knotworknits

April 23, 2008

Hooked...

Just a quick update on what I've been up to lately... not much, really, at least in terms of working with yarn! But... I am working on a new crochet project. Flowers again -- please don't tell me you're bored with crochet flowers yet! It's too soon to say if my idea is going to work or not, so here's just a quick picture of some swatches:


I might have to re-name my blog if I keep on like this. Make it knotworkrochet or something... It's about time to get back into some serious knitting!!!

April 03, 2008

Ruffles!

The Spiral Scarf has been finished for some days:



Pattern: Spiral Scarf
Materials: Wolle Rödel Formosa, colour 9425 (grey), 3 skeins
Tools: 10 mm circular knitting needle, 80 cm long
Modifications: cast on 110 stitches instead of 100

I am so glad I took the time to rip my first attempt and start over with a different yarn and larger needles! I am not really the type for too many ruffles on my clothes, but I actually enjoy wearing this a lot. It is very soft and cozy -- just right for this crazy April weather -- and adds just a tiny bit of sparkle to my otherwise mostly straightforward and classic wardrobe.


Both the yarn and the pattern were great practice for a tight knitter like me -- pull the stitches a bit too tight and you get into real trouble... especially once you have more than a thousand stitches on your needles! I only had a standard 80 cm long circular needle, so for the last two rows it was really hard to find room for all the stitches. (I actually did buy a 100 cm long needle especially for this project, but the only one I could get was a cheap plastic one and I hated knitting with it so much I switched back to my beloved Addis almost immediately. Cramming my stitches seemed by far the more comfortable alternative!) -- The most fun part about this pattern? Casting off and beginning to see the ruffles develop!

When I was eating pasta the other night I suddenly had this strong feeling of déjà vu...

March 24, 2008

Much better

1760 stitches (give or take a few) on an 80 cm circular needle...

Hope you all enjoyed the Easter holidays!

March 17, 2008

I hear a frog calling...

"ribbit, ribbit, ribbit..."

Somehow, none of my recent attempts at knitting have been very successful...

First, I was going to make a neckwarmer (remember this picture?). I had seen these cute, buttoned neckwarmers all over the net this past winter and wanted one for myself. I had this idea of a mixture of textured knitting, a crocheted edge and some colourful embroidery and started knitting away happily. But now that it is long enough to wrap around my neck I am not sure that it will look good at all.


At first, I thought I had simply made the neckwarmer too wide, but I have seen much wider ones on Ravelry, so it can't be that. But I think I now know what the real problem is -- see that stripe of stockinette in the middle? This is where I was going to embroider some flowers, but it really weakens the structure of the whole piece so it just folds up in the middle. I wonder if embroidery would strengthen it enough to make it lie flat around my neck? I somehow doubt it... But who knows? A tiny voice in the back of my head keeps telling me to go ahead and finish it anyway to see how it turns out, if only to be sure that it really doesn't work instead of just wondering. But I just can't get motivated enough to pick up the needles again... Oh well, I will push this into a corner of my knitting basket for now and probably forget about it until after the summer. Maybe I will be more motivated when the weather is turning cold again...

Next, I cast on for a Spiral Scarf. But... after several hours of knitting I finally had to admit that I was using the wrong yarn (too thin) and the wrong needles (also too thin) for this pattern. Nothing else to do but pull out the needles (-- and that was hard work, too, with all those hundreds of stitches!!!) and rip rip rip...



(Hey, at least it curled up like it was supposed to...!)

To make up for my grumpy mood after all these failures, I decided to honour my blog's name and make a few knots:


And here's the result:


Pattern: No-Knit Scarf
Materials: two balls of Lana Grossa Caldo Print, colour 022 (pink)
Tools: blocking board and lots of pins
Modifications: wider than the original, I used six bunches of yarn instead of four

This was a fun project, and really quick, too -- the scarf was finished in less than two hours. It is very comfortable to wear and I really like how it looks. I am feeling much better now!

Well, I'm off to search my stash for a more suitable yarn for the Spiral Scarf. I have learned from my mistakes (I hope!) and know what I have to look for now...

February 27, 2008

I feel cheated!


Whatever has happened to winter???

Here I am, still waiting for winter to finally arrive, without realizing that it's actually the end of February already and spring is saying hello from my garden! This is the second winter in a row with hardly any snow, and I feel so cheated! At least it has been cold and freezing for quite some time, with plenty of opportunity to wear your handknits, but what I really want is SNOW!!!

My son is really disappointed, too -- he was so looking forward to building a snowman...

February 18, 2008

FO No. 2

I've been crocheting flowers again...



This pattern is quite addictive, and so much fun to crochet! This time, I made a scarf for myself. Here it is in its full glory:


Love it! Love the colours! Love how the colours pop on a black background. It's been finished for a week and I've worn it almost every day since then. I even got enthusiastic compliments when I walked into a yarn shop last week, which made me extremely happy! Sorry if this sounds like I'm bragging, but that is just something that has never happened to me before...

Pattern: my own, inspired by store-bought scarves I'd seen, and very similar in construction to the Pretty Pretty Flower Scarf
Materials: Wolle Rödel Soft Merino, about half a ball for each string of flowers
Tools: crochet hook 5 mm

Anyway, enough crochet flowers for now and back to knitting. Here is a preview of my current WIP:


I am quite obsessed with all kinds of scarves at the moment, not just because it's been so cold for so long now. I simply don't have the time or energy for large knitting projects like sweaters or cardigans right now, so for the time being I have settled for smaller objects. At least this way I can hope to actually finish something! It's also a great way to use up all those odd balls of yarn that have been lying around for years...

January 17, 2008

HELP! -- Too. Many. Ideas.

Ravelry will be my downfall. Someday soon. I can't believe how much time I've been spending on that site lately, admiring all those wonderful finished projects, coveting the books those projects are from, finding loads of new free patterns, filling up my hard drive, filling up my to-do list, filling up my Amazon wish list ... and I haven't even started to upload all my own stuff yet!

Just think what I could have accomplished if I had spent all that time knitting (crocheting -- sewing -- reading -- sleeping -- doing the dishes -- whatever)!


Sorry. Have to go now. There was that link on Ravelry I wanted to check out ...

January 11, 2008

Happy New Knitting Year!

Hope you've all had wonderful holidays and a great start into 2008! We had a good time spending Christmas with our families and then set off to celebrate the new year in the mountains. We spent some days in this romantic village hidden away in the Swiss Alps:


It's the perfect place if you're looking for some quiet days in the snow away from the crowded slopes of the ski resorts. Just some beautiful old houses and grand landscape all around:


While we were there, a friend took me on my first snow shoe hike ever. I really enjoyed that! And just look at the handfelted (by himself) and handsewn (by his mother) gaiters he was wearing:


Oh wow, I want a pair of those for myself!!! Guess I'll have to try some felting some time...

Well, speaking about crafting... I am getting really depressed seeing all those mosaics people have put up on their blogs to show how much they have been knitting last year. 2007 was a difficult year for me, so it's no surprise I didn't have much time for my hobbies. Still, it is rather frustrating to compare what you wanted to accomplish within a year with what you actually managed to do. Oh well...

Anyway, after having failed so miserably at last year's knitting resolutions, I won't post any more of those. After all, knitting (and writing about it on this blog) is supposed to be fun, and I don't want to put myself under any kind of pressure. I still want to achieve the same goals I wrote about last year, but I won't set myself any time frame.

But I do have one more FO to show for 2007! I was in bed with a bad cold for almost a week just before Christmas, and since my ears hurt like hell I decided it was about time to knit myself one of those earflap hats. So I got out some odd balls of yarn and my DPNs, took some basic measurements of my head and just started knitting. In the end, the earflaps turned out much too long and looked really silly, so I added a button and turned the hat into a helmet:



Very cozy and warm! It is far from perfect, but I still love the result, it's so comfortable to wear. I'd like to make another one that fits better -- and without the pom pom so it will fit unter the hood of my skiing jacket!

I was too sick to come up with any fancy cable patterns, plain old k2 p2 was about all I could manage. But I did sew on a crocheted snowflake in the end:


And believe it or not, there is already a FO to show for 2008, too!


It's a flower scarf I crocheted for my husband's goddaughter who just turned eight. No need to think much about what colours to use -- obviously it's all pink and red at that age... (hey, sometimes I am really glad to have a son and not a daughter!).


I got the idea for this scarf from several similar ones I have seen in the shops lately, so I sat down and tried to figure out how they were done. I'm not sure if the result is exactly like the original scarves I saw, but I am very happy with it as it is. I have started to make another one for myself, too, but in a bit more grown-up colours...


Edit (23-01-2008): Go have a look at the beautiful scarf my friend Angelika made!

December 11, 2007

Getting in the Mood...

... with the right kind of decoration ...



... and the right kind of food!


Alas, the beautiful winter weather has not lasted very long -- it has been mostly bleak and wet outside for days and weeks now. All the more reason to spend lots of time preparing the house for Christmas! This is something that hasn't been really important to me for the last five or ten years or so -- but now, with a small child around who is just old enough to start appreciating the special mood of Advent and Christmas, I am really enjoying showing him all the season's traditions.

As far as crafting is concerned, I've been sewing like mad to get my son's Advent Calendar finished in time:


It has beautiful snowflake fabric ...


... machine embroidered snowflakes ...


... and lots of little surprises!


(Oh... any advice on how to convince a two-year-old to take out only one package a day?)

November 18, 2007

Sorry...

... no time to post, too busy having fun in the snow!