FO: Gran Sweater

Another sweater fresh off the needles! You might remember this project as one of my holiday knits. I actually finished it up rather quickly, but noticed I should’ve alternated skeins (something I often find myself to lazy to do), and had to rip back part of the body to address an abrupt colour change. With the biggest part of the fresh finish adrenaline already out of my body, I left the sweater lying around for a while before getting round to doing this.

Pattern: Gran sweater by Dora Creadora
Yarn: Snailyarn Merino DK (I actually don’t know which colourway this is!)

I didn’t make any significant alternations to this pattern, yet it still looks slightly different than it’s supposed to. That’s for 2 reasons: firstly I realized I only had enough yarn to knit the pattern 1 size smaller than I’d usually need. Given that I was most interested in the cropped version that has a lot of positive easy, I reckoned I’d get away with it. Secondly, once I knitted it as cropped, I thought it was too cropped and added more length. So the Gran version I ended up with lies somewhere in between the classic and the cropped version.

In any case, the pattern is highly addictive. The repeat that runs over the body is easy to remember. It doesn’t make for the quickest knitting, but is highly meditative.

The yarn is absolutely gorgeous in my opinion. It’s a light grey with lots of purple speckles all over. I think it looks really special! It’s super soft and it felt really creamy while knitting it up. Allover pretty perfect for a sweater!

FO: Tegna sweater

This little sweater has been all summer in the making, with a little knitting here and there. I’m pretty sure I finished all the knitting well over a month ago, but was too lazy to weave in the ends. To be fair, it was so incredibly hot I wouldn’t have worn it anyway. But now with the start of what appears to be an absolutely perfect autumn, I’m going to say the finishing time of this top is absolutely perfect.

Pattern: Tegna by Caitlin Hunter
Yarn: La Bien Aimee Tough Sock in the Yellow Brick Road colourway

One of the very first things I did after moving to Paris was pay a visit to the La Bien Aimee store, which is where I picked up the 2 skeins of yarn necessary for this top. At that time I might have been the absolute last knitter on earth that hadn’t knit a Tegna yet, so it was an obvious choice. It’s an easy and satisfying pattern that I would most definitely recommend!

I’m going to tell you one little secret about this top, which is that I nearly frogged it after it was blocked. I was having such a bad day and was feeling all sorts of bad about myself when I tried it on for the first time. In my mind this thing was hideous and unflattering and I just wanted to rip it out right there and then. I was feeling ugly, like a failed knitter, and in my mind this top was the culmination of all of that. I didn’t frog it, thankfully, and now wearing it I actually feel fantastic in this top. Just goes to show what kind of mean tricks your mind can play on you. I’m not sure what the take home message from this should be but I do want to tell you this; be kind to yourself. Give yourself a break. And let knitting be a positive light in this world that is all sorts of messed up right now. Oh, and never frog a knit in the heat of the moment!

FO: Coral Reef hat

For the last couple of months I’ve had one of the most fabulous pompoms in my possession. I had already used a pompom just like it when knitting a gift hat earlier this year, but had been waiting for the perfect yarn before knitting myself an equally pretty hat. Just last week I got such an adorable and squishy and pretty skein of yarn in the post and immediately knew that it had to be paired with this pompom. And just like that, in a matter of days, I have a very pretty new hat!

Pattern: Coral Reef hat by Asita Krebs
Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks Merino DK in the Nougat colourway

 

 

FO: Fade X Sox

I’ve returned from my lovely holiday in Slovenia. I’m still planning on making a separate picture post for that, but this will require me to first sort through the hundreds of pictures I took 😉 So for now you will have to do with the first FO from my holiday projects.

Pattern: Fade X Sox by Leeni Hoi
Yarn: Artemis Yarn sock in the Dream colourway

The pattern consists of stitches travelling across your sock in a band, making it both an easy meditative knit, but also in my opinion very well suited for variegated yarns. I’d therefore really recommend this pattern for travel knitting! I know the word fade is mentioned in the pattern name, but there is no fade to be seen for my socks. Which is not to say I don’t think faded socks are amazing, but mostly means that for this particular project I couldn’t be bothered.

As for the yarn, this was my first time knitting with Artemis yarn after already admiring her colourways for quite some time. I think dream is a perfect name, because these socks are super dreamy. I don’t know why exactly, but while knitting this project the yarn-pattern combination was also giving me a strong 80s vibe (and I mean that in the best way possible).

I’ve actually also as good as finished the Gran sweater I was knitting in Slovenia, however after fudging up the skein alternation I’ll be reworking part of the body. Almost there though!

Holiday knits

I’m currently enjoying a 1,5 weeks trip to Slovenia, which despite lots of rainy weather, has so far been a very pleasurable experience. The biggest challenge of the trip so far was limited luggage, which also meant I needed to have a big think about what knitting to bring.

I ended up packing two skeins of sock yarn with some needles, the first skein of which (sock yarn by Artemis yarn) has by now been cast on as the Fade X Sox pattern by Leeni Hoi.

As you might notice, I am not fading these at all. However, I figured it would also work really well with this sort of variegated yarn. I’m really loving the look of these and they’re honestly flying off the needles, as I have just cast off sock nr 1.

Right before setting off I also cast on a sweater pattern, which has proven to be equally addictive. I’m using some very subtly speckled DK merino yarn by Snailyarn and am knitting the gran crown pattern by Dora Creadora. I honestly wish I could have everyone squish this sweater, because the texture it is creating both looks and feels ah-mazing.

As a pattern that I mostly brought out of wishful thinking is the Summer Rain shawl by Veera Välimäki, which I’m knitting out of yarn by Viking yarns. I cast this shawl on the very first day I moved to Paris and found myself in desperate need for endless garter stitch. Suffice to say that need has passed and this project has been lingering. I still think it’s going to make a lovely and wearable shawl, but garter stitch over hundreds of stitches with still many many many rows to come isn’t exactly motivating me.

And that’s it! I think it’s more than enough to still keep me busy for the rest of the trip, even if it doesn’t sound like all that much. What sort of knitting projects to you like do take with you on holidays?