Thursday, 25 October 2012

Soay or the grey cardigan that did happen



I originally started this as a "back to school" cardigan. Though it has been finished for a while now, I didn't meet the deadline I envisioned by far. That's okay though, the main idea for this project was a versatile, ready-to-go-with-practically-anything cardigan, which I needed. It was good to set myself a goal like this. I love my colourful handknits, vintage jumpers and quirky accessories, but I felt the need to make something a little more versitale. You know...the type of cardigan you can throw over basicly everything, when your standing goggly eyed in front of the mirror on monday mornings.

So there you have it...I made a cardigan in grey.

Pattern: Soay
Designer: Gudrun Johnston
Yarn: Drops Alpaca

Details & lace!
The pattern is excellently written. I do want to add that if you have any problems there is an active ravelry group dedicated to patterns of this designer, on which Gudrun herself is pretty active too. The only modification I made is to make the sleeves longer. No mods to the shaping or anything else. I think the i-cord bind off is genius!
I already have my next Gudrun pattern planned out!!


I hope you're all well! This week I've no lectures, unfortunately that doesn't mean more knitting and sewing as I have to learn for a lot of exams I have next week. I couldn't help myself but start some new projects though ( In my dreams I have all the time I need ;) I'll write a post about that later.
Now I'm off to delve into old English literature again!

xxx


Monday, 8 October 2012

Things to look forward too: the autumn edition


Dear all,

Autumn so far has been overwhelming. I've started at a new school, learned a lot of new things, met new people, made new friends, made a strange campus feel like I've walked there for years and most important I've not been afraid...nervous yes, but not afraid to be who I am, to say what I think and to do the things I love. It's all been a great expirience so far! In a few weeks I'll be making my first exams at my new university, can you imagine? Downside is that I'm really busy with lots of work and studying! Everyone I know seems to be terribly busy, and sometimes the thought alone can make me very overwhelmed and stressed. So I've made a list of things I'm looking forward to the next couple of weeks or months. So whenever I feel stressed or overwhelmed I have a few things to look forward to that cheer me up!

On a walk & a sneak peak of a new finished cardigan!!!

  • Passing my first exams!! (lets for the moment assume I will atleast pass one of them)
  • One of my favourite designers publishes her first book!! 
  • Jumping in a big pile of leaves.
  • Seeing lots of animals preparing for winter.  

Met this little guy on a walk last Sunday. We named him Douglas the Brave.
  • Pumpkin out of the oven! 
  • Wearing my handknits to university.
  • Sorting out my stash.
  • Watching some really old movies, while snuggling the cat.  
  • Sewing  pants for the first time!
  • Cycling back home, in the early evening while it's dark and seeing all  the christmas tree lights in peoples home.
  • Going to a vintage tea house. 
  • Visit Amsterdam again.
My most photogenic cat.
  • Go ice skating. 
  • The first snowfall! 
  • Selecting Christmas presents for friends & family! ( is it too early to make wish lists?)
  • Celebrating Christmas.

    And lastly:
  • The Hobbit! Very nostalgic feeling: when the last LOTR-movie came out, I was still in highschool, and it was a traditional thing for three christmasses in a row.

      So what is keeping you busy this autumn? Is there anything typically for this time of year you are looking forward too?

      Later!