Hedgies Like Yarn, Apparently

Here is a cute little video (barely over 30 seconds) that G took of Bruce Quillis wandering around the coffee table last night. I have a decorative wooden bowl of yarn balls that I use as a coffee table centrepiece, and apparently Quillis was quite taken with it!

The stripey thing is Bruce’s special flannel blanket. G tells me that Bruce was licking the yarn and very interested in trying to get in there- I had already gone to bed (see the time on the cable box?! waaaay past my bedtime), I was sorry to have missed the live show!

Modification Monday: Purple Mystery Top

Original Pattern: 198 yards of Heaven

Knitter Extraordinaire: Sachiko (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Created a top-down raglan top based on the original shawl design, and added a great cowl. Project page is here.

What Makes This Awesome: A shawl into a top, people! Holy cow! This is a beautiful way to incorporate a lace pattern you admire into a totally different garment, for those that aren’t that keen on triangular shawls.  I find this so inspiring- the top looks really modern and wearable, and still has the great lace design of the shawl. What a fantastic idea!

Wee Wednesday: Bear Hoodie and WIPs

I knit a little bear hoodie for baby bliss. I tried for the 6 month size, when the fall will be coming:

bear hoodie

I didn’t have anything to model it on, other than a teddy bear someone as gifted us (for the baby). The bear is much too small for the hoodie, but you get the idea.

 And check out these little daisy buttons! I love them. Found them on ebay.

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There were some modifications: I felt that the sweater was a little too wide, I wish I had eliminated the casting on of the 4 additional stitches on each front. To compensate (after knitting it and not wanting to rip it all out) I seamed down the left and front edges to eliminate the extra 4 stitches on each side, and picked up the button bands as written from that section. For the hood,  instead of garter edging I maintained ribbing; and did paired decreases on the hood (k2tog and ssk).

I loved the pattern, the buffet approach is a very clever way to totally customize the kind of sweater you want to make. You should see the zebra hoodie, I think that’s next on my hoodie hit list! I love how the pattern comes with options for different types of ears, for all sorts of animal combos.

I deliberately knit this sweater in a gender neutral colour, because I was thinking that maybe this won’t be my only baby (especially if my second pregnancy is as easy-breezy as this one has been), and if the second one is a boy, and I’m already busy with a toddler… I might not have time to knit as many wonderful little things for the 2nd baby. So I thought the bear cardigan could do double duty- if the second baby (years from now, let’s not forget) is a boy, I can just take off the daisy buttons and put on some new buttons.

I’m also working on
Anouk as a Dress and a Sunnyside cardigan in that gorgeous Gold, in a bigger size for when she grows a bit. I actually got the daisy buttons to go with that cardigan, but considering there were 30 in the package, I’m well stocked. 

 WIPs

See that awesome little fox pouch on the right? That is courtesy of Jacey, and her sewing wizardry! I keep my on-the-go knitting tools in there.

Modification Monday: ZickZack Cardi



Original Pattern: Zickzack Tunic

Knitter Extraordinaire: Onkuri (Ravelry ID, blog )

Mods: Turned the original laceweight tunic pullover into a fingering weight open front cardigan with picot edging. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I think we can all agree, this is a gorgeous cardigan! I love how Onkuri took the zigzag lace idea and used it as template for this amazing cardigan. Did you see the mitered corners on front edges? And there is something so perfect about the picot bind off- it adds such a delicate touch to the cardigan. Swoon!

Upcycled Cardi Challenge, Part II: Sleeves

I took the advice that was in the comments on the last post, and started with the sleeves. I love how they have turned out, it really makes me excited to tackle the main body!

Anthro sleeves 2

The embroidery takes a while, but I love the result. I’m so excited to finish this cardigan, and I’m especially pleased that I’ll be able to wear it both while I’m demonstrably pregnant and afterwards, when I (hopefully) get my figure back.

Anthro sleeves 3

In answer to some of the questions that arose from the last post:

1. I think I’m going to stick with straight fronts, since I don’t feel that the original cardigan is long enough to have flattering angled fronts  (even though I’m planning on attaching the knitted trim lower down, so the cardigan will be at least a few inches longer than it currently is).

2. I’m not going to keep the buttons on the front, I’m not concerned about being able to do it up at all- I think the embroidery with cover up the button holes on the other side, as well.

3. How I cast on- long tail cast on. It’s my preferred cast on. But I’m a lefty, so I basically cast on backwards.

4.Yup, I have a cat named Yarn. She is a total lap cat, and needs lots of
snuggles. I have two cats, the other is Gatsby, who is very chatty and
never fails to greet me at the door whenever I come home. Sometimes he
just looks at me and purrs. They are spectacular felines. I also have an adorable hedgehog.

anthro sleeves

So, the next challenges: I’m not sure if I’ve done the embroidery long enough on the sleeves, but I decided to leave it as-is until I finish the body trim and embroidery, and see how far up I want it. I’m also considering adding some additional embroidery along the front edges (to cover up where I’ll be cutting off the buttons, and the old button holes). What do you think? is there such a thing as embroidery overkill?