Sunday, October 4, 2009

Who ever does things in order.....

....well, definitely not me! I left you off impatient for Part II of things annoying, delightful, different - you name it - about the Cayman Islands, but I decided to take a little detour and post some of my new pictures instead.

I am actually not the photographer in the family, as it is both Richard and Mimi who have been blessed with a great eye. However, living with two people like that, you do inevitably pick up a few things here and there. One of the things I have always wanted to do was to create a portfolio of all my knitted projects over the years, and below are a few samples of my more recent creations.

I was not always an avid knitter, on the contrary, I hated it when I was younger. Back in Austria, girls (not boys) started to learn to knit, crochet, needlepoint, sew etc. in Grade 3. I was completely useless with a needle, and I still remember one of our first sewing projects, a kitchen apron, most of which was done by my mother ... No matter how much I tried and measured, my hems were never straight, and what was supposed to be pretty embroidery looked like the dog had just chewed it. Knitting was not much better, but I must say, I am not impressed that our teacher did not at least try to ease us into the craft by knitting simple things like dishcloths or scarfs. No, we were doing socks and mittens from Day 1, hardly beginner's work.

I found the whole thing extremely frustrating and swore I would never go near a needle again....never.

'Never' came in the 1980's while I was in university and looking for something to do to relax from all that mental work. I actually don't even remember how I got onto knitting again, nor do I remember my first project from back then, but I was hooked and haven't stopped since. My tastes have changed of course, and I would like to think I have become somewhat better at picking out patterns that actually look good on me rather than only on the stick model in the magazine, whose expression suggests the last thing she'd ever do is pick up a knitting needle....

Project: Garnstudio Poncho
This was a bit of a spontaneous project. Usually I research for hours trying to find the perfect pattern and yarn, only to do something completely different when the yarn arrives and I decide it would look much better in another pattern. I have noticed that for me, knitting is not so much a destination but a journey, as I never regret spending time knitting on a garment which I end up unravelling umpteen times (while my husband shakes his head), and I have also noticed that I often enjoy picking out the patterns, yarn and knitting more than I do actually finishing or wearing the garment. Sometimes it's as if I didn't care that I will wear it, ever. I recently found pieces of a jacket, which was about 98% done, with just a few rows left for the sleeve. It appears I lost interest in it and just left it for another day....

But back to the poncho. This was actually knitted from leftover Lana Grossa yarn called New Cotton, and it has a lovely and very soft texture. This poncho was knit up in about two days, and it looks great on just about anyone. (Garnstudio patterns are free, they can be found here: )



Project: Verena Knitting Stripe It Dress

This was knit with Classic Elite Allegoro yarn (it's an organic cotton/linen which is apparently named after Al Gore, a well known environmentalist who was a vice president and presidential candidate in several previous lives....). I paired it up with left over orange/pink cotton yarn. I was not altogether happy with it, as it tends to stretch a lot, but we fixed up nicely for this shot, I think:

Striped Dress1.VerenaKnittingSummer2009

Project: Rowan Poncho
This was one of my few (or was it the only) knitted birthday presents for Mimi. She likes going through my Rowan ( ) magazines, and she mentioned how she liked this little poncho. I managed to get my hands on the exact yarn in the magazine, and knit it the night before her birthday (things just fly with 15mm needles!). She still loves wearing it.


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