A finished project

It's been a while since I shared something finished. Well, it is time to shine. As I mentioned in my latest post I enjoy working with more strands, focusing on holding the tension and altering colors switch my brain off. I feel like a knitting yogi
I started this shawl in July during our vacation. It was the first time I made something with slipped-stitch knitting and I am satisfied with my results.
I didn't followed any instructions, just chosed a nice 2-color pattern and turned into this shawlette. The edges were adjusted seamlessly with short-rows method. The yarns (Drops Babyalpaca Silk & Drops Alpaca) behaved better than I expected since there was no problems with slippery stitches.
As most knitters I also love this season when I can wear my knitted neckwarmer and wrap collection which keep me warm and cozy all day long. Picking the right shawl every morning is just a joyful dilemma for me. 

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My first WIP in 2015

Before Christmas I started a new project, a really challenging one. One of my greatest knitting goals is becoming better at colorwork. I have already knitted a cardigan using two colors and a pair of Selbu mittens. Working with more strands is a little bit tricky and I really enjoy that each stitch requires focusing and deep concentration - a great therapy for me.
I was afraid of going too deep into colorwork and working with more than two strands at one row but wanted to create something colorful. Besides my fair isle goal, I also wanted to knit something from the bottom up. The cardigan I picked is Conifer using two strands, eight colors and worked bottom up, it has been designed by Rosee Woodland. I felt in love with the reverse stockinette texture and the unusual cuffs are really cool as well. 

Though the construction is just perfect, I am planning a few modifications. First of all I chosed darker colors: the main color is grey with contrasting shades of red, orange, grey and light lime. 
I am ready with the arms and working on the body. Inspite of working flat I prefer working in the round and at the end I am going to steek it. 
Although I felt in love with the reverse stockinette as I progress with the work, I love the regular side a little bit more. So now I am still hesitating which side I will use. The reverse is so cool, but I also love the neat stich definition at the stockinette side. What is your opinion? Which one would you chose?

These days my knitting time is very limited. My life has changed a lot during the last couple months. I have been promoted and my new job exhausts me that much mentally and emotionally that I don't feel enough energy to make anything at nights. A few weeks ago I visited my doctor because of reoccuring belly aches and other stomach-related issues. The biopsy showed coeliac disease so now I am keeping a one-month long gluten free diet to confirm the diagnosis. Christmas was a little bit challenging because I had to miss traditional sweet bites. Since I am not allowed to eat out in the restaurants I used to, I have to prepare all meals for myself. Anway I find it rather exciting and love my new lifestyle. I really miss knitting and blogging and hopefully I can find its place in my new routine. 


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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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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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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