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

 

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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

Pattern: Aztec Phone Sweater

Hello Everone!

I recently released a few new patterns and just realised that I never shared them here. Something I am intent on fixing, so for i’ll be sharing my latest patterns here shortly.

Today i’ll be sharing the Aztec Phone Sweater!

The aztec phone sweater is a nice way to protect your phone from scratches and falls. It provides a nice cushion as well as making your phone look good!
The fairisle pattern is interesting to look at and depending on the colours you use can be either wild and colourful or more muted.
A quick, easy and fun project!

This would make a perfect project for people new to colorwork.

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.

Measurements of iPhone 4S:

Height: 4.5 inches (115.2 mm)
Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
Depth: 0.37 inch (9.3 mm)

You’ll need 2 colours of fingering weight yarn, a tapestry needle and a set of double point needles or circular needles in size 2.5 mm (US 1,5) and 2.75 (US 2).

The pattern is available on Ravelry and LoveKnitting.

Love, Renée

Casting on: Another gift

Hello Everyone,

I’ve been way too silent for way to long again! School has swallowed me up and is refusing to spit me back out. Today I managed to escape and will be reporting about one of my newest projects. A project that I am thoroughly enjoying now, after being a bit blah about it for a while.

I needed a gift for one of my best friends who has recently moved in with her boyfriend and whose birthday is coming up. After the debut of my first handmade gift (My cowl and headband set) I had indicated that I would like to make something for her as well and luckily she seemed open to the idea! So we chatted about it a bit and she said she would really like a creme/off white cowl. So I got to work last Sunday! I had spent ages looking for the perfect yarn. It was either too expensive (if I purchased from the store), too hard to care for (People my age don’t really do hand washing) or I didn’t have enough. I finally found some yarn and it just clicked. This would be great! I paired a 10% mohair, 90% acrylic with a pretty halo (extremely soft) with a regular DK acrylic. Using these two together I had a bulky enough yarn to knit a pattern I wanted to make, the etive cowl by Littletheorem on Ravelry. I had seen this pattern and it looked to be a perfect match. it looks complicated, but it’s a fast and easy knit. Just what I was looking for!

This is a really quick snapshot of the two yarns. On the upper left id the fuzzy sportweight mohair blend and the right is the DK acrylic. I had been unsure of what to do with this DK yarn for a while. I bought it as a replacement for a yarn that isn’t being made anymore, but it was less soft and the colours didn’t match completely. It’s been languishing in the stash ever since. Gonna make sure I use it all in this project. Together these yarns are super soft and look like one strand. You can’t see it’s two different yarns. The colour of the DK was also a bit more yellow than I wanted, but with the whiter mohair it’s pretty perfect.

This is a progress shot from Monday evening. I have about four times this now and the yarn is running out fast. I’m a little worried I won’t have enough! I’ve been completely focused on this project since starting it. It got a little boring in the beginning. I thought I wasn’t really making any progress. But now it’s going a lot better. I actually had trouble putting it down last night!

Love, Renée

Tadaa: POP! Baby Cardigan

Hello Everyone!

Today, in the spirit of Finished Object Friday, I have a new finished object to share with you! And it’s one I’m really proud of. Not everything went as planned, but as it was my first time knitting a garment, I think I did pretty well!

I had a blast while knitting this! It gave me a chance to see how a cardigan is shaped and formed. At first I was quite confused about the yoke. I didn’t know what it was or where it went in the cardigan, but some googling showed me what it was ( the part near the neck).

POP! Baby Cardigan

Pattern: Pop! baby Cardigan by Rachel Atkinson. I knit the cardigan in the size 3 to 6 months. I have no baby (the recipient hasn’t been born yet, she’s due somewhere in November) to try it on, but it looks teeny tiny! I think it may have ended up a bit smaller. But then she’ll be able to wear it sooner right?

Yarn: I used a really nice yarn with a subtle pink variegation. The yarn slowly shifts from a bright pink to a darkr pink and back. it’s Wibra Bianca in the colour 70177.

Difficulty: The pattern is very clear and the steps are explained in a logical manner. For a beginner it might be a bit tricky to read. I had some trouble understanding how the cardigan is formed, but this wasn’t a big problem. Just do what the pattern tells you to do and you’ll be fine.

Time: It took me 3/4 evenings of knitting to knit up the body (after a few false starts, but I always have those). I then had to wait a while to knit the sleeves as my needles were in use on another project ( a pair of Eugenia’s Mittens for my mom in a lush purple). it’s actually a pretty quick knit!

What do you think?

Love, Renée

ps. Checking in with Tami’s Amis for Finished Object Friday.

Tadaa: Eugenia’s Mittens

Hello Everyone!

It’s friday, so it’s time to show off something I finished recently! I blogged about the project featured in today’s Tadaa when I cast on, you can read about it here.

I finally finished my Eugenia’s Mittens! This was quite a challenging project! It took me several tries to get the pattern straight, I had never made mittens before and the cable pattern is very intricate (but oh so pretty!)I had to start over more than a few times, but that made finishing these that much more rewarding. I love the finished product and will wear then a lot once winter comes around again (or even fall… we’re having a few good days now with lovely weather, but it’s been very rainy and cold for the biggest part!).

The pattern: Eugenia’s mittens by Mollie Woodworth (the pattern is free on Ravelry!)

Yarn: Vintage Acrylic in deep intense red (Zeeman – Royal). This yarn comes in balls of 260 meters and I had at least half left over. These mittens would make perfect little stash busters  (could be a great christmas gift too!)

Difficulty: 4/5, it’s certainly doable, but I often forget I am still a novice and can’t make everything in the blink of an eye (kind of glad about it too, learning new stuff is fun!) For experienced knitters the cables might be a bit of a challenge, just because it’s so intricate. Lifelines are a good useful tool for these mittens!

Time: These mitts knit up pretty fast, but because I had to start over a few times the first one took a while. After that the second took me about 2/3 evenings of relaxed knitting. I’ve started a second pair (and a third and fourth pair are on my list, they were quite a hit here and everyone requested a pair haha!)for my mother and I’ve completed the first of her mittens in record time!

This photo shows the colour of the mittens best, the red is really bright!

Leftover yarn

Can you imagine? Me in my dark, long woolen trench coat, hair carefully coiffed into a stylish bun (maybe someday!) with these red babies on my hands? Snow softly falling around me… Ah I love winter! My mom’s pair is going to be a dark purple as that is her favorite colour and the third pair (for a friend) will be grey. My sister is getting a slightly variegated red.  I really like making these, so if you need a pair of mittens be sure to give this pattern a try!

Love, Renée

Finished Object Friday 4

Hello Everyone!

As I mentioned last time I have a lot of finished project to show you guys! I’m not going to stuff them all into this one post, as I think they deserve their own tadaa moment. BNut i’m going to show you a few sneak peeks and a smaller project today 🙂

First off: hexipuffs. I wasn’t planning on making any this month, but an impromtu race in one of my groups on Ravelry got my juices flowing and I was scrambling to make 10. I didn’t win but it did really get me motivated to make them again. So even after learning someone had already finished, I finished mine. And I’m proud of myself. I’ve never made puffs this fast, i think i beat my record on time per puff. And this is the most puffs I’ve ever made in a day. It took me 2 evenings to crank out my 10 puffs. Here they are.

here they are displayed on a doily my mom brought me back from France. I love it! I’m going to use it as a basis to design my own doilies!there are a lot of blue puffs here. I bought a whole skein of the blue variegated yarn a while back to make hexipuffs. So there’s still a lot of these to come. The sparkly purple puff is also one of many to come. I also have a whole skein of this. The bright puffs in the left corner are made form cotton leftovers my grandma gave me. it’s feels really soft and I like the colours (plus it’s out of my stash!) The bright orange and purple puff is from leftovers of my not so business casual socks. I have some more of that left, so I can make one or 2 more like that.

Ok, here you go. Here are 2 pictures that will give you an idea of 2 of my finished projects 🙂

Book wise: I finished Living with the dead and loved the new characters Kelley Armstrong introduces in this 9th book of the series. I do hope they return in a later book though, otherwise it sort of feels like a filler ( a fun one though, giving another glimpse into the world she has created). I’m now on book 10, Frostbitten. Loving it so far (page 99 out of 288) as it hails the return of my 2 favorite characters, Elena and Clayton Danvers.

That’s it for today folks! See you soon (tomorrow!)

Love, Renée

ps. Linking up as usual!