Friday, May 23, 2014

New Arrivals

A few days ago I was thinking about my birthday (though I had it three months ago). I got some money from my grannies and now I found out I hadn't bought any gift so far. I decided to change it, immediately. And what else than a couple of balls of yarn could I buy?

While browsing my favourite web sites I discovered a big sale of Drops yarn. Great! So I ordered some sock yarn and 100% alpaca yarn for two cardigans...




I was so excited when I unwrapped the big carton I received. I would start some new project immediately, but I held out. A couple of years ago I said to myself not to start knitting anything new till something of unfinished projects is done. Unfortunatelly I started a new top-down cardigan two weeks ago (after finishing a shrug)... 


But there is one thing I want to do and maybe I'll make an exception. I bought some Baby merino  yarn as well and I'm going to knit a cardigan for my colleague's daughter who is now three months old. I'm looking forward to knit it so much. It's been a long time since I knit something for such small baby last time... 





Monday, April 7, 2014

Sock Making Series # 4

My series continue with another finished socks:

Original pattern: Duckies

Material:
yarn: Nedy (251 yards/230 m/50 g), 1.5 balls
reinforcing yarn (to make it look more interesting, not just green again...)
DPNs US 2 (2.5 mm)
stitch marker

Gauge: 24 sts x 36 rows = 4" x 4"
Skills: heel flap, gusset, other toe, kitchener, made top-cuff-down
List of abbreviations



I really like the pattern, it's very easy to make, but looks great. I changed the pattern of heel flap, because the simple stockinette stitch seemed to me too common:

RS: knit all stitches
WS: P1, slip 1 st with yarn held in front of the work

I tried to finish toe with kitchener stitch as written. It was the first time and I think also the last time. Maybe it's caused by not enough practice, but I just don't like it. There are many other kinds of toe finishing that I'll prefer to use next time. But I'm glad I tried it.




Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sock Making Series # 3

I just love hand-knitted socks. I've always adored all the socks I saw in magazines that were made on thin needles. So I decided to try it to find out if it's worth working so many stitches in a round. I took the thinnest double-pointed needles I had and started. And I have to say that the result surprised me very well. These socks fit great, much better than socks with lower number of stitches per round, perfectly to my narrow foot and look just amazing.



Original pattern

Material:
yarn: Sportivo (459 yards/420 m/100 g), 1 ball
DPNs US 0 (2 mm)
stitch marker

Gauge: 30 sts x 42 rows = 4" x 4"
Skills: gusset, heel-flap, wide-toe, made top-cuff-down



I'm very happy I've finished them before going to holiday. A week ago I came from Thailand back to the Czech republic and even if the temperatures here are quite high for this season I'm still cold at evening. So I really do appreciate I can wear them...






Friday, January 31, 2014

2013

It's the end of January again. Unbelievable. Now I found out that I totally forgot to summarize last year and also that my last enry is from May... Ups.

I have to say that writing about what I've succesfully done was the last thing I was thinking about. The last year was not too good for me and my family. I better should say it was one of the worst years in my life. Hope this one will be better.

To help it come true I'm changing everything. I've got new hairdo, new boyfriend, I moved to new house and today I left my current job. And I feel much better.

One of things, that helped me turn off my brain and thinking about things that make me feel sad, was (surprisingly) knitting :-) Especially the Starsky cardigan at the end of year, which is also the most beautiful project I did last year.

11 finished knitting projects
1 finished crochet project
3 unfinished knitting project




Sunday, May 5, 2013

Some (Finally) Finished Cushions

At the beginning of this year I was thinking about projects I was working on last year and decided to pay more attention to other of my hobbies except knitting that were missed out for long time. For example I don't remember last time I sewed some clothes...

I sought through my hidden unfinished projects (I still fight with this bad habit) and fell into finishing them.

First of all I completed some of patchwork cushions. 


All these 4 cushions (above and below) are for my mom (photos are taken at her couch :-))


I wanted to try something traditional, classic hand sewn Granny's garden. I just like this motif. I'm sure I will (probably) never start working on something bigger than a cushion, because it's quite work-intensive. But I dream of having a quilt full of these flowers :-)


I keep finishing and hope I will have more free time also for writing than in the last 3 months...


Sunday, February 17, 2013

This can't be true...

During last fall I planned to knit some new cardigans for coming winter. The reason is simple, my favorite one, which I used to wear in really chilly days, doesn't look too well anymore.

At first I thought only finishing of my Bromptom cardigan could solve this problem. It was almost done, only one sleeve and buttons were missing. I was so excited when I finished it, the yarn was so nice and the color was just "universal". I bought wooden buttons, simple but perfectly fitting.


It was just perfect, I really liked it, but I was sure it could be even better. I tried to block it and hoped pattern on hems would be better visible. And it really is. But... I would never believe what can happen and how fast something can be destroyed...

I couldn't believe it when I took the cardigan out of water. The damned buttons released part of their dye and stained the cardigan. I can't express by words how frustrated I was...


So my next task is to learn something about wool dyeing and turn it into brown cardigan. I hope I will save it.

In the meantime to feel little better I was working on other cardigan - Lace Panel Cardigan. The result is great and buttons are plastic, so I'm not afraid the horrible disaster will happen again :-)





Sunday, January 20, 2013

Swallowtail

I started to work on this shawl when I was spending some days off at my parents' in summer. Between my stashed yarns I still have in my old bedroom I discovered Rosana. It's quite old yarn, I think my mom bought it about 20 years ago. For long time I had no idea what to use it for. And so I decided for a shawl.

I chose Swallowtail shawl. At the beginning I was little bit skeptic. The yarn contains some percents of wool, but I was not sure I would be able to block it.

After blocking I was little bit disappointed. It happened what I was afraid of, the bottom hem was not sharp enough. But in the end I was very surprised how well the shawl looked like.



When I wear it I feel like being wrapped in freshly fallen snow :-)

My mom loves it just like me. This means she wants a similar shawl from the rest of yarn as well... ok, I already have idea about gift for Mother's day :-)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

2012

It seems to me the last year was shorter than others... I can't explain it's over now by other way. It's just like a couple of days since I've written the summary of 2011.

15 finished knitting projects
3 finished crochet projects
7 unfinished knitting projects

And the best thing made? Surely my Percy Shawl:





Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sock Making Series # 2

After a long time (maybe a year) I pounced on sock knitting. There were two pairs I had to finish.

I wanted to try something new, what I've never done before. So I made a pair of knee-highs and two-at-a-time socks.

The first ones were done according to Spring socks pattern. I utilized scrap yarns from my old sweaters and made striped knee-highs made from top-down, with heel flap.


Somewhere in the ravelry database I discovered patterns for socks that were made two-at-a-time using a long circular needle. It caught my attention immediately. I think it's great to make both socks together. You don't need to count rounds, you can just try them and they are both the same :-)

I chose toe-up socks by Liat Gat. She has fantastic, easily understandable videos on youtube that can help you with the technique. I had just a little problem. My circular needle was not long enough, so the knitting was little bit complicated. But I solved it by using 2 circular needles.

Cast on for two-at-a-time




They will be great for sleeping :-)


Sunday, October 14, 2012

New Look

It's time for some changes in my life and I think my blog deserves a little change in look too :-)

After that I will start posting again and working on many projects I've been thinking of for long time. I will have more time and I'm already looking forward for it...