9.03.2014

A setback and a new WIP to go

I haven't completed any of my projects showed you two weeks ago. The cardigan is a long-term challange because on the collar I have more than 500 stitchen on my needles, so in an hour I can manage to complete just 4 or 5 rows. Since the progress is not spectacular, I haven't taken a new one. Anyway I am working on the cardi and I am going to finish during next few weeks.

The other project I was writing about last time was my colorwork shawl. I suffer a setback, because just a few inches before the end I ran out of yarn and none of my country retailers has this color in stock. It was completely my fault, I haven't estimated the yardage correctly - somehow I forgot that Drops Alpaca is deeply under 200yd per ball. So now I am waiting my webshop to receive the shipment and keep my fingers crossed to have Lime color in the package.

Otherwise I am pretty satisfied with the color combination. What do you think about? Do the lime match to the grey and blue? 

To replace my shawl project I casted on a new shawl as well. This design has been in my head from a while, lets see how can I realize it. Just a few words: cables, textured, sideways... I am using the amazing Malabrigo Silky Merino in Lavander colorway.


I am curious about how other knitters spend this early fall days. 

Wishing you happy knitting!


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8.13.2014

WIPs in long break

During the last three months I have had a little break in blogging. I didn't intend to take one, but there was nothing to write about. In fact  several things happened to me: I am working in a new position which I am not sure about I do like it, we are about to buy a new home, living a very social life, so busy days. Since March I didn't complete any projects, but I am working on some in my short creative time.

I've started this cardigan in March and shared a few pictures in my last WIP post. I am 90% ready with it. It is going to be a long cardi fully covering my back and hips. On the front it will open with a rope or with big buttons - still not sure about. I am at the finish line working on the shawl collar which will be long and wide, so a couple of working hours has still remained. 
I am not following any particular pattern. At the beginning I adopted SusieM's contiguous method which is a brilliant idea to start a sweater. Otherwise I improvise fitting and length using my swatch. I haven't even drafted the process. Yay, I do also like living dangerously!


The cardigan is leaving on the bedside from a while because in these hot summer days I mostly work on my silkpaca shawl. So let me show you a new piece in my designing queue. I don't mean to cover it yet but here are a few sneak peaks: crescent, top-down, slip stitches, 3-colors. Are you curious?

How do you like the third color? I guess the lime skein will pop-up the classical navy look.

I would like to get back to the WIP wagon looking what you are working on and sharing my knitting progress regularly.

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4.16.2014

A new project

I don't have too much time for knitting in these weeks.. my work and an expected promotion eat up not just my time but also all of my energy. I can't tell how much I miss my creative time, I am much more balanced, confident and happy when I can create.
I started this new long-term project a couple weeks ago. It is going to be a feather-weight cardigan.
The yarn I am using is Drops Fabel and Drops Delight altering the Delight skeins to get nice color variations. The pattern is from my head.

I am trying a new technic, it is called Contiguous Method developed by Susan Myers (SusieM on Ravelry), avaliable for free.
 Sleeves seem a little bit puffy at this point, but the pattern says it is normal.

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3.11.2014

Happy Spring!

I am celebrating Spring with a new pattern. Do you remember to this project

Frank ochre is my favourite color in Malabrigo palette. I purchased one skein Mal Lace in this color from months ago and kept searching for the perfect project for weeks. But couldn't find the ONE, so I created my own pattern.
This color called me to knit something with leaves... with lacy-roundish leaves. I loved playing with knit and purl stitches to get a pattern which is really decorative on both sides. Who doesn't like when her cowl looks nice on both sides and wearable inside out too?

I wanted to add something eye-catching too. This is how these leaf-tassels came from. The tassels are just tied loosely around the wrap or weaved into the lace. And this is the detail what everyone notes! 
Skill level: intermediate
Materials and notions:
  • appr. 430 meters / 470 yards lace wool yarn. Sample uses Malabrigo Lace [2 ply; 100% Baby Merino Wool; 430 meters (470 yards) / 50 grams] in Frank Ochre
  • circular knitting needles in size 4 mm/US 6 80 cm/32” length
  • one pair of dpns in size 4 mm/US 6 (for tassels)
  • tapestry needle to weave the ends and stitch marker (optional)
This is not a gauge critical project, may work with chunkier yarns too and adjustable to any length and width.

And the best thing that the pattern has been released for free, so add it to your Ravelry library and please don't forget to favourite or queue it in return :)

Wishing you joyful knitting and happy Spring!

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3.05.2014

Early Spring and Yarn Along

It is March. Although we had a mild winter here, I am happy that all those long dark nights are almost behind us.
Our home has started to bloom.
Living in an apartment house I really miss garden and real gardening, but I enjoy several benefits of our balcony and we are trying turn it to a little oasis for the Summer. We need to be waiting for that season, so I started this year inside and planted hyacints last week:
Today is the first day of Feast and I won't eat meat for 40 days. Being health-conciscious and eating quality foods I started to make our bread. Here is my first bread from last week made with dark rye flour and a little oat flour with green spices. {Don't believe the myth that you can not make bread without white flour, I didn't use any gram.}
My second bread looks even better:

{This photo is from my istagram feed

Currently I don't run any big projects, I am waiting for my yarns for a future cardigan. Until they arrive I am making Spring decorations {and maybe a new tutorial too ;)}
Using the leftover Lopi of my my IĆ°unn cardigan. Just a little not about Lopi: this yarn softened a LOT after washing a wearing.. there is a really big difference!

Wishing you happy creating!

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