Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Another package!!!

This really made my day today(which in itself was soooooo stressfull)!
My first package from my Knitty SP! I totally didn't expected such a wonderfull package, cause my SP only wrote that " It's not your "real" first package because stuff was missing from that one so, it's just a little "thinking of you" package."
Little? I don't think so, judge yourself:

Yes, that are four balls of Knitpicks yarn, the third KnitLit book(which comes in handy cause I don't have any books to read at the moment!) and an interweave mag!

THANK YOU SP!!! You're wonderfull!

P.S.: My mum is sooooooo envious, she's turning a really dark shade of green :-)
I'm planning on sending her some yarn and goodies myself next month, though we live together. But hush, it's a secret...

Monday, May 29, 2006

photos, photos and photos!

I LOVE the new camera! Eventhough the lightning in my room is shit(the balcony is infront of my window!) it makes acceptable photos without me having to photoshop them!
Ok, theoratically it's my mum's camera, but I'm the one who uses it the most, so practically it's mine, right ? ;-)
Want to see some pics?


My newest hobby is cross stitch, but since I don't have the patience yet to do a bigger image, I thought it would be a good idea to make bookmarks and trims.
I looked through some patterns and charts, but found none (free) that I liked. I wanted something geometric. So I made up my own. I used to draw geometric patterns at school when I was bored, which was most of the time! We used to play word games across the class secretly, but after 10+ people joint the game it got hard to continue without the teacher noticing(and no, that was not in middle school, but 12 grade!).

Remember the magazine holding thing? Well, it does hold one magazine, though you can't see it with all the yarn and projects on top ;-)
The pink cardigan is almost finished. I only need to pick up a gazillion(390+) stitches and knit a few rows. Problem is I don't have long enough circulars. I'll try using two shorter ones.

I participated in a swap on Craftster.com which was called fill-a-coin-purse. This is the fabulous stuff I got together with the pink coin purse(I do love the pink!). It's just the right size for the camera which for reasons I don't understand did not come with a pocket for it!

And lastly pics of recent purchases! Yes, there's more than one reason I'm broke...


Friday, May 26, 2006

I love my new camera!

ARRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wrote a long post about my new camera and the fact that my computer mouse does not function right anymore. Now sooner had I wrote that and wanted to correct a spelling mistake, the whole post was erased!!!!!!!!
So, I'll leave you with a pic and will blog again when I have a new mouse(I'll have to borrow money from my mum for it, but this mouse is driving me insane!).

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The HSLS pattern

The HSLS(aka HelloSunshineLaceSweater)

Cotton version

Size: XS-S with finished chest circumference of approx. 80cm
This pattern can be easily adapted for larger sizes!
Just cast on more stitches and work the yoke untill if fits you.
You might have to work in bust darts.

Gauge: 16sts X 28rows=10cm X 10cm

Materials:
3 hanks of Line 14 "Clip" from Online(166m/100g),
circular needles size 4mm in 60cm, 80cm length and DPNS for sleeves,
tapestry needle,
stitch marker

Lace pattern(for chart see below):
multiple of 8sts
1.Row: YO, K2, sl1, K2tog, psso, K2, YO, K1
2. Row and all even: K
3.Row: K1, YO, K1, sl1, K2tog, psso, K1, YO, K2
5.Row: K2, YO, sl1, K2tog, psso, YO, K3

Directions:
Yoke:
CO 112 sts = 70 cm neck circumference
Work 3 rows in 2x2-ribbing
Place markers after 17sts/39sts/17sts/39sts
Continue in stockinette(knit) while increasing every second row like this:
Kf&b before and after every marker
Continue untill it’s long enough(you can try it on by placing the stitches on waste yarn) and place sleeve stitches on waste yarn.

Body:
Join body stitches on circular needles and knit in stockinette untill just under bust.
Next row(eyelet row): *YO, K2tog*
Next row: K
Begin knitting in lace pattern, you might have to increase/decrease before starting(remember the pattern is a 8 stitch repeat, so you need a multiple of 8 stitches on the needle!).
Knit in pattern till desired length, then knit next three rows in garter beginning with a knit row.
BO all stitches.

left sleeve:
Transfer sleeve stitches from waste yarn unto needles.
Start knitting sleeves in stockinette untill desired length is reached.
Knit three rows in 2x2-ribbing
BO all stitches

right sleeve:
repeat as for left sleeve.


Silk version:

Size: XS-S with finished chest circumference of approx. 80cm
This pattern can be easily adapted for larger sizes!
Just cast on more stitches and work the yoke untill if fits you.
You might have to work in bust darts.

Gauge: 14sts X 25sts=10cmX10cm
Materials: 250-300g silk from Hipknits.com in two coordinate colors(I used one more solid color and one variegated),
needles size 4.5mm in 60cm, 80cm length and DPNS for sleeves,
tapestry needle,
stitch markers

Lace pattern(for chart see below):
multiple of 8sts
1.Row: YO, K2, sl1, K2tog, psso, K2, YO, K1
2. Row and all even: K
3.Row: K1, YO, K1, sl1, K2tog, psso, K1, YO, K2
5.Row: K2, YO, sl1, K2tog, psso, YO, K3

Directions:
Yoke:
CO 88 sts = 60 cm with solid color
Work 3 rows in 2x2-ribbing
Place markers after 14sts/30sts/14sts/30sts
Change color every three rounds.
Continue in stockinette(knit) while increasing every second row like this:
Kf&b before and after every marker
Continue untill it’s long enough(you can try it on by placing the stitches on waste yarn) and place sleeve stitches on waste yarn.

Body:
Join body stitches on circular needles and knit in stockinette untill just under bust.
Next row(eyelet row): *YO, K2tog*
next row: K
Begin knitting in lace pattern, you might have to increase/decrease before starting(remember
the pattern is a 8 stitch repeat, so you need a multiple of 8 stitches on the needle!).
Knit in pattern till desired length, then knit next three rows in garter beginning with a knit row.
BO all stitches.

left sleeve:
Transfer sleeve stitches from waste yarn unto needles.
Start knitting sleeves in stockinette untill desired length is reached.
Knit three rows in 2x2-ribbing
BO all stitches

right sleeve:
repeat as for left sleeve.

Click to enlarge:

Original pattern and photographs © 2006 Janin Den.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Another "OH MY GOD" moment

Among all the swaps I'm in at the moment is also the yarn swap from knittinghelp.com. And my pal from there caused another OMG-moment and extrem envy from my mum:

Yes, that are SIX hanks of Elsebeth Lavold's silky wool! Not to forget the Burt's bees hand salve!
I have to admit that when I opened the package there was a little moment of total blankness/shock quickly followed by a maniacs laughter and an even crazier I-got-gorgeous-yarn-dance(approx. the time my mum left the room shaking her head ;-)).

Speaking of my mum, here is her mothersday gift. It will be a top she can wear when going to Reggae concerts. It's knitted from the top down with a reggae colored band at the collar, arms and bottom. It's an easy, but extremly boring knit. And will probably take for ever!

And these are two projects for me. The left is the cotton sock yarn and destinated to become Pomatomus from Knitty. I will frog the beg I already knitted and start over with fewer sts(60).
On the left is the beginning of a caridgan from drops(drops 95, model 33) which is similare to the circular jacket from InterweaveKnits, but with a bit more shape in the arms. The yarn is "Quick" from Lana Grossa and I got 16 balls on sale for 95 cent each!
I had some problems with my stitch markers though. It seems I don't have enough! If I remember correctly a bunch of them is still on the needles with the black circular shawl that is still missing the edging and as you can see above some are with my mum's top, but I have no idea where the rest is!(I have more, don't I....)

Saturday, May 20, 2006

First tag-time

Purlpower tagged everyone who wants to be tagged, so I felt like it's time for my first tag.

1)What's your favorite LYS?:
The most nearby LYS, which is called "Sabines Handarbeitsshop".

2)What about it do you like most?:
Though the lady is a bit older, she treats me like a knitter, not like a young one(had a not so good experience at another shop). She's nice and has almost every yarn you might want!
The prices are mostly not displayed, but she looks them up and makes suggestions(without being asked!) about cheaper substitutes(she knows I'm a student with a budget). She also offers to put aside some balls, so I can pay as I've got money and still begin knitting a project.
She orders almost everything should it not be available in the shop and she tells you about the newst mags and yarns in a friendly conversational way(in contrast to some places).

3)What is your 2nd favorite?:
I don't really have another LYS where I shop regularly. Most of the puchases not from LYS #1 are from ebay or an online shop.

4)What would you improve about it to make it a tie with your first?:
-

5)What's the last thing your bought at your #1 LYS?
Much to much as they have a sale at the month of may with 25% off. One ball of cotton sockyarn in red to knit lace patterned socks for me. 350g black cotton yarn for my mum's motherday present(btw. she got a gift coupon and could chose what I should make her), a tank top. I also ordered 350g of Schachenmayr "Avior" to knit a sweater for me.


6)Who's Next?: Anybody who wants to!

More yarn porn and project pics tomorrow!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

My wollfee is crazy!!!!

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!
The door bell just rang and I got the last package from my wollfee and...
OH MY GOD!!!!
...wait...give me a second...*tries to breath*....*fails*....
ok, I just give you a quick pic, so you can see for yourselves:


Thank you very much, Judith!!!!!

Now, I have to try to get the card. Somehow it glued itself to the box and I can't read it!

EDIT: Got it! It's a bit hard to read, but thank you again!

EDIT: I was in a hurry when I posted, so now the summary of the content:
-olive soap from Aleppo in Syria!
-the shawl was brought in damaskus(I almost brought a similare one!)
-choclate
-shawls and scarves book: wonderful patterns in there!
-a shawl knitted by my wonderful Wollfee! It's sooooo soft!!!!
- and three skeins of handpainted.com lace!!!!! The color is great as is the yarn!
I tried to make a close-up, but we had to return the borrowed camera(my mum got convinced that we do need a better one and ordered a camera!!!). So the color is more red and dark red than in this pic:

This is the better pic of the two I tried to take and it's photoshopped! Just so you know with what kind of camera I have to deal with, this is what most of my pics look like:

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Shawl Pins and SP7

The pals for Knitty SP7 have been assigned and my SP even got into contact today!
I mailed my downstream SP, but I have to put aside any thoughts about what to get for her untill atleast next week. Remember, the math test and a presentation...

I looked into shawl pins this week. There are several different styles and price categories.
My favourits are these:
http://www.designsbyromi.com/index.html
and these
http://www.wolland.de/cgi-bin/webshop.cgi?f=GRUPPE&c=Stricknadeln+und+Zubehör&t=temgroup (scroll down a bit)

The last one I could afford, the first ones no way! They are however reasonable priced, but I'm a student and 20+$ are much for me. So after an extensive google/ebay search I found out that the pins used are similar(if not equal) to kilt pins! I even found a german ebay supplier!
Now, I think I'll need a real round nose plier.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Managing time and wasting it

I had this really great plan to organize my weekend to get the most of it. Like how to learn for math and do unis stuff, but still have time to go to fleamarkets and craft.
Well, I'm actually quite good at making those plans, but I can never ever stick to them!
In the end I did a bit of learning and a lot of crafting...oh well...

At the fleamarket I found a magazin organizer thing. I have no idea why, but somehow it spoke to me(you know, the usual "take me home, I'm useful"). The fabric was dirty and he colors had faded, but what is my ever growing fabric stash for(just brought more fabric, see next paragraph):


The fabric is from Ikea and was originally brought for making pillow cases. Now all I have to do is get rid of this big sack of junk yarn and I'll actually have the space for this magazine stander!




On friday I went to the fabric store and brought this turqouis linen fabric. I couldn't resist and also brought some more fabric for sewing skirts. I really shouldn't go to any kind of craft store alone, I always end up buying much more then I should!. Plus sewing always take me much longer than it should. This skirt took about 5hours(including calculating dimensions and cutting out)! It would be much faster if I would stick to it and not get distracted.

And finally some photos of the silk sweater! My mum borrowed the camera of a friend and it actually made acceptable pics of the silk(especially of the close-up!). I haven't had the time to work on the pattern, but I plan on doing that next week.
(click on pictures!)











I also knitted some socks(though one is missing in the pic) and dyed some yarn last week.


EDIT: Hehe, Purlpower, the jumper is partly made of yarn my last Knitty SP send me ;-)
It's HipKnits silk! I just weighted it today and found out I only used 250g! Which means I still have around 200g left over...

Friday, May 12, 2006

arghhh must resist...

...urge to knit! As of this morning my right underarm(the side of it) hurt whenever I made a specific motion. I'm typing this with my left hand only and I'm right-handed!!!
The worst really is that I can't knit when I have all these projects!!!
I also wanted to sew some skirts this weekend, but I can't cut the pattern out!!!
Really frustrating. I think it was caused by me sitting on the computer non-stop. I really should stretch more etc. Thing is I need to use the computer quite often, well, I do study computer science, right?

Anyway, I guess I better stop typing cause my left wrist starts to hurt because of the unusual moves.

Btw. I signed up for the Knitty SP!!!!!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

join, don't join, join, don't...

Yes, that's exactly what's going on in my head right now.
The question is should I join the Knitty.com SP or should I join the Wollfee4 or should I join both or should I join neither?!!
Ok, maybe both is out of question. Even without exams lurking about(ok in two months, but that's during the swaps) two would probably be too much.
I'm currently in the yarn swap on knittinghelp.com and in a swap on Craftster.com. Though the Craftster one is due at the end of may, so it doesn't really count.
I would love to do the Knitty SP again cause it was so much fun last time, nevertheless sending overseas is rather expensive. But that's actually the fun of it, not just getting and sending out knitterly goods, but getting and sending -for the recipient -foreign stuff.
The postage within Germany would be much less and I could send much more(volume-wise, mind you).
It's a true dilemma and Knitty sign up ends this very week!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Time just flies by!

This weekend is mothers day!!! Panic? Me? YES!!!
I have no idea what to get for my mum in this short time. I thought about knitting her a doily(2 months back and forgotten), sew her some grocery bags(1 month ago and forgotten too) or knit her a tank top(1/2 month ago and forgotten too!).
Now, this week is packed with things I need to do for courses. I'll have homework in math, have to prepare for the math test(which is on the 19th and I don't know a bit about it), have to redesign+add features to our webpage-project(yes, that's for university too), have to call my physics prof to get an exam date... list goes on and on!

Knitting wise I have completed the silk sweater, socks for my mother and dyed some yarn. Pictures once I find the time...

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Summer!!!!

The last couple of days have been so wonderfully sunny! Wish it would be like this untill fall, but that's just wishfull thinking considering where I live...
A friend of mine and me finally managed to go to one of the beach clubs that opened last summer. Every time last year we tried to go there, they were so full of people that you could just stand! Now we even got us deck chairs and spend the better part of the day there.

Have I mentioned that my LYS is celebrating it's 25th jubilee? And that during the whole month of may everything not already reduced is 25% off?!!
I went there on tuesday and the only thing that saved my bank account were all the people(read old ladies ;-)) there. It's a tiny shop and I think there were 10 people in there which means it was pretty crowded. I know, I'm definately going back there though...
I only brought some cotton sock yarn, needles to finish the silk sweater and 7 balls of mohair wool I would have brought anyway sooner or later(going to knit a mohair cardigan in dark blue).

Anyway I was surfing the net+looking through knit magazines yesterday and found tons of projects I want to knit this summer. Thought I would make a list less I forget them again:
~Orangina from Glampyre; maybe even in the Rowan 4ply cotton(cheapest through Janette's rare yarns)
~Grannie Smith Cardigan from neoknits; probably not in Kidsilk cause that would bust my budget
~pullover from Schachenmayr's summer mag, the one knit in Avior
~a second honeymoon cami in the red cotton yarn already brought, if only I could remember the modificatons I made on the one knitted last year!
~a shrug/capelet with button closure thingy

Sorry, no pics today. There hasn't been much progress on the silk sweater(knitting sleeves is boring!) and I spare you the pic of my new sneaker socks(they are in the laundry anyway).

Monday, May 01, 2006

Lace ladder socks


Size: given with my size(EU 40), but can be modified for bigger or smaller feet(see bottom).
Materials: 4-ply sock yarn, DPNS and a needle(for weaving in ends)
gauge: well, whatever sock yarn has(never made a swatch, sorry)

Please Note: This is not a tutorial on how to knit socks(see here for a great tutorial) So I won't give directions on the heel etc.

Stitches used:
~stockinette
~2X2 Rib:
1.Round: *K2,P2*
~Lace ribbing:
1.Round: *P2, sl1, k1, psso, YO, K1 tbl, YO, K2tog, P2*
2.Round: *P2, K5, P2*

Directions: CO 60sts and divide the sts evenly on the needle.

Cuff: Work in 2X2 Rib for 10 rows.
Continue in Lace ribbing, begin with Round 1 and decrease 6 stitches evenly(Instead of P2 at the beg I did P2tog, P1).

Heel: Work Heel over half the stitches, you may want to increase 6 sts before working the heel(I forgot to do it)

After the heel: Work in stockinette and don't forget the gusset shaping if you need it

Toe: Work the toe as you always do.

Fini!!

Sizing: The lace pattern used is a repeat of 9 stitches, so normally if you wanted to make a bigger/smaller sock you would add or substract 9 stitches. But that might be too much. In that case, you could just P3 instead of P4. If you need any help feel free to contact me!
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