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March 31, 2007

Something new

Look what I got in the mail the other day:

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Aren't they just the cutest? Made especially for the little boy or girl who is due at the end of May, by fellow Dutch knit blogger Lies. She used this beautiful nealy solid shade of Lorna's Laces, it's very soft. Thank you so much Lies, I love them! And if you want to make your own newborn socks just like these: Lies has put up the pattern (in English) on her blog!

I finished the socks from Knitting Vintage Socks, but I haven't had a chance to have their picture taken. I also finished the Pead Pod Cardigan. All I have to do now is find some buttons for it and then I'll show it here.

So that's two FO's! Of course y'all know what that means: I started a new project. A couple of weeks ago, I saw it at Anna Bell's blog My Fashionble Life. The Cardigan I Simply Have To Knit. Here it is. It's called Flicca. I bought the pattern rightaway and then the search for the right yarn began.

Two weeks ago, I visited the yarn shop in Zuidlaren, Ryahuis. It was so difficult to choose, but I settled for this:

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It's Lana Grossa Royal Tweed (100% merino, 50 g = 100 m) in color #10. I'm using 6 mm needles and my gauge is off, but I'm compensating for that by knitting a larger size. Even though it's a big cardigan, it's going really fast at this gauge! I already finished the first sleeve:

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And I started the back. I hope it will turn out like the I'm imagining.... Oh, and if you want to see some more pictures of Flicca check these out at Flickr.

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March 18, 2007

Transformation

I finally found this:

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hiding in a box somewhere. I needed it to turn this:

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into this:

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to knit this:

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It's a sleeve for the Pea Pod Cardigan (a free pattern from Interweave Knits) I'm making.

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I decided to knit the sleeves in the round, so I won't have to close the seam. All I have to do in the finishing department is to sew in the sleeves and sew on the buttons. I yet have to find buttons for this though. I'm thinking about some wooden ones, or maybe just some simple buttons in (almost) the same color as the yarn, if I can find those.

In the meantime, my wonderful mother finished what she was working on:

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Isn't it adorable? It's the Strawberry Set from La Droguerie. I got it in a kit last summer on holiday in Strasbourg, remember? The yarn is bamboo, and it's really soft. Here are some details:

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I can't wait to see it on!

By the way, I fixed the links to my knitting gallery and the free patterns in the side bar. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks to everyone who wrote to me asking about the patterns. You can all start knitting them again!

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March 11, 2007

And now for some socks

Last Wednesday at Stitch 'n Bitch Fryslân I started something new. I know, I haven't really finished anything lately, but I felt a sudden urge to start a pair of socks for myself and I just couldn't resist.

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It's a pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush, called Evening Stockings for a Young Lady. Sounds nice, right? I'm doing a sock version, I don't have enough yarn to do long stockings. The yarn is Fortissima Jeans in color #5, which I got some years ago. I don't know if it is still being made. I really like the way the color is almost solid.

You don't have to be afraid though that my future child won't have enough hand knits! Of course I will finish the things I already started and maybe more, but other people have been knitting too! Here's a sneak peek of something my mother is making:

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When it's finished, I'll be sure to show you the whole set!

And at SnB Wednesday, one of the girls gave me these:

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Aren't they adorable? I was really surprised when she handed me these. Thank you so much!

Back to knitting for me now ;) Have you seen the fantastic Fair Isle Sweater V from Spin | Knit designed and knitted? Go check it out over here! I would love to knit that sweater, maybe even in those exact colors. I thought I wasn't fond of those round Islandic-type yokes, but I really love this one. I hope V will write a pattern for it....

Oh, and the flower in the last blog entry is a hyacinth!

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March 7, 2007

Another one bites the dust

Moving to Groningen is good because I'm closer to two great yarnshops. Unfortunately, I found out one of them is closing: the Breibrink in Annen, which I wrote about in this blog entry. I'm sorry to see this shop go.... I'm glad the Ryahuis in Zuidlaren is still there (also a really great shop, read about it here). Of course, I went to Annen to check out the sales, and I came home with these (to the left ;-):

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Three balls of Phildar Lambswool (51% lambswool, 41% acrylic). I'm thinking about making a baby sweater with it. By the way, thanks for all the suggestions for baby patterns that require minimal finishing. I yet have to check them all out, but I really appreciate your tips!

In the meantime, I've been knitting on my shaped cardigan from Poetry in Stitches.

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The first sleeve is about halfway done. I still enjoy knitting this, and I hope to finish it in a couple of weeks. I'm looking forward to wearing it, even if I won't be able to close it for a while. That's what I like about cardigans: they're versatile like that.

Moving issues
As a result of the move, we got a different internet provider. This means my email address has changed. It is now saartjeknits AT home DOT nl (change the AT to @ and the DOT to . and remove the spaces). I also have to move my finished things site and free patterns. I hope to get around to that this weekend. In the meantime, you'll get some broken links when you try to go there. Thanks for your patience.

And if you'll excuse me now, I'm off to a evening of knitting with Stitch 'n Bitch Fryslân!

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