A while ago I have showed you a cabled red sweater and a red corset handsewn after an Alabama Chanin pattern. I've finished and worn both but never got around photographing it. So here they are:
The Alyn sweater is very comfortable to wear and I guess I will have to make a second for me (that's the third Alyn then if you include the one I knit for my dearest)
I just loved to sew this by hand. I can use my sewing machine and for larger projects with straight lines I prefer to use it, but sewing by hand is my favorite. Especially with stretchy velvet I would have had problems using my sewing machine, but by hand - no problem.......
The last week my knitting was all baby knits. A friend of mine is expecting and it's her first baby so she will need some baby knits, right?
It started so harmless with the Wills sweater from Rowan Classic Babies, Book 4. I knitted this exact same sweater for my boy when he was 6 months or so and I loved the construction of the yoke and wanted to make this again.
Then I looked for a hat pattern and found the Garter Ear Flap Hat by the Purl Bee. It's such a clever and easy design because the ear flaps are not attached afterwards, but knitted on the go with shortrows. I like earflap hats for babies because on tiny heads, hats tend to slip over the forehead too much when you want to cover the ears.
I finally got around taking a picture of my seacost sweater. It's lovely, light (only 300g/3x3.53ounces) and warm. The red of the Coburger Fuchs wool is subtly shining through.
I like the slipped stitch pattern of the yoke. The sweater design is so subtle and creates a very comfy garment - I really recommend knitting this. Maybe I'll make a second one....
May I present you Mo the kitten. She is occupying my seacoast sweater at the moment - turns out she likes natural sheep wool. With Mo the extremely curious and sweet Mi moved into our home.
They moved in on Friday and it already feels like they were here all our lives. Mi and Mo are 4 month old and both have an issue with their right eye when they got infected with cat flu right after they were born by their wild cat mother. The very patient and sweet Woman who found and took care of Mi, Mo and their two other siblings (who had no issues with their eyes) called me back after I called an animal shelter in Berlin if they have kittens in our region.
We visited her and instantly fell in love with Mi and Mo. They can do everything despite the infected eye and were so......
I stumbled across the wonderful podcast Woolful by Ashley who is also going to built up a wool mill. There are some great people she speaks to designers - knitters - wool shearers - wool mill owners. It's a beautifully composted kaleidoskope of interesting people. Take a look and see for yourself! Her podcast reminded me of one goal I once set for myself - to work with natural fibers only. I have eliminated acrylics from my yarn list (except for some impulse bought sock yarns) because I simply don't like the touch of them. After making the Takoma out of woolen tweed from Ireland, I realized how the quality of pure and less processed wool improves with each time you wear it. It becomes softer, dirt does not stick, it smells slightly sheepish and it's so much warmer than any other fiber without making you sweat. Continue Reading
Sometimes knitting should be selfish, right? I cannot possibly explain why on earth I knitted 2 warm sweaters in the middle of summer and also TWO sweaters in a row just for me. Usually it's work with a little hint of family knitting. I went overboard buying tons of yarn at Lanade, my favorite supplier of DROPS yarns (which I adore, they have absolutely every yarn weight and fiber combination at a resonable price). So next sweater is the first sweater I knit for my hubby. It's a raglan, too, knit with DROPS Lima in dark petrol/blue 65% wool, 35% alpaca. I took the measurements from a very well fitting jacket he has and I hope it will fit well.Half Brioche Raglan in Drops Loves You 3 50% wool, 50% alpaca. Incredibly soft and light. The patterns is selfmade......