Three finished objects and more in the works

Hi there, today is November first and it is beautiful outside. The sun is shining and it is almost hot outside which is rather unusual for this time of year here in Normandy, France. I’m not going to complain about good weather but I do admit that grey skies and rain would not have bothered me today as I’m a little tired after last nights Halloween party and just spending my day knitting would be perfect but with weather like this I feel I have to go outside. Well, we’ll see. I know i’ll be knitting today the question is just how much:)

So like the title says I have three finished objects to show you today. One big and one small.

Let’s begin with the big one which is my Snowflake sweater by Tin Can Knits. I knit this using my DK Cash’merino yarn in Grey and Something about CC (bright pink). It took a while to finish even though this is a fast knit. This sounds very contradictory but in fact I finished the body quite quickly and then I put it aside and it took me a while to come back to it but when I finally did I finished the sleeves in no time.

The pattern is easy so if you have never knit a sweater or are afraid it might take too much time, this could be the right pattern for you. The only difficulty was the lace yoke but once I put in my stitch markers (which I should have done from the beginning) it was fine. So I’ve finished all the knitting and I’ve woven in my ends so now I just need to find the right buttons and sew them in and I’ll be able to wear it!

www.knittinginfrance.com I’m super happy about the outcome and even though the pink is  super bright the fact that the yoke is grey makes this easy to wear. When my youngest saw the sweater done she asked me to make one for her in the same colours. I think I might just change the colors and do her yoke in pink and the rest of the sweater in grey. We’ll think about it but I might not get to begin hers until after Christmas because I have so much to knit before Christmas.

I don’t usually give handknit gifts for Christmas but this year I want to and like I’ve already told you I’m doing hats and mittens for everyone. So this week I finished another hat so that makes a total of 4 hats done and 4 more to go.

www.knittinginfrance.com This pattern by Lioness Arts uses 2×2 ribbing, garter stitch and moss stitch and is quite simple and quick to knit in DK weight yarn. This is what I’m knitting for all the kids.

And last but not least, I finished my Strawberries and Cream Frappé socks by CC Almon/JavaPurl. The first ever pattern to be written using my hand dyed yarn! I’m so incredibly proud of this collaboration and now I can actually wear these socks myself. I of course knit them using the yarn I dyed especially for this pattern and that I call Strawberry Frappuccino.

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The pattern is not complicated so even a beginner knitter could do this I think. The pattern is based on knits and purls and there is a little “cable” but you can do that without a cable needle. The pattern is for toe up socks and a short row heel. I love it and I hope to make a few more using my yarns.

And now onto the works in progress. I still have to finish my Lady of Lallibroch socks by CC Almonwww.knittinginfrance.com This is an old picture but I haven’t knit much on them since then. I’m a few rows from the heel shaping so hopefully I’ll finish them this coming week.

And I’m working on a pair of mittens using the same yarn as for the socks above. And both the socks and the mittens will be gifted to the same person at Christmas. The mittens I’m knitting are called Meristem Botanical Mittens by Maria Montzka

I saw these mittens on the designers podcast and immediately went to Ravelry to buy the pattern. I’m planning on doing 3 of these, 2 for Christmas gifts and one pair for myself.

ww.knittinginfrance.com www.knittinginfrance.com I love the pattern. The pattern is only on the back and the palm is plain stockinette so these are not too complicated and I really love this pattern. This will make for a delicate pair of mittens. The yarn is Cascade Heritage Sock.

I also cast on for a pair of socks as soon as I cast off my Strawberries and Cream Frappé socks. I fell for some Christmassy yarn by an indie dyer on Etsy called The Cozy Knitter.

christmas yarn from the cozy knitter The one on the left is called Holly Jolly and the one in two balls is You’ve been Elfed I think. So I cast on using the Holly Jolly yarn yesterday and I really love the result. This is a self striping yarn and my favorite colour is the gold color and I wonder how she was able to achieve that. I’ll have to do some investigating and testing myself because I find that color super interesting.

But like I said i just cast on yesterday so I don’t have much to show you but you’ll get the picture here

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This coming week I’ll also continue to knit my Christmas gift hats and maybe a pair of mittens in a kids size.

That’s all for today. Have a wonderful Sunday and an even better week.

Happy crafting 🙂

My latest WIPs and hand dyed yarns

Hi there, how are you doing today? I’m doing pretty good. Today is Friday and I’m looking forward to the weekend. I’d love to be able to just isolate myself and just work on my shop and my knitting but when one has a family of 5, well isolation is not really an option 🙂

So first off, I’m suffering greatly from a case of Startitis these days! I’ve got a gazillion things on my needles and rather than actually concentrating on and finishing one project after another I just keep casting on for new projects! Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing but this is where I’m at now. I actually counted my projects and here is my list:

3 pairs of socks + 2 pairs of mittens + 2 shawls + 1 stole + 1 sweater + 1 blanket

I think that’s all ….. Some of these have been patiently waiting for me for more or less time but here are those I’m currently, actually working on:

Hermione’s Everyday socks – My objective now is to knit as much as I can using my hand dyed yarns and then add my yarns to Ravelry so others can create their project pages with my yarns. Also to upload pictures of projects I knit with my yarns so others can see how they knit up and maybe even tempt a few knitters to try out my yarns.

www.knittinginfrance.com The yarn is my merino/nylon blend and I’m knitting this on my Signature dpns in 2,25mm. The pattern is quite simple and going rather quickly. I’ve finished one sock and I’m just a few rows from the heel flap on the second sock.

Irma mittens – This is a pattern I purchased last week after discovering this amazing designer on Ravelry. I told you all about her 2 posts ago I think. So I chose to cast on for the Irma mittens first as those are destined to be a christmas gift for someone close to me and I thought I’d better get started to be sure I finish in time. I did have some difficulties when I came to the fair isle pattern and I sent the designer a message on Ravelry and she promptly answered back and after considering her answer and taking a really good look at the pattern again, I was finally able to UNDERSTAND and now I’m enjoying the knit. I’m using my hand dyed yarns of course. The main color is undyed and the pattern color is a bluish/black in my Sparkles base (the white one is a merino/nylon yarn).

www.knittinginfrance.com This is the picture from Ravelry and here’s where I’m at

www.knittinginfrance.com    This is the back side     www.knittinginfrance.com This is the front – you can see the horseshoe and the top of the ears

I think these will look wonderful once finished.

 

Snowflake sweater by Tincanknits – I bought this pattern a while back after seeing some gorgeous pictures on Ravelry and Facebook. I’m using my CMN base in DK weight. The lace part and cuff are grey and the main part of the sweater is BRIGHT pink. I’m currently working on the lace yoke. This is my second time around. I had almost finished when I noticed a mistake that I just could not live with and so decided to rip it back and begin again. This time around I’m using loads of stitch markers. This way I mark the beginning and end of each repeat and this way I can quickly see if I’m doing something wrong. I’m less than 10 rows from getting started on the main part of the sweater in the bright pink. I’m hoping the super bright pink won’t be too bright. I’m thinking it will look nice with a jean and the yoke being grey I won’t look too bad.

snowflake by tin can knits   This is the pattern picture.  www.knittinginfrance.com And here is my yoke. This was taken just after ripping back and getting all my markers in place. Since the picture I’ve knit most of the yoke, I think I’m about 5 rows from finishing the yoke/lace part. So far so good:)

 

And my latest project that I cast on just yesterday. It’s going to be a slouchy beanie using a sock weight yarn. The yarn is 100% superwash high twist BFL hand dyed in a nice blue/white color. I just had this vision of a slouchy hat and immediately cast on. I’m using a fun cuff pattern and a nice lacy cable pattern for the main part. And yesterday I got some gorgeous project bags (I’ll be telling you all about those in a later post) so that makes knitting it even more fun.

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What about you? What are you working on these days? Do you also work on a gazillion projects at the same time? Any great patterns you’d like to share with me? I’m always open to casting on new projects:)

Until next time, take care and enjoy your crafting. Have a great weekend:)

 

 

I think I’m ready for a SWEATER!

Wow! That is an unusual statement coming from me! But I really think I am. It’s been a while since I last knit a sweater. My last sweater was the Mesa by Stephen West. I had a bit of a sweater mojo in the winter 2013-2014 and actually knit 3 or 4 sweaters. Unfortunately I don’t remember which patterns I knit for the first 2 and I apologise for that but maybe the pictures will help you recognise the patterns. They all come from Ravelry and I believe all were paid for patterns.

So here is the first one, all are modelled by my beautiful daughter Anais.

www.knittinginfrance.com www.knittinginfrance.com this was a rather simple sweater but with lovely neckline details

Then came the asymmetrical cardi. The middle picture shows a nice design/construction detail

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And then I did the Mesa by Stephen West and I actually did 2 of those one for me and one for Anais. The above sweaters were both for Anais. So the Mesa was a really quick knit and Anais liked mine so much that I went ahead and made a second one for her but as I’m writing this I can’t seem to find the pictures of her Mesa so I’ll have to share those with you later but here comes mine, modelled as before by Anais.

First the yarns which are different types of yarns and from different yarn companies as well.

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And the sweater

www.knittinginfrance.com www.knittinginfrance.com  I’m bigger than Anais so it looks quite big on her but you get the picture:)

And like I said at the beginning I’m feeling the sweater mojo coming back. I’ve taken out 2 sweaters worth of yarns from my stash. Yarns that I bought as kits with Craftsy classes and now I just need to cast on and take the classes as I knit. But I’m not feeling those at the moment so I’ll share them later when I do feel like getting them going. No, now I feel like doing

Snowflake by Tin Can Knits This is a paid for pattern on Ravelry and I’ve seen lots of pictures of finished Snowflakes and they all look gorgeous. The only question I have is, should I make the button placket or not? I’ve seen both versions and both look good. Leaving the buttons out means knitting in the round from the beginning and that is appealing. Also, I don’t have any buttons in mind and this really does call for some nice and color coordinated buttons. So I need to think on that.

Here is a link to the project page of one of my virtual knitter friends, LazyBene and I really love her version and colors of the Snowflake.

If you are not familiar with this pattern, here’s a picture.www.knittinginfrance.com

I love the fact that the pattern exists in a large number of sizes from 0-6 months up to 4XL so no matter what size you are looking to do, it’s there! I also love the fact that you can do a 2 color knit. Of course you can do this in one color only but the 2 color version really looks good I think. And you can play with that idea and either do 2 tones of the same color or do 2 contrasting colors.

This is knit in a DK yarn so I’m thinking maybe I’ll do my DK sparkling yarn for the yoke and then my Cash’merino DK for the rest of the body. Both are gorgeous and squishy yarns. Of course, I do NOT have any yarn in my stash so I’m going to dye some for this project. So I need to find some nice color combinations. I’m thinking maybe doing greys or grey with pink or grey with turquoise.

Have you knit this pattern? Would you like to share a picture of your knit Snowflake and tell us about your experience knitting that? Or would you maybe like to knit along with me? Maybe we could do a KAL out of this and either use whatever yarns we like OR I could dye up some yarns for you – if you just give me your colors, that could be arrainged. What do you think?

And if not, if you are just too busy or simply not interested, do you have ideas for good color combinations or maybe have a picture of a finished Snowflake you particularly like colorwise? that might help me make my choice before I dive into the dyeing. Knowing myself, I’m not going to be able to wait very long and as the weekend is just around the corner, I’m guessing I’ll be doing some dyeing this weekend:)

Well that’s all for today. Thank’s for stopping by:) I wish you all a wonderful weekend and look forward to hearing from those of you who wish to share something with me and my readers on this subject:) Take care and knit on!