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Hello and welcome to my blog! I am “KnitsWithKnopf”, the Ravelry Designer.

On this blog I try to accumulate all my creative projects, involving yarn, fabric, words and many other materials. I will be adding current projects as well as projects from the past, once I get around to write about them.

Have a look around in the different categories, find out more about me, and leave a comment, if you like what you see. Happy Crafting!

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in General

 

April’s got its own head

Well, I had intended to name this post “April Showers”, but for some reason, the KnottyGirls Knitcast seem to get their monthly theme out before I can post, and I feel a bit greedy snatching their topics all the time.Also, this post is more than just a bit late. But still: pretty pictures, nice projects ;)

I’ve been rather busy this month (April, that is) and got a total of 5 (five!) projects done. Granted, two were baby socks, but even those take time. And I added a few squares to my Rainbow Blankie and this month’s square of the Daily Tricorder Blanket on top of that. Having all this listed up here below, does make me feel quite accomplished. I hope to have as much knitting time in the coming weeks as I had before. The weather forecast for May promises a few sunny days, which I’ll be spending outside with my husband, instead of inside and knitting. I know, I can knit on the balcony, too. But only, if hubby is working and we’re not out and abouts. But less speculation, more finished objects:

First off, the Baby Socks, Boy and Girl version:

Boy's Baby Socks

Boy’s Baby Socks

Baby Girl Socks

Baby Girl Socks

 

Next up, Another Baby Item, a sweater, made for a colleague of my husband’s. I named it Yogurette Pullover, because the colours remind me so much of those strawberry-yoghurt-filled chocolate bars.

Yogurette Baby Pullover

Yogurette Baby Pullover

The fourth project was something, I had wanted to knit for some time. I did not have any yarn in a matching weight, except for some Acrylic. But the yarn was intended as “scarf yarn”, so it is reasonably soft. And the pattern is a quick knit, so if I stumble across some nicer yarn in a matching weight for a bargain, I’ll knit this cowl again in prettier colours and nicer yarn:

Honeycomb Nexus Cowl

Honeycomb Nexus Cowl

The fifth project is a felted dice cup. I have been playing pen-and-paper roleplay games with my husband recently and I disliked having only limited control over my dice. I looked for a nice leather dice cup, but I also wanted something portable, if we take the game and dice with us on vacation. The felted version is a little less sturdy than the leather cup, of course. But it is at least partially foldable and thus much easier to pack.

Unfelted it looked like this:

Dice Cup, unfelted

Dice Cup, unfelted

The finished, felted version then looked like this:

Dice Cup, felted

Dice Cup, felted

 

Lastly, my April submission for the Daily Tricorder Readings Blanket and the first four squares of the next set for the Rainbow Blankie:

DTRB Square 4

DTRB Square 4

Rainbow Blankie Fifth Set, first squares

Rainbow Blankie Fifth Set, first squares

I hope to post my May projects a lot sooner. But it’s almost June now… So, we’ll see. In the meantime, happy crafting!

 

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2014 in Crochet, Felting, Knitting

 

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March-ing On

March’s project list is relatively long, despite that I did not have as much time for crafting as I wished for. I’ll just get right to it and tell you someting about my projects. In addition to the the Ranbow Blankie Squares that I finished earlier this months, I managed to squeeze in a few other projects, too. So this post is another “collection”.

First off, I joined another Sock-KAL, hosted by one of my favourite online yarn shops, meinwollshop.de. The pattern was provided free of charge with a yarn purchase, and just like the others, I enjoyed knitting it a lot. I used some relatively old yarn, bought at the shop. It was one of the, sadly discontinued, hand-dyed sock yarns by the owner. The socks turned out beautifully and fit perfectly. Maybe my love for sock knitting stems from the fact that almost all my socks turn out so well and it’s a real joy to wear them. Have a look at this pair:

Cosima Kaylas

Cosima Kaylas

My next project was a crochet project. I had seen the pattern in a Ravelry post by a fellow SFFAC officer and was very intrigued by the simplicity and usefullness of the object. Despite the fact that I am not the most accomplished crocheter, I tried making the Swiffer Sock. It was not as perfect as the original in the pattern. Maybe I should practice crochet more, because I never seem to get the hang of counting stitches correctly. But it’s just looped yarn, as with knitting, right? So why can’t I wrap my mind around it? Anyway, I’m sure you want to see how I used up some stash cotton in an ugly colour:

Swiffer Sock, aka Quarter Cleaner

Swiffer Sock, aka Quarter Cleaner

 

Another “project” was the next square of the Daily Tricorder Readings Blanket:

DTRB Square 3 - February Data

DTRB Square 3 – February Data

 

Aside from these, I finished some baby items again. A colleague of my husband and a colleague of mine are preagnant, so I try to be better prepared this time. Besides, I was able to use up some odds and ends of baby sock yarn for the two projects:

Baby Socks

Baby Socks

Baby Hat

Baby Hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, I realised, I totally forgot to tell you about my Ravellennic Games project. Sadly, I did not finish it time to count for the finish line. But I finished it nonetheless. It’s a nice toy that I had intended to give to my niece. But it turned out so prettily, that I decided to keep it for my future kids. But see for yourself:

Ravellennic Centipede

Ravellennic Centipede

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2014 in Crochet, Knitting

 

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Step 8: Fourth Set Done

I have not worked on my Rainbow Blankie for quite a while now. Socks and other small projects (mostly the baby stuff I’ve been working on) have taken the place of my on-the-go knitting, lately. But a few days ago, I was out of projects that piqued my interest, and the KAL I wanted to join had not started, yet. So I came back to my Blankie squares. I manages to finish the remainder of the green-outside, red-inside squares. So, with these finished, I now have 156 of the needed 198 squares. That means, I’ve got about 78% of the squares done. Given that I started about three years ago, that’s not too bad.

Here are all the 32 green-red squares of this batch:

Rainbow Blankie: 32 green-red squares

Rainbow Blankie: 32 green-red squares

Now I finally get to change colours again. I was growing a bit tired of the red and green combo. Conveniently for spring, the new colours will be pink and violet. I’m looking forward to it!

Just a few days ago, I stumbled across Shelly Kang’s Sock Yarn Blanket, which is essentially what I’m making, but for the yarn weight. I think I will incorporate the edging idea and maybe some other tips and tricks, as well. I will keep you posted!

 

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in Knitting

 

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Web-less days

Trying to change the internet provider has proven (once again) a real disaster. I’ve been living without real web access since the beginning of February. It’s easy to forget, how much time you spent day in, day out using some sort of web service – until you don’t have it anymore. Within the first two days I had maxed out my high-speed mobile limit. After four days, I was actively considering going to work, despite still having three days of vacation to go, simply to be able to check my emails.

The situation is still unresolved. You’d think that would give me ample time to do some crafting. But far from it. I’ve spent countless hours waiting in the store of my provider-to-be. Thus, there is not much knitting or other crafting to report.

But I did get one project done, my “Laura’s Laces Cowl“:

Laura's Laces Cowl

Laura’s Laces Cowl

The cowl is knit with a single skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in the colourway Bittersweet. The pattern is written for just this yardage and although I didn’t get the cowl to be as pyramidal as the author obviously desired, I really like it. The yarn is soft and springy and the colours are just the perfect dash of spring to add to my dark winter clothes.

I bought the skein on a trip to a SciFi convention near Baltimore last August. I really like making things with souvenir yarn, as you can always think of where you got it from whenever you wear the finished garment (and while knitting it, of course). In times of digital photos and text messages or emails instead of postcards, yarn gives me a very tangible memory of its origin.

I also attempted to compete in this year’s Ravellenic Winter Games, the competition held during the Olympic Games at the famous knit and crochet platform. This cowl made it into the WIP category, at least. But my main entry suffered a pushback due to the above mentioned hours spent on getting my internet back. Oh, well. At least it’ll count for the Starfleet Fiber Arts Corps. And I’ll have a nice FO soon. More about it in my next post.

Oh, and just in time for this month’s submission, I got the next installment of the Daily Tricorder Readings Blanket done. It represents January’s data:

Daily Tricorder Readings Blanket - Square 2

Daily Tricorder Readings Blanket – Square 2

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Knitting

 

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Just a quick note

Just to let you know, the pattern for the iPhone / Kindle Sleeve is now updated in the Downloads area!

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2014 in General

 

Finish-itis

It seems, that the new year’s resolutions, paired with the incentive of the SFFAC’s missions has caused a serious case of “finish-itis” in the past few days. Whatever the source of this, I was able to finish quite a few projects. And instead of posting each in a separate article, I will list them here. That will also better reflect the “volume” of projects that have been finished recently.

By order of “finished first”, here we go:

Baby Girl Jacket

Baby Girl Jacket

Daily Tricorder Readings Blanket - Square 1

Daily Tricorder Readings Blanket – Square 1

  • Winter Foliage: I have a nice warm hat, that I love to wear whenever it is really cold outside. However, this winter – up until now – has been on the milder side. And my lovely hat turns out to be too warm. But I still wanted something to cover my hat and especially my ears against the occasional gusts of wind. So I looked for a lighter, more airy hat pattern and found the Foliage Hat by Irina Dmitrieva. I am very happy with the result, even though it has become too cold to try it out by now ;).
Winter Foliage

Winter Foliage

  • Teaching Socks: Before Christmas, I had started this pair because I wanted to teach a friend how to knit socks on 5 DPNs. The teaching session went very well, and my friend was able to finish the socks very quickly. She already started the next pair. I had put my pair aside for the time being since I had a few Christmas gifts and decorations to finish first. After Christmas, I was looking for a nice portable project to knit during my commute and these socks were lying on top of my WIP pile. The pattern was very easy to remember and fast and fun to knit.
Teaching Socks

Teaching Socks

  • Simple Kindle Cozy: I have recently acquired a Kindle Paperwhite. While the cozies, casings and covers available for sale are plentiful and by now can even accommodate at least a moderate form of individuality, I did not want to pay huge amounts of money for something that I could easily make on my own. So I adapted my own Simple iPhone Sleeve Pattern to fit the Kindle format (update on the pattern coming soon!) and made my own cozy. It won’t protect the Kindle from everything, but the regular wear and tear caused by carrying the thing in your bag or purse will be prevented. While searching for a pattern for this, I came across two patterns that I am considering to make in the near future: The E-Read on the Go! by Rose Stewart, a felted cover that allows the reader to remain in the cosy even when in use, and the eReader Pillow Prop by Elizabeth Arundel, a triangular pillow that holds up your reader or tablet while you enjoy the contents. 
Simple Kindle Cozy

Simple Kindle Cozy

In addition to all these things, I finished another three squares of my Rainbow Blankie. I haven’t knit squares for that project in ages, because I had so many other things to knit. But right now, I have the flu and enjoy the simple basic garter stitch pattern immensely while watching episode after episode of House, MD (yes, it’s the only TV season I have on hand right now, and my streaming service is down due to internet issues).

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2014 in Knitting, My Designs

 

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Finished objects since last update

Oh my, there is quite a list to post here. I really have been slacking in updating this blog. Mainly because I have posted more extensive notes in my Ravelry project pages, I had not had as much time to repeat this for the blog. Thus, I’ll only list a picture and the link to the Ravelry page here for all those past projects. I pledge to post more this year! Here are the FO’s now:

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Knitting, My Designs, Sewing

 

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