Promises & Challenges

This blog is being neglected.

I know that with every new entry I always promise that this time it will be different. I won’t. So I’m not even sorry here. Because it won’t make a difference. I thought about podcasting, but I doubt it will help. It’s just my mindset about blogging.

Now that this is off my chest, let’s talk about the second part of title of this blog, “Challenges”.

November is NaKniSweMo – National Knit A Sweater Month. As it happens, I have an unfished cardigan lying around.

Right now, it looks like this, plus 3 rows more:

As you might have guessed, I want to finish it in November. This won’t make me eligible for the actual challenge, but it will be my personal challenge. This also means I have to get done with all other WIPs, but I’m good at that, because there are only two:

  • the Zigzagular Socks are on a good way. Tonight one will get the first afterthought heel.
  • a hat for my Mum, as a Christmas gift, only needs 1 more repeat, the decrease section and then BAM, done.

I know I only have, like, 6 days, but I can do it. So, without further ado, I’ll bid you goodbye. Need to finish stuff!

Die verstrickte Dienstagsfrage Woche 26/2015

Das Wollschaf fragt:

Für die meisten ist Selbstgestricktes Alltagskleidung, in der Freizeit getragen oder -je nach Dresscode- auch auf der Arbeit.

Aber ab und zu findet man in Strickzeitschriften auch elegante, festliche Modelle und das eine oder andere gestrickte oder gehäkelte Brautkleid hat das Wollschaf auch schon gesehen.

Kannst Du Dir vorstellen, zu einem formellen oder festlichen Anlaß oder einfach nur abends zum Ausgehen Stricksachen zu tragen?
Besitzt Du besonders schicke, elegante selbstgestrickte Sachen? Zeig mal!

Ich habe mir für meine Hochzeit ein sehr, sehr schönes cremefarbenes Tuch aus reiner Seide gestrickt. Das war eine Heidenarbeit – aber jede Masche wert. Ich traue mich auch gar nicht, es zu anderen Anlässen zu tragen. Allerdings gab es bis jetzt auch gar keine Gelegenheit, fällt mir ein.

Und hier noch ein Foto. Leider gibt es kein einziges Bild, auf dem man es in voller Pracht an mir sieht …

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May Goal Wrap-up / June Goals

Phew! June already!

Okay, let’s make this quick – these were my May goals:

  • reach the heel on the Zigzagulars -> still halfway through the foot
  • continue Old Romance, preferably finish arms -> I did it! Pics are a bit downwards.
  • spin a bit -> didn’t happen. :/
  • start Mom’s birthday shawl -> didn’t happen either. :(

But here are the June goals & a little bit of the progress I’ve made on them already:

  • reach heels of socks
  • get past bra band on Old Romance
  • start Mum’s birthday gift
  • spin a tiny bit

Okay, how did I do so far?

I started Mom’s birthday gift, a Brickless made from awesome merino/silk fingering yarn. Oh the shiny! The yarn almost became socks, but I could bear wearing silk (so precious!) and I stopped liking the pattern, so I frogged them.


My Old Romance is also looking good:


I also did spin, but I don’t have a photo. The socks are being a bit neglected, poor things. But top priority is Mum’s present.

So, tell me: What are your June goals?

Goal Round-up April and May

Wow, May already. And even the 5th, holy moly.

And since I don’t want to stop posting here – it’s been an awful lot of time since I posted last – I’ll bring you the April goal check up.

I finished the socks. There look awesome, and I love them. Too bad it’s too warm right now to wear them. The yarn was from „Drachenwolle“, colourway „King of Spades“, which fits perfectly. Due tot he busy colours, I decided to just do a ribbed sock, which was a good idea, albeit a bit boring.

I knit them toe-up, as usual, but with an afterthought heel which I added at a point where I had mustered enough willpower to do it.

First time afterthought heel and um, they fit. Sort of. They look terrible when I’m not wearing the socks, and a bit strange when I have put them on. But that’s what you get for a) not paying attenting and b) winging it. The next time I’ll do as the pattern says. Promise.

The second goal was to finish the sleeves on my Old Romance. It’s knit in a rather unusual construction, so that you finish the sleeves first. I have not reached that point. But I’m just a couple of short rows away from it.

There is a mistake to fix before or while I’m knitting them, though. After picking up stitches (just follow me, I don’t want to spoil too much – it’s paid pattern, after all) I had 10 less than given. Yep. So now I have tot hink how I can add there before finishing the sleeves. The number is crucial.

On a happier note, I started a new pair of socks right away. In the LSG group on Ravelry there were a lot of people who made the [Zigzagular Socks]. And when I saw the pattern, I knew I had to knit them from the gorgeous Baltic Sea-themed yarn that’s been in my stash for a bit. And they look awesome. It took me a while to remember that as a leftie, I have to mirror the cables as well (front->back and vice versa), but now it’s going well. These will be made with afterthought heels, too, because I want to make a perfect afterthought heel and actually stick to the pattern for once.

And after that, I’ll give you my goals for May:

  • finish the sleeves on Old Romance (yes, yes)
  • knit socks until you reach the point where you put in the waste yarn fort he afterthought heel
  • start birthday present for you Mum

More on the last item in another blog post. :)

What are your May goals?

Die verstrickte Dienstagsfrage Woche 16/2015

Jeden Dienstag postet Das Wollschaf eine Frage für Strickblogger – und heute war mal eine für mich dabei!

Stricksachen in Film und Fernsehen – achtest Du darauf?
Hast Du Tipps für sehenswerte Filme oder Serien mit schönen Strickstücken?
Gibt es bestimmte Sachen, die Dir besonders im Gedächtnis geblieben sind?
Hast Du vielleicht sogar schon mal ein Modell aus einem Film nachgestrickt?

Mir fallen Stricksachen tatsächlich vermehrt auf, seit ich stricke. Ganz toll war zum Beispiel die Jacke, die Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game” trug. Die war traumhaft.

Ich achte jetzt aber nicht besonders drauf, ob in einer Serie gestrickte Kleidung vorkommt oder nicht. Wenn was hübsches dabei ist oder jemand strickt, freue ich mich kurz und weiter geht’s. Deswegen kann ich auch keine Serien empfehlen.

Aber die Jacke von der Keira, die würd’ ich schon gern nachstricken ;)

April Goals

April is here! Outside it’s truly April-weatherlike: Stormy, with rain, hail and 5 minutes later sunshine. I have the week off and used the opportunity to cast on something new, more on this later.

My Mom was visiting since Monday (she’s already back home), and with her help I got a lot of household stuff done. For this week I only need to vacuum a bit and then I’m done!

Okay, that was the short catch-up on my life ;) now let’s look on my goal list.

This is a cardigan with a rather unusual construction – you knit the sleeves first. This means I need to get a needle with a longer cable, because I highly doubt 80 cm will accomodate my complete armspan ;) I’m very excited about this. There will be a dark purple body and a lavender lace insert on the arms. This will look so pretty!

The cardi is nice because it starts with the lace inserts. Knitting lace is something I absolutely love, so in the beginning everything is fine. Then I have to pick up about 300 stitches – I hope I can do this!

But right now, it loks like this. Two strips of lace:


And the second goal:

I hope I can at least knit the leg fully. Making the actual heel is optional.

That’s it for now! I’ll try to keep you updated on the cardigan.

What are your goals for April?

Goal check up March 2015

Sooo, that was March. It was very busy inbetween, so I couldn’t knit a lot, but I tried.

Let’s see if I managed to fulfill my goals:

  • finish the cowl of endlessness – I did! I even blocked it!
  • add 3 stripe repeats on the Boxy – I made 2, I think?
  • reach heels on the socks – late, but I made it!
  • spin the merino sample, then ply it – I spun a bit, but nearly not as much as I wanted to.

Here’s a proof that the cowl has been finished: