Hot Chocolate Flashback

I’m just getting over a horrendous stomach flu that is apparently going around, which means I didn’t get a chance to finish writing an FO post that I originally wanted to post on Thursday. But here’s a couple of little things that have been going on:

The Huffington Post has put together a hot chocolate recipe round up, and my orange hot chocolate is in it!
This was from my early 2011 seven days of hot chocolate series, in case you missed it and are feeling like some hot chocolate.

In the fall, I knit this cat bed specifically for my little tabby, Yarn. When crafting for a cat, there is always the risk that they will not be even remotely interested, but fortunately this was not the case for the cat bed- Yarn loves it! I put it in one of her favourite nap spots and she loves to cozy up in it. I just used some miscellanous craft yarn I keep around for knitted toys and such, and it’s just right. Would also be a great project for using up odds and ends of leftover skeins, too. You can check out my Ravelry project page for more info.


Modification Monday: Chhattisgarh

Original Pattern: Water for the Elephants

Knitter Extraordinaire: Lisa (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the colourwork chart from the original sock pattern, created a skirt with a pleated hem. Great details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I’m super impressed not only with this amazing colourwork skirt, but with Lisa’s planning and working out the stitch repeats for the size needed in advance of casting on. Having the motifs repeated on a large knit like this really underscores the exotic style of the design, and Lisa’s creativity with the hem (do you see those little inverted pleats?!) blows my mind.

Wee Wednesday: Bear Booties

 Do you remember the bear hoodie? Here it is, now with a baby inside:


I put Lila in it all the time, it’s so adorable on her. And my dears, I need to tell you about these booties, because they are the most perfect little booties EVER. They stay on. They are warm. They look cute. They are super quick to make. Did I mention they stay on? They are perfection!

Pattern: Baby’s Booties

Yarn: Queensland Collection Kathmandu Aran

Mods: Did not roll them down, seamed with them kept up to be more like boots.

I love these booties so much, I’m planning on knitting them in some other colours, to match some of her other outfits. I just love them. Now that it’s cold here, I put Lila in them almost every day! Plus there is something about a knitted sweater and matching booties, it just looks so adorable.

Modification Monday: The Modified Beatnik

Original Pattern: Beatnik

Knitter Extraorinaire: Jenny (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods:  Turned the pullover into a cardigan, lengthened the sleeves, changed the cable design on the front peices, Project page can be found here, and great details on the mods can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love it when knitters turn cardigans into pullovers and pullovers into cardigans. This sweater looks stunning as a cardigan, and the differently cabled fronts are perfectly at home in this design. The longer sleeves are ideal for a cabled cardigan like this, and the whole effect is stunning. I love how Jenny detailed the mods so thoroughly on her blog- she even gives a step-by-step on the fronts (which she totally created herself). Such a beautiful cardigan!

WIP: Red Tanenbaum Mitts

 It was shortly after I finished my Fiddlehead mittens a couple winters ago that I thought to myself, ‘I should knit one pair of mitts for myself every winter.’ I don’t know why, exactly- something about a new pair of mittens seems like a nice and cozy way to celebrate a new season. And you know how it is, after a certain point in your knitting (long after it crosses over from ‘hobby’ and into full-blown obsession) you just can’t fathom buying a pair of mittens anymore. I mean, anyone who has worn well crafted, handmade mittens know this to be true- They are warmer, prettier, and softer than anything commerically available.

I’m currently working on a pair of Tannenbaum mitts, after finding some Classic Elite Inca Alpaca in my stash in a lovely shade of red. I need red mittens in my life!

Thing is, an unblocked red mitten looks sort of sad. Especially this one, all thumbless. I like to do my thumbs at the end, after completing both mitts. But once they are both done (I’m just about to cast on for the second mitt), they’ll have a good blocking, a couple thumbs, and a nice photoshoot. In the mean time…. here are some awkward, unfinished mitten photos guessied up with a fun union jack cushion and picmonkey borders: