The Lazy Knitter – episode 6

Hello Everyone,

I’m so sorry for being so slow in getting this episodes’s show notes up! I hope you enjoyed the episode and if you haven’t watched it yet I have linked the video here below.

Where to find me?

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

Finished objects

  • Molly weasley blanket: no real pattern, knit using fingering weight yarn scraps and minis. Knit on 2.75 mm needles (US 2).
  • 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).

Works in progress

Cast on all the things.

Spinning

Knitting plans

  • all about the spinning this week due to Tour de Fleece
  • Cast on a new design
  • Finish soleado mitts?
  • Continue test for exploding lines

 

The Lazy Knitter podcast – episode 5

Hello Everyone!

Time flies when you’re having fun: episode 5 already! I feel like this week really had me feeling a lot more comfortable in front of the camera. There’s a lot of random chatter and quite some yarn shopping. As well as finished objects, designer chatter and works in progress.

Where to find me?

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

Finished objects

  • Molly weasley blanket: no real pattern, knit using fingering weight yarn scraps and minis. Knit on 2.75 mm needles (US 2).
  • Jumping stones dishcloth: own design. Action Made by me Multi. 100% cotton yarn (fingering weight). Knit on 3.00 mm (US2.5) needles.
  • Exploding lines dishcloth: own design. Action Made by me Multi. 100% cotton yarn (fingering weight). Knit on 3.00 mm (US2.5) needles.
  • Blocked waves: 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).

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).
  • Fox paws cowl: pattern is fox paws by Xandy Peters (paid pattern). 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).
  • Woodrush cardigan: pattern is woodrush cardigan by Allison Green (paid pattern). Knit in Zeeman Royal in grey. Knit on 4.5 mm (US 7) needles.

Shopping

Knitting plans

  • Cast on 1 secret sock design.
  • Do some crochet.
  • Finish Jumping stones test.
  • Continue Serpentine test.

 

Pattern: Alpine Comfort

Hello,

I hope you’re all having a wonderful day? Mine was pretty damn good! We had the final presentation for the adopt-a-text project (more on this soon, for now you just need to know it was a uni project and very fun!) and I felt surprisingly well today. I am of course dead tired now, but from laughing a lot instead of being dead on my feet after getting dressed in the morning. I know what I prefer!

Today I also have a new pattern to show you. It’s paid so you can’t download it here, but you can find it on Ravelry.

 

Alpine Comfort is a cozy cabled headband. It reminds of sipping cocktails at the après ski or zooming down the slopes. Whatever you’re doing, Alpine Comfort is sure to keep your ears warm!

The cables are pretty basic and should be easy enough for first time cable knitters whilst still being a interesting (although quick) knit for more advanced knitters.
You do need to know how to do a provisional cast-on and how to kitchener the headband closed.

The pattern has been fully written, but has also been charted. You can pick the version you’re most comfortable working with.

You’ll need 5.5 mm needles and aran weight yarn.

The price of the pattern is €3,00 (€3,40 on Loveknitting due to the exchange rate).

Love, Renée

Casting on: Rainbow Pipeline Socks

Hello Everyone,

The third round of this years Sockmadness is upon is. And this new pattern has been giving me headaches. It’s super pretty, but it includes many elements with which I have zero experience. Uni has also started back up again, so it’s been a busy week. With my health acting up again, I have had to put the blog on the back burner for the week. But I’m back into the thick of things at uni and have figured out how the Sockmadness pattern works and mastered most of the new things (some still await though). So I’m going to be blogging a bit more again!

My hair is currently under a turban made with aluminum foil. I’m dyeing my hair blue again (it was long overdue for some attention to my roots and the blue had almost completely faded). To help the dye set i’m wearing tinfoil on my head. It helps to keep the warmth from my head in and that helps the dye set. I’ve used a different mix of dyes than last time, that was a little to green for me, so I’m hoping this color will be bluer and stay that way. In the future I can do a post sharing my experiences with weird colors perhaps. I really really like those dyes!

Back to my socks. The pattern is Rainbow Pipes and Linenstitch socks by Aurélie Colas. It’s gorgeous and I’m having a great time so far. These are proving a real learning experience. I’d never done linen stitch before, never done color work before and have never had a cuff that folds over. I’ve also never done i cords of have to attach buttons. So still 2 new challenges ahead!

Here’s my progress so far:

The colors I’m using. I didn’t have enough sock yarn scraps to use as the 7 (!!!) contrast colors, but a lovely other member of the challenge was kind enough to send these to me. I love them. This kind of color palette is my favorite as it includes my 2 favorite colors: blue and green.  The main color is a very very dark navy. It’s the same as the yarn i made my Shreddies with!

Knitting on the train…

Love,

Renée

Tadaa: Diamond Shreddies

Hello Everyone,

I have a finished object to share with you of which I am particularly proud. Te finished result probably won’t look all that special as I have made socks before. No, this project is special because of the process of knitting this one. It was hard. Harder than your average sock pattern. There were times when I seriously considered giving up and frogging the entire thing. This project was painful both physical and mentally.

I’m talking about my Diamond Shreddies. these were the socks we had to knit in the second round of Sock Madness (see my round 1 sock madness socks here). Because of the competition there were certain requirements your socks had to meet. You weren’t allowed to change the pattern and there was a minimum of rows you had to knit. The pattern was written with a tiny gauge of 9 stitches per inch and 15 rows per inch. To get this gauge I had to knit as tightly as possible on 2.0 mm needles. I really wanted to make gauge for these socks as I wanted them to fit me and people had said that without at least approaching gauge the socks would be too big. Mine ended up fitting perfectly, so they were worth the hard journey. I just don’t think I’ll be making another pair very soon!

The stats

Pattern: Diamond Shreddies by Carrie van Kessel. The pattern has you cast on a very large amount of stitches, but because of the tiny gauge they end up fitting. I usually wear a 56 stitch sock and these were a little tight, but i did end up with a slightly tighter gauge than suggested.

Yarn: Aldi/Hofer Sokkenwol. This is sock yarn that I bought at Aldi in a pack of 4 (2x 50 gram balls in 2 colors) for 5 euros. Considering it’s so cheap I wasn’t expecting too much. Turns out it’s pretty great! My socks ended up soft and feel like they will never wear out. They’re sturdy! The leg, due to the small gauge, could actually stand on it’s own…

Needles: 2.00 mm aluminum 4 inch/10 cm dpns by Addi. I had started with 15 cm bamboo dpns, but ended up snapping 2. I ordered the Addi’s thinking 10cm was the same size, but ended up liking the shorter size. It didn’t hurt my hands as much as the bamboo ones which were very sharp and harder to hold.

Love,

Renée

Time: I started these on March 21st and finished them on April 4th. They have been in time-out several times during this time as I needed to wait for my new needles and  because my hands were just to sore.

Experience: The finished socks are nice and pretty comfortable, but I’m not sure I enjoyed knitting them. I like the experience of knitting for sock madness and being in a team, but the socks themselves weren’t fun. The tight tension really did me in. It made my fingers hurt after just one row of knitting and I could only knit an hour at most in one sitting. My hands and right elbow are still sore and I expect it will take a while to fade completely. I usually love cables, but because these were so tight I dreaded them. But: the resulting socks are really comfortable and very soft.

Yarn along: Sock Madness round 2!

Hello Everyone,

Unfortunately my health still hasn’t been improving as much as i had hoped. The exhaustion is still quite extreme. Couple that with the usual exam stress and studying I haven’t had much time to do anything except eat, sleep and study. Thankfully I’ve now had 2 exams and I think I have passed them both. I have a little breather this afternoon. Tomorrow it’s back to my studies, but for now I have some time to blog!

When I have some time to relax for a bit I have been picking up my sock madness socks, my Diamond Shreddies. I’ve finished the first sock and am halfway through the heel flap on the second sock.

This pattern is still a bit of a challenge. i love the finished socks, but they’re so hard to make! They’re worked over 80 stitches and in a tiny gauge. My hands start hurting after only a round and I have to stop after about 15 minutes or they’ll stay painful.

The yarn I’m using is pretty decent when you consider the price (I bought a pack of 4 50 gram balls for 5 euros). I use one 50 gram ball per sock. The ball of yarn for the first sock was really good. It had one teeny tiny knot, but that’s perfectly acceptable. This second ball is a whole different story! It’s full of weird sections that you can’t use. I’ve taken to cutting them out, but there’s so many of these bits that I’m worried I might not have enough. Thankfully I have some leftovers from the  first sock just in case. But it’s seriously annoying!

I’m hoping to get some good progress in, but we’ll just have to see. there’s still twenty spots left in my team so I have a pretty decent chance to advance!

What are you working on?

Love, Renée

ps. Linking up With Tami’s Amis and Ginny!

Yarn Along: An old wip

Hello Everyone,

After finishing a wip (more on friday) that has been languishing in the box of (temporarily) forgotten and out of favor wips, I needed a new project. I could have cast on the second sock of my Thorin socks, but with the next round of Sockmadness starting any day now it didn’t seem wise. It would lay half-done whilst i got sucked into the insanity and would keep me from using those needles. And using deferent needles for the second sock also didn’t feel very smart, as these needles hurt my hands more and would change my tension. So I went bag to the box of ignored things and pulled out another old project. I started it on august 30th of 2013, less long ago than I thought! I worked on it for about 2 weeks without distrations and then got bored of the grey yarn and the endless stockinette. But I want to cut down on the number of wips. I’ve noticed that I feel a lot better if i start something and then work (almost) solely on that project until it’s finished. I would like to keep my number of wips to 3 max.

I’m working on my effortless cardigan. It’s exactly what the doctor ordered, some mindless knitting with the occasional increase/decrease row. I’m almost done with the body. I’ve another  13 rows to go in the increase section and then need to figure out what length I would prefer (I’m thinking of making it a little longer than the pattern says). Then on to sleeves and the border. I started this with a cheap but very soft yarn. I think it will be very nice to cuddle up in during the summer nights.

This is an old picture, but there’s honestly not much different to be seen yet (not even in reality, that feels so frustrating! Like i’m knitting with invisible yarn…). The body is a little longer, but squashed on a circular that looks rather unimpressive.

Love, Renée

ps. Linking up with Tami’s Amis and Yarn Along.