#19 granny squares and 2014!

Hello everyone! Can you believe that tomorrow will be 2014? I find it hard to fathom, time just goes by so fast. Soon the winter holidays will be over and I will return to school and the usual routine. Christmas has been fun, and I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring. So with that – I wish everyone a wonderful, crafty, healthy, fantastic 2014! πŸ™‚

Gaby scarf #19c #19dMy last blog post of 2013 is for a scarf I made for my friend Gaby; she is vibrant and I thought that this scarf would be perfect for her. I had been looking to do something with granny squares for a while, but always get discouraged about how many squares are needed for a blanket or pillow cover – not to mention the amount of ends that have to be sewn in. I was looking through ravelry and came across a modification – someone had made a granny square scarf! Brilliant! So I set about making 36 squares and sewing them together, and then finally finishing the scarf with a double crocheted border to unite the squares.

A fun project for a fun lady πŸ™‚

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#18 made up fingers

glovesI know I know, it’s not Tuesday. On Tuesday I kept on thinking “I must find internet and post something.” Alas, I was too busy visiting family to update the blog, but so I will pretend that today (Saturday) is Tuesday and#18a that I am right on schedule πŸ™‚

This project was requested by the boyfriend, a pair of gloves that would keep his hands warm during the carride to work in the early mornings. So of to work I #18bwent, having no clue what I was doing and writing things down as I went. After finishing the first one and being happy with it, I repeated my scribbles and here we are – a finished pair of gloves that fit his hands! I like them a lot, and after all the struggles I had I remind him to wear them every once in a while. πŸ˜‰ (The colours on the pictures don’t seem to match, the colour was dark grey and resembles the first and last pictures best).

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!!! Bye for now xx

#17 Christmas Charity

charity hats charity hats Hello everyone! It’s later than usual, but where I am it is still Tuesday. Today has been an exhausting day; I had 2 finals and had to pack up my stuff to go home for Christmas. All is done and over now, so I have time to write this post. Last year the knitting club at my university paired up with a local Vancouver charity – so we made them a couple of hats and mittens to add some spark to someone in need’s Christmas. I love giving people knitted things, but it feels almost better when you know that they truly appreciate and that it brings a smile to their face (and keeps them warm). Due to finals and everything else, I was only able to contribute 5 hats, but I quite like them. 3 of them are simple crochet hats with earflaps and a nice border. The other two were knitted on double-pointed needles and should fit a toddler. These were stash-eaters and kept me busy during my breaks in between studying – a healthy way to distract myself from the stress of university exam season.

Back to Christmas knitting πŸ™‚ Β  NO MORE FINALS!!

#16 a baby princess

#16cI finished my first ever baby blanket! I am so happy with the way it turned out! It took me about 2 months to complete this blanket, but it was all worth it. The result looks lovely and I cannot wait for it to make it’s trip to Australia and await #16bthe arrival of the baby princess that will use it!Β At first I was a little nervous to make this project – a baby blanket seems easy but I was surprised at how long it took me to find ‘the perfect pattern’. I finally found it on ravelry, it’s called “Baby Chalice Blanket” by Karen S. Lauger. I had never really attempted to do anything ‘lace’ before, but I decided to give it a go. I must thank the girls from knitting club for sticking with me, as they helped me read the pattern and get going. Once I figured it out it was fairly easy, though I had to be pay attention to every row. Β I decided to make the blanket big enough (its about 85cm x 110cm) so that it did not need to be blocked – and washing this blanket made the yarn so much softer! #16dI really enjoyed the whole process of making this blanket. It’s always nice to knit something that will be put to use, and that will bring a smile to someone’s face. I can now also say that I’ve knitted lace and made a babyblanket. I’m pretty proud of this project, and I’m going to have a hard time letting it go. I’ve already told all my friends that when they have kids I will knit them stuff πŸ™‚

#15 for Daddy

15 aHappy Tuesday again πŸ™‚ Only 3 more Tuesdays until Christmas … yikes! I will have to knit fast to get all the presents done on time. I’ve decided to keep on posting once a week, so some of the presents may only be revealed after Christmas, that’s okay right?

This is a Christmas present for my dad – a scarf and a matching hat. I had initially found the pattern for the scarf on Ravelry (boyfriend by Lucinda Campbell). I thought it would be a nice pattern for my dad to wear to work. It gets very cold in Calgary, and so I wanted to make him something that was dressy enough to be able to wear to work over his suits. I think I succeeded in that objective. 15cAt the end of the scarf I still had some yarn left over, so I decided to make a matching hat. I had to make up the pattern as I went along, knitting in the round and gageing how much yarn I had left. It was a tricky situation, but I think it came out wonderful.You can’t really tell from the pictures, but every 2 rows there is a row of knit that runs through, making little squares and adding more texture than just knit and purl columns. I was also really excited to use ‘more expensive’ yarn. As a student I am usually only able to buy pure acrylic yarns, but for Dad I splurged and bought a blend that is 30% Alpaca. It was my first time knitting with an Alpaca, and it was a pleasant experience! I am really pleased with his gift, and I hope he will like it too. If he wears it to work, then this project will have been a success.Β 15b

I always find it so hard to find a gift for my Dad. I don’t know why, it always stresses me out more than any other gift for any other person. Maybe I am just a daddy’s girl, that might be it πŸ˜‰