Modification Monday: Rivendell Gloves

Original Pattern: #03 Marlene

Knitter Extraordinaire: Lisa (Ravelry Id, blog)

Mods: Turned the  amazing sock pattern into a stunning pair of gloves. Project page with details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Okay, I’m the first to suggest that a sock pattern could easily be a fingerless mitt pattern and vice versa, but gloves! I love how she kept the stitch all the way through to the tips of the fingers, which really completes the look. I think these are  beautiful, elegant and sophisticated. Not a thing about these gloves seems out of place- it’s like this design was always wanting to be turned into gloves. Just perfect!

Coastal Knits Winner! And Leaving on a Jet Plane…

Congratulations to Malin (from Sweden) the winner of the Coastal Knits giveaway! The random number generator selected comment 21, which was her comment- she chose the Rustling Leave Beret as her top choice for a pattern to knit from the book.Thanks to everyone for participating!!

I’ll be jetting off to Bristol, England for a short family visit, but in the mean time, here is an update on the baby blanket, which I’ve started to call the rainbow blanket for fairly obvious reasons:

G really likes the ‘wrong side’, in particular:

I decided to stick with the green, and instead of mirroring the colour repeats (as the original pattern calls for), I just did a straight up repeat every 54 colours. The more colour repeats I knit, the happier I am with it.

Modification Monday: Chimera

 

Original Pattern: Labrinyth

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jamie (Ravelry Id, Blog)

Mods: Revamped the original simple stockinette pullover into a cable and lace sweater with shorter sleeves. Project page is here.

What Makes This Awesome: This is such a gorgeous sweater, it could practically be a pattern in it’s own right.  Jamie kept the neckline and overall fit of the body of the original pattern, but changed up everything else. The leaf lace in the front panel adds great detail, I love the extra cable down the sleeves, too! The whole sweater is stunning. I want one!

 

Book Review & Giveaway: Coastal Knits

 This is easily one of the most beautiful pattern collections I can ever remember seeing. Every aspect- the patterns, the photographs, the sketches, the information on the design process, the layout- everything contributes to the overall look and feel of this book. Some of my favourite patterns are:

Water’s Edge Cardigan 

 Rustling Leaves Beret:

Rocky Coast Cardigan:

 Gnarled Oak Cardigan:

What strikes me the most about this pattern collection is that every single knit looks easy to wear. Not over styled, but realistically pretty- like any of us could knit this, put it on, and get the exact same look.

Alana and Hannah seem very well paired in this East Coast/West Coast collaboration- the knits work together as a collection really well, and it seems only fitting that they share the glory of the two most popular patterns- Alana designed the Rustling Leaves beret and Hannah designed the Rocky Coast cardigan, both are the strong runners for most popular pattern in the collection.

Looking at the patterns on Ravelry does not do this book justice- it really is a gem.  I really liked the patterns when I saw them on Ravelry, but it wasn’t until a had a copy of the book in my hands that I was utterly blown away by the whole collection. You need to get this! And when you do, head on over to the Ravelry Coastal Knits Group for a community of others who are also knitting the patterns. You know what else would be fun? How about we give away a copy of Coastal Knits? Leave me a comment below telling me your favourite pattern from the collection by November 20th, 12:00 p.m. (that’s noon!) EST.

Wee Wednesdays: Baby Blanket Progress

I tip my cap to Jolene, who suggested a fabulous new feature for the blog when commenting on the baby news- Wee Wednesdays! So, sometimes on a Wednesday (not every Wednesday, but I’ll confine baby knits and baby talk to Wednesdays) I’ll post about something baby/knitting related. Like this baby blanket:

 The night I was knitting the baby blanket, and then was struck by the
thought that I only needed 5 colours for the blanket, not six, and what
was I going to do with the extra colour?! I stared at it for twenty
minutes trying to figure out how to modify the pattern to incorporate
that 6th colour when it slowly dawned on me… I did indeed only have 5
colours. And then I realized all the work clothes that fit me right now
are grey, which is boring. And then I started to cry. Because I
apparently can’t count to 5 and all my clothes are grey.

I may have missed out on morning sickness, but hormone craziness has hit me like a tonne of bricks.

But I let some days pass and looked at it again. And I started to think that  maybe it was looking a bit off, so I tried it without the green… which:

 Makes me think of  the 70’s. Or clowns from the 70’s. There are laws about red and orange being used together that requires more spacing than what I’ve done here in this second take. I don’t know what I was thinking, taking the green out of the mix. Hormones, give me back my knitting mojo!

UPDATE: The pattern I’m using is a free baby blanket pattern which you can find here.