Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Fox and the Bicycle



I made this fox for my brother at one of the gazillion gift giving occasions this month. I don't know how, but somehow almost everyone I know -or, at the very least, everyone in my family- has their birthday in that one month between the mid of July and the mid of August. I suspect the birthday gods have a laugh over my inability to come up with so many presents in such a short time.
I decided to knit my brother a fox, because he happens to be a huge cycling and cyclo-cross fan (as long time readers may have gathered by now). One of the biggest stars in both sports is Marianne Vos. She's reigning World Champion in both sports, won the Giro Rosa, the biggest event in female cycling, and won La Course last week, a one day course finishing at the Champs Elysee alongside the Tour de France. Her name, Vos, is Dutch for Fox, so my brother now has a mascot to wear to the cyclo cross matches.

Pattern: Mini Fox
Yarn: Jamieson and Smith 2 ply Jumperweight

 The mini fox knitted up super fast, I casted off the same day as I casted on. In fact I finished it so fast that I almost forgot to blog about it, had I not conveniently stumbled upon the photos just now.
 It's the second time I made the mini fox pattern. I made a Fennec fox a couple a years ago but this time I stuck to the traditional red fox colours. The red fox is the only fox that still lives in these woods and we've stumbled on one during evening walks a couple of times.

I'm extremely pleased with the colour. Jamieson and Smith 2 ply jumperweight has the perfect foxy colours. I used colourway FC38 as a main colour, because that's what I had in my stash, but I think colourway 122 would probably work as well.  Speaking of which, the yarn to finish my Shetland Cardigan has not arrived yet. Though it should arrive any day now, I started to get a bit impatient so I've casted on for something to keep me occupied in the meantime. What are you working on this summer?

xxx



Monday, 21 July 2014

Shetland Cardigan in Progress


I thought I'd share share what I'm working on right now!


I'm working on a Shetland yoke cardigan! I had some pauses in knitting on this one, as I didn't take the work-in-progress with me to Scotland, and later I mysteriously lost my DPN's! I had to wait a bit for new ones to arrive, and now I'm waiting a bit again, as I've run out of the main colour (with only a button band left...boohoo!). It's okay though: I'm enjoying knitting on this one.

I'm knitting it in Jameson's and Smith's. It's a pattern they published themselves and the sell a kit combining yarn and pattern. I did change the colour combination a bit.



For the first time in a long while I don't really have a plan as to what to knit next. Normally, when I cast on a project my mind has allready decided on the next thing to knit. Perhaps it is the high temperatures we've been having, but this time I can't seem to settle on one thing. I'm very much in a knitting mood though, so I'm curious which project will catch my fancy after I finish the buttonband!

xxx

Thursday, 10 July 2014

A wee bit of nostalgia

Now that the Scotland blog series is over I thought it was time to reveal to you what I was knitting on in the pictures. The inspiration for this project brings about a wave of nostalgia and takes us back
 to the days when I just started knitting and I thought that an unblocked shawl on top of a staple of moving boxes made for good project photos. Ahh...those were the days, weren't it?

Well hello old student house and moving memories!
Despite its rough start, the shawl in this picture has proven to be one of my all time favourites. I wear it on cold days, brought it with me to every festival I went to and some sharp-eyed blog reader may have seen it in the Scotland pictures. The problem is, it's starting to show. I thought that it was time to knit a new one. I didn't want to make the same pattern again, but it did have to meet the same requirements. I wanted it to be made in worsted weight (for warmth), it had to be fairly large, textured and I wanted it to be green. With these requirements in mind I went on the hunt for yarn and a pattern.


Pattern: Terra
Designer: Jared Flood
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted
Soundtrack: Simon & Garfunkel - The Boxer

For the yarn I wanted to try one of the thicker options of the Malabrigo family. I used Malabrigo sock for shawls before and it is one of my favourite shawl options. Sock would be too thin so I went to have a look at the thicker options. I knew Malabrigo Worsted weight is one of the most popular yarns on Ravelry, but it is an unplied yarn which does not have my preference. Rios, the plied option for a worsted weight yarn looked much better. However Rios is available in less colourways than Malabrigo worsted, and the shade of green I wanted was not one of the Rios colours so in the end I did go for worsted. Should horrible pilling ensue, I will report that immediately.




The pattern is Terra by Jared Flood which was exactly what I was looking for in a replacement shawl. I thoroughly enjoyed knitting this shawl and might make it again in a different colour. I was a bit bummed that the lace bit was only charted and not written out. I'm not sure why that is, as in my experience most independent designers both chart their lace patterns and write them out. In any case, for this pattern it was not really a problem for me personally, as the lace is easy, but I do wonder if Brooklyn Tweed doesn't miss a bit of a market here since there is quite a number of knitters out there that only work with written out patterns and refuse to touch anything with a chart.


I ran out of yarn, even though I did buy more than was specified in the pattern, so I skipped a bit of the lace chart. I was not super bothered by this, as my shawl was already more than large enough, so I decided against buying another skein of yarn to finish it according to the instructions. In case you do want to make this shawl in full, be aware that you need more yarn than specified in the pattern.


I'm really happy with the outcome of this shawl. The colour, size and thickness of the shawl is exactly what I wanted and it will make a suitable replacement for my poor old tattered shawl.
Looking forward to be wearing it come Autumn.


Xx 
Nisse