FO: Solaria


While the test knitting stage was happening with Solaria, I cast on for it again to make sure that I had knit any of the changes as well, and to double check things like the math…I think that every high school math class should have a section where they teach the kids to knit and then have them do calculations for things like sizing and evenly spaced decreases/increases. Seeing some very practical application of math like that would have been very inspiring to 15-year old me, that’s for sure.  But then again, I also think they should teach geometry by having people play pool. It’s nothing but how to solve problems involving multiple angles. But I digress….

Pattern: Solaria (The Stella Collection)

Yarn: TFA Purple Label Cashmere Sock, in a One of a Kind colourway

Needles: 3.5 mm (US 4)

Mods: None.

Notes: Needles with nice, pointy tiips make the nupps SO much easier. This is the kind of knit that I’ve been gravitating towards lately- ones that have an interesting enough lace to keep me on my toes when knitting it. I can memorized the stitches in the rounds, but it’s the kind of knitting  you need to look at, which I enjoy in the summer when I’m watching less tv and spending more knitting time al fresco. The blues and greens in this remind me so much of sea glass.

Modification Monday: Girl Friday

Original Pattern: Girl Friday

Knitter Extraordinaire: Stephy (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the gauge from worsted to sport weight, altered the neckline from a shawl collar to a scoop neck, knit as one peice to armholes. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Changing the gauge on a knit is a great way to give a pattern a brand new look- Stephy shrunk the gauge down to a sportweight, giving this sweater a dressier, more glamourous look. The scoop neck is a great alternative to the original shawl collar, and it reminds me of something I often forget- that just because a sweater pattern doesn’t have a neckline that flatters you, doesn’t mean you can’t change it to something that does. This sweater is a beautiful example of how customizing a pattern to suit you yields truly beautiful results.

Bunny Cake (and Giveaway Winner!)

The Winner of the Stella Collection Ebook is……. Elena! Congratulations, Elena!!

I recently found this amazing bunny cake mould in an import shop that specializes in goods from Germany. I’ve never been to Germany, but if they have lots of baking things like this cake mould, then I need to book a flight and take an empty suitcase- bakeware is a weakness of mine.


The cake is small- it’s good for two people, or maybe just one person, if it were, say, your birthday or you were having a bad day. Fortunately a cake recipe for just the right amount of batter is printed (in several languages) on the side of the box. Next time I make this, I’ll experiment with decorating it- it looks like it would be so much fun- decorated and detailed with icing, or dipped in chocolate, or maybe with a lemon glaze….

New Patterns! A Giveaway! The Stella Collection!

 I’m so excited that this is now live!! Tanis and I have been busy working on a summery little lace collection:

Clockwise from top left: Nashira, Adhara, Solaria, and Suncrest.

The collection features 4 lace shawls interpreted in different ways: Nashira is a rectangular stole, Adhara is a two-colour triangular shawl, Solaria is a cowl (can also be worn as a caplet), and Suncrest is a half-oval.The whole collection is available for $15 (bargain!), or individually for $6 each.

 I designed Solaria during the final stages of my pregnancy, but Nashira
was designed entirely after Lila was born. I can’t get as much knitting
done as I’d like, but having a newborn just makes me choosier about my
projects, and designs.

Tanis of course designed the lovely Adhara and Suncrest:

All of the designs feature a different Tanis Fiber Arts yarn base and colourway. And of course, there are tonnes of colours to choose from!

Let’s get to the giveaway! We’re giving away to one lucky knitter a copy of the ebook, which includes all 4 patterns. To enter, leave a comment below telling me which pattern you are most excited to knit. Don’t forget to leave your email or Ravelry ID, so I can get in touch with you if you win!  You can enter until 7:00 a.m. on Friday, June 22nd. I’ll announce a winner that Friday afternoon. Good luck!

Modification Monday: Leaf Yoke Top with Sleeves

Original Pattern: #14 Leaf Yoke Top

Knitter Extraordinaire: Cristina (Ravelry ID)

Mods: lengthened the yoke, added sleeves, and includd the leaf lace from the yoke on the hem and sweater cuffs. Project page with great details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: The original pattern is a great little sleeveless summer sweater, but with the addition of long sleeves and lengthening the body, it becomes a cozy fall/winter sweater. The leaf lace detail on the yoke looks amazing on the sleeves and sweater hem and turns the sweater into such a gorgeous, feminine knit.The next time you’re considering a pattern with a yoke detail for a potential modification, think of this sweater!