Modification Monday: Vale Cardigan

Modification Monday: Vale Cardigan |

Original Pattern: Vale

Knitter Extraordinaire: Beata (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods:  Made a steeked cardigan version of the cape, with twisted rub cuffs and button plackets, and stockinette sleeves. Her project page can be found here and more details on her blog post, here.

What Makes This Awesome:  You may recognize Beata as the brains behind the insanely gorgeous Hedgehog Fibres yarns, based out of Ireland; so it’s no surprise that she’s not only clever with colour, but also with modifying knits.  This cardigan is beyond stunning- I love how she took the beautiful cables of the original cape design and saw in it a perfect cardigan.  With such complex cables, the stockinette sleeves are a nice balance, and the twisted rib for the cuffs and button band echo the rich texture of the cables.  I wish I had this cardigan in my closet (and I doubt I’m alone on that).  Slam dunk, Beata!

Modification Monday: Vale Cardigan |

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: Watercolour Napkins|
I adore these watercolour napkins, it’s such an easy DIY, and now I’m dying to get the kit to try them.

Pin Ups: Baked Peaches|

Have you seen these baked peaches with almond and ginger butter? I am in heaven. And they would be amazing on the grill, too.

Pin Ups: DIY sushi|

Have you ever tried making sushi at home? It’s way easier than you think, as demonstrated in this California Rolls tutorial.

Pin Ups: Braided Updo|

This braided updo looks so pretty and easy. I’m going to a wedding in a couple weeks (Lila is going to be the flower girl!), and I’m thinking of wearing my hair just like this.

Pin Ups: easy pancake mix|

I love this instant pancake and waffle mix- it’s easy to make and have on hand, for lazy, easy mornings.

FO: Autumn Sun Caplet


This is a knit I’ve wanted to make for, oh, about five years. And now that I finally knit it, I’m probably going to frog it.

FO: Autumn Sun Caplet|

Pattern: Lace Capelet

 Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label Cashmere Sock in ‘Autumn Sun’

Needles: 5mm (US 8)

Mods: I deliberately went down  a couple needle sizes, cast n more stitches, and added a 2-round ribbing at the bottom hem (which actually didn’t help much with the curling). My mods were heavily inspired by this knit. The project page for this knit can be found here.

The problem isn’t the pattern- I think the pattern is wonderfully simple, lovely, and produces a great FO. And I love knits like this, that are big slouchy cowls that can double as caplets* you can pull over your shoulders for a bit of extra warmth.  It’s definitely not the pattern.

FO: Autumn Sun Caplet|

It’s just that this yarn wants to be something else, I can tell. It wants to be something with more complex lace, but I’m not quite sure yet which pattern that would be. Or maybe the pattern doesn’t exist yet, and I’ll need to make a whole new one just for this precious skein. It’s hard to tell what to do with those precious skeins sometimes, isn’t it?  Do you have any suggestions for this skein, in the lacy, 450 yards sort of range? If so, let me know- it’s impossible to know about every knitting pattern out there, and you might point me in just the right direction!

FO: Autumn Sun Caplet|

*I prefer to use the term caplet, not capelet. This is because I think the resulting knit looks like the cap of a mushroom, and not at all like an abbreviated cape. 

WIP: Starry Starry Sunset

WIP: Starry Starry Sunset Shawl|

It was tricky to get photos of things that were similar in colour to my work in progress, but embroidery threads, a striped cushion, and one of Lila’s toys helped with the colours. 

When I was in England, I heard about a great yarn shop in the north (not that far from Manchester) called Black Sheep Wools. I would have loved to have gone up there, but there wasn’t time during my visit to get up to that part of the country. Next time! However, they do offer some great shipping and I got a kit to make Starry Starry Night  (kit was first previewed on my instagram),  which I’m totally loving:

WIP: Starry Starry Sunset Shawl|

The yarns are Rowan Fine Lace in Cobweb, and Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe in California Sunset. It probably seems a little counter-intuitive to be knitting with mohair in the summer, but laceweight projects are so perfect for this time of year (and also easy to take on the go, since it weighs practically nothing!). I have a finicky, love/hate relationship with shawls- they are fun to knit, but tricky to actually wear. So if I’m going to knit a shawl it has to tick the right boxes for me, namely:

1. I’ve got to love the colours. If I don’t love the yarn, then nothing else matters. This grey plus bright pinky-orange is a fun combo that somehow really works for me.

2. The pattern has to be something my brain can handle right now. Sometimes I like them intricate and requiring lots of focus, sometimes I want something super easy and relaxing. This is in the ‘easy and relaxing’ category, which is how summer knitting should be, am I right?

3. I have to envision how I will actually wear the shawl. You know- in real life, with clothes that I already own. I feel like this is going to look great with a grey tank top/t-shirt and jeans.

How about you? Do you have certain criteria when you decide on a knit?

Modification Monday: Kai-Mei Cardigan

Modification Monday: Kai-Mei Cardigan |

Original Pattern: Kai-Mei

Knitter Extraordinaire: Erika (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Created a top down raglan sweater and featured the lace from the original sock pattern, and changed the gauge from fingering to worsted. More photos can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome:  This is a great idea that I highly recommend to other knitters out there who want to modify a pattern– find a great lace stripe pattern you love, and incorporate it into a simple sweater. Erika’s take on this is perfection! I love the single stripe on each side of the button bands in the front, and the double stripe in the back provides balance to the design. No matter if you are coming or going, all anyone will see is how gorgeous this sweater is.

Modification Monday: Kai-Mei Cardigan |