Modification Monday: Flowers for Gnomes Hat

 Original Pattern: Selbu Modern

Knitter Extraordinaire: Dana (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Turned the pretty 2-colour fair isle tam into a a 5-colour fair isle slouchy hat, substituting the original design for vintage colour work charts for a totally new look. Details can be found on her project page, including the very cool link to the vintage colour work charts, can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Talk about really making a go of colour work! I love the new charts that Dana substituted, they are so pretty and fresh. And going from 2 colours to 5 colours takes a lot of planning and foresight, and this hat is all the more beautiful for it. I love the slouchy take on the pattern!

Post- Frolic, and Going on Holiday!

The 14th Annual Knitter’s Frolic in Toronto was this past weekend, and such fun!

2011 Knitter's Frolic, Toronto

 I was working at the Tanis Fiber Arts booth, which was so much fun. I had been practising for questions, and was memorizing pricing and yardage info- I didn’t quite manage to learn all the colours in time. So many to choose from! And it was really interesting to see that end of the knitting world, how certain colours sell, the way knitters shop- we’re all so different, and yet the same.  it’s amazing!

TFA booth 2
TFA booth

G and I are leaving for England in about 8 hours, where we’ll spend some family time before heading off for a romantic holiday in Croatia! I’ve wanted to travel around the Dalmatian Coast for about ten years now, and G thinks I’ve put it off for long enough.  FOs and holiday photos when I get back!

Modification Monday: Mod Baby Dress

Original Pattern: Sorello

Knitter Extraordinaire: Erin (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed out the lace detail on the original pattern and instead did intarsia stripes for a totally new look, modified the construction and shaping to turn the t-shirt into a dress. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome:  I don’t see a lot of mods that involve intarsia, so this knit definitely caught my eye- changing out lace for intarsia is a great idea, and completely changes the look and feel of this knit from the original pattern. I love the shaping she did to achieve the dress, and I like that it looks quite similar to the Danish flag. I love bright colours for a baby- it loooks really fresh. How adorable is that little girl in her fabulous dress?!


FO: Cream & Sugar Cowl


Pattern: Cream and Sugar Cowl

Yarn: o.o.a.k  from Tanis Fiber Arts

Needles: 3.75 mm (US 5)

Notes: I knit this lovely neckwarmer back at the beginning of March, and promptly gave it to my mother who had been admiring it while I was binding off at her home. We took some photos, but it wasn’t until we were back in Toronto that it was clear that they just didn’t work. So we had to wait until we were back in the same town as the cowl to do some re-shoots on Easter weekend! Isn’t my mom gorgeous?She makes 57 look goooood.

This is such a great little pattern. It’s perfect for a treasured skein of fingering weight yarn, and everyone who sees this just loves it- another friend in my home town saw it and wanted one, too! So…. here it is in progress, the Cream and Sugar Cowl  in Shibui sock yarn, in the wasabi colourway.

cream and sugar in progress

I was surprised when I looked over my projects and realized I hadn’t made anything with this yarn before. It’s really lovely, and the indoor, nighttime photo doesn’t do the colour full justice- it’s a lovely, fresh spring-y green.

Modification Monday: Ivy League Mitts

Original Pattern: Ivy League Vest

Knitter Extraordinaire: Caroline (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Turned the beautiful fair isle vest into these stunning fair isle fingerless mitts, and even charted out the thumb gusset in pattern. You’ve got to check out the full details on her project age, here.

What Makes This Awesome: There are so many things to praise about this gorgeous pair of mitts. It’s not even that these fair isle mitts are a beautiful adaptation of the vest, or that she even charted the perfect thumb gusset(!!!), but on top of all that, it’s that her brilliant usage of harmonious colours together. Nothing jars or seems out of place. Just perfect, stunning mitts.