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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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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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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Ravellenics 2014

I am not a competetive type of girl, but I love games, where you don't have to win over anybody just challenge yourself. This year I joined to Ravelry Winter Games. The deadline was short, we had two weeks to complete our projects. I am a slow knitter, a really slow knitter...  
I participated in WIP Dancing, which was about finishing something, that had been already started before the games. I'd started this sweater two weeks before Ravellenics, but couldn't reach a great progress, because went really slow. I started with raglan sleeves, than I just couldn't find out how to join the lace panel so I restarted with set-in sleeves construction. After knitting the first half of the body, I had realized that it had turned out too big for me, so unravelled again. After I restarted for the third time, it went out without difficulties until the sleeves, those short rows with wrap-and-turns were really slow plus I needed to unravel one of the sleeves, because it was too puffy. Although I couldn't complete in time, since I finished 2,5 hours after the deadline, it worthed every single seconds I pushed into it.
About the construction:
The pullover was made completely seemless. Worked from the top down, flatters to my figure and features a longer back with a rounded hem. For the front panel I chosed a very simple lace pattern which was enough easy to memorize.
Pattern: my design
Materials: 6 skeins of Drops Baby Alpaca Silk
Needles: 3.00 and 2.50 mm
Appox. hours: 50 hours

See lot of photos on my Ravelry project page

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Yarn Along

I was taking a little break from blogging in the last couple weeks. But I am not away from my knitting. In these weeks the only craft I do is knitting.
After Christmas I completed my long-time bedside project Ochre Leaves Cowl.
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace (Frank Ochre)
Pattern: my head. The pattern is currently under testing, it will be available on Ravelry very soon.

There is no more relaxing activity at night than knitting something mindless, I've just started a new bedside project Lace Pullover.
I would like to keep this project in secret for a little while, so I don't cover the whole piece. This photo was taken on Saturday. I am currently a little bit obsessed with baking and cooking sugarfree and glutenfree or organic (if I glutenfree version would have too different taste from the original one I just choose organic). On Saturday I made very healthy rolled pancakes and cuddling under my blanket I finally had a very lazy afternoon.

There is starting something really exciting on Ravelry now. I am challenging myself on Ravelry Winter Games 2014. I am participating with two projects. This sweater will be one of them, the other one will be my first felted slippers. I haven't decided which pattern to choose: knit or crochet... slippers or balerinas or loafers... huhh. Not easy to pick one!

I am so excited to see what were you doing during the last couple weeks. Wishing you happy creating!

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