Oranje!

Not quite there yet but it’s working out the way I hoped it would! At this rate I’ll be done with it in a few days :) I’ve taken pictures along the way because I wanted to blog this thing and didn’t get to it. Now I’m blogging it because I have no choice but to put it down as it dries.

I was so proud! I’ve knitted a project like this one before so I already knew what to expect. I bound of the stitches for the body and the sleeve and I’m planning to undo the bo and graft the stitches together this time. I believe this is a prettier finish and I’m hoping it won’t leave any holes (like the previous project did).

I love the hem and sleeve detail. It makes the project look really clean and neat.

Another attempt to blog ended in hilarity. Every time I lay a knit on the ground it is inspected, and often approved of, by a kitty. They usually end up either sitting or sleeping on it somewhere between me putting it on the floor and searching for the camera.

It took a while but I’m super proud! I just couldn’t lay it down and be at peace. I simply had to knit and finish this project. Obviously it’s not finished just yet, but it’s my first time knitting fair isle with three different yarns simultaneously, and I actually didn’t completely fudge it up!

This cardigan is knitted with malabrigo lace in terracotta and in botticelli red. I also used a white ball of zettl sock yarn. I made a swatch and determined that my gauge was smaller than the pattern called for. I measured myself and cast on a number that consisted with a larger size in the pattern. I chose to do this because I didn’t want to end up with a huge difference once I got to the yoke. I also wanted the cardigan to be longer and a bit less tight than my other cardigans. Because of the thin fabric it wouldn’t be all that pleasant if the knit turned out too small.

In the end it all turned out much better than expected. The pictures I posted here show what the cardigan looked like before washing. The washing part wasn’t all too bad. Malabrigo yarn turns out to bleed like a b*tch so the white turned out a slight shade of not-so-white-but-not-near-pink-either and I noticed how much I didn’t really mind :)

The coloring wasn’t the only problem tho. The cardigan grew to nearly twice its size! I couldn’t bear to take any pictures so I can’t show the horror.. After some frantic searching on rav I found a number of projects that really helped me out! A few of them were related to the project and another few related to the yarn. Turns out malabrigo sock yarn grows a LOT. They all came with the same solution: put it in the dryer.

I sat in front of my combi-dryer and spent a nervous 20 minutes in front of it. I did open and restart the program a number of times to make sure it wasn’t going to be too small. I think I can still put it in one more time because it’s still a little loose but I’ll wait until it’s all done. I like the way it looks now, matching the pictures I posted here.

Happy spring!

Or ‘new day’ as it is called in Farsi (Iranian/ Persian). It was actually yesterday, but I was busy doing other things so I forgot about the blogging world. Sorry about that :)

My parents borrowed my camera so I have some mobile phone pictures for you today, and the first thing I’d like to show you is my brothers’s goldfish and my Noodles hanging out.

Aren’t they cute? So Noodles is helping me ‘watch’ the fish.. I’m not sure if you can see it in the picture but I taped the lid shut just to be safe.

I’ve spent a few evenings spinning on my russian and I noticed that my hands were starting to hurt. What you see here is 47 grams of singles on a 34 gram spindle… I decided to ply the yarn and try again on a naked spindle.

One of the first things I noticed is how thin the yarn seemed compared the the other skein. I thought I had spun the yarn quite thin on the wheel but I hadn’t expected this. Overall the yarn is fairly consistent, if a little thinner.

I still haven’t washed the skein so it might just relax a little and puff up (like I think the other skein did). If it doesn’t I’ll have to knit another swatch and see what will happen I guess.

I feel like I’m on a roll because I felt like knitting another cardigan as soon as I had my Truffle Cardigan off the needles. I’ve had Oranje in my queue list for a while and I had already planned to use my 3 skeins of malabrigo terracotta and my 1.5 skein of malabrigo botticelli red. I’m using zettl sockyarn in natural as the other contrast color. The picture, as is to be expected, doesn’t do the color justice. Terracotta is one explosive color!

When I’m done with this I’m hoping to wear it on Koninginnedag (Queens day on April 30) and during the colder days of the European Championships this summer. I might even wear it during this years TdF :P

FO Party

The good thing about being a student is the stressknitting that comes with it. Now that I’m (finally) approaching the final stages of my graduation I feel the need to knit a lot! I believe I’m starting to see a pattern here.. I always tend to choose projects that are a bit.. extreme, which is exactly what I’ve done with my graduation project. It’s a heavy and complex issue and that’s exactly the reason why it’s taken me nearly 2 years to complete. On the other hand, it’s been well worth the effort and I’ve learned so much about the subject (and about myself).

So while I’m working on the WIP of a lifetime, I’ve got two FO’s to show you all :)

I cannot tell you how proud I am myself for finishing this cardigan. It’s been one of those things I’ve always been way too intimidated to start/ finish. It’s only the last two months that I felt I was comfortable enough to start and to finish this project. It fits me perfectly and exactly the way I hoped it would. It’s not too tight and it’s not too lose and I’m definitely not going to put this one in the dryer. Thankfully you only have to make certain mistakes just once in your life.. :P

The yarn is Tweed by Zeeman (cost about 2 euro’s per 160m skein), but as it turns out it was just a one time thing. The yarn was extremely popular and (unsurprisingly) was sold out really quick. It’s a mix of 20% wool, 74% acrylic and 6% rayon but it feels like there’s a lot more wool in there.

The backside was a bit empty so I added two panels of cabling to give it a bit of shape. I’m still in love with the textured feeling of this cardigan and I can’t believe how fast this whole thing knit up. I was afraid the knitting process might be boring and slow because of the moss stitch pattern all over the cardigan, but it was one of the quickest knits in a long while. I used Grumperina’s cabling without cable needles tutorial, so the cables weren’t a problem at all. This project has also been adapted and knit with the TLS method.

The second FO I’d like to show you is the Tenney Park sweater.

I seriously love this sweater. I’ve never been an entrelac fan until I saw this pattern.  It’s awesome and amazing and I’m really happy I knit this project because I learned a great deal. I also used the TLS method to adapt this pattern and I chose to pick up stitches on the entrelac panel as I went instead of sewing in the end. I felt that this was a better option because I chose heavier yarns than the pattern suggested. This way I could create a form of depth between the entrelac panel and the sweater.

I added a faux seam-line because I noticed it has a slimming effect (well it wasn’t the only reason but meh). I wasn’t too sure about it at first but at the moment I’m really pleased with the results. I was afraid that the faux seam-line wouldn’t look good when using heavier weight yarns, but as it turned out I was wrong :)

The back side is left ‘blank’. I feel it completely works with this pattern. Somewhere along the lines I went from 1×1 ribbing to 2×2 ribbing, and I have no idea how this happened. I worked the sleeves first and then I did the hem and neckline…  I like the effect so I won’t reknit these parts.

These were the FO’s for today. I’m currently working on another sock but I’ll post some pictures in a later stadium. You may (or may not) have noticed the pictures have become smaller. That is because I’m working on making the blog faster and easier to load and one of the main things I’m working on is image scaling and load time. I already reduced the amount of posts on the front page but I think reducing the image size will also help. Let me know what you think and if the loading time is slow.