10:38 pm - Tue, Jun 24, 2014
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Light summer cardigan inspired by Calvin Klein cardigans.

Made with Araucania Ruca Multy, Color 6, 100% Sugar Cane Content; size 4 US needles.

Lovely yarn that drapes beautifully and feels nice to the skin. But keep in mind that it’s very stretchy! Consider that it will be quite a bit longer than you expect. Especially important for sleeves.

Read more on my main blog.

11:29 pm - Sun, Jun 15, 2014
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My Very Summer Berry ajour pullover worked in Rowan Summer Tweed, Berry colour, silk and cotton content. US4.5 needles.

Read more here on my main blog.

A tip for ajour patterns, from my experience: don’t forget that lace stretches, so you might have to cast on fewer stitches to get the same width. Usually, you would need 1.5 times fewer stitches than you would for a solid pattern.

7:40 am - Thu, May 22, 2014
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alldaychic:

Very cute

alldaychic:

Very cute

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12:00 am - Thu, May 8, 2014
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8:59 pm - Mon, May 5, 2014
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I finished this shawl shortly after I posted about it being in progress. It turned out great! Read all about the yarn and my work here. I purchased the pattern here. All I have to add is that even though the pattern called for one ball of yarn, I ran out with about 20 rows to go. I think I knit a little more loosely than the pattern creator, and had to order another ball and re-wind it so I could finish with the green yarn. Now I have yarn for another shawl, too! Stay tuned for that, and the shawl my daughter knit, as well!

8:57 pm - Sun, May 4, 2014
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Bookmarks are a great gift idea! For this bookmark and more, and links to patterns, see my new main blog. 
Happy Knitting (and Reading!)

Bookmarks are a great gift idea! For this bookmark and more, and links to patterns, see my new main blog

Happy Knitting (and Reading!)

5:40 pm - Sun, Apr 27, 2014
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I came home from our vacation in Florida with half a suitcase of sock yarn. Now I have sock fever - I just can’t stop knitting them! …No regrets.

I came home from our vacation in Florida with half a suitcase of sock yarn. Now I have sock fever - I just can’t stop knitting them! …No regrets.

11:52 pm - Wed, Apr 16, 2014
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To my few followers…

dontknotmenow:

Just want to thank you all so much! It means a lot that you all follow me and share my (obsessive) love of knitting & yarn.

You’re all brilliant & I love you :D

11:48 pm
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myalterknits:

I think as a historical meaning towards the calling knitters Grannies can be traced back to World War II.

Everyone knitted during that time from young children, boy scouts, former soldiers, women, everyone. When the war was over some people put down their needles forever, or they said they would…

(Source: fannishknits, via nerdy-knitting-german)

11:25 pm - Sat, Apr 12, 2014
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Gift ideas, or how to make an old fashioned pattern look modern

Some people love crochet, others prefer knitting. I love them both: both transform beautiful yarn to something even more beautiful and useful.

It’s always a pleasure to give someone something handmade. It makes people feel special. At the same time, it should be something useful: personally, I hate clutter and useless knick knacks. I feel like they’re just distractions. So, I don’t like to knit random little things.

I love colourful doilies as gifts for any occasion, if you know the person you’re knitting for. The word “doily” is old, and it invokes the feeling of grandma’s old styles. It’s an awkward word to use when we talk about modern knitting.

However, look at this lovely hot pink doily my daughter made as a housewarming present for her girlfriend. It’s a very old, classic pattern my grandma used years ago, but the colour really brings it into our modern age, to fit perfectly into white Ikea decor:

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The yarn is Rowan Cotton, and it’s perfect! The doily is only 28 rounds, but the yarn’s thickness adds volume and makes for a perfect texture. 

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It looks modern and could be used on any dining or coffee table.

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Just pick a bright colour and a quality thicker cotton and it’ll fit into any modern interior. I think it’d look great in navy blue. You can even go for classic white: it’ll look great on an aged wood surface. It’ll protect your table and you won’t need to bring out coasters.

We liked this modernized grandma’s pattern so much that my daughter decided to make one in a different color for the dining table in our Florida home. She used Egyrtan cotton in a light ochre colour which will fit perfect with our Florida-style place. Here it is:image

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Here are some close up shots of the edge – it’s all in the detail! We call the pattern “pineapple”:image

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Happy Knitting!

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