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.