The Lorelei sweater

Hi there, how are you? How has the new year treated you so far? Well I hope. I’m doing fine, not really following my big ideas about reduced yarn purchases (more on that later) but other than that rather good. Although I am feeling a little overwhelmed just now because I just made a big investment and ordered a Chromebook… You may know that I work from home so on my desk I have my work computer hooked to two screens and to the side my personal PC. When I write my blog it means that I do so from my desk which sometimes feels like I’m still at work when all I want to do is stand up and move somewhere else. I think this in part has worked against me being a regular blogger and so I thought that in order for me to really stand under my big blogging ideas, I have to have a laptop computer so I can write my posts easily from anywhere in the house. And now I just made that purchase!

I look forward to getting this new laptop and the new possibilities I think it will bring me. And I also hope this will seriously help me refrain from any further yarn purchases until I have paid up the computer in 4 months!

So now you know! And so on to more interesting stuff like knitting:

This past week I feel like I have not had enough knitting time somehow. I worked on finally finishing my test knit sweater and I’m getting ready to cast on for the second time for my secret oversized cardigan test knit (the design did not really work out so after knitting the entire thing almost all of us are now faced with ripping back and starting over again).

I have done a tiny bit of progress on my Northeasterly blanket but nothing to show really at this time.

I did start a new cardigan by Isabelle Kraemer, the Jaycee cardigan which is beautiful.

I’m only just at the beginning so I’m not including a picture today. I’m knitting this using Drops Flora yarn for the very first time and so far so good.

This week I will continue working on that and I will start a new test knit. Again this will be a secret test knit (and yes I agreed to this before making the decision to not do so many test knits in 2019). This time it is a wrap/shawl and I just got the pattern today so this evening I’m planning on knitting a swatch.

Now the most exciting thing I want to share with you this week is my finished Lorelei sweater by the talented Agnes of Amanitaknits!

I have test knit for her on a number of occasions and I am an absolute fan of her designs. They are always so gorgeous and this sweater is no exception.

I’m sorry to say that I was late finishing and the pattern was published last week I believe but I have not updated my pattern page on Ravelry and posted pictures on Instagram.

This is a fingering weight sweater with an unusual construction. I’m not going to go more into details on the construction as this is a paid for pattern but let me just say that I’m pretty sure you have never knit a sweater in this way. I had not.

I chose to use yarn from Knit Cosmic Strings and I chose a sort of caramel colour which is totally out of my comfort zone. And I’m so very happy I did. I think the sweater looks stunning in this colour/yarn.

Can you see the beautifully patterned yoke?

And here is one of the sweater blocking. On this picture it looks like the arms are a mile long each! I was really worried I would have to rip them back some and redo the ribbing once it was dry. Lucky me, it fits perfectly. The arms are long but not too long. Maybe I’m just an unusual shape and didn’t know it 🙂

What do you think? I’m sure you agree that it is a beautiful pattern. I’m sure I will wear this a lot.

This is my main accomplishment and I don’t have much more to share with you this time around. I can however tease you and let you know that I am currently trying out two new knitting needle types. Both of which are unusual and one of them is used for a particular style of knitting which I am so enjoying learning. This is partly why I have so little knitting to share. I have been practicing knitting in this new to me way. I’m going to work on those for a little longer before I share my thoughts with you but that is definitely something to look forward to.

This is all for today. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great rest of the week. Happy knitting 🙂

Happy new year to you

Hello and a very happy new year to you ! I would like to start out by thanking you for your friendship and support in 2018. I have really enjoyed writing this blog and it has enriched my life and held me accountable for my knitting ambitions.

In this brand new year I have a lot of ideas for how to keep you interested and coming back. I have an exciting review coming up for late January beginning of February where I will discover brand new and innovative knitting needles and will share my thoughts on those with you as well as an interview with the creator behind those.

I also have another interview set up for a new to me indie dyer from whom I have just purchased some yarn and fibres and look forward to trying those out before doing a piece on my thoughts and interviewing the maker.

I have started my brand new knitting journals and I will be sharing that with you as I go along and maybe you too are joining me and we can exchange ideas and encourage each other.

Regarding future knitting, as usual I have a very long list of patterns I absolutely want to knit. I will have to take some time and try to prioritize those and come up with a somewhat reasonable plan. Keeping in mind that there will always be unplanned cast ons along the way.

As every year I do intend to make some progress on my mountain of wips and maybe rip back a few projects that have been in the mountain for an unreasonable amount of time and most likely will never be finished. After all I do have some very nice pieces languishing in my mountain and when I actually do pick one up and finish that is so very rewarding.

I plan on committing to fewer test knits and concentrate more on my list of knits to do. I also want to significantly decrease the amount of money I spend on new yarns and patterns. I will admit that during the last days of December I did get tempted and I did order some new yarn and a bunch of patterns…. But no purchase has been made since January 1st 2019! I’ m not going to say NO MORE YARN because that would just lead to some desperate binge buying. But I do intend to try my best to use yarn from stash. My stash does not have the space or respect it needs and so is piled in bins and drawers and so if I don’ t take the time regularly to go through those, I simply forget what I have and end up buying more!

This will not be an easy task but this new year requires me to be frugal in my purchases because we have two driving licences to pay, a kitchen to renovate on top of all the usual cost of living and raising a family of five + 4 animals.

I have had a few days off work for the holidays and I have spent as much time as I have been able to, knitting away. So far I have finished one whole pair of socks – my Christmas Eve Cast on using a self striping Christmas yarn from Turtle Purl Yarns

I then finished two other pairs where one sock was done or almost done. One of those as the Christmas Eve cast on socks, were my own design. There is the lace texture sock that I designed and would like to write up as a pattern this year.

As you can see this pair is not finished, finished. I actually LOST at yarn chicken and ran out of yarn just when it was time to start the toe. And as I was not at home I had to leave it at that. I am eager to get the toe done!

The second pair is the Thomasina patter by Kay Jones of the Bakery Bears podcast. This is a very fun pattern and the close up below shows you the texture of this sock which is unusual and fun.

I also picked up an old sock wip that I intend to finish this month. This was the last pattern in Sock Madness a couple of years or so ago. This is a speed knitting contest and the time it took me to knit one sock and the cuff of the second one, someone else managed to finish an entire pair! I lost my courage and put the par away in time out! But this is such an amazing pattern that it simply must be finished.

I published a picture of my new progress on Instagram yesterday an a very astute viewer contacted me to point out a mistake I had made! I think that without her intervention I would probably not have noticed the mistake in cable until the sock was done. I am however not sure if I will rip back and redo or let it be as the mistake is high up the leg and when worn will be hidden by the wearers trousers.

No need to look for the mistake in this picture, I chose to show you the “perfect” side. As you can see, the toe is in a different yarn. That was because during Sock Madness I was worried I might not have enough yarn and so I chose to do a contrast toe. I have since been able to buy a second skein in the sam yarn and so when the second sock is done I will come back and redo the toe on this one.

I am still working on my no secret test knit sweater and I now only have one sleeve left. I will hopefully finish very soon as most of the other test knitters have already finished theirs.

And I started two new projects. First off is a shawl that is written for a lace weight yarn. I am using my own hand dyed lace yarn but I am not far along and so it does not look like much yet. The pattern is called Virevolte and is by the Espace Tricot girls.

And the second new project is a long term project that might never finish. It’ s a scrap yarn blanket. I have often thought about doing one of those but never before actually started (except for the Beekeepers quilt but I have a certain amount of beautiful hexagons languishing in a bag). This time I went ahead and cast on for the Northeasterly blanket by Skeinanigans.

So far so good but I know I have to stay focused and knit on this project as often as possible to avoid loosing steam. When or if finished, this will be for my younger daughter.

So you see I have been keeping busy.

This week I intend to keep working on the blanket, the shawl, finish the second sleeve of the sweater and soon I will be picking back up my secret test knit that needs to be ripped back (a gazillion meters of yarn) and reknit after the pattern being revised by the designer due to a number of issues with the original pattern. So lots of knitting ahead.

And I want to seriously start knitting more socks because I am constantly being told by family and friends how much they love my hand knit socks so I really need to get on top of my game and start saving up on socks so that I can gift socks to them regularly.

It would also justify the hundreds of sock patterns I have accumulated in my Ravelry library…

Well I think this is all for now. Again thank you for stopping by today and thank you for all your kindness and friendship in 2018. I wish you a very happy first week of 2019 with lots of good knitting ahead of you.

Love, Bogga