Modification Monday: Ember Sweater

Knitter Extraordinaire: Mona (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  Changed gauge, added pokets, lengthened sleeves, changed some of the yoke. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I really love the way Mona did these pockets, they look like a completely organic element to the design. The resulting cardi is gorgeous! This is such a beautiful way to customize your ideal sweater- finding a pattern and using it as a jumping-off point to re-evaluate the details- gauge, sleeves, lace/texture details or even overall fabric are great ways to change up a pattern.

FO: Upcycled Cardi Challenge


I’m so pleased with how this turned out! The cardigan is exactly how I envisioned, and I’m excited to wear it post-baby bump, too. Currently it’s a wee bit tight on my arms, but that’s due to baby weight gain (it better be, anyway), so I hope it comes off after the little one moves out of me and into the world.


These photos were taken the day before little Lila came into the world! 

The back detail- as the tiny V shapes met at the back of the neck, I thought it would be nice to have a little french knot to finish off the details.


Answers to questions on the previous post:
1. The yarn is labelled DK, but there is no way it’s DK- Its definitely an Aran weight. I think the contrast works really well with the fine gauge of the original cardigan.
2. I’m sorry, but I didn’t do a video of how I sewed on the knitted trim…. 🙁 It’s not expertly done, I really just tacked it down and moved on to the embroidery. I’m not a perfectionist, so I just winged it.
3. You can check out the project page on Ravelry here!

My creation

Modification Monday: Nemesis Top

Original Pattern: Date Night

Knitter Extraordinaire: Nicola (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Kept the lace yoke, changed the body to striped stockinette, and altered the fit and the sleeves. Project page with great details on the full modification process can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Sometimes it’s hard to
envision wearing an all-lace top, even if you know that you can wear all
sorts of things underneath it. I think Nicola’s solution was a gorgeous
one- keep the lace detail in the yoke, and make the body a solid
stockinette. I also love her stripes, I think they are a clever way of
merging the two colours, and the result is perfection!

Introducing Baby Bliss!

G and I are very pleased to announce the birth of our little bunny, Lila (like lilac, the flower) Somerset (the region in England where G is from) on April 16th. She’s only a day old in this photo, but I think she looks a lot like G! Then again, look how she’s a ham for the camera, so maybe that’s how she takes after her mom (work that bunny hat!). I have no idea why one eye is a little more closed than the other in this photo, both her eyes are the exact same size. Maybe it’s a little wink at the camera.

And here she is coming home from the hospital:

I pretty much put her in that bunny hat every chance I get. Newborns are cute, but newborns in bunny hats make entire elevators of jaded hospital staff smile their biggest smiles.