Saturday, December 31, 2011

happy new year

now this blog is nearly 1 year old
i have to THANK YOU for your kind comments
and encouragements....

paul is here since april
M. did his graduation in summer
my first written pattern went online 
oh - i know - full of errors and a little strange

there were ups and downs, but all in one
i have to be very grateful

for this year today i will leave with 
best wishes from the bottom of my heart

a happy new year for you and your family
full of joy, peace and creativity
keep calm and carry on

isa k.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

bright and merry days

phew! all those busy, busy days in december!
but all in one this is my favorite time of year...
crafting, knitting, cooking for the ones i love

this little mouse is on its way to austria
to my third owlsister 
hope she will love her shining face as we did
as long as she was here....

another lovely felt mouse i made for a good friend

some goodies went to france last week
all the best xmas wishes to mademoiselle c. 
i had lots of fun :)

simple but really stylish leather bracelet
made for my coworker

gifts and goodies for manu

i planned a couple more posts in december,
but there was too much to do to make it work..
so i will leave with wishes of peace for you and your family
take care and have bright and merry days

may the world revolve in peace 


isa k.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

new passion

sock animals! what a cute thing..
got this book some time ago
and did my first sock zebra! isn't he lovely?!

just a sneak peak - there are many, many more
adorable guys in this book

for now i have to quit 
no time - xmas crazyness, you know!

a new sweater project is on my needles
hope to be able to show the next days

we will be away for xmas shopping
this weekend.... a 2 days trip to lake constance
maybe i can show some pics on monday
(if my hunt will be sucessful?!)

stay calm theses days
isa k.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

zig cowl - free pattern

need a quick last-minute gift?

here's the how-to.
materials. 8 mm circulars
3 skeins montana by lang yarns (90m per skein)
measurements. 28 in x 12.5 in (70 cm x 32 cm)
circumference 140 cm!

co 132 sts and join to work in the round
- be careful not to twist!
pm to mark the beg of rnd

rnd 1+2. *k3, p3 around
rnd 3+4. p1, *k3, p3; rep from * to 2 sts before end, p2
rnd 5+6. p2, *k3, p3; rep from * to 1 st before end, p1
rnd 7+8. *p3, k3 around
rnd 9+10. k1, *p3, k3; rep from * to 2 sts before end, k2
rnd 11+12. k2, *p3, k3; rep from * to 1 st before end, k1

rep those 12 rnds until you have used up one and a half skein

now reverse the pattern 

rnd 1+2. *k3, p3 around
rnd 3+4. k2, *p3, k3; rep from * to 1 st before end, k1
rnd 5+6. k1, *p3, k3; rep from * to 2 sts before end, k2
rnd 7+8. *p3, k3 around
rnd 9+10. p2, *k3, p3; rep from * to 1 st before end, p1
rnd 11+12. p1, *k3, p3; rep from * to 2 sts before end, p2

rep those 12 rnds until you used up the most of your 3rd skein
BO loosely in pattern

that's it - hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

crafty days

wanna show you those cute santas
i made out of branches

all you need.
cutting tools to get the bark off
sandpaper for a smooth surface
brushes, paint and a steady hand (hahaha...
not one of my strong points)

happy crafting

isa k.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

featherweight shawl

finished this beauty yesterday
....weighs only 100 grams!

inspiration for this was a similar shawl/scarf
i saw in a mag last week

increased every 4th row until i was finished with
the first skein, the fringe is built-in
tripled 5 sts at the beginning of one row(RS)
bound off 10 sts on the following RS row

needles. 7.0 mm
yarn. aura by ice yarns

have a nice week

isa k.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

back again

sorry for being absent so long,
so much work, so less time....

couldn't resist showing this "little" angel
i made out of a styrofoam ball, wooden toothpicks and


also have many projects on my needles
a few are ready - have to do some pics!
(both cameras were on holidays the last weeks; 
one in egypt with my third owlsister, the other went to heidelberg with M.)

working on a mohair shawl/scarf with ruffles,
a sweater (simple outdoor sweater in grey -
raglan construction, scoop neck, big needles),
a seed st cowl,
a bunch of hats for x-mas gifting,
some cute crocheted owls,.....and many more


and last but not least 
i'm working on secret testknits for joji 
so hard not to show any of those gorgeous designs,
time will come and i will show you all!!!!

isa k.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

cabled cardi for paul

did a little baby knitting 

don't know why this is rare for me?!
those little knits are soooo cute and really fast to do
and it's a pretty good option
to test stitches and yarns

working on a cabled tweed cardigan design
this cute baby garment came to my mind

lined with an old shirt from M.
had to shorten the zipper - was not funny
i never did this before, but i had no suitable
zipper on hand 

in the end all the finishing work took me more
patience than knitting ....

but all of this work is so much worth it:

look at this adorable guy

the next sweater for paul is on the go
will be some kind of a fishermens sweater
we will see....

have nice days
isa k.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

among the shades

new sweater on the go
inspired by these foggy fall mornings.

easy construction with a nice ribbing

wear it with an additional cowl
or with a [soon to be ready] slouchy hat

yarn. bamba wool/acrylic
(not the best, but ok for testing)
needles. 4mm circulars and dpns
pattern. hmmm....

hope you all have a nice weekend

sun is shining over here,  

so i will leave you for spending the afternoon outdoors
with a little flower

isa k.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

DIY advent wreath

i know it's a bit early for x-mas crafting
especially when it is such a quick and easy project..

but i couldn't resist posting 
what i did last night.. :)

a super cute knitted advent wreath

all you need is some bulky yarn
matching needles, 
one straw wreath (don't know if this is the right word?!)
tapestry needle,
crepe paper matching the yarns colour
ribbon and some decoration

and here is the how-to:

measure around your straw wreath
to figure out the width of your knitting
you also have to measure, or calculate the circumference
of your wreath

in my case this was about 18 cm in width
and the circumference was 94 cm

make a swatch with your yarn

my yarn knits up to a gauge of 1 st per cm

provisionally co the st amount you need to get the desired width
and begin working in garter st 
you will not need to knit to the total length
cause this will stretch out very much

you may want to check the length from time to time
i didn't do that, so i had to ripp back a few rows

now undo the provisional co and graft
the pieces together

you can see that i grafted knitwise
to have some plain space for my ribbon 

cut your crepe paper in 7cm straps
and wrap around your wreath

now place the knitted piece on your wreath

and do a simple whipstitchseam
to get your wreath wrapped with your knitted piece

and decorate.....

hope a few like this as much as i do

happy crafting

isa k.