project #1 and downsizing to 110

Hi everyone,

12540413_10154073481500283_1747664193_ntadaaa I finished my first project of 2016 (even though I am a couple of days late as I wanted to post on the 15th). I was going to make a hat for my friend in Montreal (the same one I made these leggings for), and I gave her a couple of pattern options. She chose for the Declan hat pattern, by Samantha Kirby. It’s a pretty simple knit, and I like the pattern it created in the end. I don’t know why it took me so long to complete this project, I guess life happened.

In other news, I have downsized my ravelry queue to contain only 110 possible future projects – what a feat! I am pretty pleased with myself, but there is still a lot to be done before I can start to add new projects to the queue. Add me on ravelry of you want, I’m “nikske”.

Let’s see what project #2 will be – 110 things to choose from! πŸ˜€

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2016 resolutions and such

Hi everyone πŸ™‚

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying your holidays. I hope the new year will bring lots of love and laughter, and adventures which will leave you with beautiful memories!

Ofcourse the new year brings resolutions, and I would love to spend some more time on my blog in 2016. Through this blog I wanted to share some of my passions, stamps from all over the world and knitting. I’ve recently picked up knitting again and can’t believe I did not pick up the needles for about a year. Now I’m hooked again (forgive the pun). My stamp collection is still slowly growing, it is hard to come by unused ‘lick’ stamps. I’ve got 29 countries right now, and would love to get up to 40 this year. Fingers crossed.

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Right now I am working on a hat for a friend of mine. I’ll probably finish it in the first few days of 2016, and so it will be my first project of 2016

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY 2016!! 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!

#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˜‰

#13 brings good luck

When I say Tuesday you say blogday: Tuesday! Blogday! Tuesday! Blogday!Β Hello everyone πŸ™‚

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It’s November, and I am (just as many of you out there) working on Christmas presents. I hope to get them all done in time, but am not yet certain if that is going to be possible… there might be a few ‘belated Christmas presents’ this year.

This week I was working on a cowl for my 13 year old niece. She likes to wear funky things, and so I decided on making her a lovely cabled cowl. The cables were really fun, and the pattern was straight forward. I did have to break my rule and buy some more yarn to complete the project, but that is okay. I wore the cowl for a couple of minutes and I can tell the cowl will really keep her warm, which is exactly what I was hoping for. Cables always seem to make the project a bit more dense and warm.Β cowl

According to my ‘list’ there are about 9 more Christmas gifts that I should knit … looking at the list makes me a little hopeless. BUT there are a few small projects in there so hopefully with some dedication I can pull it off – and reduce my yarn stash in the process πŸ™‚ It would be lovely to go on a ‘post Christmas’ yarn buying spree πŸ˜€

Have a lovely week!