Endless socks

Hi there everyone, how are you? It’ s almost weekend now. The week has whizzed by in a blurr.

We have had some rather nice weather here in Normandy, France this past week and even eat outside in the garden last Saturday. I´m still hard at work on my studies and I have just begun working as well. Not a lot, only small translation and proofreading projects so far to ease into thing slowly but surely. This has brought back a lot of memories, both good and bad, about what it is like to work as a translator. It’s not enough to speak fluently a number of languages, sometimes the simplest of words can be super tricky to accurately translate depending on the context. But some general brain gymnastic cannot be a bad thing! I just need to retrain myself and work up to cruising speed or I will never earn an actual living!,

But enough on work. Let’s talk knitting.

So this past week I finished test knitting a sweater that will be published soon so I should be able to share pictures and more info later this month. The sweater calls for lace yarn held double. It makes for a very light garment and I chose some of my own hand dyed yarns for this. I think this will be the perfect sweater for spring and early summer.

I also finished my test knit socks. I don’t know what they will be called yet but as this was not a secret test knit I can share the finished pictures with you.

What do you think? I quite like the finished item and the heel construction was fun to learn. Even though the heel looks, to me, a little strange/unusual, it does fit perfectly. I knit this using Socks Yeah! yarn and this was the first time, I think, using that yarn. It was quite nice to work with and has given me a very smooth finish I think. I will of course share the pattern link when this has been published.

And I started a new pair of socks. I have been part of the Solid Socks group on Ravelry for a while but never actually joined in their challenges. But last week I saw that this month they are running a mystery sock kal and the designer is none other than General Hogbuffer! I love their patterns so I decided to join in. We get a clue a week and I have finished clue 1 for both socks.

I´m using Regia Silk 4 ply for this pair. The yarn is very soft and nice to work with. It feels rather plump. These are knit on size 2,50 mm needles. The pattern is called Pescatarian.

And while I´m knitting all the socks, a friend asked if I would knit a pair for her nephew and of course I said YES! I sent her pictures of different yarns and he chose a self striping one. I chose to knit the Socks on a plane pattern. This is a free pattern on Ravelry and is knit toe up. I split my ball of yarn to knit two at a time or rather consecutively as I´m not knitting both on a single needle. I started one and then the other. Today as I was listening to a school webinar I started the cable pattern on the second sock…. unfortunately that was not a good idea because I made a mistake. The cables should mirror each other so that the position of the cable pattern is identical on both socks and instead of mirroring I knit the exact same thing!

See? The cables should be on the inside of each sock…. Well I´m not very far along so I can rip back and start over. It’s just always so frustrating to make mistakes like this! After all my knitting time is precious so I´m a little bother but hey, should teach me not to knit cables while studying!

And then the biggest knitting event this month, Sock Madness is coming up. We received the list of items needed for all the patterns a while ago so I have already chosen my yarns and put everything in a large bag with multiple circular sock needles, stitch markers and other accessories.

Today we were notified of the first pattern, that is which pattern will be first (pattern D- we don’t have the name yet). The first pattern which is the qualifying pair will be a single color sock with beads! And the pattern will be published in the next 40 hours or so. This means that I will now be frantically checking my email every hour just in case and hope it will not arrive just as I go to sleep:)

My supplies for the first pattern in this year’s Sock Madness

Above you can see the yarns I have chosen to use for this year’s Sock Madness and of course you see some of my cats as well. They are always there when I need to take pictures or organize something on my bed:)

So lot’s of sock knitting coming up for me. But I must not forget to work on the short sleeved sweater for my daughter and make some progress on baby knits and crochet blankets.

Before I leave you today let me just show you the latest baby knits.

That’s all for today. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed checking out my latest knits. If you are part of SM15 then all the best to you.

Have a great weekend ahead, stay safe and stay healthy. Enjoy your knitting.

Yeah for weekend knitting

Hello there, how are you today? I hope you have had a good week and that the weekend ahead will be even better. Again this week has gone by in a wink and so I am here on a Friday!

As you may know I´m going back into translation work after having lost my job at the airline but before starting I´m doing a master’s degree in translation from French into English. Normally one always translates into one’s native language and I will too but her ein France there is no option including Icelandic. And anyway this is teaching me a lot about techniques, information sourcing and of course making me progress in English. I´m also looking to specialize in a particular area to stand a better chance of earning a decent living and have applied to 2 mentoring programs. I did a test already for one and I´m waiting for the results and I will do another test for another agency today so cross your fingers for me:) All this to say that I have a lot less knitting time than I would like to have.

But let’s not complain! So first up, I finished my Valenvent socks. The pattern is by Kay Jones of the Bakery Bears podcast. This was released as a mystery pattern with a little section being published each day in the run up to Valentines day. The pattern has now been published as a “regular” pattern and you can find it here – they are called the Amore Sampler Socks.

So here is my finished pair

As you can see they are not identical but fraternal. What I enjoyed was getting all these different lace patterns which can then be used individually to create new socks using just one pattern per pair. I´m planning on doing that in the future.

On the subject of sock knitting. I finished a pair a while ago and have neglected to share with you… This is a free pattern on Ravelry and is called Feather and Fan socks by Amanda Clark.

I knit my pair using a gradient sock set from Wollelfe in Austria. She offers beautiful gradient yarns with a very large offer of ball sizes from sock sets to sweater/shawl sizes. I think this colorway is called Canteloupe, it´s a sort of watermelon color. If you are looking for an engaging, lace sock I would recommend you give this one a try.

And now I´m working on a nother pair of socks for a test knit, different designer. This pattern has not been released yet. This is a fun pattern that uses contrasting cuff and toe and has unusual features such as the lace cuff and a new to me heel construction.

I´m knitting this using Socks Yeah yarn.

The heel construction is a fun one to knit because we keep knitting in the round so there is no interruption in the flow and it fits perfectly. I finished the first sock last night but haven´t had the time to take pictures yet but I will share again when my pair is done and the pattern published.

I´m also working on my own sock design. I have finished one sock and have cast on for a second sock but this time in a different size and yarn. I´m thinking I will knit a total of 3 pairs to be sure the pattern works for all the sizes before I finish a pair.

I really hope this time I will see the design through to the end and have it tech edited and then published. This could be a way for me to help with the financing of the blog for example. What do you think? I haven’ t looked on Ravelry to see if there is another pattern out there that looks similar. It is always a possibility as there are so many sock patterns out there…

And since we are talking socks, there is a sale going on now for 50% off all sock patterns by Lisa K Ross or Paper Daisy Designs. She has a lot of fun patterns and I own a few of them. Here’s a link if you would like to take a look and remember to use the code SOCKKNITTING at checkout for 50% off .

And before I let you go on with your day I just wanted to show you the latest finished item of baby knits.

I love the self striping socks! Turtle Purl Yarns are the best! And the baby tights, I modified the pattern and chose to knit a cuff and keep it as a pants rather than knit the socks as the pattern calls for. As you can see I have cast on for a second one but in a bigger size and this time using a patterning sock yarn which is looking quite nice I feel, so far. However I think that with just 1 skein I will not have enough to knit them as per pattern (with socks) so they will most likely be like the first pair. The yellow one is in a 3 months size and the new one is 12 months I believe. The pattern I´m using is called Olive’ s Tights and is by Knitting by Olive.

That’ s it for today. Thank you for stopping by and for sharing in my knitting adventure. Next time I will be showing you my Sock Madness preparations. I have chosen the yarns, purchased the beads and some extra needles. I need to create project pages for each pattern and enter the info regarding needle size, yarn and beads to get that out of the way. Every little thing counts when in a competition and speed is of the essence.

Until next time, have a great weekend and a good week ahead. Enjoy your knitting and I look forward to sharing more next time.

A little bit of knitting and Sock Madness around the corner

Hi there, once again I´m late in posting. Time somehow seems to elude me these days! I have been knitting but not as much as I would have liked.

This past week it has been very cold here in Normandy and we even got some actual snow! Which stayed for maybe a day. Suddenly it felt like Christmas in February! With the cold I have been wearing my handknit socks and boy am I thankful I have those. It´s amazing how much handknit socks keep you warm and cozy. And I have a gazillion of those!

I am knitting a new pair at the moment by the way. I´m a patron of the Bakery Bears show and they are running a knitalong called Valenvent now where every day we get a little portion of a sock pattern and at the end of the 12 days we have finished a pair. It is a lot of fun. The socks are fraternal socks so not identical which means everytime we get a pattern note we are doing something different. And I can really see myself later knitting a number of other pairs using just one of each of those stitch patterns.

This is my first sock and here you can clearly see the individual stitch patterns. The contrast yarn is one I dyed myself and the main color is a merino and silk blend from Eden Cottage Yarns I believe. The colors are not showing up great here but the main color is a sort of rosy beige. Today we get the second to last part for sock number 2 so by the end of this week I will have my pair. I have been scrupulously knitting each part every day as I did not want to fall behind. It is really a fun kal.

Another thing I have started lately is a new crochet blanket. I did do a pattern search on Ravelry and found a ton of patterns, mostly from Attic24 but then ended up doing my own thing. I basically decided to do a big granny square. It is for a little boy so I´m using all blue colors.

It really is kind of fun to be getting back into crochet. However I´m very much a beginner and only know the simplest of stitches. I could have chosen to learn something new as I cast on this project but no…I don´t have the brain space at the moment. But I definitely want to try some new things in the future.

As I have said before, my oldest loves my handknitting and she regularly sends me wish lists of items she would like me to make here. I´m now knitting a short sleeved t-shirt called Gasp by Kim Hargraves.

I´m knitting this using the Rowan cotton as the pattern calls for. This is knit in pieces and I´m on the back now. Here´s where I am.

It is a fun knit and the cotton yarn is a joy to work with. The stitch definition is very good and I look forward to seeing it all done.

I´m also continuing the little baby knits when I have a little time but I don´t have any significant progress to show so I will share pictures later on.

Sock Madness is around the corner. This is the 15th edition and I think this will be my fourth participation. I always say I´m not doing it again and yet I’m unable to resist the temptation.

The madness will begin in March. I have printed out the list of materials but still need to pick everything out to be ready. This year, judging by the materials required, we will have lots of colorwork or at least socks with contrasting something and….. BEADS! I´m not a huge fan of beaded socks but they do add to the challenge. I think I have a nice stash of beads already so I just need to find it and then pair with whatever yarn would work for that pattern. So lots of sock knitting coming up!

Are you taking part in Sock Madness too? I´d love to hear if you are or if you have participated previously and decided not to reiterate.

So this coming week I have to finish my pair of Valenvent socks, continue to work on the Gasp t-shirt for my daughter, continue working on my test knit sweater (I have yet to share this one with you), continue with my baby knits and crochet blanket, continue knitting on my own sock pattern if I ever want to get it published!

I sort of wished I had less studying to do and more free time to knit! But then who doesn’t?

And then there are the cats! I have a new one! So I now have 6 cats. The latest arrival is a male, a Cornish Rex Sire (not neutered) to mate with my Romy. They already like each other A LOT!!! So under strict surveillance as Romy still is too young to get pregnant. But I´m so looking forward to the next step in my cat breeding adventure! I’m planning on doing a website/blog for my cattery too where I will share knowledge about cats in general, my breeds in particular and the everyday life with my cats.

Anyway that’s all for today folks. Thanks for stopping by and spending some of your precious time with me today. I hope you are doing well in spite of Covid. Stay healthy, stay safe and keep on knitting/crocheting:)

Knitting for the knit worthy

Hi there, here I am again! Youpi! I´m on schedule! And so excited to be back into blogging. In fact, I´m so happy to be blogging again that I´m in the process of launching a second blog which will be dedicated to my cattery and my adventures as a new breeder. When it is ready I will of course share that with you so if any of you are also interested in cats you can follow there as well.

Knitting for others is a big issue and knitters can discuss this at length. Most of us, if not all, have an opinion about this. I think that maybe new knitters are more open to knitting for others.

After being a knitter for a few decades I have a sort of unwritten/unofficial rule. I do not knit on commission that is I do not knit to sell my finished items. I did sell years ago but not to individuals but to shops who would purchase my items and then resell. That was interesting and I sold both crochet baby softies in a baby shop and traditional Icelandic handknits using Icelandic Lopi in a number of souvenir shops in Iceland.

I have never sold here in France because I have come to realize that the general public is usually not willing to pay a correct price for a handknit item. Most do not realize the price of the wool nor the time required to make the item. So best not to go down that road.

So I knit for myself and those I find knit worthy – family members, friends or others I encounter in life and want feel would appreciate my handknits.

Most of my family loves my handknits and so I get to gift socks, shawls, hats and mitts on a regular basis.

This December I was surprised when one of my elderly neighbors asked if I would be willing to sell her a few pairs of handknit socks she wanted to gift for Christmas. As this is a very dear person I of course accepted. I gifted her a few pairs for herself and then she chose 3 pairs to purchase. Seeing how appreciated my work is always warms my heart. A little later her husband asked if I would be willing to knit him a pair of socks and I of course said yes again.

He had a special request. I wanted knee high socks to wear in boots when gardening. I rarely knit knee high socks. I looked on line and in my sock books. I started two times. The first time I started from the cuff and as I was maybe 10 cm in he tried it on and it was too large so I ripped back and started again and chose a different pattern.

I was just making it up as I went and wanted to knit a colorwork to get a double layer sock for extra warmth. But this time I wasn´t happy with the motif/pattern I chose. It was a checkerboard pattern in black and white. So again I stopped and ripped back.

But it was getting cold and so I had to make some progress. I ended up stash diving and doing something totally different. I chose an old Opal skein in dark green and some left over beige yarn of unknown origin and started on a toe up sock. I also chose to knit them two at a time using magic loop to be sure they were identical in length and to avoid second sock syndrome!

I had hoped to finish before Christmas but that did not work out. I have now finished his socks and hope to give them to him this week.

I´m quite happy with the result. They did take forever to knit and they look huge! I know the foot fits because he tried them on when I was a few cm past the heel. He has thin calves so I´m hoping they will go up to the knees without an issue! A little nerve wrecking I admit. I will let you know when he has tried them on.

I also wanted to knit something for his wife, now that I know she enjoys handknits. And there is my other neighbor who is going through cancer treatment. I had gifted her a shawl when she went through her first treatment a couple of years ago and I know she uses that a lot. And so I thought it was time for a second shawl for her.

I had purchased the Knitwent ebook from Helen of Curious Handmade and there I found the perfect shawl.

I chose to knit the Tidings shawl by Helen https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tidings-shawl

I decided to knit two, one for each neighbor and I chose Drops Alaska for the yarn. I wanted a durable, warm and economical option and I´m very happy with the results.

The shawls are HUGE. the top is larger than my wingspan so I´m guessing around 2 m long! And this is a thick, Aran type yarn so should be very warm too.

So now I just need to find the time to visit the neighbors and hopefully they will enjoy their handknits:)

I´m so happy to have these 3 items off my needles. I´m currently working on the following and will share info about those in a future blog post.

That´s it for this week. Thank you for checking in on me and sharing my adventures. I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead. Stay safe!

Some news

Hi there, how are you doing? I hope you are doing well and enjoying spring.

I have been absent for a while and I will continue to be so for some time longer. But I finally have the courage to give a little explanation for my absence.

If you have been following me for a while you will know that I lost my job in May of last year as a consequence of the Covid crisis. And last month, my partner and father of my children decided to leave me. After 28 years of living together.

Needless to say this was a huge blow and I now find myself at almost 50 years old, alone and unemployed. Not only do I have to face a precarious financial situation but my mental health has taken a serious hit.

For about 3 weeks I hardly touched my needles. I simply lost the will to live and only functioned on autopilot for survival. Slowly, very slowly I am trying to get back to life and that includes my needles. I have been doing a little bit of knitting most days and it does feel good.

However I do not feel capable of continuing to blog for the moment. I am too depressed to be able to provide any kind of informational or fun content for the moment.

I would like to thank you for stopping by and for your understanding. I hope to return to blogging in the future and in the meantime here are a few pictures of what I am working on now.

Crazy Cat Lady and a knitter too!

Hello and how are you today? I hope you are well and staying safe and healthy. It has been way too long since my last post. I have been following a lot of webinars in relation with my new/future freelance business in addition to my regular study and so time has just flown. These past days I have found myself at my desk till 6 or 7 pm which has meant much less knitting and no time to blog. But today I decided I would make some time for my blog and so here I am:)

I have been knitting these past days but just a lot less. I don´t think I actually finished anything nor did I make any significant progress on a particular project unfortunately. So I´m going to share some of my knitting I did while away from the blog.

Yesterday I wore a short sleeved sweater/t-shirt I knit from an Andrea Mowry pattern. It is called Vintage ´83. I knit mine using all fuzzy yarns. I chose a mohair blend for the stripes and an undyed suri yarn for the main color.

Not the best pictures but you get the idea:) I really like the textured pattern on the body. It gives a lot of stretch and looks intricate. I really like this design and could see myself knitting another version without the mohair in the future.

I also purchased a kit from Wool and the Gang. My oldest is a fan of handknit clothes (lucky me) and she constantly supplies me with a list of garments she wants me to make her. So, she saw this oversized, bulky cardigan on their website and in spite of the high price tag I went along. The pattern is called Mr Honey Bear Cardigan and uses their Crazy Sexy Wool. That wool is like a thick pencil roving or partially unspun yarn. It looks lovely in the ball but boy does it ever pill!

The picture is not very good with regards to the color. It is really a sort of rich caramel color. Here it had been worn a few times and you can see on the picture how the yarn pills on the sleeves and along the underarms. It is huge! The pattern was very simple and easy to follow even for beginners as they give step by step instructions. My daughter loves her cardigan which is thick enough to be worn in lieu of a coat. However I must say we are not fans of the wool…

I also succumbed for a cardigan for myself which is on my needles already. It´s called Charlie´s cardigan

And I chose the color shown here! I have already knit the back, both fronts and 1 1/2 sleeves I think so not much left but it´s been hibernating for a few weeks. It is a cotton yarn and this time I really like the yarn, it feels nice, is a joy to work with and gives great stitch definition. I really look forward to getting it off the needles as I think this will be a great addition to my wardrope.

Ok so I have told you have fallen head over heels with the Cornish Rex cat breed and here is my lovely Romy.

Having become a “crazy cat lady” according to my family, I of course ended up wanting to knit for my little darling. I do realize that this is a controversial subject so no judging:) She is not a fan of wearing sweaters but when it is particularly cold she still enjoys a little nap in some wool.

So what happened is that I saw a post on FB from a fellow Cornish Rex fan who had knit a sweater for her cat. I contacted her and asked for the pattern´s name. It turns out she had made the pattern herself and asked if I would like to test knit. Well of course I did!

This was the first version knit using a DK weight yarn from Drops (don´t remember exactly which). However there was an issue with the sleeves. They were too close together and she was not able to walk correctly when wearing the sweater (which is partly because she had never worn anything like this). So another version was made.

This one was much better fitting. I personally chose to omit the sleeves so that there are just armholes which seems to help with comfort and walking. However, as my girl is very slim the body was a little large and not very close to her body. I think I might end up knitting this again using a fingering weight yarn in stead or keeping the DK but knitting fewer stitches to keep the body smaller/tighter.

You can check out my project page on Ravelry, the pattern is called Cornish Rex Chilly Mitten Sweater by Kim L. Malone.

And while in the Christmas spirit I purchased a Christmas Sweater pattern on Etsy which I knit but then have yet to assemble… typical me! But it is super cute. I just have to sew the pieces together and knit the neck.

The reindeers have a red pompom as a nose but I have yet to make those. The pattern is called Christmas Dog Sweater and is by DottyPatterns on Etsy.

If you have been following my blog for a while you will know that I have sometimes made up my own sock patterns and talked about getting them published. So far just talk. But who knows maybe this year will be THE year. Anyway I just started a new sock/pattern. I haven´t looked on Ravelry to see if a similar design exists.

I´m just knitting along and seeing how this will turn out. What do you think?

This is a textured pattern using knits, purls and twisted stitches. I quite like the look. The yarn is a very dark green so maybe not the best color to show off the pattern. I will have to knit a second pair in a lighter yarn to better show off the stitches.

So I think this is all for no. I must get back to my translation studies. But just one more thing I want to mention. If you have been following the blog for a while you will have noticed that now there are some ads on the blog. I personally do not enjoy ads on blogs but the reason they are here now is that financially I was not able to renew my previous business plan with WordPress. I had to downgrade and that meant some ads. Now I see that so far I have “earned” 14 USD which is not much but I´m wondering if I might be able to reach 100 USD which would then allow me to upgrade to the previous version. We´ll see. I had thought of doing something like a paid subscription for added value like a monthly newsletter or a knit night on Zoom or a members-only podcast, something Patreon style to help pay for the hosting but I´m thinking that given the current crisis worldwide, most people do not have as much disposable income as before so leaving the ads is probably a better solution for the timebeing. Let me know what you think.

That´s all folks. I hope you have a great rest of the week. I have a busy week ahead with a full day of translation webinar on Saturday so not much knitting in the days to come. Stay safe:)

Baby knitting

Hi there, how are you today? I hope you are doing well and staying safe. I imagine that you, like me, are being more or less confined due to the current Covid crisis. This is perhaps less of an issue for us knitters as we can always pick up our knitting to pass the time if need be.

Here in France we are in lockdown from 6 pm to 6 am. I´m studying from home so this means I rarely leave the house or just to go grocery shopping etc. I should go out for walks, a bit of fresh air would do me a world of good both physically and mentally but I´m having a hard time committing to that. I did actually sign up for the walking challenge hosted by Dan and Kay of the Bakery Bears podcast hoping that will give me a kick in the behind but so far….not much success! How about you? Are you part of their race this year? What do you do to motivate yourself for some light workout?

As for knitting, I have been knitting everyday as always. Since last time I managed to finish 1 pair of socks, a baby cardigan and socks. I have also been working on my scrappy crochet blanket as well as the other gazillion wips I have.

So first the socks, I have finished the Snow Forest socks by Kay Jones https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/snow-forest-3

I have yet to create my project page on Ravelry but I used yarn from Lay Family Yarns. This was the first time I used their yarn and I must say it is beautiful. The base itself is just the standard 75/25 merino nylon but the dye job is really beautiful and I love the finished item.

The lace pattern is only on one side so even if I pictured them facing the same direction, when worn they actually mirror each other. The pattern was clearly written and easy to follow and I like the rounded toe. These are a step up from simple vanilla socks so perfect when you are not in a mindspace that allows for complicated and intricate knitting but you still want something other than just stockinette stitch round and round. So highly recommend this pattern. It is one of 3 patterns she published end of 2020. I purchased all 3 and plan to knit the other two shortly.

For information the other two are Flurry and Winter Solstice

I recently learned that one of my cousins in Iceland is expecting her first baby. I don´t know yet if it is a boy or a girl but I immediately wanted to cast on something. I haven´t knit much for babies in a while so this is quite exciting. I have been perusing Ravelry searching for patterns and have created a list of patterns I like and you can check out if interested by clicking here.

Knitting for babies turns out to be very fulfilling in terms of productivity as they usually are small items and so can be finished quickly. The first item I decided to knit was the Newborn Vertebrae. I chose a gender neutral yarn from Regia and I modified the pattern slightly by adding a few stitches to make the cardigan cover a little more of the chest area.

I like the finished item and I´m actually wondering about knitting a second raglan cardigan though not necessarily from the same pattern.

I then knit a pair of newborn socks. I did not use an actual pattern but looked at different free patterns and made up my own. I did however have an issue with the length of the foot. I was not really able to find a good source for the sock length so maybe they will only fit the first few days of life:)

I used the same yarn as for the cardigan and they are super cute. But I will have to knit more socks in bigger sizes.

My finished set of Newborn Vertebrae and matching socks

As this was finished I had to find a new project and I chose to knit a pair of baby tights. I chose the Olive´s Tights. I chose a yellow sparkly yarn from my stash. This was already balled up from a long time ago. I had started a shawl with this yarn but then ripped it out and put away. I no longer have the ball band and I´m not even sure if this is something I dyed myself or if this is yarn I purchased.

I have only just cast on so there is not much to show but here´s a sneak peak so you can see the yarn.

This week I will be working on the Olive´s Tights and I would love to finish my Sparks socks by Andrea Mowry.

I just have one foot and knitting colorwork with one´s own handspun is such fun that I should not need much time to get these done.

I will also be working on my crochet blanket. I originally made two magic knot balls of 200 gr each and I´m almost done with the second one so last night I made a third one and this time it weighs 335 gr. What is absolutely amazing is that all that yarn, now a total of about 740 gr comes from small leftovers of sock yarns! I have not touched my stash of mini skeins! And I still have plenty of leftovers!!! Oh my!

It puts my stash a little into perspective… maybe there actually is such a thing as “enough” yarn…It is also very satisfying to use up all those leftovers that would otherwise have kept sitting in my bins for years to come.

I´m not really using a pattern for my blanket I´m just doing trebble/double crochet and I’m not sure how many I chained but I think that width wise it is about 160 cm or so.

As for spinning, I´m sad to say that I have not touched my spinning wheel for close to a year now I think. When I lost my grandmother I lost a part of myself and I´m slowly getting my act back together and I’m hoping to get back to spinning soon. My kittens have though manage to cut through my tension band (I think that is the correct name) so I will have to order a new one before I get going.

And on the personal side, well I’m studying for my Master´s degree in translation. Not an easy task after 2 decades of working to find myself on a school bench again. It is all online and sometimes that is a disadvantage as I am often tempted to cut my day short and do some knitting instead!

But I only have a few months left so I need to stay focused and also prepare for the after when I will start working as an independent translator. There are a lot of things to consider and do before I can actually start working. And at the same time I’m preparing my cattery, reading up on everything cat related, looking at what I need to invest in, look for new queens (a female cat that is not sterilized) etc.

So as you can see I have a lot of work but somehow knitting still is my favorite thing to do and that and my cats help me to stay sane!

I think this is all for now. I wish you a very good week. Stay healthy, stay happy and enjoy your knitting!

Happy new year to you and your family

Hi there, it has been almost 1 year since I last posted! I´m sure you all thought I had given up and you would not be far from the truth. Some of you may know that I lost my grandmother in October 2018 and was profoundly affected by her loss. I did try to continue writing in 2019 but did not really succeed and then there was 2020! Phew I´m soooo glad that year is over!

2020 was a very difficult year for me as I´m sure it was for many of you too. The worst part for me was loosing my job after 16 years of working for “my” airline. Loosing my job after all those years, a job I loved and a company I saw myself working for until my retirement, was a shock. And my age is not helping. Starting over at 49 is far from ideal.

I admit that I am still in shock and anger mode regarding the loss of my job. Being unemployed is very difficult emotionally as well as financially. With Covid jobs are few and hard to get so I chose to go back to school and try to go back to doing freelance work as an independent translator – a job I have done previously. It is not easy to go back to school at my age and I admit there are days it is not fun but I´m hanging in there. I will finish my course end of May this year and then it will be time to face the world and try to stand on my own two feet. I´m excited and scared at the same time. If by some miracle I could get my old job back I would jump at the chance. If that is not an option, I will do my best to make a living for me and my family as a translator.

The loss of my job forced me to do some introspection and I decided that in all this adversity I deserved some encouragement. I decided to make an old dream come true and become a feline (Cat) breeder.

My 6 cats but unfortunately Tigrou (bottom left), my first Main coon passed away 2 months ago today.

I did a course and passed the certification test and I purchased/adopted 3 queens – from 3 different cat breeds. I was unable to commit to just one breed. So let me introduce you to my 3 little girls.

First there is Romy a Cornish Rex cat. She is super cute and cuddly. Cornish Rex cats are active cats but they also love cuddles and are close to their human friends.

Don´t you just LOVE her crimped fur!!!

Then there is Rosée a Main Coon girl. Main Coons were my first pedigree cat love. They are majestic looking and so very sweet in character. They love their humans and seek their company all the time. Not lap cats, they don´t like to be petted constantly but they love to be close by, in the same room as you all the time.

And then there is Rubis my Ragdoll cat. I have wanted to have a Ragdoll for many years and finally now I have one. Ragdolls are similar to Main Coons in their size and character. They are very close to their humans, amazing purr machines, super cute and cuddly.

As you can see she is one of my favorite knitting buddies:) Love to have her cuddled up to my legs as I knit.

So yes cat breeding! A new adventure for which I´m very excited. I have lots to learn but I´m looking forward to the challenges as well as the rewards.

This is a knitting blog but many knitters like and own cats so I hope you don´t mind.

This is not a typical post but a sort of summary of what I have been doing for the past year.

As for knitting, I have never stopped. I´m so happy to be a knitter because without knitting I´m not sure how I would have coped over the past 2 years. I´m knitting every day, I still have a million wips on the go all the time. As an example my current wips are: 6 pairs of socks, 1 shawl, 2 cardigans, 1 baby cardigan and a crochet blanket! So lots to choose from when I sit down to knit after studying.

I have not added all my projects to Ravelry yet and I need to upload a ton of photos here to my website to show you and share my thoughts with you on my projects and yarns. But until I get to that, you can click on the following link to see my projects in Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/projects/bogga?set=&view=thumbnail&view=thumbnail&page=&search=&sort=created_

I´m going to try to go back to my rhythm of posting once a week or so and I hope you will enjoy this comeback. Promise that future posts will be knitting related at least 80% 🙂

I wish you all a very happy new year! Thank you for coming back and reading my blog. I look forward to a new year spent with you and sharing my knitting related thoughts.

Until next time here is a little sneak peak of my most recent projects.

Summer is over and I’m back

Hi there, how are you and how have you been? Seems I took an unofficial, un planned hiatus over the summer. Somehow time just wasn’t there or I wasn’t in the mood for blogging or something. In fact I have been largely off social media over the summer as well. Just did not feel much like sharing even though I didn’t stop knitting as one might have thought given my absence.

I did take two small holidays over the summer with my family which was very nice and much needed. I have some pictures I plan on sharing with you later to show you the beautiful places I went.

I didn’t stop knitting, in fact I think this summer is one of my most productive summers as I finished a total of 4 short sleeved tops/sweaters. Currently I am working on short sleeved top number 5 as well as a cowl, socks and a shawl and getting ready to cast on for a wrap and a pair of socks. So lot’s of knitting going on still.

Now I have finished my summer vacation and the kids are back in school and so life is getting back into it’s usual pace and I’m thinking I will get back to blogging regularly as before.

So I’m sure you are looking forward to seeing my new handknit sweaters right?

Magnolia

So this is the Magnolia sweater by Camilla Vad. This pattern exists in two versions, long and short sleeves. I absolutely love the pattern and the finished garment and am already planning on knitting the long sleeved version.

What makes this one particularly special is that I knit this using my own hand spun and hand dyed yarn! I had planned on having it in one colour only but I ran out of yarn and then was not able to replicate exactly this same yellow/mustardy colour so I overdyed with brown and I’m happy with how that turned out.

This is a little cropped pattern and if I had had more yarn I definitely would have knit the body longer. I could have added length to the ribbing but somehow felt that would change the intended look and so chose to leave as it was. The fibre I used was a superwash merino fibre.

Next in line was the Soldotna by Caitlin Hunter of Boyland Knitworks. Everyone has been knitting this one and so I had to as well.

I did wonder about changing the pattern and knitting either 3/4 length sleeves or even full length sleeves but then ended up just knitting as per the pattern.

I used my own hand dyed yarns though not hand spun this time. I had spun up some yarn and dyed just for this sweater but it turned out to be too thick and I wasn’t ready to recalculate the entire pattern for this to work out so I got out some remnants of undyed yarns and dyed them up. Only the grey is a commercial yarn from Milla Mia.

I have yet to take a modeled picture showing the sweater on myself sorry:)

I’m quite happy with the outcome. I usually prefer fingering weight sweaters as I feel DK is sometimes too warm but I hope I will use this one a lot come winter. I did lengthen the body somewhat as I had seen lots of comments about the pattern being very cropped and a lot of people seem to have added repeats to the body so I did too and frankly I could have added a couple more but again yarn chicken was there to stop me…

Next in line was the Navelli again by Caitlin Hunter of Boyland Knitworks.

This one is a pattern I immediately fell in love with and knew I had to knit. I even placed an order with one of my favorite indie dyers – Knit Cosmic Strings in Edinburgh, Scotland- just for this sweater.

Again I wondered about adding length to the sleeves only to end up adding just a tiny bit. I did however modify the sleeve construction in the sense that rather than knit first with the main colour and then change to a contrasting colour and turn that inside so only a few rounds of the contrasting colour show and the sleeve is basically knit double, I chose to do a classic ribbed cuff. And I’m really happy with that choice. And this is another pattern I can see myself knitting all over again but if I do, I will definitely be doing it with long sleeves or at least 3/4 sleeves for a winter version.

This is a design I really love and especially enjoyed knitting the pattern at the bottom. I can see myself knitting this again but then with longer sleeves; either 3/4 or full length sleeves.

But before I went on vacation this July I did finish another summer garment, a sleeveless top called Simply Perfect Summer . This was a quick and fun pattern to knit and I used a yarn called Belle from Drops. This is a DK weight cotton yarn I quite liked. It was the first time I used this yarn and I think I will use this again for knitting summery garments in the future.

I don’t think I actually shared finished object pictures with you so here goes.

I used a dark navy colour but on the pictures it looks more black.

But I have yet another finished garment to share with you. This is a test knit I did for a new to me designer called Wollmuschi. She designed a short sleeved summer top that I absolutely fell in love with when I saw her pictures. I was lucky enough to get to test knit and I chose to knit my version using my own hand dyed yarn. I used a blend of alpaca, silk and linen. This blend is perfect for summery garments and just any knit you want some flow and movement, a feeling of airiness. I dyed my yarn in black but the end result is more on the charcoal grey side. Still love it.

The pattern is called Nereus and has been published. I can highly recommend this pattern. It was fun to knit. I find the lace panel to be very feminine and the overall look and design to be so relaxed and just a go with everything type of garment. I am definitely knitting this one again. I can see this as one with longer sleeves or even a cardigan!

What do you think? I love mine!

So this is it for today I think. I hope I haven’t lost all my readers after my unofficial and unexplained summer hiatus. I’m happy to be back and I hope you have enjoyed coming back to my blog and that maybe you were inspired to tackle one of the patterns I worked over the summer.

This coming week I will be working on the following projects:

Ziggy by Joji

Ashes by Joji

Yuma by Isabelle Kramer

Socks I’m trying to design myself

Ship and boats by Caitlin Hunter

Lots of knitting to look forward to. I wish you all a great rest of the week and happy knitting. Till next time!

Just a little idea for Christmas

Hi there, I’m back from summer vacation and getting ready to post a real blog post with lots of knitting updates but I have been carrying around this little idea and I just have to get it out there before it is too late.

This time of year, a lot of indie dyers are announcing the popular Christmas yarn calendars. I have not yet been lucky enough to purchase such a treat which unfortunately is a bit out of my financial reach.

So I was thinking that probably I am not the only one in this case and that maybe you would like to do a Christmas calendar swap with me.

So the idea I have now is that those interested make themselves known by commenting below and give me their Ravelry id. I will then open a thread on Ravelry with the rest of the information and later we will each be able to post pictures there of our gifts.

So I’m thinking we would agree on either 24 or 25 gifts. Thinking maybe 24 mini skeins and 1 full skein for the 25th of December. Also we could include a little extra like a stitch marker, chocolate, tea etc as an added treat on certain days.

I could prepare a questionnaire that I could post in the Ravelry thread and then each participant copy pastes it into a reply and enters their personal preferences. Most easy I think would be to stay with only fingering weight minis. We could enter our color choices and if we do absolutely NOT want a particular color or no variegated or no speckles etc.

What do you think? I would then pair us up so that each participant sends out 1 calendar and receives one in return. I think we should aim to send them out mid October to be sure they arrive before December 1st. This would be an international swap so you do have to be willing to pay for shipping. Also very important not to sign up if you are hesitant or decide not to join at the last minute when your mate has sent out your calendar to you.

I think this could be lots of fun. The times I have organised a birthday swap it has always been a success and lots of fun. I personally always drool over the pictures of beautiful Christmas calendars and wish I could purchase one myself one day but currently the prices are just out of my reach. I’m sure you, like I, have a nice stash of beautiful left over yarns or minis that someone would love to have or try out.

If you are limited financially just let me know that you would prefer to be partnered with someone from your own country to limit the postage and I would do my best to comply.

I’m getting all excited just writing about this. Do let me know what you think and I can then set up the swap thread on Ravelry.

If for some reason only one person is interested I would still like to do the swap even if only on a one on one scale:)

All the best and I’ll be back soon with lots of knitting news