Modification Monday: Chhattisgarh

Original Pattern: Water for the Elephants

Knitter Extraordinaire: Lisa (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the colourwork chart from the original sock pattern, created a skirt with a pleated hem. Great details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I’m super impressed not only with this amazing colourwork skirt, but with Lisa’s planning and working out the stitch repeats for the size needed in advance of casting on. Having the motifs repeated on a large knit like this really underscores the exotic style of the design, and Lisa’s creativity with the hem (do you see those little inverted pleats?!) blows my mind.

Wee Wednesday: Bear Booties

 Do you remember the bear hoodie? Here it is, now with a baby inside:

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I put Lila in it all the time, it’s so adorable on her. And my dears, I need to tell you about these booties, because they are the most perfect little booties EVER. They stay on. They are warm. They look cute. They are super quick to make. Did I mention they stay on? They are perfection!

Pattern: Baby’s Booties

Yarn: Queensland Collection Kathmandu Aran

Mods: Did not roll them down, seamed with them kept up to be more like boots.

I love these booties so much, I’m planning on knitting them in some other colours, to match some of her other outfits. I just love them. Now that it’s cold here, I put Lila in them almost every day! Plus there is something about a knitted sweater and matching booties, it just looks so adorable.

Modification Monday: The Modified Beatnik

Original Pattern: Beatnik


Knitter Extraorinaire: Jenny (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods:  Turned the pullover into a cardigan, lengthened the sleeves, changed the cable design on the front peices, Project page can be found here, and great details on the mods can be found here.


What Makes This Awesome: I love it when knitters turn cardigans into pullovers and pullovers into cardigans. This sweater looks stunning as a cardigan, and the differently cabled fronts are perfectly at home in this design. The longer sleeves are ideal for a cabled cardigan like this, and the whole effect is stunning. I love how Jenny detailed the mods so thoroughly on her blog- she even gives a step-by-step on the fronts (which she totally created herself). Such a beautiful cardigan!

WIP: Red Tanenbaum Mitts

 It was shortly after I finished my Fiddlehead mittens a couple winters ago that I thought to myself, ‘I should knit one pair of mitts for myself every winter.’ I don’t know why, exactly- something about a new pair of mittens seems like a nice and cozy way to celebrate a new season. And you know how it is, after a certain point in your knitting (long after it crosses over from ‘hobby’ and into full-blown obsession) you just can’t fathom buying a pair of mittens anymore. I mean, anyone who has worn well crafted, handmade mittens know this to be true- They are warmer, prettier, and softer than anything commerically available.

I’m currently working on a pair of Tannenbaum mitts, after finding some Classic Elite Inca Alpaca in my stash in a lovely shade of red. I need red mittens in my life!

Thing is, an unblocked red mitten looks sort of sad. Especially this one, all thumbless. I like to do my thumbs at the end, after completing both mitts. But once they are both done (I’m just about to cast on for the second mitt), they’ll have a good blocking, a couple thumbs, and a nice photoshoot. In the mean time…. here are some awkward, unfinished mitten photos guessied up with a fun union jack cushion and picmonkey borders:

FO: Seacrest

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Pattern: Suncrest

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label in ‘Atlantic’

Notes: I really wanted to knit something that was easy enough to chisel away at during quick moments while alone with the baby (and she was busy playing), and the garter stitch body was exactly that- perfect mindless knitting. The lace edging took me much longer, since I needed my full attention for it. What I particularly like about this shawl is that it’s not triangular, but has the fun lace of a triangular shawl- I don’t really reach for my triangular shawls when I need a little knitted something to wear. The shawl is deceptively small-looking when finished, and grows quite a bit once wet blocked. Yay for wet blocking! Turns lumpy knitting into a thing of beauty.

There were ducks right behind where we were taking photos, and obviously they get fed a lot, because as soon as they saw us, they started coming over:

 I wish I had brought something for them, I love friendly ducks! But back to the shawl:

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The yarn is pretty cozy for a fingering/sport weight, too- it feels warm and snuggly around the neck. Just the thing for this time of year. I also have a lot of love for this colourway- it really does look just like water.