Modification Monday: Blue Shift

Original Pattern: Pearl

Knitter Extraordinaire: Joanne (Ravelry Id)

Mods: Transformed the raglan t-shirt into a stunning sleeveless shift dress. Great details on exactly how she did it can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This dress is an absolute stunner of a modification! I love how chic and even sort of retro the silhouette looks as a sleeveless dress. I’m in awe of Joanne’s vision in creating this dress. She even chose the colour based around the fabulous buttons, and I can’t imagine the dress without the buttons- it’s like the icing on the cupcake, don’t you think? I love everything about this knit!

FO: Cabled Canuck

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Pattern: Cabled Canuck

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Green label in ‘Sand’

Mods: None.

Notes: I haven’t done cables in ages, so I forgot how much fun they are! This hat was a perfect little hit of cabled goodness- the design is interesting, the cables are fantastic, and the design is classic.

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Also, these photos were all taken in our underground parking garage. It’s so hard to find good lighting this time of year, because it’s pitch black by 5 p.m., and G suggested we try the well-lit parking garage. It worked out great!No more waiting for the weekend, trying to get just the right light… the parking garage was perfect, even if it was a bit boring. But G decided to jazz up the photos by trying some lomo and black and white effects. We’re both excited by the discovery of this new ‘studio’, and thinking of ways to make the most of it over the winter!

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Why yes, I am wearing my Velvet Morning cardigan!

Nathalie has tagged me with the Versatile Blogger Award! Thanks so much!

The rules are:
1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading.
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

If anyone wishes to join in, please consider yourself tagged! Let me know if you post, so I can go and read your post, too! So, seven random things about me:

1.  I was a vegetarian for 16 years, from the ages of 12-28, totally by my own choice. My reasons for starting were as arbitrary as my reasons for going back to meat, and sometimes I regret it… not because meat isn’t damn tasty (it totally is), but because it is fraught with so many more environmental and ethical issues. So I don’t eat it every day, and I buy local/organic/antibiotic free meat. it’s more expensive, but it eases my conscience when I think of those poor chickens/pigs/cows/bison/rabbits. Yeah, when I fell off the veggie truck, I fell hard.

2. Every time I move, I totally cry over losing my old place. Even if there lots of reasons to leave the place, I get really attached to physical spaces. It breaks my heart to think I’ll never live there again.

3. I have an unfortunate habit of seeing comedies in movie theatres, finding something mildly funny uproariously funny, and then while everyone else in the theatre has had a polite chuckle, I’m howling with laughter, tears steaming down my face, and then I laugh even harder because I’m aware I’m the only one still laughing and that’s even funnier.

4. I love peanut butter more than any other food on the planet. I call it my best friend.

5. No matter that I know about the holidays every year, I find it so hard to get my head around the sheer volume of shopping and gift giving. Every year I tell myself that I’ll do a handmade Christmas and make gifts for everyone; every year I totally fail.

6. I hate shoe shopping. I’m one of the few women on the planet who is not interested in shoes beyond a practical, can’t-go-walking-in-bare-feet sort of thing.  I actually buy different versions of black flats and wear them almost exclusively all year long. I do have a couple other colours of flats, but it’s pretty boring in my shoe closet, let me tell you.

7. Despite this lack of shoe interest, I love fashion magazines, and my favourite is the UK edition of Glamour. Total brain candy, but I love it.  There are so many clothing retailers over there that we don’t have here, and I’m fascinated.

That’s 7! remember, if you participate, send me a message and let me know!

Wee Wednesdays: Baby Bliss

 G and I recently found out… we’re going to have a baby girl:
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 It was so obvious on the ultrasound that G blurted it out before the technician could! I couldn’t wait to cast on for something in a more decisive colour palette, so I cast on for these baby frog legs, and decided to add stripes. 

Modification Monday: Sheep Baby Cardigan

Original Pattern: Sheep Heid

Knitter Extraordinaire: Ann (Ravelry Id, Blog)

Mods: Turned the stranded colourwork hat pattern into a baby/ toddler cardigan. Projec tpage with details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome:  This is a stunning sweater- I love the use of the sheep design at the hem only, and the geometric shapes at the yoke. Everything about this feels like it’s in proportion- the balanced use of neutrals, the pop of green (how perfect for the button band?!), even the sheep. It’s just beautiful!

New Pattern: Velvet Morning

I’m so excited that the new issue of Knitty has gone live, and my latest pattern is in it! Everyone, please meet Velvet Morning:
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It’s knit up in Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label, with Midnight as the base colour, and three contrasting colours: Sand, Mallard, and Atlantic. Tanis graciously test knit it for me in a totally different colourway, and you should check out her photos here.

I LOVE this sweater. it’s such an easy thing to wear- pants, long sleeved tee, Velvet Morning. Done. 

It was ridiculously hot when we did this photos, I was getting cranky from the heat (I was also very early days pregnant, I may not have been feeling awesome, either- I was so tired all the time in the first trimester). So  I’m not as smiley as I usually am! But trust me- I wear this sweater all the time, and I’m so glad that it still fits now that I’m pregnant. That’s the best part when all the growth is up front- open, drape-y cardigans still fit like a dream.

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 The sweater is meant to be oversized, with lots of positive ease, and lots of cozy warmth.   The sweater knits up surprisingly quickly in the aran weight, and for
those that aren’t crazy about stranded colourwork, I bet this would look
amazing in two colours- one base colour and one contrasting colour. I
hope someone does it so I can check it out!