Monday, March 30

linen stitch

coat - burda (08/2012, #101)

few more pics of my new coat
and brand new cowl 
cowl is knitted in linen stitch
using 10mm circular needles
and 3.5 balls of bulky yarn 
(one ball is 50g/60m)
this might be my favorite stitch
i'm obsessed with it so much
that i might try knitting a sweater in it..
and i totally need this cowl
in bubblegum pink.. and mint

Monday, March 23

sweater no.1

so, i've knitted a sweater..
that's kind of funny
as i just rediscovered knitting
and never made anything more complicated than shawl
or a beanie
this rust colored mohair/acrylic yarn
was a birthday gift from tea (thanks tea! for the yarn
and for taking these pics)
and the moment i saw it i knew i want to knit a sweater from it
and, as i do not like being told what to do
i chose to freestyle it, instead of following a pattern
sweater is made in fingering weight yarn
(using 5mm needles instead of recommended 3mm)
it's knitted from the bottom up, in round
and looks like a gigantic rectangle with small sleeves added to it
i'm not really into lace or cables 
don't mind knitting them, but they are not really my style
so i went for  really simple design -  knit stitch 
with occasional rows of double wrap stitch
and usual 2x2 ribbing for hems
i'm pretty happy with how it turned out
and it was a really fun knitting
so i'm already planning new sweaters and blouses
leggings are just another fake riding pants
variation of my favorite pattern from burda

Wednesday, March 18

winter bits and pieces

this february
nikola and i spent few magical days in bosnia
climbing mountains, with bunch of friends
we also visited sarajevo for the first time
and spent all our time there trying out all sorts of delicious local food
so i have no pics of sarajevo to share with you..
but i did bring a piece of sarajevo home with me
in form of royal blue 3d chiffon fabric
that is on it's way to become a blouse
and i totally plan to take some pics of that blouse
once it's finished

Wednesday, March 11

year four

 year four was about maxi dresses

midi dresses

and mini dresses



crazy pants

and less crazy pants



workout gear

odd silhouettes


new skills

bunch of unblogged items

and mountain views

feeling ready for the year five

Thursday, March 5


shawl - boneyard, west knits

last few months i'm crazy about knitting..
made few hats and shawls,
my first ever sweater is almost finished,
and i have bunch of new knitting projects on mind
i chose this simple pattern
as my knitting was a bit rusty
and because i wanted to practice a bit
to get tension right, before i dare to knit a sweater
my boneyard turned out a bit wonky
as i had to switch to different needles halfway through it
(i was so impatient to start knitting
and used regular needles to start my shawl
because i did not own circular ones in right size..
and then i kept knitting with them
until there were too many stitches for them to hold, 
when i finally got circular needles.. 
but those i got were one size bigger)
wonky or not, i really love how it turned out
i like how simple it is
it drapes beautifully and is really warm
wool i used is 60% wool and 40% cotton
(white strand being wool, and deep purple one cotton)
i got big cone of it 
so there is enough left to make few more shawls and hats or even a sweater
i'm quite impatient when it comes to sewing
and hate sewing anything by hand
so it's a bit strange to me that i enjoy knitting so much
especially those simple repetitive patterns..
but from some reason, i really enjoy making same moves 
over and over and over again

i've also tried cross stitching last autumn..
my grandma thought me some embroidery techniques 
some 20 years ago
(i still own a pillow case with few embroidered cherries and leaves 
i did in satin stitch, ages ago)
but i haven't tried anything similar since..
well, not until few months ago
when i realized i really enjoy embroidery too..
and that's how this cute little skull came into being