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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!

September 21, 2016

Where did these weeks go?

All of a sudden it is September 21st. We had some busyu weeks but the main reason for not writing a blogpost was the nice weather that makes me sit outside instead of behind my computer. We really have an Indian Summer! Besides that I have been partying. Friends were married for 40 years, DH and I went to Paris for a long weekend and of course there was my work.
I have two finishes to show. First of all my Westbourne. I didn't knit stripes and I adjusted some decreases and incresases. It turned out to be a sunny knit!
I also finished Maybachufer. The pattern is On the Spice Market by Melanie Berg. A really fun knit, almost entirely done during long car rides.

August 29, 2016

End of summer

At the beginning of the summer vacation (which in my case is six weeks) I had the feeling it would be an endless period of relaxing. And before I knew it, this endless period reached its end. Today I went back to work.
Looking back at my summer vacation I did quite a lot of things. Almost all of them related to knitting, spinning and stitching.
And there was a trip to Denmark. One week at Copenhagen and a week in a cabin in the woods, so to name it. As usual I'll post some pictures of Denmark at the end of this post. For those who are not interested, they can skip them easily.

As usual, I had several projects on my hands. First there is Maybachufer. I reached the final stripes, picture next time. I am knitting a second Westbourne on smaller needles this time. I hope it turns out a bit less open. The second picture is me, in a half done sweater ;-)
There was plenty of time for spinning. I even took my spinning wheel with me to denmark. We went by car, so I could take it and, like I imagined during the weeks before our vacation, I could sit down in the garden and spin.
Je vole (Pattern (The flight of the Owl) is finished! It turned out to be a big shawl. The yarn is doing great on this shawl, It's a mix of 50% alpaca, 25% linen and 25% silk. I love it!
And, as promised, some pictures of Denmark, Copenhagen. It's a random selection of nature, and some views of Copenhagen, the Louisiana Museum, the Black Box (Royal Library),  the Opera, Tivoli Gadens at night.

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