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.

 

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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

Pattern: French Doily

Hello,

Today I’m showing you my French Doily.

The French Doily is a traditional crochet item with a modern twist. For a more traditional look crochet it in white. This lovely doily was inspired by some crochet pieces my mother brought back from a trip to France. They were so pretty and intricate and urged me to create this doily.

It uses the basic crochet stitches such as:
single crochet,
double crochet,
treble crochet,
slip stitch,
and chains.

It uses American crochet stitches and has written instructions.

To purchase this pattern head on over to the Ravelry pattern page. You will be able to download the pattern there for the small price of €3,50. The pattern is also available on Loveknitting.

I hope you like it!

Love, Renée

Pattern: Imperial Star

Hello,

On this page I will share my Imperial Star pattern (clicking this link will take you to the Ravelry pattern page) with you. This is a pattern for a fancy star shaped crochet motif. This cute star can be used in many different ways. I have used mine as coasters (they even fit the huge glasses we have here at home!), but they could also be hooked in a bulkier yarn to make a nice trivet or potholder. And if hooked in Red or white and sprayed with spray starch they make great ornaments for your christmas tree. Or hook them in lots of different colours and make a garland! The options are endless.

The motif has a floral centre and has a slightly hexagonal shape.

This motif uses American crochet terms.

Materials:

  • A crochet hook (of a size that matches your yarn, I used a 3 mm hook for the samples)
  • Cotton yarn. For the samples I used Anna Og Claras Bomuldsgarn from Søstrene Grene in several colours.
  • Scissors

Stitches used:

blo     = This stitch is worked through the back loop of the stitches in the

previous round.

ch     = Chain

dc     = Double crochet

hdc   = Half double crochet

sc     = Single crochet

sk st = Skip stitch

sl kn = Slip knot

sl st = Slipstitch

sp     = Space

tr     = Treble crochet

(…)   = Stitches in this section all go into the same stitch or space.

[…] x = This section is repeated. The number following the x represents the

number of times it needs to be repeated.

Pattern:

Note: Some rounds use both stitches through back loop as well as regular stitches!

Make a sl kn, ch 6 and sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: ch 3, 14 dc into ring, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 3.

Round 2: ch 6, dc in same sp, [ch 1, sk 2 st, dc, ch 3, dc] x 4, ch 1 join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 6.

Round 3: sl st into ch 3 sp, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc), [sc into ch 1 sp, (3 dc into ch 3 sp, ch 1, 3 dc)] x 4, sc into ch 1 sp, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 3.

Round 4: ch 3, 2 dc blo, ch 2, sk 1 st, 3 dc blo, [hdc, 3 dc blo, ch 2, sk 1 st, 3 dc blo] x 4, hdc, join with sc to 3rd ch of beginning ch 3.

Round 5: 2 sc, (2 dc, tr, ch 2, tr, 2 dc), 4 sc, [3 sc, (2 dc, tr, ch 2, tr, 2 dc), 4 sc] x 4, join with sc to 1st sc.

Round 6: sc, 3 hdc, (dc, ch 2, dc, ch 3, dc, ch 2, dc), 3 hdc, 3 sc, ch 3, sc into 1st ch, sk st, [3 sc, 3 hdc, (dc, ch 2, dc, ch 3, dc, ch 2, dc), 3 hdc, 3 sc, ch 3, sc into 1st ch, sk st] x 4 Join with sl st to first sc. Cut yarn and bind off.

Blocking brings out the best in this motif, but isn’t required, a good stretch does just as well.

I hope you enjoy the pattern!

Love, Renée

ps. Click here to download the pattern.

Freebies!

Hello Everyone,

Just a very quick post to let you all know that I’ve made 3 out of my 4 (so far anyway) patterns completely free!

They are:

Imperial Star

Anouk Headband

Seedling Cowl

They used to be paid patterns, but I decided that since I was such a newbie at designing (even though I got them all tested) I wanted them to be free. The cowl and headband are pretty basic so there are a lot of similar patterns out there so it just doesn’t make sense to charge. All I ask is that if you use these patterns to create items for sale is that you credit me for the pattern.

Love, Renée

Tadaa: Imperial Star, a new design!

Hello Everyone,

I recently released a new pattern, but I only just realized that I never wrote about it here. The design is called Imperial Star and you can find it on Ravelry here. it cost 0,50 euros. It’s pretty versatile. I use mine (i have 6 in all different colours) as coasters. But you could also make them in gold, silver, white or red and use them to decorate for Christmas. hang them in the tree or make a garland. Use a fatter yarn and a bigger crochet hook and you have an awesome potholder or trivet.

What do you think?

Love, Renée

WIP Wednesday: The Monster

Hello Everyone,

One of the first projects I wrote about here, in fact one of my first real project ever(!), is nearing it’s end. It’s almost been a year. Sometimes I’ve worked on it a lot, sometimes it was lying dormant for months. A row here and a row there and suddenly it was the right size for my bed.

I’m slowly starting the border! My first and longest wii isn’t going to reach the 1 year mark! Yes!

I’ve also been making some great progress on my Smaug socks. I’ve finished the first sock and have done about 5 rounds of the cuff on sock number 2. The pictures above are from a little before that. I’m loving the combination between this colourway and the pattern. it really looks like a dragon. I was originally making these for me, but my sister really likes them so I’ve promised them to her.

Love, Renée

ps. Linking up with Tami’s Amis!