13 October 2012

Knitting: a crazy mystery KAL and a pattern

The last two weeks I got to enjoy some time off from a busy day job.
The husband and I got to sleep in, meet friends and new tiny friends (my best friend gave birth to her wonderful tiny little daughter), swim, go to markets and generally having a good time.

I had some time to work on some bigger projects and so I joined this wonderful mystery knit along initiated by Lee Meredith of Leethal Knits

I like her unusual and colourful style and I have a very soft spot for shawls, so with one week into the KAL I decided to join in.

The pattern is great - there is no gauge swatch required, it can be knit in various yarn sizes and comes in three sizes, you decide.

I got me some Grignasco Sport and spun a single as my contrasting colour, bought the pattern and went to work.

I won't spoil anything, so only a small piece of teaser for you here:

KAL in progress

It's going to be warm and cozy and snuggly and I will make a second one in fingering weight.

But that has to wait, I'm currently working on two patterns myself, a neckwarmer and a scarf.

I don't have any picture of the scarf, a cabled affair in fingering weight (I like to torture myself with small-weight yarns, you know. I have a lace weight for a sweater around...), but I have a sneak preview of the neckwarmer:

Fenberȝe in progress

I'm far from done - well, the piece in the photo is almost done, but there will be at least one other version of it. Possibly two.

The scarf pattern will take a while longer to finishe ;-)

One of the reasons is that I really would love to spin this:

Trick or Treat

It's going to be for another version of the junction shawl. I'm still contemplating the main colour, so if you have any idea please feel free to share.

12 October 2012

Update on life and tea and knitting :-)

Where did all the time go?

I think I need a Tardis!

Well, it's been a busy summer. Or whatever you want to call what happened between the spring showers and the autumn storms. I really didn't get to wear my cotton tops much, which didn't stop me from teaming them up with a cardigan and wearing them anyway :-)

Now, let's see.

Water Sprite became a crazy little hat named Morgen:

Morgen Hat

Morgen is a mythological creature, a water spirit that drowns men.
It has been worn already on a stormy Friday and the ties came in very handy :-)

You know that I design the occasional pattern, right?
As part of the still ongoing Guild War over in Ankh-Mopork I knitted another Sliding Tracks

Sliding Tracks

A third one has been knit, too, but I still have to take pictures. It's slightly different, with eyelet sections and a very simple lace border. I like simple ;-)

My granny shawl also got finished:

Granny Shawl

I got my first custom order for a hand dyed yarn and am delighted to work with this customer.
She got asked for and got a wonderful burgundy shaded yarn:

Cranberry Delight (2)

During summer my camera broke and - oh the horror of choosing a new one!
I mean - there are so many to choose from, what is a good one, what meets my needs and is in my budget...
Two weeks ago I finally got myself a new little picture taking friend, an updated model of the last camera I used and I'm trying it out now.

I have more to tell and show, but will do that later.
There is tea to drink, rows to knit and groceries to do.
More later!