Gelebte Stricksucht

September Rust
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009, 13:36
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(Yeah, well, it really should be October Rust by now, but that would ruin the pun intended, now wouldn’t it?)

I’ve really cut back on blogging recently – half of the time I wasn’t even knitting, and when I was knitting I had little time for everything else. (I’m really something like a yarn addict. I can’t resist the feel of yarn in my fingers, let alone that of knitted fabric.)

So, what’s there to blog about? I’ve finished the North Roe Shawl in a little less than three weeks, using KnitPicks Shimmer in this beautiful colourway called Spice, which inspired me to headline this post “September Rust” in the first place. The colouring reminds me of fall foliage, all these beautiful autumnal colours, reddish, and brownish, and yellowish, they really look like fallen leaves to me. And since the weather here in Germany has been quite autumnal (somehow we’ve skipped gossamer here and went from summer straight to fall), I’ve felt the yearning to listen to Type O Negative’s “October Rust” for days in a row, so everything quite came together. I’m really pleased how the shawl turned out.


Wanted: Possible knitting luggage
Sunday, August 16th, 2009, 21:04
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I’m leaving Ulm again for my parents’ tomorrow. I’m going to do house-sitting together with my brother while Mam and Dad are enjoying their well-deserved holiday in Spain. I’m travelling by train and I think I’ll take my laundry with me (3 sets of bedclothes and clothes for 2 weeks, among other things), so any extra luggage has to be light and compact. Of course, I’ll have to take some of my knitting projects with me (screw the RSI!). The problem is: I can’t decide neither on the number of projects, nor on which projects I should choose. So I’m trying to lay down some rules:
1) The Owls sweater isn’t an option, because the yarn is spun on a cone which isn’t really fit for travel.
2) I shouldn’t start another “big” project before I haven’t finished the Owls sweater, so cardigans and/or sweaters are out of the question.
3) I shouldn’t start medium projects like shawls and stoles either, even though I’d very much like to cast on for Mam’s North Roe Shawl or Conny’s Seascape Stole (the yarn arrived on Friday).
4) I shouldn’t take many different projects with me. Instead I should try to concentrate on a small number of projects and maybe even finish one of them.
If I try to stick to these rules, the number of projects reduces dramatically:

  • The Gossamer Garden Stole (WIP @35%)
  • Coupling Socks (WIP @15%)
  • Cabled Legwarmers (WIP @50%)
  • Spiral Lace Beret (WIP @65%)
  • Circular Shrug
  • Hedwig The Owl Socks
  • Fuzzy Grace Lace Beret

I really don’t know what to do 😦

Some updates
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009, 10:32
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Once again, I’m a part-time non-knitter. Not because I finally realized that studying and taking the next exam is more important than constant progress of my WIPs. I’d love to be as reasonable as that! It’s just that my RSI kicked back in which makes knitting a quite painful experience. So I had to put a stop to all of my projects for two weeks, and I really, really hope that I can pick up the needles after that.

Despite the fact that knitting is out of the question right now, I set my mind on another project: Another Seascape Stole, this one a Christmas gift, made from KnitPicks Shimmer in the Cumulus colourway, for a friend of mine. She’s always so kind and supportive and I don’t know what I would do without her, so I’m thinking this might be the best way to say “Thank you!”. The yarn has already been ordered (along with the yarn for Mam’s shawl) and should arrive by the end of this week.

What makes this knitting hiatus even harder for me is the fact that I finally got the yarn from Balitmore:

Two skeins Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lace in Amethyst Heather. This one’s gorgeous, super-soft and quite irresistable.

One skein Conjoined Creations Pastimes, Too in Sky. I’ve already wound it to a ball and practiced the lace cast-on with this one. And now I know that I’ll definitely use wooden needles because it is so slippery on the metal ones.

And last but not least, one skein of Criative Acres Black Suri. This one’s actually got the names of the alpacas printed on the label that donated the fibres for the yarn – how cool is that?

And then, just this morning, I’ve made one of the greatest discoveries: I found a German yarn store with an online shop that offers a wide range of yarns from US brands like Cascade Yarns, Fleece Artist or Crystal Palace!! I was amazed. And very, very happy. This is like shopping paradise for me. But maybe I’m just obsessed… πŸ˜‰

Hoot, hoot!!
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009, 9:25
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I’m really in a kind of knitting frenzy right now. I’ve almost finished half of the body part for the Owls sweater and I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was completely right about the motivation originating from its process. Sounds a bit weird, doesn’t it? Well, the thing is: I bore easily. And I think I’ve mentioned that fact a few times. That’s because it’s oh! so true. I bore easily. So you can imagine that there’s almost nothing I loathe as much as knitting a sweater in stockinette stitch. Except for blocking, probably. And here I am, knitting a sweater in stockinette stitch, in a solid colored yarn (black, of all colors!), on 4mm needles! Do you have any idea how very proud I am that I’ve almost finished half of the body part? Well, I think now you can guess… And that thing about motivation originating from process? That’s quite simple: I’ve reached the part with the back increases by now, and that means that I can count. I can say to myself “10 decreases to go” or “2 rows until the next decrease” and so I work myself through the whole body, always counting and trying to motivate myself.
If only I shouldn’t rather be studying!!

Desperately seeking distraction
Thursday, July 30th, 2009, 10:44
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“I’m not knitting.”
Isn’t that such a terrible thing to state? And yet… Well… It’s true: I’m not knitting. I ran out of Mohair Fine on Monday, because I only packed one ball of it. I never ever – not even in my wildest dreams! – thought that I’d use it all up while I’m at my parents’, mostly because I thought the pattern for the Gossamer Garden Stole quite challenging to follow and I couldn’t imagine myself sticking to that project and, well, actually falling in love with it.
So, what am I to do? I could knit Mom’s cardigan, for sure, but I fear we’ll soon run into a sizing problem. I had finished that cardigan about two years ago and after two or three months, Mom asked me if I could re-knit it, since its fit was too loose. I didn’t object, frogged the whole thing and started over, this time according to the measurements of one of her favourite sweaters. This was about half a year ago. She has been losing weight constantly since then and I seriously doubt that the cardigan will fit her this time. And I don’t want to finish something first, then have to frog it again.
Plus: I really, REALLY should be studying. I have my book and my notes lying right here on my desk, next to my keyboard, but I can’t bring myself to study for more than an hour – even though there isn’t much that I could do instead.
I’d rather think about how I’m going to spend today’s afternoon. Anna and I talked about a trip to the city last evening, apparently there’s a sale at a yarn store (which made my eyes go all wide and watery), plus she told me about another yarn store where you can get KSH for 7€ a ball (which made me almost cry for joy). So we decided to take the trip, get a cup of coffee somewhere and drop by these yarn stores. And then there’s another thing that comes to mind: Wolle RΓΆdel, the LYS chain where I bought the Mohair Fine, has a store in the city, too… Maybe I should pay them a visit and look for a ball of Mohair Fine. I’ll need another one anyway…

“I accept shawls as a payment…”
Saturday, July 25th, 2009, 20:08
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Even though I’m still heavily in love with the Gossamer Garden Stole, and even though my Owls sweater is far from being finished (and I’m really, really planning on finishing both before starting anything else), oh, and then there are the Hedwig the Owl Socks, I’m already thinking about what I can do next.
Once Conny has returned from the US, I’ll be able to add three lovely yarns to my stash (Trendsetter Cashwool, Conjoined Creations Pastimes, Too and Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lace) that will be worked into different shawls and wraps and stoles.
And then along came Mam. She was so kind as to gift me two gorgeous pairs of shoes (black pumps, to be precise), and when I asked her how I could possibly return the favour she said: “Well, if you feel the urge to knit something for somebody else some day, you could do a shawl for me…” Well, we sat down right that afternoon and decided on a pattern (the North Roe Shawl) as well as yarn (KnitPicks Shimmer in Spice), so now I just have to finish my projects, order the yarn and I’m ready to go. Damn, I love lace knitting! πŸ˜€

A little bit of history repeating…
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009, 11:39
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I had to rip it apart… again 😦 The Gossamer Garden Stole. At some point I always happen to miraculously loose a stitch. It just vanishes and I’m left with discovering “Oh, the pattern says ‘Knit 6 stitches’ but if I do, the YO is in the wrong place”. I’ve cursed a lot the last few days πŸ˜‰ And then, yesterday, when I finally realized that I won’t be able to fix it by cheating, and went to unraveling the stole, I gave the yarn such a firm tug that I accidentally ripped it :/
Maybe I should turn to work on my Mum’s cardigan while I’m at my parents’, because I always leave it here when I’m returning to Study City πŸ˜‰