Modification Monday: Echoing Laminaria

Original Pattern:  Laminaria

Knitter Extraordinaire: Anne-Lise (Ravelry ID)

Mods: This is a pattern mash up with another shawl, Echo Flowers.Project page with great details on the mods (including sttich counts!) can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Why knit separate shawls when you can incorporate the most-loved elements of two shawls into one? I love this take on the shawls- the body is Laminaria, then the edging is a an excerpt of the Echo Flowers border, and finished it off with the edging from Laminaria. The result is absolutely stunning!

Modification Monday: Modified St Brigid Sweater

Original Pattern: St. Brigid

Knitter Extraordinaire: Molly (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the gauge from worsted to fingering weight, added ribbing to the sides of body and sleeves, and created a wide v-neckline. Also skipped the tassled hem. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: The original sweater is lovely, but there were details that were beginning to look dated. I love how Molly modernized the whole pattern- the use of ribbing for the side panels and sleeves was a great way to nip in the fit as well as provide a canvas to add shaping (cables aren’t known for their waist shaping abilities, that’s for sure!). This looks like it was a lot of work, but was well worth it. The finished sweater is a chic and modern cabled glory!

Wee Wednesday: Lila’s Legwarmers, Modelled

This is easily one of the best photographs I’ve ever taken. The light, the moment- it’s perfect.

Glamour shot
 My awesome dinosaur sheets- rawr!!

I had Lila on my bed, because in the afternoon, the light from the bedroom windows is really lovely. I wanted to get some photos of Lila in her awesome green legwarmers. Sarah knit and designed these, and I adore them. Legwarmers might seem silly to some, but she likes wearing them, and they can be scrunched over her feet yet still have her toes free for when she is on her tummy and practicing pushing- bare toes give good grip!

leggings collage

Modification Monday: Yoshino

Original Pattern: Oriental Lily

Knitter Extraordinaire: soknitpicky (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Upsized the original baby and toddler sized pattern, added colourwork, a delicate trim, and a contrasting detail to the top. Project page with great details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love how soknitpicky’s inspiration was imagining how to translate cherry blossoms into this dress for her daughter, and the result is stunning. The ratio of the colourwork to solid knit is great, and the modified seafoam trim underlines the nod to delicate cherry blossoms. I love the colour scheme, and the way the colourwork imitates the blossoms. What a knockout little dress!

Ravellenic Games- Fail.

For the first time since the Ravellenic Games/Ravelympics inception, I couldn’t finish my knit in time.

My parents were on vacation during this time, and I went to spend a week in Sudbury with them, so they could spend extra time with Lila. They were a great help, but even with all the extra support, the very real truth emerged- my knitting time is nowhere near what it used to be, or what I’ve imagined it to be.

I took it pretty hard, to be honest. I had been working on a new design and put it on hold for a couple weeks believing I could dash off this lovely sweater in the alotted time, since I’ve always been able to complete a sweater during the Olympics before.  But as the closing ceremonies began, and I had neither a finished design nor a completed Ravellenic Games sweater, I felt like failure. I cried. Because this was the clearest signal since little Lila came into the world- my time is not what it used to be.  Not in a bad way, but in a new way that I still have to adjust for. I’m not sure how I’m going to do that, but it’s definitely something I have to mull over. And be much more realistic about how long it takes to knit or design something these days.

Next Ravellenic Games, I’ll tackle a smaller project. Maybe it’ll still be a sweater, but it’ll have to be a Lila-sized sweater.