Woollen Wilderness http://woollenwilderness.com Knitting blog Sat, 24 Nov 2018 13:50:44 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 69237514 Review: I Knit Paris http://woollenwilderness.com/reviews/review-i-knit-paris/ http://woollenwilderness.com/reviews/review-i-knit-paris/#respond Sat, 24 Nov 2018 13:50:44 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=2195 I had a very happy mail day last week, receiving my copy of the new pattern book I Knit Paris. The book features 10 patterns inspired by the city of Paris, by nine different French designers. Besides these patterns, the book includes an overview of all the knitty spots in the city, as well as […]

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I had a very happy mail day last week, receiving my copy of the new pattern book I Knit Paris. The book features 10 patterns inspired by the city of Paris, by nine different French designers. Besides these patterns, the book includes an overview of all the knitty spots in the city, as well as interviews with all the designers and their connection to and favourite spots in the city.

I’m really excited by this books, as it actually is very insightful about spots to visit that I wasn’t aware of yet, and has information about all my favourite knitting stores bundled together. The pattern photography is stunning and feels properly Parisian, capturing both the knitting and the places that inspired it.

I think my absolute favourite pattern from the book is the Tuileries Pullover by Julie Knits in Paris. If I’d had to imagine a sweater that looked interesting to make, interesting to look at, but also interesting to wear basically every day, this sweater is the personification of those thoughts. I’m going to need this sweater in all of the colours.

I’m of course also head over heels (pun intended) in love with the sock design in this book. The Jardin à la Française socks by Tisserin Coquet feature fun colourwork inspired by shapes and symmetry that can be found in French gardens.

I also had an immediate cast on after receiving the book, which is the Running Up That Hill shawl by les Tricoteurs Volants. The pattern name refers to the hill leading up to Montmartre, which in general I would not recommend you to run up ;).  Knitting this shawl I can heartily recommend however.

All in all, I’m extremely happy with this book. If you’re looking for a beautiful pattern book that also happens to be a knitty Paris city guide, this is the book for you. You can have a look at all the patterns here.

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Dreary Sunday, happy socks http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/dreary-sunday-happy-socks/ http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/dreary-sunday-happy-socks/#respond Sun, 11 Nov 2018 14:23:04 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=2186 I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday afternoon. I am currently wrapped up in my pyjama’s while watching the rain outside. It is perfectly cosy. And every cosy Sunday needs a cosy pair of socks. Pattern: Improvised vanilla socks with fish lips kiss heels Yarn: Twisted Limone sock yarn in the Dreamcatcher colourway […]

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I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday afternoon. I am currently wrapped up in my pyjama’s while watching the rain outside. It is perfectly cosy. And every cosy Sunday needs a cosy pair of socks.

Pattern: Improvised vanilla socks with fish lips kiss heels
Yarn: Twisted Limone sock yarn in the Dreamcatcher colourway

These socks have been my mindless knitting for the past couple of weeks, picking them up every now and again. They are actually much longer than I had intended. I had just bought a new set of 2.25mm sock needles and cast on 72 stitches. After knitting a couple of cm’s these socks seemed way too big however. I measured my brand new needles as a sanity check, and turns out they were actually 2.5mm needles. Very frustrating! I didn’t feel like starting over so I decided to make them longer and decrease stitches on the calf. I added contrasting heels and toes using some leftover sock yarn.

With these socks now off the needles I only have 2(!!) active WIPs! One is a pair of First Star socks, and the other is the Inori shawl. I feel a little cast on spree coming on soon..

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FO: Threipmuir sweater http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-threipmuir-sweater/ http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-threipmuir-sweater/#comments Sun, 28 Oct 2018 14:36:52 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=2176 I am loooving the current weather, and it’s driving me to knit knit knit. I have a couple of projects floating on my needles, but most of my knitting has been dedicated to this one project. Pattern: Threipmuir by Ysolda Teague Yarn: Jamieson & Smith 2ply jumper weight I’ve only ever knitted colourwork on small […]

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I am loooving the current weather, and it’s driving me to knit knit knit. I have a couple of projects floating on my needles, but most of my knitting has been dedicated to this one project.

Pattern: Threipmuir by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Jamieson & Smith 2ply jumper weight

I’ve only ever knitted colourwork on small projects, such as socks and mittens, so this felt a little like a jump into the deep. The sweater photographs pretty well, but I’ll assure you when you get up close and personal you’ll find plenty of faults. At places my floats are either too long or too short, making for some overall wonkiness. I honestly couldn’t care less though. Finishing my first colourwork sweater felt like a victory in any case!

I’ve never worked with this yarn before, and despite it initially feeling pretty scratchy, I knew from my swatch that it’d soften up beautifully after washing. The texture is really nice and I feel like the yarn is very forgiving when it comes to colourwork. I was actually watching the Shining last week, which is the first time I realised the colours I picked matched the carpets in that movie pretty well 😀 Anyway, I LOVE the colours, they feel very me.

I was so excited finishing this sweater, I literally did a little happy dance. Pictured below is the evidence for that. I’ll leave it on the blog for now, but might change my mind about that later 😉

 

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FO: Gran Sweater http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-gran-sweater/ http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-gran-sweater/#comments Sun, 07 Oct 2018 16:57:36 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=2166 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 […]

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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!

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FO: Tegna sweater http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-tegna-sweater/ http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-tegna-sweater/#comments Sat, 29 Sep 2018 14:53:10 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=2155 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 […]

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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!

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FO: Coral Reef hat http://woollenwilderness.com/uncategorized/fo-coral-reef-hat/ http://woollenwilderness.com/uncategorized/fo-coral-reef-hat/#comments Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:25:11 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=2149 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 […]

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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

 

 

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FO: Fade X Sox http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-fade-x-sox/ http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-fade-x-sox/#comments Sun, 09 Sep 2018 11:13:11 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=2141 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 […]

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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!

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Holiday knits http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/holiday-knits/ http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/holiday-knits/#comments Tue, 28 Aug 2018 20:47:28 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=2134 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 […]

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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?

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FO: Tulsi & vanilla socks http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-tulsi-vanilla-socks/ http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-tulsi-vanilla-socks/#comments Sun, 19 Aug 2018 15:34:36 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=2124 It’s mostly still too hot to knit anything other than socks, which is why, especially after my last pretty sock FO, I made it a goal to get some of my lingering sock WIPs off the needles. So hereby I’m proudly showing off the first two pairs that benefited from my burst of sock motivation. […]

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It’s mostly still too hot to knit anything other than socks, which is why, especially after my last pretty sock FO, I made it a goal to get some of my lingering sock WIPs off the needles. So hereby I’m proudly showing off the first two pairs that benefited from my burst of sock motivation.

Pattern: Tulsi socks by Verena Cohrs
Yarn: Sock yarn by Koperdraadje (not sure if the colourway has a name, someone *ahem* misplaced the label)

I started these socks while on a neon-yellow high earlier this year, but then they quickly became buried under all the stress of finishing my PhD and moving countries. I’m so so happy I picked up this WIP again. I had already started the second sock and it pretty much flew off my needles.

The pattern in itself is pretty, the neon yellow toes and cuffs make them fantastically pretty. I made only one tiny modification, which is knitting the fish lips kiss heel instead of the heel in the pattern. I honestly can’t even remember why I chose to do so, but the fit is great so I’m not complaining. In any case I’d highly recommend both the yarn and the pattern!

The second pair I finished is a simple vanilla pair, with some yarn I purchased at La Bien Aimee during one of my very first weeks in Paris! The brand is called Mondim, which is a Portuguese brand if I’m not mistaken. It comes in all kinds of speckled fun colours and is a great value for money kind of sock yarn. If you happen upon this yarn in your LYS, it’s definitely worth stashing up a skein or two, as it’s perfect for cute vanilla socks that are likely to be very durable.

These two finished pairs means I only have two sock WIPS floating around in my life. Given that only yesterday I also cast off a new top (more on that very soon), I reckon I’ll be having a little cast on party first before continuing on my WIP finish-itis 😀

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FO: Prairie Spring 2.0 http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-prairie-spring-2-0/ http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-prairie-spring-2-0/#respond Sun, 05 Aug 2018 14:30:26 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=2111 I guess there is no point in complaining about the weather, because it seems to be super hot just about everywhere. Nonetheless, it definitely affects my knitting mojo, and I’m currently mostly sticking to small projects that take up no lap space. That’s why Brandy’s (of Long Dog Yarn) current indie sock along challenge is […]

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I guess there is no point in complaining about the weather, because it seems to be super hot just about everywhere. Nonetheless, it definitely affects my knitting mojo, and I’m currently mostly sticking to small projects that take up no lap space. That’s why Brandy’s (of Long Dog Yarn) current indie sock along challenge is perfectly timed. And my first FO for this KAL is an old familiar pattern!

Pattern: Prairie Spring by Samantha Myhre
Yarn: Undercover Otter Squirm sock in the Wicked Little Things colourway

If you have been following this blog since way way back, these socks will definitely look familiar. In 2014 I knit this pattern for the first time, and they are still one of my most worn pairs! The old pair is nowhere near being worn out yet, but still I’ve been itching to make a new pair.

You can really knit this pattern out of any yarn and it’ll look brilliantly. You can probably see that these two socks look very different from one another, but it is really from the same skein I promise. With this pattern it really isn’t a problem though, and I even like the uneven feel to them.

What are you knitting this summer? If you want to join in on the Indie Sock Along KAL, go check out the LDY ravelry forum!

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