Wee Wednesday: Lila’s Twitter

As Lila is a thoroughly modern baby of the times, she now has her own twitter. Check it out!

Some recent photos:

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Fresh from the bath. Hooded towels are the best. 
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All giggles.
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Playing with her kiddie-safe night light. Update: From Ikea, she has both the red and the blue
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My two favourite people, one of them with a pouty face. She’s just about outgrown that sleeper, which is a shame- it’s my favourite!

Modification Monday: Don’t Fear the Steeker Sweater

Original Pattern: Oranje

Knitter Extraordinaire: Farahnaz (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the buttons to a zippered front, changed the fair isle pattern on the yoke to be a hybrid of deathflake and Brandy’s mitten cuff , and did a four-colour stripe for the body. Project page with full details is here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love that Farahnaz not only changed up the fair isle yoke (and used two different charts for that yoke!), but that she also added stripes! The are no rules saying that you have to pick one or the other, and this cardigan shows that it definitely works. What was smart with this approach is that she used four different colours for the stripes that are all muted shades, so it doesn’t feel busy or detract from the great colourwork at the yoke. Also, this was her first time steeking and doing colourwork- way to go, Farahnaz! Talk about a home run- this sweater knocks it clear out of the park.

WIP: Suncrest

This past Saturday I pitched in at the Tanis Fiber Arts booth at the KW Knitter’s Fair. Guy brought Lila, since she is still exclusively breastfed so we can’t be apart for too long. She’s rocking a great little dress knitted by Auntie Tanis:

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 Tanis is wearing Suncrest, I’m wearing Solaria, and Lila is wearing Clara
Big thanks to Guy for spending almost 8 hours circulating the fair and the parking lot with Lila, sometimes in her carrier, sometimes in her stroller. They were troopers, both of them!

 I’ve recently cast on for my own Suncrest. I’m not too far in, but here it is:

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I can’t say enough good things about the Red Label yarn– I’m a sucker for single ply, and the cashmere and silk… drool. It’s ridiculously amazing. I need to get more of this yarn, I should have grabbed an armload while I was at the fair!

Modification Monday: Baby Keller Sweater

Original Pattern: Henry’s Sweater

Knitter Extraordinaire: Katie (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed from a double breasted cardigan to a single button one, eliminated the garter cuffs and made the sleeves 3/4 length. The project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: There is a lot to be said for making a pattern and simplifying it to be more streamlined. We often think of adding details when modifying a pattern, but taking things away can create a brand new look as well. I love the change to the single button closure for a less busy look, and the contrasting blue hem and collar provide just enough visual interest. It’s perfection!

Update: Katie didn’t stop there- today on her blog she has a girly cropped version, modified from the same original patten. Love!!