Heatwave out, knitting in

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Summer knitting for me is usually something that happens at a slower pace. Projects tend to be smaller and yarn less bulky. Heatwave knitting is nonexistent for me. Not a fibre in my being desires to touch my yarn when I’m quite literally sweating my ass off. After having 2 tropical weeks in Hawaii I returned home to the usually rainy country that is the Netherlands to find temperatures even higher than on those islands in the Atlantic!

As far as seasons go I prefer fall and winter, and whereas I do appreciate the usual 2 weeks of nice weather we get in summer, I do not mind the otherwise ever changing weather one bit. Lucky for me temperatures went down again, and the knitting needles were picked up again.

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I’m happily stitching away on two projects that both happen to be made with Malabrigo sock. First off there’s the pebble beach shawlette. Yes that yarn is pretty and yes that pattern is pretty, but somehow there’s something completely different that makes me excited about this project. There’s no chart in the pattern, just a line by line instruction with next to it percentages on how far in you are. I’ve never seen that before, but I find it incredibly motivating to knit until the next ‘milestone’. Isn’t it odd how much of an effect such a small thing can have on your behaviour?

Then there’s the Rye mittens. You might recognise the yarn as a leftover from my Blossom cap. I think I should have exactly enough leftovers to get these mitts done, and then still maybe push out a hexipuff or two. I love it when yardages work out so neatly.

How is your summer knitting going?

FO: Sperry & Giveaway winner

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It’s done, it’s done, it’s finally done! Conveniently I didn’t add a cast on date to my Ravelry project, but I saw that I mentioned this sweater in a blog post last October, so yeah.. it’s been a while. This sweater was cast on, mistakes were made, couldn’t get my stitch count correct, then managed to knit quite a bit with my stitches twisted in the round, then noticed I was knitting a size that would fit 5 of me, reknitting the bottom hem and in the end running out of yarn. Needless to say there were numerous times I felt like giving up. But I didn’t, and now I proudly present it as a finished object.

Pattern: Sperry by Amy Miller
Yarn: Lana Grossa Cool Wool Merino

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Overall happiness with this project is very high, and not just because it’s finally finished. I think the extra time it took to rework some things was worth it. I did originally go for the split hem that was described in the pattern, but I really didn’t like the way it curled upwards. The ribbed hem is a bit more boring, but overall does look more clean and is simply much more practical.

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And it fits! I’m very tempted to knit this pattern another time (although probably not in the near future) and I’d love to play around with different colours and maybe equally wide stripes. I think I wouldn’t mind it in a version that is a little longer and with full length sleeves. The shorter sleeves are definitely done by choice, but it is unfortunate that it isn’t a full winter sweater now. Also the jogless stripes aren’t as subtle as I would’ve hoped, but it is to an extent that I can live with it.

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The yarn was an affordable option (at least compared the more luxurious yarn brands), adding up to around 40 euros in total. In my opinion that is great value, because it knit up lovely, didn’t mind all the ripping I did and is very soft, especially after the first wash.

All in all I am a very happy knitter! And now I hope to also make another knitter very happy by announcing the winner of the Blossom cap pattern giveaway!

And the winner is….

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Monica (rav id:mmgrrr)

Congrats! A copy of the pattern will be send to you on Ravelry, happy knitting! 🙂

FO: Blossom cap & Pattern giveaway!

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I didn’t even get to chance to post about casting on this project, and now *poof*, here’s the FO post! As you might remember I was waiting patiently for the extra yarn to arrive for my Sperry sweater, and once that arrived it was sweesh swoosh and the sweater was done. You’d think, “great! Finally it’s done, nothing can stop you now!” Well about 1000 ends to weave in certainly stopped me, so the test knit for this cap quickly pushed itself in between.

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Pattern: Blossom cap by Brandy Velten
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in Violeta Africana

This is a super fun and quick knit, perfect for a bit of lace knitting in the now warmer weather. It only uses up a small amount of sock yarn, and I went for the lovely Malabrigo sock. It’s pretty hard to capture the beauty of the colour, but trust me it is quite smashing, and I felt it suited the Blossom theme of the project. I’m not sure I’d actually use it to make socks though, but perfect for these kinds of projects. The cap itself is so light to wear and combined with the soft yarn it works perfectly for the current weather. As I’m usually quite bad with knitting weather appropriate things I’m so pleased with it.

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And now it’s time for something fun, a ~*giveaway*~! Brandy has generously offered a copy of the Blossom cap pattern to one of my readers. All you have to do is leave a comment below before Saturday June 6th 12:00 CEST (be sure to include your Ravelry id in the comment).

The winner will be announced next weekend, good luck!

Patience is my middle name (no it isn’t)

I am THIS close to finishing this sweater. It has taken me about 5 times recasting in the beginning because I couldn’t get the stitch count right, knitting it tent-sized and fully frogging a fair amount, taking my time swatching, finishing the body and then reknitting the bottom hem because it wasn’t to my liking, and now..

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..I’ve run out of yarn. Only about 3/4 of a sleeve left to go. I was so sure I’d have this thing done by now. I already saw the yarn shortage coming last weekend so I swiftly ordered some extra yarn. And now a week later it still hasn’t arrived. Visions of lost parcels in the mail and then this specific colourway going out of stock are haunting me.

I’m too afraid to start anything new, afraid to loose my interest in this never ending project now that I can see the finish line. I did knit a few hexipuffs while waiting, which is good for my hexipuff goal (I completely forgot what my specific goal was but I’m sure it involved knitting hexipuffs).

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The wait has also given me the chance to finish reading a book! I didn’t like it very much but still, I finished a book! Maybe my reading mojo will finally come back. The book I finished was called ‘Sneeuwwitje moet sterven’ (original title: Schneewittchen muss sterben) by German crime author Nele Neuhaus. I didn’t find the characters particularly believable, nor the story very interesting, and if there’s one thing that annoys me to bits it’s murder mysteries that take too long to solve because the detectives seem sort of stupid. Anyway, no harm done. I started reading A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki and so far it seems right up my alley.

I’ve also found some time to dive into my garden. I’m not much of a gardener (read: I’m not a gardener at all), and if I’d have to describe my gardening style I’d call it ‘hack and slash’. Still, the garden seems in a reasonable state, which is good as I’m hosting a Eurovision party next weekend (oh the gloriousness that is Eurovision!!!! Are you as excited as I am?!). And I also found a little garden friend, isn’t he the cutest?

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FO: Hyperballad cowl & pattern giveaway!

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Oh boy, this was such a happy project, I’m glad to be finally sharing it. The cabled green delicious project I was working on was a test knit I was doing for the lovely Julie from Knitted Bliss.

Pattern: Hyperballad
Yarn: Fyberspates Vivacious DK in Sea Green

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When I was asked to do this test knit I didn’t have enough DK weight yarn lying around that wasn’t claimed for another project yet (with my stash size this is quite impressive). Perfect excuse to buy some new deliciousness. Given the relatively few yards needed for a small cowl I figured I could treat myself to some more luxurious yarn, which I’d normally probably pass on because of the price. I chose Fyberspates Vivacious DK, a new to me yarn. I am so glad I spent a little more on getting nice yarn, because it is really spectacular to work with. Not only the intensity of the colour, but also the softness and stretchiness of this yarn worked perfectly for a cabled cowl. I’m already imagining all kinds of new projects I could use this yarn for.

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Getting the yarn right was of course great, but it really came to life in combination with this pattern. As I mentioned before, it was a project I was actually hoping would never end, I enjoyed working on it so much. I loved the feel of this soft yarn between my fingers and seeing the cables come to life. The cowl is already getting a lot of wear, it’s perfect to keep the still chilly spring air away, but still being light to wear.

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Hyperballad10 Now if all my gushing didn’t make you excited for knitting a cabled cowl I don’t know what will. And Julie has very generously offered to give away one free pattern of the Hyperballad cowl to one lucky reader of this blog! The pattern includes instructions for two sizes, the shorter one I made and a longer one (you can find examples of the longer version here). All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment on this post before Saturday 25th of April 12:00 CEST. In the comment let me know what kind of projects you like to work on in the springtime and be sure to include your ravelry id in the comment as well!

The winner will be announced next weekend, good luck!