Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cardigan Palma and Cable Shawls...

Beautiful colour, don't you think?

... lots of Cable Shawls. I am in a kind of shawl fever. It is so much fun to knit them, they are easy, once you get the pattern, you don't have to sew them together, it is great.

Mr Schön gave me some fabulous redwine wool for my birthday last year and as it's always with those special gifts, I feel like I cannot just knit any pattern with them, but it has to be something fitting and also something I want to wear myself.

You know, there are thousands of pattern on Ravelry and a lot of them are actually free of charge and I still buy books with patterns. I somehow cannot resist. To calm my bad conscience for buying books when we do not even have space for them in the bookshelf, I thought I better knit something from it. Things just added up, so I used the beautiful red wool for a cable shawl and I am quite happy with how it worked out, although the yarn is a bit thicker than in the pattern and the result is therefore a bit stiff.

My newest knitting book
As the knitting was so easygoing and so much fun once I got it, I started with a second one immediately. This time taking a thinner yarn than used in the pattern and it is just fantastic, how soft and flexible that new shawl is going to be.

Cable Shawl with different yarn

If you are a knitter you might know the feeling that all that knitting cannot be good for you, as your shoulders start to hurt, your wrists get stiff after a while, but you simply cannot stop? I have had this for quite some time already and fall and winter coming are making it so much worse. Maybe I will from time to time distract myself from knitting by going through patterns and checking out other people's projects on Ravelry, which is almost as much fun as knitting yourself.

Cardigan Palma

As addicted I am to knitting, as slow I am as well. I never got those people who can knit a scarf in one sitting. Every bigger project takes ages, which is why I normally need some smaller projects on the side, to feel that I am getting something done. Nevertheless, I had this beautiful book in my shelf, that my brother in law gave me for one christmas. I had never dared starting anything from it, but I was ambitious. I couldn't and wouldn't afford the beautiful and expensive silk yarn suggested in the pattern, so I got something similiar and it worked out fine. Maybe, if I am going to knit the cardigan again, I will get the more expensive yarn, as I have now fully understood the pattern, knowing how it works. The cardigan fits and although I still see the mistakes I have made, it is wearable and actually so warm that I can only wear it when it is really cold outside.

The beautiful Danish book my brother in law gave me. Thank you so much!

The complicated back intrigued me, but also challenged me

Et voilá!

I am quite satisfied how it worked out. It is just soooo warm

I like the front part quite a lot as well. 

As we are awaiting some little ones in our circle of friends, I have taken some time to knit a small cardigan and socks, which was a lot of fun and pretty easy to do. One cardigan is still on my needles and I wanted to knit a hood for the first time, we will see how it works out.

Done, with fitting socks

While still on the needles
Wish me luck that the hood will work out

Monday, October 10, 2016

Edinburgh smokers - I envy you!

First one we saw, not so great yet, but...

Hey everybody,

how have you been? I haven’t been writing for quite a long time for various reasons, most of them were quite nice, holidays and weddings, but there also has been some projects at work that needed my attention. And I have been knitting a lot, working on a cardigan for myself. These projects usually take a lot of time, as I am a relatively slow knitter, but this time I managed to stay focused and I am finishing it in just a few sittings. It motivated me to take up more “big” projects and to make more for myself.

When the cardigan is done, I promise to share some pictures here, but I have some funny pictures to share that I took on my short trip to Edinburgh. To make sure people wouldn’t throw their cigarette buds just on the floor, the city has found a way to motivate them to put them into bins. By turning the cigarette into a vote. Don’t you just love sharing your opinion about stuff with others? Everyone does. Have a look and maybe you will understand why I sometimes wished I had a cigarette bud to throw into. My mum is a smoker, which has often annoyed me on our trips, but this time it was kind of fun to tell her what the ash trays were about.

For those of you who are too young or too ignorant, Ross and Rachel are characters from "Friends" and this is a major question. Yes, they were, as you can see above...

Of course!

Ah and happy dog day, people!