Modification Monday: Colorwork Wyeth

Modification Monday: Wyeth Cardigan|

Original Pattern: Wyeth

Knitter Extraordinaire: Liz (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed out the textured arrow design for colourwork instead, and only did 4 arrows, including changing some of the directions. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: You would never know this was Liz’s first sweater, would you? I wish I had this sweater in my closet, I love the colourwork arrows, and the overall palette that she chose for the sweater and contrasting arrows is simple and classic. And talk about a great idea, switching out a textural design for colourwork! I need to look at designs in a new way now, and consider changing a textured design for a colourful one- I absolutely love how her sweater turned out.

Modification Monday: Wyeth Cardigan|

FO Outtakes: Lady Bat Plus Toddler

Outtakes: Lady Bat |

These are some of the outtakes from  our playground FO photoshoot for the Lady Bat sweater (for the official photos, check out the FO post, here) . It was a challenging shooting with Lila scampering about and still keeping an eye on her, but that’s just life with a two year old. I actually think we would use this location again for a another photoshoot, it was at least a fun time!

Outtakes: Lady Bat |

 I don’t think I’d have used this photo even if I wasn’t being photobombed- the skirt is bunching weirdly. Maybe if I cropped it?

Outtakes: Lady Bat |

I think my legs look very weird at that angle in the above shot, so it was a no-go as well.

As seen here, Lila got a hold of the camera during what must haven been a weak parenting moment:

Outtakes: Lady Bat |

Clearly it was not in autofocus mode. I then used my smartphone (that’s the blurry rectangle in my hand, above) to put on this video, which then sparked a park dance party:

Outtakes: Lady Bat |

but the light was fading fast anyways, so after a bit of dancing, it was clearly time to go home.  I hope you enjoyed the outtakes!

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: Coffee Smoothies|

These three awesome coffee-based smoothie recipes are perfect for breakfast- they have fruit, protein, and that all-important caffeine hit. The coffee creamsicle one is my fave!

Pin Ups: Caramelized Peach & Oat Pancakes|

And while we’re talking about breakfast, these  peach and oat pancakes are so perfect for weekends.

Pin Ups: Fresh Tomato sandwich|

Another light meal would be these flavourful and fresh toasted tomato and cream cheese open face sandwiches- perfect for all those fresh tomatoes that are in season, and the cream cheese has added fresh herbs, if you have lots of those in your garden, too.

Pin Ups: Sewn Book Clutch|

I don’t sew, but if I did, I would be dying to make these  zipper book clutches. Maybe I’ll tap a sewing friend to make one for me- they look so awesome! And I feel would be very fun e-reader cases, too.

Pin Ups: Awesome kitchen|

I’m dreaming of redoing my kitchen, and this shot is so inspiring for me right now- I love how bright, fresh and casual it looks, and yet absolutely lovely. And the old-school green chalkboard wall! Love it.  I think this is pretty close to my ideal kitchen, assuming that there is a double oven somewhere just outside of this shot.

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!

Modification Monday: Alice in Wonderland Dress


Modification Monday: Alice in Wonderland Dress|

Original Pattern: Alice in Wonderland
Knitter Extraordinaire: Cathy (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Raised the neckline, shortened the cabling section, and turned the top into a dress. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: You might remember seeing Cathy before, as she is no stranger to the modified pattern (check out her previous Mod Monday post here). I love her take on the original top pattern. The dress turned out beautifully, and is a great reminder that so many tops can actually make great dresses, especially ones like this that already have waist shaping involved.  Cathy’s dress is a stunning example of just how good a sweater dress can really be. I haven’t knit one yet, but knititng a sweater dress (I do have store-bought ones) is definitely on my must-knit list!

Modification Monday: Alice in Wonderland Dress|