Wollmeise WIPs

I’ve finally been knitting a lot again lately, so expect quite a few of WIP/FO post in the near future. I’ve finished my Birdseed Cardigan, but the weather has been too rainy and dreary to get any good pictures. So I figured I’d show you what else I’ve been working on recently.

tie-neckjumper

First up, the Tie-Neck Jumper from 1948 in Wollmeise Lace. The colour is Amethyst Dark and – as usual with purple and Wollmeise – the colour is much brighter and more vibrant in real life. I’m absolutely loving it so far, but it is taking fairly long because of the small needles. I’ve finished the back (as you can see in the picture) and I’m about half-way through the front.

waterfall cardi

Here’s a WIP shot of another Wollmeise Lace project, this time in Grünfink. I finished the knitting on this a year ago, but in the mean time a critter of some kind ate a hole in it. Luckily it was only about 10cm below the cast off edge and I had enough yarn to reknit that bit. (This is why I now do not only keep my yarn in plastic boxes but my FOs too). It’s one of my own designs, but I’m not yet completely sure if it will make it to the completed pattern stage. It’s all stockinette, so I’m still debating whether or not to crochet a little edge around it to take some of the curl out. On the other hand, the curl is quite nice in this design. Once the ends are woven in and the sun is shining again, I’ll post a shot of it without a crocheted edging, and then I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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WIP: Birdseed cardigan

Birdseed Cardi 1

This is another one of those projects that has been hibernating for a long time. I’m embarrassed to admit how long… the last post I made about it is from September 2011. Anyway, clearly it was time to pick it up again and finally get towards that finish line. As you can see I’m a lot further than I was 1,5 years ago, but nowhere near finished. I’m almost done with the first sleeve.

The pattern is my own, and luckily I did keep track of all my numbers over the months, so I should be able to write the pattern for it as well. But don’t hold your breath on that one yet, because sleeves in fingering weight take LONG!

Birdseed Cardi 2

This close up really shows the stitch pattern. It’s just a simple knit/purl pattern, but it gives a beautiful texture. I’m kind of regretting picking Cascade Heritage Sock for it, because I can imagine how beautiful it would look in a semisolid.

FO: Agatha Cardigan

Agatha Cardigan

Finally finished Agatha.

winterwalk

The path behind my house.

I finished my Agatha cardigan the day after my last post about it, but didn’t have a chance to take pictures until yesterday. It is wonderful weather here. Cold, but with a nice winter sun and an almost completely blue sky. Yesterday morning my boyfriend and I decided to take a walk through the “forest” behind my house, towards some old mansions where we had coffee.

Agatha Cardigan

I love the lace pattern on the back, but perhaps a polka dotted shirt wasn’t the best choice for the photos.

Anyway, back to the knitting!

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers in colour 9489 (Red Wine Heather).
I used a little less than three skeins, but if I were to knit it again, I would have made it a little bit bigger. Cascade 220 Heathers remains one of my go to yarns for quick sweaters. It knits up beautifully, is easily available and wears quite well.

Pattern: Agatha by Andi Satterlund, size XS (with a slightly larger gauge)
A lovely pattern! It has a vintagey look to it that I absolutely adore. It will definitely become a wardrobe staple! The only change I made, was to twist all the knit stitches in the 3×1 rib and on the edges of the lace patterns. Although it was a bit more annoying to knit, it made everything look much cleaner and crisper and I’m really happy I made that choice.

Final VerdictLove it! The colour is beautiful, the buttons go perfectly with the brown leather colour that I love in belts and shoes, and it fits well. I’m not sure if I’ll knit another one, because I’m not one for repeating patterns, but I’d definitely recommend this pattern to everyone who is looking for a quick little cardigan that looks great with skirts and dresses.

Agatha Cardigan

All photos were taken by my lovely boyfriend.

WIP: Agatha

Agatha2

Close up of the lace pattern on the back.

Agatha1

Blocked & ends woven in.

Agatha_buttons

All it needs are buttons.

Just a peek at what I’ve been working on lately. A full post with all the details will come soon, when the buttons are sewn on and proper modeled pictures are taken.

Marjorie Shawl

Photography by Craftzone – Thank you for letting me use it!

Marjorie is a shallow shawl that is perfect for that precious single skein of sock yarn. The solid stockinette body beautifully shows off subtle colour variations and the lace edging gives it an airy and pretty touch.

The instructions for the lace edging are both charted and written.

€ 4,00

A note on yardage
If you are using fingering weight yarn, please be aware that you will be cutting it close with only one 100 gram skein. If you can, make sure to have some extra on hand, or use a 4mm/US 6 needle to work the shawl at a slightly smaller gauge.

Pattern includes instructions and calculations to make the shawl smaller or larger depending on the amount of yarn you have.

Pattern information:

Sizes One size, but extensive instructions and stitch counts for larger or smaller versions are included.
Lace: 133 cm x 39 cm (approx. 52” x 15”); after blocking.
Fingering: 155 cm x 49 cm (approx. 61” x 19” ); after blocking.
Yarn Lace or fingering weight, approx. 402 m/440 yd
If you are using fingering weight yarn, please be aware that you will be cutting it close with only one 100 gram skein. If you can, make sure to have some extra on hand, or use a 4mm/US 6 needle to work the shawl at a slightly smaller gauge.
Needles 4,5 mm/US 7 80cm/32” circular needle, or size needed to get gauge.
Notions Two stitch markers; tapestry needle
Gauge Lace: 22 sts/33 rows to 10 cm/4”
Fingering:  19 sts/29 rows to 10 cm/4”
in stockinette stitch on 4,5 mm/US 7 needles (after blocking)Gauge is not crucial for this project, but a different gauge will affect the amount of yarn you need and the finished size of the shawl.

WIP Update

How can a month fly by so quickly? I’ve been sewing and knitting a lot, but somehow haven’t had a chance to take any pictures to show you. (I think that the fact that I can’t find my camera’s charger anywhere might have something to do with that. Anyway, back to business.

Speaking of businesses, I am very excited that “Roses on Toast” is now officially a business. I have registered with the Dutch chamber of commerce, so I can start selling knitting (and later sewing) patterns. Right now I have at least three patterns in the works, all in differing stages of completion. The first one to be release will be the Marjorie Shawl, which you might have seen my last post. It has been tested and tech-edited; all it needs is photography, which I hope to get done this week.

WIP front I’d also like to give you a little peek at the design that is still very much a work in progress. It is a simple, fingering weight cardigan that is mainly unique because of the top-down shaping. This version is knit in Cascade Heritage Sock in colour 5645, which is a beautiful golden yellow.

Don’t yet start holding your breath for this one to come out, because as you can see I have an awful lot of knitting left to do on this one!

On a different note, a few weeks ago I started my classes towards becoming a seamstress, so expect more sewing related posts in the near future as well. So far it has been challenging (we’re going very fast and the amount of pattern drafting we have to be able to do by heart is quite daunting), but so much fun.