A new week

Hi there how are you? I hope you enjoyed a long weekend and so a shorter working week this week. I did take a few hours extra yesterday but still it feels good to not work quite as many hours as usually.

As for my knitting, I do have some exciting news.

First and foremost my Breathing Space sweater is DONE! I started this sweater soooo long ago and then ripped back a big chunk and put into time out. My issue was with the  body increases after the sleeve separation. I also knit a size too big and so when I realised that I just ripped back. I was so very disappointed as I had actually come close to finishing the body. But I’m very happy I did rip back and start again. My sweater would have been way too big otherwise.

And so after reorganising my room/stash I picked it up again and just got going and it was done in no time.

I admit I still have to weave in the ends, wash and block but technically I’m done!

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And I love it! I’m so happy with my choice of yarn but I used my own hand dye yarn in my merino/mohair/nylon base and it is a joy to work with and it just looks so nice.

I also managed to finish my secret test knit sweater and I have even blocked it. I just need to get some pictures of myself wearing it so I can send them off to the designer. This is still a secret so no pictures just yet.

I’m also knitting a wrap for that same designer and that is taking a lot of time. It is a big piece and I’m not able to make much progress each day so what I do is I put in a progress keeper at the end of each day and that way at the end of one week I see the total progress I have made. That keeps me motivated and on track. I think I’m about 50% done so still some work there.

After finishing my two sweaters and seeing as the weather was getting a little summery, I decided I should knit a summer top. And so I went through my Ravelry library (and I may have purchased a pattern or two as well) and I chose my first top. Yes I’m now thinking I need to knit a few summer tops!

So the first one I’m knitting is called Notice (Spring) and it is by Ankestrik and this is a beautiful short sleeved t shirt. I decided to knit this using my Holst Garn Coast which is a wool/cotton blend and lucky for me, I actually had very similar colors in my stash to those shown on the pattern. I think this one will be super nice and I just might make a few of these if it turns out good.

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So I’m just a few rounds from separating for the sleeves. I love how it looks so far.

And the big news this week is… that I got chosen to test knit for designer Suvi Simola. I’m a fan of her patterns but this is the first time I test knit for her. I will be test knitting a new cardigan which looks so amazing! And the best part is that the test knit is not a secret so once I get started I will be able to share the pictures and my progress with you! How fun will that be?

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I  will be knitting with the yarn in the picture above. This is Holst Garn Supersoft and I think my cardi will be fab!

That’s about all for today. Rather a short post because I’m pressed for time and I absolutely wanted to get a post out today. But before I leave I really wanted to thank everyone that reached out and commented on my last post. It feels so good to know that I’m not alone! That other knitters go through the same issues as I do where yarn buying urges are. And I also got some great advice and I’m going to implement some of those such as:

  1. unsubscribe from newsletters from yarn shops and indie dyer
  2. allocate myself a set budget for yarn/knitting indulgence. This way I know that each and every month I have a particular amount that I can use on yarn buying without any qualms.

I hope you too enjoyed reading those comments and maybe you too will be able to implement these things too for your budget.

That is all for today. I hope you will have a wonderful week ahead of you and lots of knitting time of course. Until next time, Happy Knitting 🙂

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Hi there, how are you? It´s been over a week since I last posted. This past week has been super busy for me both work wise and personally. I´m so happy it is Friday today and I will have the weekend ahead. And more importantly, next week I only work for 1 day!!! That is the best workweek ever!

So next week I of course have high hopes and lots of plans! I´m going to really get working on my Spring Challenge. If you have not heard me talk about that, I have created a special page/blog here on the website where I talk about that. Just click here.

This weekend I´m hoping I will take the time to give this some thought and maybe come up with a plan for how I want to reorganise my stash and supplies. I´m also planning a trip to Ikea for some storage solutions.

I currently have most of my stash in either cardboard boxes or plastic boxes and it´s just not beautiful. It makes my mess look even messier. So now I want to motivate myself by getting something nice but at the same time it has to be very economical and practical. I have a few ideas and hopefully they will work out.

So in my dreams, my room and stash situation will be dramatically improved this time next week! Cross my fingers and toes! Send me some good organisational vibes please! And of course don´t hesitate to join in the fun too if you are in a similar situation as I am.

So I not only have to organise my stash but also my numerous wips! I have a ton of those. I need to go through them – I did go through them already not long ago but only ripped one or two projects back. Now I need to go back and be more realistic and ruthless and just rip back everything that I don´t want to IMMEDIATELY work on.

As I have been preparing myself mentally for the task ahead, I have picked up 2 garment projects from my pile of wips and one of those is now 99% done!

This is the Veronika cardigan by Shannon Cook. So this was originally supposed to be a cabled cardigan but I had put it aside for many months. Last time I went through my wips, I decided I did not want to finish that cardigan and I ripped the thing out (I was about half done with the body) and I decided to cast on for the Veronika cardigan instead. I did cast on and knit some… Then again put it away! But now I´m almost done! All the knitting is done, the ends have been woven in. It has been washed and blocked. I only need to mattress seam it together. I think there are only two seams or something so that should be super quick.

I used Waltham yarn by Kettle Yarn Co in a very light grey. It is a worsted or aran weight yarn and I much enjoyed working with it.

Here is my Veronika as it is currently.

This is an unusual construction knit from cuff to cuff and I was trying to fold it in the first picture to resemble the finished item but it is not very successful. The stitch marker on the last picture is to show where I was the last time I put this project in time out. I was just at the beginning.

I´m so happy I finally finished this project. I´m sure I will love to wear this garment a lot come next winter.

Yesterday I took a second garment from the pile of wips, this time it was my Breathing space pullover by Vera Valimakki. I had almost finished the body when I decided to rip it back because it was way too wide. I ripped back a number of inches but not entirely. I stopped just past the sleeves and like I said, I picked it up again yesterday and I´m now knitting on it. I´m doing the same size as before but I´m not doing all the increases the pattern calls for.

I haven´t got a picture of it yet but I will share it with you next time.

This week a pattern I test knit was published. It is a pair of socks by KBJ Designs called Narcissa Socks. This is a beautiful, textured pattern that I enjoyed knitting. I have only finished one sock and the other is in a project bag next to my bed waiting for some bed time knitting progress. I knit mine using Hippo for Thanksgiving from Lolo Did It and I think it really suits the pattern.

I have to hurry up and knit the second sock.

I have another pair where one sock is done and the second I´m getting close to the heel. For some reason I have been totally absorbed with garment knitting lately. So this pair is the April sock from Helen Stewart sock club. Again this is a beautiful pattern and I chose a semi solid green yarn for this and I think it just looks so beautiful.

This pair also lives in this famous project bag next to my bed….

I recently finished a sweater that I test knit and the pattern will be released shortly so I will soon be able to share that with you.

Currently I´m test knitting another sweater and  it is top secret so I cannot share much except it is a fingering weight sweater knit top down. I´m using yarn from Knit Cosmic Strings.

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This is my swatch. I took a chance and decided to use a highly variegated yarn for this project. I´m usually not much for purple but for some reason I had amassed more than a sweater´s quantity in this colorway so I thought I should use it for something.

Now because of the colorway I thought I should change skeins every row to avoid having ugly pooling on the garment. Now I wonder if I should have gone with every two rows instead. On the side where I change skeins, even if I´m very careful about not pulling the new yarn tight, it still creates a seam like mark that I´m a bit worried about. It is under the arm but I think from now on I´m going to change skeins every two or three rows and see if that helps avoid this mark. Maybe it will become less obvious once blocked… I hope so.

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It might not be obvious because of the yarn but I still see it and it bothers me some. If you have any tips for how to do this in a “cleaner” way I would love to hear your advice.

And I have one FO! I finished a shawl. And this shawl I knit rather quickly. It is big and I am super happy with the finished results.

The pattern is A girls best friend by Isabelle Kraemer. It is a three color shawl and I used two single ply yarns and one 4 ply. One of the yarns, the grey one is my own hand dyed single ply.

I really love the outcome and I can see myself wearing this a lot in the future. The pattern does call for 3 small pompoms on the front/side but I haven´t made them yet.

I´m still debating whether I will add the pompoms or not.

Knitting plans for this weekend and next week are to continue with my test knit sweater, to continue working on my Breathing Space sweater and hopefully make some serious progress on my two half pairs of socks. If I have more knitting time than expected I could even cast on for the April sock from Mina Philipp´s sock club. And if I´m delusional I could even imagine casting on for this round´s sock pattern from Sock Madness- it is an amazing pattern!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed your time with me. I will be back next week with info on my knitting and my Spring Challenge progress. I´m also preparing to write about my first ever colorwork/steeked cardigan and along with that there will be a little giveaway for some amazing hand made ceramic buttons! Hand made by a French artist.

After that there will be another giveaway for some self striping yarn this time from Biscottes Yarns in Canada.

So lots to look forward to in the coming weeks.

I wish you a wonderful weekend and a great week ahead. Happy knitting and I´ll speak to you soon:)

I’m back!

Hi there, how are you and how have you been these past few weeks? It’s been way too long since my last real post and as you may know that is because I have just come back from a 3 week stay in California:

I had a wonderful time with my brother. It was a quiet visit as both of us were working and I was there to help out with his two girls so there was a lot of family time which was just very cozy and nice.

I did get to meet lots of new people and see places I had yet to visit but mostly it was just family and work.

I did buy some stuff…way more yarn and project bags than planned for… but I really felt like taking this opportunity to save on shipping! AND a friend of mine was having a going out of business sale that was just too good not to take advantage of.

I will be sharing my stash enhancements in a later post as not everyone may be interested in  seeing and hearing about that and since it’s been such a long time since I last checked in I thought I would stick to knitting today.

So this month of March has been very productive knitting wise. I have so far knit 5 pairs of socks and one cardigan. I’m currently working on a wrap, a shawl, 2 socks, about to steek and finish a cardigan and cast on for a new test knit sweater.

So lots of things to share with you today.

First of let’s do socks!

So as you may remember I’m doing no less than three sock clubs this year, both of Mina’s Knitting Expat clubs and the Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade one. This means that I receive one or two patterns a month depending as Helen’s club is a bi monthly one. So March was a 2 pattern month and I have finished both patterns.

First there is the Winter Rose socks from Helen Stewart. I knit those using Opal sock yarn and I think they look really nice. For some reason they were slow to knit and not just because of the all over lace pattern. For some reason I just had a hard time finishing them but now I’m done I really like them. These are for my older daughter.

 

Then there is the pattern from Mina’s Wanderlust club called the Dérive socks. I knit those using a small skein from Goosey Fibres for the main color and my Back to Basics yarn for the contrasting toe.

This pattern was simple to memorise and knit up relatively fast. These are for my younger daughter.

 

As I had knit a pair for each of my daughters I had to knit one for my son too. I used one of my stash enhancements for his pair. I actually purchased two balls of Regia PairFect yarns by Arne and Carlos and one of those was for my son. He has bigger feet than I do so the socks look too big on my blockers. I used up all the yarn or almost. I think only a few grammes were left in the end so they are rather high on the leg and I do hope he will like them. Spring is around the corner so not really the right time of the year for sock gifting but hey.

regia pairfect matteo I really like the autumnal colors and pattern in this yarn. I just did my regular vanilla sock here.

And then there is Sock Madness! You may know that I decided to join for the third time. This time I was careful not to finish too quickly because I wanted to avoid ending up in the fastest team as before so I took my time although that is relatif because I ended up knitting my pair in 4 days! And to show you how crazy fast knitters there are, finishing up in 4 days got me in the 5th fastest team. I took longer than necessary because I know that I have a lot of things to do in my daily life and cannot put everything aside for SM when a new round starts so I thought this strategy would put me in a team of knitters that have similar lives/imperatives as I do and so I might be able to stay in the game longer.

So the qualifying round had just started the day before I left so I had cast on at home and then knit on my trip over and so forth. The qualifying round pattern was a nice two color pattern using slipped stitches and a broken rib. The broken rib on most of the sock was what slowed things down. I used my own hand dyed SOX yarn for this pair as the main color and a very pale green yarn from the Wool Barn for the contrasting color.

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Round 1 is about to finish in less than 72 hours so round 2 is just around the corner. The round 1 pattern was a tricky one because it had beading, knotting and duplicate stitches. Once I understood how to make the stitch where the beads were to be threaded onto and how to then knot it, I was on a roll. The rest of the sock was just simple stockinette. The difficult part was once the socks were done, one had a lot of duplicate stitching to do and I have never really done duplicate stitching so it took a while. Especially on the first sock. I was worried for a while that I might be disqualified due to my bad stitching skills but in the end my socks turned out ok and I actually like them. Lucky for me I had brought yarn for those as well as beads just in case this pattern was the first one.

It is always good to challenge oneself and try new techniques and I can definitely do with some more duplicate stitching but I have to admit I did not enjoy that so much…

Now I’m just trying to get other things done before the next round starts.

I also knit a cardigan. This is a test knit I did for Making Stories, the European knitting publication by Verena Cohrs and Hanna Lisa Haferkamp. So far they have only published one book/magazine called WOODS but the second issue BREEZE is about to be published and this test knit is for the third issue that will be published this autumn I believe.

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This design is secret for the time being so not much I can share about that but here is what I can say. This is a buttonless cardigan with 3/4 sleeves knit top down in one piece. The yarn is an italian rustic yarn that has been hand dyed. There were not a lot of color choices I felt so I picked a dark grey color. This yarn was not a total joy to knit with I must confess. It was very very loosely plied and so I had to be careful to knit all the plies and not just one strand (that did happen a few times) and also the color rubbed off on my hands so after each knitting session my hands would be all grey which I did not much like.

When I came home I washed and blocked the cardigan and surprisingly the yarn did not bleed as I thought it would.  I had also had an issue with the hem curling up on it self but once I washed it, it just fell right into place.

This is a very nice cardigan for autumn and early winter I feel. Because it does not have full sleeves and is somewhat short it is not a cozy winter garment but rather a nice layer when the weather starts to cool down I think.

This is starting to get a little long so I think I will leave my works in progress for later. Thank you so much for coming back and for your patience waiting for me as I was away and not blogging.

I hope you are doing great and happy knitting till next time!

My latest knits

Hi there again, it’s only been a few days since I last posted but I didn’t share with you my progress in that post. I do hope you took a look at the Antonia shawl I told you about a few days ago and that you were able to take advantage of the 50% off coupon code. If you did purchase the pattern, I’d love to see your finished shawl in the future so hopefully some of you will be sharing pictures of that later on.

Now on to my own knitting. So since last time, I have been knitting on a few projects. First finished object is my second Harry Potter fandom knit. This is for my oldest daughter who fell in love while browsing the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits magazine from Interweave. So that means I have now finished two projects and have 5 more to go! I will be casting on for project number 3 today.

So I just finished a pair of fingerless mittens called Hermione’s Time Turner mitts. These are an all over cable pattern with the letter H double stitched on the front. This was a small project but because of all the cables it did take me some time to finish. It’s not a pick up/put down constantly project so I only knit on this when I had enough time to do a few pattern repeats.

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I really like how these turned out. The yarn is a dark chocolate brown so the picture is quite dark but I hope you get the idea. Luckily my daughter loves them! So next up will be a pair of socks called Dragon’s Egg Socks. Those are actually written for men but I’ll knit the smallest size and just adjust the length. I have already wound up my yarn and printed out the pattern so all is ready to go.

The second finished object this week is a pair of thrummed slippers. I have been wanting to try thrums for a long time and I finally did it. The motivation was cold fee! As you may know, I work from home and so I sit at my desk for 8h a day and during the winter the house is not super warm, especially my bedroom which is where I work from. And so I find myself having frozen feet especially when I work the evening shift and so I thought I just had do something about this and decided to knit a pair of thrummed slippers. I went to Ravelry of course to look around for ideas and I found a paid for pattern by the Cozy Knitter called Thrummed Slippers. It’s a super simple pattern at a good price so I went ahead and purchased that. The pattern is written for a woman’s medium size. I’m very tall so I thought I’d go up a few needle sizes to accommodate for that….I really shouldn’t have!

I used my 100%BFL Aran yarn and some roving from my stash. The pattern is written for needle size 5mm or US8 and I used 6mm or US 10. This resulted in a very loose fabric and that is what I don’t like about my slippers. They did turn out ok though and I shared pictures of them on Instagram and got a lot of likes and nice compliments so I guess “from afar” they look better than up close:)

But it’s ok, these are just to be used when at my desk and not while I’m about the house or in the presence of others. And the other night I tried them and wow they are perfect! Super warm and fuzzy and the roving really keeps the feet warm. So all in all I’m happy with my new slippers. My kids loved them and two have asked me to knit them a pair so I have dyed up some more of my BFL Aran wool and I’ll be casting on for those next weekend I think.

But here’s a picture so you can see for yourself

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What do you think? They do look cozy, there is no denying that:)

My big wip at the moment is the Dexter cardigan by Isabelle Kramer. I’m knitting that using two lace weight yarns held together in stead of a fingering weight yarn. I shared with you a while back the yarns I dyed up for this. One is all grey and the others are variegated. I did dye up a lot more than I actually need. Lace yarns are just never ending! Currently I have finished the body, button band and all. And I’m on sleeve number one. So I used the grey and the variegated yarn for the body and then I used only the grey held double for the ribbing, neck and button bands. Then it was time for the first sleeve. I was wondering if I should do the sleeves in all grey too. I don’t think I had enough left of the first variegated skein to knit both sleeves and as I did the ribbing and button bands in all grey, I was wondering if I should stick to that and not add a new color to the equation.

Finally I decided that I would add a second variegated skein as I had planned for. I chose the softest/lightest coloured one so it actually looks quite grey but it still has some mauve and pinks in there. I’m almost done with the decreases so I’m guessing I’ll finish the sleeve this week and get going on the second so hopefully this cardigan will be all done in a week to ten days.

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The lighting is not good on this picture but you get an idea of where I’m at and what the colours look like.

When this one is done, I really should pick up the two big wips I have abandoned for months, a sweater for my daughter and a cardigan for myself so hopefully I’ll be able to refrain from casting on another cardi or sweater and get at least one of these two done!

I’m also knitting on a pair of simple socks using a sock blank and I think I’m going to do a post just about that. A lot of people are not familiar with sock blanks or they have seen them but are hesitant to buy and use them so I think that could be an interesting topic and to see how one knits up and so forth. I have one sock done and the second is about 30% done now so once I’m all done and the socks have been blocked and so forth I’ll be sharing that experience with you here.

That’ s all for today. I hope you have enjoyed spending some time with me today. I really enjoy sharing my knitting life with you. I don’t have any knitting friends where I live so the blog is such a happy place for me to share and get positive feedback and encouragement for my work. So thank you so much for stopping by and spending some of your precious time in my company.

I hope you will have a wonderful rest of the week and an even better weekend. Take care and “see” you soon:)

I’m all about garment knitting now

Hi there, I hope you are doing good and that you have had a great week and will have an even better weekend! I’m looking forward to some relaxing this weekend along with some desk chair shopping which will be a little less fun but oh so necessary for my back!

So like the title says, I suddenly feel super interested in knitting sweaters and cardigans. Lately I have found myself buying loads of patterns on Ravelry and dream of knitting a ton to use all year round. So when I came home from hospital I immediately went to my wip pile and got our a sweater that has been languishing in the wip pile for months! I’m ashamed to say so but I really don’t know what happened.

The sweater is called Kitsune and is by Amanita knits. This is actually a pattern I won on Instagram. I dyed up some Cash’DK yarn myself and cast on. I knit the body and began sleeve number 1 and then…..for some reason I wanted to knit everything but this project. Well when I got back home I picked it up and I whipped up the two sleeves and now it is DONE! And I love it! I just need to update my project page on Ravelry and I’ll be all good. I also should probably wash and block it; so I have it out in my room ready for blocking but knowing me, that might take a few months….

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I really love the outcome, both the sweater and the yarn/color. I love the large boatneck collar and the easy feel. I’m sure I’ll get lots of use from this come winter. What do you think?

So after first finishing the Risen cardigan by Melanie Berg I told you about in my last post, and now finishing the Kitsune, I picked up another sweater project that has been languishing for almost as long in the wip pile.  That is a sweater for my older daughter and it is a Drops pattern. I only have one sleeve to knit and then sew everything together (which is a drag…). I just realised I forgot to take pictures of it so I guess I’ll just be showing you the sweater once it is done. I’m hoping that will be in a week or two.

I have yet another languishing project; that is the Brynja Cardigan by Linda of Kettle Yarn Co. I suspect I will frog that one and start again. I’m up to the yoke or so. I have joined the sleeves to the rest of the body but it just doesn’t feel right. I have a problem with the pattern and also it just looks so small. So I’m seriously thinking about frogging that one and starting all over again and hopefully next time around, I won’t leave it in a corner for months but just knit it in one go or so.

I have started a new cardigan. I’m using a new yarn base that I’m trying out in my shop. Its a merino light singles base which reminds me of Madelinetosh tosh merino light. I dyed it in a very subtle brown/beige color and I think it will go with a lot of things.

I’m knitting the Audrey cardigan by Jane Richmond. I’m just at the beginning but I’m really liking it. The pattern is super simple so hopefully this will be finished in a breeze.

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This is the yarn I’m using.

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And here is where I’m at, at the moment. And do you see the gorgeous project bag I’m using for this project? Yes!! It’s a mrs Browns bags project bag! I not only managed to buy sock blanks from Andre Sue this August, I also managed to buy a Mrs Browns Bag!!!! Talk about happy shopping!

Well, that’s all for now. Next time I have some more news on kals, wips, new yarns in the shop and so on. Have a great weekend and enjoy your crafting 🙂

Progress on my Risen and two new cast ons

Hi there, how are you doing? I’m doing fine and making the best of my stay here in Granville. I’m half done with my treatment/stay which is good because it’s beginning to feel like a long time without my kids.

Before coming here, I packed a ton of knitting stuff but finally I don’t have that much time to knit. What happens is that during lunch break more often than not I’m so tired that I fall asleep and so I only have about 1 hour to knit in the afternoon and then again I have my evening.

I finished the socks that I was test knitting and I was going to cast on for another pattern by Nancy Whitman for the kal I’m doing in my Ravelry group but….I guess this is somewhat due to homesickness, I cast on for socks for my kids:) I finished a pair coming here and that will be for my oldest so this weekend I cast on for shorties for my son and my youngest daughter.

For my son I’m not using any pattern really but just knitting “from experience”. I’m using a yarn I dyed myself in my SOX base and I really like how this yarn is knitting up so far.

shorty matteo 9 augIt knits up with a sort of striping effect. My son has big feet so these will not be finished in a jiffy! Even if they are shorties:)

And for my youngest I cast on for a pair of Jelly Rolls by the same designer as the Rose City Rollers. I had almost finished one sock when my kids came to visit last Sunday and my daughter tried the sock and unfortunately I had to rip about half of it back. The pattern gives an option for a ribbing on the arch or not and I had chosen the first option which is for a slipped stitch pattern which looks quite nice but was not able to keep the gauge loose and so when she tried the sock on, it was painfully obvious that the arch pattern was way too tight.

jelly roll 1Maybe if I had gone up a needle size or two it would have been perfect. So ripped back and began again. I really liked mixing the yellow in with the grey so I did not feel like doing a plain grey sock to the toe so I decided on stripes.

I like how that turned out. Now I just need to cast on for sock number 2.

I’m also making good progress on my Risen cardigan by Melanie Berg.

The pattern is easy to execute and knits up quite nicely. I really like the stitch pattern on the neck band. I’m a few inches from the cabled hem. My objective is to finish the body this weekend at the latest and then begin the sleeves next week. I don’t think I’ll be able to finish the cardigan before going home on August 20th but I’d love to be close to finishing.

My family brought me a book this weekend. I had purchased a new book with sock patterns and a skein of hand dyed yarn a while ago and it just arrived. I told them to leave the yarn at home as I already have way to much yarn with me here but I did want to see the book.

sock book by truly hookedThis is the first book by designer and yarn dyer Verity Casteldine. She sells her yarn under the name Truly Hooked on Etsy. The book is very nice and I really like the patterns that are not too complicated. Most of the patterns, I feel, are for women. What I noticed and think is a little funny, is that she only uses solid yarns for her patterns/socks in this new book.  I love crazy variegated yarns with lots of bright and contrasting colours that can only really be used for socks and I use those for simple vanilla socks. However, for socks with lace and / or cables I really prefer solid or semisolid yarns. I feel that way the pattern is not “hidden” by the yarn. I can see myself knit all the patterns in this book so it will soon find its place on my nightstand while I finish my wips and find the perfect yarn to start casting on.

This past weekend, there was a little celebration/festival here in Granville. It’s called “la nuit des soudeurs” or the night of the metal workers or something like that in English. I did not check out the fun at night but I did walk around and take pictures during the day. It was fun to see the creativity and the things people were making and I have included a few pictures here for you to see if you are tempted. Nothing to do with knitting of course but I thought you might like to see the pictures anyway.

Thats all for now. I hope you are well and enjoying your summer and your knitting.

Have I become sweater/cardigan crazed????

Well, the answer to that question just might be “YES! my dear yes you have!!”

I don’t know if it is the happiness of having cast off the body of my Snowflake sweater or what but I find myself completely drawn to patterns of sweaters and cardigans and I imagine myself wrapping myself up in some gorgeous hand made sweaters and cardis! Might be the onset of winter and need to feel warm and cozy. Are you by any chance experiencing the same thing?

I usually “only” knit socks, mittens, shawls and cowls so this is a new sensation for me. And I’ve been buying A LOT of patterns on Ravelry in the last week! So I hope my sweater/cardigan phase will last for a while as I really need to knit them all up.

The thing about such big projects is that you need at least 5 or more skeins and all my stash is built up for my other knitting passion, that is just 1-2 skeins of the same thing. This means that I either have to buy new yarn or dye some up myself. I’ve decided to dye myself and that way I’ll be able to share on Ravelry and maybe, just maybe, someone out there will like the look of my yarn and want to buy some! So this could actually be a smart business solution (and not just a crazy knitter who doesn’t know what to do with her money). See, I knew I was not loosing my mind but being business savvy:)

Now, on to sharing. Let me introduce to you the patterns that I’ve chosen (so far…)

The first cardigan pattern I bought is Cloud Bay by Lete’s Knits

www.knittinginfrance.com I think this is a beautiful and yet simple cardigan that can be worn with almost anything and I see myself using this a lot in the winter and even all year round as I love to wear a tshirt and a cardi over that. So I’m going to knit this one for myself.

And then there are all the patterns I bought from Joji Locatelli on Ravelry ( all the patterns were bought on Ravelry).

The first two patterns are not sweaters or cardigans but a cowl and a shawl.

www.knittinginfrance.com This is the Three Color Cashmere cowl I’m going to dye my own yarn for this and I’m going to use the same colors as shown here because I think they are super nice.

www.knittinginfrance.com This is the In The Moment shawl and I’ve actually cast on for this as this is going to be one of my travel knits next week.

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And now on to the sweater and cardigans.

First is the Bello Sweater

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Then we have The Traveller Tunic

www.knittinginfrance.com I’ve seen pictures of this a bit longer where it’s almost a dress. I think I’ll make mine a bit longer and wear it with a pair of leggings.

And then there is the Gather Together cardigan

www.knittinginfrance.com I really love the yoke on this one. I also see myself wearing this a lot

And the last one I bought from Joji is the Looking Back sweater

www.knittinginfrance.com This sweater is buttoned up all the back and I’m not sure if I’ll do that or if I’ll improvise and do a full back.

And last but not least, I noticed that some of my favorite podcasters were talking about this “featherweight cardigan” and I actually thought it was just any cardigan only knit in fingering or lace yarn, but it turns out it is an actual pattern called Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig. After seeing this cardi on their podcasts and on Ravelry I of course was not able to resist and bought the pattern.

www.knittinginfrance.com I’ve seen different versions of this on Ravelry where people have made it longer than the pattern calls for and I think i just might do that too. This is actually the pattern I’m going to start with and I’m going to make 2! I think! I’m going to start with one for my sisters Christmas gift. The pattern can be knit in either lace weight or fingering and for my sister I’m doing lace weight. I’m dyeing the yarn as I’m writing this. I chose my merino, silk, stellina base which is not only gorgeously soft but super beautiful too. I’m dyeing her yarn in a gray/mauve color. A mix of colors I came up with and think looks super cool (not sure I’ll be able to replicate but I’ll try). And once her’s is done I hope I’ll cast on one for myself too. It really looks nice.

And before I say good-bye, are you into KAL’s? Would you be interested in a little fun and informal knit a long for one of these sweater/cardigan patterns? Maybe we could organise something like that and share our pictures and progress and help each other out if needed, either here on the blog or I could create a thread on Ravelry. Let me know what you think of that.

Well, that’s all for today. Enjoy your weekend and I hope you get lots of time to resource yourself and knit and crochet and spin some.

Until next time, take care:)

A bit of this and that

Hi there, I hope you had a wonderful weekend and got some quality crafting time. I didn’t get much knitting done but I did do some dyeing and a little spinning.

First off, I have this custom order for gradient yarns. I did the test dyeing last week and then my buyer came back with her choice and this weekend I did the real dyeing of her yarn bases. I think it went quite nice and I hope she will be happy with the results. I dyed a batch for myself at the same time because I so love the colors and I think I may even have found what I’m going to knit with it.

Here are the yarns drying in my garden

www.knittinginfrance.com I hope my client will like her yarn. Now that it is dry I need to reskein and maybe wind into a ball – at least for the 2 fingering weight skeins because gradient yarns look so much better wound into a yarn cake than just in a skein where you really cannot see the real beauty of this type of dyeing. The DK weight yarn I’m not sure because she needs 3 skeins for her project so I tied 3 skeins together so that the colors will flow as if it was just one huge skein. So either I leave it as a huge skein or I wind into yarn cakes and then she has to be careful to knit them up in the correct order and always from the inside. Need to think about that. That’s all the dyeing I got done this weekend I think – I did do some pima cotton on Friday I believe so I’ll need to share the pictures of that with you later.

On to spinning. So I navajo plied a bobbin of colorful merino yarn and then wound into a skein. Now I must wash and finish the yarn. It too a huge amount of time to ply and wind into a skein so I’m pretty sure I have a large amount of yardage here. Need to think about what I’ll knit with this. It is a sock weight type yarn with distinct color changes so this could actually produce some self striping.

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I also tested a new gadget that I need to tell you more about in a future post. Today I feel like telling you about a lot of stuff without getting into all the details. I promise I’ll give you more info later:)

So if you are a spinner like I am, you know that wheel bobbins can be very expensive and you also know that you need a fair amount of those or spinning will just not be any fun. So browsing the internet a while ago I ran into something I thought would be a brilliant and economic solution to the storage bobbin thing. These are inexpensive storage bobbins! You wind onto them from your wheel bobbin using a power drill or power screwdriver. Simply brilliant! I’ll tell you more about those in a future post if you are interested.

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That’s all for spinning. Onto knitting. So last week I finished my first sock in the Skandium pattern by General Hogbuffer and I cast on for the second one. I’m at the beginning of the pattern on the second one. I used a neon yellow sparkling yarn as my main color and a serious grey for the patterning and foot. This way I won’t look too crazy when wearing them (I hope).

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I’m also working on a baby cardigan for a future baby girl. I’m doing the Maile Sweater from the book What To Knit When You’re Expecting. The pattern is free on www.whattoknitwhen.com So I’ve done the body up to the armholes and I’ve finished both sleeves and now I have done the joining of all the pieces and am working the yoke. But I just don’t understand how the yoke decreases and patterning work. There must be something missing in the pattern on the website because I’ve read through it a number of times, knit how I think I should only to rip it out and begin again. So rather than just rip the entire cardigan out, I’ve decided to do a stockinette yoke rather than the lace pattern. Have any of you knit this pattern? If so, did you also have problems with the yoke? If any of you have the book I’d love for you to share with me just the few lines regarding the yoke decreases and lace patterning – I think that should be ok as the pattern is free on the designer’s website. Here’s where I’m at now www.knittinginfrance.com So I didn’t get much done on this over the weekend as I had such a hard time with the pattern.

Yesterday I went to the beach with my husband and youngest daughter. We went late afternoon and while they played ball I sat and knit. I really enjoy knitting on the beach. I’m not much of a warm weather person, maybe due to my origins, so I really enjoy just medium warm weather and going to the beach late afternoon and just walk or sit and knit. I didn’t want to take my Beetlebum shawl as that is an intricate knit and the Skandium sock is a “knit at work” project and the cardigan was just too frustrating so I went for a hexapuff.

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Last week I suggested we do a scrap yarn swap for those of us who are working on either hexapuffs or other scap yarn projects, could be a log cabin blanket, a 10 stitch blanket, granny squares of anything else. I discussed this in a post which you can read here and so far there’s just me and 1 reader which is fine but I would love it if more people joined in the fun so please leave a comment on the post if you want to join.

And just one horror picture before I leave you today! I while ago I represented a yarn company called Arctic Qiviut and as such I was gifted a few skeins of their gorgeous, out of this world soft yarn. This is one such skein from the top of the line (my opinion) Arctic beauty line. I love the color and the yarn is indescribably soft! This is a blend of qiviut, angora and silk. And so, I was going to knit something with this but when winding into a ball WITHOUT a swift and ball winder (don’t ask me why) something horrible happened!www.knittinginfrance.com Yes! This! A huge mess of tangled yarn. If this were any other yarn I would probably have thrown it into the bin by now but that is out of the question. So, I had begun saving my yarn and winding into a ball. Of course the yarn broke! and my spirits too, so I left it in a little bag in a knitting basket and almost forgot about it. This weekend I actually went through the items in the basket and came across this yarn. I really want to knit something gorgeous with this so I’ve decided to finally wind the whole thing into a ball. I’ve spent hours and hours and I’m still not done but I’m hoping sometime this week I’ll be able to shout VICTORY!

That’s all for now. Have a wonderful Monday:)