Second lives

15 October 2010 · 3 comments in Knitting

I started knitting four years ago, and in those four years, I’ve amassed quite a number of FOs. My Ravelry page has over two dozen sweaters on it, and I’m not even going to try counting the number of socks. Not all of those FOs were completely successful, but I’ve always valued them for the work I put in.

The thing is, in four years, a lot has changed, including my wardrobe. And a lot of the sweaters I once loved (or thought I would love) have been sitting around unworn in my dresser. While I still felt emotional connections to my knits, i knew I had to do something about it. After all, I clean the rest of my wardrobe regularly. In the end, I offered my unloved sweaters to some friends and family, then posted them on Ravelry.

This is Owls by Kate Davies, knit from Beaverslide McTaggart Tweed in Tamarack. I made it about a year and a half ago, but have only worn it a handful of times. Now it lives with my friend Marianne in North Carolina. It’s a bit surreal to see my knits modelled by somebody on the other side of the world, but I’m so happy to see the sweater loved again.

Doesn’t she look great?

{Images copyright Marianne, used with permission}

Emelie (again)

22 August 2010 · 2 comments in Knitting

It’s taken a while, but Emelie is finally available for purchase.


Emelie is a classic cardigan that fits seamlessly into any wardrobe. With only two short shoulder seams, it works up quickly, while tailored details like a fake side seam, top-down sleeve caps and elegant lace panels make it stand out from the crowd.

The pattern is available in 12 sizes from 27 2/3 to 64″ (69.5 to 162.5 cm) and is divided into two separate files for ease of use. Each size is written for three lengths, with the sample shown in the shortest length. The length refers to the measurement from underarm to hem.

Available now on Ravelry for US$6

Finished bust circumference: 27 1/3 (30 2/3, 34, 37 1/3, 40 2/3, 44)” / 69.5 (78, 86.5, 95, 103.5, 112) cm
Length from underarm: 11, 13 or 15″ / 28, 33 or 38 cm

11″ / 28 cm length
750 (840, 930, 1020, 1110, 1200) yards / 690 (770, 850, 930, 1010, 1100) m of heavy fingering or light sport weight yarn

13″ / 33 cm length
880 (990, 1100, 1210, 1320, 1430) yards / 810 (910, 1010, 1110, 1210, 1310) m of heavy fingering or light sport weight yarn

15″ / 38 cm length
1030 (1150, 1270, 1390, 1510, 1630) yards / 940 (1050, 1160, 1270, 1380, 1490) m of heavy fingering or light sport weight yarn

Finished bust circumference: 47 1/3 (50 2/3, 54, 57 1/3, 60 2/6, 64)” / 120 (128.5, 137, 145.5, 154, 162.5) cm
Length from underarm: 12, 14 or 16″ / 30.5, 35.5 or 40.5 cm

12″ / 30.5 cm length
1410 (1510, 1610, 1710, 1810, 1910) yards / 1290 (1380, 1470, 1560, 1660, 1750) m of heavy fingering or light sport weight yarn

14″ / 35.5 cm length
1650 (1760, 1880, 2000, 2110, 2230) yards / 1510 (1610, 1720, 1830, 1930, 2040) m of heavy fingering or light sport weight yarn

16″ / 40.5 cm length
1880 (2010, 2150, 2280, 2410, 2550) yards / 1720 (1840, 1970, 2080, 2200, 2330) m of heavy fingering or light sport weight yarn

More information on Ravelry


24 July 2010 · 7 comments in Knitting

After the great response I got to Cecilia, I knew I had to put some more of my design ideas into reality. The result is Emelie.


This is actually old news by now, but I thought it deserved its own blog post. I was planning to publish the pattern in late July, but unfortunately, life got in the way. I started working full-time only a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been spending every free moment obsessing over an epic birthday project. Since I want to make sure the pattern is the best it can be, I’ve decided to delay publication until next month. The pattern will now be available for download by mid to late August.


So consider this a sneak peek.


Emelie is a fitted cardigan with a simple lace panel running down the front. It is knit in one piece from the bottom up, with seamless 3/4-length sleeves knit from the top down.  The pattern will be available in 12 sizes, with bust measurements from 27″ to 64″. To achieve perfect fit, there is also the choice of three different body lengths for each size. I’ve knit the shortest length, but you can see the other versions in action by browsing my test knitters’ gorgeous versions on Ravelry.

For now, you can queue Emelie on Ravelry here. More details will be available soon!


13 June 2010 · 5 comments in Clothes,Knitting

I usually don’t follow celebrity style, but occasionally, I’ll get obsessed with the “star style” threads on The Fashion Spot. As a result, I’ve decided that Michelle Williams is the celebrity whose wardrobe I’d most like to raid. She seems to be fond of all the brands I love and only sometimes manage to afford, like A.P.C. and Steven Alan. I’m particularly taken with this vest from the Steven Alan men’s collection a couple of years ago.

In fact, I love it so much I’ve decided to copy it. I’ve charted out the snowflake in Excel and have purchased my very first Cascade 220. The back is coming along nicely, so hopefully I’ll have a cute vest to show off soon.

{Images from Just Jared & Steven Alan}


17 May 2010 · 4 comments in Knitting

After over a month and several rounds of test-knitting, Cecilia is finally ready to purchase.


Cecilia is sweet and sassy, and looks great on a number of different body shapes. I used Malabrigo Sock in Boticelli Red, but any number of yarns could work.

The pattern is knit in one piece from the top down, and combines raglan shaping with an all-over lace pattern. It is recommended for intermediate or advanced knitters.

Available now on Ravelry for US$6

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Finished bust circumference: 22 (26, 30, 34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58)” / 56 (66, 76, 86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137, 147.5) cm
Yarn: 540 (610, 680, 750, 820, 890, 960, 1030, 1100, 1170) yards / 455 (560, 620, 685, 750, 815, 880, 940, 1005, 1070) m of light fingering weight yarn

More information on Ravelry

Sneak peek

7 April 2010 · 7 comments in Knitting

Remember this? From two and a half years ago. Well, if you follow me on Flickr, Twitter or Ravelry, it won’t come as news to you that I decided to revisit this design.


I got out my calculator again and reknit the cardigan in a different gauge. I’ve got some great test knitters working the kinks out of the pattern right now, and am hoping to publish it next month.

For now, you can find more details on Ravelry and more pictures on Flickr.

The new Lyell collection has been popping up in my blog reader every other day this week. I’m usually not a fan of varigated yarns for sweaters, but this photo makes me tempted to break all my rules. Of course, with my luck, the yarn would probably pool horribly. I might just be distracted by the beautiful photography.

Lyell Cardigan

{Image from Lyell}


14 March 2010 · 3 comments in Knitting

A couple of months ago, I posted a picture of these socks in progress. They’ve been done since the end of January, but I have yet to report back on them.


Francie by Rebekkah Kerner knit in Sundara sock yarn in Secret Garden {More}

I started knitting these socks while I was reading A Tree Grow in Brooklyn for my Ravelry book club. The socks are quite cleverly constructed, but I wasn’t a big fan of the way the pattern was written. This is purely a personal preference though; if you like patterns that go into a great deal of detail about how to do things, you’ll like the extent to which the designer goes to explain things.


Since the basis for the pattern is 2×2 rib, the socks are still an easy and quick knit. I love the way it knit up in this gorgeous, semi-solid green Sundara, which I chose to continue the tree imagery. All in all another great pair of socks to add to my overflowing sock drawer.

Turn A Square

9 March 2010 · 3 comments in Knitting

As you may or may not be aware, my boyfriend, James, has spent the last three weeks in China for work. Since I knew he’d be dealing with temperatures of -30°C, I jumped at the chance of finally knitting him something warm to wear.

Turn a Square

Turn A Square by Jared Flood knit in MadelineTosh Vintage in Graphite {more}

It might not be the most exciting thing I’ve ever knit, but then man-knitting rarely is. And the result  is exactly what he wanted, which is the most important thing. The MadTosh was beautiful to work with, and Jared’s pattern is such a great basic hat pattern, even without the stripes. I love the way the neat decreases form a square at the crown.


12 February 2010 · 5 comments in Knitting

The Winter Olympics are almost here, and of course, that means it’s time for the Ravelympics. I failed in the 2008 games, but I have big plans for this year. Unfortunately, my plans have already been complicated slightly by my yarn not arriving in time, but I’m planning to use stash yarn for one of my projects: this beautiful Malabrigo Worsted in Sealing Wax. I fell in love with this colour when I used it for a gift scarf a couple of years ago, and promptly stashed some more for a scarf for myself. I’m finally planning on turning it into a cowl for myself. I’ll be casting on at as the Opening Ceremony starts, Saturday 1 PM Melbourne time.


Hopefully, my other yarn arrives soon, and I can share my other plans with you. What are you knitting for the Ravelympics?