Wednesday 28 January 2015

All four one in we made a fourth baby patchwork blanket for a colleague who's having a baby.

While the last one was a celebration of colours, we tried to make this one a little bit more calm and simple.

Those who wanted to take part made at least 5 patches using leftovers from their own stashes. I'm always so amazed at how nice these patchwork blankets turn out in the end, even though we don't plan them too much in advance. This one might be a little bit too white in my taste, but I hope the soon-to-be-mom is happy with it.

My favourite patches in this blanket are the red crochet squares. They're just so beautiful! I really have to ask for the pattern...
I also happened to stumble over a new book: 200 crochet blocks by Jan Eaton. Just couldn't resist it after being so inspired by all these cute blankets. Am I becoming a crazy patchwork lady? Probably not. But at least I won't get bored doing the same kind of patches over and over again.

And yes, taking photos at this time of the year is a real nightmare! Sun, where are you?!

Monday 12 January 2015

Uh, remember me?

Sorry!! I know I've been quite absent for the last few months. The truth is I kind of lost my inspiration to knit or do any other kind of handicrafts. So there wasn't really that much to update. I might have done something every once in a while, but I actually haven't finished any bigger projects since I don't know when. But now I think - or at least hope! - I've found my sparkle again! So maybe - just maybe! - I'll be able so show you something bigger soon.

This is a project I finished already quite some time ago, but I just never got around posting it here on the blog.

Pattern for the socks: Punaiset pitsisukat from Novita Sukkalehti
Pattern for the mittens: my own
Yarn: Novita Wool, dyed with cochineal
Needles: 2 mm

I heard a rumour that a little 1-year-old girl needed a new pair of socks, so I thought these lace socks would be a nice accessory for a little princess. I had to slightly modify the pattern, though, since it was written for adult sizes only. But here's what I did:

CO 40 st
Repeat the lace pattern 5 times around the sock and make the lace edge 3 repeats wide. Then I continued pretty much following the pattern by doing one lace stripe in the front and a k2p2 ribbing at the back, just adapting it for my number of stitches in stead.

Then I also wanted to make a pair of mittens to go with the socks. Those I just knitted without any real pattern, casting on 40 st and doing a k2p2 rib for about 6 cm. Then I continued knitting the rest of the mittens in stiped stockinette stitch, placing a thumb when the mitten measured 3 cm (not including the rib). The whole mitten measures about 7 cm (not including rib).

Hope they suited that cute little princess!