Saturday, June 30, 2007

I'm on Ravelry, too!

Cool, I'm also on Ravelry now! You're asking what it is? Here's a summary from their website:

Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration.


So what can you personally do on Ravelry? You can talk about your own projects, integrate that information into your personal website and contribute to someone else's project a world away.

Sounds cool, doesn't it? :) Everything in one place. No more googling around and searching blogs because you're looking for information about a certain pattern, yarn, knitting book, etc. It's all here! And let's not forget the inspiration you get by discovering so many new projects with only a few clicks.

Their website is still in the beta phase, so you might also have to spend some time on their waiting list, but it seems to be worth it. By the way, you can find me here.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Hanami Stole in progress

I've finished about half of the Hanami Stole (read the background of the stole, it's quite interesting). The design is beautiful, but I'm still doing some modifications. I don't really like the end part with the many holes, so I'm going to leave out some of the cherry blossom sections and instead insert a stockinette part in the middle, also in order to separate the blossom part from the basket weave part.

The original yarn is Knit Picks' "Alpaca Cloud" in "Peppermint Heather". I love alpaca, but as they don't ship internationally I had to look for something else. I decided to go for heavyweight 3/28 cashmere from Colourmart. The color is called "Rumour" (orchid). It came as a cone, smelling funny (because of the spinning oil, I suppose. My mom says it smells like jute fiber. I think it smells dusty.). It's recommended to wash the yarn after knitting so I only wound the yarn into a nice big ball (manually! I really want a ball winding machine!) and hope that nobody in the train where I mostly knit will notice the smell.

The pattern looks quite intricate, but if you stop clinging to the charts and just follow the flow of the pattern you will have no problems. You will know what you have to knit next by watching the development of the pattern.

The little beads represent water drops. Cool, isn't it? :)

That's my swatch. The yarn really blooms after washing, so it's definitely recommended to check your gauge and see if you like the look of your swatch. The washing will definitely even out irregular stitches. If this picture was better you could see the difference between the stitches in the pictures above and this one (I don't think I will get better close up pictures though...).

"Minimaiden" by Handmaiden, bought at Knitty Noddy. The color is called "Rose Garden".

Another handwound ball. I think it looks totally perfect, but I still want a ball winding machine...

Saturday, June 16, 2007

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Mystery Stole 3 has started!

Mystery Stole 3 has started and I'm sososo excited! :D After seeing Melanie's fabulous designs I just had to buy some of her patterns (at the moment I'm knitting the Hanami stole using laceweight cashmere in a color called "rumour" ("orchid" seems to be a more common name for this color)) and now I'm going to participate in this knitalong! I just signed up for the knitting group, don't forget to sign up , too, because the group closes on July 6. This is going to be such fun! :D


Italian knitting group on Ravelry

French knitting group on Ravelry

Mystery Stole 3 KAL

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