’s ridiculously amazing. I need to get more of this yarn, I should have grabbed an armload while I was at the fair!

Modification Monday: Baby Keller Sweater

Original Pattern: Henry’s Sweater

Knitter Extraordinaire: Katie (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed from a double breasted cardigan to a single button one, eliminated the garter cuffs and made the sleeves 3/4 length. The project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: There is a lot to be said for making a pattern and simplifying it to be more streamlined. We often think of adding details when modifying a pattern, but taking things away can create a brand new look as well. I love the change to the single button closure for a less busy look, and the contrasting blue hem and collar provide just enough visual interest. It’s perfection!

Update: Katie didn’t stop there- today on her blog she has a girly cropped version, modified from the same original patten. Love!!

Getting Crafty: Vintage Lace Earring Holder

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 Side note: I suspect these photos are slightly out of focus, but I can’t tell…I’m getting my eyes tested soon, I think I need glasses!

I’ve had a spool of vintage lace for about 12 or so years. The thing about little treasured craft items like this is that it’s so hard to pull the trigger and use them for something! But this was finally the perfect project. I like the stripes of lace, and since I wear earring pretty much every day, I have an excuse to admire the lace every day! If you don’t have any vintage lace, this would also be a pretty way to showcase hand knit lace borders or swatches that are too pretty to leave hiding in drawers.

I’m not the first person to ever make an earring holder with an embroidery hoop before, but I though I’d  put together a quick tutorial on how I made mine. You need:

  • one embroidery hoop, any size
  • ribbon lace, enough to cover the hoop with evenly spaced stripes
  • glue (strong enough so that the weight of your earrings won’t pull the lace off)
  • scissors
  • earrings!
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1. Begin by separating the outer frame from the inner one. Put the outer frame aside, we are working on the inner one for now.

2. Glue one end of your lace to the top of the frame, like so:

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3. Glue other end to opposite side of frame, keeping it as straight and tight as possible. Cut lace, and repeat until you are happy with the amount of ribbon in your frame.

4. Place outer frame of embroidery hoop over top, and tighten to secure.

5. Hang your earrings and enjoy!

Ideas for different looks:

  • Use a knitted lace swatch or a doily that covers the entire hoop
  • Paint the embroidery hoop to match your style/decor
  • No embroidery hoop? repurpose an old photo frame with the glass removed