FO: Lady Bat

FO: Lady Bat Sweater |

Pattern: Lady Bat 

Yarn: Adriafil Cheope

Needles: 3.75 mm (US 5)

Mods:  I went for a slightly shorter sleeve, and slightly less ‘bat wing’. I did this by following the directions as written, but only increased to 88 stitches. This does make for a slightly shorter sweater, but I compensated by knitting 2.5 inches of ribbing at the bottom hem, which helped add in the length that would have been there if I had increased as directed in the pattern.

I’ve got nothing but a rave review here- I’m crazy about the pattern, I’m crazy about the yarn, I’m crazy about the results.

FO: Lady Bat Sweater |

I was surprised at how versatile this sweater looks- I could totally wear this to work in the summer, and it would look equally great with jeans, shorts.   The neckline is super flattering (I love a good boat neck!) And I suspect I can even wear this into the fall with a t-shirt underneath, for a little extra warmth.

FO: Lady Bat Sweater |

I totally recommend this yarn, by the way- the cotton has a nice sheen, and it has great structural integrity. Meaning, it didn’t change at all after wet blocking and didn’t grow to humongous proportions like some yarns do.  I think this might be my new go-to summer cotton. The weight is just right for a knit with a bit of drape to it.  And I love the colour- it’s exactly what I wanted. I couldn’t have asked for anything more, really. This was a slam dunk. It even was a pretty fast knit, except for the bit where I got the flu for a week in the middle. It was one of those too-sick-to-knit ones, so…. that added a week onto my finish time.  I recently travelled to Calgary for work (I mentioned it on Twitter and Instagram, so some of you already know that!) and I got quite a bit of knitting done on the plane.  By the time I landed back home, it was almost done.

Photo outtakes from this photo shoot will go up on the weekend! We shot at a playground with Lila, so expect a lot of outtakes featuring scenes like below: 

FO: Lady Bat Sweater|

All glamour, all toddler, all the time!  There was also a portion where Lila managed to get the camera away from us, and took some shots. Coming soon!

FO: Fair Isle Coffee Sleeve

And the Starry Starry Night Shawl Kit Giveaway winner is….. (drum roll)….. Wanda!! If you haven’t received an email from me yet, you will very soon.

Coffee Sleeve |

(I’m wearing my awesome fox t shirt, from this Etsy shop– I’ve had it for years, and was wearing it in this previous post as well)

Pattern: Perri

Needles: 4mm dpns (US 6)

Yarn: Scraps of Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran, in ‘Plum’ and ‘Mallard’.

Mods: This was heavily  modified, I used the gradation speckles on the chart, and cast on for the same number of stitches, and that was it. I changed it for a 1×1 ribbing, and knit one round of the purple on each end. It worked out perfectly, and it’s easy to bring around with me and use in place of a cardboard sleeve. Although I’m having a latte in these photos, it also works really well on cold drinks- I hate how you get an iced tea or coffee to go and the thing just sweats in your hand while you walk around with it, all gross and wet. The sleeve totally takes care of that.

Coffee Sleeve |

Coffee sleeves- I know some of you might wonder why anyone would bother knitting a coffee sleeve, so I’m going to tell you why I think you might want to bother. First up, they are awesome for de-stashing small bits of yarn, and equally a great small project to try a technique or a stitch that you have been wanting to try- it’s like a swatch you can use! Also, although the cardboard sleeves are indeed recyclable, the less you use of anything, the better for the planet. Plus, then your beverage looks awesome. Way more awesome than a generic cardboard sleeve.

coffee cozy|

FO: Starry Starry Sunset Shawl

Sunset Shawl |

Pattern: Starry Starry Night

Yarn: Rowan Fine Lace in ‘Cobweb’, and Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe in ‘California Sunrise’

Needles: 5mm (US 8)

Notes: No modifications, previously blogged as a WIP here, when I first got the great little kit. Project page can be found on Ravelry, here.

I do not often wear (or knit) triangular shawls because I find them hard to actually wear. But this one is different, for two reasons:

1. the size. a really big shawl is a lot more versatile and I had fun tying the ends together and then wrapping the tail around me and tucking it into the knot, which gave it this awesome gathered look that you see if the majority of these photos.

2. the all over star stitch design with the thin stripes makes this a very modern shawl indeed, and I think it looks best when the rest of the outfit is unfussy and clean- a simple tee or tank top (that’s a vest for the UK readers 😉 )  and jeans allow for a big, beautiful shawl to really be the main accessory.

Sunset Shawl |

This was a fun photoshoot. Sometimes it’s hard- I’m not in the mood to be photographed, or Guy isn’t in the mood to be a photographer, and when it’s forced it’s so much harder. but then there are days where it’s bouncy fun, and the wind is wild and Guy is making funny comments to make me laugh, so we move from this:

Sunset Shawl|

to this without missing a beat. Because hey, photoshoots should be fun.

Sunset Shawl|

There were lots of silly outtakes for this shoot, the wind and the mood we were in, it just made for some silliness. I’ve thought about doing outtake posts before. Is that something you think you might want to see? The silly, cutting room floor sort of shots?