Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Yarn Along 3

I'm afraid I can't show you a new book today as I'm still reading "Dragonfly in Amber" by Diana Gabaldon. But knitwise there's something new that I want to share with you. Of course I'm still knitting on my Copper Bolero but Sebastian's Camouflage Anklets are finished and I cast on for a new sock project right away: Mermaidia by Christine Jeffery. I had this wonderful turquoise sockyarn (which of course looks blue in the picture...) in stash and found it to be very fitting for this pattern. After much debate, fiddling around, ripping, different needle sizes and some cursing I settled on a 2,25 mm needle. Which leaves the 2,5 mm needle free for another pair of socks, ha!
I haven't taken a picture of Seb's socks on his feet yet but I thought you might enjoy how they look on my feet =)

For more wonderful projects, books and a lot of inspiration please visit Ginny's Blog where you can find a linklist you can click through and be delighted!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Yarn Along 2

For the second time I'm participating in Ginny's Yarn Along and I hope to do so many more Wednesdays to come! There's so much inspiration to find, it's quite overwhelming at times =) (Please click on the picture to see it larger!)
Although Seb's anklets are not finished yet I want to show you a different project today. I pulled my Copper Bolero out of hibernation a while ago because I really want to wear it this summer. But due to the extremely slow progress I'm beginning to doubt that this will be happening. The yarn (a cotton / microfiber blend) is very difficult to knit with, it's so slippery but somehow also very tight once the stitches are on the needle. It's hard to explain, quite paradoxical really. But slowly or not, progress is being made. A few more rows and the back will be finished. Sadly I once again failed to capture the colour properly in a picture. It's not really orange, more like a vivid and shiny copper. Very beautiful but truly a yarn from hell. This is the third attempt at making something recognisable out of this yarn and I'm happy that the diamond lace pattern works well.

I finished the first book of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon shortly after my first Yarn Along and I'm now reading the second book "Dragonfly in Amber". The German title is "Die geliehene Zeit" - "Borrowed Time". Funny how the titles are often so different from one another ^^

Friday, 17 June 2011

Socks for me

I finished some socks a while ago and finally Sebastian took pictures. It's really hard to take a picture of your own feet at a decent angle ^^ Sometimes I knit socks with a particular pair of shoes in mind, for example my turquoise clogs:

Pattern: Jeck by Regina Satta
Modifications: Toe-up, Fleegle's Heel, different cuff
Yarn: SuperGarne Aktiv Cotton (a wool/cotton/nylon blend)
I finished the socks with E. Zimmerman's Sewn Bindoff, very nice and neat.

And more socks for said clogs:

Pattern: Rivulets Socks by Wendy D. Johnson
Yarn: Regia 4-f├Ądig Best of Effects (a wool/nylon blend)
I finished the socks with Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bindoff but overdid it a bit, it's rather ruffly and loose. The yarn looks a bit too blue in the pictures but it's a more greenish teal. But then again my clogs look electric blue although they are of a light turquoise. It's so hard to get a realistic picture of colours =(

And here are some standard ribbing socks I knit with a yarn I had in stash for a while. They weren't destined for a particular pair of shoes but I had my Loonts on when we took a walk in order to take some pictures and I saw that the colours fit real nicely. By accident so to say =)

Pattern: Toe-up Slip-Stitch-Heel Socks by Wendy D. Johnson
Yarn: some cheap wool/nylon blend from a supermarket chain, very thin and coarse (I don't mind cheap yarns, some are really good and some expensive ones are really bad. But this yarn was cheap and not so good.)
I did E. Zimmerman's Sewn Bindoff again, it might be becoming my favourite way to bind off.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Yarn Along

This week I'm participating for the first time in Ginny's Yarn Along and I'm excited!
I finished the first sock of Sebastian's Camouflage Anklets a while ago and just couldn't find the motivation to cast on for the second sock. Although the yarn is lovely to knit with and I'm always happy to be able to knit something for him, it's a bit of a boring knitting project. The guy has freakishly huge feet and it's a simple stockinette / ribbing pattern *yawn*. At least they're only anklets so it will go faster than normal socks. AND I only have one 2,5 mm circular needle and I want to knit myself a new pair of socks soon, so I need that needle! But I have to say, it's nice to have a rather mindless knitting project from time to time. It's easier to take along and to knit on while watching TV.

I'm always reading several books at the same time (well, not exactly at the same time, but you know what I mean) and focus on the book that I like best at that day, that hour, that meal, whatever. For the last couple of days I've been reading only one book, the German edition of "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. The German title is "Feuer und Stein" - "Fire and Stone". It's the first book of the Outlander series and I'm reading it for the second time now. I've read the first half of the second book immediately after reading the first book for the first time but for some reason didn't finish it. It's been a few years so I decided to start at the beginning again. I usually don't like to read the translation of books but I have the first three books of the series in German and just can't stand to leave them untouched and buy the original versions, it seems like such a waste. But I might change my mind soon because I often catch myself rolling my eyes because of a particularly weird sentence. Some things just can't be translated and while some translators try to find adequate or similar expressions, others try to stick to the original as closely as possible. Both methods can either work very well or ruin the whole atmosphere by making it sound quirky and ridiculous.
Nevertheless it's a great book, always sounding highly authentic (to me at least), it's very addictive and quite steamy sometimes but never in a gross way.

Friday, 3 June 2011

I need more hands!!

Hmm this "A picture a day"-thing isn't working for me. It's not so much that I have to / should post every day, but finding one picture that's flashy enough or says enough to be the picture of the day. And I somehow can't just post one word or one sentence either... I don't know. So this is a normal post today, with more than one picture and too much text as usual.

I'm often finding myself thinking "I need more hands." because there are a million things I want to do, make, craft. Of course I also have days where everything bores me and I'm in the mood for nothing. We all have those kind of days from time to time, don't we? But most days I'm bursting with crafty energy and want to do everything at the same time. Today I couldn't decide on what to do first so I hopped from one crafty endeavour to the next, making very little progress with anything particular but I was busy and entertained the whole time =) There's is so much I want to knit, stitch, read, watch... Really, more hands (and eyes) are required!

The Oinkers were curious as usual when they heard the clicking of the camera (noise! it could be food!) and promptly took a break from napping.

Fiona was curious, too, but she is still very cautious. Or arrogant, I'm not sure. I sometimes get the feeling that she thinks we are beneath her!