Wee Wednesday FO: Creamsicle Tee

I like orange on babies, especially my baby. I think she can rock citrus colours way better than I can:

Lila’s awesome leggings were picked up over the winter at a City of Craft fair of the handmade in Toronto, and can be found here.

 Pattern: Marguerite

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering in ‘Orange Blossom’

Needles: 2.75 and 4 mm (US 2 and 6)

I love this little tee pattern, particularly how the lace is used to create little puff sleeves. Some of the construction is a little unusual, such as the beginning of the round is in the middle of the knit, not on the side where a ‘seam’ would be. It’s not the end of the world, but it means that you need to pay very close attention to how you weave in that end because of the high visibility location. There are a few things about it that I would change, if I knit this again- you use a larger needle for the lace and a smaller needle for the stockinette, which to me seemed odd. I’d use the larger needle for the stockinette as well, I think it would make for a better fit over chubby baby tummies. I also wish that I made this a bit longer, so I’m considering ripping back to the lace and redoing the stockinette in a larger needle and for another inch or so longer.

Also, in the 12 month size the pattern doesn’t totally line up the same on the front and back… and I ripped it back several times before I realized that it wasn’t going to match up, and just kept going. But overall, the tee is a very quick knit, and I love the style of it.   Ravelled here.

Modification Monday: Waterlilies




Original Pattern: Helena and Jaywalker

Knitter Extraordinaire: Laura (Ravelry ID)

Modifications: Using the structure of the Helena cardigan, revamped the design to fingering weight and using the striping yarn to highlight the chevron design from the Jaywalker socks. Great details with specifications on the chevrons can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This cardigan is a knockout. I love the dark pink inner trim for the turned picot hem all around the cardigan (including the sleeves) which compliments the striped colourway perfectly. I love how this is such a great single skein project (not including the dark pink trim). It’s especially great to get creative with pattern modifications and mash ups with baby sweaters, not just because of the small size and quick knit, but because you can do really creative things that might not be to your taste as an adult but looks amazing on a wee one. Just look at the cutie below, modelling this awesome cardi. She’s having a good time with the tie closure, too!

New Pattern: Fairy Mist

Earlier this spring, I was working away on a lace weight cowl design for the May installment of the Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club, 2013. The result? Fairy Mist!

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This cowl is knit with 500 yards (half the skein) of Pink Label laceweight, and it feels like a light and fluffy cloud around my neck and shoulders.

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It’s knit on 3.25 mm needles, and the pattern is easy to memorize. Combined with near-weightless yarn, it’s a great on-the-go knitting project, since it didn’t take up much room in my bag or weigh me down at all. And the best thing about knitting on the go is that even though the yarn is fine and the needles are small, it didn’t take long at all to finish this.

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The colours reminded me a lot of Victorian fairy paintings and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, so I called it Fairy Mist. It’s the kind of thing that’s perfect to wear at dusk, when it’s just a little chilly.

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The pattern is exclusive with the yarn to the Year in Colour Club members, but it will be available for purchase in 2014.

Modification Monday:

Original Pattern: Dreambird KAL

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jennie (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Bound off the shawl edges together for to turn it into a skirt, then picked up waist edge stitches with the main colour to knit waistband in the round. Project page is here.

What Makes This Awesome: Modifying a shawl  into a skirt is such a great idea. I love it when I see it, but I don’t often see it done with a colourwork shawl! This looks beautiful as a skirt, very feminine and somehow a little edgy at the same time. This is the kind of skirt that I bet gets Jennie compliments whenever and wherever she wears it.