changing directions

Something I’ve learned because of yarn, too.

I told you last week that I begun this amazing new Brioche project called Inky, in dark grey with speckles and one of my favourite colours ever – Jelly.
And the further I got in the pattern the more I realized that this colour combination doesn’t sing to me.

Normally I would have thrown it away and got mad at it, but this time I frogged it and dived through my stash to find something more spectacular. And yes, it’s not what the pattern planned for but I’ve found a combination that really sings to me.

But have look yourself:

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Light side of the work: A knitting piece lying on a white blanket. Beginning with a two colour icord, in the middle of the knitting piece the brioche section begins and spreads out and becomes larger and larger from row to row. On the left and on the right side is garter stitch. Colours are bright pink and a white with light purple variations. The brioche section is dominated by the light colour and the whole thing reminds me of a clam.      

 

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Dark side of the work: in the brioche section the bright pink is dominant now, same background setting as the light side. 

This is Jelly on Skinny Singles and Ghost on Silk/Merino Lace. It changes the thickness of the whole piece but I really like that effect!

Do you often deviate from the pattern?

Have a lovely week full of knitting!
Kathi

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it’s Dandy time!

Hello yarnfriends out there!
This is just a short update because I’ve completed my Cosmic Dandy!
(I talked about the pattern, yarn and lovely Julie in this Posting)

I finished it on Sunday and worn it every day since. It’s still unblocked but the weather is so nasty that I won’t put it off *lol*

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Me holding my finished Cosmic Dandy while standing with the back to the camera. In the background there’s a lilac and offwhite striped wallpaper with flowers. The Dandy is larger than my span an reaches from my shoulders to my bottom.

And because I love it so much I had to take some bathroom selfies at University on monday, here’s one of them ^^

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A picture with dark and moody lightning and an Instagram filter which amplifies this effect. I’m standing in the University bathroom wearing my Cosmic Dandy while I squint into my phone, which I’m holding with my left hand. I whimsical grin.

I really enjoyed this pattern and I totally recommend it to everyone out there who wants to try brioche! It’s an amazing thing – to make and to wear.

Hope you’re having an as snuggly day as me with my Dandy!

xoxo
Kathi

 

the magic of yarn clubs

Can you remember the last time when you stayed up late to get something, which was really important for you?

I remember. It was the fourth Harry Potter book and I was too young to be at a book store at night and my mom and I bought a special overnight delivery for this book.

When I think about it it makes me giggle with excitement – and that happened again this week, but as you can guess with yarn.

One of my favourite brands, Hedgehog Fibres, opened their sinings for their yarn clubs again. Hedgehog Fibres are handmade yarns from Ireland, created from the amazingly talented Beata Jezek and her team. These yarn clubs come in different installments, so you can choose your favourite base and you’ll get a three month delivery of colours, which are never repeated.

I signed up for last rounds Skinny Singles Club and I wanted to show you my favourite skein of this whole club installment. It’s Dahlia from Skinny Singles Club March 2016.

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a Hedgehog Fibres Skein from Skinny Singles Club laying on a white satin pillow with ornaments. The yarn has soft pink parts, deep watery blue ones and oranges that fade into a dark reddish brown/black.

Last round you could choose between the Skinny Singles, Sock and Twist Sock. Both, Skinny Singles and Sock included two skeins per month, Twist was one skein.

“And what was so special about this week and the new clubs?” you may ask – it was the variety of clubs you could choose from.

I’ve seen past club installments for lace club on Beata’s Instagram and was totally blown away. Perhaps some of you know that – I’m totally into lace skeins. So additional to the three clubs I’ve mentioned before this round got three other clubs. Cashmere Club, Lace and Mini Skeins. I’m not that into mini skeins, but Lace and Cashmere where totally my piece of cake.

I’ve shared the last Skinny Singles club with my boyfriend and now he’s addicted too. So we’ve worked out a plan for this round. I got the cashmere club, which means two skeins of this amazingly snuggly fine fluffy delicate cashmere per month for me! Can you guess how excited I am? 😀 And the boyfriend got the lace club with 1 skein Silk/Merino lace, 1 skein Merino lace and two skeins of Kidsilk lace in total and – because we’re a bit more than addicted we bought the Skinny Singles club together.

(Yes, the update was at 2am in the morning…
Did I need to mention that I was a happy zombie the day after?)

So there’s a lot of yarn swapping in this house to come, and so many nice fluffy yarn cuddling action – I’m beyond thrilled!

Do you like yarn clubs?
And have you already joined the Hedgehog clubs?
And what are you’re yarn favourite clubs?

Have a yarnful weekend!
Kathi

bad day? cast on!

Have you had a bad day?

I had a bad day. I dreamt a horrible dream about my long gone school time, worried about my last exam, my thesis and friendships which are gone, soon to be gone or which just hard at the moment.  I sat over my learning stuff all day long and it wasn’t interesting at all. It’s my last exam before I get my degree and it’s a field from one of the first semesters so I needed something that makes me happy.

Instead of buying yarn, which I normally do *oops*, I casted on a new project. It had to be something new, something challenging. I have several projects in a waiting line and I choose Inky from Susanne Sommer. It’s a pretty new pattern from her new collection and I just love octopodes, so this is perfect for me. Also I participate in the Hedgehog Fibres Brioche Knitalong with it.

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the caked yarns sitting on a blanked, top and bottom one are a speckled dark grey, the middle one is a neon pink, on top of the three yarns sits a crochet octopus

I chose Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles for this project. I’ll use two skeins of Potluck 3 which I grabbed on destash and one skein in Jelly. I originally bought the Potlucks for my significant other but I’ve fallen in love with them so deeply that he gave them back to me.
Isn’t that adorebul?

So – here I proudly present my (p)Inky!

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started knitting piece on gray ground, the neon pink is in the foreground of the brioche knitting piece, the dark grey in the background. the pink brioche rows fan out from the middle of the piece, the right and left sides are normal knit stitches where the pink and the grey blends in together

What do you do when you’re having a hard time?
xoxo
Kathi

more brioche please!

Yes – what can I say?
I’m addicted!

I bought a book – yes I also love books, my third not so secret love, beside yarn and coffee – and it’s from the Queen of Brioche Nancy Marchant! It’s her first book, she recently published her third one, on brioche and I wanted to get this one because I really want to learn all the basics about brioche knititng.

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a fluffy white blanket, a coffee in a rose mug and the first book called “knitting brioche” from Nancy Marchant

It’s amazing structured and it has a ton of stitches and explanations and pictures and it’s really a great book for those of us who are easily overwhelmed by video tutorials. I really like to look up stitches in it. I also got her Craftsy Online Class – which is also great, but I found out that I learn best when I can look up everything without rush.

So I think you’ll see a lot of brioche projects here in the near future.

See you soon! ❤
Kathi

en français, s’il vous plaît

Hello to you!

Today I want to share my new findings regarding new a designer, a yarn brand I didn’t knew before and my favourite project!

So – here’s my project: It’s the Cosmic Dandy by Julie Dubreux. She’s a new french designer and her second pattern was published this month. I’m currently working on her first one, but the second one called Born Naked is already in planning.

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unfinished cosmic dandy, a moon shaped knitting piece in three different pink shades, lying on a white blanket, two of the three sections are done, vertical stripes in dark pink and mohair are attatched to the horizontal three colour striped body.

Cosmic Dandy is worked in three sections and uses two skeins of Merino Singles and one skein of Mohair. It uses yarn from La bien Aimèe, a french brand, which I’ll review later in this posting.

So in my picture I finished the first section of horizontal stripes and also the second section of vertical stripes. The third section is Brioche – I really looked forward to learn this new technique!

At the moment I’m in section three and I really love how the brioche turned out! It took some time for me to understand brioche, because the most videos are english style knitting and I do continental, but I figured it out and now I’m totally addicted to Brioche. Also Julie uploaded really helpful videos on Youtube about the vertical stripes section, picking up stichtes and also brioche – which where a pleasure to watch.

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in the background are the three skeins of yarn, in the foreground the knitting is held up, focus on the brioche section.

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in the middle of the picture the brioche is showing up, the main colour switches from dark pink to mohair, the lighter pink is the contrastic colour.

 

I can’t wait to finish this lovely shawl because I want to wear it so much!

So now I’ll want to give you a review on the La bien Aimée yarn.

As you may know I’m a huge fan of pink yarn and also single ply yarn. So this was the perfect base for me. And what can I say? I’m totally in love- this yarn is super soft and super squishy and it knits up heavenly. I chose the colourways “Sari” and “Ballet” for my Cosmic Dandy and the colours are brilliant. I think Sari is one of my favourite colours ever, it’s iridescent and it really glows. Ballet runs from nearly white to a light off-rose and is a perfect soft colourway. The third yarn is a soft and silky Mohair, i choose “the Hotness” and I really like the texture of this Mohair. It has a really nice tension without loosing it’s softness. The colourway is a really warm pink, like a fluffy candy.

These yarns are hand dyed and she got two yarn stores in Paris and also her own online Shop. Shipping to Germany was expensive, but I’ll do it again – the quality of this yarn is amazing and worth every Cent.

I really want to visit Paris and also this Shop in the future.
Have you plans for visiting your favourite shops?

Have a great weekend and enjoy your knitting! ❤
Kathi

 

finding ease

What?
Finding ease?
While creating shawl no. 1001?

Yes. Knitting changed my life. And I think that’s why I came from 0 to 100 with this new hobby. Before I started knitting I was a very impatient person. I quickly lost pleasure when things got tricky and even worse: I got mad very easily. It was hard to control my temper on the one hand and on the other hand I got bored when things werent’t challenging. I was angry at myself because I wasn’t able to relax and I was even angrier because everytime I knit a thing in the past it reminded me of my first knitting-action in my childhood. Back then I knitted a small cloth and it was so hard it stood by itself. Today that’s a funny thing to tell but I hated it so much, I lost every will to learn more about it as a child. And deep inside me I really wanted to be a knitter.

Propably thats why Stephen Wests Video “Baby your a knitter” catched me that hard. It took some time to finish my Doodler, especially because I choose heavier yarn than recommended. As you can see – i knitted a blanket, but I really love it.

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Woman sitting on a couch, wearing her knitting piece as a blanket. It covers everything from her feet up til her head. Only the arms are showing. The knitting piece is unfinished an really huge, a strand of white yarn lays on her knittingcovered belly.

So – back on topic, it made me relax. I learned to be more present in the moment itself and to enjoy the process of making things. It washs away every bad feeling inside of me when I grab my project bag and get to touch the fabric. I can understand why people use #knittingismyyoga. For me it’s the same feeling of ease and peacefulness.

I take my knitting with me everywhere I go. I can’t stand to wait somewhere without doing something (and if I’m not knitting I’m reading).  So I can open my comfort zone everywhere I am, I just need to take out my project and I feel myself relaxed. Especially when my project is super fluffy and cuddly.

So for me, everything I need to relax is my project and perhaps a huge cup of coffee to go with it. How do you relax? And does it take more than your knitting project? Perhaps a good cup of coffee? Or music? Tell me about it!

Best regards
Kathi