Posts Tagged ‘lace’

socks and socks and …

Once you start knitting socks, you can’t stop. It’s like an addiction – a pretty senseless one given the fact, that you can buy warm and cozy socks quite cheap in every color of the rainbow. Still I love knitting them and I understand everybody who does. Handmade socks make your feet just a little bit warmer than bought ones, they fit a little bit better and of course, they just look great. I especially love lace socks and have just recently finished my second pair:

pattern: Rick by Cookie A.
yarn: handpainted sock yarn bought on etsy
modifications: none intended
happyness: yeah hurray woohooo

I really like them and I’m currently wearing them 🙂 The yarn is not as soft as I had hoped, but it’s okay. At least the socks are warm and comfy and the colour is nice.

Right after I finished Rick, I started another one of Cookie A.s designs: the Baudelaire socks. The first one is already finished and is officially my first toe-up sock:

The leg is a bit too tight but I’m still quite happy. Though I don’t think I like toe-up socks … the boring part (knitting the leg) comes at the end, that makes the socks even harder to finish … and the heel part contradicts all logic and common sense (at least mine 🙂 ).

Happy holidays!

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yarrrrn and lace-preview

I bought yarn … well, that’s nothing new, but I bought the most beautiful sock-yarn I’ve ever seen! The photo doesn’t do it justice at all. One skein is blood red and the other is a rich deep purple.

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I promised myself not to buy another skein of yarn before these two are knit into socks. We’ll see whether I can manage that. Honestly, I doubt it.

Last time I promised project pictures. There’s nothing ready at the moment, but I have a Hanami stole in the making (and some socks, naturally). So here’s a work in progress picture of my next stole.

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Unfortunately this picture really sucks. I’m really not good at this. The finished stole will be photographed by a professional again 🙂
The yarn is great, you can actually see the pattern without blocking. It’s a nice change for a lace knitter when your project does not look like noodles during the process of knitting.
So much for now, next time there’ll be an update on my new socks.

Photo shooting with Aeolian

I promised, I’d post some pictures of my Aeolian. I got them yesterday, straight from the photographer.
I won’t post them all here, that would take up too much space I think, so I hope you forgive me, that I publish only two here. But these two are definitely my favorites.

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And one with myself on it. I usually don’t like myself on pictures, but this one is really nice, I think.

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All pictures were taken by Gerd Krizek in a half ruin castle. It was beautiful and really spooky there! Definitely not my last photo shoot, had far too much fun 🙂

My first pair of hand-knit socks!

I’m done, they are finished and I’m sooooo happy! Pity it’s summer and over 30°C, but hey, I can wait.
Here are some pictures of my joy and pride:

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Please ignore the mess on my desk! I really hate cleaning it up and as long as I find all my stuff, I don’t feel the need to tidy up my desk!

Okay, back to the socks and the technical details:
Pattern: Hedera
Yarn: KnitPicks Essential Bordeaux
Needle size: 2,25
Happiness: next time, I’d make them longer. But otherwise, I’m totally happy!
Modifications: none, except for the errors I made 🙂

All in all I’d say these were not my last pair of socks! I really enjoyed it. Socks are the perfect project between two huge lace shawls. Yeah, btw, die next lace is already being worked on!

second sock syndrome

My week without knitting is over. And guess what, I didn’t make it. 4 days were enough for me, my hand doesn’t hurt anymore and so I’m back knitting like a maniac. The first sock is done and now I’m suffering from second sock syndrome. A common disease among knitters. The first sock was very exciting, all new and fun. The second one is just boring and I really have to push myself to knit it. Even more when the thing I really want to knit is a stole. So for the next few days I’ll knit my stupid second sock.
Here’s a picture of my first sock ever:

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knitting socks

Aeolian is finished, blocked and all. And I it really is huge! I love it and I even love the beads in it! I’ll post photos of the finished piece as soon as I have pretty ones 🙂

About the current project: I never made socks. It never made sense to sit for hours and hours knitting a boring sock. The worst thing is: when you are happy and done you have to knit another one. A week ago I decided to explore the joys of knitting socks anyway and here I am, no ordinary boring socks, no, fancy Hedera. I might lose some sanity in the process but every knitter takes risks. Here is a work in progress picture of my first sock ever:

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As I’m a needle-snob I own a couple of knit pro dpns. The stitch marker is not so fancy, I didn’t carry one with me when I started the project.

the Aeolian shawl

Okay, before you (two) kill me, here’s an update of my current project: the Aeolian shawl

I did 14 repeats of the yucca chart and none of the agave chart (unfortunately I don’t have enough yarn, though I love this pattern). There’s only the main edge chart to go, then I’m done. Hopefully I have enough yarn (I doubt that very much!). We’ll see. So, here are some work in progress pictures:

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See, I’m using a lifeline! I don’t plan to frog it anyway (I’m far too lazy to reknit it), but I just wanted to be sure, that if I f* it up completely, I would be able to go back.

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the yucca-repeats. No beads next time, looks so cheesy and takes forever to knit!

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the sad remains of my yarn. The yarn is great btw, it’s merino lace and a real pleasure to work with. The needles are my limited edition gold platted knit picks </show off>

Well, I hope everyone’s happy now 🙂 I’m posting pictures of the finished piece after blocking. I hope it’s going to be huuuuuuge!! Any tips on how to block such a monster? I was thinking about the bed, but have not yet asked if my sweetheart wants to have needles in his bed … why do I have the strong feeling that he will not like this idea? 🙂

the pink swallowtail (of doom)

okay, I was a bit lazy with my blogging I admit. But hey, here it is, my finished lace shawl:

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and more photos (I really suck when it comes to taking pictures, sorry)

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the pattern for this one can be found here

so, my first posted project, more to come, I promise (and it’ll not take a month again, really!)

the pink yarn of doom

I bought yarn. Again. And the thing is: it’s partially pink. Although I like it a lot I don’t think I’ll ever wear the shawl I’m currently knitting. So, to help me out: I’m knitting it, wearing it once and give it to a friend then, one who wears pink and whom I can already hear squeaking ‘Oh it’s pink!! Cuuute!!’

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So, short first blog-entry. More to come, hopefully more interesting 🙂