MAKER UPDATE #14-#19 | SO MUCH TO TELL

I don’t even know where to begin, that’s how long I haven’t spoken to you guys. Six weeks of making to catch up on through this blogpost series, woah! Many things have happened: I traveled, I ordered new supplies, I ordered stuff to pick up my lingering WIPs with, I started new designs… to be honest, I feel quite overwhelmed lately. A couple of days ago, I went to a presentation about starting an online business. I didn’t hear anything I didn’t already know, but it did give a kick in the butt to get out there and make my business grow. Good things don’t always come to those who wait, you have to go after it yourself sometimes. But anyway, let me talk about what I’ve been making!

Chain Twenty chunky sweater

WORKING ON A CHUNKY SWEATER DESIGN

IN HIBERNATION

I had so many projects in hibernation, due to various reasons (running out of yarn + needles getting confiscated at the airport). But I’ve ordered myself some goodies while in The Netherlands, so some of them are back in the game, or almost.

SALOBRE BLANKET #1

Oh, tragedy! 22 Balls of Lana Grossa CashSilk went into this prototype of the SALOBRE blanket before I ran out of yarn THREE ROWS before finishing. The cruelty of it! But even more nightmarish was the fact that Lana Grossa DISCONTINUED the white color! I was on the verge of ripping the whole thing out. But! (And to those of you who can remember how long I worked on it, don’t start panicking) I ended up buying one ball for double the price on Amazon. So fuck my life, but at least this blanket will be finished ASAP when my last precious ball arrives.

YARN: LANA GROSSA LINEA PURA CASHSILK // COLOR: WHITE (#07)
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA VARIO MESSING CIRCULARS // SIZE: 7 MM
PATTERN: SALOBRE BLANKET BY CHAIN TWENTY

DK WEIGHT SWEATER

I started this sweater as a Summer top, then converted it to a sweater, but now I don’t like the fact that it’s not super oversized (because that was not the idea for the Summer top). So now I’m like naaaahhhhh, I don’t really wanna work on it anymore? Which sucks, because it’s my first project with my handdyed LAS PALMAS. I think I just have to let it marinate a little bit. And start a new project with my own yarn in the meantime (perfect excuse).

YARN: CHAIN TWENTY FUERTE DK // COLORWAY: LAS PALMAS
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA LALA BERLIN CIRCULARS + 80 CM CABLE // SIZE 3.5 MM
PATTERN: DK SWEATER (FOR NOW) BY CHAIN TWENTY (FORTHCOMING, OR NOT)

FINISHED OBJECTS

HAND DYED YARN

Honestly, I don’t even know how many skeins I dyed in the meantime, but I guess I haven’t showed you my new NOCTURNA colorway yet? It’s already sold out, but let’s give it some light of day below anyway. I’ll definitely dye this up again! Check out the shop to see what’s still ready-to-ship.

Chan Twenty Nocturna

YARN: CHAIN TWENTY FUERTE SOCK // COLORWAY: NOCTURNA

SEED STITCH SCARF > TEXTURIZADO SCARF

Ever since I taught myself how to knit continental style, all I wanted to make was something large in seed stitch. And I did, and it was SUCH a joy. I never cared too much about techniques. I was (and am sometimes, with bulky yarn) an English thrower, which means I was basically the slowest knitter alive. However, I never thought of the fact that switching techniques seriously affected the amount of muscle soreness (for the better). English throwing requires a lot of arm movements that continental knitting doesn’t. Therefore, my arms get tired a lot sooner. Now that this doesn’t bother me anymore, I could crank out this scarf in no time!

I called it TEXTURIZADO because that’s all seed stitch wants to be called right? The next one will be slightly bulkier and in my own hand dyed yarns, because I think I’ve figured out a way to alternate between skeins without having to deal with all the yarn tails. Yayayayayayayayyy.

seed stitch scarf knitting

YARN: DROPS KARISMA MIX // COLOR: LIGHT GREY (#044)
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA LALA BERLIN CIRCULARS + 80 CM CABLE // SIZE: 4.5 MM
PATTERN: FREESTYLE (BUT I MIGHT WRITE IT UP SOME DAY, INCLUDING SOME HANDY TIPS AND TRICKS)
READY-TO-SHIP SCARF AVAILABLE HERE

ILLUSTRATIONS

Instead of doing all the crafty things, I’m feeling the urge lately to focus again on Chain Twenty’s main products. Therefore, I’m kinda on the fence of pursuing my watercolor illustration game. On the other hand, it’s too much fun to just stop, and they may come in handy some day when I want to add a fun new product to the shop. So I made two new ones a while ago: again, a skein of yarn, and a moon in the same color scheme. They’re far from perfect, but way better than my first illustrations, so I’m happy.

skein of yarn illustration

SKEIN OF YARN

WORKS IN PROGRESS

THE EASY ONE JUMPER

FINALLY, I bought my confiscated 3 mm needles back. This means endless rounds of stockinette on this jumper and I’m very much looking forward to that. Contrary to most knitters (I think?), I looove the endless, mindless knitting on the bodies and sleeves of jumpers. Too bad I couldn’t do it on vacation (still mad).

YARN: DROPS BABY MERINO // COLOR: #26 LIGHT OLD PINK
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA MESSING CIRCULARS + 80 CM CABLE // SIZE: 3 MM
PATTERN: THE EASY ONE BY JOJI LOCATELLI

NORDERNEY JUMPER

And those some 3 mm needles are going to be used ASAP to finish the last cuff of this jumper and then IT WILL BE A FINISHED OBJECT. That I can wear! #happydance

YARN: DROPS KARISMA MIX // COLOR: DARK BROWN (#056)
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA VARIO MESSING CIRCULARS + 80 CM CABLE // SIZE: 3 MM, 4 MM
PATTERN: NORDERNEY BY ISABELL KRAEMER

GUERNSEY WRAP

Even though I’ve fallen out of love with this project, that I started to practice my continental knitting, I’ve ordered the necessary yarn to finish it. I always have this urge to finish projects, even though I sometimes frog them anyway. They first have to be finished. Call me crazy. >< Anyway, the yarn is here now, so this project will receive some love in the future as well.

YARN: KATIA BASIC MERINO // COLOR: BEIGE (#09)
THREAD: DROPS GLITTER // COLOR: GOLD (#01)
NEEDLES: PLASTIC STRAIGHTS // SIZE: 4 MM
PATTERN: GUERNSEY WRAP BY JARED FLOOD

CHUNKY SWEATER

Eeeks, I finally casted on that chunky sweater I’ve been talking about for ages. So far, it’s looking so good that I just can’t wait to have it finished. Because I didn’t have enough yarn, U/Knit got me some more. I chose a contrasting color to add some interest to the otherwise plain stockinette design. I have such high expectations of this design, I hope you guys like it!

knitting a chunky sweater

YARN: U/KNIT TOPINAMBUR // COLORS: GREY, DENIM BLUE
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA VARIO MESSING CIRCULARS + 100 CM CABLE // SIZE: 8 MM
PATTERN: CHAIN TWENTY (FORTHCOMING)

FUTURE PROJECTS

SOCKS

Now that I’ve got a brand new skein of hand dyed sock yarn (see below), the urge to cast on my first pair of socks is undeniable. Also, I purchased Jess’s ankle sock pattern to use up a 50 g skein of commercial sock yarn that has been languishing in my stash even though it’s fabulously grey. Jess only recently started to knit socks as well, so I’m confident I should be able to make her design (even though I’m still quite intimidated by socks for some reason)?

JEWELRY

Back to my Chain Twenty business focus: fashion and style! I’ve been toying with this idea from the beginning: complementing chunky, handmade sweaters with golden jewelry. The first sweater is in the making now, so I figured it was about time I ordered me some jewelry supplies too. They double up as stitch marker supplies, by the way, so non-fashion-but-knitting-enthusiasts can expect something fun as well!

ACQUISITIONS

CHAIN TWENTY FUERTE DK

I needed two more skeins for my DK sweater project that is now in hibernation, haha.

Chain Twenty Las Palmas

YARN: CHAIN TWENTY FUERTE DK // COLORWAY: LAS PALMAS

U/KNIT LAB TOPINAMBUR

Four more balls of this gorgeousness in an even more gorgeous color. I decided this denim blue pairs amazing with the grey I already had, since the latter has a blue undertone as well. Knitting them up together is such a joy!

chunky merino wool

YARN: U/KNIT LAB TOPINAMBUR // COLOR: DENIM BLUE

U/KNIT LAB SECRET YARN

The lovely people over at U/Knit HQ also send me a ball of one of their newest yarns for me to play around with. I’m not allowed to tell you about it yet, but I can at least say this company keeps on surprising me with all the things they continue to accomplish!

OLANN SOCK LITE

This is the first skein of hand dyed yarn that I purchased! And like some of you already commented, there’s no going back now, haha! On Gran Canaria, there are no quality yarn shops, so when I was visiting a friend in Dublin, I took the opportunity to visit This Is Knit and treat myself to something gorgeous. Both me and my friend (who is no knitter but has the exact same aesthetics as me) loved this colorway straight away. I’ve drooled over basically everything This Is Knit has to offer (seriously, I could spend an entire weekend there), but went with this first love after all (like one does, usually). Also, they had the Fringe Supply Field Bags and oh my goodness I want one, but halleluja they’re pricey! (So I didn’t get one — a girl’s gotta have her budget.)

grey hand dyed sock yarn

YARN: OLANN SOCK LITE // COLORWAY: BOOT

KATIA BASIC MERINO

Not a fan of this yarn, but needed it for my Guernsey wrap, so I’m happy I got it anyway haha. And it doesn’t break the bank either.

Katia basic merino

YARN: KATIA BASIC MERINO // COLOR: BEIGE (#09)

STATISTICS

I’m running a little behind on schedule, but all will be alright with the world as soon as a finish that Norderney jumper and SALOBRE blanket.

In week 14-19: 12

  • 4x Katia Basic Merino // color: beige
  • 4x U/Knit Lab Topinambur // color: denim blue
  • 2x Chain Twenty FUERTE DK // colorway: LAS PALMAS
  • 1x Olann Sock Lite // colorway: Boot
  • 1x U/Knit Lab secret yarn

Out week 14-19: 6

  • 6x Drops Karisma Mix // color: light grey (#044)

In 2018: 16

  • 4x Katia Basic Merino
  • 4x U/Knit Lab Topinambur
  • 4x Chain Twenty FUERTE DK
  • 2x Rosários 4 Camwool
  • 1x Olann Sock Lite
  • 1x U/Knit Lab secret yarn

Out 2018: 10

  • 6x Drops Karisma Mix
  • 4x Drops Paris

PLANS

This week is about getting my focus back. To do so, I need to finish some of the WIPs that are back from hibernation, so I can free up some brain space. I’ve got way too many WIPs on to go right now guys, haha. I usually have only three! Besides, I’ll be working on some new progress keepers and jewelry. I hope to show you soon what supplies I got!

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