Modification Monday: Zauber Interrupted

Original Pattern: Versio

Knitter Extraordinaire: rililie (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods:  Change gauge from lace to fingering weight, altered the stripes to be thinner and increase at the top, used the contiguous sleeve method, made a deeper v neck, added a twisted rib hem and cuffs. Project page with great details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: This is not so much of a modificatin as a massive pattern overhaul! I love thin stripes on sweaters, it gives off a classic, almost french-chic air. I also love how she wanted to try the contiguous sleeve method, and they look awesome! It’s always fun to incorporate a new tenchnique on a knit and see how you enjoy it as a knitter. The sweater is classicly beautiful, immensely wearable, and knock-out gorgeous. I wish it was my closet!

Wee Wednesday: Lila at 3.5 Months

Lila is about 3.5 months now, and we’ve recently had an explosion of new developments: She can now roll over by herself, cry real tears, and seems to be teething (which is really early, but not unheard of). It means she’s a very busy baby, and still not big on sleeping and napping! But the cuteness makes up for it all. Here she is, fresh from the tub:
bath Collage

tummy time

Here is Lila wearing her spring baby dress and booties, although they are still a bit big, even though I was aiming for the 3 months size:

lila dress collage
As you can see from the bottom left photo, she’s pretty fascinated with this whole booties business. She likes to grasp things.

playtime

And that is Lila playing with her favourite toy, which has made tummy time a breeze. I’d love to post a link to it, but I can’t find it online anywhere- it’s by Early Years, and when you tap on the head of the animals, they play a little tune. Now I wish I had kept the box so I could look it up by name!

Modification Monday: Danish Lace Dress

Original Pattern: Freya Shawl

Knitter Extraordinaire: Tatyana (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  The shawl pattern is originally based on a Danish doily, and Tatyana used the pattern to create a dress using the doily for the skirt inspiration. Project page is here.

What Makes This Awesome:  I’m a big fan of transforming shawls, and when I saw this dress it blew me away. The skirt showcases the original pattern perfectly, and her work on ensuring a seamless transition into the top of the dress is perfect. The yoke even mimics the shape of the skirt, and the details on the bodice flow wonderfully. I can’t get over this stunning, one-of-a-kind dress!

WIP: French Chestnut

I’m well on my way with my French Braid Cardigan in Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Chestnut:

The cardigan is a top-down raglan, with a thick, cabled border. I had a difficult time initially conceptualizing how it was all going to work, but I decided trust in the pattern and kept going, and sure enough had that ‘oh, riiiiiiiiight!’ moment where it was obvious how it came together. It’s a really interesting construction, beginning in a similar way as a shawl, which is really clever.  I’m  on my second skein, and I’m hoping that I can keep moving quickly- I realize now that it’s an especially ambitious Ravellenic Games project for someone with a baby, but I remain optimistic!

Modification Monday: Omelet Sunbrella

Original Pattern: Omelet

Knitter Extraordinaire: Yvonne (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the 4 gore shawl as a starting point, Yvonne doubled it up and added beads to create this stunning sumbrella. Project page with great details on her modification can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: First of all, I love the ‘hey, I could do that!’ approach that Yvonne had on transforming a shawl pattern into a parasol. Lace shawls are lovely, but there is something magical about this beautiful knit- doubling it up and adding beading and then adding all that loveliness to an umbrealla’s mechanics is really the stuff of awesome, fearless knitting. I’m blown away.