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.)
 

2018-07-13

Genova

Another pattern was released just a few days ago, the Genova hat.

The Genova hat - a hat knitting pattern in stranded colorwork

This knitting pattern is available in child and adult sizes. The hat is worked in stranded colorwork. The inspiration for the pattern was a journey to Italy.

There are more ways to knit stranded colorwork than I can count. Personally I am a continental knitter and have both strands of yarn run over my left forefinger. I have not seen anyone else knitting stranded like that, but that's not saying much. 

However, here's a flower for you:

Can you see the bee?

  Can you see the bee?
 

2018-07-10

Believe it or not

There are other things in life than knitting. Sometimes they reward you with strawberries. The real ones, you know, those that taste like strawberries.

A walk in the woods, take a deep breath and enjoy some strawberries.
 

2018-07-06

For the love of garter stitch

This new knitting pattern is meant to be for beginner knitters, although I can strongly recommend it for advanced knitters as well - for those who simply want to relax while watching TV. This is so easy, you can knit it in your sleep. 
I always loved the look of garter stitch. I know it is nothing special. You won't win a prize with a garter stitch shawl, and it is really nothing that requires attention. But beautiful yarns look even more beautiful in garter stitch.

I called the pattern "Beginner Shawl", because that's what it is. Read more about it here on Ravelry

Beginner shawl knitting pattern now on Ravelry - a relaxing knit for everyone