snailmail #3

11Hi everyone. Another snailmail post πŸ™‚ Yesterday I was studying, when my roommate walked in and handed me a pretty blue envelope. It had the cutest surprise in it and just made my day, Funny how a little piece of paper can just turn your whole mood around. I was so happy that I took a rather long study break and wrote a couple of snailmail pieces myself.

#1. A response to the happy kitten card. Β To keep with the cat theme I pasted a cool cat sticker next to her address. You might not be able to see in the picture put the cat is wearing a crown and royal cape.Β 10

#2. It’s mom’s birthday soon so I thought it would be nice to send her a birthday card and a tourist card from Melbourne.

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#3. A response to a highschool friend in the USA. I love the postcard that I sent along. My university has this neat rack of advertisement postcards – and quite often they are really awesome. So i collect them and send them all over the globe. This one is for an exhibition in the State Library of NSW called “The impossible peace from war photographs to landscapes 1958-2011”.Β 13

#4. Another birthday card and a letter to my friend in Canada – hope it gets there in time. I love the new tape that I purchased. I put the same three stamps on every piece of mail. It was a little bit of a struggle at the postoffice. I think the lady behind the counter was having a bad day, and so my suggestion of wanting multiple stamps instead of the regular international stamp was not well received. With a little bit of patience it all worked out and now there are some new stamps floating around in mail space. πŸ™‚Β 14

#10 It’s getting cold over here

Hi everyone πŸ™‚

#29cFinally a knitting post. It has been a while since I last posted I know. As an exchange student it is harder to find the time to sit down and knit when there is so much stuff out there to explore (besides uni work). In Australia the seasons are reversed, as so we are now going in to winter. It is beautiful, with all the leaves turning colour and falling down, yet the breeze is getting colder and you have to wear an extra layer at night. In my excitedness to come here I did not pack a scarf – the perfect excuse to knit myself another shawl. Finally, after a month, I have completed the Ashton shawl (which can be found on ravelry).

#29bI love the colour of this scarf. If you go through all my previous posts, it becomes clear that I do not often work with green, mainly because green is not my favourite colour. I decided to give it a try, switch things up a little, and I love the result. I think I will be wearing this one around a lot!

#29aI have not had a chance to block this scarf, seeing as I really don’t know how to. The scarf if for my own use, and when I wear it like in the picture you really can’t tell that the edge curls up. Perhaps when I get back home I will invest in a couple of wires and block it out. But until then I will love wearing it as it is.

Have a nice day everyone! xx

This week’s snailmail :)

Hello everyone πŸ™‚

This weekend has been a busy snailmail weekend, I have been trying to send out a bunch of happiness to different parts of the world. 9The robot card is a birthday card to a friend in the US. It won’t get there on time, but it’s the thought that counts on this one. The strawberry envelope is made from scrapbooking paper and will travel to Canada πŸ™‚

6My mom told me that my aunt had a fall from a horse and the doctor has told her she has to rest for a while. So I decided that I should send her a kangaroo postcard and a cat stickered envelope (she loves cats) to wish her well. Hop to Belgium! 7The Australia postcard is going to a highschool friend in Boston. It’s so lovely that we use snailmail to keep in touch πŸ™‚ The duckie envelope is going to Israel to a classmate that I recently reconnected with.

8The penguin is incoming snailmail πŸ™‚ I have a couple of artsy friends and recently they have taken to drawing and doodling animals onto the envelopes. So far I have received a crocodile, a beaver, and a penguin. It makes me so happy to open the mailbox and receive a little bit of handwritten love!

I’ve been working on a new shawl and hope to have it finished fairly soon – pictures will follow! Have a lovely week everyone xx

 

 

 

#9 stress knitting

#28aHi everyone. Today knitting proved to be a real stress relief. It was one of those days where everything seems to fall apart, and the only way I could calm myself down was to get my hands busy and read a pattern for a couple of hours. This lace ribbon hat was the result of my stressknitting. I really like the pattern and the way it shows on the hat. Unfortunately I only did 6 garter stitch rows for the border and only repeated the pattern 2 times, so the hat turned out to be a little short for me to wear – unless as a pure fashion statement during summer. Nevertheless, I think that if I were to donate this hat to charity or a young teenager the hat would find a lovely home.Β #28b

Molly Wood designed this “Lace Ribbon Slouch Hat” to be slouchy. I prefer tight hats so I cast on 84 stitches with my size 6 needles and did not make any increases when the lace pattern started. Perhaps I will call on this pattern again for a gift occasion and then make it slouchy.

Hope everyone has a lovely day πŸ˜€

15-3-2014 outgoing mail

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Hi everyone, I know it’s been a while. I dont have any new knitting projects to show, but I have been fairly busy with another hobby of mine – snailmail. I love snailmail and think it is just wonderful to open the mailbox to find a handwritten letter, knowing someone in the world took the time to sit down and write to you, the oldfashioned way.

This is a collage showing the mail that I have sent out the last 2 weeks. The top left is a package going to Canada, it contains one of the hats I knitted and a couple of postcards. The top right are letters for friends; I really love the little robot image on the envelope though I can’t seem to remember where I got it from. The second envelope is made out of scrapbooking paper. The Birthday puzzle card is for my dad, whose birthday is today. It doesn’t seem that the card has arrived yet, so hopefully it will get there soon. The last picture features some masking tape I got today, and am in love with. Rubber duckies are just so cute!

More snailmail to come πŸ™‚

#8 GΓΌlsah hat

senay hatI am now addicted to lace. I love the challenge of it and every single finished project just looks beautiful. This week I tried to do some more stashbusting, and ended up making this beautiful pattern which combines lace and cable elements, written by Şenay Tenekeci. I love the way the colour of the yarn accentuates the holes created by the lace, as well as the cable which comes forward nicely and does not really distract from the lace. As with any lace pattern it took me a little bit of time to get the hang of how to read the pattern, but once you got it you are good to go. πŸ˜€
senay hat I think this hat will end up in my “save basket”. I love knitting but I like it even more when I can bring a smile to someones face. Knitted gifts are so personal and made with lots of love and patience. I’m sure I will find the perfect home for this hat.

outgoing I’m on exchange in Australia now, and I am not able to knit as much as I would like. Sometimes my hands just ache for something to do, but I know I must be social and enjoy the experience here. Therefore, I apologize if the Tuesday posting cycle is interrupted. I’m thinking of posting about my snailmail as well, as that is another favorite hobby of mine πŸ™‚ Here is my outgoing mail for this week. I love the googly eyes, I just hope that they make it all the way overseas. I also made the envelope from scrapbook paper πŸ™‚

Happy crafting everyone!

#7 pointy gloves

Hi everyone! I know it isn’t Tuesday yet where I am, but I will be on a 16hour flight throughout Tuesday and arriving at my destination on a Wednesday, so this will have to do. Let’s just pretend Monday is Tuesday this week.
glovesThese pair of gloves are awesome. I made up the pattern as I went (I can’t seem to read glove patterns), sticking my hand through the double pointed needles every so often to figure out the size I wanted. I also wanted to add a special something to my made up gloves, so I chose to make the fingertips purple. They are very cute, I like them a lot πŸ˜€ The way I decreased makes the top look very pointy, which I don’t mind – mom says they look like little daggers.

Happy crafting! πŸ™‚

#6 lotus hat

#25bHi everyone! This week I did some stashbusting – aka I did not allow myself to go buy more yarn. It was a successful venture – I used the rest of my shawl yarn and even weighed it to find out if I had enough left over to make this lotus hat. I love the hat and it had been in my ravelry queue for quite some time now. So I weighed my yarn and had 65g left – which roughly translates to 120 yards which was perfect for the hat. After casting off I only had a couple meters left to spare – perfect! I felt like a ”legit knitter”, measuring out my yardage for a project on the little kitchen scale haha.

lotus hat I loved the pattern for this hat. It’s called lotus hat and was designed by UpTownPurl. I’ve been addicted to lace lately and this was a nice pattern to follow and has a lovely outcome. I love how the forward stitches stand out and make a cool pattern, and how the decreases just continue the pattern. I think I will gift this hat to a friend of my mom. She mentioned the other day that she loves to wear red πŸ™‚

Happy craftiness!

#5 whoo and fair isle

Tuesday blogday! I haven’t been very inspired to knit this week, I think my hands wanted a little break. So I made these two very small projects.

ColdridgeThe first one is a little owl. They looked a lot cuter on the patter, but since I have neither a really small crochet hook nor buttons or eyes, my amigurumi owl turned out like this. He is a little unconventional, but I like him all the same – unconditional love πŸ™‚ I think I will give him to my friend, who has already named him Colderidge.

fair isle The second little project is a fair isle headband. I was trying to use yarn from my stash and thus dwindle it down – but the project is so small that it was hardly successful. What I do like is the pattern, and the fact that the redish yarn is 70% wool – thus creating a nice warm cushion for the ears. It will now go in the ‘hats and scarves’ basket we have at home, and I’m sure it will be used πŸ™‚

Small things this week. Let’s see what next week brings. Have a lovely crafty day everyone!!

#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™‚