plans plans plans

I love planning. Really.
I get super excited about it and it helps me getting through long days.

As I wanted to post this thing long long time ago I have started one of those, it’s Sea Fog! A pattern by the Lace Eater, which I mentioned in the previous post (I talked about High Country Circle, another planned project, sadly without pictures at the moment, so not listed here yet)

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Printed out pattern of Sea Fog on a white blanket with two skeins of Lichtfaden Pure Silk lace on top, grey colourway with hints of purple and blue.

I’m using a lovely lovely Lichtfaden Pure Silk Lace and it’s so amazingly soft, I really have to touch it everyday. I finished the first Chart in the meantime.

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A picture taken in bed, with purple and white blankets, a white fluffy dog is in the upper right background, cuddling against my knee, in the left upper part are my stitch markers and in the front you have my knitting project curled up, showing silery and blue coulours,, my floral blue and purple leggings shining through.

And here is what I plan to have on the needles soon:

Beneath the Moon

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the prined pattern of Beneath the Moon and one of the skeins I want to use for it on the upper right corner. Everything on a white blankie.

I adore this pattern since I first saw it. It reminds me a bit of a pattern I did I guess a year ago, called Rheinlust, because both of them have a lace pattern emerging from a single starting point. I’ll use the new and sadly limited Edition of Merino Cashmere Lace from Dyeforwool. It’s a cobweb with 1400m per skein and it’s super super thin. So I’ll use it doubled. I tried out a swatch and it was super pretty. This goes in line after I finished at least one of my current WIPs!

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A knitted swatch in really light purple on a white pillow on top of a white blanket. The swatch looks like a leaf on the top and has the lace patterning on the bottom, looking like a stem in this one.

And last but not least: the Hoar Frost Shawl

I’ve found this pattern on ravelry, it’s a fingering version but I wanted to do this in a perfect Lichtfaden Meridian which I gathered from a dear friend on Ravelry through destash, as I missed it in one of those rushed Lichtfaden updates due to the Boo Knits Mystery KAL. It’s an open lace shawl and I really want to go down in the needle size to compensate my sloppy knitting and the lace weight.
Perhaps I’ll add some shiny beads for a bit of bling!

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Pattern of the Hoar in the back, in the front the Lichtfaden Meridian skein, it’s an silvery white with shades of blue and purple floating around. Just beautiful.

 

motivation of the month

Good morning to all of you lovely creatures out there!

I had my last exam yesterday night and there’s only a talk I have to give next week plus my thesis which stands between me and my Master of Laws degree. It’s super exciting but I’m also super tired. The stress is halfway gone by now and I really should work on my presentation but I can’t get myself into it at the moment.

So I’m writing a blogpost for you to tell you about my latest motvational project.

I did my master degree in nine months (excluding the thesis) and I will be heading of to an exam course one day after I held my talk. So everything is really packed and I try to stress myself a little (= a lot). So I really need long term and short term motivational goals to keep me on track with everything.

As it was hard to motivate me in the last weeks I came up with the perfect thing: I’ll gift myself something after I finished my talk, which means next friday. I always wanted to have an Gameboy backpack. Yes, really. Like supernerd of the nerdiness. So I bought it for myself. But as it wasn’t enough I put in every yarn package I got over the last few weeks (at the Moment that’s one from Lichtfaden and one from Dyeforyarn) unopened!

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A backpack, totally in style of the old Gameboy on a wooden box in front of a purple and white structural wallpaper.

 

I’m super excited to finish everything to get to this package.

Plus I bought myself a pattern for a large project I really want to do soon. It’s called High Country Circle and it’s a large pi-shaped shawl. Here you can see the version of Mary-Anne, a fabulous designer called the LaceEater, you really should check her out!

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Picture from the Lace Eater, no copyright belongs to me. A person standing in the field, surrounded by green and brown grasses, covered from head to knees fully in a large offwhite blanket with a beautiful lace pattern emerging from the middle.

Did I mention that I have yarn for this project in my backpack? No? Well there is yarn. Really bright pink yarn.

And last but not least I do want to fill it up with some chocolate treats I get myself hopefully next week!

I hope you’re having a lovely weekend, I will go and attack this presentation making and learning for this last step now!

xoxo
Kathi

year of the Boo’s

Good morning lovely people on the Internet!

It feels like forever since I did a blogpost and yes it’s been a long time, almost three months. But here I am, having some easter vacations and escaping my thesis, my exam and lecture preparations and coming back to post a tiny update.

The first quarter of the year has passed and I wanted to show you my finished objects!

I took on the Boo Challenge for this year and so as you can guess I finished only Boo Shawls so far.

So first of them was my Diamond Fizz, knitted in Tussah lace from Dyeforyarn. I chose a lovely OOAK colourway called Murderous diamond doll and I’m super happy how it turned out.

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Me standing in front of the ocean (picture taken on vacation), the dark blue water matches my blue jeans, it’s sunny and my face is turned to the ocean, I’m holding up my pastel but shiny pink knitted lace stole.

I took this picture on our really needed vacation while escaping the german carnival. Another piece was finished in this vacation, my Last Dance.

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Another picture with the ocean in the background, I’m standing sideways and the wind is blowing and shaking my dark purple lace shawl.

I used Lichtfaden Pure Silk fingering in Mauve Peony OOAK, a very versaitle colourway because it looks really different in different lightnings. So if you haven’t checked out Lichtfaden you really should!

I used a heavier yarn than reccommended but I love the look of the more compact shawl. And it’s also my first Boo where I got down in the needle size to make a more wearable accessoire.

At the moment I’m finishing my Wintersweet in a bright red (also dyeforyarn tussah lace) with red Miyuki triangles for the upcoming gala evening from our dance school.

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In the front there’s a folded red knitting piece with red triangle beads sparkling and taking up almost the whole space of the picture. On the right back you can spot a giant Teacup, nearly wrapped in the knitting piece.

And it’s almost the 1. May which means the next Boo mKAL is starting very very soon! I chose some Pure Silk Meridian OOAK colourway from Lichtfaden called Rebel Rose and paired it with Miyuki 6/0, Duracoat Galvanized Hot Pink beads. Sabine, the dyer behind Lichtfaden told me she thought of me when she created this colourway. So I’m a bit honoured and just had to choose this for the mKAL. (As you can guess I buy more pinks from here than I can knit in a lifetime :D)

I can’t wait to start this piece!

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a shiny bright and light pink strand of yarn, folded into a half moon position laying on a white blanket, paired with some darker pink galvanized beads, which lay on the right side of the yarn.

There are quite a few non Boo Shawls planned but I think I’ll talk about them in a seperate posting!

Have some great days and see you soon!
xoxo

Kathi

notonlyapussy hat

Happy New Year everyone out there!

I want to start with a project I’ve discovered on the Internet: it’s the Pussyhatproject!
You can find their site on http://www.pussyhatproject.com, and yes I’m a bit late to the party.

It’s an online movement to provide the Womens’s March on 21. January in Washington with those bright and pink pussyhats. With these hats a visual statement should be provided to speak up for womens rights one day after the new president entered the office.

The project itself states:

The PussyHat Project aims to:

  1. Provide the people of the Women’s March on Washington D.C. a means to make a unique collective visual statement which will help activists be better heard.
  2. Provide people who cannot physically be on the National Mall a way to represent them- selves and support women’s rights.

The more we are seen, the more we are heard.
Let’s come together to support women’s rights in a creative and impactful way.

I really like the idea to send out a large visual statement, something that’s remembered like all those pink hats.
What’s nescessary and great about it too is that the project adresses also transwomen. The first thought I had was something like uggh – pink and pussy and womens rights – that’s so cisgender! But the makers of this project tried to be incluse on that point – I like that. BUT (there’s always a but in those cases) it states out that every woman has a pussy but that’s not true. There are women without pussies which should be adressed too, which is a bit difficult with this theme.

(reminder: I can only speak for my very privileged, white, able bodied, cis position)

So I searched online for some critical voices about this theme and I found a discussion thread in the pussyhat ravelry group  which really gave me more input and showed me more problematic points.

I would begin to read about more problematic things with the Huffington Post article on the Womens March.

Following by this article from Brittany Oliver, a person of colour who is against the march- read this great article here please. She states out why the whole march is problematic beginning with the first name of this march, “All Women March”, which claims a march led by Black Women.

“Overall, you all have co-opted the messaging of these two very important historical moments in Black history and it’s unfortunate because it’s becoming increasingly difficult to preserve Black activism. Politically co-opting efforts with “ALL WOMEN” and “ALL VOICES” is merely an attempt to erase the specific needs of people of African descent. “
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And another great article, also about written by Rosie Campos can be found here.

I don’t know if something changed about these subjects in the meantime, or if there is anything that could still change that now.

I’m not in the position to judge this project or the people who have justified criticisms against it and I don’t want to. I just wanted to share my progress of becoming more aware of problems with this subject with you.

So, yes I know it’s a problematic theme and also a problematic hat.
But for me personally the message of doing something against being grabbed by the pussy is good. I like the reclaiming of the word pussy and the strength that comes with this.
As I’m located in Germany and I wasn’t able to knit one to send uproad in time, but perhaps I’ll knit one for myself.

How about you?

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Every link to another site I share here is not my own content.
I have examined them to my best knowlege but I’m not liable for this content.

 

the last finished objects of 2016

I want to end the year with some pictures of my latest finished objects!
enjoy 🙂

This is my Authenticity by softsweaterknits, knit in Countess Ablaze Lord of Mohair Aran – it turned out really huge!

And this is me Be with you from Boo Knits, knit in Lichtfaden Cashmere and Silk Halo. This is for sure the softest thing I’ve ever knit!

(Larger pictures can be found on my ravelry pages, the pic description is still here and can be found with clicking on the pictures)

Do you have a new years resolution?
Mine is to do more of what makes me happy 🙂

I wish you all a happy new Year, and we’ll see us on the other side!

xoxo
kathi

a new year: 2017

The end of the year is near and for me this is the time to make future plans. My non-knitting year 2017 is going to be full and busy. I’ll finish my master of laws degree plus before finishing this I’ll attend a one-year course to prepare myself for the tax consultant exam (which is a really  big thing to achieve here in germany), but that’s not what I want to spread out here – it’s all about my future knitting projects!

As Bev from Boo-Knits announced her 2017 challenge where everybody is going to knit 10 designs of her in one year I thought about my knitting plans for the future year a bit longer. I was one step before joining as I realized that I’m a person who get’s stressed out really easily. So I took a deep breath and took one step back to look at 2017 in detail.

What are my plans?
What are my limitations?
What can I do to not stress me out more than necessary?

I haven’t joined the Boo Challenge (yet) and I’m still unsure about it. There are a lot of Boo designs I want to knit, but there are a ton of others I wan’t to knit too. I think it’s the usual dilemma of a knitter. So I came up with this list.

Things I want to achieve in my knitting year 2017:

  • Autumn Lace by Nancy Marchant
    when I’ll decided that I’m able to do a two colour brioche cast on – that scares the hell out of me! Plus I’m unsure if I should use two different coloured yarns or if it would be as lovely with only one colour (pastell pink for sure)
  • My Ancestress lace shawl / Hap
    I showed you my plans before, you can read about it here
  • Beneath the moon Shawl
    I really adore this one, but it’s quite huge and I’m unsure about the yarn quality I want to use, I really like the white wooly test knit item you can see in the projects, but perhaps it would be lovely in dfy tussah silk lace.
  • Sea Fog by Mary-Anne Mace
    which is going to be quite a challenge because it’s an charted only pattern and I’m not good at reading them
  • Like Sea Fog there is the Affinity lace shawl, which is also charted only but so so beautiful!
  • For sure there has to be Spellbound
    I adore this boo pattern ever since!
  • In the rows of Boo: Chasing Rainbows
    started in 2016 but I’m again unsure of my yarn choice – perhaps I’ll have to do a custom order at Lichtaden and knit it in my favourite Mohair quality (Hana Kidmohair)
  • also known for sure: I’ll knit at least one of the Boo Mystery knitalongs
    (she told us there will be at least two! *wiggles excited*
  • Perhaps a pi shawl, like Zucchero or Arbre or even Leaves of Grass
    using a gradient set from Lichtfaden, but unsure if I can manage the colour changes good enough to make myself happy with it, inspired by this project also using Lichtfaden Silk
  • Sizzle Pop
    Perhaps together with the boyfriend as a homezone KAL, using funny Hedgehog Skinny Singles and perhaps something mohairy 😀
  • And last but not least my latest discovery: Secretkeeper from Melanie Berg
    GOSH I want to throw all my plans away and knit this right now!

LOL
That’s quite a list, huh?
And I’m sure there will be designs in the future that will throw all my plans over board, because they’re so beautiful.
But that’s okay, perhaps this is the key point of all of this planning:

do what you love and enjoy your time

What are you’re future plans?
Wanna share?

xoxo Kathi

hap – like happy?

What is a hap?
Hap like happy?

I saw a lot of great pattern on ravelry in the last months and fell over the term “hap”. I didn’t know what a hap was until I began a little research. It all began with the Book of Haps, I first heard about it at the knitting group I attended once and gave him little observance, but after this book was published they were everywhere.

I red a lot about traditional forms of shetland haps and came to the conclusion that this means that they originally have a center panel and are surrounded by a lace section and an edging. The most one’s I’ve seen are in muted colourways, like white, browns and greys. Originally they were made with thicker heavier wool, todays haps’s are often made of laceweight yarns. I also learned that these garmets were for everyday use and were folded in the half to cover the shoulders or to be worn as a shawl.

I learned more about haps from these blog postings and I would reccomend them to you, they have stunning pictures of historical haps and more!

In the last posting I found a very accurate description of haps from Kate Davies, she published this on her blog mentioned above:

“As knitters, we may have come across the word “hap” in reference to Shetland (or Shetland-type) shawls featuring simple openwork, but what precisely does it mean? “Hap” is a word common to Scots and Northern English dialects, as well as Shetland, and means to wrap, to cover, or conceal. From the 14th century on, the word “hap” crops up frequently in a wide variety of Northern texts, its usage ranging from the quotidian (the protection of crops in cold ground, the repair of a thatched roof) to the sombre (the wrapping of a corpse or the burying of a secret). In Scots, to be “weel happit” means to be well wrapped-up against the cold, and, it is perhaps in reference to colder winter weather that the word has been most often used. In The Brigs of Ayr (1786) for example, Robert Burns summed up the time of year as “when the stacks get on their winter haps”, and James Hogg memorably captured the atmosphere of a chilly evening: “When gloamin o’er the Welkin steals / And haps the hills in sober grey” (Forest Minstrel, 1810). More recently, ‘hap’ appears as a singularly Wintery covering in Edinburgh author, James King Annand’s lovely poem, Purple Saxifrage (1991).

So I learned about those haps and guess what – I have a favourite design I really want to knit soon. Take a look here! It’s called my Ancestress Hap Lace Shawl from Martha Marques and I think this will be a project for 2017.

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Picture by Martha Marques, as seen on the ravelry pattern page – all rights belong to her. A offwhite and grey large rectangle hap, folded and covering the shouders of a woman with a lovely grey bun. The hap has a lacey textured inner panel followed by amazing details in the lace section, which is about as long as the panel itself, ending in a half as wide edging section. 

I don’t know if there’s a rule to stick to the traditional colours, if there is one I have to break it because I’ve fallen in love with a more rustic yarn from Countess Ablaze. I ordered it today and I think it will be perfect for the hap of my dreams.

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Copyright by Countess Ablaze – the English Gentleman Fingering in the colourway Kite Flying OOAK, all rights belong to Countess Ablaze. Two skeins of yarn on a grey background. They have the black and white Countess Ablaze Banderole and the colour in the skeins shifts from a soft watery blue over to more turquoise blue, ending in deep watery blue, like I would imagine the deep see on a sunny day

I saw this yarn and the description from the Countess Ablaze page states about this base:

“Do you have a desert island yarn? I have finally found mine and this is it. Soft, buttery, rustic without being scratchy, this is my perfect yarn. The undyed base is a rich oatmeal colour from the brown Masham so the dye results in a rich and textured coverage. Everything about this yarn is British and it is spun down the road from here in Yorkshire.”

This sounds perfect for this project. What do you think of my interpretation?
Do you have a hap or do you plan on doing one in the future?