2018-08-27

Reversible scarves

Lately I have become a bit obsessed with reversible scarves, meaning scarves that look the same on both sides. Not only should they look good on both sides, they should look exactly the same. 
Easy ways to achieve that look are ribbed scarves, for example, or garter stitch, which I love, by the way. But well, does anybody really need a pattern for a garter stitch scarf? There must be other ways!

Reversible scarves - both sides look the same


I have been playing around with knit-purl-textures for a while now. In one of my previous blog posts I wrote about another scarf  which I really enjoyed knitting. For anyone interested, the pattern has now been released. You can find it here on Ravelry.

Autumno - a reversible scarf

My new idea (shown in the first picture) is a very simple one. But I love the look of it! Basically it is a moss stitch variation, knitted in a heavenly soft fingering weight alpaca yarn. Just what you need when times are hectic.

2018-08-17

Eternal love

I found this impressing tree on my latest hike. It must have been an impressing tree 44 years ago already. Young lovers often feel the need to confirm their love and put a visual sign somewhere, like love locks on bridges. The world needs to know, and more than that, finding someone who bears with you is the most wonderful feeling. 

Eternal love


Back in 1974, every boy and every young man had a pocketknife, those all purpose knives that could do a lot more things than simply cut things into pieces. A romantic picnic in the forest and that darn bottle of wine does not open? Good to have a young man with a pocketknife by your side! I guess you get the necessity of such important tools.
Those knives could also be used to cut names into trees, often with a heart around and the year. I don't see them so often nowadays, it seems to be a tradition of the past.
However, I hope those young people of almost half a century ago are still together, aged in love for each other. In my imagination they are, and that's a heartwarming thought.

2018-08-10

An easy crochet cowl

I am always so far behind with taking pictures of all that I have knitted or crocheted. This one has been finished for quite some time already. I made one of these cowls before in dark blue yarn. Actually I like the turquoise better. 

DREI - an easy crochet cowl pattern




The pattern has been up for a while, it is called Drei. That's the German word for "three". If you can count to three, you can crochet this cowl. It is a very easy pattern, but also very enjoyable. Guess why I wanted to make another one of these.


Written for the use of fingering weight yarn, it can easily be adapted to any yarn that you have on your hands. I even made a beach bag using the same stitch patterns.

Beach bag
 

2018-08-03

Too hot for knitting

It is hot! Knitting is very slow going. When you feel like you are melting away, you also get this tendency to throw your knitting somewhere into a corner and not look at it. Really slow going, I told you.
My newest knitting project is another shawl. I'm using this wonderful yarn again (see here, they still don't pay me). This is a bottom up construction with the intention to use up all of my yarn. Lots of little cables there!

Colorful Alize yarn shawl with cables

Now I just hope that it will soon cool down again. 

2018-07-20

Fisherman's Rib

One of my favorite stitch patterns in knitting is Fisherman's Rib (or Shaker Rib). 



It is a simple brioche pattern, easy although a bit more challenging than a simple knit/purl rib, and creates a very soft reversible fabric. I used it for a shawl that I recently completed.

Brioche shawl with crochet border  using the Fisherman's Rib stitch pattern

 But how is it done? Very simple!

Fisherman's Rib or Shaker Rib tutorial
 
Work row 1 in knit 1/purl 1 ribbing. In all following rows work the knit stitches in the stitch below as shown in the pictures above.

  1. Insert right hand needle in stitch below the following stitch on left hand needle.
  2. Knit the stitch, dropping the stitch off left hand needle.
  3. This is what it looks like when you have knitted it.

That's it, easy-peasy.

For anyone interested: The tutorial is taken from my Alize Wrap pattern.
 

2018-07-16

Home

Home is a feeling. Home is the place where you belong. It can be your house and garden, it can be a region, it can be friends and family, it can be sounds and scents. 

The spruce tree - home is a feeling

For me home is located in the national territory of Austria, but has nothing to do with national borders. Home is swarms of swallows arriving in spring and leaving in late summer, home is forests and rivers and mountains, lakes, woodpeckers, deer, squirrels. Home is the place where I got my first kiss, which - to be honest - was an awful experience. Briefly speaking it is the place where I have my roots. 
I did spend time abroad - there are a lot of other beautiful places in the world - but here is where I intend to stay for the rest of my life. 
Besides having a place that I call home, I always felt European. And beyond that, I always felt cosmopolitan. There is no such thing as Austria first, Germany first, America first or Great Britain first. Planet first maybe. 
There are some tendencies nowadays that don't go well with my beliefs. Important men and women (more men than women, but that may be coincidence), elected or not elected, telling us that outside our national borders there is apparent danger in the form of illegals. Illegals meaning people who have lost their roots. This is not an Austrian phenomenon, although happening here as well. It is a phenomenon that is going on in those countries that never get tired to praise their own values, whatever these may be, implying that people who have lost their roots don't have values. The wording is perfidious and has nothing to do with my values. It may even be vice versa, they lost their roots because of our values. Borders that had disappeared for decades are being reinstalled in less than no time under the pretext that our values are in danger. 
Going back to the beginning, home has nothing to do with borders. Please stop telling me that protecting borders and fighting against illegals will protect my home. Closing borders only makes home a narrow place. Fighting against climate change would protect my home. My home is not my castle, my home is the place where I want to have room to breathe. 

(If you are wondering about the picture: It shows a spruce branch. Spruce trees are currently endangered by bark beetles.)