Wednesday, 23 November 2011

pattern: Puolukkajakku by Lene Holme Samsoe
yarn: DROPS Alpaca, 6 skeins
needles: 2.5mm and 3mm

This was the project I earlier refered to as "the godboring cardigan". Well, I finished a week ago, but the depressive dark season we call winter is here, the photo shooting time has been minimal, almost non-existent. The pattern was great, I made the torso part a bit longer, as usual, but otherwise it was perfect. The front ribbing pulls the front up a bit, but that's okay - this cardigan has become my winter cheer-up top already.

(That's my psycho look, don't know why I do it in this pic.)

Living Next Door to Alice

Edit. About those bobbles in the cardigan - they're were hell to knit. Those bastards kept slipping to the wrong side and I had to dig them out with the needle. But the previous Knitscene, issue winter 2011, had a great article about knitting bobbles (and nupps etc). The article taught for example how to knit a 3-stitch bobble without turning the piece. Seriously recommend that article.

Monday, 21 November 2011

pattern: Aphrodite by Jeannie Cartmel
yarn: Araucania Ranco Solid, less than one skein
needles: 2.5mm

The pattern was absolutely perfect, well written, really fast but fun to knit. Nevertheless I loathe these socks: I always go for these stripey yarns, because they look awfully nice on skein, but somehow I simply detest them when the yarn is knit. And I never seem to learn. Ranco Solid was a fantastic yarn, but looks horrible (methinks) and the pretty lace pattern by Jeannie Cartmel is completely overshadowed by this hideous Transformer.

Everytime I go shopping for yarn, I should hold onto the pics of these kinds of socks. Unfortunately, the most fantastic word for these kinds of yarns is not translatable into English, but in Finnish it is hilarious: Pätkärääkättyä lankaa.