Getting back into the knitting swing

February 19, 2010 @ 5:13 pm
posted by kris

Kiseki's Oriental Lily
Kiseki’s Oriental Lily – front detail
Kiseki's Oriental Lily
full view
WIP:  Cross Country Chullo in Wollmeise
Cross Country Chullo

So ever since I finished the shrug, I have found a lot of projects that I NEED to do! :) But I need to start with the “necessities”. The first up is a gift for my niece who is turning 1 in April. I knitted Oriental Lily in Sublime Yarns Extra Fine Merino DK. The pattern is fabulous – top down construction and she can wear it awhile since it would look good as a tunic as well. And the yarn, oh the yarn!!! I want to knit more stuff using their merino!!! It’s so divine, you would think it has some cashmere in it or something!

So now the next project I’m working on is a Cross Country Chullo for Michael. I’m doing the Anemoi variation. He lost his beloved handspun hat somewhere in Austria (shame on him). I can’t complain though, he has used that hat quite a bit and it has been on summits such as Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn and it was probably time for a new one anyways. I am knitting it using Wollmeise Spice Market dark and natur. I am quite pleased with it so far but my stranded knitting needs a lot of work. I think I’m knitting quite loose but it turns out a tad bit tight. I hope blocking helps! And then I’m planning to line it with fleece, which is a first for me. Thank goodness for the techKnitting blog, I don’t know what I would do without it!!

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Geez, has it been a month already?

October 27, 2008 @ 3:53 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: baby knits,spinning

Gardasee (Italy)
Riva del Garda, the town we stayed in
Gardasee (Italy)
Gardasee, we’ll be seeing you again!
Handspun Baby Surprise Jacket
My first BSJ!
Mini BSJ in Wollmiese
Mini BSJ in Wollmeise Spice Market
From Fiber to Yarn: Tausendschön ef merino in Traumtänzer
Handspun Tausendschön ef merino in Traumtänzer
Handspun Sunshine Yarns sw merino in Drift
Handspun navajo plied Sunshine Yarns roving in Drift
Handspun Annettes Wollwerkstatt batts
Handspun 2ply Annette’s Wollwerkstatt batts

Is anybody even reading this blog anymore??? I know I’ve been really bad about blog posts, but I hadn’t realized that THAT much time has passed by! I actually haven’t done a whole lot of knitting

or spinning – I may have learned to balance out my life and have done quite a bit of reading, vacationing with the family, and just plain enjoying life. So I apologize if I haven’t been reading all y’alls blogs lately!!!

What have I done this past month or so? I went with the family to Gardasee (Italy) for some camping. It was the first time we took the boys. We weren’t sure how it was going to go over, but it turned out to be the most fun ever! We stayed at a campground in Riva del Garda, right on the beach. We had two tents, one for the boys and one for us and they absolutely loved having their own little house. We brought a little disposable grill but it was a miserable failure since the coals wouldn’t light. It was so painful to have to throw away all the meat. But luckily, there was a pizza place next door. We walked through the little towns in the day (and even bought some climbing harnesses for them) and then strolled on the beach at night. It’s amazing how relaxing it is not to have the TV, internet, distractions, etc. and can just be together on the edge of a really beautiful lake. Oh and the gelato, so yummy! :) The boys did so well and is looking forward to more trips. I think we will head to Gardasee whenever we get the chance. It is fairly close (3 hr. drive) and now that we can camp, it is cheap too!

But I have managed to do some knitting – I even finished a BSJ – my first! I did an I-cord edging and did button loops rather than have a button band. I really like it, the construction is genius and I’m sure there will be more of these in my future! Handspun is just perfect for this pattern! For this one, I used Crown Mountain Farms sw merino in “We are the Champions”. I still need to attach the buttons, hopefully will get that done tonight and I can send it off. This is going to “baby Bockstark” – the German guy who introduced me to the word “bockstark” and *claims* that he invented it, just had a baby girl a few weeks ago.

I liked the BSJ so much that I made a mini one (to fit a barbie) for the boys’ kindergarten. They needed a “Jacke” as something that starts with the letter “J”. It is too cute!!!

And I’ll just throw in some of my spinning pics, nothing too exciting…

Oh and also, my pattern has finally been debuted with the first Wollmeise Sock Club shipment! It is called “I Mog Di” (ravelry link). Unfortunately, it is currently only available to the sock club members.

Sorry for the rambling and disjointed post, that seems to be how my mind is lately…

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Failed handspun hat

July 26, 2008 @ 7:31 pm
posted by kris


Wish it wsa softer!!

I have a couple of baby knits to do (and soon!) so I decided to make a handspun baby hat out of my N-ply yarn, but it is just not going to do. I spun it so tightly that it is very rough. I don’t think it will soften with the wash either. But look at the colors/striping!!! It couldn’t be more perfect. I think this just convinced me to do N-ply again soon. Back to the stash I go to choose another handspun.

This will be frogged and made into a bag or something that isn’t going to be next to skin. Really, I spun it THAT tight!!!

Yarn is handspun Lovesticks sw merino in Patina, fingering weight Navajo plied

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I thought I was done!

March 12, 2008 @ 11:32 pm
posted by kris


Booties ready to be delivered!

I just finished making 7 pairs of booties (2 of which are not completely finished but knitting wise they are done) and I thought I was done, but then my cousin goes off and has a baby boy yesterday. The Hazel Knits comes back out! I love the Beach Glass/Chocolatier combo, totally perfect! I am also playing with stripes. I need to figure out how to make them with those leaves (from the original pattern) so that I can avoid buying and sewing on buttons. I hate buttons. I never feel like they are secure enough.

And BIG NEWS – I cast on for a … drum roll … SWEATER! Yes, you heard that right, a garment! Not a sock, not a scarf, not a bootie, not children’s clothing, a full grown man’s sweater! Michael actually requested one. I knit him one out of alpaca when we lived in TEXAS so it never got worn and it is still too hot to even wear here. I attempted to knit him one out of cotton, but got about 1/2 way done and put it away (this was 12 or so years ago) and I just frogged it 6 months ago. It was waaaaay too huge. I have also made maybe 3 or 4 other sweaters. One sleeveless one for my mom who actually wore it quite a bit. One for my sister, who I’m guessing never wore it, and a couple for myself – one came out waaaay too bulky and the other I wore a few times. So I haven’t had very much luck when it comes to sweaters. But now that I know a whole lot more about knitting and am more careful about stuff, I thought it was time to try it again. After scouring Ravelry for appropriate patterns, I decided on Jared’s Cobblestone Pullover. I almost didn’t cast on because looking at how much it would cost was very off putting. And then I found Cascade 220 tweed at Die Wollbox for around 7eur/skein. Not bad at all! Wish me luck, I hope I don’t get too bored with the stockinette…

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Perfecting the bootie

March 7, 2008 @ 2:01 pm
posted by kris


Modified Saartje’s Booties in Hazel Knits

Oh so tiny!

I have been completely obsessed with perfecting Saartje’s Booties (pdf)! So now, I give y’all permission to have more babies! :) I have already knit 3.5 pairs, but only 2 completely finished.

The first one was the one with sublime baby cashmere

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merino silk dk and while I did a fairly good job with the seaming, it just took a lot of time doing it and going around the heel was kind of weird. I followed the pattern to the “T”. I was slightly confused with the strap parts, but eventually figured it out. The tutorial that I used for the buttonloops are here. The buttonloops are my favorite part but I still need practice with getting them both the same size. I also went over some mattress stitch tutorials here and here. Katariina gave me a good tip about the ends sticking out, and told me to thread the ends through the sts to “hide” it. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before!

I also made another pair with Wollmeise Rittersporn and Sonne, but only completely finished one side but just knitted the other. All that seaming and ends weaving in is a lot of work!

So I decided to try doing it in the round via fleegle’s method. I had to learn to do the Turkish cast on (a lot easier than I thought it would be), but was dissatisfied with the knit sts at the cast on edge. And also, to keep it true to the original pattern, I turned it inside out and did the straps the “normal” way. This also made the strip of knit stitches on the inside so it’s not as noticeable. So it wasn’t completely seamless, but I think it looks better. Also, I like the original button loops and not crochet version.

So, this is leading me to my own variation of the pattern, one that I think keeps true to the form of the original while doing it in the round, except for the last bit. I will write it up in case anyone else is interested in my method.

The booties in this pic are with Hazel Knits Artisan sock in Tulip and Chocolatier. Yummeee! I am making these for boy/girl twins, so I’m thinking of making the other one brown and green or blue, haven’t decided yet.

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Booties and a quote

March 4, 2008 @ 11:44 am
posted by kris
Filed under: baby knits,misc


1 bootie in search of buttons!

So I’ve wanted to make Saartje’s booties (pdf) for awhile, but in my head they were for girls. The cross over strap thingy made me think it was a girl thing. But everyone on Ravelry and even my husband said “no way!” So now I’m going to make 4 pairs for friends. Didn’t I tell you guys to stop having babies??? I guess you didn’t listen. That’s ok, they are waaaay cute! Weaving in

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the ends is a bitch though. I hate having ends stick out. How do you guys deal with this? In the pictures, I don’t see anyone else have ends, maybe it’s just hidden. I’m getting better at seaming though, so that’s good news!

Destash is going well, thanks to all who participated. I have to take photos of more yarn and put them up.

And now, a quote from my hilarious husband. I asked him to get a 10 lb. bag of rice, but instead he got a 10 KILO bag. And then I found that he wrote this in his blog: “Today I walked across town with a 10 kilogram (20 pounds?) bag of rice on my head. It was so much easier to carry that way! I don’t think there is anything else to say.” No wonder the kids have been saying “daddy rice head”. I just thought they meant he likes rice.

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Knitting with handspun

February 23, 2008 @ 4:54 pm
posted by kris


First handspun hat

Yesterday I had a serious hankering to knit a new hat. Last year, I did a swap with Chawne (cauchy09) and she sent me some really gorgeous handspun. I didn’t knit it up right away, but I thought about it a LOT. I wanted to have the perfect pattern! It was also only around 100 yards, so it had to be small too. Back when we swapped, I didn’t make a whole lot of hats, so that didn’t even cross my mind. But yesterday, I was really really driven to make a hat and that was the first yarn to pop into my head.

I originally wanted to use the red skein, but it had less than the other color, so I thought I should be safe and use the one with more yarn. It didn’t take long to make – maybe 3 or so hours? It’s a simple “square” hat, knitted in the round on 72 sts. Then I kitchenered the top except the 4 sts on each end. Then I made some icord and voila!

I love handspun now and want to get more. Anyone up for a trade? I have LOTS of Wollmeise! :)

Pattern: my own
Yarn: Handspun from cauchy09 – Hello Yarn 100% corriedale top “trodden” – 3ply, dk/aran weight
Needles: Knit Picks options US9 circ needles
Started: February 22, 2007
Completed: February 22, 2007

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Yarn shopping

April 29, 2006 @ 4:09 pm
posted by kris


Done with the hat!

In the afternoon, I really wanted to go yarn shopping. So we went out to Marienplatz to Ludwig Beck. On our way there, we ran into Steve and De Knipple. It’s so cool that the city is small enough that you actually run into people you know. And it’s not like we know a lot either! Michael at this point decided to turn around and head home so that I could take my time shopping. I was a little disappointed. I expected a lot more. They pretty much had the cheapie yarns, no imports, just German and Italian yarns (or at least that’s what it seemed like). They only had a handful of stuff in a billion different colors. I bought some trial balls to see if they will work for the project that I’m starting.

After that store, I decided to check out Galleria Kaufhof and Hertie for their selections. Kaufhof sucked and really didn’t have much. Hertie I thought was the best selection, even though it still was the cheapie yarns. I bought even more trial stuff to play with.

I’m working on a pattern for my cousin, Lynn. I would tell you what is is but she reads this blog so I can’t until she gets it. It’s kind of funky and it might be a little bit too “out there” for her. We’ll see. She has to at least take a picture of herself with it and then she can throw it away. I’m sure she is dying to know what it is now. It’s not that big of a deal…

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Another hat done, this time in color!

July 4, 2004 @ 5:21 pm
posted by kris

Such a tiny hat!

Here is another Mags Kandis/Mission Falls design. I never really knitted in Fair Isle before, so this was a real educational piece! I also never had to join seams with different colors, so that was another thing I learned. I made this hat in about 5 hours. I made a mistake with determining what is the right side and what is the wrong side, but I don’t think you can tell the difference. Now on to the matching sweater…

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Baby’s first clothes!

July 3, 2004 @ 5:18 pm
posted by kris

Their first clothes

A few weeks ago, I got really excited about knitting some baby clothes by a designer named Mags Kandis. She is the exclusive designer for Mission Falls Yarns. It is so amazing because Mission Falls has only *2* yarns. She makes really amazing stuff just from working with those two. I immediately ordered several kits from a yarn store in Canada and it was painful waiting for the package to arrive. I could’ve ordered from a store here, but I’m not sure if they would have the buttons. Anyway, I got the kits last week and immediately started knitting away. I chose the easiest one out of the bunch, a one color design. But it wasn’t easy remembering how to knit. I mean, I know knit and purl, but I forgot how to read a chart pattern. I think I had to pull out the first 5 rows about 6 times due to mistakes. Once I got the hang of it, I couldn’t stop. I learned a lot from this patter too. I never made a buttonhole band/buttons before. I also have never blocked my pieces either (shhh, don’t tell). I never made a hat before, and now I love it! It took me about a week to make both the sweater and hat. The great thing about baby clothes is that they are so small, it takes no time to finish! This is the first set of baby clothes that I made for our babies and it is a shame they won’t be able to wear it until they are almost a year old! :(

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What does bockstark mean (pronounced bok-shtark)? My crazy German friend, Matthias, made that word up to mean "really cool" and says that it is catching on in Garmisch. So I am helping him popularize the word! I thought if I ever opened a yarn store, I would call it "Bockstark Yarns". This blog is all about my projects, yarns and crazy ideas related to knitting and other crafts. Contact me at bockstark.knits(at)gmail(dot)com.