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March 26, 2017

A finish

It;s not the first time I have a finish, but this time I am really proud. I finished my first cardigan, knitted on my own size and it fits very well! Its very wearable too, so I am a happy girl!
The very well written pattern is a design of Isabell Kraemer, named Paulie. The gorgeous yarn is from Dibadu, she is an idie dyer from Germany and I bought the yarn in her shop nearby the Externsteine, a beautiful touristic attraction.



February 25, 2017

Time flies ...

Before you know it January is gone and February almost  disappeared too ... I have been away for several weekends, taking short trips to relax and enjoy life.
And during those trips I knitted and stitched.
To start with stitching, my Call of the Raven is growing slowly. On Febraury 14th it looked like this:

My knitting projects are growing slowly. I have two cardigans on the needles. One is the Chickadee, designed by Ysolda Teague. I am knitting this in my Haute couture Knitting Class, which I attend every two weeks,
to learn how to adapt a pattern to my own  measurements. Here the yoke is shown and the other picture show the yoke including the arms.
The other cardigan is growing too. I am about to knit the sleeves. I can't capture the right colour, so next time I try to take a picture in daylight. The proper colour is shown on the last picture.

January 09, 2017

A new year with new opportunities

First of all I want to wish you all a happy, healthy 2017! I hope you enjoy my blogposts this coming year and I hope I can find the time to post more frequently.
The year 2016 didn't end with finished objects, but with a new project. I had some progress on Favorite, The pattern is Paulie, a design by Isabell Kramer.  And I bet this year I will finally be able fo finish my Call of the Raven.

At the end of the year I attended a workshop,  'Bakje breidzje' at Franeker. We learned about sequenced knitting and went home with a lovely gift. A big ball of hand dyed yarn by Loret Karman. This ball contains some hidden gifts and during knitting we would find them.
I started knitting a cowl. Hibernated, frogged, started a shawl. Hibernated, frogged and after adding another colour I am now knitting 'Dikke Tuut' (translation: big kiss, the name of the yarn). Below the process from ball to the final choice.
Favorite is another great knitting projects. It is knitted top down and I like how the wool/silk blend is behaving.
Pictures of Call of the Raven will be posted next week. I am in a group that shows the WIP every 10th of the month and I don't want to spoil the fun of that. 

December 11, 2016

Fingerless mittens

As a little in between knit I finished this week a pair of fingerless mittens, Choco Latte. The yarn is a hand dyed yarn and it shows off very pretty. I have enough left to knit another pair for me. This pair went to my eldest daughter. She told me the dog leash slips through her fingers when wearing mittens of gloves. Walking the dog was a constant fight with leashe and gloves.
So when she saw these fingerless mittens, she was very happy!
This month I have some progress on Call of the Raven too. There are 'only'six pages to go, so it will be a finish next year!



December 03, 2016

I've got the Blues

In fact, they were indeed given to me, the blues, I mean. Sometimes a yarn is so pretty that I  feel tensed about the idea what to knit with it. The skeins are just laying there and are simple eye candy! And these blues came from a dear friend, so I was even more willing to knit something that makes the yarn
But when I saw the pattern of Indigopie I knew my blues were meant for this cardigan.
I did some adjustments, also due to the fact I uses a sock weight instead of bulky yarn. At first I had some doubts, but after a while I got some more confidence. And now I finished it. A wearable, good looking cardigan!
There is also some progress on my Building Blocks KA. I want to have it finished next summer, so plenty of time ;) I enjoyed doing the brioche, but in a way I regret it that the colourfull part of it is on the wrong side of the shawl. 

November 13, 2016

Stitching....

This month I have been stitching on Call of the Raven. It's a HAED, known as BIG! And big it is, I think it took me almost ten years to come this far. Okay, I didn't stitch all the time. I have a job, I have been knitting a lot and I have done some spinning and quilting.
Once and a while I like to read also, so I have a lot of time consuming hobbys. Oh, and I raised three children in the meantime!

Last month Call of the Raven looked like this.
Now I've added a lot of stitches on the bottom charts.
I have to confess I have done some knitting too. I meant to join the Building Blocks KAL from Stephen West. At first I didn't find the time to start and after that I wasn't satisfied with my choice of colours. Finally I started two weeks ago and here is the first picture.

October 02, 2016

Officially Autumn

Summer was already over, but temperatures stayed summerish. Until yesterday I could sit outside on my terrace and knit. But as we all know it 's just a matter of time until we need warmer jackets and sweaters so I decided some time ago to start knitting a cardigan, Indigopie, designed by Mari Chiba and published in Knitty, Deep Fall 2016.

I hope I am ending up with a lovely cardigan, but I'm not sure yet. As I don't like bulky yarn because it simply is too warm for me to wear, I chose a sport weight instead of a bulky yarn. And that means a different gauge and lots of calculations. Until now it looks okay to me.
The sunny weather allows me to wear my knitted sweater, Westbourne, a design by Isabell Kraemer. I knitted this from a laceweight yarn, so it's wearable in spring and autumn. 
Some weeks ago we were in Paris. And of course I visited a local yarn shop. Lil'Weasel. It is siruated in a lovely passage, worth visiting!
I bought some beautiful yarn and rosewood needles. And after a day of walking, DH cooled my burning feet with water from the fountain. How sweet is that!

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