A little knitting

How are you this week? I have been very busy at work lately and so have had less knitting time than usual. After a busy day at work I find I mostly need some relaxation knitting. Something simple that will help me relax and clear my head.

Lately I have also been semi monogamous and mostly knitting on just three things.

First there is my secret test knit wrap. I’m about 60% in I think and now the going is getting tough. It’s no longer a simple brioche but brioche patterning. This means I now only knit on this when I have a clear head and some time to concentrate.

It is going to look stunning when done and I really look forward to finishing. As I cannot show you what it looks like at the moment, here is a little sneak peak of how the two yarns are knitting up.

These pictures were taken at the very beginning but give you a nice idea of how the yarns/colors are working out.

Then I’m working on another test knit which this time is not a secret. It’s a cardigan by Finnish designer Suvi Simola.

It is knit in one piece, back and forth so I’m somewhat slowed down by the purling. So far I have not made much progress. I’m still working the yoke which has a beautiful pattern with an unusual rib section.

I’m knitting this with Holst Garn Supersoft and it is working up very nicely.

This gives you an idea of the yoke pattern.

Here is a close up of the yoke pattern. It is looking nice don’t you think?

And then there is my summer T-shirt. The pattern is called Notice (Spring) by designer Ankestrick. It is a simple top down, raglan short sleeve top. I’m knitting mine in almost the same colors as the sample in the pattern pictures. I’m using Holst Garn Coast which is a wool/cotton blend. I really like how the yarn feels when knit up.

I’m getting close to the bottom ribbing so I’m hoping next time I post I will be able to show you the finished garment.

I really like the colors I chose and I look forward to wearing this.

I’m not sure if I told you I was working on a new sock pattern. I wanted to design a new pattern and I have knit one sock. Next step will be to write down the instructions and try to knit the second sock by following those. If that works I will grate the pattern and knit a second pair to be sure the patterning works on the bigger sizes as well.

The yarn is quite busy but I hope you can still see the pattern. I’m thinking of knitting the second pair in a solid color so it will maybe show up better.

I think I have about 5 sock patterns that I have partly worked and “just” need to grade and write up and have tech edited to maybe sell on Ravelry.

I have also been asked a few times to do a tutorial on sock knitting and even if I am not an expert sock knitter I can share how I knit socks. I would like to hear from you if you would be interested in a tutorial. So please leave a comment below if you think that would be of interest.

That’s about it for today. I’m going to continue working on the same projects this week and if I manage to finish one I might cast on for something new or better yet, get a project from my pile of wips !

I hope you will have a wonderful week ahead with plenty of knitting and pleasant times.

Thank you for stopping by today and for sharing your time with me. Until next time….Happy Knitting:)

In a bit of a stand still

Hi there, how are you feeling today? I hope you are feeling good and having a nice start to your week. I’m feeling a bit…not really under the weather but just not in a great place for some reason.

Knitting wise I have been concentrating on a few projects. One is a sweater test knit that is top secret. I’m knitting it out of Holst Garn Tides which is a wool/silk blend. So far so good. I think I will finish the body today and then get on to the sleeves.

Then there is Sock Madness round 2! And this is a clear sign I’m not quite myself but I think I’m going to quit. Yes, that’s right! What happened?

Well, so I got the pattern just after it was released and cast on immediately. This time the pattern is a mix of brioche and stocking stitch. This combination makes for a very loose fitting/elastic fabric so as I went on it just felt too big. And I’m sorry to say I did not like the pattern/outcome much.

And then I made a mistake! In the gusset section and discovered my mistake just after finishing the heel turn. So not long after but it did mean I had to rip back to the end of my flap and continue a few rows only ripping back a heel that is partly in brioche…well that did not sound so enticing. And I just wasn’t “feeling it” for some reason.

So before going to bed that night, I ripped out THE ENTIRE SOCK! And I haven’t cast on again. This is not like me but I think I’m just not in the right frame of mind at the moment and adding stress to my life is not a good idea right now. So I decided to just stop and only knit on things I truly enjoy working on.

I do have 2 pairs of socks on the go but haven’t worked on them this past week. I have just been working on my sweater and a new shawl.

I don’t wear a lot of shawls, I have a few favorite ones that I use a lot and the others just linger in my wardrobe. But I have a feeling this one may become a new favorite. It is the Girl’s Best Friend shawl by Isabelle Kraemer. I’m sure you have seen it lots of time. A lot of knitting bloggers/podcasters have made some. For extra pleasure I’m knitting mine with mostly new yarns, two out of three that is AND they are from my stash so good for me!

I still have plenty of knitting to do and I really enjoy working on this and I’m really happy with the yarn/colors. The grey is a singles I dyed. The pink is a singles too I got from a destash on Ravelry but don’t remember the yarn brand. The brown contrast color is a Madeleine Tosh Sock yarn. So pure luxury for this shawl.

Once this one is done I’m hoping I will finish my Across the Pond shawl by the Knitting Expat before I cast on for the Baubles shawl by Andrea Mowry.

So that’s all I have for you knitting wise. I am getting ready for a new Maker of the Month feature. I also am thinking about doing a giveaway when I reach 300 subscribers to my blog which should be soon. Amazing I know ! Who would have guessed that I would be able to maintain a blog for over 2 years now and grow a following of people that actually enjoy reading my blog! I’m so grateful for all those that follow and support my blogging adventures. I’m planning something nice, a giveaway that you will hopefully enjoy.

And one other thing. In February I talked about starting a Spring Challenge this April to organize my yarn and other crafting supplies and some of you expressed interest in joining me. The more the merrier and frankly if you are anything like I am, the support of others will be a big bonus.

So I haven’t forgotten. Life has just gotten in the way. I have family from Iceland visiting at the moment so I won’t be able to really get started till this weekend. I’m going to open a new page here on this website just for the challenge so that we can share ideas and progress. I’m thinking I should keep the challenge somewhat separate as not everyone may be interested in that and I want to continue blogging as usual and discuss other topics. I did think about opening a Ravelry thread in my group for this but after some consideration m I think I will keep everything here. What do you think?

I have started working on this and have a Pinterest board where I pin storage ideas to share with you for example. I so desperately need to organize not only my stash but also my many wips so I really look forward to getting started for real and if you are joining too, I hope you are gearing up as well.

That’s it for today I think. Thank you again for stopping by today for a chat. I wish you a great rest of the week and Happy Knitting

Working with my Golden Skein yarn “Birds of a feather”

I little while ago I shared with you my participation as a dyer for The Golden Skein. This was the first and hopefully not the last time that I got a huge order and I very much enjoyed the process.

Now the yarn has been sent out to The Golden Skein subscribers and so far I have had nothing but good reviews which is such a joy for me.

I did keep some of the yarn for myself and then there were the “test dye” skeins and the “oups” skeins. Some I overdyed and will be listing in my shop and some I’m just keeping for my own personal use. I thought I’d share with you what I have knit with this yarn so far.

So I used one of my “test” skeins to knit a pair of socks. Well, technically I’m only about 40% done with sock 1 but this will be a pair:) This particular skein, has more of the contrasting colours than the final version of my Birds of a Feather, and so the end result is more variegated and almost stripey. I actually quite like how this is knitting up.

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As you can see there is a lot less of the light beige colour in this version.

I have also knit a shawl as part of a test knit for a designer that has just designed a shawl using my Cash’Sock yarn. She kindly sent me her pattern at the same time as she sent it to her test knitters. I had told her that I would probably not be able to finish it within the time limit she had given her testers because of work and all the gazillion things I’m already knitting. But guess what? This was such an enjoyable knit that I actually finished FIRST!

The pattern should be released soon on Ravelry and once it has been I’ll put up a project page on Ravelry and I’ll be able to share the name and a link if you too want to knit this. In the mean time, here are a few pictures of different parts of the shawl to show you how this particular yarn knit up. Had this been knit into a sock the resulting fabric would of course have been very different and that is also why I decided to use this yarn rather than another one for this particular pattern. I dyed the yarn thinking of socks because people were just getting 1 skein (although it is possible to purchase an additional skein afterwards via The Golden Skein while stock lasts) and so I knew what a sock would look like. But knitting this up into a shawl with a much higher stitch count than a sock was interesting and I wanted to see what that would look like.

What do you think? I quite like the result. This is an asymmetrical shawl and if this yarn were knit up into say a triangular shawl the results would be something different from this.

It has been such a fun process from the designing of this yarn working from an inspiration picture, to actually dyeing it up and now knitting with it and seeing how different items/stitch counts give different end results.

If you too are a Golden Skein subscriber, I’d love to see what you knit up with my yarn and I hope you will share that with others on social media and even better, with me here on my blog:)

That’s all for today. I hope you are having a nice week with lots of fun knitting/crochet time. So until next time, take care and enjoy your crafting.

Lots of knitting

Hi there, how are you today? I hope you are doing great and that you had a wonderful weekend.

When I look back at the week that just passed, I see that I have done loads of knitting. It’s been a while since I’ve had this much to share with you. So let’s get started:

First off, I finished my Audrey cardigan or at least the knitting part. I still have to weave in the ends and sew on the buttons. I really enjoyed knitting this cardigan and I want to knit a second one.

I was unsure about which size to knit and being the not serious knitter I am, I did not make a swatch. As my cardigan grew I realised that I should have knit one size down because the pattern is written for  negative ease and my cardigan has positive ease. For the body of the cardigan that’s fine but for the sleeves it was really too much and so I knit those one size down. I also like the yarn I chose for this project, my merino singles yarn that I dyed in a subtle brown/beige color. It is super soft and the color will work with everything I think. Next time around, I’ll use my SOX base (merino/nylon) and I’ll knit the correct size that will give me the fit the pattern calls for.

But overall I’m really happy with the outcome. I just need to decide on the buttons and finish up.

The second pictures shows the three different buttons I have to choose from. The first option, the top button is the one I’m leaning towards.

Then there is my Harry Potter inspired scarf that I’m knitting for my older daughter. I’m using my own hand dyed yarn of course, that I dyed especially for this project and I’m using a wonderful base yarn. It’s Aran weight and its a merino/cashmere/nylon blend. So just perfect!

I did knit quite a bit on this last week. I’m getting close to the end. I think I need to knit to the next section of stripes and then knit on the what would be the placement for another stripe section and that’s when I’ll cast off. So maybe 10″ more or so. I might be adding fringes,not sure yet.

img_6049    It’s looking good so far and my daughter likes it so that’s the only important thing. It’s still quite warm here so she won’t be needing the scarf for a few more weeks I think so I take my time finishing this.

And then there is my pair of socks. I’m usually a big sock knitter and I do have a large number of socks currently on my needles only I’m not working on them. I think the fact that I suddenly found myself with a gazillion works in progress and not much time made all my wips look like a huge mountain to climb and I just got overwhelmed. My pile of wips is in my bedroom so I look at it everyday but I try not to worry about it and as I cast on for new projects I promise myself that I will also pick up a wip and get that done and out of the pile. The socks I’m working on were in my pile of wips/to be cast on. I had cast on for the cuff of sock one in August and then nothing happened. Once I picked them up, I really got going and to avoid having second sock syndrome, I immediately cast on for sock 2 as I finished sock 1. Now I’m close to finishing sock 2, I just need maybe an inch or so and then I’ll be at the toe. Once this pair is done, I’ll pick up another sock wip from my pile and get working on that. Here’s a picture of my pair so far.

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The yarn is hand dyed by myself on a base I don’t carry at the moment but really like. Its 80/20 merino, bamboo. It’s super soft and yet sturdy. The pattern is Falling Leaves by Nancy Whitknits and is for sale on Ravelry. The cuff has a nice leave motif and the rest of the sock is worked in a twisted rib stitch.

Last week I also cast on for a new sweater. I had one of those nights a little time back, where I was browsing Ravelry and came upon a certain number of patterns I just HAD to have and I ended up buying probably close to 10 patterns! Way more than I intended to. And one of these patterns is called Spin Raglan by Andrea Mowry. It’s a top down, seamless sweater knit in Aran weight yarn. I dyed up the yarn especially for this project. I chose a 100% non super wash BFL yarn and dyed it in a sort of denim-y colour. Somewhere between light blue and grey. It turned out super nice I think.

img_6033 And believe it or not, this time around I DID do a swatch! I decided that after seeing my Audrey cardigan being bigger than intended, it would be a good idea to swatch and knit the correct size.

As this is knit in Aran weight yarn, it goes super quickly and I’ve made good progress. I knit a lot on this yesterday as I was being lazy in front of the television.

spin-raglan This is a simple pattern and I’m really enjoying it so far. I think this will be a really quick knit but might still take me some time as I’m also working on my scarf my pair of socks and so forth.

 

I also just cast on for the Dexter cardigan by Isabelle Kramer. Remember I told you about that a week or two ago and I dyed up two types of lace weight yarns that I’m using for that project. I’m only a couple of inches into the cardigan so nothing interesting to show you just yet but so far I like how the yarns are knitting up together and I’ll be able to share my progress on this one with you next week I’m sure.

That’s about it for today. I hope this week will also be prolific knitting wise. I plan to finish my pair of socks and the Harry Potter scarf and make significant progress on the Spin Raglan sweater so hopefully those will all be FOs by the time I post next. Which would mean I’d also be able to share some new cast ons with you:) How exciting!

I wish you all a wonderful week and hope you will have lots of fun knitting time. So until next time, take care and happy knitting:)

 

Progress and some selfish birthday dyeing

Hi there, how are you today? I hope you are doing good and that you had a nice weekend.

My weekend passed way quicker than I would have liked. I did get some knitting done yesterday though and that was nice. Lately I’ve been very much a semi monogamous knitter focusing most of my time and attention on the Audrey cardigan by Jane Richmond. This weekend I worked on that too and I should be finishing it this week.

I also continue working on the Harry Potter inspired stockinette scarf for my daughter. Luckily I’m knitting it in Aran weight yarn on 5.00mm/US8 needles so it does go quickly and so I usually get 4-5 inches done each time I pick it up. I have sort of left it for tv watching at night as I’m not super passionate about all this straight stockinette but little by little I’m getting there. I think I might be about 10″ short of having half the scarf done. I need to keep at it because as my daughter reminds me, I do have a ton of other Harry Potter inspired knits to do!

Last week I also picked up a  sock that I began in August but has been left in my huge basket of “wips and soon to be cast on”. It’s a pattern called Falling Leaves and it is by Nancy Whitman. It is a very simple and elegant pattern using twisted stitches. The cuff has a beautiful leaf design but otherwise it is pretty straight forward. I’m knitting it using a merino and bamboo yarn I dyed myself a while back. This is a gorgeous base, super soft and a joy to work with. I think I have just a skein or two left in the shop and I ‘m thinking I should order some more because this is a really nice yarn. Here is where I’m at currently:

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I also cast on for yet another project. This time a test knit for a shawl that was designed using my Cash’Sock base. This pattern will be published soon and the designer was kind enough to let me join the test knitters. I’m of course knitting it in my Cash’Sock base and as soon as the pattern is released I’ll be sharing pictures and more info with you on that.

But like I said my main focus has been on the Audrey cardigan. Last week I actually finished the first sleeve. But I really didn’t like it. It was much too wide and just didn’t look good so I ripped the whole thing out! Not a happy thing to do but I’m really glad I did. I then reknit the first sleeve using fewer stitches. The body of the sweater is knit in one size bigger than what I should have chosen so instead of being fitted it is quite large. When reknitting the sleeve I chose the next size down and that works perfectly. I’ve now completed the first sleeve and am close to half done with the second I think.

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I’ve ordered a bunch of buttons online. I wasn’t sure what would look best with this cardigan so I’m excited for those to arrive and choose the right ones. Actually I’m really excited about finishing this cardigan and actually starting to wear it. It is a very simple pattern I think I will get lots of wear out of it. I did knit it in a size too big but that should still be ok. Also, I knit the sleeves longer than the pattern called for. Because my version will not be fitted I will be using my as a layer on top of short and/or long sleeved t-shirts and so I wanted the sleeves to be longer. I’m pretty sure I’ll knit a second Audrey and when I do, I will follow the pattern!

I’m kind of obsessed with the idea of knitting cardigans and sweaters at the moment. And it ‘s not necessarily a good thing because that means more casting on when I have this huge basket of wips just waiting for me to give them some love and FINISH them off! Usually I multitask and I knit on a number of things at a time. I also feel like I used to get more done or that I knit more than what I’m doing these days. And so now I find myself with this huge pile I’ve created and it consists of HOs and wips AND “to cast on” – projects I decided to do this summer and got the yarn wound, printed out the pattern, found the needles and notions and put everything nicely into a project bag ready to be knit. Only they haven’t been knit yet. And still I’m thinking/dreaming of new cast ons rather than tackling those that are already there ready and waiting! Don’t know whats wrong with me!!!

And so in the same line of crazy thinking, last Friday I was feeling very excited about a new project. It was my birthday and I decided I’d dye up some yarn  for myself and use to knit a new cardigan of course.

I felt like dyeing lace weight yarn that I will then knit held double. I used two base yarns, both a mix of merino and silk so super soft. And one of the blends has silver stellina for some glitz!

I decided to dye one yarn in a semi solid grey

img_6009-1   This is the merino and silk base and then I dyed the merino/silk/stellina base as a variegated yarn using lots of different colours. I used 4 colours per skein but due to the technique involved some of those blended into yet another colour. I dyed each skein individually and used different colours so none of the 3 skeins I dyed looks the same.

I think this will make the project even more fun. So I have 3 semi solid grey skeins and 3 variegated skeins which should be more than enough for a cardigan.

At first I had thought of doing the Jih sweater by Isabelle Kramer which is actually written for lace weight yarn held double – hence my inspiration for dyeing lace weight yarn.

But now I’m not so sure. I’m rather leaning towards Dexter which is a cardigan also designed by Isabelle Kramer. Or maybe even the Madewell by Joji. I have a ton of patterns in my Ravelry library that I want to knit…. But still; I’m 90% sure I’ll be doing the Dexter cardigan.

So what do you think of my pattern and yarn choice? Do you think the grey+variegated will look good? Or am I delusional?

Are you working on a garment at the moment? I’d love to hear/see what you are knitting/crocheting these days.

That’s all for today. Thank you for stopping by and spending some time with me today. I hope you will have a wonderful new week and may it bring you lots of knitting time and happiness:)

My knits in progress

Hi there, how are you today? I hope you had a nice weekend and that you were able to do all or at least most of what you had intended to do.  I did some of what I had planned for but not all. I did not get a lot a knitting done either but that’s just how it goes sometimes.

Knitting wise, I’m still working on my Audrey cardigan. I have cast off the body and I’m working on sleeve one. It’s a slow process as now I’m knitting one row and purling the next. It seems to take a long time and I’m feeling that my progress is really slow now. Hopefully I’ll get some tome to work on the cardigan this week and maybe even finish one of the sleeves by the weekend; that would be great.

I have ordered some buttons online. I wasn’t sure what I’d like so I ordered a few sets and when they get here, I’ll put them on the cardi and choose the one that I like best.

I have also been knitting on the Harry Potter scarf for my daughter. It is not getting a lot of love but I’m trying to knit on it a little bit every day. Luckily as I’m using Aran weight yarn and 5.50mm needles, it does grow quickly.

Here’s a picture I posted on Instagram this weekend when I was knitting on the scarf AND watching Harry Potter with the family.

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I also finished the pair of baby socks. I stared those last week but ended up ripping them out to the toe and then re-knitting. I finished both socks and I have plenty of yarn left so I’m thinking I’ll knit a matching hat or mittens or even both depending on the patterns I choose.

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I based these on the Tube Socks for Children by Jane Richmond only I cast on fewer stitches. I knit these in 40 stitches so I think they will be fine for a 3-6 months old baby. On the picture the contrasting toe and cuff looks grey but it’s actually more like a  chocolaty brown color.

That’s all I have been knitting on this past week. This week I hope to make progress on the scarf and the cardigan. I don’t know if I’ll pick up something else. I do have a huge basket of wips in my room that needs love but for some reason I’m not feeling adventurous and just sticking to a few things. Sort of feels like my knitting mojo is limited these days. Not gone by a long shot but just less intense and so I’m not as enthusiastic as I usually am and not knitting on as many things.

I was going to share with you my Golden Skein adventure but I have been advised that I need to be patient a little longer and so I will have to hold off for that for a few more days.

I hope to be back soon with more info on my current wips and yarn dyeing. Until then take care and have a wonderful week.

 

 

Fandom, babies and Halloween

Hi there, how are you today? I hope you are doing good and that you had a nice weekend. I’m doing good, a little tired because I worked the evening shift yesterday and I will again this evening so I might sneak in a little nap between now and then just to be sure I will make it through my shift:)

Now you may be wondering what this post is all about, seeing the title. Well, it has to do with new projects and yarns.

First the fandom. I’m not a fandom knitter myself and I’m not a huge fan of films such as Harry Potter or the Game of Thrones series etc, however my older daughter is! She has always appreciated my hand knits and is one of my most knit worthy people so when she asks me to knit her something I always say yes.

So this past weekend, she asked if I would knit her a Harry Potter scarf in the Griffindor (I hope that’s how it’s spelled in English) colours. I did not have any dyed up so I chose a gorgeous Aran weight merino, cashmere, nylon yarn and set about creating the Harry Potter colours and I’m pretty proud of the results.

harry potter yarn What do you think? My daughter loves them and thinks they are the perfect colour so that’s most important.

I looked on Ravelry to see what others had knit in terms of scarfs and then cast on. I saw a free pattern where you knit *30 rows in the main color and then do 4 rows of gold/yellow, 4 rows of the main color, 4 rows of the gold/yellow * and repeat that through out. And that’s what I’m doing, or I might do more than 30 rows between the striped sections because she wants this to be quite long. I’m not sure yet, I’ll decide once I’ve done the next 30 rows. So here’s where I’m at now

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This is going to be one looooong stockinette scarf! I was thinking of doing brioche just to keep it somewhat interesting but she wants this to be plain stockinette. I hope I won’t loose steam halfway through!

When she asked me to knit this scarf, I remembered that I actually owned a digital copy of the Unofficial Harry Potter knits magazine published by Interweave a few years ago. And I have never knit anything from it and I think I have not even actually read it! Shame on me! Anyway, I told here about that and downloaded the magazine to my ipad for her to look at. Boy did she love what she saw! She ordered 7 items from that magazine so there will be some fandom knitting in my future! She chose 2 socks, a shawl, a vest, a cardigan and a shawl and one more thing I don’t remember! I’m not sure when I’ll be able to knit her all these things as I already have a ton of wips I need to finish and another ton of MUST knits waiting for me to cast on!  I’ll try to knit on these in between my current and future selfish knits:)

So this made me wonder, are you a fandom knitter? Do you buy fandom inspired yarns and patterns? I’d love to hear from you on that if you care to share 🙂

Last week I showed you pictures of the Audrey cardigan by Jane Richmond that I’m knitting using a new to me yarn base in merino single ply. Well I’ve made good progress and I think I’ll finish the body by tomorrow evening and hopefully I’ll pick up the stitches for the first sleeve immediately after that.

I really love the yarn and how it knits up and the cardi is going to be beautiful. There just might be one little problem; I think I may be knitting a size too big.

I’m very tall and not skinny so I usually always go for the biggest size or the XL and that is what I did here. Of course I did NOT do a gauge swatch! but just cast on blindly and hoped for the best! Well, last night I tried the cardigan on and I saw that it was quite “roomy” and when I looked at the pattern I saw it is supposed to have 1″ negative ease! Well I think I have 2-3″ positive ease!

I checked my gauge last night and it turns out I’m spot on where gauge is concerned so it really is a problem of wrong size. But I’m way too far on now to even contemplate ripping back so this will just be a roomier version of the Audrey cardigan! I might have to cast on for a second one with negative ease as intended for in the pattern in the future!

Here are some pictures I took this morning to show you.

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ps- my mobile cover is home made by my youngest 🙂

So what do you think? I think it will be ok and instead of just wearing this alone or on top of a t-shirt, I’ll be able to wear a long sleeved t-shirt under this making this more of a winter garment. I think (hope) this will be fine. And more importantly, I hope this will teach me ONCE AND FOR ALL to do a gauge swatch for one and second to READ the size instructions and measurements AND compare to my size and measurements!

Are you like me? Do you just choose a size you think will fit and then just knit on hoping for the best? Or are you a serious knitter that does a gauge swatch and chooses the RIGHT size to knit from that? Any hints and advice on how to become a serious knitter will be much appreciated:)

And babies? Why do I mention babies in the title? I don’t have any babies, at least not officially as my youngest is 10 so not really a baby any more. Well, last week I watched Mina’s latest podcast (The Knitting Expat) and she revealed that she is expecting! That was such happy news and I could just see the happiness in her eyes! And she showed all the little baby things she has been knitting and they all look so cute and tiny! It immediately made me want to knit for a baby! Lucky me, a cousin of mine is expecting his first child this December. A little girl! Not to mention, my brothers youngest will celebrate her 1st birthday this October so I have 2 babies to knit for!

So I decided I’d cast on for the future baby first. I went on Ravelry and spent hours looking through patterns. I’m thinking I’ll knit her a pair of socks, a hat and some mittens and maybe a cardigan too. I also found a pattern for some super cute and cozy looking leggings that I’d love to knit. But as I do not have 48h days, I have only cast on for the socks so far.

And I’ve only done the toe of sock 1. Not much of a progress yet but here’s a picture so you see the colours I’ve chosen. I’m going to do a tube sock and am loosely basing this on the Tube Socks for Children by Jane Richmond (yes the one that designed the Audrey cardigan). I cast on 40 stitches and I’m knitting on 2mm needles. I’m going to do the toe and cuff in this chocolate brown color and the main part of the sock will be this nice pink with a little fair isle pattern using the chocolate brown every now and then.

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That’s about all I’m knitting on this week.

Now on to Halloween. I’ve seen that a lot of dyers are dyeing up Halloween inspired yarns and people are knitting Halloween socks and so I decided I’d try my hand at that. I have dyed up  a few sock sets using my SOX base which is 75/25 merino nylon. You get 2 skeins, the main colour has 200m and the complimentary colour/skein for toes, heels and cuff has 160m. That is enough for an adult sized sock or maybe 2 pairs of shorties depending on the size you knit. I’ll be putting these up for sale in my Etsy shop today and hopefully these will sell. I’m thinking I’ll do something similar for Christmas because I know I enjoy knitting Christmas socks and I know I’m not alone:)

So here are some pictures of my Halloween yarns. I’d love to hear what you think, if you like the colours  or not. Constructive criticism is always good.

Trick or Treat yarn

I’m calling this set Trick or Treat. The main color is a mix of orange and black and the purple is the complimentary color.

abracadabra set

This one I’m calling Abracadabra. The main colour is the purple with green speckles and the orange is the complimentary colour.

candycorn yarn

And this last one is called Candy Corn. The main color is the orange and gold and the green color is the complimentary one. This colourway will produce small stripes, depending on the number of stitches and gauge. I’m going to knit up some sample to show people how this knits up. I think that if you knit 56 to 60 stitches you will get stripes but if you cast on 72 you will get more of a variegated effect.

These were fun to dye and I look forward to coming up with a similar concept for some Christmas inspired yarns.

Well, that’s all for today. I’ve got some yarn to wind up and an Etsy shop to update:) I hope you have a wonderful week and get lots of knitting time to make it even better. I’ll be back soon and until then take care and happy knitting 🙂

 

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.

audrey cardigan yarn

This is the yarn I’m using.

audrey cardigan 30 aug

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 🙂

I’m back at last! Acquisitions, fos and more

Hi there, how are you? I hope you are doing well and  enjoying the last days of summer/winter (depending on where you are in the world).

Here in Normandy, France, summer is coming to an end although the weather could have us think otherwise. We have had a big heat wave which has calmed down now thankfully! So now the weather is just perfect. Sunny and a nice temperature of around 22-24°C. Which for an Icelander such as myself is just the best temperature, not too hot and not too cold.

I have been back from hospital now for just over a week. It was great to get back home to my family and friends. What was a little less nice; was having to go back to work straight away but hey, we all have to work to make a living so no complaining!

The stay at the hospital was really beneficial for me. I learned a lot about the back in general and how to use my back and body to best preserve my health. There are a million things we do everyday that affect the health of our back and sometimes we just need to be a little more careful about how we do things to make a big difference.

Being active is also a big thing when it comes to having a healthy back. People like myself that have health issues are not good with staying in the same position for hours be it standing up, sitting at a desk or lying in bed. As soon as I got back to working 8h a day at my desk, my back pain came running back! I have changed the position of my desk a little so that the computer is now higher up so I don’t need to look down at the screen. I’m also going to look for a very good ergonomic chair. The one I have is not good enough for such long hours. Getting a new chair will certainly make a difference for me.

I’m also going to have to get organised so that I can exercise. Since I came home, I have been going for walks and that is very good. But just walking is not enough. I need to do something more like swimming which I really like. So I’m going to look up the opening hours of the swimming pools near my home to see if I can go once a week and swim. And while I was at the hospital I did a little badminton and I thought that was quite fun so I might look into doing badminton as well. That is a good sport because it makes use of the entire body so all the muscles get some exercise. My problem is going to be the hours! Because I work 3 nights a week and most sports for adults are in the evening here, finding something that can work will be a challenge. Where as swimming; I can do alone, I just need to find the pool with the opening hours that allow me to go there.

Well that is enough and maybe way more health and sport update than you bargained for! Sorry about that:) So let’s get on with the knitting and fibre side of life. Since it’s been 2 weeks since I last posted I have a ton of things to share but I feel that would amount to an epic sized post that would just be too long for anyone to read so I’m going to tell you about some of the things today and the rest later in the week.

So first of, when I was in hospital I told you about knitting shorty socks for my son. Well I finished them while I was there. I really love how they turned out, mostly because of the yarn. I used my own SOX base hand dyed yarn and the way it was dyed gives it a fun patterning when knit up. Here they are all done:

shorties matteo

I also did a little bit of spinning. I had imagined doing way more spinning than I finally ended up doing. But hey, life happens. So I finished this fibre that I had begun spinning a very, very long time ago and I then plied the yarn too. The spindle is from my friend Louise of Spin City UK. She makes gorgeous hand spindles using resin for the whorl and she uses flowers and candy sprinkles and lots of fun stuff to make her spindles totally unique. Just looking at her spindles makes me smile.

The yarn is 2 ply and somewhere between fingering and DK in weight. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it. I need to wash it to set the twist and I really should measure the yardage as well. I just need to work up the courage and find the time and voila:)

And one more item that I finished during my hospital stay was the Risen

Qcardigan by Melanie Berg. I did the biggest size and I admit I was quite worried in the end that I would not have enough yarn to finish the sleeves and since I dyed the yarn especially for this cardigan I knew I did not have any extra! So I ended up playing a game of extreme yarn chicken and thankfully for me, I won! But by mere centimeters!

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I’m happy with the outcome and I have used it once and it fits nicely and it is warm without being heavy so I think I will get a lot of use out of this. And how much yarn did I have left once I bound off? Well,

risen 5 Yebb! That’s all I had left!

I also worked on my Pinwheel blanket and while I was away I got a package with minis. I signed up for a swapless swap on Ravelry and got 10 40 yard skeins from Mint Rain Yarns. I haven’t knit any of them up yet but I’m sure they will all look great in my blanket when I get to knitting them up.

mint rain yarn minis

Another gorgeous new acquisition is a purchase I made from Andre Sue Knits! The Andre Sue of the Andre Sue podcast I’m sure you all know and I’m guessing you are also familiar with her amazing hand painted sock blanks. It’s been a while since I started stalking her shop but her work is in such high demand that the only time you have a minimal chance of purchasing anything from her is if you set your alarm for her shop update and then choose and item and check out ASAP and then go back again if you want a second blank! Well, that is just what I did! I set my alarm for just before 1am and then I stayed on Etsy and refreshed the page until I saw her update. I managed to get 2 sock blanks and they arrived in just a week which is quite quick for an order from the US.

I was not disappointed! The sock blanks are so amazingly well done. I really do not comprehend how she does it! How she manages to paint so precisely on the sock blank. When I showed the blanks to my kids; my daughter said: “you shouldn’t unravel them and knit, you should just keep them like this” and I admit I’m tempted. BUT I did buy them to knit them into socks so… At the moment I haven’t started; I’m enjoying looking at them as they are currently. But I did purchase Mina’s Beyond Vanilla Socks Part 2 patterns and I think I’ll knit her patterns using the blanks. So here they are in all their glory:

andre sue sock blanks Talk about gorgeous! These will be sure to knit into some amazing socks I’m sure.

Well that’s all for now. I don’t want to take up all your day/night so thank you for stopping by and spending some time with me. I wish you a wonderful week and hope you will have lots of time for knitting or whatever fibery craft it is you enjoy the most.

Until next time, take care 🙂

 

A FO, a HO and a WIP

Hi there and welcome back. I hope you are doing good and enjoying your month of August. I’m still in the hospital/physical rehabilitation center but not for much longer! One more week and I’ll be home at last! 4 weeks is a long time to be away and I’m really getting a bit homesick and dreaming of being with my family and friends and eating yummy meals! Soon, very soon 🙂

But enough about that. Lets talk knitting, as you can gather from the title, I’ve made some knitting progress.

First the FO, I finished the pair of Jelly Roll socks for my youngest. I really like how they turned out, I especially like the double cuff and how it rolls.

jelly rolls for InesThe yarn is my own hand dyed on my SPARKLES base. The yellow is actually highlighter yellow, it doesn’t show that good in the picture. And even though the yellow is super bright it is not scary strange as the grey really tones things down and just works really well with the yellow I think.

And the HO, is the pair of shorty socks that I’m knitting for my son. I’m not using any particular pattern but rather using my regular sock recipe in short version. I have one sock done and I’m well passed the heel now- I have made some progress since this picture was taken

shorties for Matteo

I hope they will fit. He has much bigger feet than I do and I haven’t been able to have him try them on. Just in case they are not long enough, I have decided not to weave in the end at the toe so I can easily undo it and knit them a little longer. I really like the yarn and how it knits up, its on my SOX base.

And for the WIP, it’s my Risen cardigan by Melanie Berg. I’ve made some good progress there. I’m only 8 rows from cast off for the body and the its on to the sleeves. I was hoping to make them longer but that is something I thought of AFTER dyeing my yarn so I will not have enough yarn for full length sleeves. Actually, I’m scared I might not even have enough for 3/4 length sleeves either! So once I have cast off the body, I’m going to rewind the rest of my yarn so that I can knit both sleeves simultaneously. It is going to be one stressful game of yarn chicken! This will serve as a lesson to me to ALWAYS allow for at least 10% more yardage than the pattern calls for and TO MAKE A GAUGE SWATCH! I’m ashamed to say so but….I actually did not make a swatch. I was going to but… something happened I guess…no nothing happened. This is just me being rebellious and over confident! That will teach me a lesson!

Anyway, here are some pictures – not great ones as it is quite difficult to photograph oneself in a mirror…

It feels good on me and I’m already thinking of making a second one!

This last week here in Granville, Normandy, I’m going to finish the shorty for my son, finish the body of my Risen and get going on the sleeves and possibly pick up my sock from my last qualifying round of Sock Madness! That is the most difficult and most beautiful sock I have knit so far and it has been in hibernation for a while now. I need to finish it and I think picking it up here where I’m alone in my room at night and can fully concentrate would be a good idea. You probably don’t know which sock this is so here’s a picture to refresh your memory. The pattern is called Coffee Cantata.

sock madness round 6And this is where I’m still at today, just passed the cuff on sock nr 2. I might not get to the sock but I’m going to try.

Anyway that’s about it for my knitting except that I’m occasionally working on my Pinwheel blanket by Mina Philipp of the Knitting Expat Podcast. I have finished square 4 and just began square 5 yesterday.

square 5That’s it for today. I hope you have a great week and lots of crafting time. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to blog next week as I might be busy the first days after coming home not to mention that I return to work as of Monday! But I will be posting when I get the chance and share my progress with you plus some amazing acquisitions that I made this week and will hopefully arrive very soon in my mailbox.  I’m super excited about those:)

But before I go, here a few pictures from yesterday- the beach and the  book market that was held here yesterday.

Until next time, take care 🙂

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