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?!


FO: Cream & Sugar Cowl


Pattern: Cream and Sugar Cowl

Yarn: o.o.a.k  from Tanis Fiber Arts

Needles: 3.75 mm (US 5)

Notes: I knit this lovely neckwarmer back at the beginning of March, and promptly gave it to my mother who had been admiring it while I was binding off at her home. We took some photos, but it wasn’t until we were back in Toronto that it was clear that they just didn’t work. So we had to wait until we were back in the same town as the cowl to do some re-shoots on Easter weekend! Isn’t my mom gorgeous?She makes 57 look goooood.

This is such a great little pattern. It’s perfect for a treasured skein of fingering weight yarn, and everyone who sees this just loves it- another friend in my home town saw it and wanted one, too! So…. here it is in progress, the Cream and Sugar Cowl  in Shibui sock yarn, in the wasabi colourway.

cream and sugar in progress

I was surprised when I looked over my projects and realized I hadn’t made anything with this yarn before. It’s really lovely, and the indoor, nighttime photo doesn’t do the colour full justice- it’s a lovely, fresh spring-y green.

Modification Monday: Ivy League Mitts

Original Pattern: Ivy League Vest

Knitter Extraordinaire: Caroline (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Turned the beautiful fair isle vest into these stunning fair isle fingerless mitts, and even charted out the thumb gusset in pattern. You’ve got to check out the full details on her project age, here.

What Makes This Awesome: There are so many things to praise about this gorgeous pair of mitts. It’s not even that these fair isle mitts are a beautiful adaptation of the vest, or that she even charted the perfect thumb gusset(!!!), but on top of all that, it’s that her brilliant usage of harmonious colours together. Nothing jars or seems out of place. Just perfect, stunning mitts.

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day, everyone! I hope you are having a lovely day. I know not everyone has a green thumb, So here is a link to some great house plants you can buy that do a great job of scrubbing the air and removing toxins.
For those of you who want to try or already enjoy growing some tasty edibles (even if all you have is a tiny little windowsill and no garden to speak of), here are some great links:

I actually grow lots of tomatoes (cherry and grape ones) on my patio every summer, and they are amazing- so full of flavour.  And really easy- all they need is a sunny spot.  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Earth Day Ramp Up: Keeping Clean & Green

I was a bit of an early adopter on environmentally friendly cleaning products, since most commercial ones make the skin on my hands really irritated, or the overpowering scent makes my throat feel funny. I also find it odd that we somehow have collectively accepted the idea that wiping a surface down with poisonous and harmful chemicals is somehow ‘clean’.

I use straight up baking soda for anything I feel needs a good scouring-
such as the tub, bathroom and kitchen sink, etc. And if I feel like I
really need to disinfect a surface, I wipe it down with a rubbing
alcohol (isropyl alcohol). 

But earth-friendly sometimes needs to be really easy, right? Enter Method, probably the most consumer-friendly eco cleaning product company. They make every kind of cleaning product you can think of both for your home, and for your body. They even have a wonderful line of baby care products- all all non-toxic, naturally derived biodegradable ingredients and an earth-friendly outlook.

Method products are available in: Canada, United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. And they come in many great fragrances- not too strong at all.

I only buy biodegradable laundry detergent, although I’m not faithful to a particular brand. It’s great for sensitive skin. Method makes a great one, but I find that my grocery store carries a bunch of them, so I buy whatever is biodegradable and on sale. I don’t use dryer sheets (they have formaldehyde in them!), so to eliminate static (and use less electricity) I don’t run my dryer more than 20 minutes at a time. I find clothes only get static-y if they become bone-dry in there, so running it for shorter times eliminates that. Or, if I don’t need the shrinking and de-wrinkling powers of the dryer, I hang clothes on a dry rack to dry au natural.

We’re all friends, right? Of course we are. So hopefully it’s not TMI to tell you about the line of feminine hygiene products I use:

I love Natracare. They don’t behave any differently from the plastic products that most of us use. Think about this- every feminine hygiene product you have ever used in your entire life (including the wrapper/backing) is still sitting in a landfill somewhere. Whatever your preferences are, they have the product for you- and it’s all organic, biodegradable, and awesome. I’ve used their products for years and never had any problems. And they are available everywhere. Check out this country list!

And even though this isn’t really about keeping clean, we’re all interested in knitting, crocheting, or spinning fibre, right? How about trying your hand at dying with vegetable base dyes? Re-Nest has a great article on this.