Modification Monday: Cherry Basket Picovoli

Eek! Got my dates screwed up for scheduled posting, and accidentally posted this on Sunday. Some lucky people got a sneak preview!

Original Pattern: Picovoli

Knitter Extraordinaire: Heidi (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  Added the ‘cherry basket’ lace and bobble stitch pattern to the yoke of the original picovoli tee pattern, and added a bobble rib hem. Details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: When you have a great simple design, there are absolutely no limits to the varieties of add on or changes you can make- it’s like a perfect, blank canvas.  I love the cherry basket stitch pattern, it’s so amazing to see an interesting stitch like this incorporated into such a lovely, wearable tee. This looks like such an awesome summer knit!

FO: Prism Shawl

Thanks everyone for all your comments and suggestions for what do with
the awesome New Lanark yarn. By popular demand, Peterborough has won!
I’ll begin swatching soon.


Pattern: Prism Shawl

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label in ‘Cobalt’

Needles: 3.75 mm (US 5)

Mods: Changed needle size, my 4mm needles were busy with another project.


Thoughts: This is a great shawl ‘recipe’ pattern. You can add in larger stockinette sections, more eyelet rows, etc. I knitted this to have a one-skein knit ready to show at the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter’s Fair in the Tanis Fiber Arts booth. It was my first time knitting with this new yarn- the single ply merino/cashmere/silk blend is so buttery soft!  The shawl is lovely- the single ply means that it’s a bit thicker than a fingering weight, probably closer to a sport weight, which adds a lovely, soft warmth. My mom went crazy for this shawl, she wants one too!
My creation

That last kitty photo is my parent’s cat, Finnigan. These were shot at my parent’s place over Thanksgiving weekend.

Modification Monday: Deep in the Forest Sweater

Original Pattern: Deep in the Forest Mittens

Knitter Extraordinaire: Astrid (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Used the charted design from the mittens and fleshed it out to make this stunning colourwork sweater with a circle yoke. Great details on how she made this can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Mittens into a sweater?! Consider me blown away. I am always amazed when a very intrepid knitter can take the colourwork inspiration from a small knit and transform it into a large scale garment. The cream and the rich browns look so good together; I love the natural colours. What an amazing sweater!


Modification Monday: Wonderful Wallaby with Robots

Original Pattern: Wonderful Wallaby

Knitter Extraordinaire: Blanchois (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the pullover hoodie to a zipper cardigan, changed the hood shaping and added colourwork.

What Makes This Awesome: I’m pretty sure the robots say it all- this sweater is awesome! I love how she altered this great little hoodie with the contrasting colour zipper and the great colourwork. It just makes this sweater that much more fun and interesting. Little boy knits can be so much fun, and think this sweater shows that perfectly. Project page with details can be found here.

Scottish Yarn

My parents recently took a trip to Scotland, and very sweetly made an effort to go to New Lanark (about an hour outside of Edinburgh), which is a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring an 18th century mill, which still produces wool and textiles. They very thoughtfully brough tme back a sweater’s worth of yarn:
copper blue

copper blue 2

Sorry for the lousy photos, it’s been overcast and raining every morning this week. 

I love the colour! It’s  beautiful donegal tweed yarn, 90% wool and 10% silk, and I’m really looking forward to knitting up a gorgeous winter sweater to cuddle up in.  Now, there are three things that are looming large in my mind to potentially make with all this gorgeous, gorgeous yarn:

Now technically,  Peterborough (the first one) and Nidden (the second one) call for worsted weight, and this yarn is DK (which Nespelem calls for). The trouble with Nespelem is that I find myself leaning more towards Peterborough or Nidden, because I like the long look and the drapey style. And when I look at the other FOs, peopel have been using DK weight for both of those other sweaters as well, with lovely results; and they  all call for 4mm or 3.75 mm needles, respectively. Which means I feel pretty confident about subbing in some DK and just have a slightly lighter weight cardigan if I decide to go for Nidden or Peterborough.

So what do you think? I’m having a tough time deciding, and sure could use some advice from you guys!