Ravelympics are a GO!!!!!

Just cast on during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics!! Before the closing ceremonies, I’m going to knit Twinkle’s Twiggy Tunic.
Just waiting for it to all get started….
Ah, here we go!!

Oh, it’s ON!!!
 For all those participating in the Ravelympics, good luck!!  And for my fellow team mates, go Team Buttercream!!!

FO: Knit 1 Caplet

Pattern: Magnum Caplet

Yarn: Cascade Magnum in colourway 9408

Needles: US 15 / 10.0 mm circulars

Mods: I don’t do a lot of super bulky knitting, and I looked in 3 different stores didn’t feel like buying
US 19 (15 mm) needles, so I decided to make do with what I had. I used
my 10 mm circulars, and cast on for a size larger, which worked out
perfectly.

Notes: So warm and soft! This is such a lovely, cozy thing to throw on over petty much any long sleeved tee and it instantly provides warmth. I even scrunched it up as a cowl when I had my coat on, and it was great. I love the simple design, and at that gauge, it knit up incredibly quickly.

When it comes to caplets, being able to manoeuvre it over your shoulders is important, which means a stretchy bind off is crucial. I absolutely love Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, and there is a wonderful video tutorial with Cat Bordhi right here.

A couple of weeks ago, Erica had a great giveaway sponsored by All Modern. And I was the lucky critter that won!!  I selected a gorgeous charcoal and white organic cotton blanket:

Doesn’t it look great on the futon? It’s surprisingly soft, and the cats just love it (G loves it too). They have good taste.

 Yarn is the tabby, Gatsby is the gigantic ball of ginger fluff. G is my abbreviation of my husband’s name (Guy), and is the awesome photographer for all these pictures, as usual.

Modification Monday: Spring Birch Leaf Socks

 Original Pattern: Birch Leaf Socks

Knitter Extraordinaire: inglesidebelle (Rab id, Blog)

Mods: Changed sizing, and the lace columns on the back of the leg to the yarn over lace from Sensational Socks (see below); and change the leaves on the toe portion to finish with three leaves, including one pointing towards the toes, which she adapted from the Leafy Mitts pattern.

What Makes This Awesome: The yarn over lace at the back is a great little touch, but I’m even more impressed with the toe modification. I have to admit, as much as I adore Nancy Bush and think she is genius, I wasn’t crazy about how the two leaves in the original pattern kind of made the foot look funny. The elegant solution of the third leaf totally solves that- and doesn’t it just look as though this is the way it was meant to be? A beautifully organic modification, and one heck of a gorgeous sock!

Chicago Style!

Such an amazing city! Eliza toured me around, and we checked out the amazing Art Institute of Chicago, which was having a well-timed Apostles of Beauty exhibit on the arts and crafts movement in design. Frank Lloyd Wright was a part of this movement, and he did quite a bit of design in Chicago and the surrounding areas- in that photo mosaic there are is a photo of a house that he built. Many slices of pizza were had, and loads of baked goodies were consumed. So much food! And I got to crash Eliza’s great book group. The book in question? Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.Also fascinating was her father in law’s woodworking studio- he’s an amazing furniture designer, and his pieces were so incredible, I forgot to take photos (this happens to me more often than I’d like to admit). But check out all the gorgeousness here.

And of course, when knitters get together, it’s all about the knitting, isn’t it?

Knit 1 in Chicago is sadly closing down, but they are having a really amazing giveaway- purchase one of their patterns, and you will be entered to win one of 60 $500 prize packs! This is how Karen (the owner) is clearing out her inventory, which is such a creative idea. When we visited, we were able to try on some of the samples of the patterns, and picked our favourites:

Eliza’s choice, above
my choice, below

 That caplet just had to be mine, so I bought the pattern on the spot. I’m so in love, I’ve already cast on:

 Cascade Magnum in 9408, a lovely heathered reddish brown

Trisha was the one that alerted me to this bittersweet giveaway, and we had a great sit down to talk about all the things we love about patterns, yarn, and the perfect LYS.

 Pictures from Knit 1, with Trisha and Karen (shop owner and designer)

Check out all the gorgeous patterns here. You have until February 14th to purchase a pattern and enter the draw for the prize packs (it’s not restricted just to the US- so no matter where you live and knit, you can win!). Good luck everyone-  I’d love to win one of those $500 prize packs!

We also checked out Nina and Loopy Yarns, and I found myself stocking up on some Malabrigo laceweight from both:

‘Olive’ colourway on the left, and ‘Paris Night’ colourway on the right

And Eliza generously gave me a skein of her handspun:

All said, it was a wonderful weekend getaway. Thanks to all the wonderful Chicago people I met while I was there, you made my trip memorable!! And an extra thank you to Eliza and her husband, for being wonderful hosts.

Sweet Paul Knitting Love

First off, I’ll be reporting all about my wonderful Chicago trip tomorrow- I’m still organizing all the photos!

I’ve been a fan of the NYC food & prop stylist Sweet Paul for a while- his blog is so gorgeous, and I love his recipes and craft tutorials. He’s recently been a bit obsessed with knitted home decor, even though he can’t knit. So he chopped up some discount H&M sweaters and broke out the trusty hot glue gun. Results?

 He’s starting an online magazine this coming spring, in the new, soon-to-be tradition of Lonny Magazine, etc. I love his commitment to bringing crafts into decor!