Modification Monday: Go for a Spin

Original Pattern: 28 Turquoise Lace Sweater

Knitter Extraordinaire: Kerstin (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Transformed the summer knitted tee pattern into an exquisite tank top with beautiful straps and a crochet trim. Also adjusted gauge. For more details, please see her project page here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love it when people take a knitting pattern and change it for an entirely different season. It’ so forward-thinking. I’m so impressed with Kerstin’s simple yet detailed take on this. She knitted it in the round, and then used a gorgeously detailed crochet border to add detail, and her straps are so clever. It’s details like that that make a garment look so, so professional. This is beautiful!!

Modification Monday: Butterflies on Mulberry Cardi

Original Pattern: Summer Flies

Knitter Extraordinaire: Miyayo (Ravelry ID; blog)

Mods: Turned the adult-sized lace shawl pattern into a kid-sized lace yoke cardigan. Details are on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: A shawl into a cardigan!! What a brilliant idea.The lace design works wonderfully as a lace yoke cardigan, and the result is so, so pretty. The picot trim echoes the lace design, and the colour is so pretty. What a beautiful result!!

Modification Monday: Flowers for Gnomes Hat

 Original Pattern: Selbu Modern

Knitter Extraordinaire: Dana (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Turned the pretty 2-colour fair isle tam into a a 5-colour fair isle slouchy hat, substituting the original design for vintage colour work charts for a totally new look. Details can be found on her project page, including the very cool link to the vintage colour work charts, can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Talk about really making a go of colour work! I love the new charts that Dana substituted, they are so pretty and fresh. And going from 2 colours to 5 colours takes a lot of planning and foresight, and this hat is all the more beautiful for it. I love the slouchy take on the pattern!

Post- Frolic, and Going on Holiday!

The 14th Annual Knitter’s Frolic in Toronto was this past weekend, and such fun!

2011 Knitter's Frolic, Toronto

 I was working at the Tanis Fiber Arts booth, which was so much fun. I had been practising for questions, and was memorizing pricing and yardage info- I didn’t quite manage to learn all the colours in time. So many to choose from! And it was really interesting to see that end of the knitting world, how certain colours sell, the way knitters shop- we’re all so different, and yet the same.  it’s amazing!

TFA booth 2
TFA booth

G and I are leaving for England in about 8 hours, where we’ll spend some family time before heading off for a romantic holiday in Croatia! I’ve wanted to travel around the Dalmatian Coast for about ten years now, and G thinks I’ve put it off for long enough.  FOs and holiday photos when I get back!

Modification Monday: Mod Baby Dress

Original Pattern: Sorello

Knitter Extraordinaire: Erin (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed out the lace detail on the original pattern and instead did intarsia stripes for a totally new look, modified the construction and shaping to turn the t-shirt into a dress. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome:  I don’t see a lot of mods that involve intarsia, so this knit definitely caught my eye- changing out lace for intarsia is a great idea, and completely changes the look and feel of this knit from the original pattern. I love the shaping she did to achieve the dress, and I like that it looks quite similar to the Danish flag. I love bright colours for a baby- it loooks really fresh. How adorable is that little girl in her fabulous dress?!