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

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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?

 

something cuddly

As I have quite a tight knitting schedule at the moment, there always come things unplanned. Like this one. It’s cuddly and soft and huge.

I’m talking about Authenticity from softsweater knits in Countess Ablaze Lord of Mohair Aran.

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the Authenticity pattern printed out in black and white, showing the name of the pattern plus a person wearing the shawl in front, surrounded by four skeins of pink/grey big yarn, as always on a white blanket.

How could that happen?
It all started with this lovely colour of mohair Aran I found when a friend told me about a coupon code on the Countess Ablaze site. I never tried her yarns before but I was curious about them. So I ordered this for me totally untypical yarn – compared to lace it’s enormous. But I just can’t stop touching it and a quick satisfactional knit was really needed after this exhausting week.

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a caked skein of Lord of Mohair aran, showing the bright pink parts, the softer pink ones and emerging into a soft and comforting grey, presented on a white pillow.

I hope I’ll get to finish it by the end of next week because I’m really freezing my butt of while I’m waiting for my train to and back to my university. Currently I’m around halfaway done and it’s really a lovely pattern.

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white blanket and half finished knitting piece on top of it, traingle shaped. One of the three caked skeins is used up about 1/3, a fourth skein uncaked laying beneath the other skeins, all above the knitted piece.

Perhaps I’m learning to like such bigger yarns…
Do you like big knits?

xoxo
Kathi

#knitterspayitforward

Something that really touched me last week was the #knitterspayitforward movement. I saw it on instagram and felt very touched, even if I’m in a very privileged position (white, cis, educated and a lot more) to not feel any consequences of the world falling apart.

But I love that everybody who is able to, shares their love with others. It’s a good feeling and I wanted to share something that made my day last week:

It’s a gift from Melanie Berg, also known as Mairlynd, who is a pretty awesome designer from Germany. The deal is to gift one of her self published pattern to somebody and then to recieve this pattern for your own. She announced it in her ravelry group and on Instagram and I shared a lot of pattern with friends of mine.
I knit her pattern Rheinlust in the past and i’m currently knitting Spark of Grey and I deeply adore her pattern. So this was a great opportunity to make somebodies day and to have something for myself.

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Me wearing my Rheinlust Shawl. Rheinlust is a dark purple in my case a laceweight shawl with a wave pattern emerging from one side, ending in a stockinette section

Plus there are amazing people in this ravelry group, even a whole thread where you can find someone who want’s to share a pattern with you or who announces to gift something to somebody. So lovely and full of warmth.

I haven’t seen any end date yet – so treat yourself and your beloved ones ❤

#Novickel

It’s a shame that I haven’t written something about this amazing project yet!

Some friends of mine had the fabulous idea to bright up our november.
We made a list of yarn we liked, colours, snacks and other stuff and everybody got a swap partner. So I bought a yarn and wrapped some presents in it and sent it out. Everybody has something wrapped in yarn, personalized to everyone of us and now we’re knitting together.

This is my novickel:
I really like the wooly texture of the Lambswool I was gifted. The colour is also very pleasing to me. ❤

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a pink lace yarn and some envelopes on a white blanket. there’s something wrapped up in a red paper inside of the yarn roll which stickes out just a bit

And as you probably have guessed by now, I’ve started another Boo project. A Snow Angel. (A bit addicted, huh?)

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Starting picture of my Snow Angel, started the body and knitted about 7cm in depth, the knitting piece and the ball of yarn lying on a blanket. More gifts are lurking inside of the ball.

I haven’t come far with that project until now because I had to wait for longer cables.(Saying that I remember that I wanted to do a review of my new Chiagoo red lace set I got for my birthday back in october, which I totally forgot about!)
But the cables came in last week and so I’m able to continue this project soon 🙂

What are you knitting at the moment?

 

a boo’ful december

I planned two projects for december I want to share with you today. Every month there is a knitalong in the lovely Boo group on ravelry. And in december it’s called “Ghost of the mKAL past” – so you can knit every past mystery pattern with the group.

I was a bit ambitious and chose two pattern, so this is something that will keep me busy over the turn of the year and into the new year I think. But I just couldn’t chose one of those two.

The first one i want to do is: Humbug
“Scarves and shawls are so amazingly versatile. Whether you have a snuggly winter warmer or a thin, outfit enhancing, accessory they are just so useful and can lift your outfit as much as your spirits.”

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on the left my stash picture of the cashmere skeins, showing the lovely variegation between the soft pink shades and the more pastell ones, on the right three different beads, from top to bottom medium rose ones, in the middle some drops and some lighter pink ones similar to the top ones on the bottom

it’s a scarf pattern i really adore and I think this could be a really quick knit. I chose the most beautiful Lichtfaden Cashmere yarn I could imagine and some lovely beads to go by. Also I want to use drops at the ends of the scarf and I’m super excited about this project.

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white blanket background, two skeins of pink/creme cashmere lace on the bottom right, above the Humbug pattern, showing only “BOO HUMBUG!” and some pearls sprinkled over the white blanket

the second one I want to knit is: Be with you
“Most of the Boo Knits shawls have an air of romance and this is no exception. Be With You as a name was the starting point for the design of this beaded, crescent shaped, shawl. It has been designed to be worked in two colours each working with and yet complimenting the other – a perfect relationship. Though designed for two yarns, this shawl would look equally gorgeous in just one and can be worked in either lace weight or fingering weight yarn. The versatility of this shawl ensures that there will be a version that is just right for you and right for any occasion. Whether you wear jeans and a shirt or prefer a cocktail dress, this shawl can be made to be your perfect accessory.”

I adored this a long time ago and though I would never be able to knit such a beautiful thing. I love the two different textures and this shawl is really something I want to wear. For this project I chose Lichtfaden, too. (She really is my favourite ever dyer)

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two caked pink cashmere skeins on the bottom, topped from a lighter pink skein of silk halo, which has a luminous glow and a lovely fluffyness. Both lay on the pattern, you can see a woman (Fiona I love your version!!!) with her Be with you over her shoulders, on top of it more light pink sprinkled pearls.

So yes – my december will be full of yarn.

AND if that wasn’t enough action for one month the boyfriend bought me a adventcalendar with yarn and a pattern for every day until christmas. How cute is that?!
I think I’ll make a huge blogpost on that too very soon. ❤

Have a lovely day and feel hugged if you want to,
xoxo
Kathi

 

finished: Taboo

Let’s move on to something cheerful!

I finished this years Halloween mKAL by BooKnits after only one and a half month. That’s pretty fast for me because I tend to knit on thousand different projects at the same time plus it’s a really busy time now.

I used Miss Babs Wild Silk in Pink Lemonade and Zinfandel and I really like the texture of this yarn. I ordered more of it and there is another set waiting for Taboo, or a different shawl, still unsure about that.

I think the shawl grew more in comparison to the other finished objects I’ve seen so far. Perhaps I’ll go down in the needle size when I’ll do it again because I really like the texture of the other shawls I’ve seen.

But here it is, blocking and not a very colour true picture:

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A 1.40x2m bed covered with a red blanket. On top of that a two-coloured lace shawl pinned out. 

And another picture where you can see it in comparison to a small dog, where I tried to make a more glamorous shot if it. *LOL*

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a picture with better lightning, a white blanket covering the floor, shawl laid out and a small black pomeranian dog trotting over the shawl from the left outter corner.

I still want to take better pictures, propably outside and with the rhine as background but it’s so grey and rainy most of the times that there are no chances to get a propper picture. Or it’s even dark when I get away from the desk.

As always this was an amazing pattern by Bev, you can never get dissapointed with the things she creates. I really love that. I started another Boo pattern, a Snow Angel and I have two shawls planned for December, also from her.
But you’ll get to see them in the next posting! 😉

Have a lovely evening,
xoxo Kathi