It’s done! :)

IΒ  finished!

I’m so, so proud … I think it looks quite nice! πŸ™‚

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I am very happy to say that YES, I finished in time and NO, it wasn’t stressful at all. The rest of the body did get done very quickly, and since there was only a tiny bit of ribbing, I finished with enough time to sew in all the ends and close the seams under the arms.

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Looking back, the hip increases proved to be unneccessary; they make the sweater flare a bit, and I may frog the bottom to the part where I started th increases and reknit it just the way it is. This will mean picking out a lot of seams, since I used a couple of scraps for the bind-off, but it will be worth it, I think …

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Because it really would be nice to be able to lift my arms in public. πŸ˜‰ I have about 85 metres left of the yarn (i.e. the swatch), and I don’t think I can make this very much longer, but just a bit would be nice, maybe one or two centimetres!

All in all, I am very, very happy how this sweater turned out! I never thought I could knit a whole sweater – let alone in a three-month’s time span! This sweater has boosted my self-esteem, and I am already looking forward to knitting the next one. πŸ™‚ (Maybe I should finish that cardigan first, though …)

The yarn was Wolle Roedel’s “Misto”, a cotton/acrylic mix that sadly isn’t produced anymore. I knit the sweater on 3,5mm needles and changed only very little in the pattern, which is Sandhurst Jumper by Artesano. I put all the changes into my project notes, and if you’re curious, feel free to have a look! πŸ™‚

Now I only have to wash this … And see how it comes out … πŸ˜‰

Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend, my friends! Talk to you soon!
All the love,
Julia πŸ˜€

P.S.: For those of you who are wondering what I’m knitting know: Here’s a hint:

A Shawl made out of Birch 01

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Shape it, Baby!

It’s coming along, it’s coming along!

The Sandhurst Jumper is on its way, I can say that much. After being a bit baffled about the setup instructions for the separate parts (you basically start knitting front, back and the separate sleeves one after another, gradually increasing until you have a certain stitch size. Then you put the sts on waste yarn, cut the thread and move on to the next part), I just did what I was told, and it worked.

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Yo(ke)!

Aaaah!

It’s the 11th already? Time flies …

I’m sorry. All I can say is that I am terribly busy with French right now. I had my oral exam on the third and got 19 out of 20 points – basically for trying to talk nonstop. My French teacher remembers that I am a grad student (which is easy, as I am the only one in class, and I don’t think it’s so common that people show up in a language course just for fun), and I already knew that I was knee-deep in sh… when he asked me again what my dissertation was about and then smiled and brightly said: “Great! So what exactly are the differences between Lutherans and Anabaptists?”

But, as I said – I was fine in the end. He took into account that I didn’t know the theological vocabulary (which I will learn for my next course. I’ll come prepared.) and he said my pronunciation was good (yay!) and that I really made an effort to speak and that he could understand me despite my grammatical mistakes (I will work on them.)

So, my written exam is on the 16th, and I am studying, writing vocabulary cards, revising grammar and tomorrow and the weekend will be spend on (re-)doing the homework we had in the course. We’ll see how it goes …

Anyway. I left you with this!
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Shall we see how it looks now? πŸ™‚

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It wasn’t meant to be.

It had started so well.

We met at last year’s Handmade festival and it was fascination at first side. The stripes! The colours!

For a couple of minutes, I was confused as I didn’t know what to take home. The wonderful blue/green combination with the wonderful colourway “Rainy Day”? Or a purple-blue yarn entitled “Tea Party”?

 

 

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Preparing for presents

Hi all!

Knitting for others seems to come more natural to me than knitting for myself. I do not know why that is – I could probably dive into some deep-psychological explanation that maybe, there is something wrong with my self-esteem and that my frequent knitting for others shows that I value them more than myself …

… and maybe it’s just because I love giving gifts. πŸ˜‰

Meilenweit_blau_01Ficolana arwetta classic

 

 

 

 

 

These two balls (or rather: These five balls …) are the base for two presents I am working on right now:

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