Modification Monday: Spring Skirt

Original Pattern: Heijastuksia

Knitter Extraordinaire: Barbara (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  Used the great stranded sock pattern as inspiration for an ombre skirt, which was acheived using multiple skeins of ombre yarn and alternating skeins every 3rd row. Details and more amazing photos can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This skirt is drop dead gorgeous for so many reasons- I love the ombre effect, I love the stranded design at the hem, the great shape of the skirt and the perfect looking zipper (just look at it!)  at the back- the knitting is amazing, but the whole garment construction blows my mind. It’s a work of art!

Modification Monday: Monkey Hat

Original Pattern: Monkey

Knitter Extraordinaire: Alexandra (ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Cleverly turned this popular sock pattern into a hat! Also increased gauge from fingering to aran. Project pages with full details on how to do the same can be found here and here.

What Makes This Awesome: Socks into a hat- I’m definitely impressed!  I love the texture this takes on when blown up in the larger gauge, and it looks great as a winter hat. I’ve never even considered turning a sock pattern into a hat, but now I’ll be looking at socks in a whole new light. Amazing!

Swatching for a New design

I think I still have at least one more new design in me before this baby shows up, so I’ve been swatching:


Both are similar (and using the same stitch patterns), although the teal swatch I cast on fewer stitches, and then I wasn’t sure what I thought about the colour variations- if they distracted too much from the design. So I cast on in Gold, for a more tonal take on things.Then I thought that what would really jazz this photo up would be to get an ostrich in there. You know, for kicks.

I’m leaning towards the gold- I think that (except on the white background) the stitches will be crisper, clearer. What do you guys think?

Wee Wednesday: Anouk as a Dress

Friends, I’m in loooove with this little dress:

Anouk finished 2

Pattern: Anouk as a Dress

Yarn: Knitpicks Comfy Worsted in Light Blue and Peapod

Needles: 3.75 mm (US 5)

Mods: For the side ‘seams’, I kept the seed stitch edging at 4 stitches wide, not the 8 stitches wide called for in the pattern. I felt it looked more balanced.

How could I resist making little booties to match?

anouk booties

I don’t normally knit with cotton yarn, but this was really nice- soft and squishy, and not too squeaky (which is the common complaint of cotton yarn). I’m looking forward to seeing how it holds up after several washes.

I know I don’t talk about my pregnancy much, mainly it’s because I’m a total amateur and I have no idea what to say… so for those interested,  I’m doing great- sleeping well, feeling good, I still exercise 5 times a week although recently it’s been down shifted to 20 minute sessions (for reference, I used to be able to work out comfortably  for an hour before I got pregnant, then about 45 minutes in my first trimester, then 30 minutes…). My back used to get sore until I got the most perfect pregnancy pillow ever  (seriously, I don’t think I’ll be giving it up even once the baby is out!) I was very late to the pregnancy craving game, but in my 32nd week, I finally started to crave something- pineapple!

I’m 34 weeks pregnant now. The nesting instinct hasn’t kicked in yet, though (except in a knitterly way- I enjoy knitting for the baby!)- I’ve done absolutely nothing to get the baby’s room ready at all. I keep telling myself that the first few months she’ll sleep in a bassinet in our room anyways, so it doesn’t matter… but really, I should get a move on.

Hedgies Like Yarn, Apparently

Here is a cute little video (barely over 30 seconds) that G took of Bruce Quillis wandering around the coffee table last night. I have a decorative wooden bowl of yarn balls that I use as a coffee table centrepiece, and apparently Quillis was quite taken with it!

The stripey thing is Bruce’s special flannel blanket. G tells me that Bruce was licking the yarn and very interested in trying to get in there- I had already gone to bed (see the time on the cable box?! waaaay past my bedtime), I was sorry to have missed the live show!