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

 

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

Sockmadness 2015: Round 1 & 2

Hello everyone,

I’m participating in Sockmadness for the second time this year. I’ve just finished the second round (and made it to the third) and figured it was about time I caught you guys up.

What is sockmadness you might ask? Inspired by the March Madness in the USA some nifty knitters wanted to create a sock knitting competition. And sockmadness was born!

It consists of several rounds in which you need to knit a pair of socks as fast as you can. Patterns are supplied and since they’re usually very awesome a great motivation to sign up. Entering is free and everyone knits the exact same socks. There are certain minimum requirements each round to keep things fair. One of my favourite parts is that you have so many people knitting the same pattern and yet each pair still looks unique.

The sockmadness community is amazing and kind and the social aspect is another good reason to sign up. Even if you don’t like the speed aspect, pass the first round (you need to finish a pair of socks in 2 weeks to qualify) and you can choose to be a cheerleader. You still get all the patterns and fun, but can knit at your own leisure. The first round also helps the moderators to make teams. Teams are based on speed. You compete against your team with people dropping out every round until one remains This person will then compete against the winners from the other teams! And then eventually there is one great winner who wins a huge mountain of prizes! Not so fast and bummed you’ll never win (like me)? Not to worry! Sockmadness is awesome and awards fun prizes all thought the competition. For whatever reason! If you take a very funny picture, had heaps of bad luck, or like me in round one conquer a fear (i wrote about having to self inject every week and how i always get nervous and end up taking forever to gather some courage and just do it. I managed to get over it a bit faster this time with some encouragement from the Sockmadness round 1 chat thread).

To summarise: Sockmadness is just plain awesome. Time to show off some socks.

Round 1

Pattern: Alohomora by Malena Andersen

Yarn: Hjerte Garn Sock 4 Superwash in 1100 Grey. I used 70 grams of yarn.

Needles: Knit Pro Karbonz double point needles in 2.0 mm

Experience: I really love this pattern. It’s just simple enough to memorise without being boring. The finished socks are very comfortable. I had to use the tiny 2.0 mm needles due to the minimum size we had to knit, it would have ended up far to big for me and i wanted to keep these. I could have gifted them but… nah.

Round 2

Pattern: Cable Madness by Karen Buhr

Yarn: Crelando Nina Sock yarn in a green/blue/grey tonal. This yarn is sold at lidl and retails at 5 euros for 4 balls! I used 73 grams for these socks, so i expect to get three pairs out of these 4 balls!

Needles: Knit Pro Karbonz double point needles in 2.25 mm

Experience: I really like how well the cables pop despite the subtle variegation. The yarn has a high cotton content so has little stretch. This means that you have to knit the socks exactly to size. Mine are also hard to get over the heel, but fit perfectly once I have them on.

 

I can’t wait to see what the pattern for round 3 will be! I’ll have to be patient for a little while though as round 2 runs until april 13th!

Love, Renée

Work in progress

Hello Everyone!

Today I’m sharing some of my recent projects with you! Just 2, because these are the 2 i’ve been working on over the last week.

A pair of socks for me. Not even close to a pair yet as, as shown in the picture above, I’ve only gotten one leg done so far. It’s a very long leg, because the cables were so fun and pretty and i didn’t want to knit the heel yet. The pattern is Weathertop Socks by Claire Ellen (who is AWESOME!). I’m in the claire ellen sock club and the patterns so far have been amazing. And all lord of the rings inspired! The yarn is Lana Grossa Meilenweit Men (even though I’m most definitely not a man). The colors of the yarn just seemed perfect for a pattern based on gloomy Weathertop. The yarn is very nice to work with and the striping is a lot more subtle in reality. The photo somehow brings them out.

After the leg the heel seemed hard and confusing (which it really isn’t, but I just wasn’t feeling up to it yet) and so I cast on another pair of socks. This pair will be for my sister. She’d been wanting another pair and I really don’t mind knitting them (haha!) so she got me some yarn and told me to get knitting. And I did.

The leg looks tiny here in the picture, but the cables pull it in a lot. It does fit. As I’m typing this all that’s left on the first sock is the grafting of the toe. This sock flew by! It’s taken me less than 2 days! The pattern is House Baratheon Socks by Chrisitne Pike and the yarn is Hjerte Garn Sock 4. It’s a beautiful grey and white marled yarn and is perfectly soft. I wil be casting on the second sock either tonight or tomorrow. Depends on if I can understand the heel instructions for the Weathertop socks tonight, because I am exhausted. I’ve had a very long day at school. I didn’t get home until 8 in the evening (it’s 10 now). We visited the NIOD (Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogs documentatie / Dutch Institute for War Documentation) for a lecture and went to the Anne Frank house for the first time.  I thought the Anne Frank house hadn’t really gotten to me, but I got pretty dizzy (probably because I was a little hungry too) and the images and videos of concentration camps are things that always manage to upset me. Especially as I will be visiting Dachau this year, which is the concentration camp where my grandfather was held captive. Apparently it’s stirred up some things.

Sorry to end on such a sombre note! The Anne Frank house and the NIOD were both equally impressive (I got to hold one of 3 facsimiles of the Anne Frank Diary, which is a very unique experience! I was terrified of somehow damaging it!).

I have been considering starting a podcast. I’ve been hooked since I started watching knitting/crafting podcasts in December and really think it would be something I’d like!

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