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?

 

35 comments

  1. Beth   •  

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks, Beth! I hope you’ve been having a great summer!

  2. Melissa Littlefield   •  

    Julie,

    This is a beautiful mod ad it’s wonderful to have you back. So glad to hear about the healing!

    Happy (almost) September,
    Melissa

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Melissa,

      Happy almost September to you too! Glad you enjoyed the mod.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  3. Jane   •  

    Welcome back! I’m with you, August seems like it barely registered and it’s almost gone.

    Lovely Modification Monday, as always 🙂

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Jane, So true, August has been a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it month! Glad you enjoyed today’s mod. 🙂

      Cheers,

      Julie

  4. Duni   •  

    Welcome back! And what a lovely color combo.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks Duni! I agree, such a great colour combo on this shawl, she did a great job.

  5. Danette Bartelmay   •  

    Welcome Back Julie!
    I’ve ended up taking a chunk of time off this Summer as well.
    So good to meet up here again My Friend!!!
    I absolutely LOVE this modification!!!!
    I’m so happy to hear your finger has healed up nicely and hope your book writing is coming along.
    I pull out your poetry, which I keep close by, fairly often.
    Gabby started back to school way too soon for this Grammy. I am never ready for Summer to slip away…

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks, Danette! It feels so good to take a bit of time off in the summer, doesn’t it? Such a short, glorious season, it makes more sense to get out there and enjoy it, and savour as much as we can. I’m so glad to hear that you are still enjoying the book. I hear you on summer slipping away so quickly. Hugs, my friend.

      J.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Andrea,

      Aw, thanks so much! I often found myself missing the online world, but with summer being so short and so many hings going on, it was a good fit for me this year. It’s good to be back!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  6. Christine   •  

    Yippee you’re back. The Blogworld wasn’t the same without your entries. What a lovely mod.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks Christine! I so appreciate that.

  7. Tanis   •  

    Welcome back! You were missed. It wasn’t until I read it here that I realized September starts this week. WHAT!?!?!

    • Julie   •     Author

      It’s good to be back, and so sweet to read that people are glad that I’m back! Crazy that it’s September this Friday. Sooo note ready.

  8. miss agnes   •  

    I was thinking about you last week and wondering when you would come back, I knew you took some time off but I really missed you. A week without a dose of Knitted Bliss is not the same. So glad to know you are feeling better. I am having this same feeling, realizing August is gone in a few days – what ? This summer was really weird temperature wise, hope fall settles in a bit A
    Lovely mod, I really like the depth brought by this color combination, and the pictures are lovely.

    • miss agnes   •  

      Time to go to bed, my sentences don’t make sense, especially with the wonderful ipad keyboard (not). I meant hope fall gets better than summer. Anyway, so great to have you back, Julie.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Agnes,

      Big hugs, my friend! So glad that my return has been so welcome, and I’ve missed blogging and chatting with you and many others. So crazy that it’s September on Friday- how did summer go by so fast? But I am looking forward to sweater season!

      xo

      J.

  9. Wanda   •  

    Welcome back Julie! Blink… yep, buh bye August… 🙁 That being said, I am happy for your return and what a pretty mod!! I have a bunch of worsted weight variegated yarn name Starry Starry Night, it’s full of blues, deep purple, black much like the famous painting. I’ve been dreaming of combining it with a bright yellow in a shawl, probably with some short rows, to really try to invoke the painting. This is one of those shawls that adds to my own future design or mod of a design of someone else!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Wanda,

      I love your Starry Night painting/shawl idea, that sounds incredible! I bet you could modify an existing shawl pattern to be like what you described, but maybe you just haven’t seen the right shawl pattern for it yet. Or maybe you are right, and you’ll have to create your own. 🙂

  10. Barbara   •  

    Modification Monday is one of my favorites! Hope your summer was wonderful. Let’s knit our way into an awesome fall. Your posts are great.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks Barbara! So glad that you enjoy the Mod Mondays, are are ready for some fall knitting!

  11. Jacqueline Webb   •  

    Welcome back a lovely shawl the colour combination is fabulous.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks Jacqueline! I’m glad to be back! 🙂

  12. Val   •  

    Hooray, you’re back! There is a crispness in the air I don’t remember there being last August, too! And it’s seems so dark in the morning already…
    Lovely shawl mod and those are some truly gorgeous rich tones. Well done Jennifer!!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Val! I agree, this late in August has never felt so much like fall, and I as in the park and leaves were changing colour and already on the ground… sooo not ready.

  13. Lisa   •  

    I’m drooling. That is gorgeous and a great color combination. What a fantastic idea!
    While I pride myself on my love of color, I don’t always find myself pairing it for projects well. I have a couple ladies in my group who are fantastic at it and are constantly modifying projects to use more colors.

    Welcome back!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Lisa,

      I hear you on colour pairings, I don’t have a natural talent for it either. it usually takes me a few tries to get it right, and others seem to effortlessly pull together amazing combinations!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  14. Tien   •  

    What a beautiful shawl! The combination of colors is so perfectly autumnal.

    Welcome back! I hope that you had a fun summer. Although I will miss the relaxing days of summer, I am looking forward to my favorite season (and sweater knitting!)

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Tien! I so agree, this shawl is so lovely. I am with you, so looking forward to sweater season!

  15. Kat   •  

    Welcome back! Summer really did just fly by! This shawl is just lovely- I love changing the gauge on projects, but the work she did with the colors is stunning!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Kat! So true, summer went by crazy fast. Changing gauge is a tricky thing on projects, but on a shawl, as long as you are not going to run out of yarn, it’s a brilliant thing!

  16. Rosie   •  

    Welcome back! (Finally!! 🙂 I’ve missed your posts)
    Very inspiring mod.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Aw, thanks Rosie! I really appreciate that!

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