Upcycled Cardi Challenge and Stockholm Scarf Giveaway Winner

The Stockholm Scarf Celebration Giveaway winner is….Bee, who posted this thoughtful comment:
“Congratulations
on your lovely pattern’s well-deserved popularity! I’ve had Stockholm queued up
on The Rav ever since the weather turned a touch icy here in Somerset.
Were I to get the chance to knit Stockholm in a Tanis colourway, I think I’d
have to plump for Mallard. All that blue-green sheen would zing up my winter
clothing for sure!”
congratulations,Bee !!
I was totally blown away by the sheer volume of comments. It takes a lot of time to go through all the comments, but it’s so exciting to make one knitter feel really special and get the yarn they want for their Stockholm Scarf!

I’ve been thinking about doing a little upcycling with the old wardrobe lately ( mainly because I’m trapped in maternity clothes and they are getting kind of old). Consider this:

This is a lovely (and expensive!)sweater from Anthropologie, a store filled with clothes I would love to own but most days cannot afford.  I pinned it ages ago as something that I thought would be an amazing project for up-cycling a cardigan- adding knitted ribbing, and embroidering on the stitches.

It occurred to me the other day that I have a cardigan this colour that I hardly ever wear (although more simple, without the reversed seams of this one), because I find it sort of blah. and I certainly have some cream coloured yarn in my stash. I already have everything I need! So- this is my public declaration of taking on recreating (more or less) this sweater at home. Let’s see how well I do! I’ll be sure to keep careful notes, in case this is a wonderful upcycling success and others wish to give it a go. of course, it could just as easily be a yarn bombed disaster that doesn’t look stylish at all…. Stay tuned!

Giveaway: Stockholm Scarf Celebration!

 Yesterday my first ever knitting pattern- the Stockholm Scarfhit one thousand projects on Ravelry!

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To celebrate, Tanis Fiber Arts has generously agreed to send one lucky reader two skeins of Yellow Label (DK weight) in the colourway of their choice.

To enter: leave a comment telling me what your absolute #1 choice of colourway would be to knit up the Stockholm Scarf. And please leave me some contact info- an email address, a Ravelry ID name, something that allows me to get in touch with you! Deadline to enter is midnight on Friday (EST), the winner will be announced on Saturday!

Modification Monday: Koftan Stig

Original Pattern: Vanten Stig

Knitter Extraordinaire: Kristin (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Using the mitten colourwork chart for inspiration, Kristin knitting this top down cardigan with raglan increases and a rainbow palette of colour. More photos can be seen on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This cardigan turned out so beautifully- Kristin was right to pick this wonderful, interesting stranded design (it’s not a motif you see regularly in knitting!) to incorporate into the cardigan, and the extra touch of using the rainbow striping yarn for contrast makes it so much more fun and visually interesting. It looks beautiful!

New Pattern: Wildflower Tank

The Spring 2012 issue of Interweave Knits is now available, so I can share with you some exciting news- my Wildflower Tank is in it!

Wildflower Tank, Interweave Knits Spring 2012

I actually knit this in the summer of 2011, and made a few more changes in the fall, but I’m really happy with the results. it’ s knit in 100% mulberry silk and feels amazing on.

At the time, we took some test shots, even though I knew I was going to redo the back later on. It has about 1″ positive ease on me, and I recommend a little bit of ease, so that the silk can drape. For those that think a drawstring i-cord is way too much i-cord, i bet you could easily crochet chain a drawstring instead- it would be much faster.

Wildflower Tank, my shots
 Note: a black strapless bra under this was a bad choice. Wish I had worn the skin coloured one.

I had a hard time imagining summer knitting already until I saw the issue preview- now I’m excited about summer knitting!

Modification Monday: Na Craga Cardiganized

Original Pattern: Na Craga

Knitter Extraordinaire: Beata (Ravelry ID, )

Mods: Transformed the original pullover into a more modern cardigan, with adjustments to the neckline and shoulder construction.  Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: The original sweater is a gorgeous Aran, but very ‘classic’ in it’s shape and cut. Beata modernized it immensely by transforming it into an oversized v-neck cardigan, while maintaining the great Aran textured stitches throughout, and lengthening the body for a drapey-er fit. The result is amazing! I wish this was hanging in my closet right now.