Modification Monday: Simple Twist

Original Pattern: Simplest Sweater

Knitter Extraordinaire: Mary (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Added length to create a tunic, worked in reverse stockinette and added a dramatic cable for visual interest. Project page is here.

What Makes This Awesome:  Mary was smart to choose a really simple original pattern to modify, because it was a great backdrop for her to get creative with her knitting. Changing it up from stockinette to reverse stockinette gives the tunic lots of texture, and adds to the drama of that big, bold cable on the side. She took this sweater from simple to stunning!

WIP: Lotus Honey

The last time I was in Sudbury, I paid a visit to Sweet Yarns, a really wonderful little shop in the south end that has a great selection of yarns and a really friendly vibe. I went to get a replacement needle for a project I was working on, and ended up chatting with their knitting group while I browsed the yarn, and ended up taking home a couple skeins of Malabrigo Rios in ‘lotus’, specifically to make the Honey Cowl:


This cowl, particularly the bigger size that I’m making, is a lot of mindless knitting, which is great- it’s the kind of project you can do while carrying on a conversation, and it’s a nice fit for yarns with a lot of colour shifts, which often look so attractive in skein form and then become a bit of a mess when you try to knit anything with them. However, it’s not my only knitting project on the go, since I often like something a little more challenging for when I’m feeling like a super knitter. But more on my other projects later.

While trying to get photos, there was a little helper who was eager to get in on the action:

See how some stitches are already coming off the needle? Good helping, Lila!

Happy First Birthday, Lila!

Once year ago today, at this time, our darling little Lila arrived in the world, and changed my world forever. Lila, you are not a perfect baby, but you are the perfect baby for us. We love you more than you will ever know!

Modification Monday: Almond Pullover

Original Pattern: Three Almond Scarves

Knitter Extraordinaire: Birgit (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the stitch pattern from the scarf, Birgit created this one-of-a-kind laceweight pullover, with a high neck. She also made a cardigan version with the same stitch, here. Pullover details with great notes on how she made the sweater can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome:  I think Birgit made a great choice in silhouette of this sweater- the simple high neck and long sleeves emphasize the gorgeous all-over stitch, which gives the hems a lightly scalloped edge. Choosing laceweight yarn is also smart, it keeps the knit lightweight and emphasizes the drape and delicacy. In the additional photos on her project page, you can see the pretty pearl buttons at the back of the neck. This sweater is practically a work of art!

Sneak Peek: Lilacs for Lila

The yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK in ‘Lilac’

Just before Easter, I decide to knit a little lilac-coloured bonnet for my wee one. Coincidentally, my mom bought her a lilac-coloured Easter outfit. Between Guy and I, we must have taken a hundred photos of Lila in her bonnet  but she was so quick that a lot of the best shots were a bit blurry. This was Guy’s favourite of the bunch, although it’s really a photo of me (my hair is tied back, I didn’t get it cut) I’ve finished up the pattern, and just need to sort out some test knitting and then the pattern will go live! I think this will be a freebie, it’s just an easy and fast little bonnet.