The Lazy Knitter Podcast – episode 3

Hello everyone!

Thanks again for all the lovely comments and responses to the second episode. This week is a little shorter (it’s so close to the next episode due to the delay that I kept it a little shorter. i’ll go more into detail next episode!) and slightly delayed due to illness. I recorded with my phone and an external microphone for the first time so I’m very curious to hear what you think of it!

Here are the show notes for the third episode of The lazy Knitter podcast.

Where to find me?

  • Instagram: renee_kies.
  • Ravelry: Alazybeauty.
  • Youtube channel: The Lazy Knitter
  • My designs: Renée Kies

Finished objects

I also show off my (finally!) blocked Waiting for rain shawl.

Works in progress

  • Vanilla socks: No specific pattern. Will do a traditional afterthought heel. Yarn is Regia by Arne & Carlos in colorway Star night (3653). Knit on 2.5 mm needles (US 1.5).
  • Thistle socks: own design. Yarn is World of yarn, the knitting traveler limited edition, colourway Frozen Rainbows. Knit on 2.5 mm needles (US 1.5).
  • Unnamed socks: own design. main yarn is G-B Wolle sprint in 685 (grey). CC1: Opal for Ladies & Gentlemen in Lebendig. CC2: Rico design Superba 100 Klassik 4-fädig in 103. CC3: ONline Linie 3 Supersocke 100 in 61. CC4: Drops Fabel in 111. Knit on 2.5 mm needles (US 1.5). Looking for name suggestions. If I pick your suggestion you get a free pattern of your choice from my Ravelry store.

Knitting plans

  • Finish the second thistle sock.
  • Finish the second unnamed sock.
  • Write out charts for Serpentine pattern.
  • Take pretty project pictures (serpentine, waiting for rain, all the dishcloths).
  • Get Serpentine pattern into testing.

That’s all for this week! See you next episode!

Love,

Renée

The Lazy Knitter – episode 2

Hello Everyone!

Yay! Episode 2! Let me start off by thanking everyone who commented here, on Youtube or on Instagram! It’s been absolutely amazing to see you all as excited about this as I am. It had me very motivated and excited to get to work on this second episode. I have a bunch of changes and improvements planned and will be implementing those over the next few episodes. One of the changes this episode was a proper intro and the new segment “Snippets”. I hope you enjoy this episode!

Where to find me?

  • Instagram: renee_kies.
  • Ravelry: Alazybeauty.
  • Youtube channel: The Lazy Knitter
  • My designs: Renée Kies

Finished Objects

Works in progress

  • The almost washed lost cloth: pattern is the almost lost washcloth by Julie Tarsha (free on Ravelry). Yarn is Action “multi”, 100 % cotton (fingering weight). Knit on 3.0 mm needles (US 2.5).
  • Fox paws cowl: pattern is fox paws by Xandy Peters. Yarn is Artesano Alpaca Silk 4 ply in Fawn, Robins egg, Violet Blue, and Signal blue. Modified by starting with a provisional cast on. Will finish by grafting ends together to create a cowl. Also only using 4 colors and will keep the same order of colors throughout. Knit on 3.5 mm (US 4).
  • Vanilla socks: No specific pattern. Will do a traditional afterthought heel. Yarn is Regia by Arne & Carlos in colorway Star night (3653). Knit on 2.5 mm needles (US 1.5).

Weekly goals

  • Cast on variegated sock design.
  • Cast on lace sock design.
  • Finish writing up Serpentine pattern.
  • Start testing for Serpentine.
  • Take pictures of recent wips and FO’s (my ravelry project page is looking bare!)
  • Block waiting for rain shawl.
  • Record more snippets during the week.

I hope you enjoyed this episode. See you again next week!

 

Love, Renée

 

The Lazy Knitter – episode 1

Hello Everyone!

I finally started my podcast, The Lazy Knitter Podcast!

Here are the show notes for this very first episode:

Where to find me?

My favorites

Finished Objects

Works in progress

Spinning

  • Elfenwolle merino nylon blend. Colorway Dünenmaus. Aiming for a 3 ply.

Shopping

Weekly goals

  • Finish first Serpentine sock.
  • Write up pattern for serpentine.
  • Start testing for serpentine.
  • Knit more squares into my blanket.
  • Pick up woodrush cardigan.

I hope you enjoyed this first episode!

Love, Renée

Tadaa: My first yarn!

Hello Everyone!

In November I got a Louet S10 spinning wheel for my birthday. It needed some “quick” repairs to get it functioning but I had wanted a wheel for ages (I thought it would suit me better than a spindle) and was very glad to get my hands on this one.

The quick repairs ended up being a bit more involved than we had anticipated so I had to wait a little longer before i could start spinning with it. My dad laid the last hand on the wheel during the Christmas holidays so it’s now in perfect working order.

This led to me giving spinning on a wheel a first shot on the 4th of January and spinning my first yarn!

This is the roving I used. It’ a 100 grams of 100% merino and consists of several strands of different colours of purple. I split the braid in half lengthwise. I spun the first half randomly and the second half I split according to the colors and spun from dark to light. I then plied the 2 singles together.

I ended up with this:

I was pretty excited to finish my first wheel spun yarn so wanted to knit with it immediately. I wanted to knit a relatively simple pattern to give the yarn  chance to shine and because more complicated patterns would likely be completely swallowed by the slightly thick and thin nature of the yarn. I ended up going with the Handbrake Cowl by Kay and Dan Jones (you know, those 2 from the Bakery bears podcast? Which I love by the way!) because I had the right  yardage (maybe a tiny bit more).

And this is the result!

The patterning is a little harder to see in real life than in the picture, but it is visible. If you’re close to the cowl you just need to squint a little to see it.

You can see the slight gradient much better in reality than in this picture. Camera’s always seem to have some trouble with purple and this cowl is PURPLE. It is really really bright. The bottom garter border is completely in the light section and the top border is almost completely in the darkest color.  The middle section colors are more similar so the transition is a little harder to see there.

I’m really pleased with the finished result! It’s cool to see the cowl and really that I spun and knit it! It’s very soft and very cozy and warm. especially now that it’s cold I do see myself wearing this a lot.

Next project: Trying to spin a sock yarn!

Love, Renée

Pattern: Shifting Rib iPad Sleeve

Hello Everyone!

A few days ago I released my latest pattern: The shifting rib iPad sleeve.

Shifting Rib Ipad sleeve with buttoned flap

I already have 2 other iPad sleeve pattern s out there, but those are both colorwork and I wanted a different option out there for those of you who don’t like stranded colorwork. I wanted to keep it simple with a rib, but didn’t want the knitting to get dull (because knitting inches upon inches op ribbing does unfortunately get a little boring!) so opted for this shifting rib. The rib makes the sleeve very stretchy.

Here’s the information from the pattern page (click here):

The Shifting Rib iPad sleeve is very stretchy due to the ribbed texture. The iPad sleeve would work well in both variegated and solids yarns. The shifting of the rib creates a texture that is interesting to look at, yet simple to knit.

The pattern includes instructions for 2 different styles of flap: an envelope style flap that closes by tucking the flap in or a buttoned flap. Sample has an envelope style flap.

This pattern was written for a iPad 1,2,3, and 4 and iPad Air. Instructions are given to change the height and width of the ipad sleeve.
Measurements of iPad 2:
Height: 241 mm (9.50 inch)
Width: 186 mm (7.31 inch)
Depth: 8.6 mm (0.34 inch)

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch and 7 rows per inch in stockinette (worked flat).

Pattern is written. Pattern is 2 pages long.

The pattern is 3 euros (excluding VAT for those of us in the EU).

I actually ended up liking this one more than the colorwork ones. I think it’s the cute buttons I used. The reddish pink is such a nice contrast to the light green. And because they’re mismatched it’s a bit more playful.

What do you think of the shifting rib iPad sleeve?

Love, Renée

2016 Crafting goals

Hello Everyone,

Like most people do at the beginning of January I have come up with some goals to start the year with. I already blogged about my biggest goal for the year: improving my health. Unfortunately I haven’t started off too grand and have been feeling rather blah this first week. I had several migraine attacks, accidentally ate spoiled yoghurt (stupid!) and have been really really tired. I feel like all I’ve done is sleep! This also means that i’ve been too tired to really take my goal of eating better seriously and have quickly stumbled back into my old rhythm. Even though I bought plenty of healthy food, i’ve been too tired to cook so have jumped to easy quick meals (a microwave meal that I needed to finish, soup, a ready made salad, etc). It also shows in other aspects of my life, my apartment could use a vacuum and the bathroom needs a bit of cleaning. But i think i’ll start by washing the dishes as i’m out of forks and plates and it’s stacking up. Stupidly I always hate doing the dishes and put it off, when it’s 15 minutes of work and when my kitchen is clean I feel much better. So i’m giving myself a kick in the pants as I’m sitting here typing: tomorrow I do the dishes (and something fun! read on to learn what), Saturday i’m signing up at the gym and going for a run (I found an app that sounds perfect and very motivating, if i like it i’ll post about it!) and Sunday is cleaning day.

But my life is not going to be all about my health this year. I want to do more fun things (an some necessary things that will be fun once i’m done with them, like finishing up the last few courses of my Business Economics study and getting my bachelors!). If you’ve been following this blog you’ll know that I knit and crochet. I also got my first spinning wheel and have started spinning! I also design my own patterns and sell them on Ravelry. I have some goals I would like to achieve this year and those are what I’m going to be sharing with you this year.

Crafty goals:

  • Try brioche
  • Knit at least 20 pairs of socks (in 2015 I managed 18 and I can definitely manage more!
  • Knit/Crochet from stash. I have too much stash for my storage and need to downsize a little.
  • Yarn no-buy: This is related to the previous goal. Until I size my stash down a bit I can’t buy more yarn. Depending on how much I use up in 6 months I might lengthen this to a year. I did add a few caveats to this: If it’s special and limited edition (meaning I can’t get it after. But this can’t be more than 5 skeins for the whole year of 2 for 6 months. This doesn’t include fiber, I hardly have fiber and seeing how much i’ve spun in the first 3 days since I first sat down at my wheel I’m going to work through what I have fast!
  • Do more crochet! Last year I was mainly focussed on knitting and I feel like i’m forgetting how to crochet. I want to do some more crochet and rediscover my love for it.
  • Finish a wip: my floral fantasy blanket.
  • Spin and knit a pair of handspun socks.

Floral Fantasy

Floral Fantasy

Designing goals:

  • I want to publish at least 1 design a month, so 12 throughout the year. More is even better!
  • Finish updating all my patterns to the new and improved format.
  • Get a logo made.
  • Design a sock collection of 7 patterns.
  • Design a cowl.
  • Submit at least 1 design to a 3rd party.
  • Upload patterns properly to Loveknitting and look into other platforms.

I also have some goals related to the ones I have mentioned so far or that don’t really fall into these 2 categories.

  • Blog regularly! I like blogging, so I should just do it. I’m not going to stress about writing perfectly. This is a personal blog, expect personal writings, knitting and all things that interest me. I’m aiming for a minimum of 1 post per week, but would prefer to do more. But let’s just see if I can manage that before I set the bar to high and ignore the blog for another year.
  • Start a podcast!!! I love watching podcasts and for a few months now I’ve been thinking about starting my own. It just looks so fun! I’m actually recording my first episode tomorrow!
  • Update blog and work on a nice lay out.

This is all I can think of right now! Still quite the list haha!

Love, Renée

2015 Crafty Round up

Hello Everyone,

Because i’ve been absent for the blog for most of 2015 you have no idea what I’ve been making. (Unless you follow me on Instagram, i’m pretty active there! In the top right you can see my latest instagram photo!). Today I’ll show you what my favourites were!

My Arne and Carlos Socks

My Arne and Carlos socks are a firm favourite. I don’t have many vanilla socks, but in 2015 I discovered I really enjoy a nice plain sock every now and then. I love this colorway (Regia Design line by Arne & Carlos in colour 03654). I think these may be my fastest socks ever, they only took me 5 days!

Project page: here.

Promovendus socks

2015 was quite special design wise. I released 10 new patterns and released my very first (but not last!) sock pattern: Promovendus socks. The idea for these socks had been lying around for almost a year before I got around to it and they turned out so much better than I could have imagined. It’s really fun to see others knitting a pattern you wrote. I actually knit 2 pairs of Promovendus socks. My sister liked the pair above a  lot and suggested I make her a black pair with good beads. I pretended to blow her off, “no time, black yarn on black needles is hard…” (I prefer knitting on my Karbonz double point and those are black). And then proceeded to surprise her with them for christmas!

Pattern: Promovendus – Renée Kies.

Project page: here and here.

Malabrigo ski bonnet

My Malabrigo Ski Bonnet was another favourite this year. I had never knit a bonnet before because I thought the shape wouldn’t look good on me. After knitting this one I want to knit many more, this style of hat is so comfortable! The yarn I used is special to me as I bought it in New York when I was there with my dad for my 21st birthday.

Pattern: Neon Ski Bonnet – Lacey Volk.

Project page: here.

Snuggles jacket

2015 saw me finally finishing my Snuggles jacket. I had bought the yarn about 1,5 years ago, cast on immediately and then never touched it again. This year I ripped it out (which is quite a challenge with bouclé yarn!) and started over. I finally managed to finish it and am very please with the end result! I have yet to wear it though….

Pattern: 142-21 Snuggles jacket and neck warmer – DROPS design.

Project page: here.

 

I have a lot of other fun projects that i’m proud of, but these are my absolute favourites. What’s your favourite project from 2015?

Love, Renée