Happy world cat day

To this day the best gift I ever got was a tiny ginger cat for my A-level graduation (never mind I begged for a cat since age 5 when our family cat died). Maikey was a star.

He moved in when he was just three weeks old as his previous owner drowned all his siblings and he was rescued last minute. Raising him by hand created a very close bond and he went with me to the bus station in the morning and awaited me in the evening. He came with me when I went to the grocery store and was in many ways more like a dog than a cat. He meowed when he was outside and it started to rain and very often found himself a nice neighbour who’d carry him home under an umbrella. He went into the pub with the neighbourhood boys and was brought home drunk in the middle of the night sleeping for 48 hours straight. He was home in more than one neighbour house.He’s the cat I can tell the most anecdotes about. When I moved out of my parent’s house I took him with me much to the disappointment of my dad who took the little one on more than one adventure when I wasn’t looking.

As I was working all day I found him a companion so he wouldn’t be alone and bored moving from a house with garden (and freedom) to a small flat. Pucky was way more shy and lost a lot of battles. This was us for a couple of years and several moves from flats with and without outdoor room to houses with wild fields around us and back to a second floor flat again. They took it really well. But then Mickey died from cancer never seeing the new home with garden I had arranged and it broke my heart as too the last minute he’d pick up on my mood always trying to console me.

Just a 1.5 years later Pucky died after an epileptic seizure following his diabetes. During this seizures I bit me heavily in my leg and I found myself sitting on my vet’s table at 4 am who cared for my wounds after having cared for my cat.

Mourning I resolved to not get another cat. But of course that didn’t last long and a couple of months later the cat of the colleague of my brother in law had kittens and he took me to visit them. I lost my heart and soon after found myself with Jeannie and Duncan.

Unfortunately there was something wrong with the genes of this litter and Jeannie became very sick. When she died at only age four she was the last but one of this litter to die. Only Duncan who was the only one with fluffy fur survived and still does at age nine.

As I didn’t want him to be alone Russell completed our team again. Russell’s arrival was an adventure as I rescued him with my then boss in a lunch break and he has the honour of having been to my office and met some colleagues. We still call him my former boss‘ godchild.

His second name is Krawalli which translates into rebel. He is curious and from the start had the upper hand on Duncan who was almost 5 years older. He picks fights in the neighbourhood and is the cat I had to take to the vet the most. (And may I just add that I my vet is a genius and often went the extra mile on weekends or in the middle of a night.) But Russell also is a Zen teacher in the art of relaxation.

It’s more than two decades since my parents gifted me with that first tiny ginger ball of fur and today Russell and Duncan are my much loved roomies.

All my love 💞

Anja

Fading point shawls

This week my second fading point shawl hopped of the blocking mat.

This time during July I participated in the Strickelfen KAL to knit this popular shawl design by Joji. The KAL was the hosted by Jetztkochtsieauchnoch,
FeierabendFrickeleien and Feinmotorik. When I knitted myfirst fading point back in May I was delighted about the gradient fading from purple to green with yarn I bought at yarnoverberlin.

It’s a mixture of dreamincolor and Malabrigo mechita. It was so much fun knitting it I knew immediately I wanted to make a second one. I originally had planned to do it later this year but when the Strickelfen started their KAL I just had to start the second one because just days ago I had bought a lovely fading kit from purlandknit. It was originally planned for 7 colours but I just used five of these going from a deep blue to a bright yellow.

The yarn was lovely to knit up and I am still in love with the colours.
The design is so much fun to knit as it’s very entertaining: you are always curious to bring in the the next colour or start the next lace section. The lace part is really easy to knit up. It’s an interesting construction too as you knit two parts and then join them at the end. All the colours add up to quite a few ends that need weaving in which was my least favourite part.
I’m very happy with these two additions to my shawl collection.😆

Thank you Anike for the lovely yarn and special thanks to Jane and Steffi for mentioning my shawl in their utterly entertaining podcast Frickelcast😚

Have a lovely time
All my love💞
Anja

Keeping warm in winter

Hello lovelies,

I’ve been following the Suvi’s designs some time and when I got a glimpse on her Keeping warm sweater it immediately went to my to-knit list.

I kept looking at it again and again and last autumn I finally got around to knitting this sweater. I am a fan of brioche anyway so starting the turtleneck was a joyful experience and I love that the construction is seamless top down and you’re completely finished once you knitted body and sleeve and don’t have to pick up stitches again at the cast on.

I changed the raglan line to my usual M1R k2 M1L as I simply like it best and added a few more increases to get more ease.
I opted for the waist shaping but did less decreases for the waist and added more increases to move one size up for my hips which also made the whole sweater a bit longer even though I had less rounds between the increases.
The mosaic is simply beautiful. It took me a bit to get into the rhythm of it but it’s totally worth the effort. I love that one only ever knits with one colour for two rounds and the result is so beautiful.

When I finished my first one I was smitten. I liked the colour combo, the feel of the very light sweater and it fit perfectly.
Meanwhile I had already fallen in love with the Pastel de Nata limited edition colour by Rosy Green wool and thanks to fabulous help of the sweet sweet ladies at my knitting circle the Night Sky colour was determined as a match (Danke Beate😊) and I immediately cast on a second one.

The mosaic is even more stunning in these solid colours.

I’m perfectly happy with these two and finishing in time means I can totally enjoy our cast on this afternoon. The ladies at my local yarn shop start a Girlfriends Cardigan KAL. 😅 I already started swatching.

Have a lovely time
All my love💞
Anja

Hvide and Everglade

So here is my newest addition to my knitting wardrobe.

On the last weekend of october I had the pleasure to attend a Knit-a-long workshop with Anke from ankestrick at my local yarn store Atelyeah. I cast on her new design Hvide with the lovely Chickadee yarn from Quince & Co. I chose my favourite colour purple and loved both the feel of the yarn while knitting and the seamless construction of the sweater.
I especially loved the construction of the v-neck and the very smooth and elegant edging.

It took me a little while to get into the rhythm of the short rows for the saddle shoulders but it was well worth it. Next time I might want to shorten the v-neck a bit as it is a little deeper than I like to wear it. I’ll probably wear a top underneath just as in the picture.
The hem in garter stitch with a nighty degree twist was news to me and I’m utterly in love with it. The little extra curve at the bottom hem makes it even more lovely.
This sweater was an absolute joy to knit and one of my favourite projects so far.
But it was not the only project on my needles in November. I also knitted with Jetztkochtsieauchnoch, feinmotorik.blogspot and feierabendfrickeleien again. This time they hosted a hat KAL and I knitted the Evergladeshat by Wolly Wormhead for my sister. She picked the yarn herself when we were on holiday in September and just in time I before the temperature drop in november I was able to surprise her with the finished hat in her mailbox.

More details on yarn and usage as well as mor pictures can be found on the project pages of my Purple Hvide and Everglade of Ahrtal.

I hope you all have a lovely cozy holiday season, merry christmas and a happy new year.

Have a lovely time
All my love💞
Anja

Downtime

Just in time at the end of October I get to add this blog to Maschenfeins collection Auf den Nadeln im Oktober and finished my autumn project. 🍁🍂
This newest addition to my wardrobe is a very cozy classic winter turtleneck sweater called Downtime. I fell in love with it when I first saw it on Alicias Instagram feed back in January. I knew I wanted to have one (or more actually😉) for this next winter.

I wanted a colourful version and I might make another one in a neutral colour. For my first one I opted for De rerum natura Gilliat. The total upside of this yarn is that the progress is really really quick and it took me less than 3 weeks to complete this sweater. 😄
And I only needed 4 skeins of the Gilliat.

I like the bright red very much and think it’s a perfect antidote against the grey November blues. And I’m totally looking forward to some Downtime snuggled up in this sweater reading a good book with a hot chocolate and some candles.😊☕🔥
And of course November is the month for the next KAL byDieDreivomBlog Jetztkochtsieauchnoch, feinmotorik.blogspot and feierabendfrickeleien. We’ll knit a hat and you can read all about this KAL here.

Have a lovely time
All my love💞
Anja

A sweater with cables and a luxurious feel

Time flies. In the last blog post I told you about the new sweater I started during the KAL workshop day at my local yarn shop Atelyeah with Isabell Kraemer at the end of August. It was a lovely day filled with lots of laughter. 😄
I decided to knit Isabell’s Double Windsorsweater, change it a bit and make long sleeves. I opted to go all luxurious and bought the Tynd by woolfolk. The yarn is so so cozy. It is joy to just touch it and feel it.

I had the pleasure to carry it around in my new project bag from Ducathi.

As the gauge didn’t match I had to make some calculations but thankfully the sweater turned out just perfect(I added the mods in my project notes . I love the feel of the knitted fabric. I would love a teddy bear with this feel but for now will have to make do with the sweater 😂.

As this project is finished I can fully embark on the next one. Next Sunday the Atelyeah is hosting a KAL workshop with Anke Strick. I’m planning to make her Hvide sweater with this beautiful Chickadee yarn from Quince & Co.

Have a lovely time
All my love
Anja

Ein erfolgreiches Abenteuer

Sie sind fertig. Meine allerersten selbst gestrickten Socken. 😊 Ich bin sehr zufrieden mit dem Ergebnis und damit dieses Experiment gewagt zu haben.

Die zweite Socke hat sich etwas gezogen da ich zum einen nebenbei noch an der Trachtenweste für meinen Vater arbeite und das Zieldatum näher rückt und zum zweiten Socken stricken nicht wirklich lieben gelernt habe. 😥 Sie sind zwar in der Tat insgesamt deutlich schneller fertig und vielleicht mach ich mir für den Winter noch richtig dicke Kuschelsocken aber bei sooo vielen spannenden Pullover und Tücheranleitungen werde ich mich vermutlich meistens für eine dieser Kleidungsstücke entscheiden. 😉
Meine ersten Socken liebe ich jedoch sehr. Mir gefällt das Muster der Mirrorwork Socks nach wie vor sehr gut und die Malabrigo Sock in 808 Violeta Africana ist ein Traum. Gestrickt habe ich sie mit Nadel 3,5mm und verbraucht habe ich 54g für Schuhgröße 37.

Vielen lieben Dank noch mal an DieDreivomBlog Jetztkochtsieauchnoch, feinmotorik.blogspot und feierabendfrickeleien, die mich mit ihrem SockenKAL inspiriert haben dieses Experiment zu wagen. Bedauerlicherweise habe ich die lieben Inspirationsquellen letzte Woche auf dem Kölner Wollfestival verpasst(Gute Besserung Jane🌸🌸🌸) aber die Inspiration funktioniert auch so. feinmotorik.blogspot hat in der letzten Zeit einen zweiten Askew me Poncho von Stephen West gestrickt und ich bin arg versucht auch einen zu stricken. Tatsächlich fand ich den bisher gar nicht so richtig überzeugend aber sowohl Variante 1 als auch Variante 2 von Frau Feinmotorik sind unglaublich schön. Ich bin also auf Wollsuche bzw. im ich kann mich nicht für eine Farbkombi entscheiden Modus. Das ist natürlich nicht so schlimm denn ich hab in der Zwischenzeit schon mal als Mitnahmeprojekt einen Schal mit zweifarbigen Patent gestartet.

Mit diesem Muster dem Flaming Hat von Lady in Yarn hab ich letztes Jahr drei Mützen und einen Schal gestrickt und für die zweite in meinem Besitz verbliebene Mütze möchte ich nun auch noch den passenden Schal haben.
Naja und als ob hier nicht noch ein paar andere wips warten würden hab ich dieses Wochenende noch einen Pullover von Isabell Kraemer begonnen aber zu dem gibt es später mehr😄.
Habt eine schöne Zeit
Alles Liebe
Anja