Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011


Help needed! My stash is taking over my wardrobe space and every other bit of free space in our apartment. How do you keep track of the ever-growing stash? Are you using ravelry's stash feature to keep track of your yarn? 

Merely three years ago I was a only-one-project-at-a-time knitter. Once a piece got finished, only then did I purchase new yarn for the next project. I blame it all on Christine who introduced me to her stash and made me fall in love with yarn.

I have yarn for so many different projects that I am not sure if I am ever going to use it all up. As I listened to the latest Alana's podcast, I started thinking that maybe all of us are yarn collectors. There's so much yarn that is just too good to use for a particular project, as Alana says. Other skeins get forgotten - out of sight, out of mind.

I will not make any vows to not buy any yarn until my stash is knit up. That is the most unrealistic goal ever, but after opening boxes and boxes of yarn I vow to not buy any yarn heavier than sport-weight for the next year. Each time that I sin, I will confess here and do a giveaway out of my stash.

Friday, July 22, 2011

FO: EZ Baby February Cardi

CO: Feb 16th, 2011
BO: Feb 17th, 2011 (those baby items really fly off the needles)

Yarn used: Lang Merino 120 superwash, almost full 2 skeins
Needles: 3.5mm circulars and dpns (surprise!) for the sleeves
Size: tried to get a 0-3 months size, got more of a 3-6 months size

General notes: The pattern is more of a recipe, so if you are thinking of knitting it, browse through Ravelry's project pages and get some ideas on the fit. I CO 64 sts instead of 50 as I wanted the neckline to be wider and the button plackets to be 5 sts instead of 4 sts wide. Otherwise, I pretty much followed the pattern, the sleeves are 5" long from the armpit (it seemed to me in the FO shots that these were too short for most babies), total body length is a wee short of 8". Actually, I wanted the total length to be longer, but I had only 5 buttons and placed the buttonholes too close to each other, so had to stop earlier than I wanted to.

Fit: I tried the still unblocked cardi on my two-weeks-old baby to see how it fits and, as you can see, she was drowning in it. However, I got the idea that I should block the cardi to be somewhat longer which I did. All in all, I'm happy with the result and - thanks to the lace - we'll be able to use it for quite a while.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Happy 5th anniversary to us

My DH and I got married five years ago. We had been a couple for over six years by then and we do celebrate more the years that we've been together in general than only the marital ones. It is nice to look back, however, and remember the wedding days (we're one of those international couples who had the joy of having more than just one). And we are so thrilled to have become parents to our little bundle of joy this year. I am looking forward to years to come.

Monday, July 18, 2011

FO: Sock yarn sweater

Now this is an FO that I did not think I'd be sharing that soon as I knit a size up (6-12 months) for the upcoming fall and winter. However, my baby is growing so fast that she can start wearing it already. Alright, the sleeves are still a bit long and it is somewhat loose-fitting, but that is ok. I actually think that once she is 6 months old, I might need to extend the body length. There's still a bit of the Shibui Sock skein left, I might get another inch out of it.

CO: March 16th, 2011
BO: March 19th, 2011

Pattern: Sock yarn sweater

Yarn: Almost 2 full skeins of Shibui Sock, 100% merino; colour spectrum, nr 51301. I loved knitting with this yarn, so nicely spun and the colours are amazing. Yes, there is some pooling across the chest and on the sleeves, but I actually do not mind that at all - it makes this little sweater just the more cuter.

Needles: 3.5mm circulars and dpns for sleeves

Size:  6-12 months

Mods/notes: CO 80 sts, then p 1 row, k 1 row, on the next row increased to 98 sts. Knit the sleeves longer than what the pattern called for and decreased every few rows to 42 sts.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

skp vs ssk

As I am progressing with the Jeweled Cowl, I am wondering if there is a difference between these two stitches: skp and ssk.

skp - slip one knitwise, knit one, pass the slipped st over
ssk - slip slip knit

In my knitting world these stitches are interchangeable - the produce is the same. The way that I knit, ssk is faster, so that is what I am doing instead of skp on Jeweled Cowl. Is one of these redundant? skp seems to be in my knitting world.

What do you prefer and why?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

from one blue thing to the next

For those who were wondering, yes, it is Wisp that I was knitting. It is blocked, the buttons are sewn on and FO pictures will follow soon. I loved working with Madelinetosh Tosh Sock for this project. Stephanie said the yarn colour reminded her of the sea. I guess that's why the colourway is called Baltic. However, Baltic Sea that I know is nowhere that blue/ green.

OK, my new WIP is Jeweled Cowl in Malabrigo Lace, colourway Purple mystery. I had a beads-issue, trying to get the right size and then being able to fit a crochet hook through that tiny hole. All the beads that I have at home seemed to not work, so I got a new batch at Manor only to realize I could not fit the 0.75mm crochet hook through it. In the end, I did find some suitable ones in my stash. Oh, I could have saved myself one trip to town center on a very hot day.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

good to be back home

I was planning of knitting this project for ages. And remembered that I had the perfect yarn for it in my stash. Once I got back, I cast on immediately. Surprisingly, it went very fast. Now it's off to be blocked. 

In other news, we are enjoying the summery weather here in Zurich. The little one is our joy. Right now I have her in the Peanut Shell as she's somewhat uneasy after our postman woke her up too early.

Normally I prefer Moby Wrap, but if she falls asleep after I burp her, Peanut Shell is much easier to put on. That does not disturb her and I can handle it on my own.