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.

 

The Lazy knitter podcast – episode 4

Hello Everyone!

Here are the show notes for episode 4 of The Lazy Knitter podcast. This week we passed a 100 subscribers and I had a lot to talk about. I had a bit of technical trouble recording the podcast, but it all worked out in the end! I hope you enjoy the episode!

Where to find me?

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

Shopping

  • Cascade Yarns Heritage paints in tonal green.
  • Several balls of Made by Me (action) “Multi” and “Twisted”.
  • Large project bag by Thimbleandthreadmake on Etsy.

Finished objects

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

Knitting goals for the week

  • Get serpentine pattern finished and start testing.
  • Write up pattern for thistle sock.
  • Cast on second unnamed sock.
  • Knit on my Molly Weasley blanket.

Thanks for watching and see you next week!

Love,

Renée

 

Casting on: Design in progress

Hello Everyone!

First off let me say, I have been blow away by the lovely, kind and encouraging responses to my first ever pattern! Honestly, it has made my week. And apart from making me feel good, I hope it also makes those who have downloaded it feel good when they hook it up. Because if you enjoy what I created, pfieuw! That would be amazing! I was so encouraged, that I have already started on my second design. Apart from it not being a doily this time, it’s not a crochet pattern, but it’s a knitting pattern! And because everyone has been so encouraging, i thought a little sneak peek was in order….

Et voila! As you can see I’m using a tweed like beige yarn. I’m loving it so far, it’s working up quick and easy. This new pattern is going to be perfect for beginner knitters as it doesn’t require a lot of knowledge about knitting yet. Probably also the reason I feel comfortable designing something like this!  The yarn is soft and a pleasure to work with. I think I need to go get some more of this soon! (mom, if you’re reading this… i’lll use up some stash first!) For those interested, it’s Zeeman Tweed. It’s acrylic, but as this design needs to be worn next to your skin, this is a plus. It’s not itchy, can be washed and is super duper soft!

And… any ideas what it’s going to be yet? I’m very curious to hear what your guess is!

Love, Renée

ps. My first pattern is free until midnight on the 27th of August… If you haven’t downloaded it yet, go check it out!

I wrote my first pattern!

Hello Everyone!

Sorry for my absence, but I swear I have a very good reason. This past week I have been very busy designing my first pattern! And today is the day… I finished it and it has been uploaded to Ravelry! Yahoooo! I’m going to celebrate with a beer and some popcorn. Paired with a few more episodes of Charmed (I have seen them a million times, but I still love all the episodes!)

This is my French Doily. I love it. It’s a bit of a mix between modern (the triangles go perfectly with the current aztec trend) and old fashioned (the scallops, the netting, etc. All so very doily-esque!) It would look very fun under a vase or trinket or just on it’s own on a table or sideboard. I’m going to make several doilies in this same yarn and colour and freeform them together to form a bohemian tablecloth. All shapes and sizes are perfect for this project! The fun thing about this doily is that you don’t have to limit yourself at all, you can use any yarn (with the appropriate hook) to change it’s appearance! As a matter of a fact I might hook up a huge one (bulky yarn, or several strands of DK held double) for a bath mat! Imagine how soft and squishy it will be under your feet!

I hooked up the sample in a lace weight yarn with a 2.5 mm hook and that gave the following result. Compared to my hand it looks quite big (and my arm looks tan and my nail polish is so cheery)!

This doily was inspired by some crochet pieces my mom brought back from a trip to France, hence the name, French doily. I also like to think that the French are stylish, old fashioned and yet modern.

You can find the patten in my Ravelry shop, right here. It’s going to be €1,50, but the first 24 downloaders can get it for free with the coupon code FIRST20.

To illustrate the importance of blocking, here’s a photo of the doily pre-blocking:

And a photo during blocking:

The blocking really helps open the netting sections!

I love it!  What do you guys think?

Love, Renée

ps. So pleased! While typing this post it has already been downloaded 4 times, whieeee! 😀

Aztec Monochrome

Hey Everyone!

It’s almost easter!!! So today I bring you… something totally not easter related lol! Yeah. Easter at my house just means good food and a lot of chocolate. And some decorations around the house, but this year we sort of… forgot. Oops.

Today I will be sharing a nail art I made last week. And I suppose you could make something like this with pastels and it would be okay for easter! So maybe still a little easter related!

I used some brand new polishes:

Goddess by Orly is my base colour. This is my first Orly polish and I must say I really really love it. The coverage and wear is amazing. It applies like a dream. I want more!

After applying goddess I used 319 by Kiko to freehand a Aztec design on my nails. Even on my right hand (I’m right-handed) and I’m surprised at how well it came out. It was actually hard to see a difference between my two hands! Or well… harder than usual anyway!

Left hand

Left hand

Left hand with flash

Right hand

Right hand thumb

What do you think?

Lots of love,

Renée

 

ps. Please ignore the horrid state of my cuticles. I’ve been neglecting them and they are a mess. They’re looking a lot better already!

Casting on: Not so business casual

Hello Everyone,

I mentioned them briefly in my Project Mania post, but on the 13th of March I cast on my second pair of socks! The first socks I ever made, I made in February and they were plain basic socks. I loved the process so much that I had been itching to try a more intricate sock with a pattern. When I stumbled across the perfect pattern, Business Casual by Tanis Lavallee, I couldn’t resist any longer. Even with all my other projects, I picked out some fun (and very bright) sock yarn and cast on.

Example sock – Tanis Lavallee

Casting on

The yarn I’m using is Strengels Acrylgaren in the colour 103. It’s a really really bright variegated yarn with pink, red, purples and a neon orange. I’m using a ball (50 grams/ 125 meters) per sock, so 2 balls total.

And this is my progress so far.

Not so business casual

Not os business casual

I’ve done ten rows of ribbing, one full pattern repeat and am halfway through the second repeat. The pattern suggests 3 repeats, but I’m only going to do 2. I have slightly less yarn than recommended by the pattern and don’t want to run out near the end. If in the end this leaves leftovers I can just use these for hexipuffs!

The pattern looks tricky, but is actually really easy to do! You just have to keep counting and remember which row you’re on. I’m really enjoying knitting these!

Lots of Love,

Renée