WIPs in long break

During the last three months I have had a little break in blogging. I didn't intend to take one, but there was nothing to write about. In fact  several things happened to me: I am working in a new position which I am not sure about I do like it, we are about to buy a new home, living a very social life, so busy days. Since March I didn't complete any projects, but I am working on some in my short creative time.

I've started this cardigan in March and shared a few pictures in my last WIP post. I am 90% ready with it. It is going to be a long cardi fully covering my back and hips. On the front it will open with a rope or with big buttons - still not sure about. I am at the finish line working on the shawl collar which will be long and wide, so a couple of working hours has still remained. 
I am not following any particular pattern. At the beginning I adopted SusieM's contiguous method which is a brilliant idea to start a sweater. Otherwise I improvise fitting and length using my swatch. I haven't even drafted the process. Yay, I do also like living dangerously!

The cardigan is leaving on the bedside from a while because in these hot summer days I mostly work on my silkpaca shawl. So let me show you a new piece in my designing queue. I don't mean to cover it yet but here are a few sneak peaks: crescent, top-down, slip stitches, 3-colors. Are you curious?

How do you like the third color? I guess the lime skein will pop-up the classical navy look.

I would like to get back to the WIP wagon looking what you are working on and sharing my knitting progress regularly.

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A new project

I don't have too much time for knitting in these weeks.. my work and an expected promotion eat up not just my time but also all of my energy. I can't tell how much I miss my creative time, I am much more balanced, confident and happy when I can create.
I started this new long-term project a couple weeks ago. It is going to be a feather-weight cardigan.
The yarn I am using is Drops Fabel and Drops Delight altering the Delight skeins to get nice color variations. The pattern is from my head.

I am trying a new technic, it is called Contiguous Method developed by Susan Myers (SusieM on Ravelry), avaliable for free.
 Sleeves seem a little bit puffy at this point, but the pattern says it is normal.

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Happy Spring!

I am celebrating Spring with a new pattern. Do you remember to this project

Frank ochre is my favourite color in Malabrigo palette. I purchased one skein Mal Lace in this color from months ago and kept searching for the perfect project for weeks. But couldn't find the ONE, so I created my own pattern.
This color called me to knit something with leaves... with lacy-roundish leaves. I loved playing with knit and purl stitches to get a pattern which is really decorative on both sides. Who doesn't like when her cowl looks nice on both sides and wearable inside out too?

I wanted to add something eye-catching too. This is how these leaf-tassels came from. The tassels are just tied loosely around the wrap or weaved into the lace. And this is the detail what everyone notes! 
Skill level: intermediate
Materials and notions:
  • appr. 430 meters / 470 yards lace wool yarn. Sample uses Malabrigo Lace [2 ply; 100% Baby Merino Wool; 430 meters (470 yards) / 50 grams] in Frank Ochre
  • circular knitting needles in size 4 mm/US 6 80 cm/32” length
  • one pair of dpns in size 4 mm/US 6 (for tassels)
  • tapestry needle to weave the ends and stitch marker (optional)
This is not a gauge critical project, may work with chunkier yarns too and adjustable to any length and width.

And the best thing that the pattern has been released for free, so add it to your Ravelry library and please don't forget to favourite or queue it in return :)

Wishing you joyful knitting and happy Spring!

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Early Spring and Yarn Along

It is March. Although we had a mild winter here, I am happy that all those long dark nights are almost behind us.
Our home has started to bloom.
Living in an apartment house I really miss garden and real gardening, but I enjoy several benefits of our balcony and we are trying turn it to a little oasis for the Summer. We need to be waiting for that season, so I started this year inside and planted hyacints last week:
Today is the first day of Feast and I won't eat meat for 40 days. Being health-conciscious and eating quality foods I started to make our bread. Here is my first bread from last week made with dark rye flour and a little oat flour with green spices. {Don't believe the myth that you can not make bread without white flour, I didn't use any gram.}
My second bread looks even better:

{This photo is from my istagram feed

Currently I don't run any big projects, I am waiting for my yarns for a future cardigan. Until they arrive I am making Spring decorations {and maybe a new tutorial too ;)}
Using the leftover Lopi of my my IĆ°unn cardigan. Just a little not about Lopi: this yarn softened a LOT after washing a wearing.. there is a really big difference!

Wishing you happy creating!

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Ravellenics 2014

I am not a competetive type of girl, but I love games, where you don't have to win over anybody just challenge yourself. This year I joined to Ravelry Winter Games. The deadline was short, we had two weeks to complete our projects. I am a slow knitter, a really slow knitter...  
I participated in WIP Dancing, which was about finishing something, that had been already started before the games. I'd started this sweater two weeks before Ravellenics, but couldn't reach a great progress, because went really slow. I started with raglan sleeves, than I just couldn't find out how to join the lace panel so I restarted with set-in sleeves construction. After knitting the first half of the body, I had realized that it had turned out too big for me, so unravelled again. After I restarted for the third time, it went out without difficulties until the sleeves, those short rows with wrap-and-turns were really slow plus I needed to unravel one of the sleeves, because it was too puffy. Although I couldn't complete in time, since I finished 2,5 hours after the deadline, it worthed every single seconds I pushed into it.
About the construction:
The pullover was made completely seemless. Worked from the top down, flatters to my figure and features a longer back with a rounded hem. For the front panel I chosed a very simple lace pattern which was enough easy to memorize.
Pattern: my design
Materials: 6 skeins of Drops Baby Alpaca Silk
Needles: 3.00 and 2.50 mm
Appox. hours: 50 hours

See lot of photos on my Ravelry project page

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