Modification Monday: Nemesis Top

Original Pattern: Date Night

Knitter Extraordinaire: Nicola (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Kept the lace yoke, changed the body to striped stockinette, and altered the fit and the sleeves. Project page with great details on the full modification process can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Sometimes it’s hard to
envision wearing an all-lace top, even if you know that you can wear all
sorts of things underneath it. I think Nicola’s solution was a gorgeous
one- keep the lace detail in the yoke, and make the body a solid
stockinette. I also love her stripes, I think they are a clever way of
merging the two colours, and the result is perfection!

Introducing Baby Bliss!

G and I are very pleased to announce the birth of our little bunny, Lila (like lilac, the flower) Somerset (the region in England where G is from) on April 16th. She’s only a day old in this photo, but I think she looks a lot like G! Then again, look how she’s a ham for the camera, so maybe that’s how she takes after her mom (work that bunny hat!). I have no idea why one eye is a little more closed than the other in this photo, both her eyes are the exact same size. Maybe it’s a little wink at the camera.

And here she is coming home from the hospital:

I pretty much put her in that bunny hat every chance I get. Newborns are cute, but newborns in bunny hats make entire elevators of jaded hospital staff smile their biggest smiles.

Wee Wednesday: The End is Nigh

We’re in the final stage of my pregnancy, and I finally decided to stop being so lazy about taking some more bump photos! I can’t believe she is going to be here so soon. There’s still so much baby knitting I’d like to get done first! I guess we’ll see how far along I get with it all before she makes her debut.

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This is my favourite of the shots, which were taken while doing FO shots of the Upcycled Cardi, which I’ll post about REALLY soon!

These two hats are pretty much the cutest things I think I’ve ever knit:

Newborn Bunny Hat (Ravelled here)

Bunny hat 1

Newborn Kitten Hat (Ravelled here)

Cat Hat

I’m hoping I made them small enough to fit a newborn, I love the idea of her wearing them during the first couple of weeks out in the world. The Newborn Kitten Hat is a much-modified version of the bunny hat- Maybe I should have saved it for a Mod Monday post?!

New (FREE) Pattern: Gin & Tonic Hat

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You may recall seeing this hat on the blog way back! I was working on a hat pattern for a new yarn base for Tanis Fiber Arts, which is now known as Orange Label. It’s a blend of merino, cashmere, and silk that is out of this world soft.  I wanted to design a great little one-skein hat that would be a quick knit and the perfect use of a little luxury like this, and the Olive colourway was right up my alley. I’ve been wearing this hat a lot. 

My creation
Pattern can be found here, and the Ravelry pattern page is here

Modification Monday: Pomatomus Extravaganza

Original Pattern: Pomatomus

Knitter Extraordinaire: Mia (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Bigger gauge, and originally started out with the idea for a pair of legwarmers that turned into sleeves, and a stunning sweater was born. Great details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love the back story on this sweater. Mia originally wanted to knit a pair of legwarmers, but felt that they would work better as sleeves. She began working on the body, and kept reknitting it until she got the fit she wanted (got to love it when perseverence pays off). All that effort was definitely worth it- just look at that gorgeous, amazing sweater. I want one now, too!