Ravellenic Games are Coming!!!

Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label- Chestnut

That gorgeous pile of yarny goodness is going to morph into a French Braid Cardigan by the end of the Olympics!

I’m moderating the Tanis Fiber Arts Team (unofficial team, as the cut if for registration was way earlier than in previous years) over here, and the more, the merrier! The only criteria for joining in knitting/crocheting in either TFA yarn, or using a TFA pattern. The Olympics start this Friday- can’t wait! I’m going to get swatching so I can be ready to cast on during the opening ceremonies.

Modification Monday: Winter in Norway



Original Pattern: #22 Garter Yoke Cardigan and 116-47 socks


Knitter Extraordinaire: Malgosia (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Used the Garter Yoke Cardigan as a base and integrated the colourwork from the sock pattern. Project page can be found here.


What Makes This Awesome: Ah, the perfect pattern mash-up. It can be tricky to find a good combination and to get the proportions balanced- but Malgosia got this just right. The cardigan is a great template for the colourwork, as the textured yoke and the colourwork are nicely balanced against each other, and it’s refreshing to have colourwork not just on the yoke, which is usually where it ends up on a yoked sweater. The colour choices are wonderful, and the finished sweater is to die for. I love it!

FO: Pugsley

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Pattern: Pug with Anorak

Yarn: miscellaneous craft yarn kept on hand specifically for machine-washable toys. Patons acrylic, mystery fingering wool for the sweater, etc.

Needles: 4mm and 5 mm (US 6 and 8)

Mods: Added a bit of white detailing to the anorak. Other than that, no mods.

Notes: It’s been a while since I knitted up a toy, and I find them so satisfying- generally pretty quick, and the adorable factor is through the roof! I have had this pattern in my library for ages and ages, and finally decided to get it done. I love it! I’m a fan of Barbara Prime’s toys, the shaping is great and they are a great size, plus they have wardrobe options! I love this little hooded sweater. And Pugsley’s little tail is awesome, in my books.

Modification Monday: Inspired

Original Pattern: Inspira Cowl

Knitter Extraordinaire: Lynn (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Added a garter stitch hood, added different fair isle motifs, and a picot trim. Project page is here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love how Lynn incorporated different colourwork charts into the original design- there are so many inspiring books and designs with amazing charts, it’s great to use them in a stunning colourwork caplet like this one. The garter stitch hood is a great way to add extra warmth and texture to the design. Every modification on this is spot-on and beautiful!

Sad News

Our beloved hedgehog, Bruce Quillis, passed away. It appears to have been a combination of age and her weight (the vet said our hedgie was at a higher risk for fatty liver disease because she was not so into veggies but was very into mealworms, which is the hedgehog equivalent to a cheeseburger). Also, we bought an older hedgie that needed to be re-homed, not a young baby hedgie.

I talked to BQ every day, taking care of the daily needs and just generally checking in. I’m  in the habit of looking over at the cage every time I pass by, and it breaks my heart to look at the now empty space. Guy cleared away her cage, wheel and toys while I was sleeping to spare me the painful task. He also buried her in the garden under a tree. Oh yeah- turns out Bruce was a girl, not a boy. that was a news flash at the vet office a while back!

Goodbye, Bruce Quillis. You were much-loved.

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