The Queen of Treats

Look, what was delivered to my door:

I am so excited about my first, very own spinning wheel! The decision to buy one was not easy. I had been thinking about it for 2 years. First of all they are not cheap and then I am very busy as it is. How much time will I have to actually spin? Will it end up gathering dust in a corner while I feel bad about it?

The reason why I decided to buy it is that I enjoy spinning immensely and I almost love knitting with handspun yarns even more. So I treated myself to something fun even though I might not find a lot of time for spinning or I might never quite get the hang of it. Not everything in life has to be sensible, right?

So here I am already planning my first project, immersed in my spinning books whenever I have a moment:

Oh, the possibilities!

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Work In Progress – Not So Much

Rib Sweater

I started this sweater in August when we went on our vacation and sadly I have worked very little on it lately. I really like how it looks. I wish it was finished!

Yarn: It is a wool/silk blend that I got from Louet, but they don’t carry it anymore.  The yarn is a single ply and seems to hold up very well. I kettle-dyed it myself in red-violet.

Pattern: my own, inspired by the Cozy V-Neck Pullover in Fitted Knits. The biggest changes I have made are the scoop neck and that the ribbing ends just below the bust. It is a top-down sweater and to figure that out, I used this book.

Now I want to add 1 more inch in length and start on the sleeves. Well, when the laundry is done and dinner and …

Blinded by the Sun


I finished this sweater on my daughter’s birthday ( a lucky coincidence) and I am very pleased with it. It is my first top-down-sweater. I had fun knitting it and somehow I had the impression it was quicker than the usual way. And I absolutely love that I got the length just right! It is just great when you can try it on before it is finished.

The top was inspired by the Drawstring Raglan. Instructions came from this book and the yarn is Merlin from Louet. It is quite soft and it bloomed a bit after washing.

If I had gotten my way, I would have accented the neckline and sleeves with blue yarn for more contrast, but my daughter wanted green. So there.

Something New

A few months ago I ordered a bag of mill end Merlin yarn at Louet. When I saw the colours it inspired me to knit the Drawstring Raglan in the latest Interweave Knits. The thing is I do not even have that magazine. So I had to make up my own instructions – again.

I wanted to knit it for my youngest daughter. I chose Barbara Walker’s book to guide me and cast on for the neckline. I also decided to turn it into a top instead of a cardigan.

This is the first time that I have knit something from the top down. My daughter enjoys that she can try it on and check its growth. Somehow it seems to go quickly. And it should better be a fast knit, so that my daughter can wear it before the summer is over!

Completely off topic: My three sour Cherry trees that bloomed so profusely this spring yielded about 2 cups of cherries. Booo!