KNITTING UPDATE #46 + #47 | ROUTINES AND CREATIVE PLANS

It’s been a little quiet over here, but that usually means life’s treating me well. And this time is no exception. I’ve been finetuning my routine over the last couple of weeks, which you may have noticed if you watched my Instagram stories. Based on the boyfriend’s work schedule, I plan five working days and two off days per week. On the working days, I start with household tasks (just because it makes me feel very accomplished haha), then I knit away on a single project for quite some time (as a treat for finishing the household stuff), and then it’s time for all the other shop-related tasks, usually from behind my laptop (such as writing this blogpost). On the off days, I don’t have to do anything and I’m allowed to knit on whatever I like. Even though it’s hard to take days off — I simply like working on Chain Twenty too much — I’ve noticed I also really need it. To clear my head, be creative, think ideas through, and start work again the next day fully re-energized.

Chain Twenty knitwear

STARTING (AGAIN) TO FOCUS MORE ON FASHION, STYLE, AND ACTUALLY WEARING WHAT I MAKE, INSTEAD OF ON THE MAKING PROCESS ALONE

FINISHED OBJECTS

EL TABLERO HEADBAND PATTERN

In the meantime, there has been a shop update, which included my El Tablero headband pattern! I’ll be writing a separate blogpost about this design, but let me be clear on one thing first: this is an extremely simple and quick knit, and therefore people may ask themselves why I’m charging (a small amount of) money for it. That is because simple or not, it takes time to swatch, determine dimensions and fit, calculate stitch and row count, knit and re-knit, invent a way of seaming… and if that’s not enough: write the whole thing up in a clear and concise way, make beautiful photos, and design a pretty template. So no, this pattern isn’t for you if you are an experienced knitter who knows what works and what doesn’t. But if you’re a beginner, and you wanna make a headband without having to redo it several times because it doesn’t end up how you’d like it to, then this is what you need. I did all the preparations, you just have to knit. 😉

El Tablero headband pattern

PATTERN: EL TABLERO HEADBAND BY CHAIN TWENTY
READY-TO-SHIP EL TABLERO HEADBANDS AVAILABLE IN THE SHOP

EL TABLERO HEADBAND #4 + #5

I also stocked up on two new olive headbands, because the only one I had in the shop sold! I’m thinking about introducing a headband made with my own yarn as a fourth colorway, wouldn’t that be fun?

El Tablero headband Chain Twenty

YARN: DROPS BIG MERINO UNI // COLOR: OLIVE (#13)
NEEDLES: SOME CHEAP PLASTIC STRAIGHTS THAT DO THE JOB PERFECTLY // SIZE: 5 MM, 6 MM
PATTERN: EL TABLERO HEADBAND BY CHAIN TWENTY
READY-TO-SHIP EL TABLERO HEADBANDS AVAILABLE IN THE SHOP

WORKS IN PROGRESS

SALOBRE BLANKET #1 + #2 + PATTERN

Oh tragedy, I knitted up all the balls of the Cashsilk I had left, which I calculated would be more than enough to finish my Salobre blanket, but I ran out eight rows before finishing… That sucks, because I wanted to list it in my next shop update (Dec. 5th, mark your calendars). There’s no way I’m gonna get my hands on one ball before that time, so it will probably have to wait for the new year. To cheer myself up, I cast on the second version, which will also be the pattern sample. It’s made out of Topinambur, a gorgeous chunky merino wool by U/Knit Lab, a new yarn company that launches this Wednesday! U/Knit generously provided me with this yarn to further design this blanket with, and I’ll happily do that, obviously. I’ve tweaked some things compared to version #1 and the pattern is gonna include instructions for two sizes. If you’re interested in test knitting this for, let me know! I plan to have the pattern ready for testers by December 15th, so it could be a cozy Christmas eve cast-on. 😉

Chain Twenty knitting

YARN: U/KNIT TOPINAMBUR // COLOR: GREY
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA VARIO MESSING CIRCULARS // SIZE: 9 MM
PATTERN: SALOBRE BLANKET BY CHAIN TWENTY (FORTHCOMING)

NORDERNEY JUMPER

This last couple of weeks has been a casting-on-all-the-things-feast you guys, haha. I’ve finally started Isabell Kraemer’s Norderney! I’m making it with a yarn that has been in my stash for way too long. For a reason, because I don’t like brown (I bought it once to make a present with, but I never actually made it haha). But it feels good to be knitting it up finally! The pattern has been a challenge for me though, I’m not gonna lie. It has nothing to do with the pattern itself, because that’s written as crystal clear as could be, it’s just that it includes a lot of new-to-me techniques. First of all, it’s top-down, which I’ve never done before. Second, it includes a texture panel that is charted, which I’ve never read before (not that it’s difficult, but it’s new). Third, the texture panel includes cables, which I’ve never worked before. And there are many other new things. So I had to rip back a couple of times, and there are a lot of tiny mistakes that I just left in. But it doesn’t matter to me, because I’ve got a feeling this is gonna turn out so good regardless, and I’m going through such a learning curve that I’m truly enjoying the process. I’m also using this project to practice my continental knitting and norwegian purling, which is going way better than I ever expected!

YARN: DROPS KARISMA MIX // COLOR: DARK BROWN (#056)
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA VARIO MESSING CIRCULARS // SIZE: 4 MM
PATTERN: NORDERNEY BY ISABELL KRAEMER

FUTURE PROJECTS

GUERNSEY WRAP

This will be a WIP by next week! I’ve already swatched, and I may try another swatch with smaller needles, but other than that, it’s ready to go.

YARN: KATIA BASIC MERINO // COLOR: BEIGE (#09)
PATTERN: GUERNSEY WRAP BY JARED FLOOD

COASTERS / WALL ART

Some of you may have seen on my Insta stories that I finally knit up the test samples I hand dyed. I wanted to knit them up into something special, since they’re my first hand dyed yarns, and I had this idea to turn it into some kind of wall art. It’s not completely done yet, but I think it’s gonna be super fun and I may introduce this to the shop as well. With the design I have in mind, I can probably also make some coasters, so we’ll see where this leads to.

PAPPUS PULLOVER

Again, this project will have to wait a little.

YARN: DROPS BABY MERINO UNI // COLOR: LIGHT OLD PINK (#26)
PATTERN: PAPPUS PULLOVER BY MIDORI HIROSE

ACQUISITIONS

Obviously, I received the U/Knit Topinambur in the mail, so my stash grew again with 14 balls of yarn. Like my Wool and the Gang package, it was delayed by customs, but at least it arrived safe and sound! And that boasted my confidence in the Spanish postal system to such a degree that I immediately placed an order on Etsy for a gorgey linnen jacket. Oh, yes. #etsyenabling

U/Knit Topinambur

YARN: U/KNIT LAB TOPINAMBUR // COLOR: GREY

Also, the boyfriend brought me the bare yarns and acid dyes I ordered and had shipped to The Netherlands! So I’ll soon be releasing new colorways on new bases, including a super bouncy, chunky 100% merino one!

STATISTICS

I don’t think knitting faster is gonna help any longer, there’s just no way around the fact that I’ll have to do a de-stash at the beginning of 2018.

In: 14

  • 14x U/Knit Lab Topinambur

Out: 2

  • 2x Drops Big Merino // 2x El Tablero headband

In since week 26: 61

  • 16x Lana Grossa Linea Pura Cashsilk
  • 14x U/Knit Lab Topinambur
  • 7x We Are Knitters Petite Wool
  • 5x Drops Cotton Light Uni
  • 5x Katia Basic Merino
  • 4x Drops Paris
  • 4x Rico Baby Cotton Soft Print
  • 3x Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton
  • 2x Drops Glitter
  • 1x Drops Big Merino
  • 1x Drops Fabel

Out since week 26: 42

  • 12x Drops Paris
  • 11x Drops Alaska
  • 5x Drops Cotton Light Uni
  • 4x Rico Baby Cotton Soft Print
  • 5x Drops Big Merino
  • 3x We Are Knitters Petite Wool
  • 2x Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton

PLANS

This week I hope to keep up my routine and get lots of stuff done. I’ve planned to put a huge dent in that Salobre blanket #2, so I’m not running behind on the pattern-deadline-schedule. I’m also very much looking forward to casting on my Guernsey wrap. For the shop update, I’ll be dying some new skeins of the denim / navy blue tonal Atlántico, since that sold immediately. Finally, I hope to knit up some first coasters / wall art designs. Thank you for stopping by and happy making!

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