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

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

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

 

I don’t love you anymore.

When I first met you on the Internet you introduced a new world to me. You gave me confidence by singing „Baby you’re a knitter“. This was my start as an adult to finally learn something  I was alway too impatient to do. I powered through your 2015 mKAL and I fell in love with colours, speckled yarn and your patterns. But then there was a moment this year where I found that everything new you produce still looks like something I know. I was sad at first but then I thought it would be lovely to have different interpretations for your pattern to choose from. But the longer I thought about this, the more frustrated i felt. I felt betrayed. That wasn’t the famous creative world I thought I would live in. Everything new seemed like a mass product.

But I wanted to give you another chance, so I started this years mKAL. Yeah and what can I say? It wasn’t special anymore. I love how some finished objects looked, especially the colour matching ones – but I still got the feeling that this is mass ware. I feel like the creative brain is gone. Don’t get me wrong, there are still around ten patterns I wan’t to knit from you – but they are all old.

It took me a long time to come to this conclusion, but finally here it is:

I’m sorry. Stephen, I’m over you.

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