Isn't this the cutest little thing you can put on top of a beret? I love it.
This is the Tweed Beret from Interweave Knits, Winter 2006. I skipped the red version and went straight to the misty grey, which the magazine recommended for "days when you're feeling serious". Germans always feel serious... see?!
The tweed I used looks nice but ITCHES, so I made a second one, using two strands of fingering weight charcoal merino yarn and some black/white sock wool I had at hand... I made the section beneath the decrease rounds longer and knitted a turning round of purled stitches and a hem facing like the Hourglass Sweater has. That version caught my sweet girl's attention but also itches. So I am making a third one, using an alpaca blend. And a fourth one in pink merino, as requested.
Trying to continue posting before sinking completely into hibernation...
While I very much like the clear sight in winter - the snow covered nearby mountains look so great! - I can't wait for spring and even more for summer with its high temperature and exhausting humidity. Currently I feel like living in a refrigerator, it's so chilly at home and dark, too. I saw people with short sleeves and bare feet on some blogs, enjoying their cozy homes while there was snow outside the houses... unthinkable here around. Houses are normally so poorly insulated, it really gets cold in winter. I am not ready for a kotatsu yet, just wrapping myself up in blankets and shawls, waiting for spring - getting slow.
Above a ishiyaki imo, a hot, sweet potato, baked on stones, a winter speciality. Mine came from the supermarket and was eaten right from the paper bag, cut on the ironing board because that was the nearest table-like thing when I wanted to eat the potato after returning home, hungry and in a hurry. Slow people always have to hurry. Traditionally the potatoes are sold from little trucks that are driving through the streets, playing the well-known yaki imo song.
Last week went different from what I thought and so I only got the chance to go to see the quilts on Saturday, the last day of the show. Happy coincidence, Jennifer, who had been to the show earlier, went back to the exhibition on Saturday, too and we ran into each other. All that chatting with her sabotaged my mission to take as much photos as possible... so sorry for that, but it really was fun to meet her. Of course I still took a load of pictures and will upload them this night.
Thank you all so very much for the many, many compliments about the Hourglass Sweater!!! I was a bit surprised to get such a reaction, after all it was a simple, unexciting sweater that has been knitted a lot of times. So, thank you for paying so much attention to my craftings and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, that's very nice of you.
A word about the label since a few of you had been asking how I made it: I used a piece of linen that I reinforced with iron on web, that's working well to avoid too much fraying when being washed. Using fabric ink (heat fix) I stamped with my custom-made MOONSTITCHES stamp and that never used rubber stamp with the plum motif I once bought for making New Year's cards and never used... very happy that I could put that one to good use eventually.
The Hourglass Sweater, finally finished. Five times to be exact. The yoke apparently was so much fun, I ripped it four times to get it the way I had in mind. Not too high, not too low, neither with unequal numbers of stitches for the sleeves, nor ugly loose, baggy-ish... So many things can go wrong. Eventually it went just the way I was happy with. The yarn, Longchamp MISTY, colourway 2201 did not complain at all about all that ripping and reknitting, which was great to see. I like the subtle stripes and also the thin-thick-ish texture of the fabric. Funny effect on the sleeves.
After knitting body and sleeves I had to consult more experienced knitters at ravelry about how to bring it all together on one long needle, the same difficulties I experienced last time making the sweater...
I used thicker yarn than last time, made it one size larger (chest 104 cm) to have a sweater to wear over something, like a blouse or so. Also I made the body longer and for the yoke I added 5 additional decrease rounds, ending up with a yoke 18.5 cm high instead of 16.5 cm. And I switched to a thinner needle for knitting the yoke. My impatience to finish the sweater made me knit too fast, the stitches got rather loose, so I went down from 4.5 mm to 3.9 mm which worked well.
Early plum blossoms in the park inspired me to use a plummy stamp to create a cute label. A label I had in mind all along but hadn't thought of adding anything to MOONSTITCHES.
And while speaking about cute plum blossoms...
The tea I am currently drinking... one most special New Year's edition from LUPICIA, in a golden tin, flavoured with shiso and beans. Very interesting. Very Japanese. When I first came to Japan I would flee whenever I smelled shiso, the same with nori, now I LOVE both... eight years under the Japanese sun...
This was my last Hourglass Sweater, next I'd like to try a cardigan, maybe with some cables, If I dare so. I think I'll make first contact with cables knitting myself a Tudora, Katrin's is so lovely and the pattern does not look too difficult. I noticed over at ravelry there are 185 projects listed for the Tudora, and it is in 467 queues... quite popular! I love, by the way, checking out patterns at ravelry, so great to see how everything looks on actual people! I am knitting a hat right now, accidentally felted one of my crocheted ones and needed a new one. So maybe at the weekend I can start with cables.
I hope you have as much fun with these simple book covers as I have.
They are quick and easy to make and once you finished the first you wonder if there are more naked books that could use a nice dress...