Modification Monday: Gray Swan Dress

Original Pattern: Evenstar Shawl

Knitter Extraordinaire: Johanna (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  Used the beautiful circular shawl as a starting point for the skirt, and transformed it into a dress, using this pattern as a base for the upper body. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: This is easily one of the most beautiful knitted dresses I’ve ever seen. The skirt is stunning, and the bodice is gorgeous, and I love the tulle underskirt that gives the dress more shape. not only is this picture perfect, but Johanna has created a truly original, one-of-a-kind dress that really sets the bar for what a gorgeous knit dress can be. So impressive!!

Modification Monday: Aidez

Original Pattern: Aidez

Knitter Extraordinaire:Cecile (Ravelry Id)

Mods: Changed up the cables for both the back portion and the front neckband, and added pockets. Project page with great details on the modifications can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I generally feel that pockets make everything a little more awesome, I’m completely smitten with the addition of pockets on this clever mod. I also love how the cables make the sweater look so different- particularly the front neckband. Just goes to show that you can have a lot of fun playing around and substituting cables for a fresh look on a gorgeous sweater.

Our First Home!

G and I are very excited- this past weekend, we finalized the purchase of our first home!! We have bought a two bedroom condo townhouse in downtown Toronto, which we are thrilled about. We won’t be taking possession for a couple of months, but it is exactly what we have been looking for, and we’re so excited. I spend a lot of time going over my Pinterest Home Inspiration Board lately. Here are a few of the real estate shots of our new place (keep in mind this is how it looks currently, none of this stuff is our furniture):

Of course, we’ll decorate the place and make it our own, and the furniture that they have now is not at all like our furniture, but I’m looking forward to making it our own. These are the photos from the main floor, there is an upstairs, but the bedroom photographs are terrible. Today we have the home inspection, and I’m looking forward to going over the space in more detail with G, and talking about some potential furniture placement!

Oh, and here’s a parting shot of little Bruce Quillis. He’s very camera shy, but he feels a little safer when he’s peaking out from his little wooden house. 

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Modification Monday: Blue Coral

Original Pattern: Coral

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jurga (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Added length and stripes to this summery pattern to make a dress. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love the beautiful, monochromatic stripes of this dress,and the ombre effect she achieved with this. The striping in the fabric mimics the striping in the yoke perfectly. This dress looks striking, yet unfussy. Gorgeous, yet comfy. And who doesn’t want a summer dress that does all that?! This is such a perfect knit dress for the warmer weather.

FO: Cooling Ring of Water

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Pattern: Burning Ring of Fire

Yarn: leftover scraps of Tanis Fiber Arts Aran Weight (Green label)

Needles: 5mm circulars (US8)

Mods: Added Stripes, to use up 4 leftover colours of yarn. I knitted in pattern for 19 rounds, added one row of the new colour, then back to the previous colour for an additional round, then continued in the new colour for 19 rows.

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Notes: This pattern is so fantastic- it’s super easy, super fast, and by striping it I could stash-bust some of those random leftover bits of skeins that you get piling up.  This is the perfect little cowl for when the fall arrives, and I think this would make an awesome and quick gift for someone, too.  I love this cowl, and I bet it would look lovely in variegated yarns or even something a little fuzzy. Maybe I’ll try a different texture the next time I knit this! A little strand of mohair or angora carried with the yarn would be very cozy in the winter…

 Cooling Ring of Water Cowl