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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Ravelry Roundup – Stripes!

Usually I have a little bit of time to spare on a Saturday and yes, I have to plead guilty, I often spend too much of it browsing through the patterns on Ravelry. I know I’m only making my bad case of castonitis worse, but what can I say… I’m a weak knitter. And, since misery loves company: why not drag you all down with me into the mire of knitting addiction?

In my Ravelry Roundups I’ll share with you a handful of patterns I’ve collected and that

  1. may either be themed or be a collection of last week’s newly published favourites
  2. are available for download (paid or free), not in print publications – that’s because not everyone may be able to get their hands on those
  3. are written in English or have an English translation – again because not everyone’s comfortable with knitting from only half understood foreign language patterns.

Those patterns are not tried and tested by me – they’re just what took my fancy this week.

This time it’ll be:

Stripes!

I love stripes. It’s an incredibly versatile pattern: Stripes can be playful or severely geometric. Elegant or fun. Simple or intricate.

Stripes in every direction - who wouldn't love it?

Rockefeller – by Stephen West

Stripes in every direction – who wouldn’t love it? By now 2780 Ravellers agree that this is a fabulous pattern and have knit their own versions. Continue reading

Photo-a-day Day 24: Stripes

Stripes

Hard to get creative with stripes…

Ok, today’s prompt was Stripes.

Wow.

Stripes. Hmmm…

Why not take a picture of… stripes!?! Man, I’m a creative genius!

So basically I just pulled out black and white striped wrapping paper and a striped box, arranged them to my liking and took pictures from every possible angle. After editing the sh*t out of it, I liked this one best. Sort of artsy. Or whatever.

Now I’ll go and check out how everybody and their uncle had better ideas than me. And eat some chocolate…

Je ne suis pas un jupon!

“Je ne suis pas un jupon!” (“I’m not a petticoat!”) is the working title for this little beauty:

Is it a zebra? Is it a petticoat? No, it’s a knitting pattern!

It’s a skirt pattern I’m working on at the moment – I’m quite happy with it so far. It’s an easy, fun knit and so far it seems like it’s going to look spectacular (if I say so myself).

The title? Well, when I was trolling the textile section of the Metropolitan Museum’s online exhibition I stumbled upon a French, striped silk petticoat from the 1890’s. I instantly fell in love with it – it looked so high-fashion and modern, compared with the frilly, lacy, pink confections around it. If I’m able to translate that into a modernized, wearable adaption for knitting, I’ll be quite, quite happy 🙂

Where do you get your inspiration? Do you only knit from patterns or create them yourselves? Do you check out Fashion Week coverage, magazines or your favorite brands in shops? Do you use museums, antique fabrics or vintage clothing for inspiration?