Modification Monday: Yoshino

Original Pattern: Oriental Lily

Knitter Extraordinaire: soknitpicky (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Upsized the original baby and toddler sized pattern, added colourwork, a delicate trim, and a contrasting detail to the top. Project page with great details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love how soknitpicky’s inspiration was imagining how to translate cherry blossoms into this dress for her daughter, and the result is stunning. The ratio of the colourwork to solid knit is great, and the modified seafoam trim underlines the nod to delicate cherry blossoms. I love the colour scheme, and the way the colourwork imitates the blossoms. What a knockout little dress!

Ravellenic Games- Fail.

For the first time since the Ravellenic Games/Ravelympics inception, I couldn’t finish my knit in time.

My parents were on vacation during this time, and I went to spend a week in Sudbury with them, so they could spend extra time with Lila. They were a great help, but even with all the extra support, the very real truth emerged- my knitting time is nowhere near what it used to be, or what I’ve imagined it to be.

I took it pretty hard, to be honest. I had been working on a new design and put it on hold for a couple weeks believing I could dash off this lovely sweater in the alotted time, since I’ve always been able to complete a sweater during the Olympics before.  But as the closing ceremonies began, and I had neither a finished design nor a completed Ravellenic Games sweater, I felt like failure. I cried. Because this was the clearest signal since little Lila came into the world- my time is not what it used to be.  Not in a bad way, but in a new way that I still have to adjust for. I’m not sure how I’m going to do that, but it’s definitely something I have to mull over. And be much more realistic about how long it takes to knit or design something these days.

Next Ravellenic Games, I’ll tackle a smaller project. Maybe it’ll still be a sweater, but it’ll have to be a Lila-sized sweater.

Modification Monday: Zauber Interrupted

Original Pattern: Versio

Knitter Extraordinaire: rililie (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods:  Change gauge from lace to fingering weight, altered the stripes to be thinner and increase at the top, used the contiguous sleeve method, made a deeper v neck, added a twisted rib hem and cuffs. Project page with great details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: This is not so much of a modificatin as a massive pattern overhaul! I love thin stripes on sweaters, it gives off a classic, almost french-chic air. I also love how she wanted to try the contiguous sleeve method, and they look awesome! It’s always fun to incorporate a new tenchnique on a knit and see how you enjoy it as a knitter. The sweater is classicly beautiful, immensely wearable, and knock-out gorgeous. I wish it was my closet!

Wee Wednesday: Lila at 3.5 Months

Lila is about 3.5 months now, and we’ve recently had an explosion of new developments: She can now roll over by herself, cry real tears, and seems to be teething (which is really early, but not unheard of). It means she’s a very busy baby, and still not big on sleeping and napping! But the cuteness makes up for it all. Here she is, fresh from the tub:
bath Collage

tummy time

Here is Lila wearing her spring baby dress and booties, although they are still a bit big, even though I was aiming for the 3 months size:

lila dress collage
As you can see from the bottom left photo, she’s pretty fascinated with this whole booties business. She likes to grasp things.

playtime

And that is Lila playing with her favourite toy, which has made tummy time a breeze. I’d love to post a link to it, but I can’t find it online anywhere- it’s by Early Years, and when you tap on the head of the animals, they play a little tune. Now I wish I had kept the box so I could look it up by name!

Modification Monday: Danish Lace Dress

Original Pattern: Freya Shawl

Knitter Extraordinaire: Tatyana (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  The shawl pattern is originally based on a Danish doily, and Tatyana used the pattern to create a dress using the doily for the skirt inspiration. Project page is here.

What Makes This Awesome:  I’m a big fan of transforming shawls, and when I saw this dress it blew me away. The skirt showcases the original pattern perfectly, and her work on ensuring a seamless transition into the top of the dress is perfect. The yoke even mimics the shape of the skirt, and the details on the bodice flow wonderfully. I can’t get over this stunning, one-of-a-kind dress!