#3 and a one year anniversary

lace leaf legwarmers Hello everyone! It has been a year since I decided to write this blog and share (as well as keep track) of all my knitting projects and the progress I make. I feel like it has been a successful first year; I shared 23 projects (if you include this one) and I am proud of every single one πŸ™‚ It feels great to have a timeline to trace back what you started with and what you are now capable of. Also, though blogging I have been able to look at the work of others – beautiful, inspiring work! Thank you everybody! On to year TWO πŸ™‚

lace leaf legwarmers This week’s project was a pair of legwarmers. I love how turned out in the end, with a leaf like lace pattern. The pattern is called Lace Leaf Legwarmers by Emaly Leak and can be found for free on ravelry. Instead of the recommended size 3 needles I used a size 7 (for those are the only double pointed needles I own at the moment). I had some trouble starting off, as I misread the pattern and thought it was a repeat of 9 stitches – it turned out to be a repeat of 8 stitches. I cast on 48 stitches, which turned out to be too big, so I had to cast on again with 40 stitches. It was a little frustrating to be unable to get just the very start right, but eventually it worked out.lace leaf legwarmers I love the way the leaf is shaped! Instead of using a “sl1, k2tog, psso” method I used a sl2 k1 psso2 method which I learned from my shawl project. I just think the stitch comes out neater that way.

Hope everyone is having a lovely Tuesday πŸ™‚

#3 first shawl love

#22aHello everyone! I am really excited to share this project – it was my first shawl ever and it turned out beautifully! The pattern is calledΒ KevΓ€t-shawlΒ by Ziina and can be found in ravelry for free. The patterns is pretty easy once you get the hang of it, and it starts with only 3 stitches, which was nice. I liked working my way to the top – it was a little bit of a challenge I admit. I forgot to add stitches a couple of times, but only noticed my mistake much later. Then, after trying to ‘cheat fix’ my way through, I decided that I could not let my shawl have a mistake in it. (Also, I know the mistake is there and it will continue to bother me for the rest of the project). Thus, I had to undo several hours of work … several times.

Kitty cat Blu was not too impressed my my progress

Kitty cat Blu was not too impressed by my progress

#22cIt was a lovely project to practice a lace pattern and to make a traingle project. What I loved most was casting off all the stitches and seeing how big the triangle actually was, and it becomes hard to tell when the stitches are squeezed close together on the circular needles. And then once you have cast everything off … the patterns just shines and I fell in love. The colour of the yarn is gorgeous, autumn red, and it goes really well with the pattern I think. I also like the size of the holes caused by the yarnovers. I used a size 7 instead of a size 9 needle, #22fand am very content with my choice. Now I have to figure out if I am ready to part with this lovely shawl. Maybe it will be a birthday present for someone someday? Maybe I’ll keep it for myself for those evenings spend outside reading a good book in spring or summer.

#2 pom pom

photo (30)I made myself another hat – after realizing that after all this time, I have knitted myself only one … the horror! I also realized that I needed a hat with a pompom on top, et voila πŸ™‚ Made up pattern with a fluffy pompom, nice and cosy.

Now I’m working on a couple of projects to reduce my ravelry queue – wish me luck πŸ™‚ Happy Tuesday everyone! xx

SOS ravelry queue

Hi everyone πŸ™‚

I know it’s not Tuesday yet, but I have come to a discovery – MY RAVELRY QUEUE IS WAY TO LONG!! I should not have been surprised, I know that I continuously add to the list, but at 118 items I fear that I will never be able to do them all. So now, I have decided that I must decrease my list to at least 110 items and then MAYBE I can allow myself to add another item or two. I just felt that I should write my resolution down and make a post about it, so that it appears more legit. Hopefully I can keep myself to the resolution and tone down the craziness a little bit … for now.Β 

Does anyone else have a crazy long ravelry queue? There are just so many lovely patterns out there, it’s so tempting!Β 

#1 of 2014 – the last Christmas present

hat gogo Hello again πŸ™‚ It’s Tuesday and I can post the last present of the 2013 Christmas batch. This one was a hat I made for my grandmother who lives in France. She likes to garden and be outdoors, so I thought it would be nice to make her a hat. It is very simple, a rib 3×3 to start and then simply knit around on round needles. I made the hat extra long so that the rib 3×3 part could be folded over and provide extra warmth around the ears. I was planning to sew the ribbed part onto the hat. but decided against it in the end. The yarn was fun to work with, it was a wool blend which was nice and warm. I also loved the colours – and so did grandma! πŸ™‚

#20dThis was the first year that I attempted to knit and crochet the majority of my Christmas gifts. I really enjoyed it and think I will repeat the process for next year. 2014 here i come! (Although I should probably start a little early and thus avoid some of the stress – I’ll put that on my list of resolutions). In total I made 7 Christmas gifts (12 if you include the charity hat) and I am really pleased πŸ˜€ Can’t wait for what the next year will bring.

Have a wonderful, crafty, warm Tuesday! πŸ™‚