14 Oct 2017

addiCraSyTrio testing

Posted by Annie Altherr at 2:15 pm 0 comments
I received the newsletter from Artyarn the other day advertising these new addi knitting needles.
For someone who loves knitting socks, I always look for alternatives that make life easier.
They looked interesting enough for me to buy one set. The 2.5mm wasn't in stock so I went for the 2.75mm.
They arrived very quickly!

This morning I thought I give them a try.

Casting on: no problem.
First round: A bit fiddly.
After about 1cm of knitting, it does get easier.
In the beginning, I was trying to figure out where to hold the loose ends so it felt comfortable.
I guess it'll take half a sock to get really used to them.
Mind you maybe I didn't choose the best yarn to start with. The cotton stretch isn't the smoothest to knit with any needle.
I am sure other sock wool works better.

Fazit: They are very light, feel smooth and make a good set of knitting needles to travel with. But you will have to get used to them, especially how to hold them.
For myself, I will get a set of 2.5mm and a set of 3mm.







10 Sep 2017

Selling on eBay

Posted by Annie Altherr at 7:57 pm 0 comments
I have been through our wardrobes and I found lots of stuff that doesn't fit (too big),  looks too girly or why the heck did I buy this stuff anyway.

So atm I am listing on eBay. Some of it is worn but in very good condition and some of it is brand new and never worn.

I will ship worldwide but I can only offer free postage within the UK.

Please feel free to have a browse and check back because this is just the beginning.

9 Sep 2017

And More Socks

Posted by Annie Altherr at 10:28 am 0 comments
As promised the sock mania continues.
I didn't realise the photos were still on my camera and not moved to the HDD, oops. 

These are mine:







And here are the ones I made for hubby:






5 Sep 2017

What else did I do?

Posted by Annie Altherr at 12:18 pm 0 comments
Well, 4 months before we went on our holidays to Switzerland to visit my mum, who will be 78 in October and still pretty fit, I was building a new PC for myself.

Here are the specs: 
RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400MHz CL14 32GB (2x 16GB) 
PSU EVGA SuperNOVA 850 GS 80 Plus Gold 
CPU Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Socket 1151 unlocked quad core 
Cooler Master Seidon 120V ver3 Liquid CPU Cooler 
MSI Z270 SLI PLUS Socket 1151 ATX Motherboard 
Cooler Master CM590 III Mid Tower Chassis White 
5 fans, 3 blue 2 red and soooooo quiet. 
1 SHHD and 3 HDDs 
and my old EVGA Nvidia GTX 980 Ti super clocked. 














We stayed for 4 weeks at my mum's. The first and last time. The weather wasn't as good as we hoped for so we started to get dreadfully bored. I didn't take anything with me, on purpose. I wanted to have a break from knitting and crocheting for once.
But really 3 weeks are more than enough in one go.

Back home, of course, I caught a damn bug again on the plane. Still, can't shake this stupid cough off my chest.
Oh, great news, we have a new yarn store in town which is great.
Atm, I am finishing the Sophie I started a while ago. The cotton version. I will use it as wall decoration when it's finished.
Oh yes, we have each a Fitbit now and we are walking much more than we used to do. I am already a size smaller again. But this time I want to keep going and not put it back on again like last winter.

So that's the latest news from me.

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone πŸ˜ΊπŸ’“

10 May 2017

It's getting too warm...

Posted by Annie Altherr at 11:29 am 1 comments
...to knit.

In case anyone is wondering why it is so quiet here.
Well, I never do much knitting when the temperatures are rising.
The occasional lace knitting or socks maybe. 
I knitted a few pairs of socks I just need to take pictures. And I crocheted a shawl and a kimono style jacket. The jacket just needs finishing and then pictures taken.
After that some lace knitting with Ice Yarn cakes.
Just wanted to let you know I am still busy but more with my other hobby, 3dArt.

Also I am working on a new web design for myself. Which can take forever until I have made up my mind what I really want.
Also I am reorganizing my 3d content which takes forever too.
Knitting will go up in priority when it's getting colder again.

Stay safe everyone and enjoy the Summer!πŸ’ŸπŸŒ„

19 Mar 2017

Hygge CAL

Posted by Annie Altherr at 11:30 am 0 comments
I have started with one of the planned Hygge Shawls.

I am just not the start and stop person. So I am waiting for the CAL to finish and then I will make both.
I bought this and the Mermaid colour pack.
I have also bought some backing fabric.
I'll add those pictures later.


I and lots of others struggled with the surface crochet.
I thought embroidery and used the chain stitch. It works very well.


I bought the backing fabric from here
It's pretty easy to do without knowing any Dutch.




Sock Crazy

Posted by Annie Altherr at 11:17 am 0 comments
Atm I am knitting lots of socks.
The only pattern I know by heart.

Here a few examples in 4ply, 6ply and 8ply.

Since then I have knitted another 4 pairs and more to come πŸ˜‰





Gifts for Noodle the Dachshound

Posted by Annie Altherr at 11:12 am 0 comments
Gifts for the dog of one of my FB friends.

A sweater made from Rowan Wool Cotton 
and 
a blanket made from Cascade Yarns Ecological wool

Unfortunately Noodle loved the blanket that much she shredded it.
I told my friend not to let her close to sheep if she does that to a woolly blanket πŸ™€πŸ˜Έ









Frida's Flower Blanket

Posted by Annie Altherr at 11:03 am 0 comments
I took a break from knitting and mastered another crochet blanket.

This time it's Frida's Flower Blanket.

The yarn is the usual suspect called Stylecraft Special DK.
You can buy the colour pack from Wool Warehouse or create your own colour combination.




Hooded Pullover

Posted by Annie Altherr at 10:53 am 0 comments
Another piece for myself

Lang Kapuzenpullover Model Number 200-041-001 published in FAM 200

The yarn I used was Sirdar Harrap Tweed DK.

It worked pretty well as replacement yarn for Lang Donegal.






 

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