Noli me tangere

I meant to write about this for quite some time. Alas, I lost my words. 
The Damian shawl pattern was released last month already.  There has been a huge response - thank you to all of you who left comments on the pattern page, sent me messages or emails. I hope I replied to everybody. 
You will also find the story behind there, and if you read on, you will find a coupon code to get the pattern for free. May it bring you peaceful hours.

Damian - free shawl knitting pattern


Fall is here

And with it came the rain. 

A rainy day in early fall

Time for hats!

Two hat knitting patterns

 The first one is the Folded Hat, the other one is Oidaa.



Solidago neophyte

They suddenly seem to be everywhere. Pretty, but not native. I did not know them until a few years ago.


Dishcloths etc

Sometimes I enjoy knitting dishcloths. They are fun little projects with lots of possibilities to try out stitch patterns, and the result is definitely useful. You can wash them and reuse them. 
I think the main reason why they aren't more popular is that ambitious knitters consider them beneath their dignity. Dishcloths! Who knits dishcloths when there are intricate lace shawls and sweaters and lots of other stuff which will massage your ego and make others admire you for your skills. Well, I do. I confess.



My Stripes

My new hat pattern is called My Stripes. How shall I put it - I really love this one. It was so much fun to knit! 

Striped hat knitting pattern in fingering weight yarn

The hat is worked in fingering weight yarn and is finished in nearly no time at all. 


Little victories

You may have noticed that knitting is an activity that you usually do when you are sitting. Maybe you do it while you watch TV or at the kitchen table or any other favorite place, but you are sitting. There is not much action involved, just the clicking of the needles. 
For my part it makes me very lazy. I can sit for hours without moving, no problem at all. I can even eat chips while sitting and knitting. Altogether I believe that knitting is very good for mental health, but not so good for a sound constitution. 
Given the fact that I also enjoy being outside in nature, but often am too lazy to go out once I'm on my sofa, I came up with a plan. I'm in for the 10.000 steps challenge. Two weeks ago I got myself a pedometer and am now trying to walk 10.000 steps each day. 
To tell the truth, my first tries were a total failure. Two weeks of trying to reach my goal, and the highest number I reached was 9.000, which was a walk of 2 hours, admittedly with a break to eat my snack. And to watch the squirrel, of course.

Black squirrel in bottomland riparian forest

I can do better, I know that! And yes, I can. Today I did it! This is my little victory of the day. Now on to new adventures.
The main reason why I picked walking for my challenge is that it is slow. You get to see the world around. I love being slow.  

August flowers

If you missed anything knitted in this blog post, here we go.
lace shawl knitting pattern

This is my Forest Brook Stole, which I finished 2 weeks ago.