The Lazy Knitter podcast – episode 11: A parade of FO’s

Hello Everyone!

I’m finally back with another episode of The Lazy Knitter podcast! In this episode I have about a billion (okay not really) finished objects, a wip and a catch up.

 

Where to find me?

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

Finished objects

  • Wrath: Pattern designed by me (not yet released). Yarn is Fernerwolle Sommernachtsreigen in color 81. Knit on 2.5 mm (US 1,5) needles.
  • Princess Buttercup: Pattern is PB&W by Adrienne Fong. Yarn is Belday HOME strumpfgarn 4-fach color 182. Knit on 2.5 mm (US 1,5) needles.
  • Lumberjack: Pattern designed by me (not yet released). Yarns used are: Regia 4-fädig in 02080 (white) and 00324 (navy) and RICO Superba Klassik 4-fädig in 103 (red).  Knit on 2.5 mm (US 1,5) and 2.75 mm (US 2) needles.
  • Gaia: Pattern is Gaia by Marie Adeline. Yarn is Austermann Merino Lace in color 3, used held double. Knit on 4.0 mm (US 6) needles.
  • Exploration Station: Pattern is Exploration station by Stephen West. Yarns used are: Regia 4-fädig in 00324 (navy, color A), Craftfulness in Waddenzee (light blue, B), Nerd girl yarns in Kansas city lights (multicolour, C) and Regia 4-fädig in unknown beige color (D). Knit on 4.0 mm (US 6).
  • Hey Meow!: Pattern designed by me (not yet released). Yarns used are Zeeman super soft in 81 (grey) and 30 (pink). Knit on 3.5 mm (US 4) and 4.0 mm (US 6).
  • Gluttony: Pattern is gluttony designed by me. Yarn is ONline Linie 3 Trend collection Supersocke 100 in 242. Knit on 2.5 mm (US 1,5).

Works in progress

  • Lived in: Pattern is LivedIn by Alicia Plummer. Yarn is DROPS Bomull-lin in 11 (beige). Knit on 5.5 mm (US 9) and 6.5 mm (US 10,5).
  • Woodrush cardigan: Pattern is Woodrush by Allison Green. Yarn is Zeeman Royal in grey. Knit on 4.5 mm (US 7).

Spinning

Shopping

Knitting plans

 

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The Lazy Knitter podcast – episode 8

Hello everyone!

Episode 8 is one week late, as I had absolutely nothing to show you last week. This week is still light on the knitting, but I have some spinning to show you and did some shopping.

I hope you enjoy!

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).
  • Sneaker socks: own design. Yarn is Wollbutt Calgary in 6072 (green gradient). Knit on 2.25 (US 1) and 2.5 (US 1.5).
  • Sneaker socks vol 2: own design (run wild socks, currently in testing) Yarn is regia 4-fädig in white and ONline Linie 3 supersocke 100 in 61. Knit on 2.25 (US 1) and 2.5 (US 1.5).

Works in progress

  • La Flor sweater: pattern is la Flor by Alina Shneider. Yarn is Zeeman Julia in color 60. Knit on 5.5 mm (US 9) and 6.0 mm (US 10) needles. Size small. Modifications: using a heavier yarn than pattern is written for, so knitting a smaller size to get the desired size and using larger needles.

Shopping

  • Hilltop cloud
  • Wol met verve

Spinning

Weekly goals

  • Cast on something from my handspun.

The Lazy Knitter – episode 7

Hello everyone!

This weeks episode is a little shorter as my week has revolved around spinning, spinning and more spinning due to Tour the Fleece. Nevertheless I still have an FO to show you and some wips to discuss. One unhappy project gets ripped out! I hope you enjoyed 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 (or not)

  • Soleado Mitts: pattern is Soleado mitts by Feathered Whale Knits (paid pattern). I’m using a variety of leftover yarn. Size S. Knit on 2.5 mm (Us 1.5) and 3.0 mm (US 2.5) needles. FROGGED!
  • 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).
  • Sneaker socks: own design. Yarn is Wollbutt Calgary in 6072 (green gradient). Knit on 2.25 (US 1) and 2.5 (US 1.5).

Shopping

  • Mini batts by Dutchwooldiva. Pack of 10 assorted 10 gram mini batts and 6 loose 10 gram mini batts.

Spinning

Knitting plans

  • Take it easy: my hands and body are tired from spinning so much so I want to take it easy with my knitting.
  • Work on sneaker socks. I would like to finish these before the next episode.
  • Maybe pick up my fox paws?

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

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

Tadaa: The birds!

Hello Everyone,

I’m here to share a recently finished FO (aka Finished Object) with you today and I have some exciting news!

A friend shared the pattern for today’s FO with me and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to knit it. I cast it on pretty soon afterwards when I had some empty needles. They were just too fun to resist!

Quick note: These socks might be seen as offensive by some, if so, I’m very sorry. I made these because they make me laugh. 

Pattern: The bird by Karin Aida

Yarn: I used Opal 4-fach pullover & sockenwolle in the colour 3081 Natur (MC) and 6191 Anthrazit (CC). This yarn has 425 meters per 100 grams. I had about half a ball of each leftover form another stranded sock a while ago.

Needles: I used 2.5 mm double pointed needles for the cuff, heel and toe and 2.75 mm double point needles for the stranded sections.

Experience: I really really loved knitting this pattern. The slightly risky image paired with knitting completely baffled my family, They didn’t get why I would want to knit socks with “birds” (I still don’t get why this is a euphemism for showing your middle finger, it doesn’t look like a bird…). I wanted these because lately i’ve been having days where I’m terribly grumpy. If something upsets me all I need to do is look at these socks and i’ll be smiling again. And if someone upsets me I won’t need to be rude, my socks (even though invisible in my shoes) say it all for me.

These socks were fun and because of the fairisle very quick to knit. I did make some modifications. I couldn’t get the heel in the pattern to work for me so I knit a regular heel flap over 36 stitches and did a v-heel. I decreased back to the necessary amount of stitches on the heel. To stay as close to the original design as possible I knit the fairisle pattern on the sides of the foot/gusset and only knit stripes on the superfluous stitches. In the picture above you can see where I wove in my CC ends on the heel, but I decided to just not be bothered about that and just left it.

Now for my good news! I’m hoping to have a spinning wheel soon! I found the perfect wheel at the perfect price and in the perfect location. I’ve contacted the seller and although I haven’t heard back yet, I’m very hopeful! And if this deal fall through I will be getting another wheel. I’m so set on it now that I’ll get a wheel one way or another!

 

Love, Renée