Monday 30 January 2012

Spooky Friday

On a Friday not so long ago a friend of mine threw a housewarming party. In stead of bringing her something traditional, I decided to knit something. The idea was to give her something cosy to wear when she's just chilling at home. The result was a pair of socks I call "Spooky Friday" -socks (and I really think the cute and funny ghosts somehow suits her personality).

This was a perfect project for a housewarming gift. It's a personal gift, fun and fast to make and it also helped me getting rid of some leftover yarns that have been hanging around ever since I made the cabled socks last winter.

Pattern: basic socks, but I found the spooky pattern in the new Sukkalehti by Novita (Villit Kirjoneulesukat)
Yarn: Gjestal Janne
Needles: 3 mm

I also made a garter stitch heel to make the socks even more special. Plus, it was nice to try a new way to knit the heel. I have to admit that I liked these funny, yet cosy sock so much I was thinking about making another pair just for me. But we'll see. I have some other projects in mind as well that I'd like to do first.

Thursday 19 January 2012

Needle organizers

Here's a hint for how to make your own knitting needle organizer! Already last year I got one beautiful organizer for needles, and this Christmas I got another one (the striped one). It's made by Fanciful Belongings and bought in Etsy.

But even though I had these two organizers, I still had a lot of long, straight needles and nowhere to put them. But then I got an idea! And since the idea is very simple, I decided to share it with you:

It started out with an empty Pringles can that I washed. Then I took a sheet of plain white paper and decorated it the way I wanted. After I had glued it on to the can (with just regular paper glue), I wrapped some thin yarn around the bottom part to make it look like some earth. And voilà! I new knitting needle organizer was born!

Wednesday 11 January 2012

More babies!

Another colleague at work was also leaving for maternity leave yesterday, and of course we had something soft for her too. Remember the patchwork baby blanket we made earlier this autumn? Well, for this unborn baby we made a similar one, but with different colours:

Pattern: just basic garter stitch squares
Yarn: we used left-over yarn from our stashes
Needles: 3 mm & 3,5 mm

Then, since I am actually going to do my colleague's work, I couldn't resist the chance of knitting something else for her and her baby as well:

Pattern: Vauvan lapaset by Sanna Vatanen
Yarn: Novita  7 Veljestä
Needles & hook: 3 mm & 4 mm
Ravelry: Teddy mittens

These are baby mittens, but I guess she can also use them as socks or as handpuppets if she wants. The idea is from a knitting book I got for Christmas. In finnish it's called Neulo. Virkkaa. Kirjo. Jämälangasta! by Sanna Vatanen, but I actually got the swedish version of it. I also slightly modified the pattern by knitting the mittens in a round, casting on 38 stitches and decreasing 2 st every second round in the end.

Lovely book, by the way! Now I finally know what to do with all my waste yarn. I hate it when my stash is filled with small skeins of different coloured yarn. I've promised myself to do something about those before I allow myself to buy any more yarn. And now that promise is public, so I guess I'll have to try and keep it! :)

Thursday 5 January 2012


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Monday 2 January 2012

Clear blue water

My new year began with that wonderful feeling of something warm and small cuddled up beside you. I woke up in the middle of the night to someone feeling me up. It was a cat that pushed her paws agains my legs trying to find the perfect place to lie down on. But I guess she didn't find it because eventually she cuddled up beside me in stead, gently pushing agains my feet.

Also, a new year and a new finished knit. This is a shawl I've been working on every now and then for almost a year now. Have to admit I'm already quite tired of it. But perhaps I'll start loving it again now that I don't have to knit that same lace pattern over and over again anymore. Because it was quite boring - not a surprise though, since it also was very easy.

...or maybe I'll just give it away to someone who wants it? Anyone?

Pattern: Clear water lacy scarf by Tanya Alpert
Yarn: Hjertegarn Play it
Needles: 4 mm
In Ravelry here

I found this pattern in a book called Haiku knits. It's filled with japanese-inspired patterns and I have to say I like quite many of them. Many of the designs was very simple, yet they had elegance and strength in them.

I didn't like this yarn that much because it isn't at all as soft as it looks. But since I had some of it left I also made this brooch to go with it:

Yarn: Hjertegarn Play it
Needles: 4 mm
In Ravelry here

Feels good to have one project done! Now I can move on to new, interesting projects! Yay! I've also been photographing quite a lot with my new camera, so I'll probably post some of those pictures soon too.

Hope you all had a great New Year's Eve and that you've made some plans or at least have some dreams to fulfill in 2012!

P.S. In case you didn't notice, I've now also added a "like"-button after the posts. So if you like what I do but feel too lazy to comment, you can just hit that button!