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