Modification Mondays: Francis

I bet that without out the title, you’d never guess which sweater this beautiful pullover started out being:

Original Pattern: Francis Revisited

Knitter Extraordinaire:
Mandy (Rav id, Blog)

Adjusted gauge, neckline, and sleeves to create a totally customized and very different sweater.

What Makes This Awesome: This is a 3 sweater hybrid knit, which started off with the basic structure of Francis, but took on some of the style and details of two other sweaters from Phildar: The first Phildar sweater in that equation is from the Autumn 021 catalogue, and the final sweater in the addition is from Phildar Spring/Summer 019 catalogue. The resulting sweater looks beautifully designed, comfy, and flattering. And can I just say how much I love the sleeves? Love the sleeves. Love them! I think I need a sweater with sleeves like this.

Knit Brooches- You Know You Want Them

I am madly, obsessively, in love with this brooch:It’s from Etsy seller Crafty Folk, and she has the loveliest little pins and cameos. Just check out these other knitting cameos below:

I’m in love!!! I was trying so hard not to buy myself any little treats, but how can anyone resist that Miss Knit pin? Wouldn’t she look just perfect on your fall coat, or bag?

Modification Mondays: Laminaria

Original Pattern: Laminaria Shawl

Knitter Extraordinaire:
Kia, (Rav Id, blog)

The shawl originally calls for laceweight yarn and 3.5 mm needles, but Kia bigged it up by knitting a bulky spun yarn on 12.75mm needles. Yes, you read that right- 12.75 mm.

What Makes This Awesome: I’m a sucker for large scale lace- it is so unexpected and visually compelling. And let’s face it- a laceweight shawl is great, but if you’re from cold climates you need something that’s really going to keep you toasty warm. I’m also impressed with how this is her third attempt at trying to do a chunky version of Laminaria, which shows that a bit of determination pays off. Take a look at her projects page– she’s been experimenting with the perfect bulky Laminaria for a while.

Instructions for how to duplicate her bulky Laminaria are on her project page. I think I might be giving this one a try! With bulky yarn, large needles, and Kia already having thoughtfully explained the mods to make, I bet it would be a fantastic quick knit…and just look at how beautiful it is:

A Little Music on a Thursday

I’m pretty excited- my wedding got blogged over at A Practical Wedding. Squee! Reading it made me feel that wedding joy all over again.

I’m on an Aussie songbird kick at the moment, and I’m going to share these two completely different singers. First up is Sarah Blasko, my latest obsession. Check out this stunning video: One of the coolest things I’ve seen in ages. even if you don’t like the song (and I’ll admit she has better ones), you’ve got to admit that video is gorgeous.

Next up is a little song that makes me ridiculously happy every time I hear it:
That is Lisa Mitchell, with “Coin laundry”. Enjoy!

Modification Mondays: Francis Hourglass Hybrid

Original Pattern: Hourglass Sweater and Francis Revisited

Knitter Extraordinaire:
Aileen (Rav Id)

Took the general shaping of the Hourglass Pullover, and added the cuff, hem and neckline details of Francis Revisited.

What Makes This Awesome:
Hey, who doesn’t love a 2 for 1 deal?! The Francis Revisited pullover is a drapier, less fitted pullover than the Hourglass. By using the Hourglass as a template for the body costruction, it gives this sweater a more body-concious and figure flattering fit. The funnel neck and moss stitch hem and cuffs give the sweater its Francis feel, making it the perfect marriage between two projects. And I must confess I’m a bit of a sucker for funnel neck sweaters, so I love the idea of adding the neckline to a different sweater. Project details are here.