So here is my update on what I achieved this week and the week before (as I did not post an update last week).
There was a lot of "just before the holidays" finishing stress the week before last which is why I did not post an update last week. But since Dec. 16, I do officially not have to go to work for the rest of the year as we have to take all the leave for 2018 in this year - yeah! Nearly 3 weeks of free time which means - a LOT OF KNITTING!
Finished my star pillow just in time!
|Finished: My advent knitting project 2018, the star pillow|
I have to admit: This pillow thing >> was way more tedious than I would have thought! All this fiddling around with tons of DPNs and cable needles and live stitches on hold - aargh! I do not see a lot of these in my future, definitely not!
But thanks to all the support in the lovely KAL-Group on Ravelry >>, I was able to finish in time. My pillow will be a gift (not a christmas gift, but something else which is celebrated on the 26) and has been shipped to the north of Germany already.
Very good progress on my Cria christmas cardigan
As I had quite a lot of knitting time and as I am able to knit and read at the same time on this, balancing my ebook-Reader on my knees, I made very good progress on my Cria cardigan >> (sorry for the blury picture!)
|My Cria cardigan: At 43 cm body length in this picture|
As you see, I tried it on and I really quite like it! It is 43 cm long in the picture, and as I want it to be on the shorter side, I plan to make it to 55 cm, 7 cm of which will be the bottom cuff/band. I want it to be as wide as the button band which is 7 cm as well.
Though the rows are verrrryyyy looong, it is really nice knitting this while reading cheesy christmas cozies! I just finished "Every Time A Bell Rings" * >> (Yes, it is inspired by the movie "It's a wonderful life" * >>) and I now read "Christmas in the snow" * >> This ritual is really the best part of the holidays for me - see here >>
Yarn shopping and sock knitting on the Monet socks
It was my birthday last week and I always get a gift voucher for my local yarn shop >>. So I obviously HAD to go and spend that voucher and here is what I got- the new sockyarn collection of Opal, inspired by paintings of Claude Monet * >>
|Opal sockyarn inspired by Monet- got it from my gift voucher|
I got 5 balls (there are 8 colourways in total) and I had a really hard time to decide which I should take as they are all sooooo pretty!
Of course I had to cast on a plain vanilla sock immediately >> One of my goals is to finish 1 sock a month, so I still have to knit my December socks. It is so much fun knitting with this wonderful yarn and I absolutely do not need a stitch pattern, as the self patterning yarn keeps me interested.
By the way: We got the little Buddha cookie from our Yoga teacher in class last week -isn't it cute? And it was delicious as well!
Spontaneous hat knitting - the Garter Ear Flap Hat
In the comments to this blog post >>, one of my readers mentioned that she knit several of these hats. I liked the look a lot, enough that I would not shy away from knitting garter stitch in the round which I normally to not like so much.
I grabbed two yarns from stash, one fingering and one laceweight hold together, and of I went. The laceweight is Lana Grossa Splendid * >>, it has little pearls in it, but you can hardly see those.
It was quite fun knitting this hat, though it is a little on the large side. I added 10% as I was using only size 4 instead of size 5 needles, and I have a big head. Turns out the normal stitchcount would have been enough - well, next time. Though I might only do the cuff in garter stitch and knit the rest in stockinette...
|My Garter Stitch Ear Flap Hat, knit from Drops Merino Silk and Lana Grossa Splendid|
No progress on the Lama, but plans for 2019
I did not crochet anythin on my lama >>, just was not in the mood for it. But as the KAL for the star pillow helped me so much to get it finished, I decided to join a similair activity for 2019, started by the German Youtuber Jenny of "Wolliges Geplauder" >>
Every two month, she will roll a dice and participants have the following two month to finish that of their 6 projects they numbered before and finish them. I luckily do not have a lot of UFOs, so I will plan mainly projects from yarns in my stash with patterns in my stash. We will see how this goes - I am not really deep into planning here. The first dice roll will be on December 28.
So, this is it for me - how was your week?
Do you have any plans for 2019?
Please let me know in the comments below!
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