Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Überlieferte Strickmuster

Überlieferte Strickmuster aus dem Steirischen Ennstal (originally a series of three booklets) translates as Traditional Patterns and Garments from the Styrian Enns Valley (in Austria) and is amalgamated into one volume printed in English : Twisted-Stitch Knitting.

In November 2010, I had started THIS project and knitted all the way to THIS, until it was completely deserted for three years :(

It was not a difficult decision to unravel the whole thing into various pink balls and make a new start.

Twisted-stitch knit is more comfortable in the round but can also be knitted flat (was too tiring and complicated for me as a beginner). 

There are 174 patterns in the book(s) ... I improvised mine and am using DPNs, knitting my sweater in the round.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Heel Flap

The Heel

Now I need a break before I proceed with the other pair. Knitting with small size needles is tiring ... I plan to knit the body for the Mexican edging :)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Seems I'm in my sock knitting gear until it is too warm to want to touch or even want to see anything wool ... Improvised this pattern and had to unravel the first trial that was already five inches; the needles were too big ( 3 mm ) for what I planned for and dropped the size to 2 mm ... This reminds the importance of  sparing time for the gauge ... The yarn is hand-dyed from Lorna's Laces ( Shepherd Sock Yarn ~ Color 901 Baltic Sea ) and a pleasure to knit with.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Following my post of January 27, here are more photos of the new pair I started knitting after a long break. Already happily worn and keeps very warm :)

Saturday, February 01, 2014

This beautiful pattern is called Mexican edging. I always wanted to give it a try but never had the courage. It is indeed complicated; however with a bit of concentration, fun to knit. Plus the outcome makes me happily dizzy :) I used the wild silk yarn from Madagascar. Three of them measures to 28 cm (11') which is a good width for a scarf. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Back into knitting socks ... Three years now and I'm afraid I do not remember everything, though I remember the starting stitches. The pattern is a free one from Ravelry, Lace Socks by Gerdine Crawford-Strong. Actually I only used the lace pattern, not the socks design itself. I am knitting exactly a copy of what I had with my first socks project. Enjoyed using it and the pair is still in great shape. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

An Iraqi girl stands on former marshland, drained in the 1990s because of poltically motivated water policies ~ Φοτο Essam Al-Sudani

Marsh Arabs and the very interesting stories behind ... How a heaven is turned into hell. Read the story in three sections here and learn about Mustarjil; gender in the Marshes. Interesting!

Su Bedevileri ve Mustarjil ... Şattülarap’ın Basra’ya döküldüğü sulak bölge; binlerce yıllık bir yaşam, gelenek ve Saddam'ın laneti olarak özetlenebilir ... Mustarjil, bedevilerin tanımı ile, dünyaya kadın olarak gelen, lakin bir erkeğin yüreğini taşıyan ve bir erkek gibi saygı gören, onun gibi yaşayanlara verilen ad. Bir çok ileri topluma göre, bu farklılık ile uyum içinde yaşayan Su Bedevileri ve yaşam alanları, sazlardan yaptıkları inanılmaz evler.

Friday, January 24, 2014

This shoe is designed by Joseph Gerger but is closely related to Frida Kahlo. Frida continues to inspire artists; this time a fashion designer Susanne Bisovsky. Check her webpage to see ( I and II ) some wonderful creations with a chic folkloric touch.

I must confess, my eyes were totally attracted to the background decor more than anything else. Dizzy with the richness and colors of my favorite pastime; antique needlepoint!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Metallic Embroidery

This is brilliant ... Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė, a Luthuanian artists, stitches on metallic objects, that are mostly out of use. She drills holes and then as we all do, stitches on them. Click on her name to see more and HERE to watch the video.