Modification Monday: Swirl Dress

Original Pattern: Swirl Pullover

Knitter Extraordinaire: Corinne (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the oversized, long-sleeved pullover into a form fitting,  summery sleeveless dress. She even over dyed the yarn! Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love how Corinne took the really show stopping element from the original design- that gorgeous swirl- and incorporated it into a knit she wanted to make, which was a summery dress. I love how modern and fresh it looks, and is a great example of a pretty knit for hot weather. Corinne also didn’t like the yarn she had bought- she didn’t love the original colour (see photo below), so she bought some dark brown dye and over-dyed the finished knit (see top photo). I love that idea- suddenly all the yarn in your stash has renewed possibilities. I’d love to knit a dress as pretty as this!

Wee Wednesday: Anouk Dress, Take Two

Waaaaay back when Lila was 3.5 months, she rocked her Anouk dress for the first time. Now at one year old, Lila can still wear her Anouk dress, but more as a tunic than a full-on dress:

I really like that about knitted dresses for babies. They often outgrow the length much faster than the circumference, but add some leggings and – presto!- it’s a cute tunic. Can’t beat that. This dress is particularly good for that, since the wide, apron-like shaping of the top gives a lit of wiggle room on fit.

And oh, look- she’s rocking her sparkly chuck taylors! These were the birthday shoes we didn’t quite manage to get photos of at the time. We put them on her a lot, and she gets compliments on her fab shoes wherever she goes.

So. Much. Drool. Also- Chair pushing is the most fun ever.
Over at the Jordana Paige blog, there was a recent post with interviews on craft bloggers who are moms, and how they make time for it all. I was one of the moms featured! Check it out here.

Modification Monday: Rainbow Urchin

Original Pattern: Urchin

Knitter Extraordinaire: Olga (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Added eyelets and used a striping yarn for a lovely rainbow effect. Project page with great details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: The original pattern is full of texture, but sometimes it’s nice to mix it up and add something else, like eyelets, and stripes! Striping yarns  can add a lot of visual interest to a richly textured pattern like this, and the eyelets (which I especially love) underscore the lovely, dramatic shaping. The eyelets seem so at home in this modification, it’s like they were a part of the original pattern. Perfection!

Pin Ups: My Favourite Pins of the Week

I love Pinterest. It is truly inspiring to open up Pinterest with a fresh cup of tea in my hands and take in the vista of beautiful tiled images in front of me. Gorgeous clothes and jewellery,  fun DIY ideas, tips and tricks for every single things you could possibly be into. I love pinning, it’s the best visual bookmarking tool yet.

Sometimes it can be a bit much, though- if you don’t have time to scan hundreds of little images and follow through on the links. So I’m going to start do a weekly round up of my favourite pins with you guys every week, a variety of things that I’m currently loving.

And if you want to find me on Pinterest, click the little blue ‘P’ on the top right, beside the tabs.

This week I’m loving: