• Work in Progress

    Comet CAL #1

    Last Wednesday marked the beginning of the CAL for Comet the Unicorn by Projectarian. All those who purchased the pattern will now be receiving a part of the pattern every week until December 12th. After I purchased the pattern, I started digging in my yarn stash. I refused to buy new yarn, since I have more than enough lying around that I should be able to find yarn that could do this unicorn justice. In fact, it turned out that it wasn’t difficult to find possibilities, but rather difficult to narrow down the choices. After going back and forth for a while, I eventually decided on these colours. The unicorn…

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    Unicorn CAL

    The other day, when I clicked open the Pinterest-app on my phone, this image immediatly jumped out to me. Of course, I immediatly clicked through and arrived on the blog of Jessie van In, a.k.a. Projectarian. This sweet unicorn is a pattern she designed based on her years of experience of crocheting her Nomadic Galaxy Pony’s. Each time she posted a photo of on of these magnificent pony’s, she was flooded by requests for the pattern.      Nomadic Galaxy Pony’s Trinket, Milky Way & Obsidian © Projectarian But she found it difficult to share the pattern, because it is not a standard one, but one that incorporates a lot of…

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    Working on #4

    My last update on my WIPS already dates back to last November ! So it’s high time to give you an update, since my hands have not been idle!     The sweater that I started at the end of last year has grown a bit further. I do not work on it all that much, because I always have a different project on my knitting or crochet needles that has priority. But knitting like that can be fun sometime too. Only thing is that I will have to remind myself to finish it, because I do not want it to end up in a forgotten corner! At the end of…

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    On the needle

    Hmm, I’m not so good at blogging about my current projects. At the moment I’m working on 3 knits and am swatching for a 4th. Seems I’m good at blogging about all my doubts before starting a project, but keeping you up to date on the knitting or crochet process is a weak point. So let me catch up! Because I couldn’t manage to properly start the planned stripey shawl, I then started out of frustration this Bigger-on-the-Inside shawl. This is a shawl inspired by the Doctor Who series and starts of with a section of lace that is later on joined by lacey motifs of the Tardis. At the…

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    Phildar

    With all my posts on whether or not I should make the Moana dress in Catania, you would forget that I only recently made a large purchase for a number of other plans. And in the mean time I’ve made a start with one of these plans.     I saw this dress for the first time on Ravelry, were else? Turned out that it is a pattern by Phildar from their summer magazine of 2011. In good spirit I surfed to the Phildar website, intending to buy the pattern or even the entire magazine. But regrettably it would seem that Phildar isn’t as organized as other brands and I couldn’t…

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    Stubborn

    That I can be pretty stubborn sometimes might be something you’ve picked up on already. I ask a question here, a couple of people reply this and then I still decide to do that. Yes, sometimes I have to see before I believe πŸ˜‰ So indeed, I have already started knitting the Moana dress in Catania. And this dress will probably be my I-won’t-give-an-inch dress, because apart from my unrelenting decison to knit this in 100% cotton yarn, I also consistently ignored part of the instructions. You might remember my problem with the stripey shawl? The problem I had there was with the first and last stitches of every row.…

  • Planned,  Work in Progress

    The Queue experiment

    After my last yarn splurge resulting into 32 new skeins for my already substantial stash, I started working with the QUEUE option on Ravelry. I walked through my stash, trying to link each skein to a pattern I could and want to make with it, hoping I could reduce that stash. While looking for the ideal pattern for these skeins of Catania cotton, I stumbled upon a little treasure. I don’t remember how I found it, but I do remember it was love at first sight for this super cute, whimsical summer dress. The swishing skirt, the colours, the neckline, I love everything about this dress. So I immediatly bought…

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    Out of sheer frustration

    I’m still unsuccesful with the stipey shawl. I just can’t get the edges right. I’m done wanting perfection. I would just really like to have both sides even, I don’t even care if it still looks ugly. I’m now aiming for uniform ugliness. *cough* But even that is out of my reach πŸ™ . Out of sheer frustration, I started another knitting project. A project that has been on my list for very long, but which I thought was way out of my depth. It’s a stylish, grown-up take of the Doctor Who-scarf, called Bigger on the inside I started knitting with very low expectations. Since even a simple knit-purl…

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    Fumbling

    For a project that seemed quite simple, I’m having quite some issues with these Dream Stripes. For one, this yarn proofs to be difficult to work with. I’ve never knitted with such thin yarn before and I’m having difficulties making out my stitches. Secondly, my edges for this project are a disaster. They just don’t look any good! According to the pattern, you need to skip each first stitch of a row. This is a technique I have always used to get tighter edges, BUT with this project you also need to switch colours every 2nd row and that makes it pretty difficult to achieve even edges. After a number…