Wee Wednesdays: Ribbon Cardi and Stripey Frog Legs

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Pattern:  Little Garter Cardi

Mods: Adjusted the needle size, so knitted a size up from my goal size, in order to balance the two out. 

Notes: I’m not sure how I’ve ended up with ribbon yarn (I suspect freebies and swag bags), but it’s really tough to know what to do with it once it’s entered your stash. I thought I’d try knitting it up in a baby cardi, and see how it turned out. I actually think it turned out pretty cute! The garter texture in the ribbon yarn seems fluffy, and I love the blend of the white and green.

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Pattern: Baby Frog Legs

Mods: None.

Notes: Super cute. I love the idea of baby legwarmers (but I know not all my friends totally understand why I’m obsessed with baby legwarmers, and that’s okay!), and I was totally charmed by the original legwarmers.  Stripes made this a fun little stash busting exercise, and I’m really happy with how they turned out.

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And yes, that is a little yarn wrapped baby hanger! I basically just wrapped some yarn around a plastic baby hanger, since the plastic ones are  super boring, and I like how the yarn just made them seem a little more special.  I was thinking of putting together a quick instructional video for doing it, but it seemed almost too simple. Anyone interested? I won’t be offended if you’re not!

Modification Monday: Hot Pink Heart Fail Cowl

Original Pattern: Heartfail

Knitter Extraordinaire: Kelly (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed the hat pattern into a cowl, recharted it, and adjusted the decreases for a sharper heart definition.  Project page with great details and a chart can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: If you click on over to Kelly’s project page, you’ll see just how much thought she really put into this modification, which is amazing- lots of detail and planning went into creating this cushy, cozy cowl and a big thanks to Kelly for keeping such detailed notes so that others can easily follow in her footsteps. The cowl is gorgeous- I love the rich texture, and I think her mods are fantastic.

Upcycled Cardi Challenge, Part I

Dreadful indoor/evening photos, but you’ll get the idea.  And oh look, a kitty polaroid!

That’s one of my kitties, Yarn. You know how cats love photo shoots.

This is the cardigan I’m planning on using for the the revamp, and this is the yarn- some knitpicks merino style that I’ve had kicking around in my stash for at least 4 years. I think it’s a good match for this.

I’ve swatched the ribbing portion in my chosen yarn and needles (6 mm, US size 10), and am getting  5 stitches per inch in the ribbing. The cardigan is 26 inches around, when laying flat.

Now, the first decision to make: do I want the angled fronts, like the original cardigan? Or would I prefer normal, straight fronts?

I think I’m leaning more towards straight fronts. The angles of this are nice enough, but that’s not what attracted me to the cardigan. Also, I don’t feel super confident about copping the fronts evenly.  What do you guys think? Straight fronts? Or should I go for the chop? I have to decide before I cast on, as the angled fronts would change how much ribbing I’ll need from left front to right front.

Modification Monday: Catkin Phoenix

Original Pattern: Catkin

Knitter Extraordinaire: Katrin (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the shawl pattern for inspiration, Katrin created a top-down raglan short-sleeved cardigan.  Project page with great details on the modifications can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Not only do I love the colours, I think it was genius to use the shawl as inspiration for a gorgeous summer cardigan. The way she arranged the design to be flattering around the waist and hips, as well as the excellent inversion of the colours in the droplet/stripe sections are truly remarkable. This is one impressive knit!!

Upcycled Cardi Challenge and Stockholm Scarf Giveaway Winner

The Stockholm Scarf Celebration Giveaway winner is….Bee, who posted this thoughtful comment:
“Congratulations
on your lovely pattern’s well-deserved popularity! I’ve had Stockholm queued up
on The Rav ever since the weather turned a touch icy here in Somerset.
Were I to get the chance to knit Stockholm in a Tanis colourway, I think I’d
have to plump for Mallard. All that blue-green sheen would zing up my winter
clothing for sure!”
congratulations,Bee !!
I was totally blown away by the sheer volume of comments. It takes a lot of time to go through all the comments, but it’s so exciting to make one knitter feel really special and get the yarn they want for their Stockholm Scarf!

I’ve been thinking about doing a little upcycling with the old wardrobe lately ( mainly because I’m trapped in maternity clothes and they are getting kind of old). Consider this:

This is a lovely (and expensive!)sweater from Anthropologie, a store filled with clothes I would love to own but most days cannot afford.  I pinned it ages ago as something that I thought would be an amazing project for up-cycling a cardigan- adding knitted ribbing, and embroidering on the stitches.

It occurred to me the other day that I have a cardigan this colour that I hardly ever wear (although more simple, without the reversed seams of this one), because I find it sort of blah. and I certainly have some cream coloured yarn in my stash. I already have everything I need! So- this is my public declaration of taking on recreating (more or less) this sweater at home. Let’s see how well I do! I’ll be sure to keep careful notes, in case this is a wonderful upcycling success and others wish to give it a go. of course, it could just as easily be a yarn bombed disaster that doesn’t look stylish at all…. Stay tuned!