Done, done, and done.

FINALLY, PROGRESS!

The next week will be superbusy, but I am glad that I did get a lot done this weekend, and a good part of it is knitting.

After the blanket desaster, Philipp and me had a look at our friends’ wishlist, searching for a gift that would allow me to knit them at least something, however small. We debated several items and settled on some fancy kitchen equipment in the end, and I decided that I’d make them potholders.

Fancy, eh? I’m not really sure how well they’d serve as potholders, to be honest, because of the lacey parts, but at least the motif is suitable for a wedding. The pattern is Heart Dishcloth: Knit version by Lily / Sugar’n Cream, a freebie on ravelry, and it knit up in no time. 54 grams, 91.4 metres (or 100.4 yards). Done.

To make it easier to store the potholders, I bound off all stitches knitwise, until there was only one loop on the needle – instead of snipping the threat, I crocheted 10 chain stitches and secured it on the left with a … single crochet or double crochet, depending on where you live. I still have to wash them and pat them into shape, and of course they do not hold a candle to a blanket, but at least it’s something handmade, and Laura will get socks for her birthday, after all.

Made from this yarn, to be precise (it’s a little too dark in the photograph; the original yarn is brighter and happier).

Before I made the wedding potholders, I decided to swatch for once (usually, I don’t bother for stuff like potholders), and make a simple dishcloth to use up my orange cotton. Of course I didn’t get the gauge I needed for the Heart Dishcloth pattern (that would’ve been 21sts and 28 rows to 10cm/4″, and of course I got 18.6sts and 25.3 rows on 4,0mm needles, so I switched to 3,5mm ones for the heart potholders), but the yarn is used up now, and that is all that counts.

The project was easy and fast – I basically cast on 34 stitches, knit 2 ridges of garter and then proceeded in stockinette stitch, with a garter border of three stitches per side. After 39 rows, I did another 2 ridges of garter, bound of and wham! Done. 19 grams out of the stash. Funnily enough, Lenka (who had asked to see the dishcloth when it was done) was so enthusiastic about the colour that I will wrap this little buddy up and send it to her. Sometimes it’s so easy to make somebody happy! 🙂

Last but not last … I finally made myself a pair of socks again.

I love them. A few weeks ago, when the stress was really getting to me, I found a website that had older Opal collections for sale (they also have other brands), and after debating whether or not to get some (my stash has grown to over 13(!) kg of yarn. Plus fiber), I gave in and treated myself to these three beauties:

All of them are from an older “Schafpate” collection – the blue one is “Huetehund” (shepherd’s dog), the rainbow yarn is called “Blickfang” (eye-catcher), and the green was is “Ruhezeit” (downtime). I love them all and was wondering if I should snag what’s left of the collection as well …

I knit the socks top-down, 64 stitches on 2,0mm DPNs (gauge is 32sts and 50rows to 10cm/4″ – I never get anything above 8sts/inch, and I am not willing to go below 2,0mm needles for it). The pattern I used is Heather Sebastian’s Chain Drive Socks, another freebie. I already knit it once, to make my mum socks for Christmas, but it worked fine this time.

As you can see, I repeated the pattern on the back of the leg, and I have to say that I absolutely love it. The cables put enough interest in knitting to prevent it from being boring, but, in my humble opinion, are not too busy for the absolutely beautiful colours.

This is the second pair of socks I have made for me this year (not counting the lavender ones, which are still hibernating), and I am totally smitten with them. They are everything I hoped for, and I am really glad I bought this yarn. I used exactly 75grams, and the leftovers will probably be used in the neverending blanket – we’ll see. So these are done as well.

Done, done, and done.

And now? What now? What shall I knit next?

Well, for one, I started another Curl:

This is Perfidy, another pattern taken from Hunter Hammersen’s Curls 2, knit from some of the Merino yarn that was intended for the blanket (I dubbed the ravelry project “Perfidy à l’orange”, and I find this très chic), knit on 4,0mm needles …

I wanted to make AJ (E’s daughter) a Little Sister’s Dress (I have to frog this, though, I made a mistake and can’t seem to find it) …

And then, I really wanted to get a headstart on granddad’s socks. He’s turning 88, after all.
Have a really great week, my friends! Take care!
All the love,

Julia 😀

Big Plans and Little Items (The Forgotten Projects III)

The bunnies are done! I can’t quite believe it … I got them done in time (which is, earlier than Midnight on Friday), and I am going to show them later this week (sorry, but I want to write a good blog post. They deserve it.) This is gonna be good! 🙂

Since the last two days have been days of resting, I think that now is the time to show you two little items I made and to talk about what’s next!

Stashbuster Beanie

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Projects In Between (Picture Heavy!)

Hi folks!

The weather is … woah. During the last week, the temperature in my flat was constantly something between 26°C and 28°C … Add a handful of thunderstorms and I think you can imagine how I feel. 😉

My shawl is finished! This:

Fairy Shawl 01

is now a beautiful, slightly crazy shawl that I love already and that was so much fun to knit! It hasn’t been washed and blocked yet, however, so I’ll show it later, with decent photographs …

After I finished the shawl, I still hadn’t decided about the colour for my next project … I’ll knit the Widsith Socks next (link to ravelry pattern), but I was wondering wether I’d like them in a solid colour or a something variegated … This will be the first time I’ll take part in the Kal of the German sock knitters group “Sockenstrickereien”! It’s such a beautiful pattern … And free, too!

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New Stash

Hi friends! 😀

Are you well? I hope so – my week off work is over and so is the nice weather, apparently … Since Monday, the sky has been mostly gray with a few occasional raindrops sprinkled over our heads (My, my. Isn’t that poetic. 😉 ).

First, let me welcome my new followers – it’s nice to have you here! 😀

I have been knitting a lot and started to learn French on Saturday afternoon! It’s more of a game so far, I’m using http://www.duolingo.com , a free website that offers a language course by giving you translating exercises via listening comprehension, “fill in the missing word” exercises, etc. It doesn’t provide you with any “real” grammar, just what you grasp from doing the exercises, but I’m having lots of fun.

I have learned approximately 80-90 words so far and borrowed Philipp’s old French school books so I can look up the necessary grammar parts. The whole thing works by word fields and you start with “girl”, “man”, “boy” and “woman” and useful verbs such as “eat” and “drink” (It is French, after all!). Now I can successfully say “The black cat eats the red book” (Le chat noir mange le livre rouge), which will be probably all I need for my next holiday! :mrgreen:

But really, it’s fun! There are more courses for English native speakers, you can learn French and Italian and Spanish and even German and Irish and I don’t know what else … Try it out if you want to, it’s free! And they’ve got a cute mascot!

Sooooo … on topic …

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Coal and Steel and Steam

Hello everybody! 😀

I hope you’re fine and everything is okay in your part of the world? Of course I know about the crisis in the US and I do hope that it will be over soon and that those of you who are affected by it get through this  time!!!

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Introducing the Stash #3: Leftovers

Hi there!

Last week, I sat down and rewound my stash of »leftovers«. I call them »Leftovers«, but there are quite a few yarns in there which are still capable of holding the promise of a little project.

It was a lovely, sunny day, and since my choice was to either clean my windows or rewind my stash … Er … :mrgreen:

Although my stash isn’t as huge as some I have seen (and admired) on ravelry, I do feel that I have quite a lot of wool. Currently, the number of yarns in ravelry is 57, but I am working on some stashbuster projects at the moment (I’ll show you soon. Promise.).

The complete stash lives in three boxes:

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