Redy sweater – jetzt wirds flauschig

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The upside of a holiday definitely is that you get more time for knitting. So before I got sick in the second half I had plenty of a knitting hours – some even with the most beautiful view over the ocean.

Coincidentally my holiday started the same day the knit-a-long from Janine and Steffi from Frickelcast started too. They initiated a funny knit-a-long with cozy fluffy yarn and as I already had the beautiful fluffy sweater on my queue I thought this was the perfect opportunity to knit this beautiful pullover.

The sweater is Redy from one of my favourite designers Ankestrick and I knitted it with two strands(Awayuki and Urugami) held together from Ito yarn. The sweater has a gorgeous neck floating in a big cowl up on your shoulders. It’s knitted in stockinette stitch in rounds without any seams (yay😉) and then turned inside out to showcase it a beautiful unique fluffy texture. With the two yarns held together it’s a bit cumbersome to knit especially as the Awayuki yarn with all its tiny loops was a bit of a nuisance to knit up as I always managed to dip into the small loops but to be honest the texture is totally worth the trouble.😍

So on various days and I posted progress pictures including more Holiday feeling from home when the colour matched the roses in my garden on a sunny autumn day.

I think the sweater is stunningly beautiful and I’m utterly in love with it the colour. It is lightweighted and floating softly and a joy to wear. If you want to read more about the yardage and the modifications I made for the sleeves please refer to my project page on Ravelry.

I very much enjoyed the knit-a-long with Janine and Steffi and all Fricklers. Thanks again from the opportunity to make the sweater and enjoy the Flausch😘.

Right now I’m busy with a complete new technique for me in clue 2 from Stephen West Texture time MKAL. Latvian braids 😯 Stay tuned if the braids or I get to win 😉

All my love 💞
Anja

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Running water test knit

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For quite some time I intended to knit myself a cardigan so when I saw himawari’s aka Claudia Eisenkolb’s call to test knit her new design which happened to be a lovely cardigan I immediately applied to become one of the test knitters. I knitted her designs before and I always loved the out come. Her designs usually use purl and knit stitches and with these she creates amazing texture.

This time around she designed a top-down open-front cardigan knit in reverse stockinette stitch and beautiful ribbed details on the back and the shoulders.

Lucky me got allowed to be one of the test knitters and I immediately went to search for matching yarn or more accurately I knew exactly which yarn I wanted to knit with. I chose yarn from dye for yarn in the beautiful colour is A Dark Storm is coming.

The start was pretty easy and I liked the look of the ribbing in the back very much but when it came to join the fronts you have to cast on from the edge which I did wrong on the left side and the stitches didn’t line up correctly. My inner Monk just dislikes this untidyness immensely so I ripped back the whole front and redid it again this time paying very careful attention to align the stitches and now I’m very happy with the outcome. The stitches align perfectly and it is a very beautiful design feature.

As my gauge was a bit off I went up a size and after reading some of the comments in the test thread on Ravelry decided to work in some extra stitches on the sleeves for a little more positive ease. I love the way the sleeves are set in.

As the body is knit in reverse stockinette stitch it’s easy to progress it just takes a while. When you look at your project you might think that the fronts are I really really small but remember that there is still the blend to be added.

The blend is really broad to cover the set in pockets. As I am not a fan of sewing I joined the pockets while knitting the blend in knitting together the stitches from the blend and the pockets.

The final part before weaving in ends is the tubular bind off of 425 stitches in my case.

It takes a loooong time to do so and as I pulled the yarn to tight initially I had to reopen the bind off and do it all over again. Rest assured I can now do tubular bind off in my sleep 🙈.

Due to the dark but still very beautiful colour it’s difficult to make nice pictures of the details but I do love the look of my cardigan and the textured details.

I wore it to the Wollfestival Düsseldorf last weekend and love the feel and look of it. I do have the feeling I might live in it this autumn as it is still fairly light while keeping warm. More details on how many yarn I needed for different parts can be read in my Ravelry project page.

So if your looking for an every occasion cozy beautiful cardigan I highly recommend checking out Claudia’s design. I for one love it.😍

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

Eckstein: after cognac comes moss

Today I reveived mail that lit up my heart.But let’s start at the beginning.

Two months ago I participated in a workshop by Knitting Designer Claudia Eisenkolb also known as himawariknits at my local yarnshop Atelyeah in Mönchengladbach.
It was a very fascinating day as Claudia showed us her beautiful designs. She also told us how the designing process works for her. A lot of her projects spring to live by simply knit and purl stitches and therefore are great if you just started out with knitting too.
For me there is no workshop that I don’t use to cast on a new project and I was pictured at the very beginning of the Eckstein sweater designed by Claudia.

The yarn I used is the one she used in her original. It’s a natural 4 thread fiber yarn by pascuali and I bought it in a beautiful cognac colour dyed by Andrea Färber from Fiberpassion.
It took me four weeks to knit it up and I just love this sweater. Actually I live in it at the moment. It is light weight and very comfortable and you can even wear it during warm summer days as the yarn made from wool, cellulose (ramie) and silk regulates the temperature nicely. It dries quickly and even though I live in it there is next to no pilling. I love a durable yarn.

As I loved it so much I decided to make a second one as contacted the dyer Andrea and asked her to dye another batch of Pinta yarn for me. And today I received mail from her. I am very happy with the beautiful moss green she made for me.

One of the things I like so much about knitting is meeting creative talented people who share a passion. Andrea’s label Fiberpassion certainly fits that category and discussing yarn colour and have it custom dyed for yourself feels marvellous. What a lovely experience to order yarn from her.
Due to other projects it might be a while until I can start my second Eckstein sweater. Or not as temptation is calling.

I hope some joyful project is calling you too.😉

Lots of love
Anja