Finished Knit: Golden Hour

I’d like to tell you about this sweater I knit. Because it is awesome.

Pattern: Golden Hour

Yarn: Spirit Trail Fiberworks Sunna in ‘Pink Sand’

Needle Size: 3.75 mm (US 5)

Mods: Added faux seams for stability. You can read how I typically do this here, if interested.

 

I could rave about my Golden Hour sweater all day. It is my most favourite pullover I’ve ever knit, and I am already planning on knitting this pattern again (I have the yarn and everything, but that will be a future post!). I love the neckline, the fit, and the yarn is so wonderfully soft and perfect for pullovers that are worn next to the skin.

If you compare the original pattern photo with my photos, you’ll see a couple of differences- one is the yarn overs at the raglan increases, which are oddly not in the pattern, and that the original looks more oversized. I chose to knit a smaller size, and while I can wet block quite a bit more length into it (the silk in this yarn helps with that), I actually popped it in the dryer when it was a bit damp because I thought it was too long on me, and it worked out perfectly. I know that it is pretty much sacrilege to put yarn this decadent into a tumble dryer, but I like to live dangerously. There is an Audre Lorde quote that I like to think of at moments like that – “I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.” It’s an excellent life motto, or even just a knitting motto, should you find yourself in need of one.

I adore the asymmetrical chevron design. I love how they travel up the sleeves, and I love how they look on the front of the sweater. I never knew I could have such strong feelings for chevrons, but here we are. In chevron love.

The neckline for this sweater is a boatneck, which I adore. There is something elegant about then line it creates, and I can bend over with the kids as much as I want and not be flashing anyone. Not that you can tell in any of these photos! It was so windy, and I had spent a solid twenty minutes on doing my hair so I was definitely wearing it down, but now I realize you can’t see the front of the neckline in full in any of my photos – just my hair, going crazy, or my hands trying to hold it down. But I do have a photo of the back of the neckline, to show off the perfect little back of the neck button. I accidentally messed up which side was which, so mine does a tiny cable cross, but I like the effect. Happy accidents, am I right?

Guy took these photos when we were in England, and I think he did an amazing job. There were so many great shots that it was hard to pick just a handful, even with all the wind and the crazy hair. But of course, not every photo turned out like an introspective magazine shoot for whatever actress who ‘is so tired of the game, you know?‘. You know what that means, right? An outtakes post!

Welcome Back Modification Monday!

Hello everyone! It’s so hard to believe that the end of August is already here, summer has blown by so quickly. Already the edges of the leaves are burnished, and there are more leaves on the ground in the parks than I can remember typically seeing at the end of August. I’m not ready to let go of summer just yet, even though it is officially September at the end of the week, and Lila starts Senior Kindergarten next week. That rushing sound that you just heard? The month of August, whizzing right by.

But I’m back! I must confess it felt so good to take the summer off. My finger seems to be mostly healed up, I’ve got some finished knits to share, and Knitted Bliss is back in full swing. Which means…. Modification Monday! And I think you are going to love this Mod:

Original Pattern: Anonymous Shawl 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jennifer (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed the yarn weight from DK to fingering weight, and adjusted the single-colour shawl pattern to use 3 colours. Details can be found on her project page here, and her blog post about the shawl, here.

What Makes This Awesome: It can be challenging to combine colours when the original pattern is a solid colour and doesn’t offer any ideas on how (or where!) to change colours. But Jennifer pulls off the colour changes beautifully! She started with a palette of three colours that looked great together, which featured two tonal yarns and one more variegated yarn.  Combining the dark red and black yarns into a striping section has a wonderfully rich subtlety to it, and allows the more variegated yarn to simultaneously stand out, and pull all there colourways together. The result is stunning! For your own knitting, think about some of the skeins in your stash that might look beautiful together. Then take a look at patterns that might be a good fit, even if they don’t call for more than one colour. Are there interesting ways you could combine your skeins in the pattern, and make something completely new?

 

Summer Vacation

Last summer, I felt really overwhelmed with a lot of big decisions and transitions, and it’s amazing when I see how different my life is now from then. But one thing is the same – I’m feeling the need for a break. I’ve decided to take a little summer vacation from blogging. I promise I will be back mid-August!

In the meantime, you can find me on Instagram here,  Pinterest here, and on Facebook here.

Modification Monday: Full Length Deschain

Original Pattern: Deschain

Knitters Extraordinaire: Susannah (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Susannah created this amazing modified Deschain pullover by casting on fewer stitches on both sides, lengthening the sweater, added waist shaping, and lengthened the arms to compensate for the reduced width. Details on her mods can be found on her Project page.

What Makes This Awesome: The original sweater is beautiful, but a cropped, super boxy summer sweater is not going to be universally flattering. Susannah fixed that by making changes that suited her frame, to reduce the volume of fabric through the body. As the amount of fabric through the body affected the shape and length of the sleeves, she lengthened the sleeves sot hat they would be more in line with the original sleeve length. Adding the extra repeats of central design added the length that Susannah was looking for. If you want to try something similar, make sure you have a wet blocked gauge swatch (length could be very different between blocked and unblocked!), and measure an existing sweater/top that is the length you are going for. Once you can see how many rows you are getting per inch of length, you will be able to calculate how many extra repeats you need to do. Then you are well on your way to a beautiful new sweater, just like this one!

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Wait, you don’t need to peel a kiwi? Mind. Blown.

How to support a friend who is dealing with anxiety.

How to fall asleep in under a minute. I think it takes me a bit longer, but it does work!

This was an interesting read, about how the way we talk to boys and girls differently about their emotions has a massive impact on every aspect of their mental development.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Frozen peaches and cream cake is crazy easy, guys! I had no idea it could be so easy. it’s not the mot photogenic dessert, but it tastes like heaven and is a perfect summer dessert. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Sometimes, the best dinner is just amazing ingredients on toast, and summer is a time when that pretty much seems like they way it should be. This is a brilliant way to braise fresh tomatoes, and if you don’t have access to burrata cheese, use feta. That’s what I did, and it was delicious. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

How beautiful is this crocheted flower? I love the technique, it looks so easy and would be a wonderful way to use up leftover bits of yarn, even those with angora. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here (in Russian, but if you use Google Chrome, you can right click and translate to English or the language of your choice).

These clay confetti coasters are so pretty, and would be a lovely homemade housewarming gift. Or you could make them into shallow bowls for change or keys, too! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY can be found here.

This isn’t a DIY tutorial, but it’s such a pretty wall decoration (how perfect for a craft store or yarn shop?!) and would be easy enough to mimic on your own, using the photos as a guide. yarn wrapped embroidery hoops, colourful pom poms, and some little bird houses and branches- just so pretty! Pinterest link is here, and the original post can be found here.

Were are the weeks going?! Lila’s just had her last full week of school and after school programming, next week she has her final 4 days of school (and there’s no after school program). Eeek! Something about when school lets out that makes it feel like summer is truly, officially here!

I know that it’s been quiet on the knitting front- once my fractured finger healed, I had a deadline for a top secret new design coming out this fall. I will have shareable knitting content soon! Have a lovely weekend, everyone.