Modification Monday: Dragonflies Cardigan

Modification Monday: Dragonflies Cardigan |

Original Pattern: Dragonflies Jumper

Knitter Extraordinaire: Tasha (Ravelry ID,  blog )

Mods: Changed the original top-down pullover into a cropped bottom-up cardigan, changing the neckline to a v-neck. Project page with great notes and photos can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Tasha knit the original pattern as-is before deciding to modify it into this beautiful cardi that totally suits her style. It’s a great place to start, because if you have already worked through a pattern once before, it can be much easier to make adjustments once you know how the stitch pattern will behave, where in the pattern you can make changes that will give you the look you want. I love her cool take on this- it looks completely different and is so flattering on her in this cropped cardigan with a v-neck. instant classic, right?

Modification Monday: Dragonflies Cardigan |

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things on Pinterest This Week

Pin Ups: Citrus and CHicken Quinoa Salad |

Citrus Chicken Quinoa salad. You want to eat this- it’s bright, tasty, and so good for you. And you need all the vitamins you can get, because my suggested dessert is…..

Pin Ups: Choclate and salted caramel marshmallows |

Dark chocolate and salted caramel marshmallows.  I know, right? I don’t really need to say anything more, except you might not wnat to be left alone with the whole batch.

Pin Ups: Celery Stamping |

I love this beautifully done celery stamp flowers technique, it would be so lovely on napkins or a table runner. Or even a plain crib sheet for a baby girl.

Pin Ups: DIY Floral Shoes |

Iron-on printer paper and canvas shoes are all you need for this pretty shoe upcycle.  And the detail of the leather laces adds a something extra, don’t you think? I’m clearly feeling spring, because I feel like I’m beginning to crave floral print stuff. I’m so done with winter!

Pin Ups: 15 Tips for Being Positive |

Do you find it hard to look on the brighter side, and stay positive? This round up of 15 tips is actually really awesome, and who doesn’t need a reminder to keep themselves out a negativity rut once in a while, right?

Last but not least,  a special shout out to my husband Guy, because today is our anniversary. I can’t believe we’ve been married for 6 years already! Happy anniversary, my love. I can’t imagine happiness without you.

Our wedding |

Knit in Progress: WATG Josie Gloves

Knit in Progress: Wool and the Gang Josie Gloves |

I’m pretty excited to  be trying out a Wool and the Gang kit- these are the Josie Gloves, which are going to be so perfect for this time of year when we are (hopefully) beginning to cross over into spring. Lately I’ve been wondering why I don’t try more kits- Okay, I do have lots of knitting supplies, but there is something wonderfully fun about opening up a pretty package that already has everything you need so you can just crack on with it:

Wool and the Gang kit: Josie Gloves |

On the left, the cool package all ready to go! On the right, there is a skein of the super squishy and soft sheepaca yarn, two different sizes of tapestry needles the pattern and a sturdy sleeve to keep it safe, and 6 (yes, six!) 5mm dpns. 

I was pretty impressed with the needles that came with it- they are surprisingly strong, and 6 dns makes a lot of sense, when you think of it. Some people prefer to use five dpns (I prefer 4, myself), and the extra functions as a handy cable needle or even as an extra needle should you lose one of the originals somewhere.  In this pattern, the yarn is held double throughout, which means that the amazing soft sheepaca yarn feels even squishier in your hands.

This kit would be the perfect sort of thing to grab before travelling too-  WATG, you need to look into a knitting kit vending machine for airports! Wouldn’t it be so cool to just pop in your credit card, pick a great kit with everything you need, and knit some awesome mitts like these on your flight to somewhere fun? I would totally do this. Even if though I bring knitting with me when I travel, I would totally buy a new kit that had everything in it for the sheer novelty factor of cranking out a wonderful knit accessory in the time it takes me to get to England.

I would have been finished these mitts already (they are a super fast project) but I made the classic rookie mistake of knitting two gloves for the same hand – I didn’t change the position for the thumb! So I ripped back to the cuff, and sorted it out. The pattern is easy to follow, assuming you actually turn the pages- which is where I went wrong.

Oh well. I’m excited to get these finished, won’t be long now!

Knit in Progress: Wool and the Gang Josie Gloves |

Finished Knit: Zebra Toy

Finished Knit: Toy Zebra |

Knitting socks with 9 inch circulars suddenly seems freakishly tiny when you make a toy zebra hold them, and he looks right at home… 

Pattern: Savannah Chaps  by Barbara Prime

Yarn: Plymouth Gina in Colourway “03”, and Knitpicks Swish Worsted in “White”.

Needles: 4mm (US 6)

Notes: I have so much love for this zebra. I was inspired by the original zebra and several of the other finished ones that I saw on Ravelry, and decided to knit him with a fun chromatic striping yarn.  The best part of this Zebra? Stashbusting all the way. Toys are so great for using up single or partial skeins.  This one knit up very quickly, I cast on one Fridya night and was finished  knitting and stuffing the limbs by Sunday night, with only a little bit more time needed for his luxurious zebra mane. That part took me a bit longer, but I added a lot more mane that was originally called for. I think my zebra totally rocks his big purple mane, though.

Finished Knit: Toy Zebra |

Here’s Zebra standing up, as well as chatting with a small bunny toy and a dinosaur. He’s a very social zebra. 

The pattern is detailed and thoughtful, and amazingly contains directions for 3 main animals – Zebra, Rhino, and Elephant, as well as a tiny mousie. I still have 1.25 skeins of the chromatic yarn leftover, so I think that my zebra totally needs me to knit him some matching friends!

 I love knitting toys, and last year I actually wrote a guest post on Craftsy with my top 7 Tips and Tricks for Knitting Toys- if you are planning on knitting any soft toys, I recommend it. I read it over again yesterday for the first time in nearly a year and I still do all the things that I listed.  But the biggest tip I can offer is this:  Get a ziploc bag or a small project bag, and keep all the bits of your toy in it. Most knitted toys and animals are knit in pieces, with separate limbs. Keeping them together in one designated place means that you are less likely to misplace an ear or a leg. Also reduces the chances of your pet/toddler grabbing a limb and running off with it.  And couch cushions have been known to swallow up small pieces of knitting before. True story.

If you enjoy knitting toys, or are curious about making them but don’t know how, Barbara actually has several detailed tutorials on all sorts of different finishing aspects of knitting toys, like this one on how to embroider the facial details, or how to properly attach the head.  Very helpful if it is your first time at the knitted toy rodeo.

I’ve just found out that Barbara has a Mystery Knitalong for a new toy- I’ve heard of them for shawls, but not for toys before! I’m going to sign up. Each week she will send out the instructions for a new part of the toy. Last year it turned out to be a mama kangaroo and joey, so I’m really intrigued by what she’s cooked up this year. It’s going to be my first ever mystery KAL! If anyone has tips for how to make the most of a mystery KAL, I’d love to hear them!

Finished Knit: Toy Zebra |


Modification Monday: Beekman Tavern

Modification Monday: Beekman Tavern |

Original Pattern: Beekman Tavern

Knitter Extraordinaire: Susan (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Revamped the neckline, raised the back with short rows, and created a funnel neck. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: The neckline of a sweater has a massive impact on it’s wear-ability- if you don’t feel comfortable in it, or you don’t feel it’s flattering on you,then you probably aren’t going to wear the sweater much. And if you’ve spent all that time knitting a beautiful modern aran like this one, you want to wear it. Susan cane up with a great solution- the original neckline wasn’t working for her,  so she added a bit more coverage at the back of the neck with short rows, and added this beautiful funnel neck. The style works perfectly with this sweater- timeless and flattering, just like an aran should be.

Modification Monday: Beekman Tavern |