Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Work-In-Progress Wednesday

Today's works-in-progress are very simple and straightforward.

First of all, let me show you my turquoise jumper. The pattern I followed was the Incredible Custom-Fit Raglan pattern "recipe" by Pamela Costello. This wool was given to me as a gift and I love the colour! Unfortunately, I'm just a bit less impressed with my knitting. The fit of the jumper isn't great, and it's quite baggy under the armpits. Maybe I did too many raglan increases, I'm not sure. The problem is that this is my first jumper of this type so I had no experience to rely on, only the pattern recipe which I was following. My next jumper attempt will almost definitely be a detailed, well-written pattern rather than a recipe-type one.

My next project is a very portable pair of socks. I've been working on these during my 50-minute commute while reading Little Women on my Kindle. It's a beautiful book and I can't believe I'd never read it before, especially as it's a free book on the Kindle. 

The socks are  a 3x1 rib pattern, and are knit from some great-value sock wool from Lidl, which seems to be very good quality. The wool came in a pack with enough for two pairs, one self-striping and the other in a denim-blue solid. The self-striping is a gift and the blue will be for me. I might even invent my own sock pattern, we'll see.

Both projects are almost finished, so maybe I'll have some things to show for Finished-Object Friday!

This post has been shared on Tami's Amis. Go take a look for more WIP Wednesday posts!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Hello, Berlin!

Orange leaves, pumpkins, and a chill in the air... Knitting season has arrived!

Just like many other knitters, my knitting slowed down this summer. There is less always motivation to finish a warm, woolly jumper when you won't have much opportunity to wear one. I was also working from 8am til 11pm at a summer camp in the Swiss Alps, so time spent alone was rare. I think I completed two sleeves over the course of the whole summer, and they weren't even full-length!

After the summer I moved to Berlin, and it didn't take long for autumn to catch up with me. Now that it is unmistakeably October, I wish I had finished my jumper during the summer! It's still languishing on the needles, waiting for me to complete the last few inches.

So what's Berlin like? It's definitely a city with character. 

It has history.

 This is where the Berlin wall once stood. I live on the east side of the wall and always wonder about living conditions here during the Soviet era.

It's grubby. 

This street lamp has years and years of posters stuck to it. And of course there's graffiti everywhere. 

But most importantly... It has knitting!


Well, knitting and crochet! Now I just have to scout out a good LYS and maybe a knitting group. With yarnbombing like this, there must be knitters around here somewhere!