Finally I can share the news that the little Saffran cardigan has been saved and gifted! You might have read my traumatising first experience with steeking which required me to do some serious sweater surgery. But I’m so happy to say the cardigan didn’t unravel and is wearable.
Pattern: Saffran cardigan
Yarn: Drops Karisma
After it turned out the yarn was too slippery for steeking and it looked as if everything would unravel, I decided that asking my grandmother to run the sewing machine over the loose stitches might be the safest option. She helped me out and indeed the stitches couldn’t move at all anymore, which was a big relief. After the sewing it left the edges a bit wobbly and my mom was kind enough to help with sewing the stitches into the cardigan (what a family effort it was). In the end all of this sewing didn’t exactly leave the inside with a neat finish though. I’ll show you a picture because I love you guys and I’m an honest knitter. But there’s nothing inspiring about it.
The thing is though that;
1) in knitting it’s actually the outside that matters, and these edges don’t mean the cardigan has a horrible personality.
2) I totally ran out of time to do this (the buttons were sewn on only shortly before I left to my friend who this was meant for) but simply sewing a ribbon over it will cover all of the Frankenstein-ish appearance.
3) as I say with all the knitting mistakes I make: it’s a design feature that makes it unique!!
So there you have it. And what matters most is that my friend loved the things I knit for her baby (this cardi + the Teddy sweater) and that the baby is super adorable and I finally got to meet the sweet girl.
Speaking of sweet girls, my own family has also grown a little, meet Sibbe, the cross eyed Siberian who is the new friend of Iva. Isn’t she cute?
The two aren’t exactly friends yet, but Sibbe has only been living with us for a week so I’m sure time will sort that out 🙂 Oh and just because here’s a pic of Iva in a Santa hat.
I’m back! I’ve done something way out of my comfort zone on this trip, I don’t know if you can relate to this at all, but the prospect was quite scary to me. I’ve had horror scenarios going through my head, but I gambled and the gamble paid off. I took the risk of taking my knitting onto the plane!!!! I was so sure airport security would snap the needles in front of my eyes but they didn’t, and I managed to get it through the hand luggage check 5(!!!) times! As a result, there’s now a finished pair of socks to show for it.
In other exciting news, after waiting for 3 months my new couch arrived. So happy with the colours I needed to capture it in the FO pics. Iva isn’t all that thrilled with my knitting (as usual) but seem pretty comfy on the couch.
The pattern is Hermione’s everyday socks and the yarn is Manos del Uruguay Alegria (colourway Macachines). I love the pooling of the yarn <3
I did have an amazing time in both San Diego and New York, I can’t believe how incredibly lucky I was with the weather. It was so warm in San Diego that the seals felt comfortable enough to give a yoga show, and central park was full of the most beautiful colours in the autumn sun. I couldn’t have asked for more.
Now first thing on the agenda after my return is an effort to save the Safran cardigan from a future in the rubbish bin. Wish me luck and hopefully I’ll be able to bring some good news about it in the next few days.
When I was living in Denmark I learned a beautiful new little word; overspringshandling (or displacement activity in English). In biology the term refers to the idea that when animals are faced with two competing behaviours, e.g. fight or flight, instead of doing either of them, they’ll start doing something completely unrelated. The Danes used this word more in the likes of ‘I should probably be studying for my exam, but instead I’ll start cleaning the kitchen’. I think I’m experiencing the knitting equivalent right now.
See, I’m only a button band away from steeking this tiny cardigan. But bringing the scissors to this work that was in the end quite fidgety and a hassle to make, is giving me some serious fight or flight vibes. So even though I should really finish this before my friend gives birth (any day now), I started knitting snowmen in October. They’re chilling in my Bonsai until the Christmas tree goes up (still 1,5 months or so away from now).
Oh and I finished the body of my Threshold sweater. But apparently I don’t have the correct needle size for the sleeves, so the project is have a little nap until the new DPNs arrive.
I’ve also figured knitting a second baby present is less work than finishing project #1, so I’m making a Teddy Sweater in some super pretty Malabrigo Arroyo.
My stash is also not starving anymore, I won an instagram giveaway by Uschitita and boy did she spoil me with this prize.
Also, someone needs to delete the Etsy app from my phone already because I keep falling in love with new indie dyers and have some serious inhibition issues. These pretties arrived Lystig yarns in Finland recently. I love these two pale colours together. I was squishing and sniffing the yarn and I actually heard these skeins whisper to me that they’d like to be used together in a project, maybe a shawl with lots of garter stitch. I’m aware hearing yarn speak isn’t exactly normal, maybe it’s time for some vacation.
Speaking of which, I’m visiting the US in less than 2 weeks (arriving on the day of the elections, talk about timing!) and I’ll be spending some time in San Diego and New York city. If anyone has any tips on things to see and do please let me know!
It’s been forever since I did colourwork. This teeny tiny baby cardigan for a dear friend that is expecting (in less than a month, I need to keep knitting!!!) has brought me back in the game. I’m for sure rusty when it comes to my stranded knitting skills, tension could be better, but I think it’s all within blocking out range. Small projects are actually a great way to experiment with new techniques, and this is going to be a big one for me: my first steeking project. So far there’s no fear yet about taking scissors to my knitting, I’m still in a happy ignoring the whole thing kind of state. I’ll get there soon enough. Pattern is Saffran cardigan and I’m using Drops Karisma as it’s supposedly machine washable.
Iva is keeping a close eye on me just in case I loose my cool.
A lovely trip to Amsterdam on Friday also led to some more stash enhancement. A vibrant blue skein of sock yarn from Amsterdam based indie-dyer Undercover Otter, and a skein of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter that is finally available in the Netherlands now also thanks to the Stephen and Penelope store.
And my parents were ever so sweet to bring me back a skein of yarn on their trip to Texel, undyed 100% wool from Texel sheep.
Today was a lazy Sunday, outside the wind was rushing and there was rain. Inside there was cake baking, cat cuddling and knitting. I can’t begin to describe how in love I am with this season change.
After pretty much only monogamistic sock knitting during summer it feels nice to have several projects on the needle. For the first sweater of the season (pattern is Threshold
) I was looking for a perfect semi-solid yellow and I think I found it in this Phileas Yarn
explorer (colourway Wat). Isn’t the neckline of this sweater to die for? It’s a super enjoyable knit so I’m a little torn between wanting to have it off the needles to wear and wanting it to be an eternal wip.
I’m also working on a hat from the autumn issue from Pom Pom Quarterly
. It’s the Asklöv
hat, and well, the brim is obviously pretty boring to knit. I’m looking forward to the colourwork. I’m using geilsk tynd uld
, the colour is very pretty.
And there always have to be socks on the needles, there’s simply no other way. The Bordeaux Red from the skein of Ancient Arts Fibre sock yarn I bought in Canada last year was screaming my name. The pattern is Drogon by Cookie A. It’s not actually super fluffly yarn, any observed fluff in the picture is because the cat took a nap on it.
After finishing up so many socks over summer I also got some slight anxiety I might at one point dry out my sock yarn stash. Please try not to laugh… Ok that’s fine go ahead and laugh. I’ve done the math though, and for every skein of sock yarn knit up, at least 4 new skeins need to be added to the stash to compensate. So voila, here’s my attempt to fill up the stash again, surely more to follow 🙂
Well hello there pretties, welcome to my home! <3
The pastel prettiness is by the hands of Stranded Dyeworks oasis fingering in the Naive Watercolour colourway. That purple-yellow combination that set my heart aflutter is by Miss Mothballs in the Speckle Me colourway.