Modification Monday: Halligarth Sweater

Modification Monday: Halligarth Sweater |

Original Pattern: Halligarth

Knitter Extraordinaire: Birgit (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the fingering weight shawl lace pattern as a starting point, Birgit created this laceweight pullover using the lace stitch, and added contrasting i cord edging to the cuffs, hem and neckline for contrast. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Isn’t it always so impressive when someone takes a stitch pattern from a completely different type of pattern (in this case, a shawl) and transforms it into an entirely different concept? I love how the original shawl’s lace looks into this pretty pullover, and Birgit’s decision to liven up the palette of the sweater with a bold contrasting i cord trim at the neck, hem and sleeves- a nice pop of colour. Are there any stitch patterns you particularly love that might look good in sweater form? This is an all-over lace, but you could also experiment with a center lace panel down the front, or the only on the sleeves.

Modification Monday: Halligarth Sweater |

P.S. This isn’t the first time Birgit has been featured on Mod Mondays- her previously featured sweater was so popular she wrote out the pattern for it!


Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Is company coming over? Here are the best speedy ways to fake a clean house.

I despise daylight savings time, and research  backs up my feelings on the subject.

I love this list of 26 things everyone should do once a year. Some really great stuff on this list, and not just the usual ‘take a trip somewhere awesome!’ sort of advice that doesn’t work for everyone’s bank accounts.

20 reasons to be happy & hopeful about humanity, the future, the world… everything.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Avocado Caprese Salad |

I know salads are not traditional winter fare, but this delicious avocado caprese salad is really satisfying and full of healthy goodness. Perhaps the perfect work lunch? Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Skinny Double Chocolate Muffins |

Skinny double chocolate chip muffins with no sugar- the sweetness comes from ripe bananas in the batter. So perfect for when you are dying for a sweet treat, but want something healthy. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: How to Make Pom Poms in Bulk |

Has holiday crafting got you knitting lots of hats and things that really need a lovely pom pom? trouble is, it takes time to make each awesome one. But if you ever thought that there must be a way to make pom poms faster, you are in luck- here’s a great tutorial on how to make pom poms in bulk. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Owl Print |

I love this little Owl print- perfect for kids or adults! Who doesn’t want to be told they are terrific? Pinterest link is here, and the original source is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: How to Cross Stitch on Paper |

 I love this great tutorial on how to take a cross stitch design and work it on paper- the step by step approach to this shows you exactly how to do it, and would be amazing for making framed stitched prints or cards, don’t you think? Plus, a great crafty kit idea! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

New Pattern: Xanadu Snowflake Cowl

I was this close (holding fingers a tiny bit apart) to publishing this pattern last week- but then I had a baby a little earlier than expected! Introducing the Xanadu Snowflake Cowl:

Xanadu Snowflake Cowl |

Xanadu Snowflake Cowl |

This is knit up in Bijou Basin Ranch’s 100% cashmere light fingering yarn. It’s a dream to wear up close around your neck (really, is there anything more awesome in winter than cashmere at your throat?), with a lovely halo that doesn’t obscure the stranded snowflake design. I knit this one with one skein each of Mocha and Natural colourways, but there are lots of great combos you could choose!

Xanadu Snowflake Cowl |

The cowl is knit entirely in the round, with a provisional cast on that is unzipped at the end and grafted together (although you could work a 3 needle bind off for all but the last stitch, if you prefer). The pattern includes additional notes for ensuring consistent colour dominance when knitting with two colours, and how to ‘catch; longer floats when working with a chart like this. The design is fully charted, and I’m really pleased with how the snowflakes came out- light and delicate, just like the yarn.

Xanadu Snowflake Cowl |

The cowl pattern is $6 (CAN), and you can get it right now on Ravelry:

And for fun, here is a photo of me with a squirrel! I swear, if I had a bag of peanuts, I think I could have convinced him to pose with me. He was a pretty tame squirrel.

Xanadu Snowflake Cowl |

Modification Monday: Foxy

Modification Monday:  Foxy Hooded Cowl |

Original Pattern: Failynn Fox Cowl 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Rae (Ravelry ID)

Mods:Rae modified the hood to get a shape more in keeping with what she wanted in the final look; also added stitches and neck shaping so that the cowl would be large enough to pull down over her shoulders. Project page with great details on her modifications can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome:  I think Rae addressed some real key issues about fit when it comes to adult sized hooded cowls- customizing fit over shoulders, adding neck shaping to remove bulky fabric from shoulders to hood, and how to craft a well-fitting but roomy hood. She also used the child-sized ears which work great in this pattern. That’s something anyone knitting from a pattern that is sized from kids to adults should consider- whether or not there is additional shaping in the adult sizes to accommodate  the more dramatic sizing differences in adults.  Rae’s finished hood is amazing- it’s playful, stylish,  and probably an amazing gift idea for someone on your list!

Modification Monday:  Foxy Hooded Cowl |

Special Post: Meet Baby James

None of the usual Pin Ups and Link Love this week, I’m sorry! I went into labour very quickly on Monday morning around 9:30 a.m., and this little guy was born at 6:08 a.m. the next day.

This is baby James,  born on December 1st weighing 7 pounds and 14 ounces. For those who did the math on my previous statement, you are correct, I was in labour almost 21 hours. Those of you  who follow me on Instagram saw that photo on the day he was born (I think, time is a little fizzy for me right now).  Here are some more photos, since I got home from the hospital  (which was yesterday- there were a few complications, which I won’t go into right now, but everything is all good.):

Normal posting will resume next week- we’re just getting adjusted over here.