The Christmas holidays are behind us with all their excitement and activity and the New Year lies just ahead. This past year for me has been full of rediscovered love for my knitting and crafts hobbies. I had planned to revive this blog, to professionalize the look and feel and to add some patterns and also to rework some older patterns. On to of that I also wanted to dive back in into the online knitting community. And looking back today I think I actually managed this New Year’s resolution. I also discovered Instagram and found so much inspiration there. Thank you, everyone out there who is spreading the knitting love on a daily basis. I am really enjoying all the lovely pictures, the fun hash tags and the encouraging comments.
Thank you to everyone who downloaded and enjoyed my patterns and who left feedback and comments. It’s very much appreciated.
There are still a few unfinished projects on my needles but I’d rather not go into detail about those 😉 After all the holiday gifts were off the needles I shamelessly cast on something for myself. It’s the fun Askews Me Shawl by Westknits. I make no secret about the fact that I find most of Stephen West’s designs a bit too eccentric. Or at least they seem like crazy and unwearable in all the eccentric posing and make-up on the pattern pages. But this one is presented sufficiently tame by Westknits’ standards to make a wardrobe staple. I’m using cozy, soft Malabrigo Merino Worsted that I like to buy at Lanade, a nice online store carrying Malabrigo and Drops yarns. I won’t get done in 2015 but I’m looking forward to having this as a first finished project for 2016.
Two-color brioche in the pattern is a first for me. While I’ve knitted “Halbpatent” (engl. Fisherman’s Rib) and also one-color “Patent” (engl. Brioche) I’ve never taken up this particular challenge. And I have to admit, it took me a bit to wrap my head around it. My trustworthy knitting compendium from the 90’s (Katharina Buss, “Das Große Strickbuch”) helped me to understand what was going on.
After being not much of a crocheter for the longest time I finally caught the crochet bug thanks to Lucy’s fabulous inspiration in her Attic24 blog. A big part in my newly found love for crochet played the fabulous Stylecraft Special DK yarn. It works up great in crochet and while I would not want to work it into a sweater it plays to its strengths in blankets and other accessories. The Cozy Stripe Blanket has become much loved and used living room accessory.
In Germany Stylecraft Special DK it’s not a yarn that is widely available. Acrylic does not have the best reputation but I can absolutely recommend this one. I’ve purchased mine either directly in the UK at Woolwarehouse.co.uk or at Wollplatz.de, an online shop originally from the Netherlands.
There are a few knitting projects I would like to take on in 2016. I am really looking forward to finally knit my first allover Fair Isle sweater for me. I’ve chosen Northdale for that and even though the yarn, sizing and everything already gave a run for the money, I am not giving up on that one.
Also on the list is finally working a pattern from designer Isabell Kraemer. I really like her signature construction of top-down sweaters. I’m pondering Elementary in charcoal and rainbow Kauni yarn for my daughter.
As fas as new knitting techniques go, I don’t have anything particular in mind. But I would love to try my hand at test knitting and proof reading for other designers.
Through Instagram I learned about Brush Lettering (thank you, Frau Hölle 🙂 ) and this is right up my alley! I love a pretty writing and calligraphy. I’ll be trying to get in some practice with my new Tombow brush pens.
After having a lot of fun with recorder lessons and practice this year I will surely continue and try to improve further.
Happy knitting and
all the best for 2016!