#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™‚

#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

#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™‚

#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˜‰