Monday, September 27, 2010

on hold

Thank you for the kind comments on my mohair top. I'll think about the sleeves for a bit and if I do decide to change anything, I'll let you know.

As I am packing my bags to get ready for the trip tomorrow, I am leaving several WIPs on hold.

First up is the sweater for my husband. So far I've only got the sleeves done.

The second one is actually a project that I have not even started (although I wanted to have it finished by now!). I'm still waiting for the yarn to arrive. If it is here tomorrow, I might take it along with me. It is another design from Pure Knits.

And I've started on Buttercup. I'm already on the body bit, what is left is plain stockinette on 3 mms (US 2.5). Maybe this is my ideal travel knitting?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

FO: Bubble

My mohair top/ tunic/ dress is done. Actually, I'm very pleased with the result. However, now that the warm season is over and it looks as if we'll have nothing but rain for the upcoming weeks, I am not sure if it will get much wear soon.

- Knit on 5.5 mm (US 9) circulars.
- Used 2.6 balls of Garnstudio DROPS Kid-Silk (75% mohair, 25% silk).
- Pattern Bubble Bath Baby Doll by Kate Sonnick (you can find her blog here).
- My Ravelry project page is here.

- I knit the top in the round, buttom up. Also, I smocked both on front and back and did the section wider than what the pattern called for.
- My ruffled sleeves are wider (almost all the way through the arm opening).

This is one detail that I'm not sure of yet. Should I leave the ruffles as is or should I get rid of them? The top part look kind of empty before I added the ruffles and I wish I would have taken a picture then to show as a comparison. I guess I'll wait and see if it grows on me or if I change it somehow.

Thanks again all for the help with the smocking bit. I loved the process and now I love the effect. I see some more smocking coming up in the future.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

that wasn't as hard as I thought

Pardon the fuzziness... So, I did a lot of reading (thanks, Julie, for help!) and now I have an idea of what happens when smocking. I found these two pieces of great help: the first one is an example of fabric smocking and it helped me to visualize how smocking should look like; the second one is an example of knit smocking. It is really way easier than I thought. Also, it goes really fast. I should add, it is addictive. FO pictures to come soon.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


My mohair top is almost done. It's been a looooong process. Once the pattern came out, I got the book and did some serious thinking if I should knit this or not. Then I got the yarn sometime in the spring (no, I was still in Lithuania, so it must have been this past winter). Then I stared at the yarn and the pattern thinking what to do. I finally started knitting this top during soccer world cup as Germany was playing Argentina, then I put it away for a long time as it was way too hot round here for even touching mohair. I picked it up again  a couple of months later during basketball world cup (I don't watch that much sports, only the world  and European cups). Anyways, now all the knitting is done and all I have to do is smock the middle bit. Do you know of any tutorials how to do smocking? So far I haven't found anything helpful.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Yesterday we went to Vaduz, Liechtenstein's capital city. It is really small and has a nice eventhough very small old town. Overall, it's not any different to the rest of Switzerland. You can get your latte for 6-8 CHF which at the current exchange rate corresponds with the same amount in dollars. Oh, and an old plain coffee costs 4 dollars. But if you ever visit this part of the world, you've probably already been to other towns in Switzerland and are not surprised by this at all. Most of the restaurants and touristy places take all major currencies.

Here's the town's cathedral, which is closed until end of October for renovation.

The country's landmark is Vaduz Castle. And it is easy to spot from any place in town (and in the rest of the country, as it is that small of a place).

All in all, it's a nice place to visit, but one is done in about an hour with all the sightseeing. That is unless their art galery has some great exhibition.

Below is the government building.

And here again the castle on our way out of the town. If you think you can visit the residence of the reigning prince, you are mistaken. The castle is not open for visitors. That was a disappointment.

Next time we think of taking our bikes along and cycling through this country.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

knits in progress and in action

I've been progressing nicely on my improvised sweater. I am taking loads of notes, just like Julie suggested. And, I am using sapphire shade to go with the brown. The summery sky skein is waiting for its' turn in some kind of a smaller project. In the photo above, you can also see my Sunshine socks and my Malagash square shawl which is actually being used as a small blanket most of the time.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

going on a trip soon

I've been to London quite a few times, but there are always new places to discover. What's your favourite thing about London that you would definitelly recommend me to do? I'm looking for nice yarn shops, good button locations and cute cafes. And anything else that you love about the city is also welcome.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Swiss peculiarities

This comes out of a vending machine. If you need some energy and general excitement. Tastes just like ice tea. Fantastic natural feeling. ;-)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

a challenge

This is my swatch for a new sweater that should be done by Christmas latest (self-imposed deadline). After sock knitting, 4.5mm needles make all knitting seem fast. This will be an improvised design. It's all in my head already. Let's see if I can transfer it onto yarn appropriately.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Rick's for me after all

Actually these were supposed to be socks for him. Well, that did not work out. I tried to fit the sock over his heel last night - it was too tight. These lace bits make a sock non-stretchy. At least not as stretchy as stockinette. I guess I should have added a lace repeat or two somewhere. And I was sooo proud of him of being open enough to wear lace socks. Maybe next time. In the meanwhile I have to finish my second sock.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

another tragic scarf

Well, part 2 is the sad bit, but I am not able to find one with audio on youtube. If you're up for some drama, you can watch in in mute. I guess it'd be sheer unbearable with the sound on.

Monday, September 6, 2010

yarn cakes

I decided to make some yarn cakes today. And tried out my new yarn swift and ball winder. However, two of the cakes flew off the ball winder, one seems to have come out rather tight, the other one a bit loose. The rest are perfect. I guess I need practice with my new toys.

It is all Cascade 220 that I got off Webs' annual sale. What I am unsure of is which blue goes better with the vandyke (col # 7822) brown.

Is it #9452 - summery sky or #9332 - sapphire? I'm leaning towards the summery sky at the moment as the contrast is greater. This should after all be a contrasting colour that highlights the garment. But sapphire blue is also so pretty.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

FO: My coffee scarf

The finally finished Karius/ Baktus scarf in Shoppel Wolle Zauberball. This curls like crazy. After finishing it, I asked other Ravelers who also knit the Karius version of the scarf how to stop it from curling too much. The smarter ones did a ribbing along the edges, the others did not care or had used some thicker wool that blocks nicely. I tried it all, but only steam ironing seams to have helped somewhat.

All in all, it's a nice one. Eventhough I'm past the total obsession with it. I also do  not find it that nice or special to gift it to somebody anymore...

Saturday, September 4, 2010

I see you watching me watch you

Have you seen the new Stats feature in blogger? I'm quite excited about this one as it shows where my readers are located. Not everybody comes round to commenting, but it's quite neat to see that I have readers in Turkey, Australia, Croatia and Antigua among other countries. Well, the last one is not true. That was my sister out of her holiday resort.

Friday, September 3, 2010

FO: All flared out

As I still had some light blue merino wool left and it turned out that it was a baby GIRL that all the knits were going to, I knew I had to make a dress. The stitched on flower is my attemt to make it girly, but my stiching skills need desperate improvement.

My dear one's comment to this FO was: 'didn't you have any girly colours?' There you go, I guess I owe this little girl some girlier moments that I plan to improve as soon as I get some nice pink yarn. :) Any suggestions?

Yarn: Austermann Merino 160.
Needles: 3mm (US 2.5) circulars. Yes, I am on a circular mania right now.
Pattern: Little Sister's Dress by Tora Frøseth.
Size: 3 months.
Notes: The pattern is perfect as it is, but as I had to complement the  by popular belief baby boyish colour, I finished up with a much more flared out end bit. Also, I figure this gives much more room for diapers.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

FO: Bluelefante

So, it is Elefante after all. I didn't go for a striped version as I did not have enough yarn leftovers in the same weight. Also, no happy baby colours.

The pattern is very well written, though it is not easy to use when substituting yarn. I guess I figured it out in the end. The head is supposed to be larger than what it came to be. It is cute, nevertheless.

I used Quesselchen's mods for the ears. They are super cute, large and curly. It looks almost like a donkey ear in the upper picture, but they are not. :)

Yarn: Merino 160 by Austermann and the leftovers of Siena (from Wraplan).
Needles: 2.0mm (US0) circulars to produce a very dence fabric.
Notes: My husband wants one as well. :)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

FO: Elefante Wraplan

Pattern: Offset Wraplan by Sara Morris.
Yarn: Wolle Roedel Siena, just like for the first Wraplan that I knit two years ago. Perfect Merino wool for a baby project.
Needles: 3.5mm (US4) circulars.
Notes: The pattern is very easy to knit, but crazily enough I did not learn from my first round experience. I guess I have to make better project notes either here or on Ravelry. If I ever knit it again, I'd like to try and do all in one piece, i.e. start with the neckline and knit the buttonbands at the same time as well. Important to remember is also the neckline - next to the decreasing line (if worked after stitches are picked up) the mistake rib should be ignored as the two raglan stitches should be kept in stockinette.
Also, I knit the 3-6 months size, but I know from experience that if you knit this longer than what the pattern calls for, the little one can wear it well beyond that. So that is one mod that I did.

Anyway, if you have not knit this cardi, this probably makes no sense to you, so I'll stop here.