Fun in the snow

Yay, it’s still here! Though I admit I was worried last night when Marcin told me it was raining.
We put on our favorite knits and warm jackets, grabbed kids’ sled and went to our favorite forest for some winter fun.

We are wearing:
Marcin – Skrappy Ski Hat & Rama Lama,
Wojtek – Skrappy Ski Hat & Heartwarmer,
Aga – I Heart Cables I made for Wojtek 2 years ago (don’t you just love Cascade for its endurance),
me – Seikkailu Hat, Rasta Velvet Cowl and The Big Cable.

Hope you are also having a great time this weekend!

P.S. Sorry for the poor quality of pics, I had only my mobile with me.

We are snowbound

Finally there’s some snow in Toruń! I’m so hoping it’ll stay with us for a while now. Finally we may get to wear all the handknit accessories we keep collecting. Hats. shawls, neckwarmers, you name it, it’s there!

From my Instagram

That shelf holds only half of the winter knitwear I’ve made in the last 3 years – over here you can only see things we wear all the time. A lot, I know. Well, some people collect shoes (done that too :-), some collect jewelry, I collect accessories. And yarn :-D

Just before Christmas I got a parcel from Brooklyn Tweed with two skeins of Shelter inside. I knew they would become a hat. A slouchy hat to be precise, as I’m a huge fan of those. I found a beautiful stitch pattern in one of my “knitting bibles” at home and made “Snowbound”.

Snowbound by Justyna Lorkowska

Christmas in Poland wasn’t even close to being snowbound so all the pictures we took look pretty funny considering the name of the hat :-) Just look at these. It looks like spring, doesn’t it?

Snowbound by Justyna Lorkowska

Snowbound by Justyna Lorkowska

Shelter is a very interesting yarn to work with. First of all you should know that Brooklyn Tweed offers only two yarns for purchase: Shelter and Loft. The first one is worsted weight yarn, the second fingering. I admit I was pretty surprised when I saw that. Both yarns feel the same: they are nicely rustic and woolly, as if sligthly felted and both share the same tweedy look. After washing they become really soft and are good for next-to-skin wear. The only thing I don’t like is that Loft has a tendency to break easily, but the colors of both available make up for it.

Snowbound by Justyna Lorkowska

I’m so excited for snow that I decided to cut the price by almost 35% and as long as my hometown is snowbound, the hat is available at a lower price too. And there’s more! You know that you can get a matching shawl (Ascalon) or a fingering weight beret (Galaxy Hat)? Isn’t that cool?

Photo credits belong to Christelle Nihoul and Rose Beck

Happy kntting!

xoxo Justyna

Sople Cardigan

I think I should explain my “flame-cable craze”.

First there was a sketch sent by me to one of the most talented handdyers I’ve met – Tanis Lavallee. Tanis is the lovely lady standing behind Tanis Fiber Arts (together with her wonderful husband!). She’s a very creative dyer, knitwear designer and blogger, so you can imagine how excited I was when she agreed to collaborate with me. Together we decided on the yarn base and color and I must admit I couldn’t be happier. We chose Yellow Label DK Weight in frost colorway. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Sople by Justyna Lorkowska

I had a really hard time photographing the sweater due to the lack of good light. I wanted the photos to do color as much justice as possible, but this is all that November light allowed me to show.

Sople by Justyna Lorkowska

Then there were two days when it was snowing in Toruń. We put our jackets on, I grabbed my knits and a camera and we managed to take these pics. I love them so much. I alternated skeins throughtout the whole body and sleeves (actually not in the sleeve caps and as you can see the skeins were so well matched that there is no difference over there at all!) and I’m really happy with the result. The subtle gray hues are nicely spread in the light blue background.

Sople by Justyna Lorkowska

The yarn itself is great. It has wonderful stitch definition which is just perfect for cables. It’s bouncy and nicely twisted and it seems the pill factor is almost nonexistent. On top of that there is one more thing that won my heart totally – it did not bleed! I know that my color is not deep red or dark blue, but after a discussion with some of my Ravelry friends about Tanis’ yarn I learnt that TFA is famous among them for not bleeding. Awesome!

Sople by Justyna Lorkowska

Sople by Justyna Lorkowska

Sople is a cabled cardigan worked seamlessly from top to bottom. It starts with Provisional Cast-On at back neck. First you shape back, next right front until armhole and then left front in similar way. Finally you join all three parts and work back and forth. The sleeves are top-down. The stitches for the sleeves are picked up around armhole and the sleeve caps are shaped using short rows. Cable patterning and ribbing at the cuffs mimics that of the main body. To finish you make button bands and I-cord neck band.

The name of the cardigan is actually a little funny considering the cables look like flames.  Well, “Sople” in Polish means icicles so let’s assume that the “frosty” colorway made the flames freeze. It’s as simple as that :-D

You can purchase the design through Lete’s Knits website or Ravelry pattern page.

Now I’ll think of something new I’d like to make in the latest Tanis Fiber Arts yarn – Cosmic Blue Label Fingering Weight. After all every girl needs a little bit of sparkle in her life :-)

Have a fab week!
Hugs, Justyna