WIP Wednesday 164 – In which I knit an opera

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all doing fine.

Majoran

I’m a happy camper, since nature has decided to grace us with a bunch of beautifully sunny and crisp fall days. My mood always adjusts to the weather, and a long stretch of dreary greyness leaves me downcast and unhappy, while a few days of sunshine make me want to sing the whole day…

Also improving my mood is the fact that I sent two finished samples and pattern drafts off to the UK this week. Nothing like completing a task to make you feel accomplished and contented. This has the added bonus of leaving me a bit of time for private knitting, which I may actually share pictures and information about. Yay!

I’m making the Flying Dutchman socks – a pattern that’s been on my to-do-list for a few months, with a very specific recipient in mind. On monday, while out grocery shopping I came across this yarn in the absolutely perfect colours!

Flying Dutchman Arrangement

Taking advantage of the wonderful weather, I took myself, my knitting, a glass of fresh apple juice and an audio book out onto the balcony. Flying Dutchman is a well written pattern and easy to follow, which probably wasn’t easy to achieve with this in-the-round Jacquard technique. Chapeau to the designer!

Flying Dutchman Closeup

I made a few modifications to the original:

  • Knit in a slightly larger gauge, since I need the socks to fit my father, not a medium-sized lady (the men in my family are virtual big-foots)
  • Knit an afterthought heel instead of a flap-and-gusset heel (purely because I’m lazy)
  • Have the motif show on the outer, instead of the inner calf

Can you see the ship appear in the stripes on the leg? It’s hard to photograph in full sunlight, but it looks great in reality! My dad, being a passionate yachtsman, will hopefully be as thrilled with this ghostly yacht appearing on his socks as I am…

WIP buttonAs always, I’m joining up with the knitting crowd gathered at Tami’s Amis for WIP Wednesdays… why not go and pay a visit?

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WIP Wednesday 161 – Socks and more Secrets!

So, the one top-secret design WIP is on hold for now, until I’ve received the missing color. Time to move on, no time to waste.

Will I be able to show you more pics of this one? No, of course not. Why do you even ask? Sorry, it’ll keep that way for at least 3 weeks more (if I’m really, really quick).

Generic toe craftily obscuring the finished sock in the background...

Generic stockinette stitch sole  craftily obscuring the finished sock in the background…

This is one of three designs I’m currently preparing for upcoming issues of Knit Now magazine. It’s obviously a sock. That much I can tell. What else?

  • It’s toe-up
  • It has a short-row heel
  • It does NOT feature w&t’s
  • It’s rather on the bulky side (obviously)

I’m knitting with Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica.

All in all I like this yarn: It’s singles (which I asked for), it’s pure wool (which I generally like) and it’s surprisingly soft. There’s one little fly in the ointment: Parts of it are severely overtwisted and almost as thin as sewing thread, while others are thick and fluffy without any twist at all. This can of course happen in handspun yarn, and I’d definitely use this yarn again, but it can probably shine and show off its qualities better in a larger, all stockinette project. I’d love to try one of their beautiful variegated colourways for a simple stockinette cowl or scarf.

As always, I’m joining up with the knitting crowd gathered at Tami’s Amis for WIP Wednesdays… why not go and pay a visit?

 

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One of those days…

So, a few days ago I had my free day. (Since I usually work Saturdays and Sundays, my “weekend” is in the middle of the week.) And since I planned on staying home and knitting, I decided to treat my hair to some beauty treatment. Which encompasses mixing myself a conditioner from non-skimmed yoghurt, olive oil and honey and rubbing the resulting sludge into my waist length hair.

So there I am, half prone over the shower basin and my hair half full with yoghurty slime, when: Dingdong! The door bell.

Great! At that time of day it can only be the postman, so I hasten to get the stuff from my hands, wrestle the hair out of the way and get the door. And in this case that means: Buzzing the postman in and running down 5 storeys, because they usually refuse to come up that far and rather leave parcels on top of the letter boxes for anyone to take. But no. This isn’t the regular post, it’s Hermes. So I meet up with the Hermes guy somewhere between top floor and ground floor to sign for the delivery, dressed in a bathrobe and with a gnarly, yoghurt covered, giant hair ball precariously balanced on top of my head… (Was I embarrassed? You bet!)

Anyhoo, at least there’s yarn in it for me. So up I march again, cover the remainder of my hair and head with yoghurt and open the parcel. Ooooh, Rowan! Wait. I didn’t order anything from Rowan. Nor was that part of any yarn support I expected. And there’s a note saying that one color isn’t in stock and will be sent some time later…

Uh oh.

By the time I figure out that it probably is meant to be a replacement for some other yarn I was supposed to use for a design and which color is supposed to be which, the sludge in my hair has hardened to a flakey crust and needs to get out. Immediately.

Off to the shower I go, soaking dried yoghurt to get it out of the hair when… Dingdong! Repeat above. Hopping out of the shower and receiving another parcel from another guy, still dressed in bathrobe, again with a dripping, slimy, sort of disgusting bun on my head. Le sigh. It seems, it’s yarn support day at Chez Rewolluzza. Well, at least there’s more yarn!

Fast forward: yoghurt out, hair in towel, finally dressed, I unpack the second parcel. Mhhhm, Artesano and Manos del Uruguay. Me likey! But, wait – there are two skeins of a color I only need one of. And two colors I need are missing. Meh.

After I got this sorted out, I really needed a coffee and chocolate. One of those days…

 

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New pattern – Marching Band Gloves

Hey everyone!

I’m so excited: Tomorrow issue 18 of Knit Now Magazine will hit the newsstands – with one of my patterns in it! It’s been so great to see one of my designs, professionally photographed and styled. Almost like someone else made it…

Now I’m a grown-up designer 🙂

So, without further ado, here are the pictures:

Marching Band Hero Shot

© Practical Publishing / Dan Walmsley

These smart and stylish gloves are perfect for the military trend we’re still seeing on the high street this season. They feature a turned hem and knitted “froggings” (if that’s what they’re called) and are a perfect way to showcase your favourite buttons. The sample gloves were knit with a deliciously soft and silky yarn from Manos del Uruguay and are a real treat to wear (and knit). I know, because I knitted them.

Marching Band Close-up

© Practical Publishing / Dan Walmsley

What I like most about them is that they are so very versatile, depending on your choice of yarn and color. Knit in grey or black, with matching froggings and black or silver buttons they convey a sophisticated and elegant style. But an eye-popping color will make a great contrast with the severe, military look. You could go wild and knit the little crossbars in many contrasting colors or use several different styles of buttons for a bright, fun look to get you through the gray days of winter and early spring.

The magazine is available from 7th February 2013 in the UK and can be ordered from their webstore. There’s no digital version of it for now, but I’ll make a download available  in a few months, once the exclusivity period runs out.

In the Loop – Socks everywhere!

Hey everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend!

I’m quite happy myself – on Saturday I finally finished knitting the samples for the Seditious Stocking design and can send them on their way tomorrow. Yay! (After knitting the same design 3 times in a row it get’s a little boring…) Good thing about deadlines and having signed contracts: No chance of falling victim to the dreaded Second-Sock-Syndrome. If you don’t know what that is – count yourself lucky. Don’t look it up, you might get infected! 🙂

And, as if I hadn’t been knitting enough socks already, I’m now frantically knitting a pair of socks for my father’s birthday. He’ll be on a motorbike tour in the US and I jumbled dates – I thought I had more time and now have to knit like crazy to be finished in time so he can take his presents with him. Yikes! Why must he have such large feet? Continue reading