Holiday knitting

One of my New Year resolutions was to knit more small things. It’s nice to be able to finish a project in just a couple of days.

So far, I’ve finished 3 sweaters, 1 dress and 1 large shawl/wrap this year! Hmmmm, these haven’t been the quickies.

But I also finished a pair of slippers, I wrote about them here.

And today I’m happy and proud to show you a pair of socks and they fit so well!
There’s nothing I dislike more than a pair of bad fitting socks.

I always feel a bit uncomfortable about knitting socks.
Technically I can do it, I’ve made some before, but then always comes the fit.
But these babies are perfect and it’s a lovely feeling to put them on.

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Last week we spent our Easter holidays at the “Ile de Ré”, a beautiful little island close to “La Rochelle” in France.
I’ve been wanting to make a new pair of socks for a long time and I thought it would be the ideal holiday project.

For me the ideal holiday knitting should be:
1. quick
2. mindless
3. small enough to be able to take it anywhere you go.

I’d already cast these on at home, only just the toe.

We had a long drive ahead of us for about 8 to 9 hours and so I’d finished almost one sock when we arrived.

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I used the yarn I had naturally dyed up last September.

The weather has been fantastic, it felt like summer.
No sock weather at all and so my progress slowed down.

But isn’t
4. slow just another perfect condition to turn your knitting into the perfect holiday project 🙂

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Malabrigo Rastita

The pattern I chose for this cardigan is from the wonderful designer Veera Välimäki. In my opinion she’s without any doubt one of the leading ladies in knitting design.

I’m so happy with this cardigan and I absolutely like everything about it!

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This is the first time I tried “Rastita” yarn that belongs to the wonderful Malabrigo family. What a very nice discovery!

But to be honest, it sure wasn’t love at first sight, especially not the color!

When I ordered this yarn I expected to get some kind of deep yellow with little bits of brown. So when the yarn arrived I was quite surprised and even disappointed to see it was so much darker and browner than I thought it would be.

But gradually this color totally grew on me and now I just love it! The yarn is fantastic, so soft and light and I just love that warm autumn color.

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This project is RAVELLED here with additional information.

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Malabrigo Rastita-colorway Glitter
Nld 6mm

Oyster Shawl KAL

Forgive me for saying so myself, but I’m proud of this one.

I joined the Oyster Shawl KAL on May 18th.

It made me realize I should do more of those KAL’s.
I suppose it’s a bit of an online substitute to a real knitting club that is hard to find in my neighborhood (to my regret!).
I really enjoyed seeing everyone’s progress and choices made for one and the same project. How different they all became.

I decided to make a beaded version for my Oyster Shawl. The name of the pattern inspired me because it got me thinking of sand, seashells, soft natural colors and PEARLS!

You can find more pictures on my Ravelry project page here.

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Madelinetosh tosh light – Antique Lace
Merinoull 2-tråds
Nld 4mm

And one for my sister

You know how it goes in a family. I made this Color Affection shawl as a birthday present for my mum. My mum was really really pleased and said she would cherish it. She especially appreciated “the handmade” of my gift. Like all sweet mums …

My sister. Could I make her one too?

No problem, I’d love it. But just to keep it interesting enough for me, here’s the deal.

She would give me a color range and I would chose the pattern and keep it as a surprise. Actually she liked Color Affection too, but having just finished the one for mum I couldn’t start another one so soon. Only after a year or so.

Her color choice: anything red, orange, purple. Apart or together, but that was part of the surprise.

I had several patterns in mind but finally ended up with Cameo by Paulina Popiolek.

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I’m really pleased with how it worked out. The colors are a bit loud but I like that for summer. And it will look great on my sister with her very dark hair.

I used Mellifera yarn for the first time, a true delight. Very soft, light and it gives a nice drape to the shawl. I’m so happy there’s more of it in my stash.

If you have a Ravelry account, more pictures can be seen here.

Mellifera Yarns Single Socks
Nld 4mm

FO Friday – Northern Sky

Instant love when I saw this pattern for the first time. It’s designed by Christel Nihoul, a Belgian designer. She got the idea for naming this pattern Northern Sky during a trip to Iceland where skies are rapidly and dramatically changing.

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I wanted to create my favorite Belgian sky in a soft pale blue with gentle white puffy clouds.
The pattern calls for both fingering and lace weight yarn, which makes it interesting and it works really well together.

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I love the way it’s turned out and it has a perfect size.
I’m just a little worried about the lace border, it has a slight tendency to curl.
If you have a Ravelry account, you can see more pictures here.

Madelinetosh Tosh Light
Malabrigo Lace
Ndl 4mm

Wet blocking

I finished the knitting on my Color Affection today, I wet blocked it and now it’s drying. I couldn’t wait to show some first pictures but more will follow.

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I’ve never made a project where the blocking was as essential as on this one.

Actually, I think I should have used a more stretchy stitch for the inside edge as apparently many others did. In order to get it right, I decided to give it some severe blocking.

Here is how I did the blocking, which is what I normally do for lace and shawl projects.

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I first soaked it for about 25 minutes in luke water. Then I gently pressed it without twisting and rolled it in a towel to absorb the excess water.
Then I flattened it on a mat and blocked it using blocking wire and T-pins. I used ultra fine blocking wire for the curved edge.

It’s always so much worth the effort!

Marian Cardigan

It was a real pleasure to test knit this cardigan for Taiga Hilliard Designs.

I especially like the lace section in the back, it opens up wonderfully like a fan. The lace section was easy and memorizable.

For the first time I used Fyberspates Scrumptious DK/Worsted, 45% Silk and 55% Merino. No need to tell you how incredibly soft this is.

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Fyberspates Scrumptious DK
Nld 4 and 4,5mm