Oh La La Socks

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Sometimes you have a great idea for a design, but something is missing – that little je ne sais quoi. That’s how I felt about my Oh La La Socks for a long time. I had the stranded chart all ready to go, but I felt that there needed to be something more. I had tried a patterned heel flap, but that wasn’t what I was looking for.

The answer came to me when I wanted to use a Latvian Twist for a different design. It didn’t work out for that one, but I decided to give it a try for the socks that were in time-out waiting for me to come back to them. And voilà – the Oh La La Socks were finally born!

A stunning stranded pattern and a contrasting color for ribbing, heel and toes are tied together by an impressive, yet easy to work Latvian twist using all three colors. Your feet deserve no less!

The pattern is available on Ravelry, Loveknitting, Craftsy and soon on Patternfish and Kuschelfein Maschendesign!

A photo tutorial for the Latvian Twist is included in the pattern!

Check out the pattern and let me know in the comments what you think, I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

It’s like heaven!

Do you know Qiviut? I don’t know what the underbelly of a unicorn feels like, but I imagine it must feel like Qiviut!

Qiviut is the underwool of the muskox and softer than cashmere, warmer than sheep’s wool and doesn’t felt.

Thanks to the most awesome husband in the world, I have been the proud owner of 50 g of pure qiviut for a few years now, always waiting for the perfect pattern or stitch pattern to come along for this treasure.

I finally found the perfect stitch pattern a few weeks ago in a Japanese stitch dictionary and made the Watercourse Cowl.

After tech editing and testing, you can now make your own Watercourse Cowl and indulge in the luxury, be it with qiviut or any other yarn you love!

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Watercourse Cowl combines two beautiful, yet easy to knit Japanese stitch patterns and a heavenly luxurious yarn into a stunning, amazingly soft cowl that you will never want to take off!
The stitch pattern is written out as well as charted.

Many thanks to my tech editor Michelle Hazell and my testknitters iowaknitter, katisha and whizard. Any remaining mistakes are mine.

Size
16.5 cm [6.5”] wide, 72 cm [28.25”] around
The length is easily adjustable.

Blocked Gauge:
1 pattern repeat (44 sts and 24 rows = 16.5 cm [6.5”] wide and 8 cm [3”] high

Gauge is not vital for this project, but it will affect the yardage and the size of the FO.

I’m a loose knitter, so you may want to try bigger needles if you aren’t

Materials:
Gold of the Arctic Qiviut 14/4, (50 g [1.76 oz], 175 m [191 yd], 100 % qiviut) 1 ball in natural.
Or ca. 175 m [191 yd] fingering weight yarn of your choice
3 mm [US 2.5] needles
Cable needle
3 mm Crochet hook for provisional cast on (optional)
Spare needle of the same size for 3-Needle-Bind-Off (optional)

Skills Needed:
Simple lace knitting
Simple cables
Provisional cast on (optional)
3-Needle-Bind-Off (optional)


Mystic River

Another month, another pattern has been released 🙂

I hope you like the Mystic River just as much as I do!

Mystic River Scarf is perfect for that skein of self-striping
yarn that you fell in love with, but then it never told you what
it wanted to be. The pattern includes instructions for a short
or a long cowl or a scarf and the pattern can easily be adjusted
in width and length.
Many thanks to my tech editor Michelle Hazell and my testknitters
AaseE, andrea73, chicco, selana and sandy-in-thesun.
Any remaining mistakes are mine.

Size:
Short Cowl: 19 cm [7.5”] wide, 66 cm [26”]
around
Long Cowl: 19 cm [7.5”] wide, 112 cm [44”]
around
Scarf: 19 cm [7.5”] wide, about 180 cm [71”]
long
Width and length are easily adjustable

Blocked Gauge:
24 sts and 29 rows = 10 cm [4”] in pattern

Materials:
Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Stärke 6, (400
m [437 yd], 150 g [5.29 oz], 75 % wool, 25
% nylon), 1 ball in color Der Lenz ist da
or 150 (255, 400) m [165 (280, 437) yd]
sport weight yarn of your choice for a short
cowl (long cowl, scarf)
2.75 mm needles, or a needle size that
gives you a fabric you like

Gauge is not vital for this project, but it will
affect the yardage and the size of the FO.

Skills Needed:
Simple lace knitting
Kitchener Stitch or 3-Needle-Bind-Off
(optional)

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The English pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy, Patternfish (soon) and Loveknitting (soon).

The German pattern is exlusively available at Kuschelfein Maschendesign, either just the pattern or as a kit.

There will be a KAL starting on April 1st in the Kuschelfein Maschendesign Facebook group, I hope to see you there 🙂

How old can alpacas get?

The last pattern for the Hubby needs Socks ebook went online yesterday!

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The Ribbed Leaf Socks feature a mini cable pattern, a hybrid heel that combines a short-row heel and a short heel flap with a gusset and paired decreases toes closed with kitchener stitch.

Until March 5th, end of day, there’s still a 40 % sale for all my single patterns on Ravelry with the coupon code “Celebration”, and the 40th Release KAL started today!

I’d love to see you join the fun here.

I’m joining the KAL with my Daddy’s Prayer Shawl pattern worked in a handspun yarn. It’s two years since he left me and it’s nice to have some quiet time thinking of him and working on his pattern. The handspun yarn adds another special twist to it in my mind. datei-01-03-17-16-51-34

I chose the stitch markers with him in mind – the sheep because I’m sure he would love them. The sock because he loved my handknit socks and didn’t wear any other socks. The alpaca because he loved to tell a story about some alpacas that fled from a circus in my home town and roamed the streets. He always asked me “What were these animals called?” It must be about 30 years now since that happened. Man, I’m getting old!

Celebrating 40 patterns!

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Celebrate with me! There’s a sale from now until March 5th, end of day (Switzerland time)! Use the coupon code “Celebration” and receive 40 % off any single pattern from my Ravelry store! Go check it out! 🙂

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There’s also a KAL in my group starting on March 1st! Any of my patterns, including WIPs, is welcome 🙂

I’d love to see you there, maybe then I’ll believe that I really have published 40 patterns 😀

Hubby needs Socks

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When I realized that my husband needed several new pairs of socks, I dreaded the thought of the same old vanilla socks in black, dark grey or dark blue that men like. So I handed my husband a few stitch dictionaries and told him to choose patterns he likes. I chose yarn in colors that he would accept and that still wouldn’t make me crazy while knitting. The idea of the “Hubby needs socks” ebook was born. For every pattern, I chose a different heel and a different toe to make the knitting even more fun.

If you are like me, I hope you will love the ebook! Today, the first three patterns went online. You can get the standalone patterns, or all three in an ebook at a discounted price! If you buy the ebook now, you will automatically receive three more men’s sock patterns in February.

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The Ascona Socks feature a simple knit-purl-pattern, a horseshoe heel which combines short rows and a heel flap, and a star toe. The stitch pattern is written out as well as charted.

Many thanks to my tech editor cupani and my testknitters chicco, puffycats and sandy-in-the-sun.

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The Enclosed Cable Socks feature a cable panel on stockinette ground, a patterned heel flap, a heart-shaped heel and a variation of the star toe. The stitch pattern is written out as well as charted.

Many thanks to my tech editor cupani and my testknitters Andrea1302, JessisSocke, Karate and Melli35.

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The Amour Fou socks feature an easy to work stitch pattern that lets you concentrate on the interesting construction with an afterthought heel that is worked like a toe and a toe that is worked like a heel.

Many thanks to my tech editor Michelle Hazell and my testknitters inyy and Melli35. Any remaining mistakes are mine.

All patterns are available on Ravelry, Craftsy and soon on Loveknitting and Patternfish.

The German patterns will also be available at Kuschelfein Maschendesign.

 

New pattern: Six Million Bicycles

I have a new pattern available on Ravelry and (soon) Loveknitting and Patternfish! The German version will also be available at Kuschelfein Maschendesign. From now until October 18th, end of day (Switzerland time) you can get it for 30 % off with the coupon code “Bicycle” (without the quotes) on Ravelry!

Six Million Bicycles Scarf uses a stunning, yet easy to work, reversible stitch pattern that looks great in uni, self-striping or variegated yarns. The day before I started the scarf, I received some cute bicycle stitch markers and while knitting the sample, I kept thinking of Katie Melua’s beautiful song “Nine Million Bicycles”. The stitch pattern is written out as well as charted. Many thanks to my tech editor cupani and my testknitters blessedspeedy, dancerdawnky42, katisha and ktknitstoo.

Size:
15 cm [6”] wide, 163 cm [64”] long; easily adjustable

Blocked Gauge:
22 sts = 13 cm [5”] in pattern
14 rows = 5.4 cm [2.1”] in pattern

Materials:
Hedgehog Fibres Sock (100 g [3.5 oz], 400 m [437.4 yd], 90 % merino, 10 % nylon), 1 skein in colorway Poison
or 275 m [305 yd] fingering weight yarn of your choice
3.25 mm needles of your choice
2 stitch markers

Skills needed:
Simple lace knitting

Strange things

I didn’t think I would ever say that, but I have sewn something. No, really, I did! I know, my relationship with sewing has always been somewhere between “I could never do that, why even bother” and “Hm, maybe I should try and learn it. Someday. Later.”

More than a year ago, during a short phase of “Maybe I should learn it NOW”, I bought a Makerist course for beginners (that’s like Craftsy, but in German), checked the materials list, bought fabric and cushions and a kit of things you are supposed to need for sewing – and stashed it all away in my yarn room.

But thanks to a wonderful Ravelry group with lots and lots of awesomly talented sewing geniuses, I began thinking of the course and the materials again and decided to make cushions before we were to leave for Ascona in the beginning of September.

And – drumroll please – I really made it through the first project!

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The result were three of these cushions with an evelope opening. I know it looks like they have been made by a total beginner, but that is because they are and I’m proud of them. They live in our bedroom now – I’m not that proud that I wanted to display them in the livingroom.

The next project in the course is another cushion, but this time with a zipper. I tried. I started another three cushions, but these zippers are beyond my skills for now…

Just so I wouldn’t even think of giving up, I checked the projects in a beginner’s book I bought about the same time I bought the video course and promised myself that I would make a bag next.

Back from Ascona, I ordered gorgeous fabric.

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The first one is a photo print, I’m not crazy enough to tackle knitted fabric yet  🙂

When the parcel with the fabric arrived yesterday around lunchtime, a little voice in my head began to talk. It told me that these fabrics are too beautiful for me to use and that I was just going to destroy them and that giving up was always an option.

Well, I decided to show that voice who’s boss! Fast forward to this morning (and skip the part where hubby had to repair the sewing maching because I made a lot of thread barf and broke a needle) and I have a bag! With lining even!

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Looking at my “leftovers”, I have bought enough fabric to make about a ton of them. Which is a good thing – after I had finished it I learned that I should have washed the fabric before using it because it might shrink. The photo doesn’t show it, but the bag is quite small to begin with – ca. 28 x 30 cm.

Well, at least I will carry around my handkerchief in style now!

Pawprints on my Heart

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April 1st, 2016 seemed to be an evening like any other. My husband and I were sitting on the sofa, watching something on TV and our cat, Lena, was lying on my husband’s lap. At some time, she decided it was time to go to bed. When she jumped to the floor and walked to the stairs, we noticed that she was hobbling. We didn’t think too much of it first, but it didn’t get better over the weekend and so we made an appointment to see the vet. The devastating diagnosis was that cancer had eaten most of the bone in her leg. We took her to the animal hospital on the next day. We were told that bone cancer most of the time hasn’t spread in cats when it is diagnosed and that we could amputate her leg. We were worried, because Lena was almost fifteen years old, but the doctors said that she wouldn’t have any problems soon after the surgery. We waited for the results of the biopsy and bloodwork. The cancer was malignant, but it hadn’t spread and her bloodwork showed that she was healthy enough for the surgery, which happened on Friday, April 15th. We got Lena back on Sunday, minus one leg and were told to come back or call our vet if she didn’t eat or drink in the first 24 hours. Despite all our efforts, she didn’t want to eat or drink, so our vet came on Monday and gave her cortisone, injected water under the skin and set some acupuncture needles. A little bit later, Lena began to eat again and we were so happy. She was also trying to walk and already getting better at it. On Tuesday, I had her lying next to me on the sofa and suddenly she jumped down on the floor. I was frightened, but she didn’t fall, walked a few steps to a sunny spot on the carpet and lay down to sleep. I let her lie there, but when I left the room for just a few minutes and came back, she wasn’t there anymore. I searched for her everywhere and found her in the garden, lying in the grass. She had crossed the living room, the dining room, gone outside through the cat flap, went to a step, up the step and then a few more meters in the grass. I was frightened, but also proud of what she had achieved. I brought her back inside and put her into the enclosure that hubby had built for her and she began to cry. When I brought her to lie on the sofa next to me, she calmed down again. Two hours later, I realized that she was completely apathetic. I called hubby at work and asked him come home immediately. I also called our vet and the hospital, but they just said to bring her on the next day if it didn’t get better. Every now and then, she cried – most of the time when somebody stood up and went away. In the night, she began to cry more often. In the morning, she was so cold. We put her into a heating blanket and drove to the hospital. They suspected that she had an aorta thrombosis, something similar to a stroke, and kept her for more bloodwork. Back home, I read about aorta thromboses, neither hubby nor I had ever heard of it. I was devastated when I realized that Lena’s symptoms matched exactly and that it would mean she didn’t have a chance. A little later the hospital called with more bad news. Her blood had way too little oxygen, which had already damaged her liver and her kidneys. At half past eleven that morning, we had to let our baby go.
A little later, I ordered a skein of Ancient Fibre Arts The Meow Collection, and as soon as it arrived, I knew exactly what the shawl I wanted to make from it should look like. I wanted hearts, pawprints on and between the hearts, a cat’s eye pattern and a border with beads in the color of Lena’s eyes. Knitting the shawl has given me great comfort, and although I still miss my baby every day and still cry a lot, I can now snuggle my Tribute to Lena.

Pawprints on my Heart is a triangular shawl work from the top down. You’ll need to know how to (or be willing to learn) work a garter tab cast on, simple lace knitting, knitting on a border and – this is optional – adding beads. All techniques are explained and / or a tutorial is linked in the pattern.

If you’ve made it to here – thank you! Use the coupon code “Lena” (without the quotes) to receive 30 % off the single patterns from my Ravelry store (except Daddy’s Prayer Shawl)! The code is valid until September 4th 2016, end of day (Switzerland time).