FO: French Chestnut

chestnut 5- final 
Pattern: French Braid Cardigan

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran in ‘ Chestnut’

Needles: 4.5 mm (US 7) circulars

Notes:  I finished it by the end of the paralympic games!! This was my modified deadline after I was totally left in the dust on the Ravellenic Games- In the past I’ve always been able to finish a sweater in that time, but now that I have a baby, I need to modify my expectations (read: smaller knits, or longer timelines). But hey- it’s my first sweater since Lila was born:

This sweater is awesome. I love the angle of the cable on the front panels, it gives the illusion of really flattering waist shaping. It was a really straightforward knit, too- once it was set up, I hardly needed to look at the pattern, as the cable detail is easy to memorize.  The beginning is quite interesting- it begins with the back of the neck on the collar, and begins in a way similar to the ‘tab’ method of casting on for a shawl. It means that there is very little finishing once you’re done your knitting- just weave in whatever ends you have, block, and go!

I’m really happy with my colour choice. I feel like I’m going to get a lot of wear out of this, especially since fall showed up with a vengenace this week- so much for a slow taper into cooler weather!

Wee Wednesday: Lila’s Twitter

As Lila is a thoroughly modern baby of the times, she now has her own twitter. Check it out!

Some recent photos:

bath towel
Fresh from the bath. Hooded towels are the best. 
All giggles.
Playing with her kiddie-safe night light. Update: From Ikea, she has both the red and the blue
My two favourite people, one of them with a pouty face. She’s just about outgrown that sleeper, which is a shame- it’s my favourite!

Modification Monday: Don’t Fear the Steeker Sweater

Original Pattern: Oranje

Knitter Extraordinaire: Farahnaz (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the buttons to a zippered front, changed the fair isle pattern on the yoke to be a hybrid of deathflake and Brandy’s mitten cuff , and did a four-colour stripe for the body. Project page with full details is here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love that Farahnaz not only changed up the fair isle yoke (and used two different charts for that yoke!), but that she also added stripes! The are no rules saying that you have to pick one or the other, and this cardigan shows that it definitely works. What was smart with this approach is that she used four different colours for the stripes that are all muted shades, so it doesn’t feel busy or detract from the great colourwork at the yoke. Also, this was her first time steeking and doing colourwork- way to go, Farahnaz! Talk about a home run- this sweater knocks it clear out of the park.

WIP: Suncrest

This past Saturday I pitched in at the Tanis Fiber Arts booth at the KW Knitter’s Fair. Guy brought Lila, since she is still exclusively breastfed so we can’t be apart for too long. She’s rocking a great little dress knitted by Auntie Tanis:

 Tanis is wearing Suncrest, I’m wearing Solaria, and Lila is wearing Clara
Big thanks to Guy for spending almost 8 hours circulating the fair and the parking lot with Lila, sometimes in her carrier, sometimes in her stroller. They were troopers, both of them!

 I’ve recently cast on for my own Suncrest. I’m not too far in, but here it is:

I can’t say enough good things about the Red Label yarn– I’m a sucker for single ply, and the cashmere and silk… drool. It’s ridiculously amazing. I need to get more of this yarn, I should have grabbed an armload while I was at the fair!

Modification Monday: Baby Keller Sweater

Original Pattern: Henry’s Sweater

Knitter Extraordinaire: Katie (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed from a double breasted cardigan to a single button one, eliminated the garter cuffs and made the sleeves 3/4 length. The project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: There is a lot to be said for making a pattern and simplifying it to be more streamlined. We often think of adding details when modifying a pattern, but taking things away can create a brand new look as well. I love the change to the single button closure for a less busy look, and the contrasting blue hem and collar provide just enough visual interest. It’s perfection!

Update: Katie didn’t stop there- today on her blog she has a girly cropped version, modified from the same original patten. Love!!