Modification Monday: Deep in the Forest Sweater

Original Pattern: Deep in the Forest Mittens

Knitter Extraordinaire: Astrid (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Used the charted design from the mittens and fleshed it out to make this stunning colourwork sweater with a circle yoke. Great details on how she made this can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Mittens into a sweater?! Consider me blown away. I am always amazed when a very intrepid knitter can take the colourwork inspiration from a small knit and transform it into a large scale garment. The cream and the rich browns look so good together; I love the natural colours. What an amazing sweater!


Modification Monday: Wonderful Wallaby with Robots

Original Pattern: Wonderful Wallaby

Knitter Extraordinaire: Blanchois (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the pullover hoodie to a zipper cardigan, changed the hood shaping and added colourwork.

What Makes This Awesome: I’m pretty sure the robots say it all- this sweater is awesome! I love how she altered this great little hoodie with the contrasting colour zipper and the great colourwork. It just makes this sweater that much more fun and interesting. Little boy knits can be so much fun, and think this sweater shows that perfectly. Project page with details can be found here.

Scottish Yarn

My parents recently took a trip to Scotland, and very sweetly made an effort to go to New Lanark (about an hour outside of Edinburgh), which is a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring an 18th century mill, which still produces wool and textiles. They very thoughtfully brough tme back a sweater’s worth of yarn:
copper blue

copper blue 2

Sorry for the lousy photos, it’s been overcast and raining every morning this week. 

I love the colour! It’s  beautiful donegal tweed yarn, 90% wool and 10% silk, and I’m really looking forward to knitting up a gorgeous winter sweater to cuddle up in.  Now, there are three things that are looming large in my mind to potentially make with all this gorgeous, gorgeous yarn:

Now technically,  Peterborough (the first one) and Nidden (the second one) call for worsted weight, and this yarn is DK (which Nespelem calls for). The trouble with Nespelem is that I find myself leaning more towards Peterborough or Nidden, because I like the long look and the drapey style. And when I look at the other FOs, peopel have been using DK weight for both of those other sweaters as well, with lovely results; and they  all call for 4mm or 3.75 mm needles, respectively. Which means I feel pretty confident about subbing in some DK and just have a slightly lighter weight cardigan if I decide to go for Nidden or Peterborough.

So what do you think? I’m having a tough time deciding, and sure could use some advice from you guys!

Modification Monday: Toast at the Seaside

Original Patterns: Toast and Ships and Seaside

Knitter Extraordinaire: Eliza (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Ah, the pattern mash up. It’s a wonderful thing. I love how Eliza took the classic coziness of the Toast pattern and made herself some mitts to go with her gorgeous Ships & Seaside Cowl. What a great idea for a bit if stash busting and for making a lovely set. The colours were a perfect choice, they look so wearable and classic.

And… today Eliza is celebrating her 2nd wedding anniversary! Happy Anniversary, Eliza and Jake!

8:30: the First Eight Days

I’ve already learned SO much about my wardrobe since I started working on the 30 in 30 wardrobe remix, it’s amazing. For example- I own mostly solid colour items, very few prints. Which makes for a seriously dull wardrobe, if you ask me. How come I never noticed this before?! I don’t even own a patterned blouse. Seriously.

Also, I apparently do not like having my photo taken every day. If G was available, we snapped a shot on the patio, and if he wasn’t I used the tripod and my point and shoot camera in the library. 

My creation

Also, I still haven’t chosen all my 30 items, because it is now clear I only wear about 15-20 items in rotation. My wardrobe is in a rut! This is a lot more work and not nearly as much fun as I thought it would be. I have a lot of work ahead of me.