zaterdag 27 september 2014

Some Knitting and some Cross-Stitch

These are some more before/after pictures, to show you my recent progress. I'm happy with all my projects, except for my cardigan, but I'll come to that in a minute.

I'm still making good progress on the Stars over Corn, in fact I'm hoping to be able to finish it soon.

Two sections of tmy fairy tales cross-stitch project are now finished, four more to go.

I also finished my Schiermonnikoog 2014 socks (using sock yarn that I bought during our vacation in Schiermonnikoog this summer).

And I've started a new pair of socks, using the sock yarn that I bought during our vacation in Cochem (Germany) this summer.
And now for  my cardigan project. It started out alright, I like how the fair-isle pattern that I'm using turns out.

But then, when I had to start the second skein, the colour of this skein turned out to be quite different from the first one. It's not unusual to have some colour difference between such skeins, and the usual thing to do then is to alternate skeins (knit one or two rows with the first one, then one or two with the second one, etc.) for a while, so that the colour difference is not so noticable. However, in this case the colour difference was so big, that the result was a definitely striped section. I tried several ways of reducing the striped effect, but in the end the best thing I could think of was to knit a section alternating skeins every number of stitches. I started out with rows in which I mainly used the first skein, and then gradually shifted to knitting more stitches using the second skein. The colour difference is still very obvious, but I couldn't think of a better way to solve it. Bummer! Oh well...

zaterdag 20 september 2014

zondag 14 september 2014

Before / After

These are some Before/After pictures of my current Works in Progress.

Cross-stitch labrador head:

Schiermonnikoog 2014 socks:

Crocheted bag:

Stars over Corn:

New cardigan:

And a fairy tales cross-stitch project:
Next time I hope to be able to show you some Finished Objects :-)

zondag 7 september 2014

2014 Summer Project Finished

Today I finished my 2014 Summer Project, yay! I really enjoyed cross-stitching this project.
I also finished cross-stitching the labrador head, but I think I'll cross-stitch the white aida fabric around the head too. I'll probably use some of the blue or green floss that was left over from the 2014 Summer Project.
Oh, and I picked up my Stars over Corn cross-stitch project (Emily Peacock Tapestry) again.
I'm really enjoying cross-stitching, and I feel like finishing some projects before starting new ones.

zondag 31 augustus 2014

1 FO and 4 WIPs

Yes, I've got a Finished Object! and I don't think I've shown it here before.
The FO is a Summer Sweater that I knitted out of Katia Soda. And it's really unusual for me, but I didn't enjoy knitting this sweater. I just didn't like the yarn. It's very uneven, which made it hard to work with. I do like the finished result though, so that's good.

I still had a lot of skeins left, and my mother suggested trying crochet to see if that worked better with this yarn. So I decided to crochet a Summer Bag out of the rest of the yarn, and that's going pretty well.

So this Summer Bag is my first work in progress. My other WIPs are
  • my Schiermonnikoog 2014 Socks
  • the 2014 Summer Project (the small cross stitch table cloth) and
  • a small labrador cross stitch project (I've really been enjoying cross stitching lately!)

woensdag 20 augustus 2014

The 2014 Summer Project

I haven't shown you my 2014 Summer Project before, but this year my Summer Project is a cross stitch embroidery project.
And for those of you who know how much I like embroidered table cloths,  it may come as no surprise that I'm making another small embroidered table cloth... I have several of those already (some made by me, some made by others) and I like to use them when I'm sitting outside, in front of our house.

The cross stitch pattern that I'm making is a design by Sylvie Teytaud-Louche and it can be found in the absolutely gorgeous DMC agenda of 2009. It's not really a summery design, but I love the way it looks, and how it oozes peace and tranquility (at least, that's how it feels to me).

I already finished most of the embroidery, and what I want to do next is add a border (in the light green color) and add some text about when and where I made this project (as I usually do).

With a bit of luck I will have my summer project finished before the summer is over, that would be great, as I'm already looking forward to using this new table cloth. (Of course the weather would have to improve a lot first...)

zondag 17 augustus 2014


Zo maar een zaterdagmiddagse wandeling langs het Spaarne (vanuit Haarlem richting Spaarndam, en weer terug).