Taboo or not to Boo (no, that’s not even a question)

It’s this time of the year where you wiggle excited with your knitting needles for the mKAL to start!

I’m talking about Taboo – the Halloween mystery knitalong from Boo Knits, and as you can guess I can’t wait to start this one. It’s going to be a two coloured lace shawl with beads and I’m totally in love with my yarn choice. The whole fun starts on October first and I plan on knitting this while I’m on vacation!

This time we’re using Miss Babs Wild Silk, a fabulous soft luxurious yarn.
I had my personal problems with the German customs, they won’t let my yarn come to me but now were happy together after four long weeks of waiting.

So let’s show you my yarnies!

I ordered a set for the mKAL plus two additional strands of yarn.

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Four strands of yarn on a white “Miss Babs” wrapping paper. The top one is the largest, it’s a full skein in creamy pale pink meeting a soft brownish light orange and all shades in between. Beneath this skein is a smaller matching skein in a slightly darker pink. Beneath these mKAL yarns are two small strands, a lovely blue yarn which reminds me of the sea, changing to nearly off white and a deep saturated screaming pink.

From Top to bottom:

  • Pink Lemonade (Wild Iris which means not repeatable)
  • Zinfandel
  • Water Spirit (Wild Iris)
  • Floyd

I bought some beads from Lanabeads2 on etsy before the yarn showed up but they weren’t a perfect match so the lovely Anna from ravelry sold her beads, also etched crystal seed beads to me and they are just perfect. The colourway is called Capri.

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the two upper yarns from the picture before are layered above each other. The whole colour scheme blends into each other from off white over cream to light pink. The Zinfandel yarn, the darker pink lays on top of it, and on top of that are the beads. The beads are sparkly and are matching the darker pumpkin/orange/creamy tones of the main colour yarn.

Will you join in, too?
My friend PinkZombie wrote about her Taboo  >here< so go and check her out!

Have a lovely week!
xoxo Kathi

 

knitting knits us together

Long time no see fellow yarn friends out there.

It has been a busy time. I finished my Bachelor degree plus I applied and got accepted for my master degree (starting tomorrow).

So what happend in this time?

I finished my Walk on the Moon, which I was knitting together with a bunch of friends of mine. I must admit it was a really annoying project – I really like the outcome but I will never ever knit this again. (While reading this again this sounds really horrible – but I have to correct myself it wasn’t – I just got bored easily)

But first let’s appreciate this lovely thing:

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A finished knitting piece, hanging on a white canvas in front of a white structured wallpaper. The piece has three colours and goes from light dusty pink, over grey to a dark burgundy. The colour changes begin in the first half of the pink part, where pink and grey rows are alternated. Then the whole colour switches to grey also alternated with dark burgundy before being finished in a ruffled burgundy edge.

 

So why do I get bored so easily?
For me a pattern must have a variety of things:

  • interesting stitches
  • being repetitvie but not monotonous
  • challenge me in some form

And this pattern uses the same stitches and combinations of rows when alternating the first to second section and second to third section – which is really lovely if you’re looking for some really really mindeless knitting with over 500 stitches at your cable. (I motivated myself to knit this while watching Supernatural – but even this sometimes scary series wasn’t able to overshadow this tiresome project) Plus I have to admit that my yarn choice wasn’t the perfect one. I used Dye for yarn Silk lace yarn – which are untwisted silk strands. Lovely outcome but a pain in the ass to knit. At least for me.

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A close-up of my knitted piece, showing the left part of it. The ruffle border takes up a lot of room in the picture and is falling in waves down from the canvas. 

 

But in the end all that matters is that I have created a lovely thing with my friends.

So I searched something new for myself – I wanted to knit a fluffy mohair cape from a free pattern from Lana Grossa but this also turned out annoying. Even more than finishing this huge shawl. So I’ll try to knit this square on the knitting machine instead of trying to produce a huge thing in stockinette stitch.

Here we can see a character trait of mine: I can’t do things which annoy me.
I have a huge inner barricade against boredom. Sounds a bit weird, even for me but that’s who I am. Looking for new challenges or at least returning to pleaseant repetitive things. And this leads me to my current project!

I’m knitting a Spark of Grey by Melanie Berg together with a really amazing friend of mine. And I love this pattern so much!

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A printed knitting pattern from Melanie Berg near two skeins of fluffy yarn- in a dusty rose violett – called “Withering bunch of roses” and a grey skein beyond called “Dolphin in my bathtub”

It’s repetitive but not boring, challenging but not overwhelming and its varieted in between the rows, but let’s see how far I am:

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The knitting piece is started in grey and creates a pattern where the grey and the violett layer each other. It’s a triangular scarf and it’s behaving soft and cuddly.

I’m using Dye for Wool Merino/Babycamel in the shades Withering bunch of roses and Dolphin in my bathtub and I really like to soft texture of these yarn.

The pattern is exactly the thing I need at the moment because on my other needles are two non portable projects . ( I want to finish my Danse Macabre by Boo Knits before the next mKAL, but this is another story coming soon and on the other needles the Celestarium waits for my attention, but also with beads – which I’m not into this week.) and I needed something which I can take on the train to university tomorrow plus I’m sick at home and want to binge watch all the series (Sherlock season three at the moment).

I will knit another one – I’m really sure of that because I saw this beauty on Ravelry, it’s knitted in cashmere and I love the blurred effect this yarn gives the pattern.

So that was quite a huge update on what’s going on at the moment, I hope you enjoyed my excessive desriptions of things and we’ll read us soon!

xoxo

Kathi