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? 

Modification Monday: Axis Mundi Mitts


Modification Monday: Axis Mundi Mitts |

Original Pattern: Oak Grove

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jane (Ravelry ID

Mods:  Changed the top center cable to bobbles, and added a cable to the side seams, as well as changed up the way she knit them (two at a time!).  Details on her  modifications can be found on her project page, which can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Even though I’ve actually knit this pattern myself, when I saw Jane’s mitts the changes look so much at home that I had to toggle between the original pattern and her project page to see all the differences (which is worth doing). I love the bobbles, they look perfect next to the oak leaf motif.  And the small faux cable along the sides are a nice touch, and help frame the oak leaf after removing the original cable.  The whole effect is so pretty!

Modification Monday: Axis Mundi Mitts |

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: frozen banana pops|

These, my friends, are DIY banana split pudding pops. Doesn’t that just look like the epitome of summer on a stick?

Pin Ups: lemon celery parsley salad|

And after you’ve eaten so many amazing banana split pudding pops, maybe you need to have a super delicious salad like this amazing lemon, celery and Parmesan salad. try it, I think you’ll love it.

Pin Ups: DIY pet portraits|

I’m dying to try this very easy-looking  pop art pet portrait DIY. I can totally see my cats done up like this, and would be so fun to have bright colours on the wall.

Pin Ups: braided updo|

I want to try this gorgeous braided updo. Just so pretty.

Pin Ups: literary t shirts|

I love pretty much everything at the Out of Print shop, which specializes in original classic book cover art on tote bags, t shirts, and more. I’m dying to order a t-shirt, but I’m having a tough time deciding! Maybe this one, or this one, or this one? Hmmm.

WIP: Lady Bat Sweater

WIP:  Lady Bat |

From left to right: close up of a statue at Queen and University (Toronto), close up of rain on a picnic table, Toronto’s CN Tower, as seen from Toronto Island. 

I know I should be posting about FOs (because I have two, I swear- just no photos yet), but I have wanted to cast on for the gorgeous summer sweater, Lady Bat- and summer’s running out, so I wanted to get a move on.

Pattern: Lady Bat

Yarn: Adriafil Cheope

Needles: 3.75 mm ( US 5)

I love it so far and can already imagine wearing it, with great summer shorts, feeling all casual and carefree. Isn’t this one of the best stages of knitting something, when you are already imaging how great the knit will be, and how you will wear it all the time, if only you could knit faster! This is the first time I’ve used Adriafil Cheope yarn, and it’s working out great- I love the silvery light grey, and it’s got amazing stitch definition, which you need for the zigzag lace in this pattern:

WIP: Lady Bat Collage |

The lace is unblocked, but you can still see how crisp the definition is with this yarn- I’m excited to see how it plays out with the final FO!

I’m not as far along as I’d like to be, but I’m hoping to be done really soon. I want to already be wearing it!

Modification Monday: Sea Glass Sweater

Modification Monday: Seaglass Sweater |

Original Pattern: Sea Glass Cardi 

Knitter Extraordinaire:  Grace (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Made a long sleeved pullover version of the original cardigan, plus added a bit of positive ease for a more relaxed fit. Full details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome:  The original cardigan is pretty, but I find this breezy, casual take on it looks so spot-on for summer. The key detail on this is the longer sleeves, which help the balance the sweater against the large section of lace that is completely unbroken once you eliminate the original cardigan’s button band.  Everything on this mod looks just right!

Modification Monday: Seaglass Sweater |