Stormborn

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It’s done, it’s done! Yesterday I finished the Stormborn shawl from the Game of Thrones Mystery Knit Along and I am so pleased with it!

Yarn: Tibetan Cloud Fingering
Pattern: Stormborn Shawl

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Since this was a mystery knit along I didn’t know what the pattern would be, and I totally lucked out with my yarn colour choice. The green suits the dragon scales very well and in general I love the colour. After a wash and a block the yarn is also very soft. The only problem I had with it was that the thread thickness seems to vary quite a lot, and although that in itself isn’t so much of a problem, the fact that the yarn broke on me twice in the thin parts is. Both times it gave me a mini heart-attack, and in general I prefer my knitting without any kind of heart attack. I wasn’t sure how much yarn I would need for the shawl, and despite it’s name the weight does not seem to be fingering. So of the two skeins (a whopping 900 meters, 100 grams) that I bought I still have 43 grams left. Which is more than enough to do another project!

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The pattern is great as well, it’s interesting enough to keep you motivated up until the end, but repetitive enough to not have to constantly rip back because of a counting mistake. Plus the end result is huuuge, and I’m all for huge shawls. And I can totally picture Daenerys rocking this, of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men etc. etc. etc.

Back to reality

I’ve had two lovely and relaxing weeks of vacation and it is with a little bit of sadness that I’ve gone back to work, back to reality. First I enjoyed a relaxing week in France, after which I went to Ireland for a little more active holiday. And I’ve drawn some important knitting conclusions while I was away!

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First of all apparently I can knit in the car without getting car sick! For someone that already gets car sick from reading too many road signs this is an amazing discovery. Truth be told I only tried knitting hexipuffs, as I thought it’d be less likely getting car sick with an easy and memorised pattern. Mainly because of the long drive to France this resulted in 13 happy little puffs finished and my grand total now stands at 24 puffs!

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My second grand conclusions is that I am still too chicken to carry knitting in my hand luggage. I’ve read some stories online of people who had no problems at all with getting their knitting on a plane, but I am still left with the irrational fear that airport security will look at me disapprovingly while ripping out a beautiful piece of knitting, after which they will dramatically snap my beautiful knitting needles in half whilst laughing maniacally. This meant that for my second trip, for which only hand luggage was booked, I was to be without knitting. In other words, a week without sadly making any progress on any of my projects. Which doesn’t mean it wasn’t an amazing week, the beauty of Dublin and the Irish countryside left me speechless at times.

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As for the socks I was contemplating about whether they should be frogged or not, I have come to a conclusion. They will be frogged and I am sure the yarn will make another pair of beautiful socks. The little voice in my head kept on complaining that I would not be happy with these socks and the chances of me eventually finishing these was becoming smaller and smaller. In the end I think I made the right decisions, although it not being an easy one.

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So you might be thinking that 13 small hexipuffs and half a socks that will be frogged is not much knitting in two weeks. Luckily I’ve also been making some progress on the Game of Thrones Mystery Knit Along shawl, for which I am probably the last of the participants that has not finished this yet. But I won’t despair! The pattern is so pretty and the yarn I’m using (which I bought on yarn shop day) is a perfect colour for the dragon scale like look. Although it is not really a mystery anymore I’ll try to first make a bit more progress before posting a proper picture, but I promise it’s gonna be good. Almost done with clue 3 now and with 6 clues in total this can only mean that I am half way-ish. Plus it felt pretty epic when the weather of France decided it was time for some rain and I could work on the shawl with a sea view.

Meanwhile back in the Netherlands it has been raining for two days straight, and I’m not even exaggerating, there has literally not been one minute without rain for two days. This has made my hands itching to make something warm and wintery. However I must.. resist.. casting on.. wintery stuf.. because according to the weather report we will hop back into summer this friday.

To frog or not to frog, that is the question

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It is a question knitters will often find asking themselves and the answer never seems easy. I have once again found myself in this position were I have already invested quite some time in a project, but am unsure whether to continue or not. So to frog or not to frog? That is the question..

Pattern: The Scent of Lavender
Yarn: Araucania Ranco Multy

In general, there doesn’t seem to be anything especially wrong with this project. The yarn is fine, there don’t seem to be any too apparent mistakes in the pattern, the size is working out as well. So why would I consider frogging this? Mainly because it is hard for me to keep myself motivated to finish this project, and there are several reasons for this.

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First of all the pattern instructions. I am knitting these from a little Knitting to Go booklet, from which I have finished a pattern before. There are lots of lovely patterns in there that make my sock knitting heart beat a little faster. But as I also came to find with the previous pattern I made (Herringbone from Kiel), I am thoroughly annoyed with the instructions. In the case of the Herringbone socks the heel instructions were very unclear, I frogged the heel twice after ending up with huge holes in the gusset, before eventually knitting a heel from a different pattern. I don’t know if it’s the way the booklet has been translated but again I’m encountering frustrations regarding the directions. I’m sure that partially it’s my own fault, because I do dive into charts immediately without always reading the instructions carefully. But a lot of things in the instructions seem to be implicitly assumed and I generally prefer patterns that explicitly overstate things rather than assuming I just know everything. I’m sure because of the way it is written there are already a few unnecessary errors in my sock, which annoys me to no end.

And then there’s the problem of my yarn choice. I knew very well that this pattern would work best with a solid colour, but I thought I’d get away with the variegated yarn anyway. The colour is so pretty and it somehow feels as if the green would work nice for a leafy lace pattern (I’m such a sucker for leafy lace patterns). But here it is, the lace isn’t popping out as much as it should and in hindsight I should’ve gone for a solid colour.

So what to do? It’s not as if the sock is looking horrendous, I still love the way the pattern looks and the yarn is lovely, plus I’ve already invested quite some time in this (oh dear, sunk cost effect kicking in). But on the other hand, because of the reasons listed above, it is hard to stay motivated and finish this thing and what if I don’t like the end result? For now I don’t have an answer to my own question and I’m avoiding the sock whilst continuing on other projects, running the risk that I’ll forgot about it. What is a knitter to do..

FO friday: lakeside

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These knee socks have been a long time in the making (cast on was in april) but I have finished making the lakeside socks for my sister! Even though it was my second time knitting this pattern I still enjoyed making them. Still somehow I can’t manage to finish one of these completely without mistakes. But let’s just call that ‘personalised’ and ‘one of a kind’ (ahem).

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 As for the yarn, I was pleasantly surprised. I was looking for sock yarn that would not be itchy but could still resist the wear and tear socks usually get exposed to. I ended up buying Rico Design superba cotton stretchOf course I don’t know yet how the yarn will last in the long run, but at least it feels super soft and was easy to work with. Plus, it only took me around 55 grams to make one sock, and since I bought 200 grams I still have more than enough left to make another pair of socks.


Now that these are done I can get back to some selfish knitting!

Breaking Cat

It’s a good thing that there was a deadline to the Mochimochi photo series contest, otherwise I probably would have spend another couple of weeks (or even months, who knows!) working on this project. So today was the day I set the deadline for myself to take all the pictures and upload my entry. It was a bit of a weird sunday, with sewing knitwork onto cardboard, making tiny desks and editing eyebrows. But here it is, weeks work full of brainstorming and lots and lots of knitting.

Breaking Cat! Just like Breaking Bad, but with catnip 🙂

The Mochimochi pattern featured are:
Stackable cats
 Gun shy
 Tiny pets
 Part of Cuter Polluters

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