Tuesday, August 31, 2010

cute but tragic

I guess this tells us that we need to know when to let a failed knit go. And restart. I finally came round to frogging my double v cardi. There were really only a few rows left to finish the sleeves. The button band was already done, all the ends woven in. It just felt somehow wrong. So, away it went.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Swiss impressions

While those baby knits await the finishing touches, I thought I'll share with you some Swiss impressions.

The happy Swiss cows. Yes, they have bells. And it's quite nice to hear their echo from far away whilst hiking in the hills. I actually saw some sheep with their little bells as well, but have only some poor iphone quality pictures.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Inspired by the elephant buttons that I'm going to use for the wraplan*, I decided to knit a little toy, knowing as the baby is taking hers/his time. When browsing Ravelry for the right pattern, I wanted the pattern to be available online (either as a free pattern or as a purchasable download). Afterall, I want to start straight away. Above are the elephants that have been knit most often. Most favourite ones are also more or less the same ones. I admit, Elefante is super cute, but so is Flo the Elphant (he's just been released on Knitty). Elijah has also been on my fave list for ever. Wow, this is more difficult than I thought. What's your favourite toy pattern?

* By the way, putting the wraplan into the dryer worked. I now only have the problem that the button placket, which is knit in stockinette straight, is curling like crazy. I guess I'll rip that bit back and do either a k1p1 rib or a mistake rib that is used for the rest of the cardi.

Friday, August 20, 2010

hmmm... a test...

I've knit this wraplan for my niece/nephew who's been due to come to this world since last Friday. I used this pattern 2 years ago with  the same yarn. However, this time the little cardi grew considerably after washing. Well, it's not a baby wraplan anymore (I was knitting 3-6months size just like the previous time), I think it'd now suit a one-year old.

So, the wraplan is in the dryer now and in just a little bit I'll see if that was a good idea... 

The colours are somewhat off in the pictures, but I wanted to show the cute elephant buttons that I found for this.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

many ways to wear a fab design

This is the new design by Olga Jazzy. Isn't it amazing how many ways you can wear it? Olga says that after making the video, she found at least two other ways to wear this piece (a shrug/ cowl/ vest/ tee, not sure how to call it) and so did I. Can you? It's a very simple yet so versatile knit. I'm wondering if there's anything in my stash that I could use for it.
You can read the full post on Olga's blog.

Friday, August 13, 2010

to my friend

You are on the flight to your new home this minute. I'm used to partings and probably that's why I am surprised to see that I am not taking this one well. We met about two years ago through our passion for knitting (thanks to Ravelry for that!) and have become friends beyond knitting. You're my yarn expert, pattern advisor and and and.

Hell, who wouldn't want a knit buddy whom even Anne Hanson knows? ;-) I've enjoyed our trips, knit get-togethers, coffee/beer addiction enhacements, barbecues (thanks to the meat guy) and puns (again the meat guy helped with this).

I guess Anne Hanson just needs to learn that you are not Christine from Heidelberg anymore.

Pattern: Spiral Cowl (free Ravelry pattern)
Yarn: 100% cashmere from Great Northern Yarns, DK weight
Needle: 3.5mm (US 4)
Notes: I had another lacy scarf in mind for you, but DK yarn did not work well for that. It really looks best in stockinette with just a bit of swirl. It still needs some blocking, which I left to the expert. :) Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

extreme knitting

If you ever wondered if you can have a hand knit mattress...

Monday, August 9, 2010

the knitting song

I'm going to knit myself a sweater.
A sweater that will keep me warm at night.
Just how many days here must I weather?
Just biding my time...
'cause when I call you on the phone,
I'm still lost, I'm still alone.
Who's going to make it right? (Oooh wah ooh)
Who's going to make it right? (Oooh wah ooh)

I'm going to write myself a letter.
A letter that will make me feel alright.
I'll read it to myself five times or seven.
But I can't deny
I'm going to need a little more than just some thought that I adore to keep me warm at night. (Oooh wah ooh)
To keep me warm at night. (Oooh wah ooh)

Nine days don't amount to much when you cross them off a wall.
And I thought I was out of luck 'til you came along and made me fall.
Now there's nothing more to say, since you left and gone away.
And I just don't think I'll get through the night.

Because I need a little more than just some thought
that I adore to keep me warm at night. (Oooh wah ooh)
Oh keep me warm at night. (Oooh wah ooh)

Because I need a little more than just some thought that I adore to keep me warm at night. (Oooh wah ooh)
Oh keep me warm at night. (Oooh wah ooh)

Written, performed and recorded by Sophie Madeleine.
You can also listen to it here.

Are you also thinking of fall sweaters already?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

got myself a bike

And went for a ride yesterday which was so fun, but my butt is asking for another saddle already. :)

P.S. The image is from here.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

socks and other knits

Yesterday I wound up a perfect skein of yarn (100% cashmere!) in a perfect colourway...

... and started a new project right away.

It's still a secret as I am trying things out. Initially I wanted to start something lacy, but it didn't look as good as I pictured it in DK, so I ripped back and started new.

I also have some socks on the needles.

This is Rick by Cookie A. Normally I prefer the toe-up method, but the Sock Innovation book has such amazing patterns that I just keep on knitting. This is already my 5th pair of socks out of that book and I'm sure there'll be more.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Rodeln in Churwalden; or no knitting material

Mostly all my travels and other non-knitting things go by unmentioned in this bloggy. But when I do something that fun, I want to let everybody know. So, if you get a chance to go rodeln, do that.

We chose the longest Swiss track in Churwalden. The wait was long, but it was worth it.

The track is over 3km long and it takes around 10minutes to get down; or so the site says, I thought it was way faster. But then, I was not using the brakes that much. :)

You can watch a video of the ride here.

This is definitely to be repeated this summer. Maybe we will take that hiking trail uphill (takes about 2 hours) to even more appreciate the ride down.

Then we stopped at the longest wooden bridge in Switzerland. It's not worth a trip down there just for the sake of the bridge. But if you are looking for some nice cycling tracks or taking a boat trip on the Zurich lake, then it's definitely a place to stop.