Tuesday, June 27

Lately...and big news!

It's been a few months since I've been here. I was feeling rather tired and wasn't in the mood to put long written blogposts about my knitting and life online, and turned more to the microblogging like Instagram for keeping fellow knitters up to date about recent knitting projects.

Most of you might already know this, but I'll share the news again: we're expecting our second baby this fall! That's the reason why my energy levels were quite low and with a toddler in the house now, I mostly knit during nap times etc, in stead of blogging...

So that's that :-)
Next: knitting! I've been knitting like a crazy lady. Everywhere I look I see yarn, needles, patterns.
I've also knitted a few things for upcoming babies other than our own, but for obvious reasons I can't show you yet. After all the baby knitting, I still have a few projects to finish, I cast on a red Garter Ear Flap hat for Emiel, to wear this coming Winter.

I'm also more interested in sewing, something I started 2 years ago, but then after moving I don't really have an own desk/studio and my sewing machine is on the attic...on the floor, I mean, the concrete :-), we still haven't placed the floor there. Anyway, now and then I take it down. A few months ago, Emiel turned one and I've sewn a few drawstring bags for Emiel's daycare as favors to give to the children.
I'm planning to sew a few projects though in the upcoming weeks. I've been testing the Oliver pants, a sweet baby pants, with some 'scrap jersey fabric'. It was the first time sewing with jersey and I learned a lot already.

So that's about it what was going on here lately. We're also still finishing the house. In May the terrace  was placed and we went craze lot of times to the garden center for plants and tress. Eventually we've planted a hedge at the back of our garden and some ornamental grasses beside the borders of our terrace. We're still looking for an (older) Japanese maple tree though and some garden furniture and lighting.

Tuesday, February 7

Knitting with stash yarn.

These mittens are knit with stash yarn and I'm so glad I discovered this skein of Rowan Felted Tweed at the bottom of my yarn pile. I used it for E.'s toy Rabbit last year and the alpaca yarn for the inner mitten is a leftover from his Flax sweater. It's a relief that my stash has shrunk a bit and that the finished product is even something to wear for a long time.
So the mittens are lined. I kind of invented the lining myself and just knitted on smaller needles with lighter weight yarn by picking up the cuff stitches and knitting in opposite direction. I measured the placement of the thumb on the go and I think it turned out ok. The mittens fit well and the alpaca lining is so soft!
On a completely different note and non-knitting related: Last week we celebrated Candlemas with E.. I put his ornaments on the TV stand, but with him pulling himself up and taking small steps, I have to make sure to keep an eye on him all the time because he's now grabbing all things from various surfaces such as the coffee table and the TV stand. So I already put away all the candles... But it's a true joy to see him curiously discovering his surroundings.

Pattern: Green Leaf Mittens by Amy Mercer
Yarn: Outer mitten: Rowan Felted Tweed DK (Colorway 181 Mineral)
          Lining: Drops Alpaca (Colorway 7815 Olive)
Needles: 3mm and 2.5 mm
Ravelry Notes here.

Thursday, January 26

Knitting: last year

Hello all! First of all, a happy 2017! I'm sorry I didn't update this blog sooner, but I wish you all the best for this year. Lots of creativity and yarn goodness! ;-) I managed to knit quite a lot of wearables last year. Most of them were for babies, so they were fast knits, or socks or mittens...
My biggest achievement was my beccs cardigan, I wear it a lot and it's such a cozy warm cardigan!! I've been wanting to knit myself a fingering weight cardigan or sweater for ages, but still didn't manage to find the right pattern/yarn. So this heavier weight cardigan was a nice alternative. Maybe this year I'll manage to reach my goal!
How about you? Did you manage to achieve some knitting goals in 2016?