This is my new obsession. A website devoted to posting a new photo of an adorable otter, every. single. day. Useless? Heck no. How can you not feel a bit of a happy lift when looking at an adorable otter?
Original Pattern: Pomatomus
Mods: Tramsformed the beautiful sock pattern into a stunning shrug. Details are on her project page, here.
What Makes This Awesome: There are so many wonderful sock patterns out there, but this is definitely one of the best. Jen’s modification turns the beloved sock pattern into a beautiful shrug. I love the detail of the back, It looks like the perfect shrug to put on over a tank top of a bare summer dress. I would love to knit one just like this! And with her promising to add more information on the modification soon, this could mean that you could make a shrug out of almost any sock pattern- think of the possibilities!
Just a quick post to let you know that the Stockholm Scarf is available in Swedish!!
A huge thank you simply must go out to Inger Lundin. She put together a fabulous translation in December, and then I got distracted by the holidays, but it is now live! The side bar (over there to the right) has the short cut to the pattern, in both Swedish and English.
As a complete aside, my favourite Swedish word is ‘fika’. I’m amazed that we don’t have a word for it in English, but it means a coffee/hot beverage and a treat (such a a slice of cake, a tart, croissant, etc.). “Let’s go for a fika!’ sounds way more interesting than ‘Let’s go for a coffee’, don’t you think?
Yarn: Cascade Ecological Wool
Needles: 8mm (US 11)
Mods: None. Knit it in pieces and seamed just like the pattern told me to.
Notes: I printed off the pattern before the correction to the back cables were made, so my lattice weaving is not perfect (the pattern page shows where the pattern correction occurs). But I don’t care- It’s beautiful, I can throw it on with just about anything, and it’s cozy and lovely. The pattern is utterly amazing- I’m so impressed by how it all came together, and how the collar was done. The sleeves are not too long- my hands were really cold, so I just automatically tucked my hands into the sleeves without realizing. It was -10 Celsius and I was frolicking on the shores of Lake Ontario in January. Cold was pretty much how it was going to be.
I have nothing but rave reviews for this yarn. The whole time is was knitting it, I kept exclaiming, “It’s so sheepy!” to my husband, who thankfully thought it was funny. This was my first time using the Eco Wool, and I will definitely be using it again, many many times in the future. It’s amazing.
If you haven’t made this sweater, and you enjoy cables, you must knit this. I wear mine all the time- more than any other sweater in my wardrobe, hand-knitted or not.
Mods: Added a split neck line and a button placard, as well as added length.
What Makes This Awesome: Having a button band at the neckline was a brilliant idea for allowing more options for how warm you want to be while wearing this lovely caplet. The jogless stripes look amazing, and how perfect is that one lovely dark stripe near the bottom? I love how the colour is echoed in the button choice. I tend to wear a lot of jeans and long sleeve t-shirts, and this could easily be thrown on top and you have a gorgeous outfit that’s perfect for this time of year. Wonderful modification details can be found on her project page, here.