Hey everyone 🙂 Just a quick little post. This week I made two scallop hats in an attempt to do some stashbusting. I knew I would not have a whole lot of time to knit this week, so I only ended up making two of these. The picture shown is of the small hat (cast on 81 stitches), the adult one (cast on 96) looks exactly the same. Fun little pattern to work up – fast and easy. It was a good way to refresh holding back yarn and making the pattern.
Maybe for next week I should make something that is not a #hat …
Have a lovely week!
Hi everyone 🙂 I told myself that I wanted to post something every week, and I have 30 more minutes left of today (March 1st). My family and are in Newfoundland for a week so we are in this weird timezone. So tadaa! This is a scarf I made for a coworker as a secret-santa gift a while ago. I really underestimated how long it would take me to complete this gift – so it was a lot of stress. But when it was finally done I was very happy with how it turned out. The color is a very warm red, and if I recall correctly the yarn consists of 30% wool. The overall scarf is quite heavy, which I prefer for winter scarves as they add warmth. I’m very very pleased with it. It took me a while to get this post up as, in my hurry, I forgot to take pictures before I gave it to her – so I had to ask her to bring it into work.
Have a lovely week everyone! Stay warm 😀
Hi again everyone, what a lovely Tuesday to knit and blog about knitting. 🙂 I am proud to present to you , my traveling cable hat.
I have been telling myself that I need to do some serious stashbusting before I can allow myself to buy some new yarn (sound familiar?) and so I dug up these grey and white yarns, which I am pretty sure my grandmother gave to me when I told her I had taken up knitting. By themselves the strands would have been too thin, but I like how the colour turned out when I knitted them together. It’s a very soft colour which is perfect for autumn and late winter.
The pattern worked up very nicely, but I did find myself struggle over the cables sometimes. I have to work on loosening my stitches when I am doing cables, rather than making everything so tight. Luckily the yarn is quite forgiving and stretches once you wear it a couple of times. So voila 🙂 I quite like it, I’ve never made a project with such extensive cable patterning before. I tried to get the cat to be my model, but he wasn’t having it.
I’m so glad I’ve started knitting again, I had forgotten how calming I find it.
Have a lovely day!
I’ve been itching to knit knit knit, but life (aka grad school applications) kept on getting in the way. Now that everything is submitted and taken care of, I can sit back and get in some “Netflix and knit” time. It feels wonderful!
These lace leg legwarmers took a while, and you can see from my notes that I worked on the pattern in short stints. I like to write out the pattern on a sheet of paper and carry it around with me. For each day that I work on the project I will use a different marker, so I can see how much I get done on individual days. Do you keep track like that, or is it just me? Maybe I should invest in a pretty booklet to keep all my pattern writeups in.
So anyway, this is what my lace legs ended up looking like. As I only have size 6 double pointed needles (working on that, as soon as I clear some of my yarnstash I will allow myself to buy something yarn related) I casted on 40 stitches and worked the pattern 12 times. I think they turned out great – good practice on the double pointed needles. I’ve put them in my ‘gift basket’ for now, maybe they will make a great present or I will keep them for myself.
I’m already working on project #4 and I’m pretty excited about how it’s turning out 😀 Have a good week everyone!!
tadaaa 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! 😀
Hi everyone 🙂
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.
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!! 😀
Hi everyone 🙂
Finally 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).
I 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!
I 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
Hello everyone 🙂
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. The 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 🙂
My 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! The Australia postcard is going to a highschool friend in Boston. It’s so lovely that we use snailmail to keep in touch 🙂 The duckie envelope is going to Israel to a classmate that I recently reconnected with.
The penguin is incoming snailmail 🙂 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
Hi 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.
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 😀
I 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. 😀
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.
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 🙂 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 🙂
Happy crafting everyone!