January – of new beginnings and old resolutions

It’s been almost a year since I updated this small site of mine. I haven’t recorded an episode in all this time, and for the time being I don’t think I’ll be recording one in the near future. For now, I’m going to try to revive this blog.

Instead of doing long posts that take forever to prepare and edit, I’m going to switch things up a bit and do smaller posts, more often. Ah, the frequency – that’s what kills me!

So today, I’ll just leave you my resolutions for 2018 with regards to knitting:

  • Knit more monogamously

I’ve discovered that by devoting all my effort and knitting time to one project, not only I finish it more quickly (that comes without saying), but I also actually FINISH it. I have a big pile of WIPs (Works In Progress) that I’ll dare to show you one day. Some I love to bits, some I fell out of love with. But the biggest problem is that if I stop knitting on them for whatever the reason… It takes me forever to pick them up again. So, to stop enlarging my WIP pile, one objective I’ve set to is to knit more monogamously and finish my pieces (Note to self: yes, that means weaving in ends and all).

Which leads to resolution number 2:

  • Finish all most WIPs and UFOs

If this needs to be an achieveable resolution, I need to be realistic and acknowledge that I won’t finish the 10? WIPs that I have around the house. I even joined a Raverly Group to lessen that list… But life got in the way. You know how it goes. I’m sure there are another couple that never made it into my Ravelry projects. My goal is to finish at least 3 and unravel another 3 by the end of the year. I think that’s quite achieveable.

  • Knit more garments and less accessories (except for socks)

I want 2018 to be the year I invest on my handmade wardrobe. I have enough shawls, hats and mitts to have on rotation. I end up using the same set for weeks. But I want to knit more sweaters and cardigans. I’m still looking for the best fit for my shape (or best shape for my fit?) and one thing I have noticed (having mostly knit DK weight sweaters) is that I need to try knitting a fingering weight pullover or cardigan. I fill they might look less bulky on me. We’ll see how it goes.

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  • Knit more socks (no HOs)

Let’s be honest, I don’t need hand knit socks where I live. It’s never that cold. But I love hand knit socks. So I need more in my life. Problem? I have a few partner-less socks aroud. Very few are finished. I recently discovered my favourite way of knitting socks and avoiding SSS (Second Sock Syndrome): knitting them two at a time, toe up, with a German Short Row heel and a super stretchy bind off. Pure bliss. I now need to knit more socks this way. Plus… I have an embarrasingly big sock yarn stash. I dream of a box of socks or a sock drawer. That won’t happen this year, and I don’t have a specific goal of socks to knit, but I’d love to build up on that.

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  • And the everlasting resolution of knitting more from stash

You see a skein of yarn. You fall in love with it. You buy it with no specific project in mind. It goes into your #yarnshrine. You photograph it. You dream about it. You think of all the possibilities. But you NEVER ACTUALLY KNIT ANYTHING WITH IT. My stash can grow no more. I’ll be kicked out of the house if it does. So I’ll be buying more consciously this year. I’ll still buy yarn and if I really really love a skein that I don’t *need*, I’ll still buy it. But I won’t overbuy. First, I’ll try to shop my stash. I know I won’t regret knitting those precious skeins, even if I will miss them as hanks a bit.

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Soon, I’ll share more on a project that fulfilled many of these resolutions: it was knit from yarn that I had in my stash, it’s a pullover, and it was actually finished (ends woven in and all) in two weeks!

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I almost forget the perpetual quest of my photographic style. But I think that is a matter for a whole other entry in this blog, don’t you? I shouldn’t overload this comeback with excitement.

I hope you had a wonderful beginning of 2018 and that you have had time to reflect on those resolutions you set after the month of January is almost over. Do you set yourself New Year Resolutions? And most importantly… Do you fulfill them?

Empiezo el año queriendo dar vida a este rincón, sintiendo que grabar podcasts no es lo que me pide el cuerpo ahora mismo. Un resumen de la entrada en inglés, en la que hablo de mis propósitos tejeriles para este año que ha empezado:

  1. Tejer más monógamamente. Dedicar todo mi tiempo y esfuerzo a un solo proyecto, para no sólo hacerlo en menos tiempo sino que definitivamente lo acabe (sí, eso significa rematar todos los hilos también).
  2. Disminuir mi pila de proyectos tejeriles a medias e inacabados. Me he propuesto rescatar al menos 3 y acabarlos y deshacer los 3 con los que menos contenta estoy (tengo más de 10, seguro, algún día os hablaré más de ellos). No es un objetivo difícil para un año entero, ¿no? ¡Ya veremos!
  3. Tejer más jerseys y chaquetas y menos accesorios. Ya tengo demasiados suficientes gorros, chales y mitones. Ahora toca llenar mi armario de grandes prendas de lana.
  4. Pero no entran en mi categoría de accesorios los calcetines. Este año quiero tejer más calcetines aunque para el clima cálido de Barcelona no los necesite. Los quiero. Sueño con una caja de calcetines tejidos a mano. Y quien dice una caja dice un cajón.
  5. Y el eterno propósito de tejer de “stash”. Hola, mi nombre es Erika y tengo un alijo de lanas preocupante. No me importa. No voy a dejar de comprar lanas. Pero al menos las voy a comprar más conscientemente. Y quiero tejer algunas de esas preciosas madejas que he ido acumulando. Se lo merecen.

También menciono la búsqueda interminable de mi estilo fotográfico. Pero eso da para otra entrada y no quiero saturar. Así como de un proyecto que cumple con muchos de estos propósitos: es un jersey, tejido con lana de mi alijo, y empezado y terminado (sí señoras y señores, con todos los hilos rematados) en nada más y nada menos que ¡dos semanas! Pero eso, queridos y queridas, es material para otra entrada…

Espero que hayáis tenido un buen inicio de año y tiempo para pensar sobre vuestros propósitos. ¿Sois de los que hacéis propósitos con la llegada de un nuevo año? Y lo más importante… ¿Los cumplís y hacéis balance?


Podcast Episode 08: The Long One

Well, it’s clear that I can’t take so long to record a Podcast episode, because this one took longer than one hour and since YouTube isn’t allowing videos that long… I had to split it in two. The first part covers the finished objects and works in progress and the second part is talk about stash.

Here are both videos:

And here are the show notes:

Finished objects

  • Hats for my little cousins: five of them were knit using the Herringbone Hat pattern by Anne Mizoguchi (whose name I’m pretty sure I pronounced wrongly, so sorry about that). For the Ear Flap Toddler Hat, I didn’t follow any specific pattern and I couldn’t be happier with the result!

I don’t think I mentioned it in the video, but all 6 hats were knit in Drops Merino Extra Fine.

  • (half object) Moroccan Sock(s)! Without following any specific pattern, just basic instructions for top-down socks with a classic heel flap, in limited edition yarn by Greta and the Fibers. Heels and toes in contrast colour with a mini by  Soc Una Troca.


Here you can see the lovely valisette that my friend Marga (who owns Greta and the Fibers) sewed for me! (Thank you!)

“WOODS – making stories is a new knitting book that we created fueled by our desire to share our passion for local, breed-specific European yarns and modern minimalistic knitwear design.

We’ve teamed up with amazing designers and European yarn companies as well as a team of wonderful makers on this journey to create a book that shines a spotlight on sustainable, local yarns, celebrates new and established designers, and shares tons of knitting knowledge.”

WOODS is a lovely project about to be brought to life by Verena Cohrs, knitwear designer and nature lover, and Hanna Lisa Haferkamp, business coach and owner of two handmade labels. Read more about them and the wonderful publication in the crowdfunding page. Spread the word and help them reach their goal! I’ll be supporting them shortly!

I’ll also be testing one of the final patterns of the book, the Black Forest Cardigan also designed by Verena, in the amazing De Rerum Natura Cyrano, in the colourway Granit.

Works in progress

  • Woodland Tales Mittens by Mandarine’s in Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend.
  • Baby Bunny Romper from a Spanish knitting magazine, where the pattern had a mistake and I needed to rip back and adapt it. I’m knitting it in Drops Baby Merino on my new 2.0 mm and 2.5 mm Hiya Hiya sharp needles, purchased at Fil&Tropia.
  • Stripey Socks to Gift in Schachenmayr’s Regia Pairfect colourway 07111 (cinamon) also purchased at Fil&Tropia.


I’m knitting these as part of the Stripey Socks KAL organised by Candace of the Pinfeathers and Purls Podcast, which started February 14th and runs until March 31st! Watch me excitedly talk about all the progress I made in less than a week!

Stash enhancements

Oh, the stash enhancements… They take up the second part of the podcast episode! So if you want to hear me talk about gorgeous yarn you can skip directly to Ep08-2!

Let me see if I can list them in order of appearance:



  • Malabrigo Sock purchased at Picknit Shop in the colourways Ochre, Reflecting Pool and Cereza and Malabrigo Worsted purchased at Fil&Tropia in the colourway Applewood.


(the blue skein in the middle is the Manos del Urugay Silk Blend that I’m knitting the Woodland Tales Mittens with, purchased at Lalanalú)

  • Republic of Wool, Twist Fingering Base in the Grand Budapest Colourway (I got it in a swap, thank you Laura and Ferran and Michele for making it possible!)



And a big special thank you for the yarn that I won in two giveaways. I’m head over heels in love with them.

  • Not one, nor two, but THREE skeins of Circus Tonic Handmade: Jubilee Sock Base in the colourway Lagunaria patersonius (pink), and Revelry Sock Base in the colourways Thelymitra simulata (blue) and Acacia Buxifolia (yellow).




So this is the current status of my yarn stash cabinet:


Thank you so much for watching and for stopping by! Please do not hesitate to ask if you’ve got any questions, I’ll be happy to answer.

Happy knitting!

Erika (LoareKnits)