A Little Music on a Thursday

I’m pretty excited- my wedding got blogged over at A Practical Wedding. Squee! Reading it made me feel that wedding joy all over again.

I’m on an Aussie songbird kick at the moment, and I’m going to share these two completely different singers. First up is Sarah Blasko, my latest obsession. Check out this stunning video: One of the coolest things I’ve seen in ages. even if you don’t like the song (and I’ll admit she has better ones), you’ve got to admit that video is gorgeous.

Next up is a little song that makes me ridiculously happy every time I hear it:
That is Lisa Mitchell, with “Coin laundry”. Enjoy!

Modification Mondays: Francis Hourglass Hybrid

Original Pattern: Hourglass Sweater and Francis Revisited

Knitter Extraordinaire:
Aileen (Rav Id)

Mods:
Took the general shaping of the Hourglass Pullover, and added the cuff, hem and neckline details of Francis Revisited.

What Makes This Awesome:
Hey, who doesn’t love a 2 for 1 deal?! The Francis Revisited pullover is a drapier, less fitted pullover than the Hourglass. By using the Hourglass as a template for the body costruction, it gives this sweater a more body-concious and figure flattering fit. The funnel neck and moss stitch hem and cuffs give the sweater its Francis feel, making it the perfect marriage between two projects. And I must confess I’m a bit of a sucker for funnel neck sweaters, so I love the idea of adding the neckline to a different sweater. Project details are here.

Modification Mondays: Estonian Lace Dress

Original Pattern: Estonian Lace Scarf

Knitter Extraordinaire:
Marian (Rav id, blog)

Mods:
Marian took the lace pattern from Nancy Bush’s Estonian Lace Scarf and used it for the main body of the dress, while improvising a simple ribbed bust and a cool bobble halter neck. She knit it top down and in the round, which makes a perfect fit a breeze- just try it on as you go!What Makes This Awesome: Marian got the idea for the dress loosely based on the look of this outfit: Not intended to be a replica, but more that she was wanting to knit something that recreated the flirty romantic look. I love how sculptural lace becomes when it’s blown up in bigger gauge with thicker yarn. The delicate lace of Nancy Bush’s Estonian Lace Scarf looks completely brand new on this dress. To shape the lace, she changed needle sizes to increase and decrease for shaping. Plus, let’s face it- lace+bobbles+bigger gauge+cute halter dress= Utterly awesome layering piece that is beautifully one of kind. Project page is here. Marian’s pretty good at improvising patterns and ideas- I love her Cropped Chainmail cardi as well!

FO: Reading Hoodie

This took longer than I thought it would to knit, but I love, love, LOVE the final result! It’s perfect for many things, including a frolic with a cute pony. I’m wearing a long sleeved shirt underneath this, and I’m absolutely roasting!! Don’t let the lace fool you, this is a toasty sweater indeed.

(apparently I’m just showing off my underarm seaming skills, while putting my hair back)

Pattern: Apres Surf Hoodie

Yarn: Knit Picks Bare – Merino Wool/Silk Fingering Weight
Needles: 3.25 mm circs

Mods: Adjusted pattern for knitting in the round, instead of knitting the front and back separately.

Notes: I spent a lot of time reading while knitting this, so I thought Reading Hoodie was a good name for it. I love the pattern, I love the final result. The experience of knitting it was a lot like knitting Thermal- it took a lot longer than I wanted it to, but the results were perfect. I will say that I regret knitting it in the round- I found that doing increases and decreases while keeping in the lace pattern really challenging (although I will consider that it may be due to all the reading while knitting…). When it came time to do the sleeves, I knit them flat and seamed them. Much faster; but then I’ve never felt put off by seaming.
I never wear hoodies with the hood up, but here’s the hood up back view.

I found these photos on my camera, and thought I’d share. Here’s one of my cats, Yarn, contemplating the hoodie in progress:
“Hmmm, how hard is this whole knitting thing, anyway…. I’m sure I could do it!”

“a long sleeved lace hoodie on 3.25 mm needles?! You must be nuts!”

Erm, yup. But being nuts leads to lovely white lace hoodies!!! Now excuse me, I’m going to frolic with more ponies.

Vacation Redux, and a quick FO

I’m back! The cottage was, as always, wonderful.I finally finished my Reading Hoodie (whic is what I’m calling the Apres Surf Hoodie), but it took much longer than I thought it would. Two months!! I feel that it deserves its own FO post, which will come later in the week. For now, I’ll leave you with a quick FO that I knitted up the day after I finished the hoodie and needed a quick fix/knit. Isn’t it amazing how nature makes even a plain old hat photo utterly lovely?
Pattern: Cabled Baby Hat

Needle Size: 5 mm dpns

Yarn: Plymouth Earth Mainland, 1 skein

Mods: None. The pattern includes two different options, and I chose the ten cable hat, which I really love.

Notes: The pattern was great, and the hat is so lovely that even G asked if I could knit him a grown up version. But my real rave review is that I. Love. This. Yarn. This skein came from a wonderful gift pack from The Purple Purl during the TTC Knitalong, and it is so unbelievably soft. One skein was the perfect amount for this little hat. I’m already planning to buy more, enough to knit myself a sweater. I can’t say enough good things about this yarn!!