TFA January KAL FO: Jewel Prism


 I’m participating/moderating the Tanis Fiber Arts January Knit/Crochet Along, which is happening over in the Ravelry Group thread. The official kick off was January 1st, and crafters are challenged to complete a project before midnight on January 31st. I’ve got a few projects lined up for this KAL, and the first finished is the Prism Shawl in the Jewel Colourway (Red Label).

I didn’t make any modifications, although the pattern is more of a recipe than a hard and fast set of rules to knit by, which I enjoy. As for the yarn, you know me- I can’t get enough of single ply goodness!! I’m loving how the red label knits up, it’s sooo soft. And the colour is amazing. There is something so wonderfully luxe and yet rustic about single ply yarns, I find them addictive.

Prism Shawl

Modification Monday: Lacy Top

Original Pattern: #09 Lace Dress

Knitter Extraordinaire: Amanda (Ravelry ID)

Mods:  Used stockinette on the body instead of garter stitch, reworked armholes, tightened up the neckline, ans added a different trim to the hem. Project page with great instructions on the knitted edging can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Sometimes a whole knitted dress can be a bit of a investment, not just of time, but of yarn as well. But changing it up into a beautiful top is a great alternative. This top is the perfect summer modification- it’s breezy and a great mix of knitting and crochet, and I’m really impressed with the gorgeous results!

Giveaway Winners and FO: Gin & Tonic Hat

The Hold Your Needles Give away winners are: 
(drumroll please) 
  • kim c
    said…Wow, what gorgeous patterns. The pictures are wonderful too.
    Personally I am in love with Lumme & Mai – All of them are lovely
  • Fie
    said…My favourite patterns are without a doubt Lumme (I can just imagine
    being nice and warm while out in the cold weather we’re having now and
    the cables give it an interesting both modern and traditional look) and
    Juuli (because of the intricate details and because the green of the
    pattern sample is just so joyful and reminds me that spring is on its
  • Paula
    I really love Pikkuapila and Vammus. They’re both lovely!

Thanks so much everyone for participating! It’s always exciting when there are three chances to win.

As for me, I’ve been doing a fair bit of knitting lately, but not a lot of photo taking. But recently we did get these photos:

 Oh yeah- I had my hair cut to shoulder length just before Christmas! 

I needed a new slouchy hat.  Of course there are already loads of slouchy hat patterns out there, but hey- surely we’ve got room for one more? This hat is a very quick knit, super comfy, and perfect for hand-dyed or variegated yarns. The pattern is getting ready for formatting, and then it’ll be going live! For those of you who are interested in the Strada Winter Headband pattern,
don’t worry- It’ll go live in the next
couple of weeks.I’m trying to keep things in order around here, otherwise it’ll never get done!

My creation

Hold Your Needles 1& 2: Review and Giveaway!!

 I recently heard about Hold Your Needles 1 and Hold Your Needles 2, two remarkable pattern collections
from Finnish designers Mari Muinonen and Suvi Simola. The first collection has 12 patterns and the second collection has 10 patterns, all for very reasonable download prices. Both collections feature lots of texture and many have gorgeous (I mean, really) cable details.

Hold Your Needles 1 has a great mix of patterns, including two for men, two hat/mitts combo patterns, and  some for kids/babies. Most of the patterns call for heavier weights of yarn, which helps them knit up really fast, as well as keeping you and your loved ones nice and toasty warm.

My personal favourites from Hold Your Needles 1:
My creation

 Clockwise from top left: Lumme, Muikkuset, Reha, Muffeli

Hold Your Needles 2  maintains a similar design aesthetic, focusing on the heavier weights of yarn that knit up quickly, as well as lots of rich texture and beautiful cables.You really need to click on over to Mai to check out the amazing details (and it’s grown up version, Juuli)- those pockets are amazing!

My personal favourites from Hold Your Needles 2:
My creation
Clockwise from top left: Paju, Friika, Kiedo, Mai

Both of these collections are filled with thoughtful details and clever designs, and when you look at the FOs from other knitters, you can see they have consistently strong results- which is extremely important! It’s easy to have great pattern photos, but the proof of a great pattern is in it’s ability to deliver consistent results. 

Suvi and Mari have very generously offered to do a giveaway- 3 lucky winners will receive the e-pattern books for both Hold Your Needles 1 and 2! Just leave a comment on this post telling me which is your favourite pattern from 1 AND 2 (so- you’re telling me the names of 2 patterns, one from each collection). The deadline for entering is Thursday, January 19th at midnight (12:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time). I’ll announce the three lucky winners on Friday- good luck everyone!

Modification Monday: Almost Anjeli

Original Pattern: Anjeli

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jen (Ravelry ID, blog

Mods: Jen did a lace repeat on every row (instead of every other row) for a portion of the scarf, which created this new look. Project page with full details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Sometimes you misread a pattern and get a very different result, which can be either disastrous or serendipitous. This is an amazing incarnation of the latter- a happy accident of misreading the lace chart had Jen knitting the lace on both the right and wrong sides, which gave gave a totally different shape and a lacier, airy texture. The result is so different from the original, yet absolutely stunning!