Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hooked on granny squares

Last week, we were heading home to visit my boyfriend's parents for a few days. Just as we were packed and about to leave, a package containing a bundle of six woolen skeins arrived. I had to bring the package with me, of course, which in the end led to hours of cozy crocheting with my mother-in-law, who ended up deciding to order some yarn for her own blanket project.


I've started making teeny little crochet squares that will - hopefully - one day become a colorful blanket. I'm very excited about the project and I've taken quite some time looking at and trying out different types of yarns for the project that I had in mind.

I found out fast that the squares I wanted to make had to be in a fine yarn to really make the squares detailed and not too chunky. It had to be wool, not cotton, to achieve a lighter fabric. I finally settled on Cascade 220 Fingering, which, like all other Cascade yarns, comes in a variety of colors, which is perfect for a project like this, only it didn't make it easier to decide on colors. Finally, I decided to just go for it and not give it too much thought and I kind of just grabbed six colors that spoke to me the most but still worked well together.


Visiting my parents-in-law, we also had time to stop by the local yarn shop, which is a charming little shop near the road and surrounded by open fields. They stock all sorts of yarns and equipment. The owners are this married couple, who has their little shop beside their house. I've only met the husband, and he's very chatty and knows all sorts of things about the different fibers and patterns they stock.

Back home now, I have a lot of studying to do these days, but I still manage to squeeze in a little crocheting or knitting every once in a while. I hope you're all doing well! Take care.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

What I do now

I'm well into my third semester in school, and I have started my journalism and history classes, which I'm very excited about.

At home, I still knit - a lot! - and preferably a dozen projects at once.



I have a couple of designs in the making, but also a ton of simple, no calculating, relaxing projects, such as the Kerkstraat mittens, which I'm knitting myself another pair of.

Fall has come with its magnificent colors and, not to mention, the excuse for all things knitting related.


I love the feel of fall... the smell, the blazing colors, the winds... the pressing need of wrapping yourself in woolly scarfs and hats...


We went to the park the other day and shot a ton of beautiful pictures. I just love the look and feel of the change of season.

October, here I come!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fall knitting

Back in 2013, I visited Amsterdam with my dad, and we had a wonderful trip. One of the things I brought home from the trip was my very first skein of Madelinetosh yarn, which I carefully picked out in a lovely dark purple-red colorway, "Oxblood". I ended up using the yarn to knit the Kerkstraat mittens, named after one of the streets of Amsterdam.

Fall is pushing its way into the landscape with its chilly winds and heavy rain these days, so I finally pulled out all my hats and gloves the other day, making the change of season official. I started wearing my Kerkstraat mittens again and realized just how much I really like those mittens. I decided to make another pair and ordered another skein of the Tosh Merino Light in the warm red colorway, "Vermilion":


Knitting the mittens again gives me a chance to go through the pattern once more to make sure everything is still the way I want it to be. I'm so excited to knit myself another pair, and especially about yet again working with this beautiful yarn. Although it's a one-ply yarn, it's very hardwearing and my old Kerkstraat mittens still look as good as new. Plus, they're super soft, and the color is so vivid.


I have a lot on my plate right now what with studying and everything, but fortunately I still have room for some knitting every once in a while. I will keep you updated on this second pair of my Kerkstraat mittens. Take care!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Review: Pom Pom Magazine Autum 2015 - The Wool Issue

A couple of days ago, I received my very first issue of the Pom Pom Magazine, and I would like to share my experience with this lovely knitting magazine with you guys.
The Autumn 2015 issue is dedicated almost exclusively to the love of locally bred wool yarns - hence "The Wool Issue" - and I'm so glad that I decided to get my hands on this particular issue. You can tell that the writers and designers all share an undying love for wool. The magazine is filled with beautiful designs all made from quality wool or alpaca yarns.

There are some amazing patterns in here, and they're all beautifully photographed. The pictures in the magazine are simply stunning. These are some of the designs from the autumn issue:


The Oak Crest hat by Maisie Howarth knit in American Quince and Co. Lark 100% wool yarn.


The Hitchcock pullover by Alexa Ludeman from Tin Can Knits knit in Swans Island All American Worsted 75% USA Rambouillet 25% USA Alpaca yarn.


This one has got to be one of my favorites. This is Woodland Tales mittens by Melody Hoffman knit in beautiful New Lanark Double Knitting 100% pure wool yarn.

What I really like a lot is that all the design presentations come with a description of the origin of the yarn. The yarns featured trace back to places like Tampere, Finland and Lanark Scotland to Mosfellsbær, Iceland and Portland, Maine - to name a few. I love that the origin of the fleece is written out, and it's very exciting to see how all the different kinds of fibers trace back to sheep from all over the world.

All pictures are from the Pom Pom Magazine website.

Aside from the wonderful patterns, the magazine comes with a bunch of other creative features written by Anna Maltz and Andi Satterlund, and there's even a piece on the John Arbon Textures mill in Devon that gives an inside look on their yarn production that I can't wait to read.

This is a lovely issue and I can't wait to dive into the many pages. I'll definitely have many more issues of the Pom Pom Magazine to dive into in the future!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Holiday

I'm enjoying a couple of weeks away from home at my boyfriend's parents' house, which is a sunny countryside place a short stroll away from the harbor and the sea and the nice, little local town.



It's so nice to be away for a while and just relax and really don't do anything at all besides eating good food, knitting and just sitting outside on the terrace or on the beach.



We've been on a couple of trips around the island and also visited one of the other charming little islands an hour and a half away from here in parents in law's very nice sailing boat.

I've had time to knit as well, of course. Mostly on a new project, which is a dark, forestry green, bobbly patterned sweater for boyfriend, which is coming out really nice, I think! I'm very excited to see the result, and he's also very excited about it, I think.


Also, we drove out to a nice, little local yarn store one day, which was the most charming little shop just by the countryroad. A nice, little quiet place. The inside was just filled with all sorts of beautiful yarns and all kinds of knitted things, knitting needles and other accessories and books. A lot of it was local stuff, including these two lovely skeins of pure wool that I brought home:


This yarn was specifically made for this little shop, and it's a nice, woolen, fuzzy dark charcoal yarn with a nice, soft halo, and with a rustic look to it. It was bred and produced locally and they didn't make a lot on it, but the two owners thought it was a lot of fun and they enjoyed making it. I couldn't resist buying these two skeins, of course.

I've really been busy these last couple of months building up my old Instagram profile, which I've really begun to enjoy! Please come check out this nice virtual picture universe, if you're not already in there. It's so much fun and there are a lot of nice people and just tons of inspiration.

Hope you're all doing well and enjoying yourselves and your holidays out there.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The lined Snegurochka mittens are out!

Hi everybody. I'm excited to announce that my first pair of lined mittens are now published - the Snegurochka mittens:


They're knit using Miss Babs' lovely, soft and fuzzy yarn, Tierno, in colors "Coventry" and "Winter". The idea was to create a cozy, warm set of mittens with two layers, but worked in a simple way and with no extra seaming in the end.


The result is a smooth, seamless joint between the white liner and the light-blue outer mitten, created using a provisional cast-on, which allows you to pick up your cast-on stitches and work in the other direction once the liner has been made.


I'm very excited about the finished mittens, which are thick and warm and very soft and cozy, just as I wanted them to be. The mittens have a cable pattern on the back of the hands, and the rest is pure stockinette including the liners, which are knit from the right side, and then turned inside out when the outer mittens are made.

Take a look at the pattern here! And don't forget to type in the code 'snegurochka10' on Ravelry to receive 10% off for one week only!

Monday, March 9, 2015

New pattern: The Yuki Onna socks

I'm very excited to announce that my new pattern, the Yuki Onna socks, has been released today!


The socks are knit from the toe up, which makes it easy to try on the socks as you go, making sure they fit properly and that you don't run out of yarn. I used Sweet Fiber Yarns Super Sweet Sock in colors "Winter" and "Smoke", which was a treat to work with!


This is the first sock pattern that I've published, so I'm really excited to finally announce the release! You can check out the pattern here.