Scottish Yarn

My parents recently took a trip to Scotland, and very sweetly made an effort to go to New Lanark (about an hour outside of Edinburgh), which is a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring an 18th century mill, which still produces wool and textiles. They very thoughtfully brough tme back a sweater’s worth of yarn:
copper blue

copper blue 2

Sorry for the lousy photos, it’s been overcast and raining every morning this week. 

I love the colour! It’s  beautiful donegal tweed yarn, 90% wool and 10% silk, and I’m really looking forward to knitting up a gorgeous winter sweater to cuddle up in.  Now, there are three things that are looming large in my mind to potentially make with all this gorgeous, gorgeous yarn:

Now technically,  Peterborough (the first one) and Nidden (the second one) call for worsted weight, and this yarn is DK (which Nespelem calls for). The trouble with Nespelem is that I find myself leaning more towards Peterborough or Nidden, because I like the long look and the drapey style. And when I look at the other FOs, peopel have been using DK weight for both of those other sweaters as well, with lovely results; and they  all call for 4mm or 3.75 mm needles, respectively. Which means I feel pretty confident about subbing in some DK and just have a slightly lighter weight cardigan if I decide to go for Nidden or Peterborough.

So what do you think? I’m having a tough time deciding, and sure could use some advice from you guys!

Modification Monday: Toast at the Seaside

Original Patterns: Toast and Ships and Seaside

Knitter Extraordinaire: Eliza (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Ah, the pattern mash up. It’s a wonderful thing. I love how Eliza took the classic coziness of the Toast pattern and made herself some mitts to go with her gorgeous Ships & Seaside Cowl. What a great idea for a bit if stash busting and for making a lovely set. The colours were a perfect choice, they look so wearable and classic.

And… today Eliza is celebrating her 2nd wedding anniversary! Happy Anniversary, Eliza and Jake!

8:30: the First Eight Days

I’ve already learned SO much about my wardrobe since I started working on the 30 in 30 wardrobe remix, it’s amazing. For example- I own mostly solid colour items, very few prints. Which makes for a seriously dull wardrobe, if you ask me. How come I never noticed this before?! I don’t even own a patterned blouse. Seriously.

Also, I apparently do not like having my photo taken every day. If G was available, we snapped a shot on the patio, and if he wasn’t I used the tripod and my point and shoot camera in the library. 

My creation

Also, I still haven’t chosen all my 30 items, because it is now clear I only wear about 15-20 items in rotation. My wardrobe is in a rut! This is a lot more work and not nearly as much fun as I thought it would be. I have a lot of work ahead of me.

Modification Monday: Idlewood +

Original Pattern: Idlewood


Knitter Extraordinaire: Traci (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  Added lots of colourwork, eliminated the pocket, added ribbing to sleeve and body hems. Project page is here.

What Makes This Awesome: I was blown away by this gorgeous sweater when I first saw it- the colourwork is stunning, and I love the muted palette Traci used to create it. The charts are from Elizabeth Zimmermann’s The Opinionated Knitter, Leaflet #3, and I think the  whole combination is just dynamite. I want to a sweater just like this now! Looks perfect for layering.

Modification Monday: Paper Daleks

Original Pattern: Paper Dolls

Knitter Extraordinaire: Rebecca (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Charted out a whole new colourwork yoke to feature the main characters (and the famous daleks) of Doctor Who- Including charting out text, which is tricky! Project page is here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love it when people really personalize their knits, and what better way to personalize than with a colourwork version of a beloved TV show?! I think this is such a clever use of colourwork, and it’s not often I see text in knits, either- another reason to love this one-of-a-kind pullover. Just so awesome.