Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

FO: Jeweled Cowl

I wanted to knit this pattern straight after it came out. And the original version in that greenish yellowy Malabrigo lace is so pretty. And the differently coloured beads work so well. And it's a cowl, and it's light and versatile. It all made me want want want this.

However, I did not know what yarn to use. Maybe I had the right thing in my stash?

When I got home from California and went looking for a skein of Madelinetosh to knit the Wisp shawl, I discovered a skein of Malabrigo lace. And I do admit that I had forgotten it existed in my very own yarn drawer.

Once I had the right beads (they should not be too heavy, yet when they are small, the crochet hook cannot get through the hole), I was good to go. It went fast and was very addictive, especially the beads bit.

Needles: 5 mm circulars

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Lace, colourway - purple mystery

Notes/mods: I twisted the last stitch before the lace portion and knitted as many repeats as the yarn would allow. I believe it was a couple more than what the pattern called for. But who would count those rows anyways. Otherwise, we love this as is. And my sister enjoys wearing it and receives many compliments on it. That's what I hear.

Monday, August 29, 2011

four instead of a square

Two years ago my sister wanted me to knit her a shawl. It should be a square, she said. And that square should be made of four equally large squares, all differently coloured. Easy enough, I thought. We went into a yarn shop, made the shop-owner surely go crazy (well, my sister might have done with her colour indecisiveness). My sister purchased some yarn. Two hours later, she decided she liked another colour and yarn combo better, went into the shop and bought even more yarn. I was free to do whatever I wanted with the first lot. Since she had picked some greys and blues for her shawl, I got rid of the blues, got more of the greys and knit this cardi.

There still was the second lot of yarn, awaiting to become a shawl. Such a simple idea, but I had no wish to knit it. First, how the heck am I supposed to knit four equally large squares if the yarn is not the same. Ok, it was all sport-weight, but it knits up differently. I had no urge to make any swatches and to count how many stitches I should cast on and for how many rows I should knit to get to that perfect square. In short, I knew long before my sister gave up her hope for that shawl that I was not going to knit that. Then, my sister moved to Indonesia and I thought I was saved. I could hardly believe my luck and I cast on and knit a cardi for my baby-daughter to be in no time from two skeins of her blue coloured yarn. A couple of months passed and my sister was back in Europe. I knew there had to be a shawl. So since I cannot get that square done, I decided to knit her four scarfs/shawls.

First, I knit the Wisp. It went fast and was a fun knit.

Then I knit the Jeweled Cowl. It was a bit more complicated, but nevertheless fun. I enjoyed putting the beads on it and not having to thread them on for a change.

Third up was a quick knit - Scroll lace scarf. It's a brilliant construction and I might have another go at the pattern.

And finally there was the Stripe Study. It's a must-knit shawl at the moment. I love it.
So, these are the four "scarfs" that have been finished by now, my sister is hopefully enjoying wearing them all and I am told FO pictures will follow soon.

And I must say I enjoyed knitting each single one of them and would love to have a version of each for myself as well. This was a far better knitting experience than knitting a square.

Friday, August 26, 2011

FO: Summer Shawl

Somehow these holidays are all about knitting, but not so much about blogging or taking pictures of my finished items. There are soooo many FOs that are being used already, but I'm yet to take pictures of them.

I started this back in February, and I hoped to get it done for summer to use it as a nursing shawl. Well, I did finish it this summer. It is a nice, wide and long shawl. I love how the stitches opened up after blocking.

The first half of it went quite fast, but then all those repeats got a bit tedious and I found those cute baby items to be more interesting and - obviously - faster knits. I'd come back to this shawl, though, and try knitting a few rows here and there. And finally I did come to the finish line.

Pattern: Ulmus rectangle shawl by Kirsten Kapur

Yarn: Skeinny Dipping fingering weight by Christine. I love this yellow. It has just the right combination of yellow and orange to it. Perfect. I don't quite feel that my pictures make justice to this hand-dyed yarn.

Needles: 3.5 mms

Notes: I love this pattern and this shawl and dream of knitting another one. However, I'm not sure how realistic that'd be. I loved knitting it despite the endless repeats, I love how it fits, I love the fact that it's huge and I would so much want another one.

I hope to be back soon with some more FOs and not only a wordless WIP Wednesday post.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


This past week was spent preparing for a party, baking, celebrating and then relaxing. There was some knitting as well, but not as much as I thought there'd be. The days will be less busy now, but there will still be some more of this raspberry cake.

And should it be rainy and cold, I will turn to this chocolate/nut cake for the needed energy boost.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wollmeise purchases


After reading about Mooncalf's fear of orange, I went ahead and got some reds and orangy-yellow.

Some purple...

And blue...

And a skein out of my comfort zone...

And other two skeins are being knit up already...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

guess where I was today...

There are only a few knitting meccas out there. Today I was shopping at one of them. Yep, I went to Wollmeise sale. I was a bit overwhelmed with all the choices. That did not prevent me to come back with this bag filled to almost the brim.

It's dark and I am tired, so, sorry all, there will be no yarn porn today.

Monday, August 8, 2011

FO: Oma's hat revived

Apparently I can even jinx the weather. As soon as I praised the sunny August weather, it all turned rainy and very autumn-like. So I have a pile of finished knits, but no nice pictures to share just yet. Anyways, here's the hat that I copied.

And in action. The little one did not feel like posing this morning.

Yarn: Frog Tree Pediboo (love this merino-bamboo blend)
Needles: 2.5 and 3 mms

Friday, August 5, 2011

Oma's Stitches #2

Last year I wrote the first entry about Oma's knits. I meant to blog about the next item sooner, but somehow never came round to it. Oma passed away this year, and her knits are even more precious now. This is a hat that was once worn by my husband and now fits our baby daughter.

What I love about this hat is that it covers baby ears perfectly, can be tied so it does not ride up and has a cute flowery detail to go over one ear. Let's see if I can manage to make a new version of this. That's what I got so far.

I haven't crocheted in years, so this is the best resemblance of a flower that I can do.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

FO: Winter Everlasting; or HELP! My baby is growing faster than I can knit

Whilst knitting this, I was convinced it would fit my little one during the upcoming winter. However, as I pulled it out last week, I saw that I was wrong. It fits my 3,5 month old one perfectly. I still have some yarn left, so I will lengthen the body by an inch or two. And then maybe it will still fit her in another month or two...

Unlike in some places July here was very rainy and kind of cold. The good thing, though, we got loads of knitting done and loads of wear out of those finished garments. August seems to be sunnier and warmer already. I thought I had some winter knits for my baby done, but since she's wearing them now already, I better start on something new.

Oh, my wordless WIP Wednesday posts seem to work so far - whatever ends up there, ends up being finished as well. I have quite a few FOs to share. And now we also have the right weather for those shots, how nice.

OK, onto the FO details...

CO: April 21st, 2011
BO: April 30th, 2011

Pattern: Cute Summer Top (Rav link here). Inspired by this version.

Yarn: Dream in Colour Everlasting, 100%  superwash Australian merino wool, dk, 1 skein, colour Amethyst 727

Needles: 4 mm circulars

Mods: I knit this top down and made sleeves to make this a winter top.
My notes to knit top down: 
CO 68 sts
WS: sl1, k7, pm, k18, pm, k12, pm, k18, pm, k8
RS 2: sl1, *k to 1 st before marker, kfb, sm, kfb*; repeat between * 3 times, k to end
WS 3: sl1, k across
Row 4: repeat row 2
Row 5: repeat row 3
Row 6 (buttonwhole row): sl1, k2tog, yo, *k to 1 st before marker, kfb, sm, kfb*, repeat between * 3 times, k to end
Rows 7-13: repeat rows 3 and 2
Row 14: work as row 6
Row 15-19: work as rows 3 and 2
Row 20: work as row 2 to the last 4 st,  pm, join for working in the round
Row 21: p the last 4 sts together with the first 4 of the next row, p the rest of the row
Row 22: work an increase row
Row 23: purl
Row 24: k, putting sleeve sts on scrap yarn, CO4 sts for each underarm and k body sts in pattern.
sleeves: reduce from 40 sts to 26 every 5 rows