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I’ve decided that the pink isn’t working with the light blue and dark green of my second Curve of Pursuit. I will just continue alternating blue and green as far as possible and find another colour for the frame.

Meanwhile I’m thinking up something else. Winter is approaching fast and I want something nice, soft and quick. I will work a variation on the fab Lacy Dolman by Stephanie Japel from her book Glam Knits. I’ve got a cone of silver Alamo from Texere Yarns that is just right for this. It’s an Alpaca/Mohair/Acryl blend.

I’ve chosen a ladder pattern that looks great on the right and wrong side with this yarn. I could wear it both ways. I’ve even found the right buttons today after searching John Lewis’ button aisle during  lunchtime for more than 30 minutes . I wonder how many potty customers they get taking out one tube after the other and musing endlessly over shape and colour of buttons spread out on a knitted swatch.

I went for these silver knobs in the end. Simple is best.

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Now, you might think on sick leave you have so much time, you could post your stuff, but it’s not like that. In the first week after the operation I was so tired I couldn’t knit at all. That, gladly, changed in the second week. I was already showing knitting withdrawal symptoms. But of course I wasn’t as quick as I usually am. I slept a lot and otherwise managed to watch all of my DVDs. At last, after weeks of sick leave, I got myself to sort out my pictures and, having done that, I might as well post them.

I finished the hat based on the Spinning a Yarn pattern just before Christmas. It looks a bit like a big red mushroom from the side.


I used oddments of red and dark red angora yarn from two different jumpers (about 400 m per 100g). To build the crown I knitted the spiral  including semi-circle 13. That resulted in a diameter of about 32 cm. I then knitted about 6 cm inwards using the spiral method backwards, so to say. I cast on the resulting ridges and knitted k1, p1 for about 16 cm. I folded half of the rim inside and grafted the last row onto the cast-on stitches of the rim. That makes for a very toasty hat indeed.

Before I went into hospital I finished knitting my version of Curve of Pursuit.

It’s made from three different yarns: a kid mohair/silk mix purple that one of my aunties once gave to me (Sorry, aunties, can’t remember which of you); a dark purple Shetland style wool from a charity shop; and a lilac alpaca yarn from my mother that had failed to become a hat and gloves, i.e. was frogged for this Afghan. The yarns have very different textures, which makes it all the more interesting to look at. At first I wanted to use all three colours within the curve, but then settled on only using the two purples. That however looked so boring that I decided to frame the curve with the lilac yarn.

Currently I have Bavarian style socks on the needles. Some years ago I found a book with Bavarian knitting stitch patterns on a German fleamarket. ‘Baeuerliches Stricken 3’ by Lisl Fanderl. I think the author’s name can’t get any more Bavarian. Amongst the many stitch patterns are explanations about traditional Bavarian socks, the ones that are worn with lederhosen or dirndln. They are usually made with 1-stitch-knitted-through-the-back cable patterns that look very delicate.  The cable patterns can run along the full length of the sock.

Bavarian socks are traditionally knitted from the top, but due to family tradition I always knit socks from the toe up. Therefore my socks are constructed differently, and can only be called Bavarian style. I am using non-recycled yarn that I’ve bought myself (just for once), a nice superwash merino in creme colour. I chose three different cable stitches. To gain calf-width I decided to use one of the many godets given in the book. Figuring out how to insert a godet and to knit three different cable stitches is so complicated that I decided to knit both socks at the same time. I have to frog small parts quite frequently. Either, because I make a mistake doing the cable stitches or, because I don’t like how the godet is working out. But I’m getting there. It’s great fun.

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Image problems

I still haven’t managed to post the Pink Pea Pod shawl pattern. I have everything written up and created all charts but just can’t manage to make a nice picture of it other than close ups. No photo quite satisfies me and I think I will have to ask someone to model for me.

Image problems, of course, do not deter me from knitting and am currently working on a red hat based on the Spinning a Yarn pattern by Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer. I absolutely adore their geometric patterns, but until now had never managed to knit one.

The pattern is easy to follow, if you don’t mind counting a lot and and are fine with fiddling about with needles.

I took odd balls of two former recycling projects. They are completely different yarns but knit up well together.

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I always have the problem that when I have finished a project, especially a big one, like the Pink Pea Pod shawl, that I tumble into a big, black hole and have absolutely no clue what to knit next. Not that I don’t have enough ideas, or that there would be any lack of material. As is the case for many compulsive knitters, my stash is about to take over my home. Just a week ago I went into reorganising mode. All second hand jumpers designated to be used for a wall hanging that I am now musing about for a couple of years had to go to the uppermost shelf of my stash cupboard to make space for the those 2nd hand jumpers that I intend to use for more mundane projects such as socks and jumpers.

So, I am in this hole and it is agonising because I really don’t know what to knit. Yes, so many things come to mind that I could do, that I would need to do.  A new hat in a different colour that would compliment the new winter coat so much better than the old one, or another pair of socks, or a scarf for the son. I could make the red cashmere jumper with a sort of upside down heart pattern that I now keep thinking about for a year (I’ve already unravelled an old cashmere jumper for that purpose). Or I could start making presents for the time of the year that I don’t want to mention because I don’t like to hear the term spoken or written in October, not even in November. Or I could for once pick up and finish one of my UFOs, which I never do because how could I otherwise accumulate them and maintain them like precious gems… yeah…actually only lying about in a corner gathering dust, or, in the best case, tucked away in a plastic bag with a cedar wood pellet in the deeper regions of the cupboard.  What would a knitter be without UFOs?
acorn skirt
Well, believe it or not, I managed to pick up a UFO. I only need to finish off the waistband. It wants to become a winter skirt having been an Alpaka jumper before. I always liked this leaf and acorn lace pattern. The skirt is a very simple item, but the thing about is that the lace is sewn together in Kitchener stitch, not cast-on and cast-off sewn together. It took me ages to figure out how to weave the lace together, so that start and finish cannot be made out.

acorn leaf weaving

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The Pink Pea Pod shawl is about to bore me. I am working on the second border and I can’t help it, it’s not very satisfying to knit at the moment. I can’t wait for it to be long enough to be finished off with the edging I have already designed. What’s worse, I was already envisaging myself wearing it to a do in a couple of weeks and I’m nowhere near the finishing line because I’m putting off knitting whenever possible. I’d rather do the washing than knit.

PinkPeaPodZwischenprobe

What’s more, Winter is approaching, which means making socks and cosy jumpers for my son. So, I’m really not thinking of finishing the shawl.

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After crocheting a pair of pot handlers I think I had enough of crocheting for the time being and am now working on another shawl.

Here the swatch for Pink Pea Pod

PinkPeaPodSwatch

It’s a very thin lambswook/angora yarn from an old Laura Ashley vest that I bought ages ago only because of the colour but never had a clue what to make from it until I scoured Knittingfool again and fell in love with the pea pod pattern. I have managed 20 pea pod repeats so far and it’s coming along nicely.

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Saturday before last I bought a nice children’s mohair cardigan. I wasn’t quite sure whether to be so brave to risk it and open it up (after all mohair is tough going when you want to rip it) or leave it as it is and put my son in it when it’s cold in winter. Well, I tried the belt that came with the cardi first, and… it worked; not necessarily like a dream but much better than I expected.

mohair1

And just to take things a bit further, I separated the 3 ply yarn. I ‘m not quite right in my mind.

mohair2

Here my first attempt with 4.5 mm needles. I think it either needs to be plain with an interesting cut or something simple with a distinctive stitch pattern.

mohair3

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