Tuesday, February 28, 2017

FLET Pullover.




If you are thinking about knitting only one pullover for the winter season, might I suggest this one?

This pullover was in my queue for a bit over a year before I finally casted on for it. I also had the yarn in my stash waiting pretty much the same time. I don't know why it took me so long to actually start with this one, because it is perfect.

I loved knitting it although I do love wearing it even more. I used Drops Merino Extrafine for this one and it is just perfectly squishy and smooth and I really enjoyed using it, so much actually that I immediately casted on another project with it, this time in black. At the moment I'm knitting the Koto pullover which is also designed by olgajazzy, as is the Flet pullover.

PS. I wish I could try knitting with Woolfolk Får - the yarn that this pullover was originally designed for. I've only heard rave reviews for it...



FLET
Yarn: Drops Merino Extrafine #01 offwhite
Needles: 4.5mm

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.







Apogee
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