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Swatching

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I love to swatch. Not so much the classic 10x10cm squares (or 4″x4″ if you’re not using ISO), but different pattern stitches.

Sometimes you find a really great one on the internet, or in a stichonary and just have to knit it.
One of those is this really great looking pattern:

Swatching

I really like the look, the texture and the proportions. But hell, I don’t want to work a whole piece with it. You see the lovely twisted stitches that build up the cluster in the middle of the flowers? That is a work 7(!) stitchs together through back loop and make 7 new ones from that.
Not something I want to work on a larger scale.

But as I love the look, I’ll probably play around with it to get a more managable stitch instead of the 7-into-7.

Tales of Suspense

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Welcome to my new Mystery Knit-a-Long.

The inspiration for this shawl is the comic book character Captain America. Tales of Suspense was a comic boom titel by Marvel Comics and its forerunner and featured sci-fi stories. After introducing Iron Man and heavily featuring Capatain America, the titel changed to Captain America with it’s number 100.
I even made a little Captain America shield for our photo shooting and the spoiler pic.

Tales of Suspense MKAL

The MKAL will begin with the first clue on April the 2nd, and the last clue will be published on the 23th of April. There will 4 clues in total and the last clue will be published just in time for the start of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.
The shawl will include textured stitches, lace, garter and slip stitches. There is one not too commen stitch in the third clue, but fear not, I already have a tutorial for it.

Maybe you have your shawl finished just in time to see the movie in the cinema.

I hope you all will have fun knitting and chatting! I can’t wait to see the first pictures and yarn combinations.

7 days – 7 things

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And here the second installment of the “7 days – 7 things” challenge.

7 Days 7 Things by Atalante

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7 days – 7 things

This is an idea I nicked from a friends blog, look here for the german blog. It is about making all those creativ things you do in a week stand up proud for all to see, may it big or small.

So hopefully there now will be a regual installment about my crafts over the last 7 days.

I always was very creativ and crafted all the time. Even in Kindergarten I much more prefered to paint and draw then to play outdoors or listen to books being read.
Later I took up cooking, baking, crafting stars from straw and paper (yes my mom has lot’s of decorations for christmas), and now I’m deep into knitting, crochet and spinning.

So here the first overview over the last 7 days.

 

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I finshed the little doll of the 11th Doctor. I started this last august for a friend. But a mix of no-motivation-what-so-ever, some bad news about my other dolls, and just uhhh-shiny-distraction made him a UFO for a long time.

 

 

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The next FO! Socks this time. These “only” took about 2 month. Yes not my favourite project either to work. Not even sure why, there were neither complicated to knit nor too boring, and even for me. But they fit and look pretty much like I wanted them to look, always a good thing with designing.

 

 

 

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I sketched, charted the main part and swatched a new design for a shawl. To early to post a picture of the design, but looks like there will be a Doctor Strange shawl in my comic book collection.
The picture is of all the comic book characters I have pattern ideas so far, from the already published once to just sketches.
The socks from above are the first point in “generic”.

 

 

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This year I started my gardening slightly earlier then last year. Hopeful the seeds will grow.
I use egg shells as planters; easy to use, free and they come with their own holding facility.

 

 

 

Brioche

 

 

Thanks to a rather funny thread on Ravelry about brioche, I made lots of that this week. Well the bread kind, I can’t stand the knit stitch! The latest version has Nutella-filling.

 

 

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After finishing some longterm WIPs I started clue 2 of Follow Your Arrow 2. My coinflip choose version A. I use a lace weight in a just gorgeous green and guess the shawl will end up more like a shawlette.

 

 

 

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And last but not least, I finished this blouse. Sewing on buttons is not my favourite part of any craft, I just can’t be trusted to be around sharp needles I’m way to accident prone.

 

 

So until next week with some more and some already seen crafty things.

All tangled up, or not!

If you’re ever wondered, why I don’t go insane when working my Das Waldhaus socks? I use a similar technic with my current design. It is like so many lately inspired my comic books, the panels to be precise.

I just push all contrast colours in the sock. So when working, I knit continental style with my main colour and when I come to a stitch that needs to be worked in contrast colour I just pull up the yarn a bit and throw the stitch.

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This way no tangling up of main and contrast colours. Even tho the contrast colours build up a nest you only need the lenghth of 1 stitch untangled, something that is achieved while pulling up the yarn for knitting that stitch.

Here the finished socks, fresh from the needles and I even woven in the ends. Yes I don’t always weave them in with socks …

Comic book panel socks

Comic books and knitting

*dusting a bit* Gosh I haven’t blogged in a long time.

Live got in the way of social media, but never in the way of knitting and designing.

My newest obsession with designing are with comic book inspired knits. Well, superhero comic books to be precise, as my fairy tale knits were inspired by the comic series Fables.

Thanks to brain storming with a friend on twitter I have more then enough ideas for two collections, with everything from cowls and shawls, to garments.

And I already finished three prototypes!

The first one is for a Spider-Man inspired shawl, this is a matching piece to my Itsy Bitsy Spider and A Big One knee highs.
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The next one is Captain America inspired and will be a Mystery KAL, so psssst no pics 🙂
But there will be texture, lace, colourwork (well stripes and slipped stitches, and only if you want it), and fun.

And the third are fresh from the needles, some fingerless gloves matching the armor from Lady Sif.
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I developed an obession with that vertical braid you can see on the mittens. They are a really cool feature and easiert to work then you may think, I even made a ilittle tutorial for the mittens.

Waldhaus part 2

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Last week I finished the second pair of my “Das Waldhaus” socks for the friend who took the brillinat pics for the pattern.

In this post I talked about dying the yarn for the socks. After knitting up both versions I prefer the lower socks with the sprinkles. This yarn was dyed using the ball-method.
The upper one is really fun to dye and would look a lot better with different colours then trying to do a gradient one. For a good gradient yarn one would need a lot more skeins and dyes then I used. But I’ll try my hands on that method again for a rainbow or really colourful yarn.