• Made

    Moana ta-dah!

    Finished! The knit dress in Catania is finished! As I mentioned before, the dress turned out a little smaller than I had hoped. The chest size is only 57cm, while I had hoped for 61cm. Therefore I also compensated in the length and knit to 51cm. You can see a couple of sloppy areas, especially where I had to begin a new ball. But all in all it looks pretty good! Now I only hope one of my nieces will be able to wear it! πŸ˜‰ The details Pattern: Moana by Rachel Evans Yarn: Catania in colour 253 (179g) Needle: 3mm for the top and 4mm for the skirt Knitted…

  • Work in Progress

    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…

  • Work in Progress

    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…

  • Work in Progress

    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.…

  • Happened

    Noses and needles

    If I had bothered to look further than the length of my nose, I would have been able to answer my own question about Catania from my previous post. Can you remember this dress from last year? Well, I crocheted this with exactly 6 skeins of Catania cotton and the end result wasn’t too heavy for my then 4-year-old goddaughter, who isn’t exactly the largest child of her age. So yeah, against the general advise received here, I think I will take my changes on knitting the summer dress with Catania. You’ll definitely hear about it here and I will make a note for future reference if Catania should be…

  • 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…

  • Work in Progress

    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…

  • Work in Progress

    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…

  • Made

    Second knitting project

    This was meant to be my first knitting project, but thanks to my brother this became the second instead. 485 rows and 8 colours in a random stripe-pattern became a scarf of 1m60. The pattern by the purl bee was meant for a cowl, but when I started it I wanted a regular scarf. But now that my project was coming to an end, I eventually decided to turn the scarf into a cowl, by simply sewing the two ends together. At that point the cowl felt rather stiff, but after washing and tumble drying it, it became soft and wearable. And this is the end-result. I’m really pleased with…

  • Made

    First knitting FO is a fact!

    My very first knitting project is finished! And typically for me, it is not the first project I started. Nope, not the striped scarf is finished, but the ribbelscarf for my brother is. The picture has been taken at 5 o’clock on Tuesday morning, so it’s not the best quality. I just really wanted to deliver the shawl that day, due to the bitter cold that arrived in the country this week. The shawl looks okay, but isn’t perfect. There are many mistakes, because I knitted the wrong stitch. Apparently I lost focus a lot during rows, so that I suddenly started knitting the wrong pattern 0_0 Also the bind…