Monday, February 22, 2010

First flowers in the garden and new socks ....

Luna is smelling and searching between the old and dry leaves and I found the first flowers of the year there. Schneeglöckchen in german and I think snowdrops in english.

I showed some discipline this time and avoided the 2nd sock syndrom as good as I could. So after one week and only one and a half shawl/scarf inbetween I´ve finished Davids socks. We call them Wellensocken (wave socks) because of the waves and the waterish colour. te. hey were easy and fast to knit. The pattern is written for 3mm needles and heavier yarn to get socks in women size. David has european size 35/36 so I´ve used 2.5mm DPN and fingering weight yarn and they turned out the right size.
Pattern: Kalajoki by Tiina Seppälä
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Adonis Blue (gift from Ann)
Needles: 2.5mm DPN

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Spring Scarf

Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Lite (2 skeins)

Needles: 6mm
It was the first time i did a dropped stitch and I really was surprise how this changed the appearance of the scarf. Unfortunatly I wasn´t able to make a good pic, but the scarf is really nice, airy and colourful. Exactly what I wanted for this still a bit cold early spring days.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Startitis again...

Socks for David.
The pattern is for thicker yarn and larger needles. I´m using normal sockyarn and 2.5mm instead of 3mm needles and hope they will be a bit smaller as David has shoesize 35/36.

Needles: 2.5mm DPN
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Adonis blue
Pattern: Kalajoki

A shawl that goes with everything! The yarn is from the frogged Peasy. So it is back to life and can show off its beauty and softness. I´m knitting this shawl while watching the "Bones" series season 1 on DVD. So this is my Bones shawl :)

Pattern: Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed in carbon
Needles: 4.5mm Knit picks Harmony

And because I sometimes need some pretty colours to sooth my mind....NORO!
I´ve found 2 skeins of Noro Silk Garden Lite in my stash that I once bought because they were so pretty. Now what to knit of 2 skeins? Found inspiration on ravelry as usually.

Pattern: Sunday Market Shawl
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Lite in colour 2048
Needles: 6mm

These are all free pattern I found over Ravelry and I think they are all great ones. Fast and easy. I´m really happy with this little knit mix I´m having here. I´m knitting free patterns with yarn from my stash or gifted ones. Today I really feel like a frugal (in a yarn-snobbish way I know) knitter.

Tiroler Tag in Serfaus

Last weekend my husband and Philipp were skiing in Serfaus. The weather was wonderful and so was the snow.
"Tiroler Tag" is ever Saturday in the winter season which means that on Saturdays the people who live in Tirol pay less.

Monday, February 15, 2010



I´ve finally finished my Coraline Cardigan. And I really love it. Everything about it. The yarn and the colour of it (kind of a dusty blueish purple) that really bloomed nicely after washing.
The fit is exactly how I´ve imagined it. Not too tight and not unflattering wide. Now only the sewed buttonholes are missing...that might take a while because I really dislike sewing by hand.

I´ve learned a lot with this cardigan. For me it was the first time I knitted a hem, I-cord bind off, I-cord cast on and finally the smocking. I think Ysolda is really brilliant!

Patter: Coraline by Ysolda
Yarn: Colourmart Yak/Mohair/Silk/Merino fingering weight (1015 m used.....1.5 cones used)
Needles: 3.5mm

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Small things...

I really wanted to knit these socks since I´ve first seen them on ravelry. The construction is really cool and I love them. The yarn is wonderful too and I like very much the little changes in colour. I really love varieted sock yarn but absolutly more the one with light variations like in this DIC and in the Malabrigo sock yarn.

Pattern: Kai Mei by Cookie A. in her book Sock Innovation
Yarn: Dream in Colour Smooshy in colourway Wisteria
Needles: 2.25mm DPN

The Fishy Mittens for Felix are finished and I really like how they came out. The are supersoft and squishy. I didn´t get the colours perfect on the camera, but it really looks nice how the persia colourway of the malabrigo sock yarn changes the colours of the fishes.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Something new

To forget about the cardigan desaster and because I´m still waiting for my new 3.5mm KnitPicks Harmony needles I´ve started something new.

I was eyeing the nice fair isle mittens on Ravelry lately and all the different possibilities and colours that the different mittens come in. And because sometimes I learn from mistakes, I decided NOT to buy a super complicated pattern for adult mittens with about 72sts to CO and 5 different colours to use.

The Swedish Fish mittens looked funny and nice and I think something like this would be nice for Felix.
So I started drawing a chart and searching for leftover sock yarn.

So far so good. I´ve CO 40 sts on 2.75mm needles and knitted 20 rows of k2/p2 ribbing and than moved on to my chart which I´m knitting on 3.25mm DPN because somehow my 3mm DPN´s disappeared.
The yarn is leftover Malabrigo Sock yarn in persia for the fish and Lana Grossa Seta/Cashmere leftover from my stripy baktus scarf in light grey.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

An intuitve hat

From the yarn I received as christmas present from my daughter I one skein leftover. From the other 2 I´ve knitted the Eternity scarf and now I needed a hat to go with it.

My gauge was 12 sts/10cm so I´ve casted on 68 sts and knitted some rows of k1tbl/p1rib. Than I´ve started with the lace pattern from "intuitve" hat and added some stitches as I went on to get a muliple of 5. I don´t know how much I´ve increased but it worked and I´ve knitted until the yarn went to his end and than knitted the decrease as in pattern. The hat is a bit smaller and less slouchy than Julias version. To get it a bit larger I heavy blocked it wet over a large plate. I like it the way it is now. Thanks for the pattern!

Pattern: Intuitive by Julia Zahle
Yarn: Lana Grossa Lord
Needles: 5mm and 5.5mm DPN