WIP: Diode Hat

 Textured brown things for WIP inspiration: a close up of a woodpile from the Ai Wei Wei Exhibit, rebar installation also by Ai Wei Wei, close up of tree bark at the cottage.

Brown Hat Collage

I’ve been working away on a lovely hat, Diode,  designed by my friend Erica. I saw her wearing a navy blue version in the winter and immediately fell in love! I generally find that knitted hats are not warm enough for me- the wind cuts right through them, and my ears are really sensitive. But this hat has a knitted double brim, for extra insulation, and the small needles and sportweight yarn make for a thick, dense fabric that is way warmer than most of my knitted hats. And those tiny bobbles! I seldom see bobbles looking quite so lovely as this.

Hat Collage

Gatsby, very graciously modelling.

It’s a lovely, portable little knit that’s easy to memorize. And as of this post, it’s just come off the needles and ready for FO shots- we’ll have to try to get those this weekend.

Modification Monday: Polar Prism Cardigan

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Original Pattern: Girl on Fire 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jennifer (Ravelry ID

Mods: Turned a sold colour pullover with front lace panel into a gorgeous colourwork cardigan with a different neckline. Great details on the mods can be found on her project page, here

What Makes This Awesome: I love how Jennifer took the key characteristics of a pattern she loved (top down, set in sleeve method) and modified it heavily to get a new look out of it with this amazing colourwork cardigan. I especially love the very light grey with the bright hits of citrus shades, and colour blocked stripe effect. She handled the shaping beautifully, and the whole effect is a home run! 

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Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week (and Giveaway Winner!)

And the giveaway winner is……. (drumroll)…… Fiona Smith!! Fiona chose the Sky Palette:

“Thank you for this!! I love the Forest palette, but my little guy would look smashing in the Sky palette. I’d knit the R&R hoodie… I was kinda waiting for the pattern actually! Thanks again!”

Hooray and congrats to Fiona!!! Thank you everyone for entering.

grilled cheese

I love this casual party idea- a grilled cheese buffet! great tips and recipes (such as Camembert Grilled Cheese with Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar, and Creamy Pepper Grilled Cheese with Jalapenos and Bacon) in the link.

hair

I love this pretty ponytail- great step by step instructions!  As soon as I no longer need to wear a hat, I’m totally going to rock this.

rolling pin

This is a very cute and clever idea for printing your own wrapping paper, by using a rolling pin and adding foam shapes to it.

green door

I’ve always had a soft spot for houses that have bright, contrasting front doors; but I never thought about trying it out inside the home- what a gorgeous hit of colour!

jujubes

Did you know you can make gum drops at home, and that they actually look pretty easy?!  Man, I want to find some of these in my easter basket!

Giveaway: Lucky Penny Baby E-Book and Tanis Fiber Arts Yarn!

Have you seen the super cute baby and toddler collection that just came out from Tanis Fiber Arts? It’s called Lucky Penny Baby:

baby collection collage

Clockwise from top left:

The Schoolboy Vest isn’t just for clever-looking babies! It works great in a variety of colours, and is great for keeping little ones warm while letting them have full range of movement in their arms. Plus, it adds a lot of style to a onesie and pants, don’t you think?

The R&R Hoodie is classic and versatile- any colour would work, and Tanis even experimented with adding some great  scalloped stripes in a previous test of it. I love the little pockets, and the zipper means it’s easy to do up when you’ve got a busy baby on the go.

The Frosted Alpine Hat is perfect for the little ones. The ties keep grabby hands from pulling it off, and the pixellated colours allow for a lot of creativity in how you want to colour your hat- great for stash busting, too! Click here  to see an adorable white, pink and red version for a little girl.  And a bonus- you could knit a matching one for the grown ups, too! The pattern includes adult sizing.

The  Keyfit baby blanket  is a knockout- the bright angles are modern and eye-catching, and I love the high-impact of this design. Babies don’t outgrow baby blanket very quickly, and they are automatically treasured keepsakes for years to come, perhaps even passed down to the baby’s future baby of his/her own. I especially love that the triangles are knit separately, so they would be great little pieces to tote around in your purse, to knit a little whenever you get the chance. A portable project  like this gets finished a lot faster than you’d think.

Baby  Collage

 What I love most about the collection is that all the pieces are incredibly useful, incredibly flexible, and perfect for boys of girls. And for someone like me with a (nearly!) two year old, I was really excited to see that the size range goes up to 4 years old.  Nice to have that big of an age range, and definitely gives you a bit more bang for your buck.

Would you like to win the pattern collection for the  Lucky Penny Baby e-book? I bet you would. But why stop there- would you also like to win a palette collection of your choice  to knit these awesome patterns with? Heck yes!!

To Enter: 

Check out the beautiful palettes  on Tanis Fiber Arts, and leave me a comment letting me know a) which palette you would choose to knit this collection with, and b) which pattern you would cast on first , and c) your contact info- either your Ravelry ID or an email address where you can be reached.  One lucky winner will be chosen at random to win both the pattern e-book and a palette collection of their choice!  Contest closes midnight April 3rd (Eastern Daylight Savings Time), and the winner will be announced on the blog on Friday, April 4th. 

Modification Monday: Peplum Sweater

 

peplum sweater

Original Pattern: Water’s Edge Cardigan

Knitter Extraordinaire:  B (Ravelry ID

Mods: Changed the original 3/4 sleeved cropped cardigan to a long sleeved pullover, with a longer body with waist decreases, scoop neck, and lighter gauge. Project page can be found here

What Makes This Awesome:  The revamped proportions of B’s peplum sweater are so chic and spot on- the longer length of the sleeves and body work really well, and the scoop neck seems like the perfect neckline with a peplum hem- the round shape echoes the round flounce of the peplum. The result is a drop-dead gorgeous sweater- very wearable, very flattering and oh-so-chic. I am normally not into peplums, but I would wear this sweater any day of the week, no question. It’s beautiful!

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