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Nymphalidea spring stripes shawlToday I took a walk into the forest to make some pictures of my newest FO, a shawl. Since spring is very early this year and the shawl has such bright colours, I named it Spring stripes.
It’s made using Schoppel-wolle yarn. The lime green wool is sock yarn named Admiral 4-ply (colourway Oliven) and the other yarn is Crazy zauberball (colourway Frische fische). The pattern is called Nymphalidae and free to download via Ravelry. Here’s also a link to this project on my Ravely page. For some tips and tricks on how to block this shawl, check this blogpost by the designer Melinda VerMeer.

Nymphalidea spring stripes shawl
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The next pic shows the back side of the shawl, which is actually also quite nice:

Nymphalidea spring stripes shawlIt is a present for my aunt, who will receive it for her birthday in May. I hope she’ll like it!

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In December I participated in a swap organised by the Ravelry group Ew-la-la. I received a very nice package from the US, that included 2 skeins of Malabrigo rios yarn. I had heard about Malabrigo before, how nice and soft it is, and I can only agree. The colourway is called Volcano:

Malabrigo rios volcano

Since the colour is very bright, I thought it would be prettiest to use a lace pattern to break it a little. I found a perfect pattern: the February Fitted Pullover by Amy Herzog (pattern for free here). It was a real pleasure to knit. The only thing that went ‘wrong’ is that the body before the waist decreases turned out too short. I should have added quite some length, but didn’t notice. But if I just pretend it was meant to be like this, and layer it with a longer T-shirt, it actually looks all right, don’t you think?

Malabrigo volcano February fitted pullover

Malabrigo volcano February fitted pullover

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New knits

I’ve been knitting a lot over the past weeks. My first finished objects were two pumpkin hats (Garnstudio drops pattern). The plan was to make one for a friend’s baby, but the first hat turned out so large that it fitted me. Never mind, I like to wear a pumpkin hat myself as well! Then I made a second hat in the right size for the baby.

baby pumpkin hat

This one is the baby’s hat.
I cut the washng instructions from the yarn label and attached it to the hat so that the parents would know how to treat it.

Label

The one below is my own hat. I wore it a couple of times and got the impression that people were watching it in the street!

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The second finished object I can show is a lace shawl. The pattern is called Arroyo and can be found for free here. I really liked it as a first-attempt lace shawl, because the lace chart is not too complicated, the shawl is relatively small, and the lace itself is only a strip.
As mentioned before, I used Rowan fine art for this, a sock yarn. I made two small mods to the pattern by knitting the plain part in stockinette instead of garter stitch, and repeating pattern rows 32-35 along the upper edge of the shawl. I think I will give it to my sister in law for Christmas.

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Yay, my lace pullover is finished! It took me quite a while to knit, but I’m very happy with how it turned out.

The yarn was bought in Japan, and this pullover reminds me a bit of the women in Tokyo: classy, elegant, with eye for details. I’m not so much of the classy type, but I did my best for the pictures, haha. I actually wore this combination already to a birthday party and felt very smart in it! (-;

The blocking was a scary moment, because the label said that the yarn couldn’t be washed, not even by hand – probably because of the silk in it. I only found that out when I was halfway my pullover, as the label was in Japanese only (thank you Japanese knitting group on Ravelry). In the end I did soak it completely, but was careful not to let it stretch and -pfew!- it turned out fine.

This lace pullover was designed by Vera Sanon and the (clear and well written) pattern is free for download on the website of Cascade yarns. I used the yarn Silk et Soie by Nikke Victor. Ravelers, visit my project here.

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Cats and lace

Today I took some pictures of two of our cats playing outside. First, meet Bob, up to his belly in the snow. Only his green eyes and red fur show off against the white. Isn’t he beautiful?


The little one in the next pics was the latest addition to our family: Maggy. I found her in the fields as a kitten of only 6 weeks old, she had walked a great distance from the farm where she was born. The farmer didn’t want her anymore, so I took her with me. At first she was very wild (bit my finger nail in two when I caught her…), but now she’s a sweet little rascal.


Over the past weeks I’ve been working on my first lace project: a pullover with short sleeves. The body is almost finished and I like the way it turns out (except that yesterday I discovered a mistake in the armhole decreases, so I have to work back a couple of rows). The yarn I’m using for this project is from Japan, the only yarn I bought on our trip through Asia. The name of the brand -Nikke Victor-  doesn’t sound very Japanse, but it is.

Bob was willing to be my assistant, and show this wonderful yarn. In the last 3 pics some close-ups of the pullover-to-be.

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