February 29, 2012

Crochet in Japanese: More Kazuko Ryokai

It has been a couple of weeks since I shared a Japanese craft book and this one is just lovely.  It is divided into 3 sections I love flowers, Lovely Stripes and My Favourite Knits. The first two sections feature a combination of home furnishings and home accessories (cushions, egg warmers!) whilst the last is items for the home

The important details!

Title: 少しの毛糸で色あそび (実用百科)

Author: Kazuko Ryokai
Year: 2011
ISBN: 978-4408632285

Interested in learning more about Crafting in Japanese? You can find previous posts and my FAQ posts here. Questions? Please leave a comment!

Edited to add January 2013: one of my favourite Kazuko Ryokai books has been translated into English YAY!!!!

February 27, 2012

FO: Solar Handwarmers


I recently finished my first pair of handwarmers. I followed a very simple pattern from the purl bee and used a beauitful merino cashmere yarn from Skein.
Ravelled here.
I absolutely love this yarn and have about half a skein (50 grams) left. Any pattern suggestions?

February 16, 2012

my creative space

My creative space has recently gotten a whole lot tidier. A new bookcase and a couple of storage boxes have meant the mess has been hidden out of sight. There is now more space for working, creating and planning. And I love the sight of all of that yarn!
More creative spaces here.

February 15, 2012

1. Annabel Cardigan

I recently finished my Annabel Cardgian. I think that this has to be my favourite cardgian that I have knit so far (I am a newbie cardigan knitter).

It was a relatively simple pattern. I only modified it a bit by adding an extra increase row to the body as I was between sizes. I also made the sleeves quite a bit longer than suggested.

Although I have knit with Quince & Co. linen before this was my first time using one of their wools. I used Osprey an Aran weight yarn. The yarn is not a buttery soft sort of yarn, but really feels like wool and will hopefully mean a long lasting cardigan.

All the ravelry details are here. I have joined the 12 sweaters in 2012 group on ravelry, so this is my first sweater of 2012 (yes, i started it last year but it still counts!). Numbers 2, 3 and 4 are all on the needles.

February 13, 2012

Weekend knitting

How was your weekend? We had a very enjoyable Saturday night at the theatre, where we saw the Melbourne Theatre Company production of Tribes and a nice dinner as well. Sunday's weather was well very Melbourne like, beautiful sunshine followed promptly by grey skies and rain and then beautiful sunshine and then rain. So I stayed in with my knitting and listened to a few podcasts. I have found I much prefer to have a few projects on the go than just one. Yes it seems like I make far less progress but it is so much nicer on my wrists. I worked a bit on the featherweight cardigan I started last week. I am very much looking forward to being able to have this one finished, but I have a long way to go.

As I finished my annabel cardigan (photos coming soon!) a few weeks back I decided to start another cardigan in a thicker weight of yarn (to balance all that lace knitting). So yesterday afternoon I cast on comfort cardigan in cascade ecological wool.

I also started working on my second solar handwarmer. Just love all the stocking stitch in the round, perfect TV knitting.

Did you manage to squeeze in any knitting or crafting over the weekend?

February 10, 2012

Happy Friday

marigolds finally!

We are planning a barbeque to welcome the weekend, a date night at the theatre and a chance to relax so I can finally get over that pesky cold I have had the past week. What are your plans?

A few favourites from the week that has been:

The wave pattern from Kristen of Skein

Allergic to wool's post on cycle chic. Perhaps good motivation to get me back on my bike (waking up to this article was a big deterrent this morning).

Veera's colour affection and Ittybitty's colour choices.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

February 8, 2012

Crochet in Japanese: Tricotage de Lin

Title: リネンのハンドニットⅡ 四季の物語
Author: Yoriko Sakurama
Year: 2011
Following on from the book I shared last book is another linen book by Yoriko Sakurama. So many more wonderfully styled and photographed images of knit and crochet inspiration! I have yet to make anything from this book but I think first off my list would be that lovely knitted snood, it looks so cozy. I think I would probably choose a wool instead of a linen if I was to make it but stick to a neutral colour.
Interested in learning more about Crafting in Japanese? You can find previous posts and my FAQ posts here.
Questions? Please leave a comment!

February 1, 2012

Crochet Japanese Style: Tricotage de Lin

Title: リネンのハンドニット
Author: Yoriko Sakurama
Year: 2010
Isbn: 9784579112869

I have had this book for a couple of years now and have referred to it a numerous times. The book is based on natural linen and features a range of beautifully styled and photographed photos using linen. Projects include a camisole, bolero, gilet, necklaces, socks, coasters, cape, bandeau, scarf and bag. Although it is primarily a crochet book there is a few knitted items as well. As per usual there are easy to understand crochet charts for each pattern.

I purchased this book when I was in Japan a couple of years back and then took it with me when I purchased yarn. The selection of yarn in Japan is amazing and I came back with a stash of linen and linen blend yarns. I haven't found it as easy to find linen or linen blend yarn locally. So I have been supplementing my supply of Japanese yarn with Quince and Co. Sparrow which is lovely as well. The stitch patterns and designs in this book have such a lovely elegance and versatility about them I think some of them like the cape would be just as nice in a neural coloured merino yarn. What do you think?

Interested in learning more about Crafting in Japanese? You can find previous posts and my FAQ posts here. Questions? Please leave a comment!


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