Modification Monday: Drawstring Chemise and Then Some

Original Pattern: Drawstring Chemise

Knitter Extraordinaire: Kelly (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Turned the original spaghetti strap camisole into a stunning long sleeved sweater with a completely different neckline. Project page with full details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: It’s not easy to turn a tank top into a long sleeved sweater, but this looks flawless. I love the neck detail- the lace and the drawstring are so cleverly done, and the sleeves mimic the hem on the sweater so perfectly. Such a well thought out and beautifully executed sweater- the result is utterly gorgeous.

Time to Redo the Blog!

The winner of the Holla Knits Pattern Giveaway is Sabrina! Congrats, Sabrina!

I’ve been thinking that it is high time for a blog overhaul. I haven’t even so much as changed the header since November 2010, so it’s really time to freshen up. Are there any particular things you’d like to see in the new blog redesign?

Things I’m considering:

  • turning off the captcha for comments
  • having tabs for different sections: Patterns, Mod Mondays, Tutorials, etc.
  • focusing on more creative photo layouts
  • Ads for like minded blogs/sites/etc.
  • new colour scheme (suggestions? grey is feeling really tired and done to death)

 I’m open to suggestions! Thoughts?

Wee Wednesday: Lila’s Legwarmers

Sarah (Ravelry ID, blog) not only knitted my little girl a pair of adorable baby legwarmers, she actually made a new pattern and named them after her! These are Lila’s Legwarmers, a new free pattern by Sarah. I’m totally bowled over! And I can’t wait for Lila to get a wee bit bigger, so that she can wear these. And with the release of the pattern, I want to knit a whole rainbow of Lila’s Legwarmers, to go with everything!

Here’s a photo of Lila at 5 days old::

Holla Knits Pattern Giveaway!

Holla Knits  is a new site dedicated to fun and modern designs to suit a range of body types. The first collection (featuring 6 designs) has just launched, and I can already tell that it’s going to be a hit- the designs are youthful and fashion-forward.

Holla Knits is very kindly offering a pattern giveaway! Comment here and tell me what your favourite pattern from the collection is, and you could win a free copy of the pattern! Just leave a comment letting me know your favourite design from the collection (and your email or Ravelry ID!) to be entered. A winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, May 3rd.

You can check out all the patterns here and here (Ravelry Link) my faves:

Umbre Lovre:

Romp Around the Clock:

Put a Belt on It:

In a While, Crocodile:

Leave a comment to win the pattern of your choice!

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.