Monday, 25 April 2016

Stitching Retreat 2016 / Finished Object: Coffee at the Lake

Pattern: Coffee at the Lake inspired by Fräulein Wollga
Yarn: Madelinetosh Sock
Colour: Seasalt
Needles: 2.75 Round Needles
Start of project: April 23rd, 2016
End of project: April 24th, 2016

On Ravelry

I knit these socks during my very first Stitching Retreat. I had stumbled upon the retreat and the group that is behind it by coincidence, I think I saw the ad at the bottom of the Strickcafé ravelry group. It sounded great, almost three days of knitting with a couple of knitting courses, a bit of yoga, next to the lake and right at the beginning of my spring holidays so I signed up without thinking about it too much.

Then I had a really intense time at school and I got so stressed out by it all that I came very close to cancelling it, I just couldn't image having to meet new people in the state I was in. Fortunately the last couple of days of school were slightly slower so I decided to go ahead and take it day by day.

Apart from missing the bus stop (well I pressed the buttom but the bus lady didn't notice) and having to walk back along the lake for 15 minutes, my arrival was easy. It's kind of cool to go on a holiday so close to where you live, you are away quickly without the hassle of long travelling. I felt quite weird in the beginning, I imagined that they all knew each other and I'd be the only newbie. That was more or less true but all these women couldn't have been more welcoming, I felt part of the group right away and it was amazing to see so many knitting and crocheting projects.

I took a sock knitting class on Saturday which was fun. I know how to knit socks, but I learned new details that I will use again and again. In the beginning I decided to knit really simple socks (3k1p) but then I couldn't resist and I added a bit of pattern that I copied from Fräulein Wollga's Frischer Kaffee pattern. I think this Madelinetosh colourway looks stunning and the yarn is so soft (but it keeps surprisingly well).

In the afternoon there was a small marketplace. I was mostly able to resist temptation, I only bought one skein of sock yarn.

Towards the evening (after more than 8 hours of solid knitting) I needed a break from being indoors and from being around so many people. So even though it was raining I went outside for a run along the Greifensee. It wasn't so bad because I caught a dry spell and I really enjoyed moving to Prince's music. I wished I lived closer to a lake, it's such a great place to run.

On Sunday I took a yoga class which was fun and which made my muscles sing. A little later  it was already time to go home. I left with a few other knitters and we could ride the bus back together. I couldn't believe that I'd only just met them, they felt like friends. I am so happy that I went and that now I won't shy away from going to the knit'n'sips that happen regularly. Actually my first knit'n'sip will already be tomorrow and I am really looking forward to seeing some of these warm beautiful knitters again.

Back home I had enough time to finish my second sock ;-)

Finished Object: Garter Ear Flap Hat and Squirrel Socks

Pattern: Garter Ear Flap Hat by Purl Soho
Yarn: Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted
Colours: Mandala and Antler
Needles: 4.5 and 5mm Round Needles
Start of project: April 16th, 2016
End of project: April 17th, 2016

On Ravelry

This hat was just a quick project in between. I love how the little hat turned out, I think the stripes look great in garter. Mandala is such an amazingly beautiful colourway, I really knit more with it. The hat turned out really small, even though I knit the toddler size, so I think it will fit a newborn.

Right now there aren't any new babies around, but Antonia's teacher is expecting one in the fall ;-), so this might be the perfect present then.

I still had more yarn left over (the original project for this yarn was my Winter Forest Hat) so I added a pair of Little Squirrel Socks to the combo. I sure love to use up yarn like that ;-)

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Finished Object: Breaking Heart Socks

Pattern: Breaking Hearts Socks by Cristi H. Payne
Yarn: Regia Design Line Ombre Stripe
Colours: Blue, purple and green
Needles: 2 mm round needle
Start of project: March 27th, 2016
End of project: April 9th, 2016

On Ravelry

This is my second pair of selfstriping socks. For the first one I used the Vanilla Latte Pattern. I like the colours of these yarns but the yarn itself leaves me a bit underwhelmed, it's just not terribly nice to knit with it. I am also doubtful of using it in a busy pattern. Maybe the hearts would have been more visible if there wasn't so much going on at the same time.

Could well be that they are actually quite lovely and I can't appreciate them the way they deserve. I have to admit that I am not really feeling a lot of knitting mojo at the moment. I am not too excited about life, not because there are a lot of big problems to be solved, I am just feeling tired and uninspired all the time. Not in a really bad burnt out sense, but somewhere a tiny bit lost.