Modification Monday: Asymmetric Ribbed Tunic

Original Pattern:

#04 Asymmetric Rib Tunic

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jennifer (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Converted sizing to fit an 8 year old, and changed construction knit in the round. Great details on the mods and construction can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Kids look extra cute when they are in hand knits, and custom ones are even better. Jennifer made an excellent pattern choice for her mod- a sweater with a lot of ribbing like this guarantees a more forgiving fit, and there’s room for growth not only with the stretch of the fabric but also in the length. Knitting this as a dress means it has room to grow for length, too- can always be a tunic! Knitting it in the round helped minimize finishing, and the result is fantastic.

Newly Released Pattern, and a Peek at a Forthcoming Pattern

In early 2012, the Sencha Scarf I designed for the March instalment of the Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club was released. Now that the 2012 club is over and 2013 is in full swing, the pattern for Sencha Scarf is now totally available for purchase:

sencha 1

I’m really happy with the Sencha Scarf, it turned out exactly the way I wanted- a drape-y, swingy, silky scarf that is more glam accessory than cold weather neck warmer.This was a custom yarn base for the club, and it was a silk and merino blend that had lots of sheen and drape. I love how Tanis styled it in the photos, it’s exactly how I imagined it. A little rock n’ roll!

sencha 2

And here is the new pattern I designed for the 2013 Year in Colour Club:


It’s exclusive to club members until 2014, but hey, it’s never too late to join the club!

Modification Monday: Smooth Oscillator

Original Pattern: Oscillate

Knitter Extraordinaire: Alegria (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the neckline to a scoop, and changed the sleeves to a top-down set in sleeve technique that she had been wanting to try. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I really admire that Alegria decided to try a new technique with this knit- it is always great to stretch yourself a bit and try new things, especially something like a new sleeve technique. Broadening your skills by learning a new way to do things gives you more options as a knitter when it comes to fine-tuning your knits for a more enjoyable knitting experience and the finished knit itself.  The scoop neck is very flattering (especially for people like me who look terrible in crew necks), and dropping the gauge down a bit makes this a finer, more delicate cardigan. The final result is absolutely beautiful- if I had this in my closet, I’d wear it all the time!

Wee Wednesday: Booties and a Trip to the Cottage

We recently spent a long weekend up at the cottage, for the first time since Lila was born. I think it’s safe to say she had a good time, as did we:

cottage 2013 collage

As it’s normally an 8 hour drive, we flew this time, which, while obviously more expensive, was only an hour each way and was good practice for our trip to England at the end of this month (did I mention we’re going to England? Because we’re going England. And hey, while we’re there, might as well pop over to Paris for a couple days….). The only thing I’ve noticed while reviewing these photos is that we were obviously too busy juggling the baby while on the plane to take any in-flight photos- next time, for sure.

booty shot
Yarn: Knit Picks Merino Style and Michell & CIA Luxury Collection Alpaca Peru
Needles: Can’t even remember. Why didn’t I fill that in on Ravelry?

Notes: I actually knitted these booties when I was still pregnant, but they were turning out huge an I figured I’d have lots of time to finish them… then promptly forgot where I put them. I recently found them again, I realized that they would fit Lila now. Just needed to be seamed, and crochet chain some shoelaces. The problem? Shoelaces and an 8 month old. I basically just put knitted baby toys on her feet. She loves them, but it’s really hard to keep them on her feet. And those busy baby feet meant that it was really hard to take a photo that didn’t result in blurry booties. The pattern- it was easy to follow, and the booties are super cute. I wish I had made these in a brighter colour, though. The beige is tough to match with her wardrobe, which features lots of bright colours (like the Sunnyside baby sweater she’s wearing). I love these, though. If I could keep her from pulling them off, they would be perfection.
booties pair

booty 5

This photo cracks me up.

Modification Monday: Be A Pizzly

Original Pattern: Camilla Pullover

Knitter Extraordinaire:
Stéphanie (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Turned the pullover into a sweater dress, upsized the yarn weight to bulky, added pockets, an shaping. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love how the yarn choice really made a huge difference in the look of this sweater dress- the bulky, fuzzy yarn makes this look so wintery and cozy, and yet still really chic. I love the added pockets, there is something extra fun and comfy about wearing a dress or skirt that has pockets, and Stéphanie kept the garter look so that they blend in great and don’t add visual bulk. It’s gorgeous!