So, how do I organize my stash? So to begin with, I don't really have a knitting stash... I have leftovers from old projects. And to be frank, there is no organising that is worth mentioning. I put them in a big box and hope to be able to unearth the right ball in case there is a project I might use it up in or if I need it for small repairs. My knitting needles though are organised - I have quite a big stock especially of circulars as I got the old ones of my granny and an eldery neighbour of my parents. I keep them in a kind of folder seperated by needle size. Very handy and fast.
This time we all talk about one important skill in knitting or crochet, we learned last year. The knitting skill I learned that proved to be the most useful to me is a certain way to manipulate knit garments to fit me better. Namely: how to make horizontal short row darts. They are just wonderful. To be frank, it's been one of that d'oh moments. Especially as I know and use FBA's in sewing regularly and was aware ot and able to do short rows... It just never came into my mind that there might be something I could do about those rising front hems. But after reading about this technique on ravelry (love this site so much!) it has become a must. Because the stretch in knits doesn't solve every problem, heh! ;)
As announced in the sidebar, I'm partaking in yet another blogging event. This time it's only one week long and concentrates on the fiber related themes (that sometimes do get forgotten a bit in favor of the sewing).
Wie schon in der Seitenleiste seit einiger Zeit angekündigt, nehme ich diese Woche an einem weiteren Blog-Event teil, dieses Mal ist es eher etwas strick- und häkellastig. Heute an Tag 1 geht es um das Thema: "Die Geschichte zweier Garne".
So this is day 1 (2KCBWDAY1) and todays theme is: "A Tale of Two Yarns".
It was the best of yarns, it was the worst of yarns... sorry, couldn't let this pass. Actually I'm going to talk about two yarns that are almost the same and both much beloved by me.
I'm talking about the Merino yarns of Zitron - ecco & Lifestyle - which are two of the most trustworthy yarns I know. Next to no pilling, good stitch definition, nice feel and a gorgeous colour line. It's so nice to work with them, there also is no splitting like with Lang Merino+. They are a good yarn for cables, which I adore. The only difference is in weight, ecco being a DK and Lifestyle being a Sport weight yarn. But let's let the pictures do the talking.
Finally I find the time to da a post on my wardrobe plans for spring. After Colette Patterns sparked the fire on spring palettes this is much on my mind and as it seems on many other bloggers minds, too.
My colours this spring are navy, red and off-white.
The items are (in order of need): underwear, jeans, jacket/blazer, matching skirt, top. This is a very ambitioned plan, because as you know me perhaps a little by now, I'm not one for the big output. At least I finished alredy a knit top that fits in there really well. And there are 4 panties waiting to get the elastic attached and then they'd be finished, too. The fabric for the rest is sitting around prewashed since autumn, so I hope I will be a good girl and have a couple of new pieces to add to my travel luggage in late may...
The knitting pattern for my gardening cardigan is finally available for download! This cosy cardigan helps to show off your curves with cables that integrate the shaping. It is worked in one piece featuring set-in short row sleeves that are knit in the round. A little positive ease (2.5cm/1“) brings out the cables and braids without being restraining. To make sure the fit is great this cardigan is sized in 5cm/2“ steps. The cables and braids are charted. There are also instructions for optional bust darts included.
It has been worn on saturday night for cocktails and dancing for the first time. And got me a lot of compliments. I will definitely wear it again - I love it. Due to the bright colours I think it will become my go to dress to brighten up the nights or dull days. In sunlight it's a bit to much for my taste...