On my Needles part 2

So, I’ve been a busy knitter these last two weeks. I finished the Waterlily a week ago and then started working intensively on the Brolly shawl. However, the rows are getting pretty long by now and every row there are two more stitches increased so it takes longer and longer to finish a row.  I am at 320 stitches now and still have a 100 to go, but that’s only 50 more rows BEFORE I can start the border…I decided to take some time away from it to work on other projects.   IMGP4880_PEF_modified

After seeing a couple of pretty Seaside Sundae blankets on Ravelry I got very excited to make my own.  When I first saw it I wasn’t very IMGP4865_PEF_modifiedinterested in it because I don’t really care for the colors they use in the magazine.  But colors are of course a matter of taste and seeing the other two blankets made me give it another look.  I decided to make this blanket for my mom since her birthday is coming up and therefore I chose green as the main color since that is her favorite.  IMGP4872_PEF_modifiedThe color combination reminds me of the ocean and I am quite happy with it.  Also, my mom is not a big fan of random (which is how I think the triangles in the pattern are arranged) so I decided to make it more orderly. Also the outermost border will be only one color.  I have decided to make it 2 rows longer so I expect it to be ca. 125 cm instead of 104 cm. So far I have completed 10 squares of the 60 that I have to make. The yarn is Drops Merino Extra Fine and luckily they it is currently on sale with 35% off.IMGP4866_PEF_modified

I had some leftover silk from my Waterlily and I have been crocheting bow ties from it.  Each tie is only a few grams so I will probably have enough for 8-10.  I still have to sew them together and add the central piece.  But I like the way they look.IMGP4882_PEF_modified

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Waterlily

Behold! Another finished PomPom garment:IMGP4853_PEF_shotwell_modified

This is the cover pattern of this years spring issue, the beautiful and popular Waterlily top.  I decided to make mine in silk, hoping it would be wearable all through the summer. I have made a sleeveless wool top before and never wore it because the weather was never right.  Either my body was warm and my arms cold or my arms my warm and my body melting.  Also because of the wool it was hard to wear a cardi over it.  IMGP4852_PEF_shotwell_modified

So I decided to go for a more summer friendly yarn for this top.  It is Soft Silk from BC garn, very nice raw silk yarn with plenty of texture which gives the stockinette part of the top more character. I used 140 gr. for a size 1 top. IMGP4854_PEF_shotwell_modified

The pattern is very nice, easy to understand and well written.  I only have some silly complaints about the lace section.  Understandably I like lace patterns which I can remember after a few repeats but it took me the knitting of all the lace part to finally remember this one.  The lace is lovely though.  Also, I dislike decreasing while knitting lace because your accounting has to be accurate. It is tricky to find out when to yo and when to decrease because of the lace pattern and not because of the neckline shaping.  A chart of this would have been helpful but it would probably take to much space in the magazine. And again, since the lace part of the top is so short, there are only a few rows where this has to be taken into account.IMGP4859_PEF_shotwell_modified

The construction of the back neckline is quite clever and I like it, although mine came out a bit wide in the back. I think it is ok and quite suits the loos fit of the top.IMGP4856_PEF_shotwell_modified

The yarn is something I have never worked with before and the knitted garment behaves strangely. It is very lightweight and soft and stretches funnily.  Very different from wool.IMGP4860_PEF_shotwell_modified

I made a size 1 with no alterations.  But I did two things differently from the instructions.  Firstly I knitted the garter stitch border flat.  I hate garter stitching in the round because that way you have to purl every other round.  Using my way, of course you have to seam the border at the end but this is easy since because you have to weave in the end, you already have a piece of yarn to do the seaming with. The other thing I changed was that I grafted the shoulders and knitted the neckline before blocking. After blocking I wove in the ends and seamed the sleeves.IMGP4862_PEF_shotwell_modified

I am very happy with my finished top and I am excited to see how the silk yarn hold up during wash and wear.

 

On my Needles part 1

IMGP4849_PEF_shotwell_modifiedI am going to try to add a regular post on this blog.  I will call it “On my Needles” and I plan to show my knitting and crochet WIP.  I do not know if this will be a weekly thing or just random, we’ll see.

Right now I am working on two knitting projects. The first is the Waterlily top from PomPom quarterly issue 8.  It is knit in soft silk from BC garn in grey.  The yarn is very lovely, it has lots of character and texture and I am sure that the top will feel great to wear. I have never knit a garment in silk before but thought I would wear it more in summer rather than a top made of wool. I guess I could have made it in cotton but it did not occur to me when I was choosing the yarn.  I have almost finished the top, I only have the lace part of the front left and then the usual finishings.   IMGP4851_PEF_shotwell_modifiedThe second project is from the same issue of PomPom.  It is the Brolly shawl knit in thin wool from Geilsk.  The yarn they use in the magazine is Swedish and a bit of a bother to buy if you do not live there.  The yarn from Geilsk is Danish but has the same yardage and wight and also comes in a wide range of colors.  It is easily accessible for me since it is sold in an online store here in Germany so I chose that instead.  I love the colors.  This is a very easy and mindless knit, perfect for on the go.  I usually have it with me when I am on the train and also when I take my boys to the playground.IMGP4847_PEF_shotwell_modifiedIMGP4848_PEF_shotwell_modified

Anzen Cardi

So, I’ve been meaning to write this post for ages, even got the photos ready a few weeks ago but something was holding me back(read laziness) . So here goes…IMGP4810_PEF_shotwell_modifiedThis is my finished Anzen Cardigan from PomPom Quarterly issue 7. I bought the yarn just before Christmas with the idea to have a fun project to work on over the holidays and I had planed a trip to Paris over the new years which gave me many long car driving hours ideal to fill with mindless crochet.IMGP4811_PEF_shotwell_modifiedI used some standard sport weight wool I got at a local yarn shop and I am quite happy with the quality.  Also I am not afraid at all to pop the cardigan in the washing machine which I have done many times already since I finished it in January and have been wearing it non-stop. I made a size 1 and guess my gauge was a bit of because it turned out a bit tight but I love it anyway.IMGP4812_PEF_shotwell_modifiedThe pattern is very easy and the instructions quite good which means that this is a perfect project for a beginner in crochet who wants to make something wearable.

It has been my go-to cardigan since I finished it and I feel it goes with everything, at least I wear it with everything  🙂

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

 

More PomPom love

So I just finished some more projects from Pom Pom quarterly.  I made the Ammolite Cowl from the latest issue and the Skipworth mittens from the first issue.

I started making the cowl as a part of a year long stash yarn challenge.  The idea of this challenge is to knit something every month using only yarn you have in your stash.  I had two balls of this blue Navia Trio yarn and had been looking for a good use for them.  Then I saw this cowl and decided to give it a go.  I am really happy with the result.  The cables are beautiful and the texture of the whole thing is wow!

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However, when the cowl was finished I still had almost a full skein left.  I was not very happy with that because the point was to finish the stash yarn.  So I searched for something I could make with the leftovers and found these mittens, also from pompom.  They are very easy and fast to make.  The only problem I have with this pattern is that it has garter stitch knitted in the round.  This means that you have to purl every other round, and since I don’t like purling to much I will probably use only stockinette stitch next time i make them.

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The mittens and the cowl go well together since both have a garter stitch theme going on.  I am planing on giving them to a friend who has a big birthday coming up and I hope she likes them as much as I do.

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