Modification Monday: Susishaali

Original Pattern: Huntress Shawl

Knitter Extraordinaire: Susanne (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed the original shawl pattern into a shrug, by adding sleeves with a lace design from the shawl. Project page with great details on how to do the sleeves can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome:  I’m a big fan of turning triangular shawls into other garments, and this is a really clever one! I love that she kept the original shape, and the addition of sleeves makes it very modern and wearable. Susanne wrote great notes on creating sleeves, for those that are now inspired by this gorgeous shrug to add sleeves to a triangular shawl.  And look how great it looks with both a stunning evening dress and a casual long sleeved shirt! That’s versatility.

Wee Wednesday: New Booties and the Christmas Market

I started a Facebook page for Knitted Bliss
last week. It’s pretty brand-spanking new, but there will be sneak
peeks and extras in between blog posts. Maybe there’s even a sneak peek
up there right now….
 
Swedish Market

Swedish Market 

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Distillery district lights

We’ve been attending some Christmas-y events around Toronto lately, namely the Swedish Christmas Market and the Distillery District Christmas Market. I have a thing for Christmas markets, it seems. I love the decorations and little stalls selling mulled wine, ornaments, and gifts. There is music and a chill in the air, and it’s totally okay to drink your body weight in hot chocolate. What’s not to love, really!

I also cranked out a new pair of Lila’s booties over the weekend, this time in a lovely Jewel tone to match her bonnet. Ravelry project page is here.

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I can’t believe Lila is almost eight months old, time is going by so quickly! I’m so crazy in love with her, she’s so smiley and happy, and every day I feel an immense sense of gratitude. How did I get so lucky? There we were, walking around the markets and taking photos, I was watching Guy and Lila and I thought,  that’s my family. The man I love, and our precious baby. And they are all kinds of awesome.

Modification Monday: Lothlorien

Original Patterns: Echo Flower Shawl and Annis

Knitter Extraordinaire: elven (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed the gauges from lace/fingering to worsted, and used the crescent shape of the Annis shawl and the last two charts for the Echo Flowers Shawl border. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I was totally blown away when I saw this one. I adore how lace looks when its worked in heavier weights like this worsted, it looks so luscious.  The edging for the Echo Flower Shawl is iconic amoungst us knitters for a reason- it’s flat-out gorgeous, in any weight of yarn. Combining it with the easy wearability and simple stockinette of the Annis shape was very clever,  I wish I had thought of it. I’m in love!

FO: Red Tannenbaum Mitts

The winner of the Accessories pattern giveaway is…..Amy! Congrats, Amy!!

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Doesn’t everyone need a pair of red mittens?! These were nice and quick, all things considered. This was a departure for me as I typically do colourwork mittens (you know, the last two years, so I’m going to go ahead and pretend that’s enough for ‘typical’).

Pattern: Tannenbaum

Yarn: Classic Elite Inca Alpaca

Mods: Third pattern repeat (at the top of the mitten) was made slightly smaller by eliminating three rows from the diamond, this was to help  shorten the mittens just a bit for my small hands.

I’ve had this yarn for ages- it was from a pre-ravelry hat that I had frogged and rewound, and then promptly forgot about. But this red is really lovely, one of those stunning true reds that seem perfect. Cozy and wonderfully soft, this yarn seems really suited for mitts- it looks like it will get fuzzier with time, which is just fine for a mitt. I love these so much, but oddly we’re hitting a warm spell- it’s supposed to be 10 degrees (that’s 50 Farenheit)  over the weekend, which is hardly cold enough for these woolly wonders. I’m secretly hoping for lots of snow this winter- it’s been at least a few years since there’s been much snow in Toronto, and the holidays just don’t feel special without it.

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Modification Monday: BFF Hat

Original Pattern: BFF Cowl

Knitter Extraordinaire: Marieke (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Turned the fun cowl pattern into a beautiful hat. Details on how to make the hat can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This gorgeous seed pod lace design looked beautiful on the cowl, but can sometimes be a little hard to see in all its glory when bunched around your neck. Why not show it off completely with a stunning hat like Marieke’s? She wanted the hat to match her cowl, and it turned out perfectly. I love it!