Vacation Redux, and a quick FO

I’m back! The cottage was, as always, wonderful.I finally finished my Reading Hoodie (whic is what I’m calling the Apres Surf Hoodie), but it took much longer than I thought it would. Two months!! I feel that it deserves its own FO post, which will come later in the week. For now, I’ll leave you with a quick FO that I knitted up the day after I finished the hoodie and needed a quick fix/knit. Isn’t it amazing how nature makes even a plain old hat photo utterly lovely?
Pattern: Cabled Baby Hat

Needle Size: 5 mm dpns

Yarn: Plymouth Earth Mainland, 1 skein

Mods: None. The pattern includes two different options, and I chose the ten cable hat, which I really love.

Notes: The pattern was great, and the hat is so lovely that even G asked if I could knit him a grown up version. But my real rave review is that I. Love. This. Yarn. This skein came from a wonderful gift pack from The Purple Purl during the TTC Knitalong, and it is so unbelievably soft. One skein was the perfect amount for this little hat. I’m already planning to buy more, enough to knit myself a sweater. I can’t say enough good things about this yarn!!

Modification Monday: Slipped Hours Pullover

Original Pattern: Slipped Hours

Knitter Extraordinaire: Vanessa (Rav Id, Flickr Id)

Mods: Changed the gauge from fingering weight to worsted.

What Makes This Awesome: This may not appear to be a dramatically different take on the original, but anyone that has made a significant change in gauge knows how drastically it affects the pattern. Lots of recalculating, lots of gauge checking, and lots of planning. But just look at the gorgeous result!! I really love this pullover, and the colour is perfect. I think some people are put off by pullovers and cardis knit in fingering weight (and every time I do it, about half way through I wonder what on earth possessed me to think that a long sleeved hoodie on 3.25 mm needles would be a good idea…cough cough apres surf hoodie cough). Ahem. Anyway. My point is, adjusting for a larger gauge makes for a quicker knit. And in this case, so satisfying!Customizing a knit to suit yourself is always a brilliant idea, but it is a lot of work. Fortunately for us, Vanessa kept careful notes on her mods, and has shared them on Ravelry. Read the details on her modification here.UPDATE! I didn’t realize this part- she also changed it from being a bottom-up knit to a top-down knit. Hugely impressive!! And ever so practical. Check out her great online yarn store here.

Modification Monday: Intertwined Cables Skirt

Knitter Extraordinaire: Yumiko (rav id, flickr id)

Mods: She used the lush cable design on the sweater, and turned it into a sassy skirt.

Original Pattern: Man’s Intertwined Cable Pullover

What Makes This Awesome: I’ll admit right now that I love knitted skirts. I think they are so flattering. Go check out the Fo galleries of all the knitted skirts, you’ll see they look good on so many body types. I love the look of richly cabled sweaters, and this cabled skirt is so, so gorgeous. This is a great example of how any kind of pullover style could easily be a skirt- fair isle, cables, you name it. Yumiko did a fantastic job- she has lots of great projects to check out on her projects page, too! Check out the skirt here.

Going on Vacation!

Hi all! I’ll be heading to the cottage for a week of relaxation, sleeping in, and knitting. I’m going into the mountains and woods of Quebec to a wonderful little cottage (my in-laws cottage), where there is no cell service and no internets.The cottage is here: Well, in there somewhere.

Modification Monday will go ahead as part of our normal scheduling (hooray for the scheduled posting option!), and I can’t wait to report back on some new FOs. Have a great week!!

Has anyone seen the Vogue Knitting 360 Fashion Preview?! What a brilliant way to show all the patterns in the new issue. I haven’t always loved VK, but the fall 2009 issue is pretty tempting. Check it out for yourself!

Modification Monday: Lace Ribbon Camisole

Original Pattern: Lace Ribbon Scarf

Knitter Extraordinaire: Sini (rav id)

Mods: Turned the scarf pattern into a pretty and bright halter cami.
What Makes this Awesome: I’m very impressed with how she took the great lace design of the scarf and applied it to a camisole structure. She knit it in the round, and then divided for the front and back to tailor the fit. She’s even worked in some great shaping! And let’s face it- that bright, poppy yellow doesn’t hurt at all. The perfect summer cami. Full notes on how she made her modifications are on her project page.