Monday, June 27, 2016

Snoqualmie Cardigan.



You know how I love knitting cables. And cardigans. And Brooklyn Tweed patterns. And everything by Michele Wang. So I don't think it comes as a surprise to any of you that when the Snoqualmie pattern was released last January it was love at first sight for me. I just knew I had to knit it.

I must say it has been one of my favourite things to knit so far. I love the cables, I love the size and the fit, I love the collar, and I love that despite its HUGE size it was actually pretty quick and effortless to knit. I have nothing but positive things to say about it. I want to live in it and never take it off. 

I used Shishang Wool for this one. It was a souvenir yarn brought to me by my mum from China. It wasn't quite heavy enough by itself so I knitted it together with off-white Drops Baby Merino. The two yarns give the cardigan a nice marled texture.

PS. Thank you for all your condolences both here and via Ravelry concerning the passing away of our beloved cat Otto. He is very much missed and I think I have a permanent hole in my heart. But life goes on and we are all doing our best to cope with the situation. 



Pattern: Snoqualmie by Michele Wang
published in BT Winter 16
Yarn: Shishang Wool #nature's brown and Drops Baby Merino #02 off-white
Needles: 6.5mm



Friday, June 17, 2016

Update.


I took an unintentional break from blogging, it was not planned, it just happened. I just haven't had the time for computers. We've been busy enjoying the summer weather (even though it has been raining some days over here) and also my husband has had to work extra which has meant more mommy duty from and even less free time. Being a mom has been a lot harder than I imagined a year ago. I never thought it would be this intense and time consuming. A friend of mine said she hasn't had time to even touch the knitting needles ever since she went back to work some 4 months ago (her baby is 5 months older than my Theo). I really hope that won't happen to me.

Nothing much has happened around here, and at the same time a lot has happened. You know how it is. Let me sum up the past month for you:

  1. We were on a holiday in Turkey. I'll write more about it in an own post.
  2. I finished my Snoqualmie cardigan. This also deserves it's own post.
  3. I've been writing a couple of patterns down for you guys, one of them is a pattern for the Astrid socks (do you remember them? I've been meaning to write the pattern for a year now!). I will publish them as soon as they are finished. Yay!
  4. I have way too much stuff on my needles. I'm knitting a navy blue cardigan for Theo, the Gable pullover (from Wool People Vol.8) and the Arrow sweater (from Amirisu Fall 2015) for myself as well as test knitting a cabled sweater pattern for the lovely Ericaknits
  5. Theo has really gotten into playgrounds and that's where we've been everyday if it didn't rain. I've started to knit while sitting on the edge of the sand box :)
  6. My little sister is getting married later this summer, and it was her bachelorette party last weekend. It was also my first night away from Theo, but I still didn't get enough sleep, haha :)
Also. Some sad news as well. We had to say good-bye to our cat Otto. I've written previously that he was diagnosed with cat equivalent of Alzheimer's disease, and for the past two years or so we've been watching him slowly fade away. It got to the point that he didn't remember how to eat anymore, he just sat and stared at his food before turning around and running away to hide under our bed. The vet said there wasn't anything we could do anymore. We buried him in my parents' garden. It was one of the hardest days in my life. He was almost 12 years old and I feel like I had had him since forever. It broke my heart. But he had been gone a long time already, and weirdly it doesn't feel like he is missing, even though I thought it would be devastating to come back home and see he is not here. He had been keeping so much to himself for such a long time, sleeping in our bed rolled into the tightest little ball of fur, that I almost can still pretend he is there, sound asleep. I will always love him. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

10+1 Knitting Related Facts About Me.


  1. My favorite needle size: the one that i use the most would probably be 4.0mm, but I love knitting with small needles like 2.5 mm and 3.0 mm.
  2. My favorite yarn weight is sport (I guess this goes hand in hand with my favorite needle sizes)
  3. I almost only knit with circular needles (I knit with the magic loop method). I dislike knitting with straight needles because I think the ends always bump into everything (like armrests), they don't fit nicely into a bag and our cats find the ends waving in the air irresistible.
  4. I avoid seaming whenever it's possible and often alter patterns so that I can knit in the round (one more reason to prefer circular needles)
  5. I'm not very good at seaming and I think it's boring and takes forever. I also hate weaving in ends (doesn't everyone?). It usually takes me a further day or two to actually finish a piece after binding off the last stitch until I have finally seamed everything together, woven in the ends and attached buttons (if needed)
  6. I'm a sucker for tweed and marled yarns.
  7. I would like to learn to knit fair-isle with more than two colors at a time. I've tried it a couple of times but gave up after a couple of rows and an unsolvable tangle of yarns.
  8. I mostly enjoy knitting cables; lace is probably my least favorite. I have a weird twisted love affair with traveling twisted stitches (pun unintended), the harder the chart the better I like it (think Cookie A)
  9. My favorite fibre is merino wool. I try to steer away from synthetic fibres but I can live with them in some content in sock yarns as they need to be more durable than your normal wool.
  10. I purl tighter than I knit.
  11. My skin is really sensitive so I'm super picky about yarn. However I don't think alpaca is very itchy and can wear alpaca sweaters even though many say it's one of the prickliest fibres.
PS: We are leaving for Turkey tomorrow, so no blog updates for the next week and a half! Remember to follow me on Instagram if you want to see photos of palm trees and turquoise sea, I can promise even some knitting related photos! You can find me on Instagram by name sari_n_

I'm a sucker for tweed!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Breton.



I'm taking a short break from packing (we are leaving for our holiday in Turkey on the day after tomorrow) to show you my newly finished Breton sweater. This one was a long time in making: I started it last year and finished only now! I'm not quite sure why exactly it took me this long to finish, the whole pullover was fairly simple stockinette stitch with some stripes, so nothing too fancy there. It just took me ages.

There were a couple of things I changed about the pattern. First of all, I knitted it in a round, both the body and the sleeves (but separately obviously). I read on Ravelry that many had commented about it being a pain in the a** to try and line the stripes when seaming so I decided to skip that part as much as I could. There were the seaming of the inevitable sleeve caps but that went surprisingly well considering my not-so-great skills at mattress stitch. (I'm actually really proud of my seaming this time!) I used this tutorial from Knitty to make the shift from one colour to another when knitting stripes in a round less visible, and I think it worked out fine. Of course you can see the change of colors but it doesn't bother me (look at the photo below).


Another change I made was to add ribbing to the cuffs and hem, because I don't like when raw edges start to curl. I think it's fine at collars like on this pullover so I didn't change that part. I added 8 rows of broken rib to the cuffs and 16 rows to the hem and I really like how it looks.


The best part about this pullover in my opinion is the shaping of the back. I was curious to see how the shoulder seams would turn out, as I felt a bit unsure while knitting them but I really love the look and the fit is perfect.


Pattern: Breton by Jared Flood, from BT Fall 12
Yarn: Drops Baby Merino, #01 White and #21 black
Needles: 3.0mm and 3.5mm



Saturday, May 14, 2016

Theo's New Knitwear.



All of Theo's hats became suddenly too small for him. And also too hot now that spring has arrived. I had been eyeing the Kyushu hat pattern by Kuroki Knitting for a while and decided to knit it now that I had the chance. I love knitting baby hats because they are really fast to knit but at the same time as versatile as grown-up hats. This hat had a really unique eyelet sic sac pattern which was fun to knit. 

Theo was diagnosed with allergy to eggs, that's why his cheeks are looking so bad at the moment. But now we know and can eliminate all things containing eggs from his diet!

This was my first time knitting with Sandnes Garn Mini Alpaca, but certainly not the last one. Unlike many other alpaca yarns it was not at all itchy which is important for baby knits. The light blue color is also really cute in my opinion. 


I have also finished the bunny yoke pullover I started knitting during the Easter holidays. The pattern is Sweet William by Ann Kingstone and it is one of the cutest baby patterns I've come across. I knitted the smallest size which was for 1-2 year olds. Now, my Theo is only 9 months so it is a bit too big for him, but I'm hoping it will be just perfect for him when the fall comes. For this project I used Holst garn Supersoft which in my opinion has one of the best selection of colors there is. The hardest part is always deciding which one to pick. I used Holly and Oatmeal for this project. 

You can see some other familiar thing in this photo. Can you spot my Happy Day Mobile and knitted Babar?


I made the button covers using Kate Davies's tutorial. I love the look of the buttons and how they give the pullover a really finished look. The only change I made to the pattern was to shape the bottom edge with short rows to make the back a bit longer than the front, but other than that, I followed the pattern as it was written.


At the moment I'm knitting Theo yet another cardigan, which is the Nordic Fall cardigan by Trine P. It has a nice and easy garter stitch back with small twisted stitch details and bobbles that remind me of berry branches on each front. I'm really excited about this project and can't wait to show you more of it!



Pattern: Kyushu Hat by Alejandra Graterol, Kuroki Knitting
Yarn: Sandnes Garn Mini Alpakka, shade #7212
Needles: 3.0mm


Yarn: Holst Garn Supersoft, shades Holly and Oatmeal
Needles 3.0mm