Work in progress

Hello Everyone!

Today I’m sharing some of my recent projects with you! Just 2, because these are the 2 i’ve been working on over the last week.

A pair of socks for me. Not even close to a pair yet as, as shown in the picture above, I’ve only gotten one leg done so far. It’s a very long leg, because the cables were so fun and pretty and i didn’t want to knit the heel yet. The pattern is Weathertop Socks by Claire Ellen (who is AWESOME!). I’m in the claire ellen sock club and the patterns so far have been amazing. And all lord of the rings inspired! The yarn is Lana Grossa Meilenweit Men (even though I’m most definitely not a man). The colors of the yarn just seemed perfect for a pattern based on gloomy Weathertop. The yarn is very nice to work with and the striping is a lot more subtle in reality. The photo somehow brings them out.

After the leg the heel seemed hard and confusing (which it really isn’t, but I just wasn’t feeling up to it yet) and so I cast on another pair of socks. This pair will be for my sister. She’d been wanting another pair and I really don’t mind knitting them (haha!) so she got me some yarn and told me to get knitting. And I did.

The leg looks tiny here in the picture, but the cables pull it in a lot. It does fit. As I’m typing this all that’s left on the first sock is the grafting of the toe. This sock flew by! It’s taken me less than 2 days! The pattern is House Baratheon Socks by Chrisitne Pike and the yarn is Hjerte Garn Sock 4. It’s a beautiful grey and white marled yarn and is perfectly soft. I wil be casting on the second sock either tonight or tomorrow. Depends on if I can understand the heel instructions for the Weathertop socks tonight, because I am exhausted. I’ve had a very long day at school. I didn’t get home until 8 in the evening (it’s 10 now). We visited the NIOD (Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogs documentatie / Dutch Institute for War Documentation) for a lecture and went to the Anne Frank house for the first time.  I thought the Anne Frank house hadn’t really gotten to me, but I got pretty dizzy (probably because I was a little hungry too) and the images and videos of concentration camps are things that always manage to upset me. Especially as I will be visiting Dachau this year, which is the concentration camp where my grandfather was held captive. Apparently it’s stirred up some things.

Sorry to end on such a sombre note! The Anne Frank house and the NIOD were both equally impressive (I got to hold one of 3 facsimiles of the Anne Frank Diary, which is a very unique experience! I was terrified of somehow damaging it!).

I have been considering starting a podcast. I’ve been hooked since I started watching knitting/crafting podcasts in December and really think it would be something I’d like!

Love, Renée

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Big and Tiny

Hello!

It’s high time I shared some recent FO’s with you.

Let’s start with the tiny!

We recently learned that my nephew and his wife are expecting their second baby. I knit their first baby a little cardigan so wanted to make something for baby nr 2 too! Unfortunately I don’t think the little got much use and it did take up my knitting time. I went on the hunt for something more usable and a little smaller. I ended up making some teeny tiny baby booties. I’ve always wanted to knit some because they’re perfect for scraps.

I used a special to me yarn. The leftovers of the yarn I also used for my Seeta fingerless mittens. I had bought this yarn on my trip to New York with my dad for my 21st birthday. It’s super soft and nice and warm. Baby won’t have any troubles with cold feet whilst wearing these!

Pattern: Toasty toes baby booties by Samantha Blake. The pattern is well written and very clear. It’s almost magical to see the shape of the bootie emerging as you’re knitting.The pattern has you knit the booties flat and seam up the back and bottom after you’re done knitting. Very easy and suitable for beginners.

Needles: 3.0 mm needles

Yarn: Frog Tree Pediboo in 1110 Grey. This is 80% merino and 20% bamboo. Very soft and yet sturdy. This is a sport weight and the pattern is written for a fingering weight, so my FO ended up a size bigger.

Experience: I’m pretty sure I won’t be knitting this pattern again. This is completely on me and not on the pattern as it’s very well written. I hadn’t really realised that because it was knit flat I would send up having to seam the bootie. The seam bothers me. I think next time I need some booties I’d prefer to just knit them in the round. Knitting this project really messed up my hands. I ended up with Carpal tunnel and had to stop knitting for a week. I get withdrawals if i don;t knit every day. It was horrible. Again, my fault. I was too lazy to grab my single needles so used 2 short dpn’s an squished the project on there. Bad idea. I ended up clenching them rather tightly and with stitches almost flying off every row.

The end result is more than I had hoped after my experiences whilst knitting. They’re cute and you can’t feel the seam when you’re “wearing” them (could’t try this out of course, so my hands tested them haha).

On to the big!

New socks! My second pair of plain vanilla socks. Vanilla really does seem to be something I like. It’s very calming and relaxed. No need to constantly check the pattern or count stitches.

Pattern: Afterthought heel socks by Laura Linneman. I used the pattern for the directions for the afterthought heel and the toe. I made the 64 stitch size, but it was a little roomy. Next time I’ll make the 56 stitch size again as these seem to fit better (For my painting socks I used the same pattern in the smaller size).

Needles: 2.25 karbonz double points

Yarn: Handed by MJ sokkenwol (local Indie dyer) self striping. 420 meters per 100 grams.

Experience: Heaven. The stripes made knitting on these socks very addictive and fun. I kept saying just one more row, just one more row. An hour later I’d still be knitting. As I said they’re a little roomy, but it’s not very troubling.

That’s it for today! I hope to be able to share another FO this week. It’s a project that has been in progress/hibernation for the last 1,5 years. It just needs a very rigorous blocking and then it’ll be done!

Love,

Renée

Zig Zag Phone Sweater

Hello Everyone!

I have a new pattern to share with you today. I finally started the process of getting 5 new patterns published and today the fist one has gone online!

The pattern is the Zig Zag Phone Sweater.

This is a super cute little sweater for your phone. Besides making your phone look amazing, the zig zag phone sweater also keeps your phone from getting scratched in your bag. Your phone won’t be getting cold!
This is a quick and easy project. Perfect for people new to colour work!

The pattern can be made to fit pretty much any phone, but is written to fit an iPhone 4s. Instructions are given to increase height and width of the phone sweater. Gauge isn’t very important for this project.

The pattern is available for €3,00 on Ravelry and LoveKnitting.

Love, Renée