Modification Monday: Selbu Clochette

Original Pattern: Selbu Modern

Knitter Extraordinaire: Sarah (Rav id, Blog)

Mods: Began with a sweater hem-style brim, added tucks, and an additional colourwork chart on the edging. The crown was worked with the Selbu pattern.

What Makes This Awesome: Sarah fell in love with the lovely alpaca yarn first, and then couldn’t resist the gorgeous colourwork of the Selbu Modern pattern. What I love about her solution was to not fight the drape-y fabric that the alpaca would create, and instead thought about the kind of shape that would work. Her gorgeous cloche is perfect. The style is amazing and flattering, and the tuck rows add texture and style. I absolutely love the result! there is a need for more hats with tucks, I think! She explains her mods (and how to do the tucks) on her blog post, which can be found here.

2010 Knitter’s Frolic- Toronto

The 2010 Knitter’s frolic took place at the Japanese Cultural Centre in Toronto this past weekend, and it was fantastic. 

You all know how much I love a good photo mosaic, so here is the at-a-glance fun that was the Frolic:

I didn’t take as many photos as I would have liked- I was so busy fondling the yarn and deciding what to buy I had to do another walk through to snap some photos! The full set is here.

 I tried to be a bit restrained this weekend- funds are a bit tight, but that didn’t stop me from making a few purchases:

I’m utterly in love with the new St. Denis spring/summer 2010 issue. There are so many patterns in there that I’m desperate to knit! I also picked up a copy of Royale, a new pattern that I’m so in love with.

 Let’s get a yarn close up, shall we? Top: Mirasol Sulka, one of my favourites:

I love Sulka for it’s lovely, subtle heathering. The yarn is practically prismatic!

And on the left, a lovely skein by Indigodragonfly, in ‘kitchen sink’, and two skeins of Tanis Fiber Arts Green label in ‘Stormy’. I have to confess I already own a skein of laceweight in the same ‘stormy’ colourway- I can’t get enough of the grey blue and grey green tones. All the yarn is slated for gifts- cowls, shrugs, and the like. If only I could decide on which patterns to use!

Modification Mondays: Beaded Citron

Original Pattern: Citron

Knitter Extraordinaire: Deb (Rav Id)

Mods: Used 4 different yarns in a combination of tones and fibers, added beading to some sections, and used different stitch patterns for some of the bands. Project page, including details and stitches used, can be found here.

What Makes this Awesome: The beads! The stitches! the different yarns all within the same colour group! This is a rare occasion when I’ve actually knit the pattern being modified, and I’m so jealous I didn’t think of this idea first! The original pattern is wonderful, and judging by the thousands of FOs, I’m not the only one who feels this way. It’s a very straightforward pattern that leads to perfect-for-everyone, and straightforward patterns often lend themselves to infinite versatility. Using different yarns AND using different stitch patterns (plus beads, people!) means that you could have a whole wardrobe of these, with different colours, fibers, stitch patterns, and anything else that strikes your fancy. The result is a stunning accessory, and one that is truly all your own.

FO: Maple the Squirrel

remember how I mentioned that Brooklyn General Store was having a Squirrel Contest? Well, here’s my squirrel. Everyone, meet Maple.

Pattern: Squirrel and the cardigan is from clothing bundle 3 .

Yarn: Bernat Solids. I know it’s acrylic craft yarn, but it’s perfect for machine washable children’s toys.

Needles: 4mm / US 6

Mods: I made the ears much smaller, by really just using three stitches (squirrels have really small ears!). I also used the idea of the tail construction from the Brooklyn General Store Squirrel Pattern, but had to sew the seam of the tail (which is constructed like a pom pom) since I didn’t quite understand how to crochet a tail seam. For the cardigan, I made a small hole in the back of the cardigan so that Maple’s tail could be pulled through for maximum tail glory!

I named her Maple because she’s the colour of maple sugar and is, of course, Canadian! Although for those unfamiliar with Canada, please note: we do not have real maple sugar squirrels here.

She’s already in transit to New York to begin her squirrely adventures. Brooklyn General, I know you’ll take good care of her while she’s there!

And hey- if you are wanting to get your squirrels in, the deadline is May 15th– there’s still time! Toys knit up so quickly, and there is always express shipping  if you need to get it there overnight.

Seven Random Things, and Lilacs Galore


Leanna so graciously gave me the Beautiful Blogger Award on her blog! I’m so touched, thank you so much! It’s always great to hear that people like your blog, especially those people who aren’t related to you and stand no chance of being quizzed over dinner one day about recent blog posts.

I never know who to nominate for these, you are all so awesome and I love going to your blogs. So I hope if you are interested, you’ll consider yourself tagged! As part of the award, I’m to post seven random things about myself. So here you go!

  • One of my overall life goals is to visit 50 different countries before I die. So far, I’m clocking in at about 19, which isn’t too shabby. For those interested, they are in no particular order: Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia & Montenegro (although it was called Yugoslavia when I was there), Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, England, Ireland (both parts), Spain, The Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, and the United States. Sadly I did the vast majority of those in my early twenties, when I was living in Istanbul and travelling a lot more. 
  • Which leads me to my next little factoid- I taught English in Istanbul for two years. I think that having lived in Istanbul is easily one of the more interesting facts about me. 
  •  My husband is British, and he moved to Canada so we could be together. We met here in Toronto when he was on holiday and  had a whirlwind 5 day romance before he had to fly back to England. He asked me to wait for him, because he was coming back for me. I didn’t really believe him, but he convinced me by endlessly calling, emailing, texting, msn-ing,…. you name it.  He moved to Canada three months later. I’ve been ridiculously happy ever since.  
  • Although this blog hides it very well, I actually want to be a novelist and poet. I write things, and then never talk about it except to very, very few people; although occasionally I publish the odd poem here and there. which brings me to another point that this blog hides very well….
  • I’m terrible about self-promotion, or any kind of tooting of one’s own horn. Except for things I’ve knit. Then I’ll tell anyone who sees it that I knit that, and isn’t it awesome. I really must learn to apply this trait to other areas of my life.
  • I’m a total, full-on green tea addict. I do drink coffee sometimes as a special treat, but it’s green tea that I drink from the moment I get up to when I go to bed. Right now I’m crazy about Iron Goddess of Mercy tea. How can you not be ready to face the day after you drink a mugful of something called Iron Goddess of Mercy?!
  • Whenever I’m in a conversation about which superpower you’d love to have (I feel like I’ve been in a lot of those conversations over the years), I always, always choose invisibility. Of course, I’d like to be able to turn it on and off at will. Then I could totally fight crime or something- I’d be invisible, and filled up with Iron Goddess of Mercy tea. Nothing could stop me!!!

I’m currently recovering (catching up on lost sleep) from a work conference that consumed much of last week. The lilacs in the garden apparently realized I was away a lot and took the opportunity to explode into full bloom, in a bid for total neighbourhood domination. I can actually smell the lilacs in my garden from three blocks away.

Their perfume steals in through the open windows, and at night I love to imagine that they are lulling me to sleep with their scent.And in the morning, in the sunshine, they are quite simply the most beautiful sight to see.