As I have already mentioned in my latest post, a couple weeks ago we dropped our apartment to the marked and sold it. Our buyer asked us to move out in three weeks, so we didn't have enough time to find the next home. We got packed our stuff as quickly as a wink and moved to my parents's house.
We spent the last few weeks with intensive home searching. I guess I spent at least houndred hours on the web browsing houses. We also took a few house tours and this week we made a deal for our new home.  We still have to wait two or three months to move in, but feel overjoyed about the house!
The house needs some basic renovation work and I hope that a few things can be done by our hands as well. Anyway I love this new chapter of our life! All those hours spent with planning and dreaming spice up our relationship. It is such a huge step for us. 

I don't knit too much lately, I have a bigger project on my bedside. I have started working on this cardigan: Lace Back Hoodie by Mari Tobita. I had been eyeing this beautiful pattern from a while, but found it too challenging. Now I feel the ability to complete it. I am just very slow. I made a few major modifications on the pattern: I work in one piece from top down and want to get a more fitted garmet. 

I hope that in next few weeks while waiting to get the keys, I will have a little time to knit, share and now I start digging for the best DIY project ideas around the house. 


My Conifer

I finished my Conifer cardigan a couple weeks ago and today I finally found some time to take a few photos. I am so excited about showing my work!

I just LOVE this cardigan. It worths to wait a little bit longer for Spring as long as I can wear this piece. By the way the cuffs serve me well in chilly morinings and the lightweight alpaca fits nicely to my slinky jackets.
I started this project in the last days of November. Firstly, I completed the arms and than went to the body. I followed the description for my normal size, but I found it too big, so unravelled. I restarted with the smallest size, because I wanted a fitted sweater- and so why I added a little waist shaping. 
I might be not fully satisfied with the buttonband, sewing a piece of ribbon underneath is still needed. 
I am absolutely sure about that picking the normal side was the right choice, The original pattern called for a reverse stockinette cardigan, but I couldn't resist the chevron. Other main modification was that instead of knitting and purling, I knitted the whole body in the round and at the end cut the steeks. The cuffs were also knitted in the round. I don't like sewing my knits.
Since the pattern was published in The Knitter magazine, the instructions weren't as detailed as a single-purchased pattern, so I don't recommend for beginner stranded knitters.
If you are curious about more photos and other details visit my Ravelry project page.

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Things are happening so fast with us these days, We dropped our apartment to the market and immediately sold it. Since I have been dreaming about moving into a family house, I am very happy about that but we need to leave our home just in two weeks. On the one side, I love changes and I feel excitement about the fresh start but on the other side, I keep packing our stuffs with tears in my eyes. We started our marriage in this little flat and although I was whining a lot about how little it is for us, and I didn't have enough place even for the kitchenware or an ideal spot to take photos for my blog, I'll miss these walls. For the next couple months we move into my parents' house in the suburb and keep searching for our next own home. It is not easy to find a good one in the neighbourhood we would like to live. 
So there are nothing on my needles right now. I can't remember even a week in the near past when I had nothing to work in.
I am saying goodbye to old home with a few pictures of past projects taken in various spots in the aparment.
The most photographed spot was probably the bathroom's door:

Sometimes the pantry's door was featured also:
The kitchen was really sunny, but so tiny, not ideal to spend my blog time:

In Summer I loved taking pictures on the balcony: 

 The darkly furnitured place was our living room, where I worked a lot on my projects and photograhed the finished pieces: 

I excitedly face with the future and hope we find our next home quickly. 


Slipped Stitch Shawl (receipt)

I love wearing my alpaca shawl, it was one of my favourites this winter. After publishing pictures of my latest shawl I got lot of compliments and a commenter asked me if I was intend to share the pattern. Honestly I don't feel trained enough to write a colorwork pattern, so now I give just a receipt how to start the knitting, the basic steps and I share the chart of the work. 

It is a slipped stitch shawl that means you use just one color at one row. When the second color is picked up, main color stitches are passed without being knitted in front of the work. This method is ideal for those who are new into working with more colors and don't feel enough comfortable with stranded colorwork.


I used up 1.5 skeins of Drops Baby Alpaca Silk in colorways Dark Blue and Hellgrau and almost 2 skeins of Drops Alpaca in Pistacio. The edging is a real yarn-eater detail of the shawl. I knitted on 3.00 mm needles.


With main color cast on 2 stitches and knit 8 rows in stockinette. Now you got a rectangle. Without turning the work pick up 4 stitches on the long side of the rectangle and 2 stitches on the next shorter side. Now you have 8 stitches on your needles. 


Start increasing in next row. 
With main color {K2, Yo, K1, Yo} K2 {Yo, K1, Yo, K2}. You increased 2 sts on both sides. The increasing instructions highlighted between braces {} will be repeated in every second rows.
Next row: K2, P to last 2 sts, K2

Start working with two colors

I explain the first few rows to be familiar with reading the chart. 

Row 1 (C1): {K2, Yo, K1, Yo} K to last 3 sts {Yo, K1, Yo, K2}
Row 2 (C1): K2, P to last 2 sts, K2
Row 3 (C2): {K2, Yo, K1, Yo} K4, Sl 2 sts, K4, {Yo, K1, Yo, K2}
Row 4 (C2): K2, P7, Sl 2 sts, P7, K2
Row 5 (C1): and in ea 4th row repeat Row 1
Row 6 (C1): and in ea 4th row repeat Row 2
Row 7 (C2): {K2, Yo, K1, Yo} K2, Sl 2 sts, K4, Sl 4 sts, K4, Sl 2 sts, K2, {Yo, K1, Yo, K2}
Row 8 (C2): K2, P4, Sl 2 sts, P4, Sl 4 sts, P4, Sl 2 sts, P4, K2

Continue working the Chart.

Repeat Rows 19-50 one more time.


Keeping the increasing stitches on the sides knit a 12 more rows in garter stitch alternating the colors ending with WS row. Do not cast off. Total number of your stitches: 196. 

With the 3rd color cast on 20 sts. 
Row 1&3&5: Slip as if to purl, knit until last st, knit the next st together with the following body stitch
Row 2&4: Slip as if to purl, knit all sts.
Row 6: Slip as if to purl, purl all sts.

Repeat Rows 1-6 to the last 4 rows. Knit Rows 1-4 and cast off.


K - knit, P - purl, Sl - slip stitch in front of the work, Yo - yarn over, st(s) - stitches, C1 - work with main color, C2 - work with second color


At turning point

I am going with my new cardigan pretty well. I just reached a real turning point: I am done with the body and now need to cut it. This is the hardest part of colorwork, although I know it won't unravel, my hands are shaking.
In my latest post I asked your advice which side should I use. The original pattern shows a cool reverse stockinette cardigan, but I really love the nice chevron pattern on the 'right' side. So I decided I am going to use that side and maybe next time I'll create something with the reverse.

I also have some bad news. The stripe cardigan I made for months need to be unravelled, since it has turned out too small. All those working hours with 3.00 mm and 2.50 mm... what a huge waist.

I am not going to reknit it, I'll use up the yarn for an other project. Do you have any idea what to knit with Drops Fabel and Drops Delight? I am seeking for a longtime project, preferably a cardigan or a sweater. I have 6 skeins of Fabel and 4 skeins of Delight. It doesn't matter if it requires more yarn, since these colors are usually in stock in my favourite webshops.

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