Modification Monday: Paulie

Original Pattern: Paulie

Knitter Extraordinaire: sneezerville (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods:  Changed the gauge for a lighter and airier summer cardigan, and used the contiguous sleeve method, etc. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Summer cardigans are a lovely wardrobe item, yet I don’t have any. This knit totally makes me rethink that- it’s beautiful, functional, and I love the stripes, textures, and Sneezerville’s trying out the new technique for the sleeves. On top of all that, she used recycled yarn from a sweater she found at Goodwill. Such an amazing summer cardigan!

Recipe: Swedish mead

As I’m sure is no surprise to some of my more long standing reader friends, I’m into Swedish everything- the culture, the food, the design. Lotte Jansdotter has created  a beautiful book that is strikes a perfect note for me- she focuses on small space living, crafting one’s home, and focusing on friends, family, and make the most of what you have. The sketches, the photos, the projects and the recipes are all exactly the kind thing that I love to see; the kind of lifestyle that I try to create in my own life. I can’t recommend the book highly enough, really.

I had lots of fun trying out the recipes, but I was particularly taken with the recipe for Swedish Mead, which I had never seen before and required ingredients that I always have in my kitchen. So I got to work!

Swedish Mead
from Lotte Jandotter’s Handmade Living, with permission

Ingredients:

  • 17 cups or 4.25L of water
  • 3/4 cup or 185 g packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup or 185 g of granulated sugar, plus 6 teaspoons
  • zest and juices of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 teaspoon of active dry yeast
  • 18 raisins

Directions: In a large stockpot, bring the water to a boil. Stir in the brown sugar, granulated sugar, lemon juice and zest.  Remove from heat and let cool from hot to warm (105-115F). Stir in the yeast until dissolved. Let stand, uncovered and at room temperature, for at least 12 hours.

Put 1 teaspoon of sugar and 3 raisins in each wine bottle(I used pop bottles, personally), strain mead through a sieve and pour into the bottles. Cap tightly, and store in a cool dark place for 1 t 2 days, until the raisins float to the surface.  Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Swedish mead
I usually forget these things, but if you happen to notice the super fun fox t-shirt I’m wearing, I got it here

 I’ve made a few batches of the mead now, and I honestly love the stuff. It’s so refreshing in the summer, and it was my first time experimenting with making something carbonated. It does have some alcohol in it, but the content is low (depending on how long you let it sit, I suppose!). This doesn’t taste like lemonade- more like a shandy. Served ice cold on a hot summer’s day, I can’t think of anything better:

Swedish Mead

Modification Monday: Girly Dashing

Original Pattern: Dashing

Knitter Extraordinaire: Mikka (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Added more cables and modified the thumb gusset. More information on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: When it comes to fingerless mitts, the quest for the perfect thumb gusset is always an important one. Mikka made some great changes to the gusset, and the extra cables definitely make the mitts more feminine and pretty, which I love. I never would have thought to do that with this pattern, and now I’m so inspired!! I love these mitts, they are perfect.

FO: Mother’s Day Lace Sweater

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Pattern: #28 Lace Cardi

Yarn: Elann Superwash Worsted

Needles: 5 and 6 mm circulars (US 8 and 10)

Mods: Eliminated the shawl collar, opted instead to just do a normal ring of ribbing around the sweater. Added sleeves.

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Notes: A huge thank you to Laura who kindly sent me an extra skein when I ran out of yarn. For some reason, I thought it would be super awesome to have all my cream/white coloured yarns together in the same box, so I thought I had more of this yarn that I actually did (no, just loads of other weights/fibers in the exact same colour…). And it turns out, they don’t make it anymore. But super Laura to the rescue! The sleeves I added on are bit small, but fortunately my mom has skinny arms.

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This sweater was an unusual knit for me, the construction was not something I’d done before, and the whole second half of knitting it I was constantly battling fears of running out of yarn while simultaneously adding sleeves. my mother picked out the pattern, and it is beautiful, but I find the shaping a bit odd, in that it is most narrow at the hem, and widest through the waist. But the end result is beautiful.

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Modification Monday: Help Me Rondeur

 
Original Pattern: Rondeur



Knitter Extraordinaire: Heidi (Ravlery ID)

Mods: Adjusted the hemline from the original pattern to sit flat for a more flattering hemline, and added a lace detail. Project page can be found here with more notes.

What Makes This Awesome: This is a perfect example of how awesome it is to be a knitter and customize your clothes for a more flatting fit. Heidi wasn’t comfortable with how the rounded hem of the original pattern might fall on her body, and instead chose to do a more classic hem, but added a bit of lace detail to spice things up. I love how the lace at the hem line balances out the amazing detail at the raglan ‘seams’  and the whole garment looks beautiful. What a fabulous customization! Plus, I had a genuine smile over her witty little project name.