Archive for August, 2011

FO week last day

 

Its the last day of the finished objects week. This has been fun, and I migh stockpile my FO’s again ,so I can repeat this, or I might not. Either way it was fun to have a knitting blog for a week. Thanks for all your kind comments :-)

 

I am of course saving the best for last, so here goes

 

I can’t believe I actually knitted this so fast. Remember my post about summer knitting, and I was going to knit the shalom? Well I did, in 20 days, though most part of it was knitted during my 7 day vacation.

So what do I think?

Well I like it, indeed I do, I think I might also love it once I get to wear it more. I have rather narrow shoulders, so I feel like it’s a bit too big over my shoulders (and I know its supposed to be big over the shoulders, I just feel like it is almost too big) and the armpit came out rather large after blocking.

On the other hand, they yarn which I have never tried before was a pleasant experience and I will definitely knit with that yarn again. The pattern was very easy to follow, I didn’t do any changes to it (though I think I messed up the first waist shaping part, cause I had placed my marker wrong, but that’s not the patterns fault). Had a hard time deciding on a button, I wanted the button to pop, but not too much, and I wanted it to match the garment. I think I decided for the right one. I am very proud of this though, it’s a rather big garment. Though I don’t think I would recommend knitting with bulky yarn during summer, sometimes I was afraid the yarn would felt in my hands. Hehe

Its an pattern both for the newer knitter, but also for the more experienced knitter in need of an vacation ;)

Pattern:  (ravelry link)

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/shalom-cardigan

and a link to the page where you can download the pattern. Just scroll down and you’ll se a download button to the right.

http://involvingthesenses.blogspot.com/

Yarn and needles: I used 7 skeins of Sandes Garn Alfa, wich is a bulky yarn consiting of 85% wool and 15% mohair. I knitted the item on 6mm needles.

FO week day 5

 

Hello! I still have no computer, this might take while. But we are still in FO week. My plan was to do a whole week and show you 7 things, but I havent gotten around to weave in ends and block the last item yet, and also I am very busy tomorrow, so we will skip day six tomorrow.

 

 

I love knitting hats. Hats are instant gratification, it’s soothing, knitting hats calms me down. When life gives me lemons, I make hats. If I have a busy week, or I am tired of a project, or if the world keeps dropping lemons on my head, I go and find a pattern for a hat, then I have 2-3 days when that hat is my quiet place, then the hat gets finished and I become myself again. Its so much cheaper than therapy! ;-)

This hat was a joy to make. Never tried the yarn before but I liked it a lot, and the pattern was very easy to follow. I blocked it too lightly, so I think I will block it again, to flatten the pattern a bit, I also knitted it on smaller needles than the pattern called for cause I’m a loose knitter. (hee)

 

I only have a Ravelry link to the pattern and you can find it here (there’s also  a matching cowl!) http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/milanese-lace-topper

Yarn: i used Rowan scottish tweed DK (previously known as Harris tweed) and 3mm needles. I used a little less than one skein, so this is a great one skein project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FO week day 4

I don’t really know what to call this. Is it a shrug? A cowl? A bolero? Let’s just call it a cowl shrug. I love these, I think I have one for every season now. I love how you can either wear them over your shoulders, or just around your neck as a cowl. I made one pretty much the same as this last winter, in worsted weight, but I didn’t write down the pattern, this time I did, but I haven’t put it up on ravelry or anything, cause I have never written down a pattern before, and I suck at math, so I’m not sure if this is good enough or understandable enough, the notes were mostly for me, in case I want to make more, and I do, cause I love this.

I think mohair needs more credit, don’t you? It’s not that bad. Yeah it’s a bit itchy, yeah sometimes it feels like you have a ferret in your nose and a chinchilla in your mouth, but its not that bad, it’s all good, its mohair.

yarn: Sandnes garn Kitten mohair. 1,5 skeins. 6mm needles

FO week day 3

Hello!

I’m sad. My laptop died yesterday, well half of it, the screen broke. I am very attached to my laptop, cause all my friends live in it ;-) I dont know if I will get it back or what happens, I’ll know more later today. I did managed to take back up off of all my stuff, and I’m good at doing that regulary. Right now I am borrowing my mans computer, it has linux and it has nothing familiar and I think it sucks :p Oh well, I still wanted to continue my FO week, so I will try to do that.

 

I saw a lot of these around ravelry last year, I saved some of the patterns, but no one really stood out to me. So what do you do when you don’t like a pattern? Well you make your own! Its not really patterns either, I sort of made them up as I went. I went for happy colored sock yarn, and the jars are old pasta sauce jars and taco sauce jars. I guess you could use any jars, maybe mason jars and other bigger jars. I want to make some for the winter too, maybe for Christmas decorations in red and green yarn, to have inside? Very fast and fun project. I named mine tutti frutti jar cover cosy!

Yarn: Viking of Norway Sportsragg.  Needle:  6 mm.   I did not block them, I just sow them on straight after I made them

FO week day two

Hello! How are you today? I hope you are having a good tuesday.

my tuesday is much better than my monday. I have two home made breads in the oven, cant wait to taste them. Tried out a new recipe. Sometimes i say pattern when I mean recipe. Like “where did I see that cookie pattern again, where did I put that pattern for that dressing” I knit too much.

Moving on! It’s day 2 of the finished object week, and today I have a sweater to show you, or a cardigan, I never really understood the difference.

Have you knitted a sweater yet? Of course you have. You’re a fearless knitter who knits sweaters.

I have been a knitter for 3 years, and this winter (well maybe it was more closer to spring, it was around Easter) I knitted my first sweater. I think as a knitter, you either do that right away, or you just don’t do it. many new knitters do a sweater as their second or third projects. Then you have people like me, who think they can never do that, making this big garment, all this yarn, so much at stake. It’s stupid to be afraid of sweater. Come on! Get yourself together!

I love lace, I started knitting lace very early, I don’t find lace scary at all, I find it comforting. But I do know a lot of people who have never tried lace, and who never will. I respect you, because you knit sweaters instead. My point is: if I can make a huge lace stole without freaking out in panic, I can certainly knit a sweater! And so I did. First I practiced, I made a west, a tunic, I learned about raglan, then I moved on to the puffed sleeved top, and after that I felt I was ready for a sweater.

It took a while to find the right sweater. I didn’t want it to be with too thin yarn on thin needles, because I didn’t want to lose courage and get sick of it during the knitting. A sweater is not an instant gratification project, but I sort of wanted it to be anyway. After deciding on the pattern I had to decide on yarn and color. To make it harder for myself the pattern I choose was for a stripy cardigan. I decided to go for my dear Abuelita yarn again, the worsted weight. I choose a dusty brown and grey.

I did not do many changes to the pattern; I did some shaping on the arms, smaller needles on neckline, and no waist shaping. I also made the arms longer, as I wanted it to be more of a ¾ length arms.

The result? I love it! I am proud of this and I keep waiting for cooler weather so I can wear this. The neckline is a little wide, and I am not sure what is best to wear underneath, but I could always knit a matching cowl from the leftover yarn. If you haven’t made a sweater yet you should try this, it’s not scary at all. I am ready to move on to a thinner yarn and needles-sweater now.

ravelry link to pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/5-in-paris

link to pattern for those of you not on ravelry: http://knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2007/04/5-in-paris.html

I used the Abuelita yarn merino worsted, and I knitted with needle 5mm, except for the neckline ribbing and the bottom ribbing , the sleeves where I used 4mm.

 

picture time! (click to enlarge, its still magic!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great tuesday! I’ll go and nom on hot bread now.

Finished Objects

So guess what this week is? Well yes its my first week off lactose (gosh how I miss those cheese doodles!) and it’s the last week of summer vacation for the kids (am I allowed to smile about that?) but it’s also FO-week. As in finished object week. Cause when I started this blog this was to be a knitting blog with a bit of blabber on the side, then it turned out to be a blabber blog with a knitting on the side. We need to change that, at least for a week. I haven’t showed you any knitting in ages, but now its been piling up and I have so much to show you that I can show you one thing every day for about a week, so I thought I just might do that, and I will call it FO-week. (fo sure!)

 

I love anything leaf, I love knitting them, I love the structure, how they pop. I also love an instant gratification project, so when I came across the pattern for this I could not resist. I made this in may.

ravelry link to pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vite-cowl

my changes: well i sorta made it a headband! It also works as a snug cowl. I liked the idea of leaves around my head.

Yarn: I used Abuelita again, cause me and Abuelita are good friends. I used the mysterious blend bulky. knitted on 9mm needles

 

 

 

you should make this, its fun. Give someone a leafy christmas present!

(I started knitting christmas presents this weekend. yey me!)

 

 

My new room!

Last Friday I got a new room. A hobby room, a guest room, an office. Well actually I got two rooms, cause attached to this room is another room, with shelves and floor space. Just the perfect size for my stash. (And for you none knitters out there; by stash I mean my yarn)

We were up for a challenge; in two weeks we were going to fix 3 rooms, painting, flooring, new furniture, all this on a budged and while my better half was working full time. Challenging indeed. I won’t talk much about the other rooms, or show pictures of them, since those rooms belong to the kids, and I respect their privacy, but they are very happy and pleased with their new rooms J

As for my room I was up for a big challenge. The room has 3 doors, and no windows, it also has a lot of wiring that can’t be removed, and a concrete wall that can not be painted. Yeah.. Since I already had most of the furniture, and a huge desk stood in the room already this was not that expensive. The most expensive part was the floor. I also bought paint for the walls, doors, and desk, and I bought a new bookshelf. For the yarn room I bought 10 boxes to store my yarn in.

What I wanted from this room was a lot. I have several of hobbies besides knitting, (I’ve only been knitting for 3 years, before knitting I was quite a crafty person) so the room had to be place where I can paint pictures, draw, make Christmas gifts and decorations. I also have plans of buying a sewing machine soon that will be placed in the room. In addition to be a room where I can be crafty it also needed to be a room where we can have guests. We don’t have guests often, but when we do it would be nice to let them stay in another room than the kids rooms. As for now there is an old bed in the room, but I am on the lookout for a fold out bed. So that’s two things, but why stop there, the room will also serve as an office, since it’s the only place where I have access to a desk, and I work a lot from home. Sometimes the dinner table don’t require enough home office privacy.

For my creative self to work I need inspiration, for me that means pictures, paintings and postcard, alas my walls is full of random pictures. You might find it messy, I find it very inspirational.

All in all I love this room. I’m proud of that what I’ve done (with thanks to the girl for helping me paint, and thanks to the man for fixing the floor) and at such low cost. I especially love the floor, which I wasn’t sure would work, but it totally does. I look forward to use this room, and to have guests in it. Its also great to finally have all my yarn in one place.

As you can imagine, taking pictures in a room with now natural lighting is not an easy task, using flash don’t show the room as it is, therefore the quality of the pictures will vary a lot, some are taken with flash, some are not, and might be blurry. But enough blabbering, I know you want to see, so here goes

(click on the images to make them larger, its magic!)

this is what I had to work with:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the little room attached to it, hello yarn room!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

oh my

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I bought boxes for my yarn and took it out from all the secret hiding places and realized what a yarn horder I am. Flash your stash!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and then I might have forgotten to take pictures for a while, so we have to skip the part where room is painted and without furniture and jump to the part where I am in the unpacking chaos, look: tadaaa!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

peekabo yarn room!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

temporary lables, will make pretty yarn lables later :-) sorted by fibre mostly, but sock yarn (and I dont even knit socks) and lace yarn got its own boxes. So did weird yarn such as, furry yarn,misc and polyester (!) yarn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:-D (this is for you, Hannah, well not the content, you wish! :p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

filling the desk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I collect all things pig :@

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting to look like something

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

look at my floor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An old Australia map on the door, cause I’ve always wanted to go there

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and also; pigs fly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

more flash your stash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Wilbur the wombat. I should knit him. Ravelry-Megan from down under gave him to me. He has traveled across the earth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

old tea cups that used to belong to my mother in the 80’s and 90’s. Cats and pastells! It’s kitchy and reminds me of my childhood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

new shelf! all my artbooks and knittingbooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

knitting books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

art books. some of them very old and precious

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a drawer full of paint :-D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and a christmas drawer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello there Vincent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

good evening Franz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I bought tiny plants. Piglet is watching them for me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jars of buttons and stuff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My cat does this weird thing where he actually tips over when he’s happy. He’ll just flat out fall over to one side, here he’s just shown his hapiness over the new room and new floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pew, thats all! :)