Happy New Year at the Mondsee

I hope you all had a very festive end of 2014! Happy New Year to all of you and I wish that life will treat you and your beloved ones kindly in 2015!

I finished my last knitting project of 2014 in that festive mood and once again the season strongly influenced my color choices. I’m quite sure I wouldn’t have picked those colors at any other time of year.

The pattern is called Mondsee and you can see more pictures and additional information on my Ravelry project page here.

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This was my second testknit for Monie, better known as Iscula as Ravelry username.

When I saw Monie’s latest wonderful design, I didn’t hesitate one second!

Well, the truth is that I did.

In fact I had promised myself not to accept another testknit in 2014 because I wanted to give myself the time to finish all my WIP’s. But it was already too late – I couldn’t resist this one.

Another reason why I couldn’t resist is that I had an excellent experience with her previous testknit, called Attersee.

I like it a lot when a designer specifically says that she wants her testers to enjoy it without stress, even though I’m very punctual on deadlines. It just makes it relaxing somehow.

I also met some wonderful and very talented knitters during that first testknit and we have been following each other’s work ever since.

Thank you once again, dear Monie, for this beautiful testknit and for your relaxing flexibility!

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Attersee Test Knit

I was so pleased to test knit this beautiful shawl for Monie!

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There is so much I like about it: the size, the color, the weight, the texture, and last but not least …. the ruffles!

I absolutely LOVE the ruffles!
The major part is quite simple with the texture and so the ruffles add that little something without overdoing it.
I love that little touch of frivolity.

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It will make such a nice wrap for autumn and I’ll rather wear this for the first chilly days than a vest or a cardigan.

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The color is really mysterious, neither blue or green and changing with the light. It’s hard to capture it in pictures but I finally managed to come close to reality.

The project is RAVELED HERE with more additional information.

The pattern will probably be released by the end of June or beginning of July.

Madelinetosh Sport
Nld 4 mm

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

Spring Kerchief

This was my Easter project. An ideal holiday project, fun, quick and easy.

I used 2 skeins of Malabrigo Lace. I first divided Color A (the lighter blue) in 1/3 and 2/3. The whole project is worked with the yarn held double.

The pattern is a free download from Knittimo at Ravelry. If you have a Ravelry account, you can see more pictures here.

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Malabrigo Lace-held double
Nld 3,5 mm

Color Affection

My shawl had the time to dry during the night after some severe blocking.

It will be a birthday present for my mum who turns 71 this month.

Can you imagine this pattern is in 11’350 project pages on Ravelry and that number just keeps growing day after day.
That is soooo impressive, don’t you think! Now I’m just one amongst those 11’350.

If you have a Ravelry account you can click here to see more pictures.

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Malabrigo Tosh Light
Nld 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!