Monday, March 26, 2012

FO: Wollmeise sock yarn sweater

Needles: 3.25mm
Yarn: Wollmeise Twin, Unglücksrabe, thus no idea which colourway that is
Pattern: yet again sock yarn sweater by Hannah Fettig
Size: 12-18months

Verdict: Obviously I like this pattern as it's the third time that I've used it. The very first version got loads of wear and though it still fits, it is getting a bit too short for my liking. Now I knit a size up and it is still somewhat too big. This is a nice summery sweater and it will hopefully be of great use this summer. As to this Wollmeise colourway, I thought it was a daring choice when I got it. Once wound up, I did not like the look of it much, but now that it's knit up, it's grown on me and I can't wait until she's big enough to wear it.

Monday, March 19, 2012

FO: Baby pants

We had a serious case of teething here last week, with fever and everything. There was no time for knitting, blogging or catching up with my RSS feed. Anyways, now that we're getting slowly getting back to our normal schedule, it is time to start posting about all those knits that were finished weeks ago.

The picture was done after the second wash. I loved knitting with Araucania Ranco Solid, but after wear pilling is substantial. And I guess baby pants get as much wear as socks would do. Hence, a mental note to not use this yarn for any socks.

I knit these pants during the last cold snap. Now that spring is finally here those cold days are long forgotten. I knit the size up, 12-18 months, so technically she should be able to wear these in the fall as well. And if these do not fit, I will knit her a new pair. It's not that I'm running out of sock yarn round here. Besides that, I feel obliged to keep on using fingering weight so that my sister can work on her sock blanket.

These pants are über-cute. Too bad it's so hard to get a non-blurry picture of my baby. She's about to start walking on her own. That makes it even more difficult to get any FO shots.

On to the details.

Needles: 2.5 mms
Yarn: Araucania Ranco Solid

The only mod that I made were to keep on increasing every 5 rows up until the legs were done. I decreased to the needed stitch count according to the pattern at the front side of the pants once the legs were joined. The other mod that I wish I had done would be to shorten the bum part. These are very high waisted pants now, there's more room than is needed by a diaper.

Oh, and I am very tempted to use Opal Hundertwasser for the next edition of these pants.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

prep for Wollmeise sale

End of July is that time of the year. Wollmeise will have their annual sale and I think I'll be going there again. But first, I'd like to use up last year's purchases.

Last time I went prepared. I had a plan of what I wanted Wollmeise yarn for.

- Stripe study is done.

- I'm having doubts about Olive. But I have 2 loveliest skeins of Wollmeise lace in blue that were meant for it. Got to find another project for this yarn soon.

- Kaleidoscope will mostly not happen either. How is one supposed to get 18sts gauge on fingering weight yarn? I did not like my swatches at all, so I had to keep on looking for a new suitable pattern. Right now it looks as if it might be Paulie.

But above all, I need a new plan of what to buy. Honestly, I was overwhelmed by all the colours last year. So I will be making a list of possible projects and colours to go with them. I'll keep you posted on what is going to be on the list.