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.

Update May 2019: Also the purple scarf pattern has been written up now. It is called Yellow.


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.


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


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.  

Update some months later: The shawl pattern has now been released. It is called Zugin