Archive for February, 2012

FO cowls

I’ve gone cowl mad, its cowl frenzy, it’s cowl season, it’s just cowls! I am not kidding when I say I have enough FO cowls to do a FO week with just cowls. But I won’t, cause then you’d get bored, so I will just spread them. I am on cowl 3 in the “50 days, 5 cowls, kal” now, its very fun and challenging. I have made all the prev deadlines, so I am hoping to make this one too, even though this cowl is going super slow..

I did some knitting on my cardigan last week, and have now finished the body. I have high ambitions on finishing it during march, but there’s these cowls.. the cardigan wants two sleeves and a button band. I also just tripped in to two yarn stores on monday, (it happens!) and on monday starts a big yearly book sale here, that I can’t wait to trip in to :-D

but cowls, shall we. The girl is pass the age where I can knit her anything, and she’d wear it cause omg I am a knitting artist who makes stuff with yarn! Nope, very pass that age now. Such a pity. Now she was specific, very specific, she wanted a cowl, a scarf turned into cowl, it had to be white, it could not itch, it could not be tight, and it could not be thin, but not too thick either. Sigh.. well, Ravelry is my friend (bff) so we browsed,and browsed, and we found a pattern called Simplicity eternity scarf/cowl. The name is very apropriate, cause knitting it felt surely like an eternity! But it took around 3 weeks with on and off knitting.

pattern can be found here:  http://crocheterie.blogspot.com/2011/11/free-knitting-pattern-simple-eternity.html

yarn: i used Trysil garn, wich is a alpaca-wool-acrylic blend, and is my go to yarn if I want to knit with cheap worsted yarn, its a good yarn, soft, good to work with. It’s knitted on 4.5 mm needles.

she has been wearing it every day since I made it, she wears it inside, outside, everywhere. It’s worth the eternity it took :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I wanted one too, but since I was a bit fed up with the pattern, and I’m a sucker for plain simple garter, I made one in garter. No pattern, cast on 35 stiches, knitted til I ran out of yarn. I had so much leftover Abuelita worsted merino (my go to worsted in the more expensive type yarns) from different projects, and this was a great stashbuster. I love it, and I actually didn’t have a plain garter cowl!5,5 mm needle, did not block it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Valentines day

It’s the day of hearts and love!

In Norway there isn’t much tradtition to celebrate valentines, so we are not celebrating, just a bit. Cause I think valentines is a great excuse to bake my super yummy beer bread on a boring tuesday, buy some brie cheese, and enjoy a nice beer bread and brie-meal with my man later, when the kids are in bed.  <3 so that’s how I will celebrate, when I pretend I am not celebrating.

I endulged in some origami a couple of weeks ago, and since I made mostly hearts I thought this was a good day to post the pictures. I never really had the patience for origami, but these tutorials were super easy to follow (I will link to them at the end of this post) and they make great gifts, so I will continue to perfection my tequniqe on this :-)

Origiami heart bookmarks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its not too late to make one or two of these as a valentines gift to someone! :-)

 

here’s the how to’s I used:

http://www.thecheesethief.com/2012/01/book-page-corner-heart-origami-bookmark.html

http://www.origamiway.com/origami-heart-bookmark.shtml

 

 

 

FO lace garter shawl

Simple garter, sometimes we just need it, sometimes you just need to garter through the days for a while, and then you need some lace, and then you need some leafes. I love all of those things, so when I first saw this pattern I knew I had to make it. The shawl did indeed turn out lovely, and if it wasn’t for the fact that I’ve been inside and sick for almost 3 weeks now, I would have used it every day.

But I will not make this pattern again. I know its hard to design a pattern, and this is no critique to the designer, but there is errors, and I would feel bad if I didn’t let people know about it. This shawl might look easy, and a beginner might see it and think “hey, just garter and some leafes, I can make this” but It’s not certain that you can. There are yarn overs missing in the pattern, there’s no row counts, there are small errors here and there. I followed the written pattern, and the charted version might not have these faults. Lucky for me I have knitted a lot of lace and a lot of leafes, so I know how these things are constructed, that helped me a lot, but my shawl does have faults, the centre leafe is a bit off centre.

Now to the details:

Yarn: I used my favorite lace yarn; Abuelita yarns merino 3 ply, and I used a little over 500 yards / 460 metres. I knitted it on 4 mm needles, and it took me about a month to make. (heavy ignoring and having startitis affected the time use here ;-)

the pattern is called Alice and is available as a free download from Ravelry, here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/alice-18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Button mad

 

I have jars filled with buttons. Do you? I have one jar with not so pretty buttons that I dont have two or more of. Then I have one jar of pretty, two similar or more-buttons, and then I have a jar of pretty pretty buttons that I have plans to use in my knitting. I sometimes take a dive in jar two and make some ear studs, or rings, but then there’s jar one, just standing there, failing to look tempting and pretty. What to do, what to do.

Well I found the solution! I was at a store one day, and came a cross these magnets in different sizes, then a light bulb showed up over my head, and I bought lots of magnets, and headed home.

Glue is your friend, ugly buttons are not so ugly, great presents, your fridge will look cool and stylish. I give you: button magnets!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

here they are on my fridge, and yes that is indeed tickets to go on a date with Eddie Vedder! errr, I mean tickets to a Pearl Jam concert!