Beatnik & Updates!

clothing DIY knit WIP yarn

Wow.  You don't realize how much and how often you use the internet until you are cut off.  Cold turkey.  The last blog post took about three hours to upload using a random connection at a nearby cafe within a mall.  Finally, internet has been installed and I can now blog regularly again.  ((phew!!))

January was a busy crafting month for me, and I was really pleased with the completed Beatnik, a free sweater design by Norah Gaughan from Knitty Deep Fall 2010.  I made some modifications to the pattern, but the essence of the design is still there.  I love how it turned out and it fits really well... plus it's incredibly warm which is what I need these days.  Can you believe it actually snowed here in Amsterdam.  Everyone's been telling me since I moved here that it doesn't snow, etc. etc.  Well, guess what, it did.

So, here's what's keeping me warm...

"Beatniks to Murgatroyd"
My modifications to the pattern were as follows:

  • knit in the round instead of flat
  • 25 st side cable patterns changed to stag-horn cable w/ twisted st center (much easier to follow)
  • added 1” even at hips
  • knit full length sleeves (each was approx. 50g yarn in Lana Grossa Alta Moda Alpaca)
  • added 4 extra rows near the top of sleeve cap for better ease, used one size larger for sleeve shaping
Yarn was purchased at Wolladiho; a local yarn shop in Munich that I will miss since it was right across the street from me.

Quilting progress: I made 80 squares for the top of our quilt.  Yay!  Next is sashing them together.

Sewing progress: I can now proceed with trousers, finishing UFOs, and some quick sewing projects!

Blogging full speed ahead!

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