I am in endless awe of how prolific Fancy Tiger’s Jaime and Amber are. Their ability to finish garment after garment after garment is both intimidating and inspiring. But I want to single out this vest by Amber (aka @fancyamber). She was posting about struggling with it on Instagram awhile back, but I just now read the full story on their blog, and sheesh, talk about ingenuity and determination! This is Kate Davies’ Tortoise and Hare sweater pattern, which is knitted in a tube with three steeks: one for each arm and one for the neck. (For the uninitiated — and you’ll want to be seated for this — a steek is a patch of knitting that is there for the express purpose of being cut open later on.) Amber got as far as cutting open the steeks and pulled the sweater over her head — a sweater painstakingly knitted, using yarn she carried back from Shetland — only to find that it was gigantic in the shoulders. Whereas many of us would have cursed and ripped, Amber picked her scissors back up, cut it down to size, and finished it as a vest. SO INSPIRING. Read the full story here.
PREVIOUSLY in FO Sightings: Kathy Cadigan’s Jón hat
After posting about small-scale knitting alternatives to the amazing Jón lopapeysa pattern last Thursday morning, I saw a photo on Instagram along with a message to me from Kathy Cadigan (@kathycad) that she was borrowing Jón’s colorwork motif for a hat. Which made me super jealous, but the funny thing is she hadn’t seen my blog post yet — it was a total coincidence! I had been fantasizing the night before about applying the yoke pattern to either mitts or a hat, but it turned out Kathy did the very sensible thing of using the simpler chart from the sleeves/waist instead. She posted the finished hat over the weekend (also on Ravelry) and look how spectacular. It’s a lopi for those of us in milder climates — I must knit it.
PREVIOUSLY in FO Sightings: Süsk’s “mantastic” cowl
I feel like the best thing I can do here is say as little as possible and just leave you alone while you stare at these photos.
(Or I could whisper for the few of you who want to listen a little while staring: Süsk and Banoo is a blog I should have known about a long time ago but only recently discovered by way of having shipped her a nice pile of Fringe Supply Co. goods — to Helsinki! — and then seen her nice blog post about it. She posted the top shot on Instagram the other day and then I saw that there were more on the blog. It’s the Purl Bee’s Lovely Ribbed Cowl knitted in some gorgeous charcoal wool, along with a matching improvised hat — a gift for her father, as modeled by her boyfriend. Husband? Whatever. Check the blog for the whole story.)
PREVIOUSLY in FO Sightings: Z’s coveted closet of handmade clothes
This girl and her closet are killing me. The beautiful sweaters and tunics. The mix-and-match-plaid tops. That killer olive raincoat with the grommets! All of it handmade. She is known only as “Z” (or by her Ravelry name, grimfrosties!) and lately I’ve been stalking her blog, Quixotic Thread, waiting for more garments to appear. Z has amazing knitting and sewing skills, great taste in patterns, and a knack for subtle but meaningful mods, whether it’s reshaping a neckline or adding those aforementioned grommets. I feel like she could single-handedly transform North America’s idea of what homemade clothes look like.
Z, more please!
1. Black Linen Tova, from the popular Wiksten pattern
2. Nude Beaubourg, a modification of the Julie Hoover pattern
3. Exeter, faithfully knitted to the Michele Wang pattern
4. Perfect Plaid, adapted from a pattern in the book Sew U
5. Lattice Top, from the Purl Bee’s Cap Sleeve Lattice Top pattern
6. Ubiquitous Olive Jacket, adapted from the Built By Wendy pattern Simplicity 3694
What did you do during the blizzard, Northeasterners? Thea Colman (aka BabyCocktails) was “playing around” and cranked out these gorgeous fair isle mitts. But I needn’t be quite so jealous — she says a pattern will follow.
(Guess I better fire up that YouTube video the lovely Nicole pointed me to since I’m already running color scenarios in my mind.)
I make it a habit to show other people’s design and modification work here in various contexts, but I’ve been wanting a routine way to simply highlight the beautifully made Finished Objects of others. So today I’m kicking off a new little recurring item called (unoriginally, I’m sure) FO Sightings. And I’m happy to have Kent Turman’s permission to start with some of his recent, spectacular hats.
Clockwise from top left, they are:
- R S F knitted in Rowan Scottish Tweed // pattern is “Felted Shetland Beret” by Churchmouse Yarns, to which Kent added a silk I-cord edge after having felted and blocked the hat
- C E M knitted in Cascade Yarns Eco Cloud // pattern is “Mock Rib Watch Cap” by Tanis Gray, to which Kent added a little extra polish by doubling the brim
- C 2 M knitted in Cascade 220 Heathers // pattern is Moss Stitch Beret by Kent
- R C C knitted in Rowan Cocoon // pattern is also Kent’s own (unavailable! dammit), my personal favorite, which Kent describes as “Simple I-cord earflap hat w/ twisted rib brim and Yeti buttons” — I want it!
Don’t ask me what his project names mean. I’m sure there’s an intriguing system at work, but I didn’t want to pry.
If you’re on Ravelry (and if not, why not?), be sure to friend Kent and follow his work.