Friday, September 19

a skirt or a cowl?

How would you wear this piece?  As a skirt or as a cowl?
The original idea was for a versatile crochet cowl and hood but it works well as a skirt over a pair of jeans.
It's lovely either way.



 
 

Fine photgraphy by Patty McGuire
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Wednesday, September 17

perfect for fall



I found a yarn that I could make the pattern with once again.  It's acrylic but I like that it's multicolored.  It has nice Fall colors.

My local shop carries this yarn in another 3 more color variations and  I will make them all!  I want to build stock a.s.a.p and offer them as available to ship instead of made to order.

I'm not sure how many people are turned away if they have to wait days for their order to be shipped out.

So, this is my goal and I will try to stick to it to see how it goes.

Sunday, September 14

crochet lacy scarf

Lionbrand.com is a great source for inspiration for a new project.  They have so many patterns available and they're free.

A pattern that I found and tried was the crochet lacy scarf pattern.  I created it with a soft chunky yarn (image below) and it worked out beautifully.  I only wish I had the same yarn so I can crochet it again.  It has gorgeous Fall colors.

I am, however,  planning to use a different yarn to see how it will turn out.

The pattern is below if you want to try it.  Let me know how it goes for you.

Or...if you don't crochet but would love the scarf for yourself, you've come to the right place!.





Gauge:
1 pattern rep = about 3 in. (7.5 cm). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Scarf
Ch 19.
Row 1: Dc in 5th ch from hook (first 4 skipped chs make turning ch-sp), dc in next ch, *(dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch, skip next ch, dc in next 2 ch; rep from * across to last ch, dc in last ch - 3 pattern reps at the end of this row.
Row 2: Ch 4 (for turning ch-sp), turn, *(3 dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch-3 sp; rep from * across to turning ch-sp, 3 dc in turning ch-sp.
Rep last row until nearly all yarn has been used. Fasten off.

Finishing
Weave in ends. 

Friday, September 12

Ariadne

Well, I'm finally getting back into the swing of things now that Summer is over.  I've published my newest pattern on both Craftsy and Ravelry!  I named it the Ariadne Fluted Cowl.

It's the first pattern I've actually given a name to and I really like the concept of naming all my patterns after greek mythological figures.  (I find it very fitting considering what my name is and where I come from).  

It's perfect.

So, who was Ariadne?  Very briefly, Ariadne was a goddess.  Daughter of  Minos and  Pasiphae. She was mostly associated with mazes and labyrinths, and was said to be the savior of would-be sacrificial victims.




I hope you enjoy this pattern if you choose to try it!

Fine photgraphy by Patty McGuire
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Friday, August 29

so so warm

This pattern is easy and anyone who chooses to try it will breeze through it smoothly.  It is a written patten and it has images for direction when it's time to fold the piece in place and sew the buttons on.

I'm sure you will enjoy knitting this piece with ease.

Pattern

Friday, June 20

I love Bouyatsa.  It's such a delicious sweet.  Creamy with filo pastry sprinkle with icing sugar and cinnamon.  Found the recipe by chance just now.  I was hoping to find one.

Sharing it here so I can give it a try a.s.a.p.

BOUGATSA RECIPE - ENJOY!

ingredients:
3 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup white sugar
2/3 cup plain flour
2 tablespoons cornflour
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
4 egg yolks
1 lemon, rind finely grated
14 sheets filo pastry
150g unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar

Method:
Step 1
Combine 3 cups milk and white sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to the boil. Remove from heat.

Step 2
Combine plain flour, cornflour, vanilla sugar, vanilla essence, egg yolks and remaining 1/2 cup milk in a bowl. Whisk to form a paste. Slowly add hot milk mixture, whisking constantly, until smooth. Return custard to saucepan. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, over low heat for 10 minutes or until thickened. Do not boil. Remove from heat. Add lemon rind. Pour custard into a heatproof bowl. Cover surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours or until cold.

Step 3
Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease 2 large, flat baking trays. Place 1 pastry sheet on a work surface. Brush with melted butter. Fold in half crossways to form a rectangle. Spoon 1/4 cup custard onto pastry centre. Brush edges with butter. Fold long edges over to cover custard. Fold in sides to form a 7cm x 11cm rectangle. Place, seam side down, on prepared tray. Brush top with butter. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon sugar.

Step 4
Repeat with remaining pastry, butter, custard and sugar. Bake for 15 minutes. Swap trays over in oven and bake for a further 5 to 8 minutes or until golden and crisp. Stand for 10 minutes to cool slightly. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar. Serve warm.

Saturday, May 31

Knitwear photo shoot in the forest

It was not too long ago that these photos were taken out in the freezing cold in the midst of a mysterious forest...

Models and photographer were shivering!  Shivering and trembling because they knew danger was dwelling.

They felt they were being observed from the dark shadows of the forest and they knew they had to make haste to finish their shoot and leave, for night would fall quickly.

If night were to fall, they would all be held captive within the gloomy depths of the mysterious forest forever!

 



Fine photgraphy by Patty McGuire
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Saturday, April 26

warm handmade woolies for Winter


Spring is here for most of us but in other parts of the world, it's getting colder.  Much much colder.

It's time to think about what measures need to be taken to keep warm, especially when it's absolutely necessary to step outside into the cold due to obligations. 

One idea is to own a chunky neck piece like this.  It keeps the whole upper torso super warm...and cozy!  It's a no-fuss knitted neckwarmer

Moss green is simply one of the many trending colors available.

You can find this cowl in my shop Isabelle Knits 



Fine photgraphy by Patty McGuire
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Sunday, March 9

yarn weight/thickness

Knitting and crochet yarns come in different weights, or thicknesses. The thickness of your yarn (among other factors) has a huge impact on the look of your knitted or crocheted fabric — and certainly the amount of time it takes to complete it. Yarn weight determines how many stitches it takes to knit 1 inch.

Although there are no official categories for yarn weights, many knitting books and yarn manufacturers use common terms to indicate a yarn’s thickness and the size of the needle with which you work on the yarn.


The thickness of a given yarn is determined by the individual thickness of the plies, not by the number of plies. If the plies are thin, a 4-ply yarn can be finer than a heavy, single-ply yarn.

Sunday, March 2

honeycomb knit hat

This hat is my latest design.  The honeycomb hat.  I'm pleased I was able to finish it without diffculty. 

The honeycomb stitch is a repeat of C2F, C2B and knit or purl.   Its abbreviations might make it seem a little complex when you first look at it but it really isn't.  I find the stitch very soothing and fun to knit.

The only thing I don't like is how I photographed the hat.  I came up too close to capture how the stitch really looks.

No serious harm for now.  It will be photographed again.

I'm puzzled as to what to name the pattern.   I'm definitely open for suggestions.
  


Saturday, February 15

Knitting a hat the right way

Before jumping right into knitting a hat, there are certain steps that need to be taken if you want to knit the right sized hat.

If you're a beginner knitter and you feel the temptation to jump right in without applying a few basic steps, in truth, you're setting yourself up for a major disappointment.  It goes without saying that you will have a very large or a very small hat.  Why risk going through all that trouble when it can be done the right way?

I am guilty of risking it many times and that's why I have knit very few hats.  Consequently, my inexperience is evident and I'm far from happy with those few that I have knit.

I want to turn this around by applying what I learned in a kniting class I took and will jot this down for reference.  It might help someone else, too.

Firstly, it pays to knit a swatch to get an idea of how the garment will feel.  If I swatch a chunky yarn with smaller needles, chances are the garment will be too stiff and I will not have the result I want.  So, choosing the right needle size is essential.  I feel going up one or two sizes from the recommended yarn label size is ideal for me.

Next, if you're happy with the swatch, count how many stitches there are in 4 inches.  Let's use an example of a swatch I made.

I swatched with a chunky yarn and 8mm needles.   I counted 9 stitches in 4 inches.

Next, I divided the 9 stitches by 4 to see the precise number of stitches per 1 inch.  The result was 2.25 stitches.

So now, I measured the circumference of my head.  I got around 22 inches.

I multiplied 22 by 2.25 in order to see how many stitches I should cast on.  The result was 49.5

From here, I need to round this amount off.  I can round it off to 49 or 50.  Let's say I choose to round it off to 50.  I will later decrease the hat every 10 stitches, having a total of 5 decrease points.  However you choose to round it off, make sure it's divisible by even numbers.

Following this method will gurantee the perfect sized hat and an enjoyable hat knitting experience.

Tuesday, February 11

i want a knitting machine, but...

My husband planted the idea of buying a knitting machine in my head.  The first time, which was months ago, I brushed the idea off.  It didn't seem realistic nor a probability that we could afford a thousand or so euros to buy one.

Anyhow, the topic came up again and for some reason, I liked the idea.  I liked the potential of being able to knit jumpers and much more with ease and speed.

So after researching a little, I found there is no need to purchase a machine so expensive.  For a beginner like me, an LK-150 will in fact, suffice for a start.  These seem like slightly complex machines to learn, so buying anything expensive would be completely nuts.

I'm eyeing a Silver Reed LK-150 knitting machine from Lionbrand.com.  The price seems pretty reasonable and at some point, I would like to own one. 

Wishful thinking that my husband will surprise me..


Tuesday, January 7

We are on Ravelry!

I'm so excited about this.

I recently added patterns on Ravelry, and this neckwarmer is one of them.
The pattern requires a super chunky yarn.  I used Lanas Stop Noruega.  It's a soft, fluffy Spanish yarn with wool/acrylic content.  I love it.


Sunday, January 5

arm knitting

Last night, I tried something new.  It was fun, soothing and I can't wait till I do it again.

I knit up a scarf in less than 40 minutes without needles but my arms.

I used two strands of chunky yarn and the outcome was a super chunky and long scarf that can easily be worn as a wrap.

Doesn't it look good?

And now that my local craft store has finally stocked its shelves with yarn that I love, I will be making more for my shop.