Monday, January 23, 2017

Astrid Socks - The Pattern.

Hi everyone! Remember these?

The pattern for Astrid socks is finally out. (It only took me like 1.5 years...) You can find it in my Ravelry store by clicking HERE

And because you guys have put up with me and my lazy blogging during this past year or so, I want to offer you a change to get a free sample of the pattern. Use the code astridfree at the Ravelry checkout and the pattern is yours, free of charge. Happy knitting!

P.S. The code is valid until January 31st 2017 11:59pm Helsinki time.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Apogee Test Knit.

I've been lucky to test knit this beautiful pullover for Erica Smith (ericacanknit on Ravelry). This is my second time test knitting for her and must say I wasn't disappointed. She has such a great designing style and eye for details, and her patterns are always well written and easy to follow.

Apogee pullover is very lightweight without being flimsy. It is knitted in pieces from bottom up, so there's quite a lot of seaming to be done at the end of it all. The side seams actually are the most interesting part of this design as they diagonal as opposed to normal vertical seams. As hard as I tried, photographing them was pretty impossible - the one time the seams are actually supposed to show I manage pull off my best job seaming ever! Also the dark blue color I chose for this pullover makes the details less prominent. But look at the two photos below, I have highlighted the seam in the bottom photo so maybe that makes it easier to spot the detail I'm talking about.

I could also have chosen a smaller size as my pullover turned a bit bigger and more relaxed than I intended. I still love it though.

This was my first time using Holst Garn's newest yarn, Tides which is a blend of wool and silk (70/30 ratio). It has a subtle tweedy quality with spots of lighter shade of blue as well as a bit of a rustic feel to it. I really liked knitting with it and have already ordered more in two more colorways (pearl and raven). Also, I can't get over how swoonworthy this shade of blue is! It's just perfect. Deep and rich. One more thing, it's surprisingly warm for a fingering weight yarn and despite being lightweight, the pullover is still enough to be worn on these cold Finnish winter days.

Pattern: Apogee by Erica Smith
Yarn: Holst Garn Tides, in nightshade
Needles: 3.5mm and 4.0mm

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Wild Blueberry Suit For Theo.

Theo needed a woolen jumpsuit to wear under his overalls while palying outside now that the weather is getting colder. I tried to look for one for him (either new or secondhand) but the ones I liked were way too expensive and the ones that were affordable were ugly. So what does a crazy knitter mum do? Right - I decided to knit him one. Since this was something he needed ASAP I dropped (almost) everything I had on my needles and for once concentrated on (almost) only one project until it was ready for use.

I used the Wild Blueberry Suit pattern that is freely available on the Drops Design website. It is knitted flat until for the length of the buttonband, then joined in a round for the sleeves and legs. However, if I would knit this again, I would knit the whole thing in a round with a steek, and add the buttonbands later. First of all, it's so much more convinient to knit fair-isle in a round instead of back and forth, and secondly, it would have reduced the amount of yarn tails that had to be woven in. (although I still absolutey dread cutting steeks!)
This was my first time using Lettlopi, and I'm still having a bit mixed feelings about it. I loved the color and the look of it, however it felt quite rough and prickly to me and I do have doubts about how my skin woud react to wearing clothes or garments made from it. Luckily Theo will be wearing other clothes beneath it so it won't be straight against his skin. The rest of the yarns I used for the colorwork were leftover bits and pieces from my stash (the reddish brown was leftover from a hat I made for my husband's birthday, the light beige one was the same I used for my Snoqualmie and Porter cardigans, and the blue yarn was the rests from Theo's birthday Arlo cardigan.)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Siri cardigan.

You know how sometimes a pattern comes along that just suprasses everything you already have in your queue and you just need to cast on it the first chance you get? Well, Siri was like that for me. Love at first sight. There's something about the design that is at the same time both simple and complicated, interesting and very everyday that really spoke to me. I happened to have enough yarn for it in my stash, so there was nothing really stopping me.

For a design such as this yarn with good stitch definition is essential. Especially if you want to knit it in black. I used Drops Cotton Merino which I think was perfect for this cardigan. I've had the yarn in my stash for ages and can't even remember what I orginally bought it for. I've been wanting to knit a black cardi for a long time, but somehow never got around to it before now.
The yoke of this cardigan has a complicated looking pattern of diamonds made out of rows of small 1x1 cables. The first few rows were a bit messy and it was sometimes hard to keep track which stitch you were at, but as the pattern started to emerge it got gradually easier. The rest of the cardigan was smooth sailing - plain old simple stockinette stitch.
I love this cardigan because it goes with everything: open or buttoned, with jeans or dresses, at work and at home. And not only because it's black. It just has the little something that makes it tick all the boxes. If you don't believe me, take a look for yourself.

Yarn: Drops Cotton Merino
Needles: 3.5mm and 4.0mm

Thursday, October 27, 2016

On My Needles.

First of all, thank you all for your kind words regarding my last post. The past year has been really hard for us like I wrote, but things are starting to look brighter. I personally believe that tabus don't help anyone so I have strived to be honest and tell people around me how things are with us. Our life is far from perfect and I don't see the point of pretending like it is. You don't get any help or support if you don't ask for it, and saying everything is fine with a fake smile serves no one any good. So again, thank you for being so understanding.

It's been ages since I last showed anything I've knitted, so maybe it's time to give you a glimpse of everything I have on my needles at the moment. You know me, never a monogamous knitter, so there's always a pile of WIPs waiting for me. I've been a bit restless lately, so I've been casting on for way too many things that I'm trying to juggle. At this moment I'm knitting two cardigans, one sweater, two shawls, a pair of socks and a hat for Theo, plus quite a many swatchees for various other projects I'm itching to start. But I do get things off the needles as well: yesterday was all about knitting buttons for my Siri cardigan and Theo's onesie. I'll show them as soon as I have time to take decent photos (the daylight is getting scarce and since I'm now back to work I don't have all day "free" to take photos as I please).

But back to everything I have under work. Let's start with the Loess shawl. I got two skeins of Hedgehog fibres Skinny singles in shade Teacup as a birthday present from my little sister and I started knitting the Tissé scarf by Julie Hoover with it. I spent literally hours working on it, quite a few road trips, many hours at the playground while Theo was playing with sand and multiple other occasions until I finally confessed to myself something I had known from the very beginning: I just didn't like the yarn with the pattern. Even though I really wanted to. So rip rip rip, back to a ball the yarn went, and I started again with a different pattern. Now it's becoming the Loess from Brooklyn Tweed's Wool People Vol. 10 collection. At the moment I'm waiting for my yarn order, because the two skeins I had weren't enough to finish it, but as soon as I get my yarn I'm back to working on this one.

The other shawl I'm knitting is the triangular Halligarth shawl that has been in my queue for two years. I'm knitting it in deep purple (fantastic color!) Holst garn supersoft wool. Triangluar lace shawls aren't really my thing to knit, but this design has something that I really really really love, maybe because it's a bit more minimalistic and graphic than many other lace designs, I don't know. Anyway, I'm reaaly excited about this, even though it doesn't really work as a TV time project. (I've fallen in love with audio books, yay for Audible app!)

The last two thing I'm going to show you today are the Valldal cardigan and my Speckled Space Socks. I've jumped on the speckled yarn bandwagon (thanks to the aforementioned Hedgehog yarns) and I've been so excited about the hand dyed Studio Meez sock yarn that I got earlier in the summer but just haven't dared to use until know. It's been sitting on the dresser where I've been able to admire it :) But now I'm turning it into socks. It's the softest sock yarn ever, maybe because it has some cashmire in it, and the colors are just very me, subtle, with light grey base and spots of dark green and navy blue.

I'm not very far along with my Valldal cardigan, but after knitting almost purely cables for the longest time I wanted to cast on for a stranded project. The cardigan has quite an interesting construction and it took me a while to understand what I was doing and if I was reading the instructions correctly. You start knitting the ribbing flat from the bottom up, then you put some stitches from both the edges on hold, cast on new stitches for a steek and continue the fair-isle part in a round. Later on you knit the button band stitches (the ones that were put on hold) and sew them to the edges of the steeked cardigan. Let's see how it turns out!

Here you can see the steek and the to-be button bands I have on hold.