Modification Monday: Boreal Wannabe

Original Pattern: Boreal

Knitter Extraordinaire: Momo (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed sweater length, fit, neckline, added a pocket and altered the chart for length. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome:  This mod is a trifecta of modified awesomeness- fit, neckline, and added detail (that pocket!). The sleeker fit is especially chic with the tunic length, and the garter stitch cowl neck is wonderfully cozy for the cold weather. Changing the chart so that it ended higher up the body is also quite flattering. Momo often modifies her knits and there are many on her project page to choose from, but I particularly liked this tunic, which seemed modified in a way that made it feel more classic and timeless. And how cute is her little one peeking out from under her arm in the top photo?!

Wee Wednesday: The Cold Weather Cometh

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Going up north to Sudbury for Thanksgiving was a chilly wake up call- it was way colder there than in Toronto! There has been a few bouts of early frost, so sadly a lot of leaves were already off the trees, which is completely the opposite of Thanksgiving last year, when it was a riot of stunning colour and so warm you could hike in a t shirt. Here is Lila all bundled up for the drive out:

knit parade

She is wearing: A bonnet and mitts I made for her, a baby sophisticate made by Erica, and tucked under a rainbow blanket made by me. She is also wearing a Ghostbusters onesie. Because she ain’t afraid of no ghosts.

Every year when we do the hike, Guy and I have had our photo taken in the same place. This year, we had a family photo:
family shot

And of course, got some photos of Lila’s new bonnet, which I absolutely adore. It was a very quick knit (I knit it in an evening), and I made some matching mitts as well. I absolutely love this on her- the colour, the style, it’s perfection.
bonnet hike collage

The baby carrier is this one if you are curious.

We did gritty, obvious cell phone snaps in the weeks before the hike. If I leave it untied, she has a tendency to pull it so the whole thing covers her face, and then she flails her arms about. It’s hilarious. bonnet collage

Modification Monday: Homestead Rucksack

Original Pattern: Homestead

Knitter Extraordinaire: Cassidy (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Transformed the original sweater design into a backback, using the charts as a starting point. Two panel construction with garter strip to connect and picked up ribbing with holes for the drawstring. Project page with more details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: This is an incredibly imaginative modification, as it really is only using the charts for inspiration on the panels, and otherwise inventing the rest of the construction. The garter strip that connects the front and back is perfectly done in the two colours, and the ribbing and straps look perfectly at home with this design. Cassidy is actually working on the pattern for the backpack, which I really look forward to! I’d love to be going back to school with such an amazing bag like this.

Giveaway Winner!

The winner of the Ghosts pattern collection is gundyknitter. Congratulations! Enjoy the ghost stories and fabulous patterns.

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, which is my favourite long weekend of the year. The colours are spectacular, the sun is always shining, and my family’s thanksgiving tradition is to go for a glorious hike in Onaping Falls. This will be our first time taking Lila, and I’m so looking forward to seeing her little face as she takes in the colourful scenery. Photos to follow!

photo taken from our last thanksgiving hike!

Ghost Pattern Review and Giveaway Contest

Teresa of Canary Knits has put together a stunning (and timely!) collection of patterns inspired by ghosts stories from a variety of cultures and times. The collection is not just a gathering of patterns, but a beautifully researched collection of the history of ghost stories and perception of ghosts through different eras and cultures. I’m not even a huge fan of ghost stories, but the essays that intersperse the patterns make for some fascinating reading and I found myself totally engossed. The patterns are all inspired by the tales included, and all eleven patterns are innovative and beautiful.

My personal favourites from the collection:

Calavera Catrina, a bonnet with floral details that I’m obsessed with.
 Utukku, a lovely lacy shrug that can be worn with or without ribbons. 
 Uncanny, stunning socks featuring twisted stitches woven into a gothic design. 

The above are just three of the eleven patterns in the collection, and they are all fascinating knits. I had already decided I’d only show photos from three, and it was tough deciding! All the items are perfect for fall, and exploring the subject of ghosts at a time when we’re gearing up for Halloween feels very appropriate.

Would you like to win a copy of this amazing collection? Then leave a comment telling me what you would most like to knit from the collection, and include your contact info (email or ravelry ID). You can enter until midnight on Friday night, and the winner will be announced on Saturday. Good luck!