We just came back from two wonderful weeks on the Canaries and looking at the project I took with me, I really had to laugh and I realized how relaxed I have been. Well, I had decided not to knit on holidays to give my shoulders a rest after all the sample speed knitting I had to do in the past few months, so I took a cross stich project with me. Actually a quick and easy one with thick yarn, but my progress on it? Hm...
10%, maybe? And Ihad thought I finish it while away, lol. With all the samples I have to work on now that I'm back home, I think I can already file it away under 'Keep calm and finish another Christmas'... ;-)
Nope, I am not losing it and know it is a tad too early to wish you a merry Christmas, but a new and christmassy pattern of mine was released in the newest Knit Picks collection Merry Knitmas.
The collection offers a variety of patterns to beautify your home for the holidays such as ornaments, stockings or home decor items. My contribution to the collection are Tiny Hearts.
The Tiny Heart Ornament is knit in the round from the bottom up, starting with a Circular Cast On, with stranded motifs worked on front and back. At the top, stitches are divided and continued separately to form heart arches.
The pattern includes eight different motifs: bell, snowflake, Christmas tree, reindeer, heart, couple, star and snowman.
For each heart, there are only a few gram of yarn needed. In fingering weight yarn the size is about 6.25 cm (2.5") heigh and 5 cm (2") wide at widest point.
As an optional finishing touch, a contrast coloured thread can be woven loosely around the outer edges of the ornament, and also form the hanger.
They are done so quickly, why not make them all to decorate your Christmas tree or as a small gift for your loved ones?
So there I was, planning to knit a gift and as always I had all the time in the world... because October is soooo far away when it is only January and you buy the yarn for the gift... So eventually I had to do some speed knitting, but ta-dah I finished in time. My Blue of the Heavens Shawl is done, blocked and will go straight into my suitcase. Better pics will have to wait until we are in our holiday destination and I can't wait for my friend to arrive next week to see whether she likes her gift. 'Gift giving anxiety', as always...
... and not make myself a gift even though it is DH's birthday today, when there's such a wonderful new book? Okay, it was a conincidence it arrived today, but it was fun nevertheless and I am so thrilled about this stitch dictonary.
Lots and lots of beautiful and unique colourwork design and my head was spinning with idea when browsing threw it for the first time.
How could I not try to find the perfect project for the 'Masked Bandit'? So, so fun... What a treat! Oh, and happy birthday, Ulli, I'm sure one of the stitch pattern will find a way into one of the projects I make for you. :)
So happy to tell you that the Deep Fall issue of Knitty is now live and includes a brand-new sock pattern of mine: High Voltage!
As most of you know, I love to try out different knitting techniques and I found it quite amazing how easy vertical stranding is to work, but what a unique look can be created with it. With vertical stranding, it is easy to create an eye-catching feature for colorful background yarns that tend to overrule complicated stitch patterns and so look best in plain stockinette stitch.
The idea for High Voltage and for using vertical stranding to create arrows came actually from the color of a yarn in my stash, because the yellow reminded me of the high voltage warning signs. Unlike the sign, I worked the arrows using two contrast colors, in reversed order for the left and right sock. But possibilities are endless. Each arrow could be worked in a different color or why not make a colorful arrow using another yarn for each strand?
For these socks, I used yarn sets with 100g of speckled yarn (MC) and two matching mini skeins of 10g each (CC1 and CC2).
The yarn sets, 'It's Electric' (yellow) with mini skeins in black and pink and 'Amped up' (green) with mini skeins in black and turquoise, were dyed especially for this project by Laurel McWilliams and are now available from her Etsy store, here: SpinningFates
The pattern is available for download at Knitty, here.
I hope you'll enjoy the patter as much as I did designing it and I can't wait to see your High Voltage version.
After weeks and weeks of 'must finish' knitting, I finally had some time to cast on a project just for fun. And even though I am not too fond of knitting a pattern more than once, I've decided to reknit Taevas, the shawl I designed for SweetGeorgia Yarns last year. When I came up with the design I always imagined it in blue and because one of the stitch patterns used reminded me of the blossoms of alliums called Blue of the Heavens.
So I am working on a Blue of the Heavens shawl now, which will be hopefully ready beginning of October. At least for now it's the plan to give it to my friend Maud then... we'll see. Not that much progress yet...
... at least not with the yarn that I went through so much trouble to find a pattern for. I finished the socks I started for Ulli the other day and he's happy with them. :)
What he wasn't happy with is that I made him model them right away - even though we had a sunny and halfway warm day, the grass was wet...
... which might be the reason for his reluctance when I asked him to sit on it, lol. Pretty weird position of his feet in this pic. ;-)
That's about all there is to tell today. I've knit up a storm in the past few weeks, but all of my projects are samples to be published next year, so you'll have to wait a bit to see them. Happy Sunday, everyone!
The latest issues of Knitting Traditions 2017 is now available and as always it is a travel back in time. This issue takes you to the Great Exhibition of 1851, an event that inspired World’s Fairs for more than a century. If you'd like to know more about the Great Exhibition, there's tons of information on the internet, for example here, on Wikipedia.
The magazine contains 18 projects, split into three themes 'The World's Fair' story with articles and projects inspired by the Great Exhibition, 'Curiosities' based on the wonders of ancient Egypt and other exotic places and 'Knight on the Town' with medieval-inspired knits.
When I read the call for submission a while back, what came to my mind first was the impressive building set up to house the Great Exhibition, the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London. It was one of the monuments of 19th century architecture. Built from iron girders and glass, pre-fabricated and then assembled onsite, the building had a never seen before open and airy appearance, which was copied for many buildings to come.
My contribution to the magazine, the Crystal Palace Shawl is a semi-circle shaped shawl knit from the top down. Stripes in twisted Stockinette stitch to symbolize the iron-cast girders alternate with wider stripes in a Shetland lace pattern to symbolize the huge window panes. The shape was chosen to resemble the entrance halls ceiling.
The shawl was knitted in SweetGeorgia Yarns Merino Silk Lace, a soft and springy lace weight yarn from 50% cultivated silk and 50% merino wool. The sheen of the yarn even more enhances the fact that the inspiration for the design was a glass building.
There are quite some twisted stitches to work for the stripes in twisted Stockinette stitch and the lace pattern is a true lace pattern with patterned right and wrong side rows, but all the work is so worth it, don't you think?
I hope you'll enjoy the pattern and I can't wait to see your Crystal Palace!