Shortly before Christmas

Hello there!

Before I disappear again for too long again, I thought I’d give you a quick update – I uploaded a lot of pictures today, and prepared some posts so hopefully, blogging will be a bit easier. For now, I just wanted to give you an update on what’s new, and I hope everybody is okay with that. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s go …

Do you remember this picture from the last blog post? These socks

are done!

I love them so much. They are very simple, just a k2,p2 pair of socks with one half-round of purl stitches before I started the toe decreases. For a bit of contrast, I did an eye of patridge heel:

And I am incredibly happy about them.

Philipp got socks:

And I am very proud of them, because I somewhat designed them on my own. They have ribbing at the back and small patches of ribbing at the front.

(I might put the ribbing all the way down to the top half of the afterthought heel next time though)

He loves them. And so do I.

Right now, there are two WIPs on my needles: For one, Iย  picked up the Perfidy ร  l’orange shawl again (the pattern is only called Perfidy, but my sense of humor is a bit strange sometimes). After ripping out what I had (because I got confused and didn’t know where I was in the pattern), I started anew, but got worried that the fabric was too loose or too tight. I bound off at six pattern repeats and treated the tiny shawl like a swatch:

Then I decided I liked the fabric and accidentally undid the cast on instead of the bind off.

Then I stuffed the shawl into timeout.

A week or so later, I picked it up again, and so far, things have been going great:

Knitting is easy, the Russian joints haven’t made any problems so far, and adding wedges to the main section is happening intinuitively.

Not to brag, but I think, we’re friends now.

The other WIP is something I am really excited about. It’s a pair of socks for Philipp (again), but this time – in Matrix-coloured yarn.

It may sound weird, but I had my eye on this yarn for two years, but never really dared to buy it, because Philipp wasn’t into too-bright or too colourful socks two years ago. Since this has changed significantly, I just grabbed the yarn when I was at the LYS in September and had 300g of sock yarn in the basket already anyway, and was determined to make a pair of Sci-Fi socks for him. When I brought it home, he got very excited, commenting on how cool the yarn looked and that um, YES, he’d TOTALLY like a pair of socks out of that, but if I wanted to make something for ME that was fine as well … ๐Ÿ˜‰

I cast on last Sunday, when we sat down to watch Aliens, and it was the best combination ever.

Instead of knitting vanilla socks, I decided to purl all the green stitches, and I absolutely love the effect. The socks were set aside until today, when I knit on them in between two trips to the post office and baking two batches of cookies with Philipp:

I just love the combo of Science Fiction and knitting on these socks, with some Cyberpunk ambient sound playing in the background.

Christmas knitting is done, by the way, and I’ll be showing my knits after the holidays. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Take care and please don’t let yourself get too stressed out, my friends!

All the love,
Julia ๐Ÿ˜€


Kauni’s Arrow

I am in love. It’s been a week. I never saw it coming, but here I am.

I had almost finished the Colour Explosion sneakers and had discovered that my last yarn splurge had reduced my destash-o-metre from 615grams to 21 grams, when I realised was going to face an hour-long drive to a friend’s birthday party and wouldn’t have anything to knit on the way. I dug through my stashbox and unearthed one of the balls of Kauni yarn a friend at knitting group had given me approximately two years ago.

Kauni EP

A quick search through my queue provided me with Jenny F’s everday shawl (link to pattern page), a beautiful pattern perfect for yarns with long colour repeats. I scanned the pattern, asked Philipp to print it out for me and decided to give it a try.

Simple Shawl 01

The everyday shawl is a stockinette stitch shawl that starts off with an arrow-shape and changes directions after you have finished the increases, and the magic of the pattern – apart from the shape – is the fact that you alternate between stockinette and reverse stockinette sections (I love it when shawls are completely reversable).

Simple Shawl 02

I started with a 4,0mm needle and managed to finish almost two repeats on the drive to the party (it was midnight when we left and it was too dark to fuss around with increases and yarn overs and sl2sts k-wise, k1, psso without being able to see what I was doing).

Simple Shawl 03

Measuring my gauge the next morning made me realise that my gauge was two stitches off (too big) and since I do not have 620 yards, but rather 612y), I frogged it all and started anew, this time with 3,5mm needles. (I’m still one stitch off, but nevermind). Simple Shawl 04

I love this pattern. Somebody on ravelry compared it to a bag of potato chips (you can’t stop until it’s finished), and I can definitely relate to that. I don’t even know what it is that makes knitting this shawl so addictive (it’s pretty straightforward, which makes it easy to work on while I’m tired, that’s a bonus), but the colour changes definitely help.

Simple Shawl 06

Of course, Kauni isn’t known for its immediate softness. It’s 100% wool, and quite rough, and the last few days have been hot for a change (which makes knitting real fun when you have sweaty fingers), and the project is getting a bit big for taking it on commute, but I don’t mind. I’m really optimistic that washing the shawl will soften it …

Simple Shawl 05

And THEN, I will have one of the most perfect and beautiful accessoires in my wardrobe to date.

Prepare for updates with pictures.


Have a lovely Sunday, friends!


Julia ๐Ÿ˜€

Bark around my neck

Time flies.

I have no other explanation for this long absence, except that I have started to write again (and that I am still fangirling) and that I am exercising more. On top of that, since the middle of April, I have two jobs, plus the dissertation, and so my free time has become something I have to manage well, if I want to tend to everything equally (obviously, I haven’t completely succeeded yet).

But: Here I am! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I even have something to show you.

When I visited the handmade in 2013 for the first time, I bought this beautiful skein of sock yarn from the Ponderosa booth:

Ponderosa Birke 01
It was displayed as a singular skein, and I fell in love with the colours. It sat in my stash for three years, and now, due to my promise to use up my most beautiful yarn instead of staring at it, I have finally found a pattern that is suitable.

Meet the Oaklet Shawl. This is a freebie pattern by the wonderful Megan Goodacre, and I wanted to knit it for ages, so I figured that it was a perfect match. There is an updated version of this pattern now, for a bigger shawl and more lace, but I liked the old one and thought it good enough.

I cast on at the beginning of April and finished it at the beginning of May:

Birch Shawl 02

and, if I may say so, it came out really, really lovely.

Birch Shawl 03
The shawl consists of a stockinette body with a spine in the middle and a lace border that is simple, but beautiful.

Birch Shawl 04

I knew the yarn would probably swallow it completely, but I wasn’t going so much for the lace part, but for the yarn itself, and after trying garter for a bit, I decided that stockinette would be best.

I got gauge (22sts/10cm) with a 4,0mm needle, and the only change I made to the pattern was increasing to 249 sts instead of startingย  the border at 233 sts.

Birch Shawl 06

This is neither the largest shawl I have ever made, nor will it fit each and every one of my outfits.

Birch Shawl 08

But it certainly suits my complexion, and I love the look of it, especially when I am wearing it asymmetrically …

Birch Shawl 07

… instead of pulling it up, which would not do it justice.

Birch Shawl 09
The best thing about this project is not only that I used up 97 grams of a beautiful skein and do not have that much leftovers, but that I tried to take a chance with a heavily coloured yarn, and took my time to find pattern for it that I could be happy with.

Because sometimes, yarn is too good to be hidden as handknit socks inside your sneakers. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Have a lovely, lovely start into your weekend, my friends! I have more to show you and more is yet to come!

All the love!
Julia ๐Ÿ˜€

It’s done! :)

Iย  finished!

I’m so, so proud … I think it looks quite nice! ๐Ÿ™‚

Iron-Wrought Cables 19
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.

Iron-Wrought Cables 20
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 …

Iron-Wrought Cables 21
Because it really would be nice to be able to lift my arms in public. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ (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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now I only have to wash this … And see how it comes out … ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend, my friends! Talk to you soon!
All the love,
Julia ๐Ÿ˜€

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

Small Gifts

Hi there!Jule the Cat

Man, that took a long time. Don’t you hate it when there is nothing much wrong with you, but you simply feel worn out and sleepy? Last week was like that again – on Friday, I felt too tired and groggy to go to the library (!), so I went to the doc again to make sure I didn’t catch bronchitis. Good news: No bronchitis. Bad news: The cold simply hadn’t worn off yet. Argh … I didn’t have to call in sick again, though, and so I spent yet another weekend on the couch, with lots of knitting, a new game for my DS (“Golden Sun – The Dark Descent”) and (since I didn’t have any new library books) Elizabeth Gilbert’s “The Signature of All Things”.

Rest was only interrupted on Saturday, when we went to E.’s birthday party.

Apart from the book she had asked for (a crime novel – E. will read just about anything if it contains corpses, a detective and gruesome murder), I had a surprise present in store.

The Blueberry Shawl.

I do not quite know how much I have told you about Continue reading

Three Little WIPs :)

Hi all!

Did you have a good Pentecoste weekend? Ours was very quiet … On Sunday, we met at my grandparents’ for coffee and strawberry cake and went out for dinner… Today, I sat down at midday and did some serious work on my dissertation stuff and my French homework (only eight weeks until the exams!).

The FOs are piling up here, but I wanted to give you a quick update about what’s on my needles now (and we can always get back to that FO pile).

First of all, I dug deep in my UFO pile and finally managed to extract The Cardigan.

Amiga Cardigan 02
This picture isn’t accurate any more (oh man …), the back is finished (who’d believe that?!?) and the right sleeve has reached the middle of my underarm (I promise). I plan to finish this before 2020. Hopefully it will still fit me then. We’ll see …

The next WIP is gonna be a present. Meet Rabbit!

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Here is Rabbit, still in his Frankenstein-state … I slipped the first stitch every row while knitting the small parts and I don’t know whether this was such a good idea, to be honest. I think I’ll have to reknit everything, but we’ll see … The plan is to finish Rabbit and make a friend for him and give them away as a wedding present, but I’ll see how it goes. Maybe Rabbit will be simply a prototype. Sorry, Rabbit.

The third WIP was made out of a whim. You see, a couple of days ago, Lionberry (a really beautiful shawl) was added to ravelry and since I somehow couldn’t bare working on that right sleeve anymore and I had this yarn sitting in my stash, waiting patiently to be knit up into something after a not-mentioned desaster …

Lana Grossa Lace Merino 03
I got it out of The Box and cast on right away.ย So far, it’s going fine:

Blueberry 01
70% of the shawl are done (I forgot to take a photograph in time but will get another one, maybe tomorrow?) and it will be truly beautiful. The pattern calls for fingering weight, but this is laceweight on a 3,5mm needle. Maybe it will be a bit smaller, but we’ll see … This is Merino yarn and it should grow a bit after washing.

I’m getting back to you soon and hope your week starts of great!

Lots and lots of love!!
Julia ๐Ÿ˜€

P.S.: I have been thinking about my blogging (o rather: lack of blogging) lately and I think that it’s also got to do with the fact that I started to go running three times a week since mid-February. The reason for this is simply this (the reason for starting to go running): I sit on my behind too much. Working on my dissertation: Sitting at my desk. Working on my job: 80%-95% sitting at a desk. Knitting and watching Let’s Plays and listening to music … Yeah. Exactly. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Since too much sitting around is bad for your health (you can even die from sitting around! Imagine that! You’re gonna die (but only) if you sit around! Oh man …) and I hadn’t done any sports in ages, running was easy to get into. So there.

Since I run in the evenings, I am often quite tired afterwards … And I tend to blog on evenings as well. Well, I’m working on a better routine for me, I miss talking to you folks! ๐Ÿ™‚

A Sneak Peak …

… from the blocking board …

Sacred Landscape 05

I still have to weave in some ends, but then it is done and can be photographed! ๐Ÿ˜€

And just in case anyone remembers this:

Fairy Shawl 01

This beauty made it to the blocking board as well … Finally. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, an UFO has landed … Pictures will follow later.


Love ya, folks! I’ll talk to you soon this week!

Julia ๐Ÿ˜€