Thursday, September 20, 2012

FO: Shallows

My older sister envies the beaded cowl that I knit for my younger sister. So something beaded has been on my "to knit"-list for her for over a year. I loved the jeweled cowl and it went so fast that I even might knit that same pattern again sometime. But I did not have the right yarn for it. But I had this nice Wollmeise lace left from my Georgia cardi. And the right beads. The pattern idea has been infected by this one after I saw it live. It's addictive and I love the crochet hook method of putting the beads on. One of these days I'll knit something beaded for myself. For sure. After all, wrist warmer season is starting.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

FO: Georgia cardigan

I want to finish this blogging week with a very nice FO that has been keeping me warm for many days already.
Back in May I read about a KAL that was starting for a Jane Richmond design. The deadline was very generous - May through the end of July. That was so me, I do need three months to finish a fingering weight cardi. I knew the chances were high that I would be able to finish it if I joined in the KAL.

On top of it, I saw it as a chance to use up my Wollmeise yarn as I intended to have no Wollmeise yarn before going to their annual sale. And I succeeded. I only had to talk a knitting friend into joining me in this KAL and use up my second skein of this blue Wollmeise lace. She did not need much convincing.

This cardi might end up in my sister's wardrobe as, let's face it, she's a person for so much blue. The pattern is very straightforward and clear. I think this might be my go-to for a simple design. I need a cardi in red or brown. Or maybe both. If I only had the time.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

FO: Grand Canyon Baktus

Most of this scarf was knit on our trip to Nevada and Arizona. Now that it's finished it reminds me of the brown and red Grand Canyon. It was intended to be for my daughter, but the colour is too dark. I think I might use some of the brighter yarns and knit yet another version for her. And this will be mine. Maybe.

Oh, knit picks stroll was great, but the colour did bleed when washing. It makes me nervous each time that it happens. What if I had used it for a colourwork project?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

what a happy day

Last Friday I won a lottery. Well, not exactly, but almost. I was able to get a few skeins of Wollmeise. If you ever tried buying some of their wool in the early hours of the morning, you will know that it does feel like a lottery if you are indeed lucky. And I was hours and hours late checking their website, long after the update. But I guess, I was looking for the right things. And I found them.

It came up in a nice bag with a knitting/ crochet dictionary on it. A nice bonus is a free detergent to try out. That smells like a typical Wollmeise skein. Yummy!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

FO: Colour Affection

Another post with poor fo pictures, I'm afraid. But I'm sure all of the knitters have seen a finished version of this shawl to know how it looks like. July was the month when my blog read seemed to feature a finished version of this almost daily.

Let me tell you, my finished version is much more like a scarf than a shawl. It is loooong, yet very light thanks to lace yarns used.

This was a real stash buster, yardage wise. I was very tempted to get yarn for this project specifically. But then I realized that I could do a bluish version with no new purchases, so yay for me. I did not spend too much time overthinking how to arrange the colours as it seemed natural to me that the lightest colour should go to the top and the darkest to the bottom, which meant that purple was to stay inbetween.

This shawl is on its' way to my sister. So maybe we will get some modeled photos from her.

Monday, September 10, 2012

back with socks

Well, it was a longer break from blogging than anticipated. I was reading your blogs all this time and knitting, of course. Something has changed in me and I am not that much interested in taking pictures and showing off my knits online. My Ravelry page needs updating and so does this blog. But the biggest change that has taken place is that I do not have the time for pretty blog pictures. The socks above were taken outside as I was going on a playdate. The photoshoot took about one minute and I did not take dozens of pictures. This is just one of the two and that's the best I could do. 

These socks were part of my New Year's resolution to try some Opal yarn. There'll surely be much more knitting with this yarn and their hundertwasser colourways. But not this year. This year I already overfilled my sock yarn stash with Wollmeise that first needs to be knit down.