La Grande

February 26, 2012

After having been to a wonderful concert by singer-songwriter Laura Gibson in January, her new album La Grande has been my constant companion for many a long morning bus-ride through London, as well as for many a quiet winter evening spent at home knitting. So, of course my next finished project had to be named in honour of the album, and in honour of the song shown above.

PatternMillwater Cowl by Beth Kling
Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers [Colour: 2433]
Needles: 6 mm
[More project details on Ravelry]

It was a fun and fast knit, very much fun because of the combination of the squishy garter stich-ing and mad cable-ing, and very fast because of the worsted yarn on 6 mm needles. The Cascade Yarn is a very nice basic yarn, nothing too fancy or too exciting, but soft and lovely enough to make this cowl a joy to wear. The design is very, very clever and I am sure I will get a lot of wear out of this.


We had lovely days in Vienna so far, meeting friends for dinner, breakfast and coffee [thank you all for making time for me!], and are off now for another dinner in lovely company. Have a good Sunday evening, too!

Boyfriend at the Beach

February 24, 2012

I have transferred my PhD office to Vienna for some days [luckily, all I need for that is a laptop, a functioning internet connection and some books and photocopies], in order to spend some time with [c] and to visit some of my friends. A windy walk this morning to say hello to the city was the perfect opportunity to take some shots of my new, recently finished cardigan:

Pattern: Division Cardigan by Amy Cristoffers
Yarn: Alice Starmore Hebridean 2 Ply [Colour: Pebble Beach]
Needles: 4 mm
[More project details on Ravelry]
Buttons: Vintage leather buttons from [c]’s great grand-aunt’s famous button box

I became aware of the Alice Starmore Hebridean through Kate Davies, whose blog, as you may know, is an inexhaustible source for any yarn and textile lover. Kate chose a selection of this beautiful yarn for her famous Caller Herrin’ hat, and made extremely clever use of the amazing shades for the wonderful colourwork of the design [and colourwork is the  technique these yarns are really put centre stage]

Alice and Jade Starmore take the inspiration for all of their yarns’ colour shades from the Hebridean landscape and animals that surround them [read the full Hebridean Colour Story here]. I fell so much in love with this concept, that despite all the beautiful colourwork patterns on Ravelry, I decided to knit up a project that would focus on the beauty of one single of the Starmore Hebridean yarns [and that, of course, would give me a good excuse to once more indulge myself in my never ending love affair with stockinette stitch!]. Pebble Beach is part of the Sea and Shoreline colours, and for me, it really incorporates all the beauty, roughness and silence of Northern beaches. It makes me want to go to the Isle of Lewis immediately. And I find it fascinating how different the colour looks when not accompanied by others …

And, believe it or not, a second already finished project travelled to Vienna with me. Photographs might be taken during the next days, so stay tuned!