September 25, 2007

I missed my invitation from Ravelry when I was on holiday but luckily my nickname was still available when I joined last week. I haven’t added much projects and stash but I really enjoy looking what all of you are knitting. It is really great you can just type in a yarn or a pattern and go on for hours and hours…

Bye the way I’m over there as kaita.


Impressions from Cornwall

September 24, 2007

I was hiking in Cornwall for almost three weeks and it was really great. The weather was much better than expected, the Coast Path which follows the coast line all the time is very well signed and the views are fantastic. Just a few teaser..

Yes that’s me (just for scaling).

Sometimes the coast path looks more like a hiking highway..

.. or like being on a carribean island.

Although we only had two backpacks, I had brought some knitting. Just the lace-stole because that’s only 100g. I had hoped to knit at least one repeat per day, but sometimes the walking was so exhausting that I didn’t accomplish the plan. This is what I have knitted so far:


It’s a little bit more than one metre. Much more to go.

In Cornwall I was only in one ys, but on our way back home we stayed in London for 3 days and I visited two more. But I will tell you about my purchases tomorrow πŸ™‚


Felted bag

August 29, 2007

I haven’t posted lately because I was bored. I had finished everything and wanted to start a new big project but there wasn’t one. (I’m still waiting for the Drops Alpaka and want to knit my new big project with it.) I casted on a pair of these and a pair of Jaywalker and I did some repeats of the print o’ the wave stole but nothing exciting..

Until last week when I decided to start the felted bag I had in mind for weeks. I want a felted bag which consists of squares in different colors. First I thought about felting entrelac but the FO I saw online were all mhm a bit too untidy for my taste. My picky mind just wants the squares to connect exactly at the corners.

When I saw a member of my knitting group doing this, I did some investigation about knitted patchwork and mitres. You can find some examples here and here (very good but german).

Knitting a mitre is really simple: You just cast on an odd number of stiches. You can use garter or stockinette stich. In either way you just decrease stiches in the middle of the row until only one stich is left.

If you use garter stich you just decrease two stiches every other row using a sl1 k2tog psso in the middle of the row.
Using stockinette stich is a little more complicated. You can of course decrease like in garter but you will not end up with something that looks like a square. ( I apologize for not making little swatches) Due to the fact that stockinette produces a slightly larger row gauge than garter you will end up with someting that looks like this:


To avoid that you have to decrease more than two stiches every other row. I tried to alternate ssk, skk, k2tog and k2tog, ssk, ssk to get a symmetrical appearance, but I’m not satisfied.

Anyway I decided to use garter stich and swatched and felted the swatch to see how it felts and how much it will shrink


As you can see the original swatch is 3.75 inch and the felted one 3 inch. Here you can see a rough sketch of the bag and what I’ve knitted so far.


I started the bag by knitting 10 single mitres.


Afterwards I connected them by picking up stiches on two edges of every mitre with the brown yarn, joined and purled one round. Then I continued to knit mitres using the live stiches like a cast-on row.

When I’ll be back from Cornwall, where I’ll stay for the next three weeks, I have to think about making a mitre which looks like this


to create the four corners I need for the bottom.

Dyeing with Kool Aid

August 15, 2007

Last week I tried dyeing with Kool Aid. How on earth can anybody drink this stuff. No offence but.. Igitt (this is german for all disgusting stuff).

I went to a friend of mine who ownes a microwave and we dyed two skeins, one with lemon-lime, wild-watermelon-kiwi and berry-blue and one with lemon-lime and lemonade. (Yes I bought some more colors because I wanted to dye one skein I bought a year ago to try dyeing.)

The result is shocking πŸ™‚


I like the yellow and green one, but I don’t know wheter I like the other one or not. I’ll knit a swatch and decide later. If I knit them up into socks they’ll be really great to shock my parents πŸ™‚

Apart from the smell dyeing was really fun. I’ve dyed some cotton with Procion mx so far but dyeing wool is better because the wool takes up all the dye and whats left looks like smelly water. This doesn’t happen with Procion and is really fascinating

FO: Pumpkins

August 13, 2007

Yesterday I finally stuffed the pumpkins and sewed the tops to the bodies. They came out really nice although I had to pull very hard with a piece of yarn to shape them like this before they were completely dry.


Pattern: Pumpkins by Jordana Paige in knitty
Yarn: Cascade 220; one skein orange (7822) and perhaps a quarter of a skein of chocolate brown (7824)
Needles: Addi Turbo 6.5mm
Felting: 3 times for 8 minutes in front loading washer with a pair of jeans

On the sewing front

August 6, 2007

I sewed all the orange pieces and afterwards it looked like this:


And after 20 minutes of felting in the washer they were felted and looked like this:


This is the pumpkins pattern from knitty. I just need to stuff them and sew the tops onto the bodies.


August 6, 2007

On Thursday I got a parcel with my presents from Mascha.

And this was inside: A skein of sock yarn and Kool-Aid in Berry-Blue, Lemon-Lime and Wild-Watermelon-Kiwi.


I’ve wanted to try Kool-Aid dyeing for yearsΒ  πŸ™‚
The book is fitted knits by Stefanie Japel and I’ve seen at least three patterns I want to knit… someday.

Dear Mascha, thank you so so much, I’m so happy. Getting parcels is always exciting but getting a surprise is even better.

What might that be?

July 30, 2007

After finishing all these projects I had (almost) no ufos left. Okay some socks I’ve started 2 years ago in a really horrible colorway are still there but nothing really serious. So I came up with a bunch of new projects:

I casted on some lace in an Uru-wool I bought 3 month ago in Cologne.


This is the Print O’ The Wave Stole by Eunny. I wanted it more like a shawl so I casted on only three repeats of the pattern. I’ve knitted six repeats so far, the pattern calls for two times 17 but I think I am knitting only one large panel instead of two crafted together in the center.

I also started knitting slippers for myself.


But I ran out of the black yarn for the sole, and I’m waiting for a new skein to arrive.

Yesterday I spent some time
in front of the computer watching movies and knitting these:


Please feel free to guess what these might become.
To give you another clue: two of these belong to the same project.


Tonight I’m going to sew..

FO: Slippers, socks and a bag

July 26, 2007

I finished the felted slippers for my boyfriend. This was a quick and easy knit and an exciting time in front of the washing machine. Like 99.9999% of all germans I own a front loading washer. Fortunately I can stop the washing process and open it because the water level doesn’t rise to high.

These are the unfelted slippers worn by my boyfriend.


And this is what came out of the washer 30 minutes later.


I let them felt until the fit was ok. The elastic you can see at the heel was removed after 3 days of blocking/drying.

Pattern: Slippers from Felted Knits by Beverly Galeskas
Yarn: Cascade 220, 2 skeins charcole grey and 1 skein black
Needles: Addi Turbo 9mm
Modification: The sizes of the slippers in the book weren’t big enough to fit my boyfriend so I did a little math and constructed my own pattern which wasn’t hard and I added one more short row to close the “hole” a bit more.

I’m really glad they came out so well and he seems to really like them, he wears them although it’s warm outside.

While waiting for the slippers to felt I finally finished the monkey socks I started months ago.
I really like the yarn, it’s 100% wool they are so soft and warm. Please excuse the quality of the pics.



Details monkey socks
pattern: cookie a, knitty
yarn: collinette jitterbug, toscana 1 skein
needles: 2.5mm bamboo dpns

And last but not least I finished the Petunia Tote form IK Spring 07


I really hated the yarn but I love the bag after I washed it πŸ™‚

I lined it with a light yellow cotton fabric and reinforced the bottom with a plate of (bought) felt instead of a piece of cardboard so I can wash the whole thing.


Details Petunia Tote
pattern: Katie Himmelberg in IK Spring 07
yarn: Stahl – Palermo (lightgreen 98) (100% cotton, 105m / 50g)
needles: 4.0mm addi turbo circular and 4.0mm dpns

I won!

July 24, 2007

Last week I commented on maschas blogiversary and she randomly picked three winners amongst all commenters and I am one. I don’t know what I will get but she wrote me a very nice e-mail and asked many fiber related questions…… πŸ™‚

So dear Mascha thank you very much for this great surprise and I’m impatiently waiting for the postman πŸ˜‰ .