FO: Holiday Cardi

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Pattern: Amiga

Yarn: Americo Original 100% Pima Cotton Flame

Needles: 4.5 mm (US 7)

Mods: I always knit my sleeves flat, and seam them. I tapered the sleeves
by decreasing two stitches on each side every 3 rows 3 times (so in total, 6 stitches decreased in each sleeve) about 1.5 inches from
sleeve hem. I also did 4 rows of ribbing, since I don’t like rolled hem
sleeves. I didn’t do the button or the button hole, and lengthened the cardigan substantially.

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Notes: I cast on for this a few days before I went on vacation, specifically with the idea of having a nice stockinette knit to chisel away at while travelling.It was a great project for it, and I’m especially pleased with how the simple shape really makes the most of the slubby yarn, which had been sitting in my stash for two years, because I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Unlike the many other things that have sat in my stash for multiple years- I tend to know exactly what I want to do with it (one day).

The only thing that I’m not crazy about is that the fabric stretches out at the elbows and gets ‘elbow bag’. but really, that’s a lot of sweaters, so… not a huge complaint. cotton yarn isn’t known for it’s elastic qualities, so I’m not that fussed.

Holiday Cardigan, Dubrovnik

I want to always have an FO while on a fun holiday. Because even though in these photos it’s raining and I’m about 45 minutes away from going to bed for the rest of the day because I feel so rotten…  you can’t tell- the landscape just makes the photos so striking. Yay for holiday FOs!

Holiday Redux: England and Croatia

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I’m back! G and I had an amazing time, first with family and friends in England (Bristol, Wells, and Brighton were the stops this time). My only disappointment is that I got fairly ill about 4 days into the trip, and stayed ill the rest of the time, including losing my voice for a few days. Nothing quite like waiting a decade to go to a country you’ve been dreaming about, only to spend every day pieced together by will power and cold medication. Oh well, it happens.

Highlight photos from our trip:

England:
My creation

Split, Croatia:
Split, Croatia
Hvar, Croatia:
Hvar, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia:

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hvar was definitely our favourite, it was a lusciously slow pace and I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen such turquoise water before- just gorgeous. I didn’t visit any yarn shops, but I did do a lot of knitting. I even got some lovely FO shots for a new knit, which will be posted this week!

Modification Monday: Go for a Spin

 
Original Pattern: 28 Turquoise Lace Sweater

Knitter Extraordinaire: Kerstin (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Transformed the summer knitted tee pattern into an exquisite tank top with beautiful straps and a crochet trim. Also adjusted gauge. For more details, please see her project page here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love it when people take a knitting pattern and change it for an entirely different season. It’ so forward-thinking. I’m so impressed with Kerstin’s simple yet detailed take on this. She knitted it in the round, and then used a gorgeously detailed crochet border to add detail, and her straps are so clever. It’s details like that that make a garment look so, so professional. This is beautiful!!

Modification Monday: Butterflies on Mulberry Cardi

Original Pattern: Summer Flies

Knitter Extraordinaire: Miyayo (Ravelry ID; blog)

Mods: Turned the adult-sized lace shawl pattern into a kid-sized lace yoke cardigan. Details are on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: A shawl into a cardigan!! What a brilliant idea.The lace design works wonderfully as a lace yoke cardigan, and the result is so, so pretty. The picot trim echoes the lace design, and the colour is so pretty. What a beautiful result!!

Modification Monday: Flowers for Gnomes Hat

 Original Pattern: Selbu Modern

Knitter Extraordinaire: Dana (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Turned the pretty 2-colour fair isle tam into a a 5-colour fair isle slouchy hat, substituting the original design for vintage colour work charts for a totally new look. Details can be found on her project page, including the very cool link to the vintage colour work charts, can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Talk about really making a go of colour work! I love the new charts that Dana substituted, they are so pretty and fresh. And going from 2 colours to 5 colours takes a lot of planning and foresight, and this hat is all the more beautiful for it. I love the slouchy take on the pattern!