Thursday, 26 May 2011
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Anyway, it should be done in a short while unless I get distracted. That said, I am not in any particular hurry at the moment. Also, I haven't yet bought the beads I need for the next project.
Right now I am waiting to buy The Knitter's fourth issue from a Raveler so that I can finally knit the Katerina Shawl I saw in it. This was the first issue I decided not to buy because there was only one pattern in it that I liked. However, I kept thinking about that shawl so I simply have to have it now. One thing I better not think about is the cost of the yarn needed for it!
Thursday, 12 May 2011
Since I seem to have been bitten by the bead bug now, I couldn’t resist having a look at Bijoux Beads in Bath yesterday. At first I was just trying to find beads for the pattern, but, as I suspected, they do not sell those. Instead, I got drawn in by all those colourful beads around the room and ended up buying some to make fishy stitchmarkers to go with Kleine Bachforelle.
The fish charms are in silver and gold and I am actually thinking about using them along the edges of Kleine Bachforelle in the end. Very tempting! The golden fish stitchmarkers have an aqua goldstone square bead that seemed far too large at first. In the end, it turned out to be an excellent match for the fish, though. For the silver fish, I used peacock glass trumpet beads instead that look a little undersized in comparison. They are still lovely markers nonetheless. Each marker uses white glass pearl beads (4 mm) as separaters, and they are strung onto a light blue tiger tail thread. To hold everything in place, I simply used silver crimp beads. Et voila!
These markers were quick to make and one of the ladies at the knit club said I ought to make some and sell them on Etsy. Maybe someday. I am already using these ones for Print o’ the Wave.
Sunday, 8 May 2011
The Scrumptious lace yarn is incredibly soft and I love knitting with it. So far I have finished 27 of the 34 lace pattern repeats for the centre panel, so the end is slowly coming into sight. As such, it doesn't really take long to knit, I have the impressen. Still, last evening I timed my knitting and it turns out I need about an hour for just one repeat over 12 rows. I am looking forward to the final result and hope making the edging will be straightforward.
However, since I have only been knitting this shawl without having any other projects going, I also can't wait to start something new. Particularly, having all this new yarn at home isn't helping matters. I have found use for one of the new skeins of Noro Kureyon I bought in Exeter (where I didn't knit a single stitch for a week despite having my shawl with me). I want to make the Kleine Bachforelle, a german pattern that is also available as an English translation. That said, I wll most likely use the English one since I am not that used to German knitting terms despite my being German. The pattern also uses beads, so right now I am on the lookout for the kind of 4mm Rocailles that our local bead shop does not seem to have. Looks like an online purchase is in order sometime soon. I guess if I already had the beads, I'd start that pattern right now!
Image: Ute Sturm (Ravelry)
I will try to make that shawl twice as wide if I can. I am a little confused by the pattern because it looks far too confusing for such a simple thing. I hope I can get my head around it.