Saturday, June 30, 2007

Handmaiden and Fleece Artist - have to have it!

I´ve fallen totally in love with the Handmaiden and Fleece Artist yarns.
I mean, look at this picture and tell me how one could avoid loving it!
Handmaiden and Fleece Artist are basically the same thing, Handmaiden being the more luxury label of finer yarns from Fleece Artist.

I´m knitting a shawl in Handmaiden Minimaiden in the pale green peridot, a mix of wool and silk and softer than soft. Absolutely wonderful.
And since the yarn was screaming my name in the basket here, I also started a little project with the on-sale Fleeceartist Goldiehair, colour Renaissance (discontinued - therefore on sale). Goldiehair is a mohair, silk and nylon brush mix. Gorgeous colours and wonderful yarn.

I am sure this will be a very, very expensive love affair...

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Finished a whole bunch of projects!

I haven´t written in a while as I´ve been sick.
But being sick also has the advantage that one gets to finish some projects!
I´ve finished the Noro Rainbow Scarf, which I made twice as wide as the pattern calls for and with 2x the yarn. It could have been a little bit longer, but I love it to bits anyhow and will use it lots come winter! It will be perfect to brighten up my black winter coat. It was a very quick and easy knit.

Also finished are a pair of socks for my brother. They started life as bayerische socks from Eunny´s blog, but I found the yarn a bit to colourful and a little bit to fuzzy for the rather crisp pattern. Since I don´t frog, I restarted them from the cuff and made these simple socks. They´re knitted with 76 stitches on 2mm needles, magic loop. The yarn is Regia 4-ply wool and nylon sock yarn.

And I´ve finished this frilly scarf by Tove B. It´s for my grandmother because she loves this colour and wanted something to wear for spring and fall. The yarn is silk tweed from a secret pal. And the scarf is missing one frilly edge, which is coming up but right now I lost a little bit of motivation for it as the edge takes forever to knit...

And finally, I started the Sarcelle shawl in the beautiful Hand Maiden Mini Maiden 50/50 wool and silk blend that recently arrived in the mail at an extortionate (and now forgotten) price, from knitty-noddy. The colour is peridot. It is a bit thicker than the yarn call for in the pattern, but it´s so beautiful, so so soft, so wonderful that I think it will make a great result anyhow!

Knitty-noddy gave very good, personal and quick service and I will most definitely shop there again!

Friday, June 08, 2007

I´ve spoiled myself...

Yesterday and today, two packages arrived in the mail.
I´ve gone ahead and spoiled myself, and bought some lovely almost-not-there greenish-gray Handmaiden Mini Maiden rom Knitty-Noddy. The colour is peridot and the yarn is 50% wool and 50% silk. It´s so lovely it almost makes me drool, and I have to think up a really lovely project for this yarn to showcase it!
From Get Knitted, I bought myself some Fleece Artist Goldiehair on sale (the burgundyish mohair-yarn), which is so lovely now I have to find a perfect project for it. There, I also bought some Noro Kureyon for a Rainbow Scarf, two each of #52 and #159. The pattern calls for mixing up the two colours, and now I almost regret it because they´re both so beautiful by themselves. But I´ll try! I have several more ideas for Noro-yarn anyhow, and this is a nice way of testing the colours.

Saturday, June 02, 2007


Finally, finally I finished the LUDO jacket from Hanne Falkenberg.
This has been painstakingly slow, because it´s just boring enough to be well, boring. And at the same time it needs just enough concentration that I kept making mistakes.
I guess no one can tell one arm started off 4 stitches wider than the other, and I certainly won´t tell :)

I am very happy with the result though! I only need to get to my mom to help figure out a clever way for buttons. Since this is originally a sweater and sort of became a jacket on the way I was completely unable to figure out how to do buttonholes in a clever way.